- Tourcan Vacations
7 Night Exotic Japan
CruisePlus Land Offer
March 15, 2019
Tourcan Vacations Land Tour
Enjoy this condensed tour of some of Japan’s best sights!
- Don a samurai costume to learn about their lifestyle and ‘kenbu’, a stylized sword dance
- Ride the world’s second longest cable car up Mt. Owakudani
- Visit Karuizawa where you might be lucky enough to spot a ‘musasabi’ giant flying squirrel
What we are Including
- 8-day guided tour
- 7 nights superior accommodations
- Arrival & departure transfers including porterage
- Breakfast daily & 1 dinner
- Daily sightseeing & entrance fees with an English-speaking guide
- All transportation including train
- Domestic flights included
- Departure gift
- Ask about extending your trip by adding on additional nights in Tokyo!
- Many other departure dates available – contact us for more information
*Ask us about arranging your flights!
Please note: Optional excursions, additional meals, additional nights, and gratuities, porterage are extra and are not included.
Day 1 - TokyoTokyo is a city of contrasts. This front-line capital famous for its pioneering modernity, iconic landscapes of neon and soaring skyscrapers is dotted with peaceful parklands, shrines, temples and adored gardens. Despite its mania for anime pop culture, fashion, digital trends and discernable consumption, the city embraces an ancient heritage evident in the temples and shrines scattered amongst the vast skyrises. The Imperial Palace provides a palpable link to the city’s incredible heritage even with the explosion of commercial emporia. Free from the shopping and entertainment districts, historic wooden house, private bonsai gardens and the calming Zen atmosphere of the Hamarikyu Gardens thrive to allow visitors an escape from the hyperactivity of the lively streets. Even with the city’s costly reputation visitors can take advantage of the inexpensive izakaya bars and neighbourhood cafes serving delectable noodle and rice dishes. In fact, many of Tokyo’s charms can be enjoyed free of charge; stroll through Asakusa and the Buddhist temple Sensoji, the fashion Mecca of Harajuku, the world’s largest fish market at Tsukiji, or the neon-imbued atmosphere of Shinjuku and be enveloped by Japan’s largest city. On your arrival at Narita Airport, you will be met by our representative in the arrivals hall who will escort you to your waiting shuttle. You will then travel by car to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure after check-in. Option: Mobile Internet SIM card Stay connected while in Japan with a SIM card to use on your unlocked smartphone or tablet! The SIM will allow you to connect your device to mobile internet with up to 2GB data traffic. Please let us know your device brand and model at the time of booking. 4,500 JPY Per Sim Card Meals included: None Guiding: Meet and greet only Accommodation: Shiba Park Hotel
Day 2 - TokyoIn the morning, take a half day tour by public transport of this fascinating city with a local guide. The day begins with a visit to the outside Imperial Palace, home of Japan’s Imperial Family. Next is Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Take the subway across town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Your guide will drop you off at a dojo in Ginza, where you will learn more about the legendary samurai warriors in an exciting program. You will wear a samurai costume, learn about the lifestyle and etiquette of samurai classes and finally take the sword and learn the basics of kenbu, a highly stylized sword dance that samurai used to perform as training and to find concentration. This is a unique experience to learn in-depth about this cultural heritage of Japan. The instructors are skilled Kenbu master and are also fluent in English, and they will be happy to answer your questions. Photo time and a souvenir of your time in the kenbu dojo (training hall) are included in the tour. When your tour is over, please make your own way back to your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast Guiding: 4 Hours + 2 hours Accommodation: Shiba Park Hotel
Day 3 - Tokyo/Hakone/TokyoToday leave Tokyo behind as you make the 90-minute journey to Hakone, the gateway to Mt Fuji and surrounding national park. Your local guide for the day will accompany you on the “Romance Car” express train from Tokyo’s Shinjuku station. To explore the National Park, you can take advantage of the numerous forms of transport on offer. Ride the world’s second longest cable car up Mt Owakudani, passing over sulphurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers in this volcanic area, where you can eat an egg hard boiled in the sulfuric hot springs which make Hakone famous. If you do, it will add seven years to your life! A majestic replica pirate ship will sweep you across the Lake Ashinoko, a lake formed by a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago, and the Hakone Tozan ‘switchback train’ zig zags through the mountains, giving amazing views of the surrounding valleys. Throughout the day you will have the chance to get a glimpse of Mt Fuji, however, please keep in mind that she is a notoriously shy mountain and it needs to be a clear day. Visibility is best from November through to January. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you back at your hotel. This evening, we recommend that you use the included luggage forwarding to send your cases from Tokyo to Kyoto, allowing you to travel light to Karuizawa. Meals included: Breakfast Guiding: 9 ~ 10 hours Accommodation: Shiba Park Hotel
