On arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, you will be met by our local representative in Japan for a brief meet and greet. Proceed for a quick orientation tour of Tokyo before proceeding to hotel for check-in.
Apart from being the capital city of Japan, Tokyo is the biggest economic powerhouse of the country. With 36 of the Forbes 500 company based in the city, Tokyo has the highest GDP of any city in the world. It had its humble beginnings as a fishing village called Edo, which became an important political centre in 17th century and by the time the emperor shifted his imperial capital from Kyoto to Tokyo in 19th century, it was already the most populous city in the world. Today Tokyo is famous for its busy streets, anime inspired markets and large video game parlours. During the Panoramic tour, we shall enjoy photo stop at Imperial Palace East Gardens, National DIET Building (Drive Past) and Tokyo Tower (Photo Stop). Afterwards, proceed to the hotel.
In the evening, transfer to Meguro River Area for Cherry Blossom viewing
Overnight stay at Tokyo Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Tokyo.
We shall start our sightseeing tour with a visit to Meiji Shrine which is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken who transformed imperial Japan into an industrialised world power. Also visit Yoyogi Park for Cherry Blossom Trees and the iconic Shibuya Crossing.
We further continue our exploration of the city with visit to Asakusa- Sensoji temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Transfer to Odaiba Area and pass by Rainbow Bridge and Statue of Liberty. The statue was built in 1998 as a transient tribute to Japan’s friendship with France, but due to its popularity, it was turned into a permanent fixture in 2000.
Overnight stay at hotel in Tokyo.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will go to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Sation on Mt Fuji.
Fuji Subaru Linefifth stationis one of four 5th stations located on Mt Fuji. It is the highest point accessible on Mt Fuji by bus and is located halfway between the base of the mountain at Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine and its summit. Numerous trails leading up to the mountain top start from here. This is also a popular tourist spot as it offers great views of Fuji Five lakes. (In case road to Mt. Fuji is not open then alternate tour shall be offered.)
Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic drive to Hakone. The Hakone Ropeway is a cable car system that spans over 4 kilometers and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including Mt. Fuji on a clear day. The cable car ride takes approximately 30 minutes, and visitors can disembark at Owakudani, a volcanic valley with sulfurous vents and hot springs. At Owakudani, visitors can take a short hike to see the bubbling hot springs up close, and enjoy traditional Japanese snacks like black eggs, which are boiled in the hot springs and are said to add seven years to your life. Also enjoy a wonderful cruise across Lake Ashinoko (also called Lake Ashi). This serene lake was formed when the crater of Mount Hakone was filled by water after it last erupted 3000 years ago. It is also popular for the mesmerising views that one gets from the lake of Mt Fuji.
In the evening, return to Tokyo for overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to train station. Leave early morning for Hiroshima by bullet train. (Handover large suitcase to hotel reception for transfer to Osaka. (Next day delivery). For Hiroshima, carry along overnight luggage.)
Upon arrival at the train station, we will transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Hiroshima, a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic
bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the
1945 event. Hiroshima, like the rest of Japan, continued to recover and develop
economically after the devastation of World War II and is today a thriving center for industry, technology, and education
Later, visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial- Atomic Bomb Dome. The Hiroshima Peace Monument, also known as the Genbaku Dome, Atomic Bomb Dome, or A-Bomb Dome, is a section of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, and was included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It was formerly known as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industry Development Hall.
Rest of the day has been kept free for your leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel in Hiroshima.
After breakfast at hotel, check out and proceed to port to take a ferry to MiyaJima Island.
The tiny island of Miyajima is most well-known for its enormous torii gate, which appears to float on the water during high tide. One of the top three views in Japan is this one. Visit the famous Itsukushima Shrine and surroundings and return to Hiroshima by ferry
After the tour, proceed to Osaka by drive. Upon arrival, we shall check-in at our hotel there.
Osaka is a major economic and commercial center, contributing significantly to Japan’s
overall prosperity. Its modern skyline, bustling business districts, and cutting-edge technologies highlight the country’s contemporary achievements. The friendly and welcoming nature of the locals adds to the appeal of Osaka, creating a unique and immersive experience for visitors. In essence, Osaka offers a perfect blend of historical charm, culinary delights, economic significance, and modern entertainment, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a well-rounded experience in Japan.
Overnight stay at hotel in Osaka.
Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan, holds immense significance today as a city that beautifully preserves the country’s cultural heritage. We shall begin the city tour with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine – dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. We shall also visit Kinkaku-ji, literally "Temple of the Golden Pavilion", which is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf
Afterwards, visit Arashiyama Bamboo grove. The grove is a natural forest of bamboo in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The forest consists mostly of mōsō bamboo and has several pathways for tourists and visitors. These towering green bamboo stalks create a canopy of shade and make soothing, rustling sounds as the wind blows through them. While walking through the bamboo forest, you will feel a sense of peace and tranquility.
Return to hotel in Osaka and overnight stay.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed to Nara for a sightseeing tour. The city has a wealth of cultural resources, including some of the oldest and biggest temples in Japan, as a result of its historical significance.
Nara was the imperial capital of Japan during 8th century before it moved to Kyoto. The most famous temple here is Todai-Ji temple which has great historic significance, as it served as the head temple for all Japanese provincial Buddhist temples. It houses the world’s largest Bronze statue of Buddha Vairocana. Later we will spend some time in the Nara Deer park which is home to thousands of free roaming deer. According to Legend, God Takemikazuchi came to Nara riding a white deer to protect the city. Since then, deer in Nara have been regarded as a holy animal.
After the tour, return to Osaka.. In the evening, enjoy shopping in Umeda.
Overnight stay in Osaka.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Kansai International airport to catch a flight back to India.
Arrive home with pleasant memories of your Japan tour organized by State Express Global Voyages, which we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime.