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Tokyo and Beyond Tour

Shinto Wedding Ceremony at Meiji Imperial Shrine, TokyoTokyo (Edo during the time of the Samurai), in the Kanto Region of Japan, was the center of power for the Shogun's government during the Edo Period. Despite Tokyo's non-stop, super-modern feel, its traditions can still be seen tucked away between the skyscrapers and amongst the people. The Tokyo and Beyond Tour will show you not only the modern capital of Japan, but the parts of it that represent old Japan and Edo culture.

Destinations:
Tokyo - Modern Japan with hidden gems of the past
Kamakura (day trip) - Home of one of the largest Bronze Buddhas
Nikko - Sacred forests and mountains where Ieyasu Tokugawa (the first Shogun) is enshrined
Hakone - Rejuvenate in the hot springs used by the Shoguns and their samurai.

Our Tokyo and Beyond Tour is a 7 day independent tour that will give you a chance to see Tokyo and visit the playgrounds of the Shogunates as well as modern Tokyo. Since this is an independent tour you will not have to worry about visiting places you have no interest in or sightseeing at a pace that is not right for you.

The price is US$ 2,350 per person, (based on double occupancy) and includes all transportation between destinations, accommodations, 6 breakfasts and 2 evening meals. This tour can also be combined with a tour of Kyoto, Nara or other destinations. This tour starts and finishes in Tokyo, Japan.

We hope the above has piqued your interest in this tour. If you have any questions or wish to sign up for a tour please Contact Us or call at +1-248-747-4048.


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Dates
Open - Independent Tour
Prices 2014
US$ 2,350 per guest (based on double occupancy, 2 guest minimum)
Duration
6 nights, 7 days
Guidance
You will be met at Narita International Airport by a member of our staff who will take you to your first destination and hotel. Detailed materials as well as support from our experts in Japan will be available for this independent tour. No tour leader will be supplied.
Highlights
Old and modern sights in Tokyo, the Great Buddha of Kamakura, The Shogunal Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Falls in Nikko, hot spring baths in both Nikko and Hakone.
Mode of Travel
Train (Shinkansen bullet train, limited express and local trains), cable car, ropeway, and on foot.
Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 14 participants
Age Restrictions
Everyone younger than 20 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Guest Comments
Just got back from a fantastic trip. Everything worked out perfectly. Your staff and associates in Japan were hugely helpful and provided lots more very useful information. Not to diminish anyone's contribution to this excellent experience but I would like to single out for special praise whoever chose and booked the Hotels/Ryokans. I suspect it might have been Mizue, who's handwriting was on all the cards, and most of the added information. There was only one Hotel I would have called average. Many were good, several were outstanding and a couple were truly memorable, and I say this from the perspective of a man who has travelled the world for 35yrs (well over 2 million miles at the last count) and stayed in some of the best.

Please convey my heartfelt thanks to those involved, but especially to the person who arranged the superb accommodations; it is, as you know, not just (or even) a matter of the infrastructure that makes an accommodation outstanding, it is mostly to do with ambience, staff, location and that indefinable something. Whatever "it" is your accommodations person can spot it.

Once again, many thanks for arranging everything, and effusive praise for all your staff. I would unhesitatingly recommend your company to any like minded folks who want to explore for themselves, need guidance and want the assurance of top quality accommodation at the end of the day.
H.B., Kelowna, Canada
Itinerary Details:

Tokyo Ginza - Japan RoadsDay 1 – Tokyo - Western Hotel
After a long flight to Japan you will be met by one of Japan Roads staff who will take you to your hotel in Tokyo and will give you an orientation.

Day 2 – Tokyo- Western Hotel
You will start off your day with a visit to enjoy the beauty of Rikugien, an 18th century landscape garden and arguably the most beautiful Japanese garden in Tokyo. Next you will visit the Meiji Imperial Shrine, where you can relax in the forested setting and enjoy the traditional Shinto architecture of this oasis nestled within one of the world's busiest modern metropolis. Finally, you will end your day in Ginza, the upscale downtown district with huge department stores, fancy restaurants, the Sony Building where you can look at the company's newest cutting-edge gadgets, and more.

