Day 1 : Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival at Tokyo, check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Tokyo
Day 2 : Tokyo
Today after breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing. The tour takes you to the MEIJI Shrine—a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterward, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district, and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore this cosmopolitan city on your own. Overnight in Tokyo
Day 3 : Tokyo
After breakfast, proceed to Nikko for a visit to TOSHOGU SHRINE and its famous Yomeimon Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, continue on to the I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet, to visit the Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall. Later, return to Tokyo. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 4 : Toyama
This morning, drive to Matsumoto, where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, travel to Nagano to visit ZENKOJI TEMPLE. Founded 1400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. In the evening, arrive in Toyama. Overnight in Toyama.
Day 5 : Nagoya
After breakfast, continue through Japan's beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country's most remote regions - Shirakawa. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (meaning joined hands) style thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps, via one of Japan's longest road tunnels, to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the KUSAKABE HERITAGE HOUSE for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya. Overnight in Nagoya.
Day 6 : Osaka
After breakfast start your day with a trip to Toba and visit Mikimoto Pearl Island to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto 'church' - ISE GRANDE SHRINE. Later this afternoon continue to Osaka, Japan's second largest city. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Osaka.
Day 7 : Matsue
Today, head to the city of Yonago for a brief visit and then continue to Izumo to admire the exterior architecture of the Izumo Shrine. Later, visit Matsue to see BUKE YASHIKI - a former samurai residence, and MATSUE CASTLE. Overnight in Matsue.
Day 8 : Hiroshima
Today after breakfast depart for Hiroshima. En route, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE and its famous floating Torii Gate. From here, continue to Hiroshima for the sightseeing tour. You will visit the Peace Memorial Park and ATOMIC BOMB MUSEUM, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb. Also visit the SHUKKEIEN LANDSCAPE GARDEN, which dates back to 1620. Overnight in Hiroshima.
Day 9 : Kyoto
Today proceed to Kyoto. The highlight of your journey is to travel on one of Japan's famous bullet trains, bound for Kyoto. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 10 : Kyoto
In the morning proceed for the city tour of Kyoto. Visit many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, and the HEIAN SHRINE AND GARDEN. During the day you will also get a chance to participate in a TRADITIONAL JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 11 : Tokyo
Today morning drive on the Meishin and Tomei expressways to Hakone National Park for a CRUISE ON LAKE ASHI and an AERIAL CABLE CAR RIDE over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, weather permitting, enjoy breath taking views of Mount Fuji, before proceeding to Tokyo. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 12 : Tokyo
After breakfast proceed to the airport on your own for your flight back home.