Grand Tokyo Full Day Tour - Departure time is approximately 9am, with your first stop being Tokyo Tower. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo from the observation platform. Next you will explore Meiji Shrine which is in a picturesque and quiet area and offers an example of Japanese architecture. This will be followed by the Imperial Palace East Garden where you can enjoy a pleasant walk taking in the scenery and historical sights. You will then take a break with an inclusive Japanese-style lunch at a local restaurant. Once you are feeling refreshed you will make your way to Hama-Rikyu Garden where the features include tidal seawater ponds and a teahouse on an island, where you can sit and take in the scenery. The traditional garden offers a stark contrast to the backfrop of skyscrapers. Next take some time to relax on the Sumida River with an inclusive river cruise, providing the opportunity to see both old and new Tokyo. The last, but no means least important stop of the day is Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. The temple is a very famous Japanese landmark, and a very memorable Buddhist temple. A great place to get some photos followed by a bit of souvenir shopping before you return to your hotel.
Snow Monkey Tour - After a bullet train journey from Tokyo to Nagano, visit the famous Snow Monkey at Jigokudani Monkey Park. You will walk through the park to a hot spring pool where these Japanese Macaques like to bath in the colder months (December-March). The monkeys live in large social groups and are fascinating to watch, often completely disregarding humans.
Kawaguchi - Views of Mt. Fuji Tour - You will start your day with a visit to Lake Kawaguchi, the second largest of the Fuji Five Lakes which can be found near to the famous Mt. Fuji. The lake offers spectacular views of Mt. Fuji (weather depending) and provides a fantastic photo opportunity. If this isn't enough, then you will board the Kawaguchi Ropeway where you will be transported to an observation deck with panoramic views of both the lake below and Mt. Fuji. Your tour today will finish with another brilliant photo opportunity at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine. This 5-tiered pagoda sits perfectly positioned with Mt. Fuji as the backdrop and will give you sensational photo opportunties to round off the day.
Kyoto Temples, Shrines & Spring Blossoms Tour - Kobe Port - Your first stop is the zen temple, Kinkakuji. Also known as the 'Golden Pavillion', this temple is unique because of its top two floors which are totally covered in gold leaf. Set on the banks of a large pond in a tranquil garden, this was the former retirement home of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. It's the only remaining building of the former retirement complex and the temple itself has burnt down numerous times. Next head to Heian Shrine in the hope of seeing the 300 Cherry Blossom trees in bloom (sighting can never be guaranteed). The shrine itself dates back just over 100 years ago to 1895 and is dedicated to the spirits of the last and first emperors who reigned from the city. Kyoto's former name was Heian. Before heading back to the port wander along Ninenzaka path, lined with restored traditional shops and take in the atmosphere. It is easier here to imagine how Kyoto may have looked before modern life took over.
Kyoto Castles & Spring Blossoms Tour - Kobe Port - Visit the stunning Himeji Castle where you will have free time to explore. Built in the 17th Century, it is one of Japan's most historic castles and is not only a Japanese national treasure, but also is registered in the World Cultural Heritage listings. The castle is surrounded by the famous Cherry Blossom trees where you may be lucky enough to spot the blossoms in bloom (sighting can never be guaranteed).
Shimizu Views of Mt. Fuji & Spring Blossoms Tour - Shimizu Port - Call at Nihondaira, a hilly area with stunning views across to Mt. Fuji (weather permitting) and over Suruga Bay. In addition the area boasts in the region of 2,000 Cherry Blossom trees, so a great opportunity to try and spot the gorgeous blossoms (please note sighting can never be guaranteed). Next take the ropeway over to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine - this is also an opportunity to enjoy an aerial view of the blossoms and Suruga Bay. Enjoy a local lunch with green tea.