Day 3 – Tokyo with a day trip to Kamakura
Kamakura Great Buddha Daibutsu - Tokyo & Beyond TourToday you will take a day trip to Kamakura which was the home of the Shoguns from 1192 to 1333. Here you will find remnants of the Kamakura Period in various temples and shrines including the Great Buddha of Kamakura.

Day 4 – Nikko - Ryokan - Japanese Inn
Upon arriving in the small mountain town of Nikko, you will go to Toshogu shrine, its most famous sight. This lavishly decorated Shinto Shrine, one of the most well-known in Japan, is also the mausoleum toTokugawa Ieyasu, the most famous Shogun in Japanese history. In addition, there are a number of famous wood carvings at Toshogu, including the three monkeys embodying the phrase, "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil." You will also see Rinnoji Temple, which was founded by Shodo Shonin, who introduced Buddhism to Nikko in the 8th century. At the end of the day, you will stay the night and dine at a Japanese style ryokan.

Day 5 – Tokyo - Western Hotel
Toshogu in Nikko - Edo & Beyond TourThe first stop today will be the picturesque Kegon Falls, located in Lake Chuzenji in Okunikko. This waterfall is 97 meters (320 feet) high and one of the tallest in Japan. This will be followed by a visit to Futarasan Shrine, founded in 767 by Shodo Shonin (the same monk who founded Rinnoji). This shrine is dedicated to three mountain deities and houses two swords that are national treasures. After returning to Tokyo, you will have the chance to explore freely and see some of the modern sights of the city. Destination suggestions within the city include: the Shiodome District (breathtaking skyscrapers and a reconstruction of the old Shinbashi train station), Akihabara (the flashy and famous electronic goods district), Odaiba (a futuristic island entertainment district in the bay), or Shibuya (a trendy shopping and entertainment district south of Shinjuku). You can also use your rail pass to visit nearby cities such as Yokohama.

Day 6 – Hakone - Ryokan - Japanese Inn
Today you will be going to Hakone, which is one of the finest hot spring resorts in Japan. This area has been popular as a hot spring resort for hundreds of years. Lake Ashi, Hakone - Tokyo and BeyondIts natural beauty and abundance of hot spring baths make it an ideal spot to relax after spending time in the capital, just as feudal lords did hundreds of years ago. While in Hakone you will have the chance to walk parts of the old Tokaido highway which connected Edo (Tokyo) with Kyoto in times past, ride the scenic Tozan Railway through the mountains, and visit the breathtaking Lake Ashinoko. Additionally, you will be staying overnight at a ryokan with hot spring baths and delicious food.

Day 7 – Return to Tokyo then Home - Tour Ends
Today is the last day of the tour. You can either return to Tokyo and continue on to Narita International Airport to catch your homeward flight, or else continue on to other destinations you plan to visit.

Tour Accommodations:
Matsuzakaya Honten, Hakone, Japan your room may be differntThroughout the tour, you will have the chance to stay at Japanese style inns, or ryokans, as well as modern, Western hotels. By choosing the best accommodations possible and offering both traditional and modern lodging experiences, Japan Roads aims to give you a deeper insight into life in Japan and make you as comfortable as possible. In particular, the traditional accommodations will allow you to have close personal contact with the Japanese owners and staff of these places, thus deepening your cultural experience.

Sample Accommodations (may vary but will be of similar quality)
Tokyo: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premium
Nikko: Senhime Monogatari Ryokan
Hakone: Matsuzakaya Honten Ryokan

Cuisine:
To make sure you get the most of your Japan experience, Japan Road tours offer a wide variety of Japanese cuisine to enjoy. You will have the chance to dine on local specialties as well as traditional gourmet food offered in the ryokans.
About Independent Tours: Rikugien Garden - A Japanese Landscape Garden in Tokyo
Your tour includes a detailed tour organiser built specially for you. This organizer will have everything you need to take your tour including hotel details, directions, sightseeing suggestions and other useful information. We will also give you a rental cell phone that is programmed with our Japan office's phone number that you can call for help while you are in Japan. We are there for you.
This 7 day tour begins and ends in Japan.

If you have any questions or if you are ready
to make a reservation please Contact Us or call at +1-248-747-4048

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Tour schedules are subject to change without notice. If any changes should be made it will be done in the best interest of the travelers.
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