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Japan Tour “Kumano and Kii Peninsula”

Japan tour of the Fuji Kawaguchiko area with the beautiful Fuji Mountain and the Kumano area. For a thousand years, pilgrims from all over Japan have traveled to the Kii Peninsula to experience the origins of Japanese history and to visit the land of legends and spirits. Kumano is a favorite destination for hiking and admiring the beauty of nature. Here you'll find three Kumano shrines among the pristine forests and waterfalls rushing down the cliffs. The springs and waterfalls here are worshipped as deities, and pilgrims visit them to wash their souls and enjoy the pristine nature. Here one of Japan's most beautiful waterfalls, Nachi-no taki, is located and next to it there is the pagoda of Seigan Temple.

CUSTOMIZED ITINERARY FOR YOUR DATES

Dates

  • Private tour

Duration

  • 10 days / 9 nights

Price

  • On request

Itinerary

  • Tokyo → Hakone → Kawaguchiko → Kyoto → Nara → Koya → Kumano → Kii-Katsuura → Ise → Tokyo
Reservation

Daily itinerary

1

Day 1

Arrival at the International Airport
Meet your tour guide at the Arrivals
Transfer to Tokyo by private transport
Check-in at the hotel, rest
Evening Tokyo city tour: Shibuya district and Shibuya Sky observatory, walk around Ginza
Back to the hotel
Hotel accommodation: Tokyo [Read more...]

Shibuya Area

Shibuya scramble crossing is one of the busiest crossings in Tokyo. The green light comes on from four directions at once, and several hundred people (during peak hours, the number can reach 1,000) rush simultaneously in all directions, managing to dodge each other with ease built up over the years.

For its picturesque yet orderly crowds, the crossing is beloved by filmmakers, and people worldwide are familiar with it from TV series, movies, and commercial videos. The best spot to watch the hypnotic flow of people is the Starbucks coffee shop on the 2nd floor of the building on the north side of the crossing.

There is also a statue of the faithful dog Hachiko near Shibuya Station, where he used to meet his master, a professor at Tokyo University, every day. After the professor’s sudden death, the dog came to the station every day for nine years, waiting for his master to return. Hachiko became the symbol of loyalty.

Ginza District

Ginza is Tokyo’s most luxurious shopping district, home to prestigious department stores, world-famous designer boutiques, coffee shops, and traditional Japanese restaurants. People come here to learn about the latest high fashion trends and enjoy the creations of the best architects worldwide.

At the same time, Ginza is an art lover’s paradise. There are about 200 art galleries and Kabukiza Theater, which still regularly hosts Kabuki theater performances.

2

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Tokyo sightseeing by private transport: Asakusa district, Sensoji Buddhist Temple, Nakamise shopping street, TeamLab museum, Japanese garden
Back to the hotel
Hotel accommodation: Tokyo [Read more...]

3

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Move to Hakone
Hakone sightseeing: volcanic valley Owakudani, the Hakone Open-Air Museum
Move to Kawaguchiko
Check-in at the national-style ryokan hotel
Dinner at the hotel, rest in the hot springs
Hotel accommodation: Kawaguchiko [Read more...]

4

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Fuji area sightseeing: Chureito, Shiraito waterfall
Transfer to the Shinkansen station
Move to Kyoto by shinkansen bullet train
Check-in at the hotel
Hotel accommodation: Kyoto [Read more...]

Fuji Five Lakes Area

On the northern slope of Mount Fuji, lava from volcanic eruptions 50-60 thousand years ago blocked the flow of rivers and formed a chain of lakes. Beautiful lakes are filled with the purest water from the mountain rivers and are surrounded by untouched forests. Each of the lakes has a unique view of the sacred mountain. The perfectly shaped Fujisan in the background makes the sight truly unforgettable.

5

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Kyoto sightseeing by private transport: Golden Pavilion, Zen Rock Garden, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the traditional streets of Kyoto
Kaiseki dinner with geishas
Back to the hotel
Hotel accommodation: Kyoto [Read more...]

Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkaku-ji Temple, often called the Golden Temple, is one of Japan’s most famous temples and Kyoto’s main attractions. Built at the end of the 14th century, this complex, with its three-story pavilion covered with gold leaf, captivated the minds of its contemporaries. The famous Japanese writer Yukio Mishima captured its fate and glory in the novel “The Golden Temple.” Today Kinkaku-ji Temple is a must-see on any traveler’s itinerary in Japan. In addition to the famous pavilion, the UNESCO World Heritage Site also features a traditional walking garden, small waterfalls, and a tea house, representing the culture of the samurai era.

Zen Rock Garden

Zen Rock Garden, or dry garden, with its hidden meanings and allegories, is a beautiful place for contemplation and meditation. Each garden element has meaning, and no randomly placed pieces exist. A dry garden is an orderly system subject to well-established aesthetic rules. Sea waves spread before the viewers, the mountain peaks rise above the clouds, and animals freeze in different poses. This microcosm of Zen Buddhist aesthetics is created using stones of various shapes. The distinctive symbolism of rock gardens is a unique manifestation of the multifaceted Japanese culture.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Pure Water Temple)

The Pure Water Temple, or Kiyomizu-dera, is one of Kyoto’s most famous and most visited temples and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded on a mountainside near a spring. Its clear water is said to bestow health, longevity, and wisdom. The temple’s main attraction is its main hall, with an open veranda built on stilts over a cliff. The structure, assembled without a single nail, towers over Kyoto, offering a beautiful view of the old capital. Cafes and stores lining the road to the temple sell Kyoto sweets, ceramics, and souvenirs for all tastes.

6

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Move to Nara
Nara sightseeing by private transport: Todaiji Temple, Deer park
Transfer by private transport to the sacred mountain Koya-san
Check-in at the monastery hotel "shukubo"
Vegetarian dinner at the hotel
Hotel accommodation: Koya [Read more...]

Todai-ji Temple

Todai-ji is a Buddhist temple complex whose main building is one of the largest wooden structures in the world. Built in the mid-8th century by order of the emperor with donations from all over the country, the temple features the biggest bronze statue of Buddha in Japan. Almost all the bronze produced in Japan at the time was used to cast the colossal sculpture. The complex also has several unique wooden structures, including the giant Nandaimon Gate with the famous Nio guard figures, the Bell Tower, and Nigatsu-do Hall. The entire complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Koya-san sightseeing: Kongobuji Temple, ancient Okunoin Buddhist cemetery
Move to Kumano area by private transport
Walk over Japan's longest suspension footbridge
Visit one of Kumano's largest temples, Kumano-Taisha
Transfer to the national-style ryokan hotel, check-in
Dinner at ryokan, rest in the hot springs
Hotel accommodation: Kawayu-onsen [Read more...]

Koya-san (Mount Koya)

The Koya Mountain Monastery Complex is one of the most important centers of Buddhism in Japan, founded 1,200 years ago by the monk Kukai. In addition to its religious and historical value, it is also an important cultural monument. The majestic architecture of the complex, paintings by famous artists, unique artifacts accumulated over hundreds of years, the largest rock garden, and one of the oldest cemeteries in Japan – all of it provide a rare opportunity to have an insight into the Japanese philosophy of life and death.

8

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Kumano area sightseeing by private transport: Nachi-taisha Shrine, Nachi waterfall
Transfer to the national-style ryokan hotel in Kii-Katsuura, check-in
Dinner at ryokan, rest in the hot springs
Hotel accommodation: Kii-Katsuura [Read more...]

9

Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Visit Katsuura fish market
Move to Mie prefecture, visit Ise-jingu Shrine
Transfer to the shinkansen station
Move to Tokyo by shinkansen bullet train
Hotel accommodation: Tokyo [Read more...]

10

Day 10

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Transfer to the airport by private transport with a guide
Departure [Read more...]