Day 4 - Tokyo/KaruizawaToday you will travel to Karuizawa, a leafy retreat in the mountains frequented by Tokyoites hoping to escape the city. Make your own way to Tokyo station, where we will provide you with Shinkansen tickets to Karuizawa. Journey time is around 1 hour. Upon arrival at Karuizawa, please make your own way to your accommodation. A delicious dinner is included at your accommodation tonight. Evening Tour Karuizawa is home to some spectacular wildlife due to the untouched mountains surrounding the town. If you are interested, you tonight have the option of taking part in a group nature watching tour, which will give you the opportunity to see the “musasabi”, the Japanese giant flying squirrel. Make your own way to the meeting point, from where you will join a group led by a knowledgeable nature guide. After an introductory talk on the animals, you will be led out under cover of darkness to an observation point in the woods. With a low light designed not to affect the animals, your guide will help you to pick out their ghostly shapes as they glide through the darkness. The guide speaks English, but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the level of their proficiency. You will need to make your own way back to the hotel. Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner Guiding: None (Optional 2 Hours) Accommodation: Utrillo Karuizawa
Day 5 - Karuizawa/Kyoto via KanazawaToday you will travel from Karuizawa to Kyoto, with a short stopover in the historic town of Kanazawa en route. Make your own way to Karuizawa station, where we will provide you with tickets for the Shinkansen to Kanazawa. Journey time is around 2 hours. Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you sail through the countryside. Upon arrival in Kanazawa, you have a few hours to relax and enjoy the town at your leisure before your onward train to Kyoto. It’s certainly worth visiting Kenroku-En Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan offering delightful strolls through seasonal flora. Kanazawa Castle Ruins nearby are also worth a visit, and the city has plenty of wonderful museums to explore. Your train departs at 16:00 for Kyoto. Make your own way back to Kanazawa station. When you reach Kyoto, please make your own way to your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast Guiding: None Accommodation: Vista Premio Kyoto
Day 6 - KyotoToday you will conduct a tour of the city by public transport. Ryoanji Zen Temple is the site of Japan's most famous rock garden, which attracts hundreds of visitors every day. Originally an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was converted into a Zen temple in 1450. The garden consists of a rectangular plot of pebbles surrounded by low earthen walls, with 15 rocks laid out in small groups on patches of moss. An interesting feature of the garden's design is that from any vantage point at least one of the rocks is always hidden from the viewer. The Kyoto Imperial Palace used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868 when the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. It is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Garden, an attractive park in the center of the city that also encompasses the Sento Imperial Palace and a few other attractions. You will visit the garden only (not the main palace) In the afternoon, take a stroll along the Philosopher's Path, a pleasant stone path through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district. The path follows a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Approximately two kilometres long, the path begins around Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and ends in the neighbourhood of Nanzenji. The path gets its name due to Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan's most famous philosophers, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University. Meals included: Breakfast Guiding: None Accommodation: Vista Premio Kyoto
Day 7 - Kyoto/Uji/KyotoAfter a brief 20-minute train taking you directly from Kyoto into Uji, you will first head to your tea making experience. In a group of no more than 5 people, your guide shall translate so you can learn from local Uji residents about the kneading and drying of the tea leaves in this 1.5-hour experience. Afterwards, stroll through the picturesque town sampling tea from local store sellers. You need not feel under any pressure to purchase, but if you like Green Tea, this is a great place to purchase while you are in Japan. Your guide will drop you off at Kyoto Station at the end of the tour, from where you are free to continue sightseeing at your leisure. Meals included: Breakfast Guiding: None Accommodation: Vista Premio Kyoto
Day 8 - DepartureSadly, the time has come for you to leave Japan. Your day is at leisure until your shared shuttle arrives to take you to Kansai International Airport for departure. Meals included: Breakfast Guiding: None Accommodation: None
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