Japan Honeymoon Tour
JAPAN HONEYMOON TOUR
7 Days 6 Nights
TOKYO (3N) - HAMAMATSU (1N) - KOYOTO (1N) - OSAKA (1N)
DAY 01: ARRIVE TOKYO (NARITA)
Welcome to Japan! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport.The assistant will get you in the bus to your hotel.
DAY 02: TOKYO GENERAL DAY TOUR
Today, Cosplayer girl get on the bus with you and spice up the sightseeing!! We enjoy driving in the Tokyo Metropolitan area. You can enjoy a cozy trip with listening explanation of our guide scenery from the bus window. The First spot is Imperial Palace. We drive by the Imperial palace which is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices. It is built on the site of the old Edo Castle. Next spot is the National Diet Building. We also drive by there. It was built on a site once inhabited by feudal lords, Japan’s current parliament building was completed in 1936 and houses two chambers -House of Representatives and House of Councilors-. We head to Edo Tokyo museum where take visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo. This history museum does an excellent job laying out Tokyo’s miraculous transformation from feudal city to modern capital, through city models, miniatures of real buildings, reproductions of old maps and ukiyo-e (woodblock prints). Then we proceed to Asakusa. Senso-ji temple is the capital’s oldest temple, older than Tokyo itself. According to legend, in AD628, two fishermen brothers pulled out a golden image of Kannon (the bidhisattva of compassion) from the nearby Sumida river. Sensoji temple was built to enshrine it. Beyond Kaminari-mon gate is the bustling shopping street, Nakamise-dori. There are also numerous snack vendors serving up crunchy rice crackers and age-manjyu (deep-fried anko -bean-paste- buns). Of course we’ll visit The Shibuya Crossing, where is one of the world’s busiest crossings. It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, there is always a crowd. It’s actually pretty daunting to see such a large amount of people walking towards you, but Japan has an efficient pedestrian crossing system. We return hotel.
DAY 03: TOKYO GENERAL DAY TOUR
We start the day to visit at Tokyo Tower. Something of a shameless tourist trap, this 1958-vintage tower remains a bellowed symbol of the city’s post-WW2 rebirth. At 333m it’s 13mtaller than the Eiffel Tower, which was the inspiration for its design. It’s also painted bright orange and white in order to comply with international aviation safety regulations. The 150m Main Deck, where you can get a sense of Tokyo’s cityscape in all three dimensions. If the sky is clear, the Mt. Fuji can be seen in the distance. Then drive to Akihabara area and enjoy Japanese pop culture zone, the electronic district and the mecca for the anime (Japanese cartoon characters). Even if you haven’t the faintest idea of who or what AKB48 or Gundam is, Akiba, as it’s popularly known, is still well worth visiting for its buzzing, quirky atmosphere, shopping malls and the contemporary arts of 3331 Arts Chiyoda. We return hotel. Today’s afternoon is free at your leisure. Enjoy Tokyo on your own.
DAY 04: TOKYO – MT. FUJI AREA – HAMAMATSU
Today one day excursion to Mt. Fuji area. Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It is 3776 meters above sea level. Mt. Fuji is considered to be the symbol of Japanese beauty. In June of 2013, Mt. Fuji was registered as a World Heritage site. There are several lakes around Mt. Fuji. Lake Yamanaka, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Saiko, Lake Motosu and Lake Shoji. These lakes are often known as the “Fuji Five Lakes”. We will stop at Lake Kawaguchi for photo. Lake Kawaguchi, situated in Yamanashi prefecture, west of Tokyo, is one of the best spots for viewing of the majestic Mt. Fuji. Weather permitting, we will enjoy the beautiful scenery lake with Mt. Fuji. Then proceed to Oshino-hakkai that is located in the famed Fuji Five Lakes region just between Lake Kawaguchiko and Lake Yamanako, Oshino Hakkai is actually what remains of the now dried out sixth lake. The eight ponds forming this holy location are maintained by melting snows of the majestic Mount Fuji. The water filtering down the porous layers of lava over the years come up chilled and crystal clear. As a result, many believe that this spring is holy and head there to make prayers. Our lunch today is Houtou, which is Yamanashi’s delicious local noodle. Houtou is originally the name of the thick and flat noodle made from wheat. It is cooked in miso: soy bean paste, based soup with lots of vegetables in season, such as pumpkins, carrots. radishes and mushrooms. After having enjoyed scenery, we head to Hamamatsu. On the way to hotel, we visit at Greenpia Makinohara in Shizuoka Prefecture, which is surrounded by tea plantations. Shizuoka is one of Japan’s most famous areas for the production of green tea. In Shizuoka Prefecture, tea picking started at the beginning end of April. The first tea of the season in Shizuoka is already on sale in May. You can see the process of manufacture of the tea there. Please don’t miss to try green tea(sen-sha).
