Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Tokyo, worlds leading metropolis that is constantly reinventing itself; Japan\'s capital pushes the future and unleashes global trends, while preserving its traditions. A business and cultural megacenter that\'s home to tens of millions of people, Tokyo is also the crossroads where the Japanese interact with citizens from all over the world. The media loves to focus on Harajuku\'s vibrant fashion, robot restaurants, maid cafes and the passionate uberfans known as otaku. But as busy as Tokyo is at giving birth to new ideas, cultures and inventions, it\'s just as fastidious about preserving tradition, carefully maintaining historical gardens, shrines and temples. Today, provided you arrive by noon, you could visit Shinkuju Gyoen, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Chidorigafuchi and Meguro River in Nakameguro. Just spend the day roaming around the beautiful gardens. In fact, thats the perfect way to start your expedition. Overnight in Tokyo.
Today after breakfast, begin your tour of the worlds largest metropolis at the museum which best shows Tokyos history, \'The Edo Tokyo Museum\'. The Museum exhibits life size replicas as well as miniature models of structures during the Edo period in Japan. Next, ascend 350 meters up to the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree, where a panoramic cityscape over Tokyo\'s magnificent skyline awaits your view. On especially clear days visitors can see all the way to Mount Fuji! Then travel to Asakusa Kannon Temple, in Tokyos Asakusa district. Enter by way of the Kaminarimon \'Thunder Gate\', underneath one of Japans largest paper lanterns. Dont forget to look up to see the dragon sculpture underneath! Walk through Nakamise Market - a street lined with shops selling traditional goods of all kinds, before approaching Sensoji Temple. Take some time to explore Tokyos oldest temple complex. Then take a cruise on the Sumida River, taking in the treelined riverbanks in front of towering skyscrapers. Land in Odaiba, where you will discover the digital art world of Teamlab Borderless. Imagine wandering into a digitally projected world surrounded in realistic floating lanterns, rainbow waterfalls of colored lights, or other immersive display experiences designed to dazzle the mind. The art exhibits of Teamlab Borderless carry away each guest into worlds of digital imagination that leave you spellbound in wonder. Overnight in Tokyo.
Today after breakfast, proceed to the train station and head towards Hakone. Hakone, in Japan\'s Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park west of Tokyo, is a mountainous town known for its hot springs resorts (Onsen) and views of the iconic volcano Mount Fuji. Upon arrival, hop on a boat across Ashinoko Lake and then tride the Hakone ropeway cable car to the top of the surrounding mountains. The area around the Lake offers plenty of stunning views and you may even catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji in the distance if weather conditions are clear. Further explore Hakones spectacular mountain scenery and volcanic sites. Perhaps visit the boiling sulphur springs of Owakudani or Hakone Jinja Shrine with its red torii gate rising from the shore of Ashinoko Lake. Overnight in Hakone.
Today after breakfast, proceed to the train station for your train to Kyoto. With its many cultural landmarks and historical sites and the abundance of traditional arts and literature, Kyoto is regarded as the cultural heart of Japan. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years (the name means \'Capital City\') but the emperor and government are now located in Tokyo. With over 2,000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto is a great place to get lost in. Overnight in Kyoto.
Today after breakfast, start your day with a visit to Fushimi Inari. Fushimi Inari is definitely one of the most photographed shrines in Japan. For the more active, hiking up the mountain following the red torri gates is a great way to enjoy the expansive forest on the shrines grounds and views of the city below. Otherwise, maybe head off to Arashiyama to enjoy a wander through the Sagano bamboo forest or cycle along the Kamo River. Another great stop is the architecturally impressive Higashi Honganji Temple and the almost surreal Sanjusangendo, home to 1,001 statues of Kannon. Later, stroll through Kyoto\'s eastern hills along the Path of Philosophy that links Ginkaku-ji, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, with Nanzen-ji Temple. Overnight in Kyoto.
Today after breakfast, visit Nijo Castle, noted for its gorgeous interiors and its \'squeaky\' nightingale floors which alerted residents to unwanted intruders (if Nijo Castle is closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). Continue to Kinkakuji Temple, famous for its Golden Pavilion covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold as well as for its exquisite Japanese gardens and koi ponds. Afterwards, visit Kyoto\'s Imperial Palace and gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan (if the Palace is closed, visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead). After lunch travel to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit the ancient Todaiji Temple and its massive Great Buddha (the largest bronze Buddha in Japan). You will also see the colorful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with 3,000 lanterns. This Shinto shrine is considered one of Japan\'s \'Three Great Shrines\'. Also visit Nara Park, affectionately called \'Deer Park\' because of the friendly, free-roaming deer that inhabit it. Later, proceed to Osaka for overnight stay.
Today after breakfast, explore Osaka. Osaka is Japan\'s second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries. Osaka is more relaxing compared to other big cities in Japan. You will see old and new in this city; Osaka Castle built in the Samurai era, Shitennoji Temple founded 1400 years ago and modern Umeda Sky Building with an open roof observatory. Osaka Castle was originally built in the 16th century by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who uniformed Japan as a nation for the first time. The castle has massive stone walls and moats. The main tower contains a museum displaying historical items such as Samurai helmets and armors. Shitennoji Temple, one of the oldest temples in Japan was burnt down several times, you can still see the ancient Buddhist temple style with a beautiful 5 storied pagoda. Later also visit Dotombori, the southern center of Osaka. The place is always crowded with locals and people around the world to take photos of the Glico and Kanidoraku billboards on the Ebisubashi Bridge. Osaka is also Japan\'s unofficial culinary capital, with sprawling shopping hubs and tiny backstreets overflowing with restaurants and bars serving up local delicacies as well as Japan\'s answer to fast food. Osaka is credited with the first kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) restaurants, after its inventor - the owner of a sushi restaurant with staffing issues - watched beer bottles on a conveyor belt at the nearby Asahi brewery and thought it might be a good way to solve this problem. Overnight in Osaka.
After breakfast , proceed to Airport for your flight back home with happy memories of Alifetimetrip.