Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Nagoya – ISE – Nara
Kyoto (bullet train) Kobe – Osaka – Seoul
Tour: Jun 23 – July 06, 2019 Price: $4,395 + Tax
Fushimi Iniari Shrine Gate in Kyoto, Japan
MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME
Tokyo: Visit Sensō-ji Temple, Akihabara District, the Miraikan Museum & Toyota Kaikan Museum. Make a stop at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and see the vast urban vista of Tokyo.
Mt. Fuji: Standing at a height of 3.776m, Mt. Fuji is the symbol of Japan. Your tour features a visit at Camp 5 on Mt. Fuji (depending on weather conditions). We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) and bathing in the onsens (thermal hot springs) that Mt. Fuji has to offer.
ISE: Visit Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan, worshiping 8 million Shinto gods and 124 Japanese emperors. Visit Mikimoto Pear Island, where you’ll be watching a pearl-diving demonstration.
Nara: Japan’s first capital city. Pay a visit to Todaiji Temple, the biggest wooden temple in the world. Visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu and watch a Ninja performance.
Kyoto: Japan’s second capital city before the title was given to Tokyo.At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the center of the city’s art.
Exclusively by AV Travel: Transfer from Kyoto to Kobe by the bullet train Shinkansen. Join a sake-tasting tour at a Sake brewery in Kobe.
Osaka. Visit the Osaka Castle, Dotomburi – Namba shopping mall and the well-known Shinsaibashi street.
Seoul: Visit Bukchon Hanok Village reflects 600 years of Seoul’s history and Korean traditional homes. Gyeongbokgung Palace is another highlight of your Seoul tour. Another visit place is the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a buffer zone, which was established on July 27, 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed during the Korean War. Myeongdong & Dongdaemun markets, Seoul’s largest shopping district. Be prepared to part with a little money as the wide range of goods for all budgets will entice you into making a few purchases. Visit the Samsung Innovation Museum.
Don’t worry about losing beautiful images of this amazing trip, as a DVD of the entire journey, made by AV Travel, will be given to you.
Check in at Los Angeles International Airport. Depart for Tokyo at night.
Fly across the Pacific Ocean.
Welcome to Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. It is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with a population of over 13 million residents. Tokyo is not only the center of politics and economy of Japan, but also a center of the global economy and culture. Your tour of the city today includes the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. (D)
Visit Akihabara, Tokyo’s amazing anime and electronic district, and Miraikan Museum. Make a stop at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and see the vast urban vista of Tokyo from its observation deck. (B/L/D)
This morning, we’ll take you to Mount Fuji and to Camp 5 (depending on weather conditions), up on the mountain, to enjoy breathtaking views and the beauty that has inspired so many artists and poets. Mt. Fuji, with its 3,776-meter height, is listed as a UNESCO heritage and known as the symbol of Japan. Mt. Fuji seems even more poetic when viewed from the water, and a boat ride on Lake Kawagu will show you why. Visit the old village Oshino Hakkai which bears Japanese traditional architecture and sits at the foot of Mt. Fuji.
We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). After dinner, enjoy bathing in the onsens (thermal hot springs) that Mount Fuji has to offer, and have all of your tiredness after a long day rinsed out. (B/L/D)
Depart to Nagoya, an important industrial hub, the home city of many big companies such as Honda Motor Company, Roland Corporation, Kawai Pianos, Yamaha, Sony, Suzuki Motor… Visit the Toyota Kaikan Museum, where Toyota displays its new models and technologies to the public and periodically holds robot shows. (B/L/D)
This morning, enjoy taking the ferry to Ise, which is home to the Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan with the nickname “The Holy City”. Ise Grand Shrine worships 8 million Shinto gods and 124 emperors of Japan.
Visit Mikimoto Pear Island, where you’ll be watching women divers demonstrate the traditional method of diving for pearls. Make a stop at the Wedded Rocks (known as Meoto Iwa in Japanese). The two rocks represent a married couple who, according to Shinto mythology, created Japan and the spirits that exist in people, places, and objects. The rocks were featured in the movie Sayonara co-produced by Japan and the U.S. (B/L/D)
We’ll move on to Nara, Japan’s first capital city. Pay a visit to Todaiji Temple, once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and still houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. We will also stop by Nara Deer Park before moving on to Kyoto.
Kyoto was Japan’s capital city from 794 to 1868 before the title was given to Tokyo city. For 12 centuries in history, Kyoto witnessed all the rise and fall of Japan.
At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the center of the city’s art. Gion is the most charming in the early evening, when the lanterns are lit and Geishas and Maikos flit about the back streets on their way to their appointments. (B/L/D)
Known as the cradle of Japan’s cultural heritage, Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. You’ll see the main highlights of the wonderfully rich culture of Kyoto. Places such as the Kiyomizu Temple will dazzle your eyes. Your guide will also introduce you to Kyoto’s most popular temple, Kinkakuji, home of the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese garden as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion. Visit the Nishijin company which produces Kimonos. Watch a Kimona demonstration.
Transfer to Kobe by the Shinkansen (bullet train). Start your journey in Kobe city. Kobe, scene of the worst earthquake in the living memory of most Japanese, has rebuilt and revitalized to form one of the most delightful and peaceful cities you can wish to visit. Historically, due to its port, Kobe has a long history of foreign contact, which has imbued its people with a very global outlook and attitude. It is also home to the famous Kobe Beef, which is known for its tenderness, sweet flavor and fine texture. Dine at a restaurant specialized in Kobe beef – a delicious treat! Tasting some Sake at a Sake brewery is also a must-do while you’re visiting Kyoto. (B/L/D)
This morning we’ll visit Osaka Castle, one of the main attractions in Osaka. It was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the most powerful feudal lords in Japan, known as the second person who united Japan. Dining and shopping on Shinsaibashi street will be a memorable experience while you’re in Osaka. (B/L/D)
Transfer to Seoul, the capital city of Korea. It is a metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets – a perfect combination of modern and traditional values. (B/L)
Your tour guide will lead through Freedom Road to Imjingak, the last village before DMZ in South Korea with many statues and monuments. Imjingak is where the “Bridge of Freedom” lies. It does actually cross the Imjin River; it is a former railroad bridge which was used by repatriated POWs/soldiers returning from the north. See the Odusan Unification Observatory just north of Seoul. The observatory is located on a hill that is strategically perched overlooking the confluence of both the Imjim and Han Rivers that creates the border with North Korea.
Return to Seoul in the late afternoon for a Korean traditional art performance at the Jeongdong Theater. (B/L/D)
This morning we’ll visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, a UNESCO heritage. Visit Bukchon Hanok Village which got its name from to hundreds of traditional Korean homes with tiled roofs and stone floors, called “hanok.” The village reflects 600 years of Seoul’s history. Take a walk in the small alleys lined up with hanok here.
Stop by the Samsung Innovation Museum to discover the tech giant’s success story. Move on to the Blue House – the office and residence of the President of the Republic of Korea. (B/L/D)
Board your return flight to Los Angeles. (B)