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Japan is an eclectic mix of past, present, and future, combining ancient samurai traditions and an impressive history with a modern-day persona and new world technology. The country is unique in that, until the late 19th century, it was ruled by the feudal Shogunate, with its semi-divine Emperor a powerless figurehead trapped in the Imperial Palace in the ancient city of Kyoto.
A land of contrasts, Japan is a fascinating destination for visitors. Combining the attractions of an ancient and unfamiliar culture with all the trappings of one of the world powerhouses in entertainment, fashion, and innovation, Japan is a journey of discovery wherever you go.
Nowadays, visitors can explore every part of the country, with its excellent air, rail, and public transportation system linking the five main islands of Hokkaido in the far north, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu to the tropical thousand-island archipelago that includes Okinawa. Topographically, Japan boasts everything from the massive Alps to forests, waterfalls, narrow coastal strips, great cities, glorious lakes and the Inland Sea.
Historically and culturally, the cities of Nara, Kyoto, Tokyo, and historic Kanazawa, as well as a few remaining original Daimyo castles, all tell of ancient Samurai traditions still highly respected by the Japanese people. Visitors need not worry about communication, as many Japanese people speak some English, and the locals are among the most gracious and respectful on the planet.
Since the opening of the country to foreigners in 1868, sushi and teppanyaki cuisine have won devotees all over the world, and is even more delicious in Japan itself. Dishes served in traditional eateries are seasonal; using ultra-fresh ingredients usually caught right from the sea and beautifully plated which is something of an art form. Restaurants come at all levels from back streets teeming with local sushi bars to downtown districts home to celebrity and internationally-acclaimed chefs.
Accommodation is as varied as dining options, stretching from upscale hotels and resorts to business hotels and traditional ryokans with communal baths, floor mats and rooms divided by shoji sliding doors. Kyoto is home to several such inns, famous for their traditional keiseki multi-course cuisine and the sheer beauty of their settings. Staying in a ryokan is an unmissable, totally authentic Japanese experience.
Shopping is a delight, with the Japanese love of fine design relating to everything from fashion, home wares and electronics to jewelry and furniture. The famous 100 yen shops are scattered around every district, selling a huge selection of knick knacks at ultra low prices, a rarity in pricey Japan. Bargain-hunters will find them irresistible!
Day 1 : ARRIVAL TOKYO
Arrive in Tokyo. Transfer to Designated Hotel On Seat in Coach basis (Airport Limousine) 15:00 Check in to the Hotel. Day Free at leisure. (Please note that the bus stops only at designated locations. Drop of to the hotel cannot be guaranteed) Overnight Stay at a Hotel in Tokyo.
Day 2 : TOKYO CITY TOUR
Breakfast at the Hotel. Proceed for City tour 07:30 – 08:30.Gather at designated locations (hotels in Tokyo) on your own and board the bus 09:00 Depart from Bus Terminal 10:00 Meiji Shrine National Diet Building (drive-by) East Gardens of the Imperial Palace Senso-ji Temple & Nakamise Shopping Street Ginza Drive-By 13:15 . Lunch is included Tokyo Bay Cruise Odaiba Sea Side Park 17:30 Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance Head to the hotel on your own. Overnight Stay at a Hotel in Tokyo.
Day 3 : MT. FUJI & HAKONE TOUR
Breakfast at the Hotel. Proceed for a tour of MT FUJI & HAKONE 07:30 – 08:30 Gather at designated locations (hotels in Tokyo) on your own and board the bus 11:00 Mt. Fuji 5th Station (30 min) Lunch 14:00 Lake Ashi Cruise (15 min) 15:00 Mt. Komagatake Ropeway (50 min) 16:00 Depart Hakone (Depart Hakone and RETURN to TOKYO by bus) 18:30-20:30This tour disbands upon arrival at Ginza. Please head to your hotel on your own. Overnight Stay at a Hotel in Tokyo.
Day 4 : TOKYO – TOHOKU - ZAO FOX VILLAGE TOUR
Breakfast at the Hotel. 08:00. Head to designated locations (hotels in Tokyo) on your own for Pickup for your Zao Fox Village Tour 11:00-12:10. Tokyo Station or Ueno Station Tohoku Shinkansen (Ordinary Car, Reserved Seat) 12:50. Arrive at Shiroishi- Zao Station 13:00-14:00. From Shiroishi-Zao Station Transfer to Zao Fox Village Free Time Sightseeing at Zao Fox Village From Zao Fox Village to Hotel Transfer15:10- 16:10 Arrive at Active Resorts Miyagi Zao. Overnight Stay at Active Resorts Miyagi Zao.
Day 5 : TOHOKU – SNOW MONSTER TOUR
Today after breakfast at the Hotel 09:45-10:25. Transfer to Miyagi Zao Sumikawa Snow Park 11:00-11:45. Gelande House Board the Snowcat, Transfer 11:45-12:00 Arrive at Snow Monster Field, Snow Monster Viewing 12:00-12:45 Travel from Snow Monster Tree Field on Snowcat 13:00 Sumikawa Snow Park Arrive at Gelande House 16:00 Sumikawa Snow Park Meet in front of the Juhyou bus stop 18:15 Arrive at JR Sendai Station. Overnight Stay at a Hotel in Sendai.
Day 6 : SENDAI
Breakfast at the Hotel. Proceed to Sendai tour on your own Yama-dera Kotodai Park Aoba Castle Lunch on your own Sendai City Museum Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium Depart to hotel on your own Overnight Stay at a Hotel in Sendai.
Day 7 : DEPART TOKYO – SENDAI – TOKYO
Breakfast at the Hotel. Proceed to Sendai Station on your own Reach Sendai Station Board the Shinkansen Train from Sendai to Tokyo SIC AIRPORT TRANSFER. Proceed to Narita Airport on Seat in Coach basis from Tokyo Station.