Get acquainted with this pulsing city with a visit to the vibrant Ginza and take advantage of Travcoa’s exclusive Dine Around program to make your first night’s dinner memorable.
We will explore the Imperial Palace Plaza and the Garden of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most magnificent Shinto shrine. There’ll be plenty of time for amazing shopping before our gala Welcome Dinner.
The Tobu Express Train takes us for a day- trip to Nikko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of shrines and temples from the time of the Shoguns. Our visit also includes a drive to lovely Lake Chuzenji in the Japanese Alps. We return to Tokyo for our final evening there.
Hakone (Mt. Fuji)
This morning, we head to Hakone, stopping along the way to visit Kotokuin Temple. Hakone sits at the edge of Ashino-ko, the iconic lake which mirrors Mt. Fuji. After a visit to Hakone’s stunning Open- Air Museum, we will cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi.
Before leaving this area, we drive up Mt. Fuji, reaching the highest point accessible by road.
The famed Bullet Train takes us to Kyoto. Many say this ancient city personifies Japan – graceful geishas, tranquil Zen gardens, delicate silks, and intricate crafts.
Here, too, is a place where we will immerse ourselves in the exquisite culture. We will visit Kyoto’s world-famous geisha district and local geisha schools to hear an insider’s view of this exotic world. We will also visit a private home in Kyoto, where our gracious hostess will demonstrate the intricate Japanese Tea Ceremony – and we’ll try our hand at the art of origami.
An afternoon excursion takes us to Nara, one of Japan’s most rewarding destinations – the city, alone, has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The beautiful Buddhist and Shinto shrines represent a perfect balance as deities of each religion are seen as manifestations of the other. We’ll visit Nara Park, home to hundreds of free- roaming deer, that who have become the symbol of the city – and home to the stunning Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building.
A morning express train takes us to explore the traditional architecture, museums, boutiques, and cafes of Kurashiki. We’ll explore this picturesque city and its wonderful art collections.
Hiroshima (Miyajima Island)
A morning express train brings us to this icon of peace. Once the political and commercial heart of the beautiful city, the site was ground zero for dropping the world's first atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. We will take time to stroll through the Peace Memorial Park & Museum and celebrate the strength and courage of this city as we look at its prosperous future, including a private tour of the Mazda Factory and Museum.
The following morning, visit the iconic Miyajima Island, best known for its widely photographed floating vermillion-colored torii, gate to the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. In the afternoon, we visit Shukkeien Garden, where the geography of Japan is represented in miniature.
Hiroshima & Home
You will be escorted to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.
Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
Opened in 1890 on request of the Japanese artistocracy, the Imperial Hotel Tokyo boasts an impressive historic pedigree. Centrally located just south of the Imperial Palace grounds, the property has long drawn a high-profile clientele who rely on the discretion of the gracious staff of devoted hoteliers particularly adept at looking after discerning guests. Rooms are situated in the main building or in the gleaming tower, and many look across 40-acre Hibiya Park, the Palace and Ginza neighborhood. Two pleasures not to be missed here are the daily chanoyu (traditional tea ceremony) and a drink in the Old Imperial bar, an elegant Art Deco space containing pieces of murals and terracotta tile from the original building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923. Imperial Hotel Tokyo has the largest executive service center in Japan, an amenity room for early arrival, late departure, music practice rooms, 24-hour room service, Michelin starred restaurants, fitness centers, and more.
Hakone Hotel, Hakone
Set upon a shore overlooking the sparkling waters of the Lake Ashi, the Hakone Hotel shines like the most precious stone in the region. When the majestic view of Mt. Fuji shows up over the Lake Ashi, it adds a breathtaking moment to the guests' stays. Since its establishment in 1923, the Hakone Hotel has drawn many guests home and abroad with its incomparable hospitality and service. Fully renovated in 1992, the Hakone Hotel offers a wide variety of modern guestrooms. There are 50 air-conditioned guestrooms offering amenities including in-room slippers, TV, minibar and in-room safe.
The Westin Miyako, Kyoto
Set upon a shore overlooking the sparkling waters of the Lake Ashi, the Hakone Hotel shines like the most precious stone in the region. When the majestic view of Mt. Fuji shows up over the Lake Ashi, it adds a breathtaking moment to the guests' stays. Your Deluxe room amenities include air-conditioning, satellite TV, complimentary W-Fi internet access, refrigerator, mini bar, coffee/tea facilities, in-room safe and en suite bath with bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer.
Hotel Nikko Kurashiki, Kurashiki
The 70 spacious guest rooms are among the best in Kurashiki City. The hotel has four dining facilities a Japanese and a Western-style restaurant, a café and a bar. The hotel itself features modern architecture, but one of the restaurants in an annex building is a remodeled 200 year-old rice granary, which is listed as a Japan Important Cultural Property. The guestrooms are designed for comfort with large windows and amenities that include a marble bathrooms with deep-soaking tub and separate glass-enclosed shower.
Rihga Royal Hotel, Hiroshima
Hiroshima, Rihga Royal Hotel: Located in the center of the city, this deluxe hotel is within walking distance of Shukkein Garden, Hiroshima Castle and the Peace Memorial Park. As well as being one of the newest buildings in the city, the Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima is also one of the tallest and can be seen quite easily from any part of the city. There are a number of restaurants to choose from including three Japanese restaurants, two with Western-style cuisine, a coffee house, and a Chinese restaurant, as well as two bars and a lounge. The hotel also has a fitness center and swimming pool, as well as a business center and beauty salon. It offers 491 guest rooms; all rooms are air-conditioned and boast stylish and sophisticated interiors. Each is furnished with everything needed to make your stay comfortable including satellite TV, hairdryer and minibar.