Day 1: You leave on your international flight directly to Tokyo. They go out of their make to make the flights pleasant. The adventure begins!
Day 2: Tokyo. Coach Transfer. You will arrive into Narita airport, Tokyo. Upon arrival, you will use the provided coupons in your travel packet, and take the limousine coach to your hotel in Tokyo. The limo shuttle transfer service desks are in the main room after you have passed after you have cleared customs. This is quite easy to do and is the most economical way to enter Tokyo. You tell them the name of your hotel and they put you on the right bus. The evening is free for you to relax.
Day 3: Tokyo
Private Guide. Because your hotel is just west of Ginza in the Shiba District, in the center of Tokyo, we have altered your first day to take advantage of this fact. This is an excellent location in Tokyo and allows us to be able to take you to the various destinations relatively quickly. You will tour Shiba Park and the Tojoji Temple. You will have lunch in the area (at your own expense – approx. $7 – 10/person). Afterwards you will visit the Tosho-Gu Shrine. Then depending on how long you decide to tour in each area, we can take you to see the moat, some of the parks, a national Japanese cemetery and some selected areas within the Imperial Palace.
Day 4: Tokyo
Private Guide. This morning, enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Today, we will take you to the Ueno area of Tokyo. You will go to the Tokyo National Museum which has a wonderful array of exhibits including some marvelous Shogun costumes, swords, ceramics, artwork and historic exhibits. There is also an Asian exhibits building which has excellent exhibits representing all of Asia. The grounds also include lovely gardens and trees. The area is surrounded by parks and a Buddhist Cemetery. Then we will visit a garden/nursery which specializes in Bonsai plants. This is a wonderful site to see how the Japanese have perfected the art of producing miniature trees- which are amazing tiny replicas of full size trees.
Day 5: Tokyo-Kyoto. Independent Travel. Today you will travel on your own from Tokyo to Kyoto. The day will be free for you to view the sights and hear the sounds of the city on your own. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Kyoto
Private Guide. You will start the day with a visit to a Zen Buddhist Temple; Kiyomizu Temple. This lovely hillside Temple has many beautiful buildings and gardens as well as a lovely view of the city. Then you will visit the Shinto Temple, Fushimi Inari. This is the temple with the 10,000 orange Dori (gates) which was featured in the movie, Memoirs of a Geisha. You will also be able to drink from the pure mountain spring water and observe a Japanese cultural experience. You will be taken down a traditional street. Lastly, you are taken to the famous Tofukuji Temple. We have arranged for a Zen Buddhist monk to lead you through a visit to the temple buildings and grounds. He will also teach you many principles of Zen Buddhism as well as answer your questions. Evening Option: Tonight you will visit The Gion Corner: This show offers a sample of several of the distinct Japanese arts, from traditional dance, the tea ceremony, Koto playing, flower arranging and various Japanese forms of drama. Includes: (B)
Day 7: Kyoto
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