Day 1 - Departure
Depart from JFK. Please check your air schedule for the exact flight number & time.
Day 2 - Tokyo
Arrive to Tokyo Narita Airport, meet your assistant, and transfer to the hotel to check in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3 - Tokyo
After breakfast, take a full-day guided tour of Tokyo, visiting the Imperial Palace, the Tokyo National Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Shunkaen Bonsai Museum. Return to the hotel in the evening.
Day 4 - Tokyo
Enjoy a guided tour after breakfast to visit the Tsukiji Outer Market, Ginza, and the Fukagawa Edo Museum. You will have the afternoon at leisure and, if you choose to go, there will be a Kabuki theater performance at 4:30 in the evening.
Day 5 - Hakone
Leave Tokyo after breakfast and drive to the mountain resort of Hakone. See the many views of Mt. Fuji from land (5th Station), from the air (cable car), and from the water (boat cruise on Lake Ashi). Return to the Japanese-style hotel where you can unwind from a day of sightseeing by taking a dip in the hot springs before dinner.
Day 6 - Kyoto
Check out of the hotel and head to the Mishima train station to take the high-speed bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, take a sightseeing tour to visit Nijo Castle, the Heian Shrine, and the Nishiki Ichiba (food market). Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Day 7 - Kyoto
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Kyoto with the Golden Pavilion and the Ryoanji Rock Garden, Nishijin Textile Hall, and see how Japanese sweets are made. Return to hotel in the evening.
Day 8 - Kyoto
Today you will take an excursion to Nara, home of the Great Buddha, to visit one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples – the Todaji Temple. Before returning to Kyoto, make sure to walk through the Deer Park and, if you wish, you can purchase special crackers to feed them. Once back in Kyoto, experience a traditional tea ceremony while wearing a traditional kimono. Return to the hotel in the evening.
Day 9 - Kyoto
In the morning, join the group for a guided sightseeing tour to visit two of Japan’s most celebrated temples and see the historic Gion District. The first stop on the tour is to Sanju Sangendo Hall, famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, and it is also Japan’s longest wooden structure at 120 meters! From there, head to Kiymizu Temple, also known as the “Pure Water Temple” due to the nearby waterfalls and make sure to check out the gorgeous views of the landscape from its wooden stage that juts out over the hillside. Finish the guided tour in the Gion district, Kyoto’s most famous Geisha district, filled with shops, restaurants, and tea houses where geishas and their apprentices entertain. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 10 - Return
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and meet up with the English-speaking assistant to go to the airport for your departure flight back to the United States. Please check your air schedule for the exact flight number & time.