Tokyo – Yokohama – Mt. Fuji – Magome Samurai Village
Nagoya – ISE – Ninja Museum of Igaryu – Nagoya – Nara
Kyoto – Arashiyama Bamboo Forest – Kobe – Osaka
Tour: Jul 02 – Jul 12, 2022 From: $4,095 + Tax
Inclusive of International Airfares & Covid test before returning to the USA
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MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME
Tokyo: Visit Akihabara is a buzzing shopping hub. Kiddyland. Mori Building Digital Art Museum, The museum is highly interactive and ever-evolving, as your presence imprints on the digital space around you. Evening time at Shinjuku district.
Yokohama: Enjoy your time at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum is a unique museum about Japanese noodle dishes.
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.
Magome Samurai Village: A walk through Magome-juku will transport you back to the Edo period, some 300 years ago.
Nagoya: Toyota Kaikan Museum showcases Toyota’s latest products and offers a history of the Toyota company
ISE: Visit Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan, worshiping 8 million Shinto gods and 124 Japanese emperors. Visit Mikimoto Pearl 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 & the Deer Park.
Igaryu: Visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu and watch a Ninja performance.
Kyoto: Visit Kiyomizu Temple – Golden Pavilion Temple. At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the center of the city’s art. The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.
Kobe: Lunch at a restaurant specialized in Kobe beef – a delicious treat! 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.
Exclusively by AV Travel: Enjoy the Shinkansen Bullet train with a speed of 320km/h in 3 hours from Osaka to Tokyo.
Check in at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Tokyo. An AV Travel tour leader will assist and escort travelers throughout the trip.
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. (D)
Visit Akihabara is a buzzing shopping hub famed for its electronics retailers, ranging from tiny stalls to vast department stores like Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba. Venues specializing in manga, anime and video games include Tokyo Anime Center, for exhibits & souvenirs. Enjoy your time at Mori Building Digital Art Museum: is the first permanent digital museum in the world without a map or set route, and a lack of signage, visitors are encouraged to explore the museum at their own leisure, wandering in and out of exhibits to discover new and exciting things, which test each and every sense. The museum is highly interactive and ever evolving, as your presence imprints on the digital space around you. At Asakusa, you will have fun browsing through many colorful stores lining along the Nakamise walkway that leads up to the Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji), which is the oldest and most popular Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Come night time, its bright lights and maze of streets beckon crowds to enjoy its company. You will experience the craziest part of Tokyo nightlife at Shinjuku. (B/D)
This morning, drive to visit Yokohama, is Japan’s second-largest city, has one of the world’s largest Chinatowns. You will enjoy your free time at the famous the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum is a unique museum about ramen, a very popular Japanese noodle dish. Continue to Mount Fuji, is a symbol of Japan with 3776 meters Japan’s highest mountain, is listed as a UNESCO heritage and known as the symbol of Japan. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries. Note: If the weather permits, the bus will drive us to the 5th station. Visit the old village Oshino Hakkai which bears Japanese traditional architecture and sits at the foot of Mt. Fuji. There are plenty of local food vendors that will definitely satisfy your taste buds. We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese hotel). After dinner, you can 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/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… On the way, stop to visit Magome Samurai Village. A walk though Magome-juku will transport you back to the Edo period, some 300 years ago. The area is known internationally as a place that retains the particular atmosphere of old Japanese posting stations. Visitors can hike a portion of the Nakasendo from Magome to Tsumago. This scenic trail is especially popular among overseas visitors who seek an authentic experience of traditional life. Visit the Toyota Kaikan Museum, where Toyota displays its new models and technologies to the public and periodically holds robot shows. (B/L/D)
Depart to the home of 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 the Mikimoto Pearl Island with the “Woman diver show” This area is the Shima Peninsula, birthplace of Kokichi Mikimoto, who rose to become one of the pioneers of pearl culture with the production of the first D-shaped pearl in 1893. His achievements are commemorated at the Pearl Museum in his hometown of Toba, in Mie Prefecture on Japan’s main island of Honshu. In the early days, Mikimoto employed the Ama divers to raise adult oysters from the sea bed and replace them after the implantation of a nucleus. But with the development of new breeding and growing techniques in the 1950s, the Ama were no longer required.” 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. Visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu located in Iga, Mie Prefecture, Japan, is a museum dedicated to the history of the ninja and ninjutsu. It was established in 1964. Ninja were a type of warriors during Japan’s feudal ages, specialized in gathering information about the enemy and conducting various acts of espionage and sabotage. The Iga Ninja Museum delivers a comprehensive ninja experience: it consists of a ninja residence, two exhibition halls and a stage which hosts ninja shows. The Ninja residence looks ordinary from the outside, but within it is devised with revolving walls, trap doors and hidden compartments. The Ninja show features authentic ninja skills and real weapons, including a splendid demonstration of using throwing stars. Although the shows are held in Japanese only, they are still highly entertaining for non-Japanese speakers as most of the action speaks for itself.
Continue to visit 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 Kimono demonstration. Afternoon enjoy your time at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital’s move to Kyoto in 794. (B/D)
Your journey continues with a visit to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world. It’s one of the most photographed sights in the city. But no picture can capture the feeling of standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove – the whole thing has a palpable sense of otherness that is quite unlike that of any normal forest we know of. Continue to Osaka. Perhaps spend the rest of your afternoon in Dotonbori – Namba – Shinsaibashi – the largest shopping area in Osaka where many boutiques and specialty shops are gathered, attracting local people and visitors. (B/L/D)
Visit the 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. Depart to 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. Lunch 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 Kobe. (B/L/D)
Enjoy Shinkansen Bullet train between Osaka-Tokyo with speed 320kn/h in 3 hours. No trip to Japan would be complete without taking the Shinkasen Bullet train, provides the fastest, most convenient and most comfortable transport service in Japan. Fly Non-Stop to Los Angeles. (B)