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Classic Japan: The Golden Route (2590)

8 Day Tour from Tokyo to Kyoto

2017 Tour Details

Japan is a country with a rich history and distinct culture, and on this Japan tour, you’ll get a taste of both. You’ll overnight in Tokyo, the Mount Fiji area, and Kyoto. Along the way, you’ll see stunning scenery and visit many of Japan’s celebrated sites.

You’ll visit some of Japan’s most famous shrines and temples on this Japan tour. In Tokyo, visit Meiji Shrine, built in the 1920s to enshrine the emperor, and Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple completed in 645 AD. In Kyoto, visit the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf constructed in the 14th century; the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of brightly colored shrine gates; Kiyomizu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 778 AD with amazing views over Kyoto; and Nijo Castle, the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.

In addition to visiting Japan’s famous sites, on this tour you’ll also learn about the culture. Learn to write like a local in your calligraphy class, try on a traditional kimono, and partake in a traditional tea ceremony. But that’s not all…you’ll also ride one of Japan’s famous bullet trains and visit the Mount Fuji area, where you’ll cruise on Lake Ashi, a crater lake, and take a cable-car ride for panoramic views of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.

All of this—and more—await you on this value-minded tour through Japan!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:
In Tokyo, Mount Fuji area, and Kyoto. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director

Scenic Highlights:
Mount Fuji

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Temple of the Gold Pavilion
  • Nijo Castle
  • Mount Fuji

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring; bullet train from Mount Fuji area to Kyoto

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 Tokyo

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour starts with a visit to MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, visit an artist’s studio and learn to write like a local during a CALLIGRAPHY CLASS with a master calligrapher. Here, you’ll also have the opportunity to try on a traditional KIMONO and partake in a TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY, a wonderfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea. Last stop is the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Tokyo

Today, enjoy the day at your leisure for independent exploration. Your Tour Director will provide you with a pre-paid PASMO CARD to get you started using Tokyo’s famous subway system!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo–Kamakura–Mount Fuji Area

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to Kamakura to see the 750-year-old Great Buddha. Continue on to the Mount Fuji area for a CRUISE on Lake Ashi, followed by a CABLE-CAR RIDE (weather permitting) for panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch
DinnerDinner

Day 5 Mount Fuji Area–Kyoto

This morning, board one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival, visit the FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. This evening, you may choose to stay (additional expense) in a traditional Japanese ryokan.

Traditional Ryokan Stay
Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality at a ryokan (Japanese inn). Your ryokan, Gion Hatanaka, features traditional touches—tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Included: transfers to/from ryokan from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast.

NOTE:
Space is limited. See price box for supplement.

Day 6 Kyoto

Your day begins with a visit to NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Then, visit stunning Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered in shimmering gold leaf. Lastly, visit KIYOMIZU TEMPLE, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Kyoto

A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines. Join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a farewell dinner this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 8 Kyoto

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not depart prior to 11 am.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LAURA HAYASHI

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

My name is Laura. Japan is a very exciting country - so much more than just geishas, temples, shrines, and bullet trains. With so much to see and experience, my goal is to make sure each visitor returns home satisfied, with incredible stories to tell.

Tour Director - LAURA HAYASHI

 Accommodations

TOKYO Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu (F)
MOUNT FUJI AREA Palace Hotel Hakone (F)
KYOTO Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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