Come and discover the secrets and surprises of a beautiful land where welcome is an art form and the delights are unending. The contrasts of Japan never fail to fascinate. Tall buildings and flashing neon make Tokyo the epitome of a modern metropolis, yet serene gardens can be found in the shadows of skyscrapers, and ancient shrines are ensconced in green parks in the heart of the city. Japan's famous Shinkansen, better known as the "bullet train," whisks you at a speedy 18O miles per hour from urban excitement to a countryside where ancient temples date back 8OO years and mountain peaks and mineral hot spring spas beckon.
Day 1· Arrival in Osaka/Kyoto Arrive in Osaka, Japan. An hour and a half drive to Kyoto and transfer to the hotel.
Discover the city of Kyoto. Spend 2 full days exploring the city's historical and cultural attractions including ancient Buddhist temples, golden pavilions, historical bridges, beautiful gardens and the lifestyle of Japanese royalty in the past. Enjoy traditional Japanese Geisha entertainment.
Travel by express train to Nara, the first capital of Japan. Visit Todai-ji Temple, housing the world's largest indoor standing Buddha. Explore the Himeji Castle, the oldest of the twelve feudal castles remaining in Japan. Return to Kyoto for overnight.
Take a train ride to Tokyo. See the Imperial Palace, visit Asakusa Temple, and view the city from the top of Tokyo Tower. Walk though the Ginza, the famous shopping district and most prestigious tract of real estate in Tokyo. Travel to Mt. Fuji, the highest volcano in Japan and its national symbol.
Transfer to Narita airport for departure.