Hand-picked cuisine: Don’t miss exquisite cuisine & a variety of local selections; different from typical tours :
° Exquisite fusion buffet along Lake Ashi
° Kamameshi or Sashimi
° All you can eat Shabu Shabu
° Kaiseki (traditional Japanese banquet dinner) with Karaoke
Luxurious hotels highlighting the atmosphere of each location::
° Centrally-located in the heart of Tokyo, with easy access to shops, restaurants, and a major rail hub
° New Akao Hot Springs Spa Resort- Featuring Japanese-style rooms with
a breathtaking ocean view found nearly nowhere else in Japan- right from your room! Watch the sun rise as you enjoy open-air “onsen” hot springs.
One extra day free time in Tokyo with guided exploration.
This itinerary is perfect for a first time traveler to Japan.
Guided Exploration: The best balance of guided and independent travel. Our tour is fully-escorted by our own professional local guides. Where available, enjoy free time to also explore on your own with helpful information we provide.
No Wasted Time: On hostage-style shopping or tourist traps.
Day 1 Depart North America for Tokyo, Japan Your Japan vacation begins as you join your flight in Los Angeles or San Francisco and jet across the Pacific Ocean on your way to Tokyo.
Day 2 Arrive in Narita, Tokyo (Dinner)
“Yokoso!” or “Welcome” to Japan! Upon arrival, be greeted by a Super Value representative. Take time to explore Narita or rest for tomorrow’s sightseeing.
Hotel: Narita Hilton Dinner: Japanese set dinner with choice of udon, porridge, or Western and Japanese buffet
Day 3 Tokyo (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Don’t miss a palette of fascinating sights around the magnificent metropolis of Tokyo. All the best sights included.
Tokyo Imperial Palace: Home to the Imperial Family.
Asakusa Senso-ji: Tokyo’s oldest and most festive temple.
Ginza: Explore high end dessert shops, fashion boutiques, or simply relax with an afternoon of people watching in the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Tokyo; Japan’s most high-end district.
Hotel: Cerulean Tower or Keio Plaza Breakfast:Western and Japanese Buffet Lunch:Kamameshi (Rice Pot) or Sashimi Set Dinner:All you can eat shabu shabu
Day 4 Tokyo(Breakfast)
Explore Tokyo on your own with a free day in the city.
Enjoy our specially-arranged day tours to explore Tokyo in detail with the assistance of our guides. Visit exciting sites such as Tsukiji Fish Market (In case the Tsukiji Fish Market is closed, we will include a visit to the Akihabara Electronics & Ueno Cultural districts instead). Due to different interests of each guest, all fees today will be on your own expense.
Tokyo has something for everyone! Leisure time included to explore the exciting city with the help of our suggestions and guide maps. Take advantage of staying in our centrally-located hotels with easy transit to all major attractions.
Hotel: Cerulean Hotel or Keio Plaza Breakfast:Western and Japanese Buffet Lunch:Free time to explore Tokyo. Lunch not included Dinner:Free time to explore Tokyo. Dinner not included
Day 5 Tokyo-Hakone-Atami (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Hakone National park:
Cruise Lake Ashi on a pirate boat.
Take Hakone Ropeway to view the magnificence of Mt. Fuji.
Owakudani Valley: Try the famous black eggs boiled in the hot springs of the valley.
Atami: A complete Hot Spring culture experience with delicacies, karaoke, and traditional tatami-floored guest rooms.
Hotel: New Akao Breakfast:Western and Japanese Buffet Lunch:Fusion buffet alongside Lake Ashi Dinner:After indulging in the hot spring bath, enjoy a Kaiseki dinner (Japanese banquet dinner) with Karaoke!
Day 6 Atami-Tokyo (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Optional: Morning Stroll through the seaside garden.
Tokyo Bay Aqua Line: Travel underwater through the bay, made possible by Japan’s state-of-the-art engineering.
Kamakura: Visit the seaside gardens of Hasedera, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, and browse craft vendors on Komachi Street.
Odawara Castle: A restored castle once owned by feudal lords with exhibits of historical articles inside.
