BEST of TOKYO and KYOTO

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Kyoto (京都) was the capital of Japan for over a millennium and carries a reputation as its most beautiful city. However, visitors may be surprised by how much work they will have to do to see Kyoto's beautiful side. Most first impressions of the city will be of the urban sprawl of central Kyoto, around the ultra-modern glass-and-steel train station, which is itself an example of a city steeped in tradition colliding with the modern world. Nonetheless, the persistent visitor will soon discover Kyoto's hidden beauty in the temples and parks which ring the city center and find that the city has much more to offer than immediately meets the eye.


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Program: 5 Nights / 6 Days

 
PROGRAM NOTICE:
  • Departure Day DOES NOT count as part of tour day
  • Hotel(s) and meal(s) selected during the final process of reservation
  • Program is subject to change due to weather, traffic, and unforeseen circumstances

Departure Day

Flights on your own

Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, you will meet our representative with the name board at the airport exit. We will assist you to board an airport limousine bus and then transferred to the hotel on your own. After check-in, the rest of day is free at leisure. (•  Airport arrival time should be between 8:00-20:00.)

Full Day Tokyo Grand Group join Tour

After breakfast, you will start your Tokyo Grand Experience with a pickup from your hotel and today you will get a taste for all the amazing sights in metropolitan Tokyo. This morning first visit is Tokyo Tower, a symbol of Tokyo and major sightseeing spot that provides a 360-degree panoramic view of Tokyo, such as high-rise buildings in the nation’s capital, the Tokyo Skytree broadcasting tower which began operating in 2011 and Tokyo Bay. Next, you visit Meiji Jingu Shrine, taking in a fine example of Japanese Shrine architecture, nestled in a peaceful and picturesque area. Then you will drive by Akasaka Palace (known as Government State Guest House) and the National Diet Building. Afterward, enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, as a place of historical interest and scenic beauty. After driving through Ginza Shopping District, have a Japanese style lunch. This afternoon your guide takes you to Hamarikyu Garden which is a typical Daimyo garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond. Move on to Hinode Pier, where you’ll enjoy a short Cruise on the Sumida River as you head towards Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood. Your ride on this historically significant body of water will take you underneath 12 bridges as you enjoy the unique architectural landmarks along the riverbank and see a harmonious blend of old and new Tokyo. Disembark from your boat and spend some time to stroll the Streets of Nakamise, a thoroughfare that’s packed with vendors selling handicrafts and food. Head on from Nakamise to Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji Temple), where you’ll have the chance to explore Tokyo’s oldest and most important Buddhist temple. After the tour, concludes your excursion with a drive through Kappabashi, Ueno and Akihabara. Finally, you will be transferred to your hotel and then spend the rest of the day at leisure on your own.

Free Day OR Optional Tour - Full Day Mt.Fuji & Hakone

A: Return by Motorcoach : $154 / person
B: Return by Shinkansen bullet train (No drop off service): $187 / person
After breakfast, you will start your excursion to Mt. Fuji and Hakone with a pickup from your hotel. Then you will proceed to Mt. Fuji and enjoy the scenery of rural Japan driving along to Mt, Fuji. It is the highest mountain and the most famous mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters above sea level, and is located more or less in the center of Japan, stretching over Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries. The first visit is Mt. Fuji 5 Station and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, then you will ride the Hakone ropeway to the peak of Mt. Komagatake and take in the view. Afterwards, take a bus to Kojiri and board the Lake Ashi cruise to Hakone-en. After the tour, depart Hakone and return back to your hotel in Tokyo by bus. The rest of day is free at leisure on your own.

Tokyo to Kyoto by Shinkansen (High-Speed Rail)

After breakfast and check out, move on to Tokyo (Shinagawa Station) (on foot) and then board a pre-reserved bullet train (2nd Class) and transfer to Kyoto Station on your own.

[About Shinkansen Luggage Regulation]
Overhead shelves on Shinkansen trains are about 40cm high and 60cm deep and cannot accommodate large items. There is usually space for two to three large suitcases behind the last row of seats in each car on most long distance trains. Furthermore, on many shinkansen trains, the leg room is large enough to place a suitcase in front of you, although this may not be the most comfortable solution.

According to JR regulations, each passenger may bring up to two pieces of luggage onto trains, not including smaller bags. Each piece of luggage may not weight more than 30kg and its three dimensions (length, width, and depth) may not add up to more than 250cm, while its length may not exceed 200cm.

Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, transfer to hotel on foot 3min.
After check-in, free at leisure.

Full Day Kyoto Group join Tour

-Depart at 08:30am, Avanti’s Sunrise Tours Desk (across from Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit)
-Nijo-jo Castle
-Kinkaku-ji Temple
-Kyoto Imperial Palace (Except Mondays)
[Mondays (and Tuesdays when Monday is a national holiday)] Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
-Lunch
-Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
-Sanjusangen-do Temple
-Kiyomizu-dera Temple
-Drop-off Service at Kyoto Station

Return Day

Day 6: Kyoto- Kansai airport (B/X/X)
After breakfast, meet local driver at hotel lobby and transfer to Kansai airport by Share ride Van service.
Depart to Next destination. (•  Airport departure time should be between 11:30-22:00)

  • FoodBreakfast
  • FlightEnd of Program

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