General

This four day tour showcases the stunning Mt.Fuji with a stay in Hakone followed by stays in the historic countryside towns of Takayama and Kanazawa.

Leaving Tokyo behind, visit Mt.Fuji and its surrounding area of Hakone. Mt.Fuji stands on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures. From Hakone, travel by train to Takayama, where you’ll enjoy a walking tour to visit key sights. Explore Takayama further before heading to Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the many structures of this traditional thatched roof village, creating an idyllic atmosphere of Japan in ‘days-gone-by’. On Day 4, discover the attractions of Kanazawa, an area well known for its well-preserved Edo era districts. Later, travel by train to Kyoto where tour arrangements end.

Destination Japan
Cities & Locations Tokyo, Hakone, Mt.Fuji, Takayama, and Kanazawa.
Duration 4 Days / 3 Nights

Tour Schedule

Tour Dates: On selected dates - Modular Group Tour

Guaranteed Departure Applies: As soon as 2 people are booked on this tour.

NOTE: We regret we do not accept children under 15 years old on this tour.

Itinerary


Day 1: Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Hakone (L)

Today you depart for the Fuji Visitor Centre giving you a comprehensive insight into Mt Fuji. Mount Fuji (Fujisan) at 3776 meters is Japan’s highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists. Mount Fuji is a dormant volcano, which most recently erupted in 1708. It stands on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures and can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days.

Travelling by coach your first visit is to the Visitor Centre for graphical information about Mt Fuji, then continue to the 5th Station, the highest point for visitors. The station offers views of Mt Fuji and the surrounding countryside.

On descending the mountain, enjoy lunch, then enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ashi before taking the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. The Ropeway takes you to the top of Mt. Komagatake, which affords a view of Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, Mt. Futago and the mountains of the distant Izu Peninsula. Cable cars travel the 720-meter-long ropeway in five minutes.
Returning to Hakone check in to your overnight stay.


Day 2: Hakone – Takayama

Today you will transferred to the station to board a morning Shinkansen (bullet train) at Odawara Station for your train journey to Nagoya where you change trains to the Limited express train to Takayama. Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. It retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town, which has been beautifully preserved with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants. The southern half of the old town, especially the Sannomachi Street, survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries, some of which have been in business for centuries.

On arrival you will meet your local guide for a walking tour to visit Yatai Kaikan Hall and on to Kusakabe Folk Museum, one of Takayama’s oldest merchant homes and then wander through Kami Sannomachi Street, still retaining much of its original atmosphere and traditional buildings.
Overnight in Takayama.


Day 3: Takayama – Shirakawa–go – Kanazawa (L)

Start your day with a visit to the Takayama Morning Market. Next you will visit Shirakawa-go and savour the home-style cooking that can on be experienced in regions like this. After a Japanese-style lunch*, there is some time to wander through the village on your own. You will then be taken by coach on a drive-by of Lake Miboro on the way to Kanazawa.
Overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 4: Kanazawa - Kyoto

Your first stop today will be the Nagamachi Samurai District where you will have some free time to walk around and soak in the atmosphere of the days of the samurai in this area, where the earthen walls, waterways, and stone paths remain as they were when samurai of the Kaga domain resided here.
Visit justifiably one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens, Kenrokuen Gardens. The spacious garden use to be the outer garden of the Kanazawa Castle. Then move on to the Wada Residence before spending some time at the Higashi Chaya district with its wooden-latticed exteriors of teahouses lining both sides of the stone-paved street, where something from the Edo period still lingers in the air. This area is an Important Traditional Building Preservation District.
After a stop at the Hakuza (gold leaf shop) you will be assisted on to the limited express train to Kyoto and then by coach you will be dropped at your hotel.

Arrive Tokyo around 6pm where your tour ends.

Terms & Conditions

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Kanazawa

KanazawaSurrounded by the Japan Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula Natural Park, Kanazawa offers a natural background of great beauty. Providing a tranquil contrast to the bustling cities, any journey to this area is a feast for the eyes. Spared during the World War II bombings, Kanazawa is known for its well-preserved Edo-era districts, Read more

Hakone

HakoneWithin easy travelling distance of Tokyo, the town of Hakone is well known as a mountainous holiday resort with several small towns that include renowned hot springs, traditional inns, open-air museums and spectacular mountain scenery including fantastic views of Mt.Fuji (weather permitting). With an efficient network of buses, trains, cable cars, ropeways and sightseeing boats, Read more

Japan

JapanJapan is like no other country on earth with a truly unique culture, which many perceive as the exotic unknown. Even though Japan does have a distinct code of social etiquette it’s people are generous, welcoming, charming and warm, making any holiday here something to be remembered. A country made up of four main islands, Read more