CENTRAL JAPAN END TOKYO
6 / 8 Days
|2017 APR||08, 15, 22, 29|
|2017 MAY||03, 20, 27|
|2017 JUN||03, 10, 17, 24|
|2017 JUL||01, 08, 15, 22, 29|
|2017 AUG||05, 12, 19, 26|
|2017 SEP||02, 09, 16, 23, 30|
|2017 OCT||07, 14, 21, 28|
|2017 NOV||04, 11, 18, 25|
|2017 DEC||02, 09, 16, 23, 30|
|2018 JAN||06, 13, 20, 27|
|2018 FEB||03, 10, 17, 24|
|2018 MAR||03, 10, 17, 24, 31|
|Option 1||Option 2|
Tokyo: Shinawaga Prince Hotel (****), Courtyard Marriott Ginza (****)
Kawaguchiko: Oike Hotel Ryokan (****), Hotel Mifujien (****), Hotel Tagaogi Ryokan (****)
Nagoya: Hotel Mercure Cypress (****)
Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel (****), Hotel Nikko Nara (****), Hotel Kyoto Tokyu (****)
Additional Option 2:
Matsumoto: Hotel Buena Vista (****), Hotel Nagano Tokyu Rei (****), Hotel Matsumoto Tokyu Rei (***)
Takasaki: Hotel Metropolitan (****), Takasaki View (****), Maebashi Sakura (****)
• General services provided by Europamundo: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
• Includes arrival transfer
• Boat: Kawaguchiko Lake.
• City tour in: Tokyo, Kyoto.
• Evening transfer: Shinjuku in Tokyo
• Ticket admission: Metro, Metropolitan Tower in Tokyo, Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba village and museum, Fuji Sengen Sanctuary in Kawaguchiko, Toyota Museum in Nagoya, Fushimi Inari Sanctuary and Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto.
• Funicular: Tenjo Mount in Kawaguchiko.
• 04 Meals: Dinner and Lunch in Tokyo, Dinner in Kawaguchiko, Lunch in Nagoya.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES OPTION 2:
• Ticket admission: Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple, Gomakuyo tea ceremony,Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano , Yumomi performance in Kusatsu, Byakuen Daikannon in Takasaki, Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Taiyuinbyo Mausoleum in Nikko.
• 02 Meals: Lunch in Tsumago, Lunch in Nagano.
01 SAT. Tokyo (arrival)
Welcome to Japan! Transfer by coach to hotel. Meeting with guide. Late in the afternoon, we will pay a visit to this fascinating country by taking a trip on the metro (tickets included) to the Shinjuku district and see the crowds of people who use this modern and efficient collective transport system. Shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts. The visit includes an ascent to the METROPOLITAN TOWER, which has a wonderful view of the city from the 46th floor. Dinner included and return to hotel.
Note: This visit may take place on Saturday or Sunday evening, depending on the passenger flight arrival times.
02 SUN. Tokyo.
In the morning, we take part in a 5-hour trip with our guide to see this amazing city, with its hustle and bustle and extremely modern districts that coexist with quiet, peaceful areas. We will pass near the walls and gardens of the Imperial Palace and visit the Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife, and their spirits. In Yasukuni Jinja shrine we will have the chance to reflect on peace in this shrine, built in remembrance of the 2.5 million Japanese citizens who lost their lives in World War II. Passengers who wish to do so can visit the War Museum. We will pass through the district of Akihabara, the “electric town” with icons from the popular Japanese Manga and Anime culture and then see Kokugikan, the Sumo stadium, home of this Japanese sport. We will also visit the Buddhist temple of Sensoji, the oldest and most important temple in Tokyo, with its 55-metre high pagoda. Then we will have some free time to visit the traditional commercial district of Asakusa. Lunch included. Free time in the afternoon.
03 MON. Tokyo – Mount Fuji – Kawaguchiko
We set out for the beautiful region of Mount Fuji, passing through pretty countryside on our way. We reach the idyllic city of KAWAGUCHIKO with its tiny houses, flowers and mountains, and its beautiful lake. On our arrival, we will visit the FUJI SENGEN SHRINE set in a magical site surrounded by tall trees, and the starting point of the traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. At the shrine, we will express our thanks for being able to visit this wonderful place. The trip includes the ascent by cable car to Mount Tenjo. The views of the neighbouring lakes and Mount Fuji are spectacular. The visit also includes a delightful boat trip on Kawaguchiko Lake. After lunch, we start to ascend Mount Fuji on the road that takes us to the “fifth station”, surrounded by spectacular forests and views, to a height of 2,305 metres.