Hotel: Hilton Narita or equivalent Breakfast: Western and Japanese Buffet Lunch:Special arrangements to choose your own restaurant in Kamakura! (A map of suggestions will be provided.) Dinner:Dinner on Umihotaru Island
Day 7 Depart from Narita to your next destination (Breakfast)
After breakfast, clients with morning flights will depart for the airport to your next destination. For clients with afternoon flights, your day is free and our tour guide will provide directions for you to travel around Narita city for either shopping or sightseeing. Sa-yo-na-ra!
Breakfast: Western and Japanese buffet
*You will have the option of staying longer in Tokyo for your own exploration. For more details, please consult your travel agent or Super Value Tours representative.
Tokoyo Bay Aqua Line
Yet another modern marvel made possible by Japanese engineering technology. This highway, which stretches over Tokyo Bay, comprises a 4.4 kilometer long bay bridge coming from the east and a 9.5 kilometer underwater highway coming from the west. The two meet at a manmade floating island (Umihotaru) where Mount Fuji can be seen from afar on a sunny day.
Within this peaceful atmosphere lies a thread of untarnished beauty. Kamakura once served as the de facto political and cultural center of Japan. The location faces the ocean on one side and is surrounded in all other directions by mountainous forests. Scattered within these quiet forests are ancient landmarks and prominent temples. Among them, the world-renown Daibutsu and the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine of the Shinto religion are the most worthy of visits.
The shrine was built in 1063 for the worship of Tsurugaoka (God of War). From the Omontesando Pathway (aka Wakamiya Dori) at the entrance, one must pass three toriis and walk down 61 stone steps to reach the shrine. The shrine itself is a two-story building. On opposite sides of the building are corridors and secondary halls which fit together with classic elegance.
The main thoroughfare of Kamakura, it was originally built as a road of pilgrimage leading to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Close to a thousand sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) trees line the street on both sides. During springtime, the beautiful sea of flourishing cherry blossoms is a feast for the eye. Shops of all types also line both sides of the streets, offering all types of handmade crafts and local specialty goods. The most representative craft of the area is the popular Kamakura wooden sculpture (a type of lacquer work), which, much like fine wine that ages well, becomes deeper and more refined in tone of color as time passes.
This tiny street paralleling the Wakamiya Dori is full of stories and tradition. There, you will find a heavy concentration of restaurants of all varieties and shops selling items such as local specialty goods, arts and crafts, and fashionable jewelry. It is the main shopping area in Kamukara.
Hase-dera is one of the oldest and most prominent temples in Kamakura, and is said to have been built in 736. The eleven-faced Kannon, housed in the main hall where the principal images of Buddha and Bosatsu and the mandala are enshrined, is 9.18 m in height and known as the largest wooden statue in Japan. The temple bell has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. From the observation platform constructed on the flat part of the grounds where the Kannon-do Hall is located, visitors can enjoy views of the sea, the city of Kamakura, and the Miura-hanto peninsula stretching into the distance.
Tsukiji Outer Market
Tsukiji, located along the Sumida-gawa River, lies next to Ginza. The Tsukiji Market, also called 'Uogashi' (fish market), handles the largest volume of fishery products in Japan, and dealing in more than 450 kinds of products, such as tuna, around-the-clock makes this market unique throughout the world. In its neighboring block, more than 300 wholesale and retail shops or restaurants line the streets, making up a 'Jo-gai' or outer market.
It is a perfect showcase of Japanese food culture. Visitors can encounter not only fresh fish, but also many other items, including meat, rolled omelets and professional cooking utensils.
The Odawara Castle
The castle was built by the Omori clan in 1417 during the civil war. Its fortified tower is the only such tower in the greater Tokyo area that remains relatively intact. Inside the castle is a display of related historical artifacts and the observation tower offers a panoramic view of the surroundings. From there, one can see the entire city of Odawara and enjoy the scenery of the neighboring coastline.
Atami (its name literally meaning “hot ocean”) is a coastal, hot spring holiday spot for vacationing Japanese. With its countless beaches, coastlines, natural hot springs and comfortable weather conditions, Atami has become a year-round vacation hotspot. It is in this area of the peninsula that one can find hot springs with a recorded history of more than a thousand years. The area is now recognized in Japan as a prominent hot spring center.
Fuji-Hakone National Park
For years the beauty of Mount Fuji, with its distinguishable snow-covered cone and perennially colorful landscapes has inspired poems and famous works of art. The Hakone National park, graced by layers of flourishing foliage, is located at the foot of Mount Fuji and engulfed by surrounding hills. With the emerald green Lake Ashi located right in the park’s center and Mount Fuji rising in the background, the breathtaking scenery is regarded as the best that Japan has to offer.
