JAPAN: FALL TOUR

JAPAN: FALL TOUR “TWO CAPITALS AND FUJI MOUNTAIN”

ABOUT TOUR:

If you like to travel and visit the most exotic places – Japan just has to be the #1 country to visit.

The land of the rising sun has the most extraordinary contrasts between ancient cultural and modern lifestyle. For example, for many people Tokyo is associated with the “city of the future” because of the skyscrapers and the largest financial and shopping centers, numerous entertainment and neon lights. However, all of this is only one side of Tokyo. You can also find here many narrow streets, houses with paper walls, numerous shops and places of sales with handicrafts.

With no doubt, the recognizable landmark of Japan and the main symbol of the land of the rising sun, is the majestic Mount Fuji (Fuji-San). Fuji is the country's highest mountain, rising to 3776 meters above sea level and the surrounding landscape, which has represented by a largely flat landscape in the south and east. During the good and clear weather, Fuji is perfectly visible from Tokyo, although the capital of Japan is almost 70 kilometers far away from it.

Besides Japan, where else you can degustate the real Japanese sushi. You can experience the true delight of taste from Japanese cuisine while visiting the country.

The main thing to create a menu is the saying: “one soup and three rice dishes”, which means that one soup is required and three dishes, that are served with boiled rice. These should be dishes with raw, boiled and fried additions. Rice is the basis of all the dishes of local cuisine, and used in almost every one of them.

The Japanese do not hold back their sounds by the table: it is customary to slough, rush, smack and sip and it is not prohibit by the eating culture. That is exactly opposite – it is a compliment for the person who prepared the food, because clients or guests are in the big hurry to eat it. Moreover, the silent eating could be regard as an insult.

One of the most common beverages is green tea, less commonly – black tea. Among alcoholic beverages, traditional sake is in the lead – “rice vodka” with a strength of 19%. The number of variety of sake, despite the simplicity of the ingredients, can go up to a thousand. Citizens also love beer; Japanese varieties of beer got the 4th place in the world.

Travel dates: from 17th until 25th of September, from 7th until 15th October and from 19th until 27th November.

Duration: 9 nights / 8 nights

Route: Tokyo – Kamakura – Enoshima – Hakone – Kyoto – Fuji

Tours cost:
3800 EUR

The price is for one person (in a double room with one bed).

Extra fee for accommodation in a room with two separate beds – 200 USD per person.

In October and November, the tour will be organized for a groups starting with 4 people. 

Included at the total price: 
* Visa application
* Group transfer from Narita Airport (Tokyo) by minibus and back
* Comfortable hotels in Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto 
* 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner
* 6 excursions according to the program with the Russian-speaking guide (5 excursions by public transport, 1 excursion by ordered transport)
* Lifting on Mount Fuji (2300 m)
* Tickets to ride by Shinkansen (Odawara-Kyoto, Kyoto-Tokyo)
* Entrance tickets according to the program

 
NOT included at the total price:
* Flight tickets;
* Health insurance;
* Optional excursions; 
* Tips; 
* Meals not included in the program
* Early check-in or late check-out in hotels 
* Personal expenses.

 With love – yours AFY TRAVEL team. 

 

 

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DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN TOKYO
Meeting at the Narita airport. The Japanese driver will hold a sign with your name.
Group transfer by minibus to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel.

DAY 2. TOUR ON AUTUMN TOKYO
After breakfast, you will meet with Russian-speaking guide in the hotel lobby.

During a Japan capitals sightseeing tour you will find such interesting sights as:

- The square in front of the Imperial Palace - the heart of the Japanese capital.
- Walk on the most fashionable and expensive street of Japan - Ginza. Ginza consider the most popular shopping district in Tokyo. Here are the most luxurious and  exclusive shops. There you can buy precisely everything that founds on Earth. In addition, there are many cafeterias, teahouses, cafes, restaurants.
- Tsukiji Fish Market - the largest fish market in the world.
- Lunch at the fish restaurant (paid separately).
- Hachiko Memorial Statue – one of the attractions of Shibuya. This monument is very popular among the Tokyo citizens; it is used as a meeting place. Moreover, thanks to the film based on a true story, statue known all over the world.
- Shibuya crossroad. The urban legend says that at the same time at rush hour about 3,000 people can cross the road near the Shibuya station. This place you could have seen in the movies. That is the place where are organized mass celebrations, especially on New Year's Eve or Halloween.
- The Harajuku Youth District is bright and eccentric; it is the meeting place for all Tokyo fashionistas. Not only Japanese, but also Western designers get some new ideas for their collections.
- The Meiji Emperor Temple is the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo.
Shinjuku skyscrapers area. This is a commercial area where are located the building of Ministry of Defense and the best universities campuses.
- Meeting Godzilla ☺ 
- The observation deck of the Tokyo City Hall. From the height of the 45th floor, you can oversee a beautiful view of Tokyo.

DAY 3. EXCURSION ON KAMAKURA AND ENOSHIMA
Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with Russian-speaking guide.

A tour of the ancient capital of Kamakura and a visit to Enoshima Island. Kamakura is located on the Pacific oceans coast (only an hour-long way to the south from Tokyo). Kamakura was the site of the medieval feudal government of Japan, and it is full of historical sights. The main attractions of the city include the giant bronze Great Buddha, the colorful shrine of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and ancient monasteries.

The program also includes visit of Hasedera Temple, where the wooden gilded statue of the goddess Kannon is located. Here you can also admire the beautiful Japanese-style garden. Tsurugaoka Hatimangu Temple is located on a hill with the sight to the ocean; it is one of Japan’s most popular Shinto shrines.

