What To Expect
Enjoy a breathtaking view from Mt. Fuji and visit the historical mountain resort area of Hakone. Explore Kyoto's 1,200 years of history with a visit to the Tokugawa era shogun's residence, Nijo Castle, and the gold-leaf covered Golden Pavilion and its exquisite surrounding garden. Visit Kyoto Imperial Palace and see its elegant interiors. Walk through Sanjusangendo Temple, Japan's longest wooden structure, and browse the specialty shops on the walk up to Kiyomizudera Temple, where you can enjoy a sweeping view of the city. Admire Heian Jingu Shrine, a partial replica of the Imperial Palace.
Depart from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal by motorcoach for Mt. Fuji (travel time a total of 120 minutes).
Transfer to Mt Fuji 5th Station in about 30 minutes. Climb 2,300 meters (7,546 feet!) above sea level for breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding lakes on a clear day. Torii gates, shrines, and souvenir shops decorate this station known as the border between the heavens and the earth. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch.
In the afternoon, go for a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi in Hakone. The crater lake was born from a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji from various angles. Then, catch sweeping views of Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, Izu Peninsula, Izu Islands, Hakone National Park, and more while climbing up and down the mountain on Mt Komagatake Ropeway.
Toward the end of the day, proceed to Odawara Station to board the Hikari or Kodama Shinkansen to the classical city of Kyoto (total of 120 to 180 minutes travel time). A transfer may be required at either Nagoya or Shizuoka. Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, you will be dropped off at your hotel. For your accommodations, you can choose a hotel from the hotel list below.
Do some morning sightseeing around the city, visiting Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Nijo Castle which is noted for its gorgeous interiors, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. After lunch at Hotel Heian-no Mori Kyoto, go on an excursion to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit Todaiji Temple which houses a Great Buddha, colorful Kasuga Taisha Shrine which boasts 3000 lanterns, and Nara Park (Deer Park) where there are many freely-roaming, tame deer. Return to Kyoto.
The tour disbands in the morning in Kyoto.
Tourist Class: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel
*Hotels are subject to availability and may be substituted with similar accommodations if not available. This will be confirmed on your voucher.
Hotel pick up
One-way Shinkansen tickets
Accommodation at Kyoto hotel
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Tips and gratuities
Pick ups are available from selected Tokyo hotels.
If your hotel is not in the list, you may choose to proceed to the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal or be picked up at a hotel in the list that is nearest you. Please indicate your choice upon booking.
Rates quoted are for the listed hotels and are subject to change depending on availability.
A holiday surcharge is applicable for days before holidays and the following 2016 departure dates: 10 January, 10 February, 20 March, 28 April to 04 May, 17 July, 10 August, 18 and 21 September, 09 October, 02 and 22 November and 22 December. Please inquire.
Children 5 years old and below are free of charge, provided they sit on an adult's lap. If they need a seat, they will be charged (child rates).
When the driveway up to Mt.Fuji's 5th station is closed in winter due to heavy snow, you will go up highest possible point.
Hakone Ropeway or Cruise on Lake Ashi may also be omitted or substituted depending on traffic, weather conditions, or for other operational reasons. Alternatives are Narukawa Museum in Hakone, Hakone Check Point, Cruise on Lake Kawaguchi, Hakone-en Aquarium, Hakone shrine, and Lake Kawaguchi Ropeway.
We recommend bringing an overcoat and wearing warm clothing during autumn and winter.
On days when the Nijo Castle is closed you will visit "Ryoanji Temple" instead.
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday), on 28 December 2016 to 4 January 2017 and whenever there is an Imperial Household event. On these days, tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.
Chishaku Temple will be visited when Heian Jingu Shrine is closed to Jidai Festival on October 22nd. If the festival is postponed, changes in the itinerary may also be postponed.
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