DAY 05: HAMAMATSU – KYOTO
We will continue our program. We proceed to Kyoto. The First visit in Kyoto is Kinkaku-ji which is known as the Golden Pavilion. It was built on the compound of the Rokuon-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple, which is designated as one of the 17 World Cultural Heritage-listed monuments in Kyoto. It is a three-story building in the garden complex unique to the Muromachi period, with its top two stories covered with pure gold leaf. Next, we visit at Nishijin Textile Center. You can see Japanese tradition and beauty. Nishijin Textile, a general term for Sakizome for figured cloth produced in Kyoto (Nishijin), in which the production is characterized by a high-volume of various kinds of goods with a low volume production of each kind. You can enjoy the gorgeous and beauty of Nishijin through the Kimono show here. In the evening we take a walk through the famous Gion district. Gion is a one of the district of Kyoto, originally developed in the Middle Ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine. The district was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. It eventually evolved to become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan. We stay in Kyoto tonight.
DAY 06: KYOTO – NARA – OSAKA
Before leaving Kyoto, we can’t miss one place to visit Arashiyama bamboo grove. Walking into this extensive bamboo grove is like entering another world – the thick green bamboo stalks seem to continue endlessly in every direction and there’s a strange quality to the light. After that we visit at Sanjusangendo that is the temple built by a famous warrior, Kiyomori Taira. It is famous because there 1001 golden statues of Buddha. The reason why there are 1001 statues is that 1000 means ‘infinity’. 1000 also symbolizes a prayer that more than an ‘infinity’ of peace will come. The scenery is like a “Buddha forest” and breathtakingly beauty. *We have to wipe the wheel of the wheelchair before entering the main hall of a Buddhist temple. We must visit ancient capital of Japan, Nara. You will be greeted with cute deer vowing to you around Todaiji temple at Nara. In the Nara park, some deer rush to us just after we bought cracker for deer, doesn’t they? It’s probably because some of them which being around should carefully watch the scene of us buying it for the beginning. Todaiji temple stands within the Nara park. It houses the massive sitting bronze statue inside the building. Todaiji temple was the largest wooden building in the world at the time. But, it was rebuilt once and downsized to about the two thirds of the original, but despite the fact, it is still one of the largest ones as a wooden building even now. We head to Osaka, the final destination of our itinerary. Osaka is very famous for its delicious cuisine and unique street food culture, so there’s that aspect for visitors and tourists. Kuidaore is also commonly associated with Dotonbori, which runs along the canal from Dotonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of the city’s central ward. Before we back to hotel, we visit Dotonbori area. This area used to be a theatre district a long time ago, but it’ s now a popular entertainment and nightlife area characterized by big illuminated signboards and many, many food businesses. Overnight at Osaka.
DAY 07: OSAKA DEPARTURE (KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT)
Time to get back home with unforgettable memory and lots of souvenir. Leaving for Kansai International Airport by Airport limousine bus. Return by air. Thank you very much for coming to Japan and Sayonara.