2018 Yamato Summer Highlights of Japan

JUNE 16 – 27, 2018  (12 days / 10 nights)

June 16, Sat.     LEAVE LOS ANGELES.    Japan Airlines has a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Osaka/Kansai.  Cross the International Date Line losing one day which is recovered on the return flight.  

June 17, Sun.    ARRIVE OSAKA/KANSAI AIRPORT AND ON TO KYOTO.   On arrival and after entry procedures, transfer by bus to hotel in Kyoto.

June 18, Mon.  KYOTO – NARA - KYOTO.   Full day sightseeing in Nara visiting Todaiji Temple (Great Buddha) and Nara Park. In Kyoto visit  Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Fushimi Inari Shrine. (B L) 
June 19, Tue.    KYOTO Free day.  Optional tours are available.  Tonight, special shabu shabu dinner.   (B D)

June 20, Wed.  KYOTO -  KANAZAWA.   This morning, we travel by train to Kanazawa.  On arrival visit Kenrokuen Garden, Nagamachi Samurai District where samurai and their families lived and Higashichaya Street, a historical entertainment area with tea houses where geisha performed.  (B D)
June 21, Thu.   KANAZAWA – SHIRAKAWAGO -TAKAYAMA   Today we travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shirakawago, a village known for a unique architectural style  called gassho-zukuri.  (B L)                                      
June 22, Fri.    TAKAYAMA.   Today sightseeing begins with the morning market along the Miyagawa River;  Hachiman Shrine where Yatai floats are displayed and   “Kamisannomachi”, an area that has been preserved, some dating from the Edo perios (1600-1868) and still used as shops and eateries.  (B D)

June 23, Sat.   TAKAYAMA – NAGOYA.   Travel by train to Nagoya.  On arrival we will visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology, as well as Nagoya Castle.  (B L)   

June 24, Sun.   NAGOYA – HAKONE.   We will travel by train to the scenic hot springs resort of Hakone.  Overnight in a ryokan (Japanese Inn).  (B D) 

June 25, Mon.  HAKONE - TOKYO.  Today we will  cruise on Lake Ashi, then ride an aerial cablecar to Mt. Komagatake, before traveling to Tokyo.  On arrival, we will be treated to a special teppan yaki lunch.  Afternoon sight-seeing includes  Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Temple and the  Nakamise shoping arcade.  (B L)

June 26, Tue.   TOKYO.  Free day.   Farewell dinner in the evening at the hotel.    (B D)     
June 27, Wed.  TOKYO – LOS ANGELES. Early afternoon transfer to the airport for our nonstop flight  home.  Recross the lnternational Date Line, arriving home the same day.  (B) 
Kyoto                         Granvia Hotel Kyoto       (3 nights)
Kanazawa                 Kanazawa Hotel               (1 night)
Takayama                 Hida Hotel Plaza             (2 nights)
Nagoya                      Nagoya Tokyu Hotel       (1 night)
Hankone                  Yumoto Fujiya Hotel       (1 night)
Tokyo                        Imperial Hotel Tokyo     (2 nights)

LAND COST:  $4,995.00 per person, based on two people sharing one room.  Single supplement will apply for single room occupancy. Triples also, available. 

AIRFARE:  Air is separate.  Group fares are based upon a minimum of 10 persons traveling together.  For less than 10 persons, we will use the lowest fare available at the time of finalizing the tour. 
TOUR GUIDE: Mr. Shigeru Shinohara is our English-speaking guide in Japan.

NOTE:  Itinerary is subject to change without notice.