The Hakone Ropeway
While on the ropeway, take in the beautiful sight of the crystal blue Lake Ashi and the lava steam emitting from the Owakudani Valley. If the weather is clear, you can also admire the majesty of Mount Fuji.
Among the ten great lakes of Japan, its bright green reflections highlight the sea of mountains that surrounds it. It is the most precious jewel of Hakone National Park. In fact, it is believed the best view of the magnificent Mount Fuji is from Lake Ashi.
The “Valley of Great Boiling” emits the smell of fizzing sulfur from miles away. This once active volcanic area still boils with life. So hot is the natural spring water that it is used to cook black boiled eggs; it is fabled that eating one egg adds seven years of life! To reach Owakudani, we take a ride on the Hakone Ropeway, a brief cable car ride where, weather permitting, we’ll be able to admire Japan’s highest peak from an elevated perspective.
Shinjuku is an area otherwise known as Tokyo’s playground where we can explore the nightlife of the magical city. This district exemplifies modern Tokyo and boasts countless movie theaters, department stores, fashion boutiques, shopping plazas, neon signs, restaurants, and a dizzying array of most everything Tokyo has to offer. At Shinjuku Station, Tokyo’s busiest station, an estimated 3.3 million people pass by per day, making it the busiest station in the world. Here, we can also explore Shinjuku train station, a spectacular sprawling mini-metropolis in itself.
The Imperial Palace is the current home to the Emperor and his family. Surrounded by public parks, the palace is immersed within a sea of majestic bonsai trees, creating a quintessential oasis engulfed within the city. Though public entrance is only permitted twice a year, the castle itself is a relevant cultural symbol and regarded as a must-see site for visitors.
The Meiji Shrine was built in 1920 for the worship of the Meiji Emperor and his wife, Empress Shoken. The main wooden torii (gateways used to separate sacred spaces from the secular) erected on the walkway to the main sanctum was made from the timber of imported juniper trees at least 1,500 years old. Flourishing trees fill the surrounding gardens and with birds chirping in the background, the atmosphere is peaceful but solemn. Every New Year, over three million people visit the Meiji Shrine, making it the most popular place to commemorate the year in Tokyo. It is also where locals come to pay respects to late emperor Meiji’s enshrined soul, making it a place symbolic of celebration and solemn spiritual reverence.
Asakusa is the well-preserved and still vivacious old Edo district. It is best known for the Sensoji Temple, the oldest and most popular temple in the city where yearly festivals are held. Thousands of locals celebrate here every year to commemorate the life of Buddha. Through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) leading to the temple is the famous Nakamise Dori, an area that has won itself a festive reputation, attracting many local specialists who sell unique Japanese delicacies within its crowded streets.
In Ginza, set your soles on some of the most expensive real estate on our planet. This part of Tokyo is the quintessential, high-end shopping mecca for people to see and be seen. In Ginza not everything (or anything) is affordable, but for the same reason people visit Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or Fifth Avenue in New York, the intrigue is the essence of the surroundings. So whether you’re browsing the extravagant department stores and towering, glossy retail shops or simply lounging with a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy as you watch Tokyo’s high society pass by.
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Also referred to as Odaiba, this famous district is built on reclaimed land within the Tokyo Bay. Located in this district are many large-scale, fashionable shopping/entertainment centers. From Odaiba, one can see the Rainbow Bridge and the splendid Tokyo tower behind it. The view of the evening skyline is especially magnificent.
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Located 15 minutes away from Narita Airport, this is the best hotel in the area equipped with swimming pool, fitness center and tennis courts.
Centrally-located in Shinjuku, within walking distance of great shopping and restaurants!
Hotel New Akao
Hot Spring Hotel with traditional Japanese-style room all facing the ocean.
Cerulean Tower Hotel
A Tripadvisor Top 25 winner for 2011, this chic luxury hotel offers spacious rooms by Tokyo standards. We include this hotel for its exciting location - mere steps from Shibuya crossing.
Gourmet meals with local variety:
Kamameshi (rice cooked in a stone pot) set
Hakone fusion buffet
Kaiseki(traditional Japanese banquet dinner)banquet with karaoke