Japan Sampler
Number Of Nights: 6
Starts / Ends: Tokyo (Narita Airport)
Type Of Tour: Land Only
Visits: Tokyo (2 Nights) / Kyoto (3 Nights) / Tokyo (1 Night)
Minimum: 1 Person
Meals: None
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Day 1: Arrive Tokyo (Narita)
After entry procedures, transfer to your hotel by Airport Limousine Bus on your own. We provide you with a pre-paid bus coupon and detailed instructions with an airport map.
Two nights’ accommodations at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel (Main Tower).
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temple Day 2: Join Tokyo Morning Tour / Afternoon At Leisure
This morning join a sightseeing tour of Tokyo which will include a visit to the Tokyo Tower Observatory for a panoramic view of the city. Drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza (a short photo stop at the outer garden), visit Asakusa Kannon Temple with bustling Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Drive by Akihabara. Tour ends at Tokyo Station. Return to your hotel on your own, transfer not included. The local guide will explain how to use the local train to return to your hotel. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 3: Tokyo to Kyoto by Bullet Train (Train Ticket Included)
Walk to Shinagawa Station and board a Hikari Bullet Train for Kyoto on your own. Get off at Kyoto Station and walk across the street to the New Miyako Hotel. Afternoon at leisure to plan your own activities. We will provide you with a self-guided walking tour that includes directions on how to get around Kyoto riding the local bus, a good map and a brief description of the various points of interest.
Three nights’ accommodations at the New Miyako Hotel.
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Kiyomizu Day 4: Join Kyoto 1-Day Tour (Japanese Lunch Included)
Join in the full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto visiting Nijo Castle, once used as the Tokugawa Shogun's family palace. Also visit the Golden Pavilion, a gilded symmetrical structure originally a nobleman's villa and the Kyoto Imperial Palace, a former residence of the Imperial Family. Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon (different bus from morning tour) visit the vermilion Heian Shrine, a magnificent structure strongly influenced by Chinese architecture. Also visit Sanjusangendo Hall and its host of impressive statue of Buddha. Finally, visit Kiyomizu Temple, noted for its 164-foot-high wooden veranda and a magnificent view of Kyoto. Return to your hotel, evening at leisure.
2014
1. On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, May 14 - 17 due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
2. On Jan. 25, May 25 and Oct. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will serve as the alternative for Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
3. On Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the year-end New Year's holidays, Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead.
4. Please note that before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be required to fill out a form with your personal information such as your full name, sex, age, and nationality. (The form will be provided on the tour day.)
Day 5: Kyoto Morning At Leisure / Join Nara Afternoon Tour
This morning at leisure to enjoy Kyoto on your own. This afternoon‘s tour begins with a bus ride to Nara, taking you through the Japan countryside. Upon arrival in Nara visit the Todaiji Temple, the world's largest wooden building that houses the 50-foot-high Great Image of Buddha. Enjoy the peaceful Deer Park where many tame deer roam freely on the grounds. Walk through vermilion-hued Kasuga Shrine with its thousands of lanterns. Return bus ride back to Kyoto and your hotel. Evening at leisure.

Note: Jan & Feb, the Nara Afternoon Tour only operates on Tue, Thu & Sat, your sightseeing tours in Kyoto will be shuffled to fit.

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Tokyo Day 6: Kyoto to Tokyo by Bullet Train (Train Ticket Included)
Walk to Kyoto Station and board a Bullet train for Tokyo on your own. Upon arrival at Shinagawa Station, walk to your hotel on your own.
Overnight accommodations at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel (Main Tower).
Day 7: Depart Tokyo (Narita)
Transfer to the airport by pre-paid Airport Limousine Bus on your own.

Note: This tour may be extended by adding extra nights in Japan.

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