Min group size: 2 people
Best time to go: All year round
Tokyo is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.
Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan's political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world's most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo ("Eastern Capital"). Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.
Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.
Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.
Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo, but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area found around Shibuya Station. In this regard, Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving swarms of visitors that come to the district everyday. Shibuya is a center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyu or Seibu, two competing corporations. A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station's Hachiko Exit. The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot.
Shinjuku is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers to just the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. Shinjuku Station is the world's busiest railway station, handling more than two million passengers every day. It is served by about a dozen railway and subway lines, including the JR Yamanote Line. Shinjuku is also one of Tokyo's major stops for long-distance highway buses and city buses.
Roponggi is a district in Tokyo that is well known as the city's most popular nightlife district among foreigners, offering a large number of foreigner friendly bars, restaurants and night clubs. Roppongi and the surrounding districts of Azabu, Hiroo and Akasaka are home to many embassies and a large expat community. Two of Tokyo's largest recent redevelopment projects, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown changed the district's face over the past decade and expanded Roppongi's appeal to a wider range of visitors and residents with their elegant retail, leisure and residential space, offices and luxury hotels.
Lake Ashinoko was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone. The best views of the lake in combination with Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from Moto-Hakone, from the Hakone Detached Palace Garden and from the sightseeing boats cruising the lake. Note however, that clouds and poor visibility often block the view of Mount Fuji, and you have to consider yourself lucky if you get a clear view of the mountain. Visibility tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, and in the early morning and late evening hours.
Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face. Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today
Arrive Tokyo Narita Airport
Upon arrival, you will be given your PASMO prepaid card for easy access on public transports. Transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day with your own activities. Choose to go exploring Tokyo. Experience the night life it has to offer, head out on a food trail or simply relax.
Take the day to enjoy the best of Tokyo. Utilize your PASMO card and explore the megalopolis via its world class public transportation system. Check out the Senso‐ji and Ginza. Make your way through the areas of Asakusa, Shibuya and Shinjuku. See the iconic Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills.
Tokyo – Hakone (B)
Transfer to Hakone by highway bus. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation.
Enjoy the rest of the day to enjoy the best of Hakone's offerings. Use your 2 day Hakone Free Pass that will allow you the opportunity to go on a pirate boat ride across Lake Ashi, cable car rides and funicular railway rides. See places like the outdoor sculpture park and Picasso gallery, or taste eggs boiled in the volcanic waters.
Fuji Hakone Guest House is home to amazing natural hot springs which can be booked for private usage.
Hakone – Kyoto (B)
Transfer to board the Shinkansen train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation.
Enjoy the day at leisure. Choose to explore Kyoto and roam around to see its 17 UNESCO Heritage sites.
Enjoy a full day in Kyoto for independent sightseeing. Go around and visit its large collection of temples, shrines, tea houses as well as Japanese gardens around the city. Go through the Nishiko Shijo market, check out the Kimono fashion show in Nishijin or enjoy the natural scenery of Kyoto along the Huzugawa river.
Enjoy your day around Kyoto with your own independent activities. Explore more of Kyoto or simply relax around the area.
Enjoy the day at leisure around Kyoto. You may also choose to independently venture out of Kyoto to city the other cities like Nara and Hiroshima.
Kyoto - Depart Osaka (B)
Enjoy some leisure time with independent activities.
Board the Haruko Express to transfer to Kansai airport for departing flights.
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Prices displayed are per person in MYR. Click on the hotel/room name for its description.
|Hotel||Price (Twin)||Travel Validity|
|Toyoko inn asakusa kuramae kaminarimon (Local 2*), Tokyo + Fuji hakone guest house (local 2*), Hakone + Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma (Local 2*), Kyoto||3660||August - 31 Dec 2012|
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