We are so excited to bring you this special experience in Japan at the most beautiful season of all! Join Rail and Sail for a great combination of sights, experiences, tastes, and a new interaction concept where we get to know local residents as we introduce (college) student ambassadors to assist our guides from time to time with our activities. Please reserve early as we have limited space on this popular itinerary! (800) 576- 4905 or Railandsail.com
Included in your fully escorted travels:
· Round-trip flights to Japan from Seattle, SFO, LAX* *Other gateways by request
· 8 nights city center hotels—great locations!
· Welcome dinner
· Daily breakfast
· Tokyo Sightseeing
· High speed bullet train travel
· Mt. Fuji area sights by rail, gondola, cruise
· Kyoto sightseeing
· Cherry blossom festival
· Sagano Rail & Sail excursion
· Osaka Castle, cruise, and sightseeing
· Unique meal experiences & cooking class
· All transfers and admissions mentioned
· Time for personal discoveries
· Licensed local guide of Japan
· Experienced USA Tour Manager
· Caring and professional travel arrangements
Day 1 — Monday March 31 — Depart for Japan! Make your way to your gateway airport. Check-in for our included flight to Tokyo! Our evening flight will give you the best chance for rest and transition to our new time zone. (in flight-services)
Day 2 — Tuesday April 1 — Welcome to Tokyo! Kon'nichiwa! (Hello!) Arrive mid-day and transfer to our downtown hotel. Time to freshen up before welcome drinks and our welcome dinner together with new travel companions—"kanpai!" (cheers) (In flight service, welcome dinner)
Day 3 — Wednesday April 2 — Tokyo Sightseeing Let the blossoms begin! We see the sights of the city with cherry blossom hotspots including: Chidorigafuchi Park, Imperial Palace East Garden, Niju Bashi Bridge. Our fun break for lunch will be a traditional sushi conveyor restaurant! In the afternoon we take a bird’s eye view from the Tokyo Skytree Observation Deck—one of the world’s tallest! Evening on your own for soup slurping or exploring our Shinjuku neighborhood of glittering clubs and theaters and all sorts of blinky blinky night life (breakfast, lunch)
Day 4 — Thursday April 3 — Sights & Students Today is a special day as we travel the city with student ambassadors as our local guides. It’s a great way to break the typical tourist shell and meet and interact with local people. Sights include Ueno Park, street food sampling at the famous Ameyoko Market, and Nakamise Shopping Avenue. We explore today using the famous subways of Tokyo. (breakfast, cooking class lunch)
Day 5— Friday April 4 — Tokyo to Hakone—the shadow of Mt. Fuji — Today we pack up to make our way on the famous bullet train from Tokyo to Mishima. We explore the beautiful base area of Mount Fuji by mountain railway, gondola, and lake cruise. Have all your batteries charged up for this beautiful scenic day with Mt. Fuji in all our photos! (breakfast)
Day 6 — Saturday April 5 — Mt. Fuji Today we travel by train halfway up Mt. Fuji to enjoy the fabulous scenery. In the course of our day we visit the Arakurayama Sengen Park for classic photos of Fuji, temples, and blossoms. We also visit Oishi Park on the lake with a visit to the Fuji Lake Kawaguchi Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner together this evening. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 7 — Sunday April 6 — Bullet train to Kyoto Another silky smooth Shinkansen bullet train ride today as we leave the Mount Fuji area and make our way to Kyoto. Today more charming interactions with our local student ambassadors as they assist our guide in presenting the sights of their heritage city. Sights to include the beautiful golden colored Kinkaku-ji Zen Buddhist temple, and the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine with its thousands of red torii gates. (breakfast)
Day 8 — Monday April 7 — Cherry Blossom Rail & Sail! This morning we enjoy Kyoto’s Arashiyama Bamboo Forest—an amazing, peaceful experience and a delight for photographers. Enjoy a true rail and sail today with a ride on the Sagano Scenic Railway through the cherry blossoms. We return by the scenic Hodu River traditional boat tour. This afternoon take a break for free time or enjoy our student ambassadors to assist with your explorations. Free evening. (breakfast, lunch)
Day 9 — Tuesday April 8 — Osaka Depart Kyoto today and enjoy a morning tour to include the Osaka Castle, which is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and which played an important role in the unification of Japan. Tour Osaka by aqua bus (canal cruise). Enjoy some free time in the afternoon in the Shinsaibashi and Dōtonbori shopping and entertainment districts. (breakfast, farewell dinner)
Day 10 — Wednesday April 9 — Farewell Japan! A hearty breakfast and we’re off for a swift trip home. (breakfast, in-flight services)
+Intinerary is subject to change of order, accommodations due to international airline schedules and other unforeseen circumstances. Due to unstable airline pricing, fuel surcharges may be added as necessary.
Reserve online anytime or call. $200 deposit per guest, refundable until 120 days in advance.
$4995 per guest based on double occupancy Not-included: Other meals, beverages. Tipping at guest discretion. Airline baggage fees. Fuel surcharges. Solo Supplement varies: Call 800-576-4905
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