Note: In winter, the route is frequently closed due to snow or other adverse weather conditions; during this season, we will ascend as far as the authorised point.
Return to Kawaguchiko, with time to stroll near the lake. We will stay at a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese hotel), and have the chance to enjoy its ONSEN (public baths). Traditional Japanese dinner included.
04 TUE. Kawaguchiko – Iyasi no Sato Nenba – Toyota – Nagoya
In the morning, we continue along the pretty road bordered by lakes to IYASHI NO SATO NENBA, a tiny village destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and later restored as a traditional open-air mountain village and museum. Its traditional houses have been transformed into arts and crafts shops, restaurants and traditional museums. We then have the opportunity to admire the SHIRAITO FALLS, considered done of the most attractive sites in Japan, with a waterfall height of 150 metres. We will stop for lunch included in a service area and then continue to NAGOYA, the third most important city of Japan, on the shores of the Pacific. Here we will visit the TOYOTA MUSEUM (admission included), a must-see for motor lovers.
05 WED. Nagoya – Kyoto
We are only 130 km (81 miles) from KYOTO. We leave at first light to spend all day in the city that was the capital of Japan from the year 794 to 1868 and home to the Imperial Court. During World War II the city was the only major Japanese to escape the bombardments, and so it still preserves its wealth of artistic heritage; the famous protocol restricting greenhouse gas emissions was signed in Kyoto in 1997.The visit includes a trip to one of the most important parts of the city. We will see the marvellous Shinto Shrine of Fushimi Inari, the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji temple, “the golden pavilion” and its wonderful gardens. Free time before visiting GION, a busy traditional quarter famous for its Geisha. Free time.
06 THU. Kyoto
After breakfast, end of our services.
Option 2: Central Japan
Days 1 to 5 as the previous itinerary
06 THU. Kyoto – Tsumago – Matsumoto.
We set out for TSUMAGO, passing attractive country scenery on our way. This small village with its wooden houses is one of the prettiest places in Japan. Free time to explore and lunch included. Then we continue to MATSUMOTO, a tourist city, where we will visit the impressive 16th century castle, known as the “Crow Castle”. Free time to explore this bustling tourist city.
Note: In some tours, we will not sojourn in Matsumoto but in Nagano.
07 FRI. Matsumoto – Nagano – Monkey Park – Kusatsu – Takasaki.
Today our journey takes us through the beautiful Japanese Alps. In NAGANO, we will visit Zenkoji temple, a pilgrimage site where the first Buddhist image of Japan is located. Passengers will have the opportunity to take part in the Gomakuyo ceremony that brings good luck. Then we continue through the mountains to Monkey Park, with lunch included and wander through its forests with their rivers and thermal fountains where colonies of Japanese monkeys live and bathe. Then our journey takes us through beautiful mountain scenery (reaching an altitude of 2,172 metres) with semi-active volcanoes. KUSATSU is an attractive spa city with a lively main square. Our visit includes admission to the Yumomi performance, with actresses who sing songs about the traditional method for cooling spa waters. Then we can stroll through the city park with its outdoor Onsen. Our journey continues to TAKASAKI, where we settle into our hotel.
Note: In autumn, monkey migration is unpredictable as it depends on the abundance of fruit in the mountains. If the monkeys do not go down to the park, it may be closed. In winter, the route may be changed due to weather problems (snow). In such cases we will use other roads and eliminate the visit to the Monkey Park. The visit to Kusatsu and the Yumoni performance are cancelled from November to April due to weather conditions.
08 SAT. Takasaki – Nikko – Tokyo.
In Takasaki we will climb the hill where Byakui Daikannon is found, a gigantic statue honouring the Goddess of Mercy. Then we carry on to NIKKO, a fantastic town where we will visit the impressive Nikko Toshogu Shrine and the hall of the crying dragon. We will also visit the Taiyuinbyo Mausoleum, set in an impressive, peaceful site, followed by a walk near the river, in Kanmangafuchi, under the watchful eye of hundreds of Jizo statues! Free time to visit the city centre before leaving for TOKYO.- We arrive at Tokyo at 7pm.- End of our services.
The route will be bilingual with Spanish and Englishspeaking guides. On certain dates, depending on sales, the circuit will be divided into two with a bus in each language.
HOTELS IN JAPAN: Because of the high hotel occupancy at certain times due to trade fairs, events and local and international festivals, it may not be possible to stay at the hotel which is indicated for the circuit. In such case, accommodation (equivalent category) will be offered in the same city or in near city. In many hotels in Japan there are no Double rooms (one bed), the room will be a twin (two single beds).