Lunch – local cuisine (paid separately).

Walk around Enoshima Island with a visit to the caves leading to Mount Fuji and admiring the ocean. At the end of the tour return to the hotel.

Spare time.

DAY 4. EXCURSION TO FUJI. LAKE YAMANAKA
Meeting with Russian-speaking guide at the hotels hall after breakfast. Excursion organized with ordered transport.

Rising to the fifth step of Mount Fuji, which is located at an altitude of 2305 m. Mount Fuji or Fujiyama or, as the Japanese respectfully call it Fuji-san, is the highest peak in Japan, the top of which reaches a height 3776 meters above sea level. For Japanese Fuji's symbolize such fundamental concepts as country, nation, beauty, divine purity, harmony... Fuji is not just a wonderful natural object, but also a very significant phenomenon in Japanese culture.
Visit Oshino Hakkai. The eight springs of the village of Osino are both a tourist attraction and a place of pilgrimage.
Lunch – local cuisine (paid separately).
Walk on the lake Yamanaka on an amphibious bus.
Return to the hotel. Spare time.

DAY 5. EXCURSION TO HAKONE
Meeting with Russian-speaking guide at the hotels hall after breakfast at 9 am. Transfer to Tokyo Station. Transfer to Hakone.

Excursion in Hakone. Hakone is a national park and resort area to the southeast from Fujiyama. It is very popular among Tokyo citizens as a place of rest during the weekend. Here is a lot of lakes and hot springs, shrines and art museums, and neighborhood to Tokyo makes the park a wonderful place for a brief visit when you want to take a rest from the city rush. The park can be viewed in one day, but it is much more interesting to spend there at least one night in a traditional Japanese ryokan (hotel), enjoying the rest in one of the baths at the thermal spring.

During the program:
-Owakudani Valley of Geysers, which you can reach by cable car
-Visit to the shrine of Hakone
-Lake Ashi with a magnificent view of Mount Fuji
-Cruise on the lake in a pirate ship
-Samurai outpost
* We recommend taking warm clothes.

In the evening, you will find a well-deserved rest after such a busy day: settling in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese dinner and visiting the thermal springs at the hotel. Relax and have a good time in the hot tubs in the open air! Water from hot mineral springs not only perfectly relieves stress and fatigue, but also has a healing effect on the entire body.

This night you will spend in Hakone.

DAY 6. HAKONE – KYOTO. EXCURSION IN KIOTO
In the morning, you will have time to swim in the hot springs once again. Breakfast – traditional cuisine, then a check-out from the ryokan.

Transfer to Odawara train station by ordered car. Maintenance guide not provided.
From Odawara Station, you will go to Kyoto on Shinkansen – the bullet train (you will already have tickets).
A Russian-speaking guide at the station will meet you.
Then you will enjoy a guided tour with a Russian-speaking guide through the ancient capital of Japan:
The Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion is one of Kyoto's most recognizable symbols. It seemed to soar over the lake, reflected in its smooth surface.
Ryoanji (Jap. "Temple of the Dragon at Peace") is famous for its garden of 15 stones. The main mystery is that from whatever side you look at the garden, you can only see 14 stones. One of them always will be unseen.
Lunch at a local restaurant – traditional cuisine (for an additional fee).
Kiyomizudera (Jap. "Pure Water Temple"). There is a beautiful view of the city from the terrace, standing on wooden stilts.

Check-in at the hotel. Spare time.

DAY 7: EXCURSION TO NARA
Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel at Kyoto. Meeting with the guide at the hotels hall.

Excursion to Nara. Nara is the first imperial capital of the country (710-784), a real open-air museum with the most important Buddhist buildings:
- The Todaiji Temple. It is the largest wooden construction in the world. The temple protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Kofukuji Temple is one of the oldest and most significant temple complexes of Nara. The temple built on a hill in 669, as the shrine of Fujiwara clan – the most influential clan of the Heian period.
- The Kasuga Taisha Temple, also called the Kasuga Grand Shrine, is one of the most important religious buildings in Nara, built in 768 for the Fujiwara clan. The temple occupies an important place in the spiritual life of the Japanese. The imperial family often visits it, many celebrations organized here, and traditional performances of ceremonial music and dances of ancient Japan traditionally held here. Firstly, to get to the temple you need to go through the famous Deer Park and cross the Kasugayama Primeval forest. The trees in this forest are so ancient, that they also held under the protection of UNESCO as World Heritage sites.
Walk through the Deer Park, where live more than a thousand tame deer. Here, in Japan, deer is sacred animal and is called as heralds of the gods. In special tents, located throughout the park, sold special cookies for them. Deer are not afraid of people at all. By the way, when deer see the treasured delicacy in people’s hands, they will immediately come closer and demand for a treats.

Return to Kyoto, transfer to Tokyo by Shinkansen. Arriving in Tokyo, where you an accompanying person will meet you and lead to the hotel.

Check-in at the hotel. Rest.

DAY 8. SPARE DAY AT TOKYO
Breakfast at the hotel. Spare time.

For additional fee (by booking services timely) after lunch, you can:

- Walk in Koishikawa Korakuen Park and admiring the maples
- Shopping in Akihabara – a town with souvenir and electronics stores
- Visit the entertainment district of Kabukicho, where you will see numerous entertainment venues, pubs with restaurants and countless original cafes.
- You can also attend a sushi master-class – 13,000 yen per person.

 Group excursion in English (you have to order at least 3 days before excursion) to the Nikko and the world heritage objects – 22,000 yen per person.