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Tokyo Plus 1: Three days of enjoying World Heritage Sites and nature on the outskirts of Tokyo (Gunma, Tochigi)

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Area: Tochigi Prefecture (Kinugawa, Nikko) and Gunma Prefecture (Minakami)
Number of days: Three days

Note: Kinsei Pass is closed between late December and late April due to snow.

Day 1

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Tokyo
(or Narita)
Morning
(approximately
three hours)
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
From Tokyo or Narita Airport to Tochigi Prefecture by bus. Breakfast – no
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at Kinugawa Onsen
Arrive in Kinugawa Onsen     Arrive at Kinugawa Onsen.
  • Optionally enjoy such attractions as Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura and rafting the Kinugawa River.

Day 2

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Kinugawa Onsen Morning Chartered bus
Chartered bus
Travel by chartered bus to Gunma Prefecture
Along the way, see such famous locations as:
  • Nikko Tosho Shrine – a World Heritage Site
  • Kegon Falls – one of the three great falls of Japan
Breakfast – no
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at Minakami-Onsen
Arrive in Minakami Onsen Afternoon   Then head to Minakami-Onsen.
Arrive at Minakami-Onsen. Optionally, enjoy such attractions as:
  • The Tenjindaira Ropeway
  • Whitewater rafting

Day 3

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Minakami-Onsen Morning Chartered bus
Chartered bus
Travel to Tokyo by chartered bus.
In Gunma Prefecture, enjoy such attractions as:
  • Making traditional foods at Takuminosato
  • Take a stroll along the stone stairway market at Ikaho Hot Spring.
  • Visit Ikaho Green Bokujo
  • See the animals and more at Gunma Safari Park
 
Arrive in Tokyo Evening    

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Tokyo Plus 1: Two days to enjoy nature and hands-on experiences near Tokyo (Gunma)

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Area: Hot springs in Gunma Prefecture
Number of days: Two days

Day 1

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Departing from Tokyo (or Narita) Morning
(two to three hours)
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
From Tokyo or Narita Airport to Gunma Prefecture by bus. Arrive at a hot spring in Gunma Prefecture.
  • There are many popular hot springs bustling with travelers in Gunma Prefecture.
    For example:
    • The three major hot spring resorts in Gunma Prefecture: Kusatsu Onsen, Ikaho Hot Spring, Minakami-Onsen
    • Hot springs with classic Japanese scenery:
      Takaraga, Oigami Onsen, Shima Onsen
      A stay at any hot spring can be included in an itinerary.
  • There are lots of sightseeing spots.
    For example:
    • World Heritage Site:
      Tomioka Silk Mill
    • Enjoy natural scenery:
      Tenjindaira, Lake Haruna, Mount Kusatsu-Shirane
    • Hands-on experiences:
      Rafting and other outdoor activities
      Arts and crafts, including making washi paper and creating pictures on glass
      Apple and other fruit U-pick
Breakfast – no
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at a hot spring in Gunma Prefecture
Arrive in Gunma Prefecture      

Day 2

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Gunma Prefecture Morning Chartered bus
Chartered bus
Travel to Tokyo by chartered bus.
Combine the sightseeing packages above to create your perfect trip to Gunma Prefecture.
 
Arrive in Tokyo Evening    

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Tokyo Plus 1: Two days to enjoy World Heritage Sites and hands-on experiences near Tokyo (Tochigi)

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Area: Hot springs in Tochigi Prefecture
Number of days: Two days

Available period: Available Year-round

Day 1

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Arrive in Tochigi Prefecture Morning
(two to three hours)
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
From Tokyo or Narita Airport to Tochigi Prefecture by bus.
Arrive at a hot spring in Tochigi Prefecture.
  • There are many popular hot springs bustling with travelers in Tochigi Prefecture.
    For example:
    • Hot springs close to the World Heritage Site Nikko:
      Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko Hot Springs
    • Hot springs for enjoying Japanese nature:
      Nasu Onsen, Shiobara Hot Springs, Yunishigawa Onsen
      A stay at any hot spring can be included in an itinerary.
  • Lots of sightseeing spots to enjoy.
    For example:
    • World Heritage Site:
      Nikko Tosho Shrine
    • Enjoy natural scenery:
      Nasu Highlands, Ashikaga Flower Park, Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji
    • Hands-on experiences:
      Experience old Japan at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
      Create a piece of painted Mashikoyaki pottery
      Go shopping at Sano Premium Outlets
Breakfast – no
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at a hot spring in Tochigi Prefecture

Day 2

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Tochigi Prefecture Morning Chartered bus
Chartered bus
Travel to Tokyo by chartered bus.
Combine the sightseeing packages above to create your perfect trip to Tochigi Prefecture.
 
Arrive in Tokyo Evening    

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Tokyo Plus 1: Two days of enjoying the natural beauty, cuisine and history of eastern Shizuoka Prefecture

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Area: Eastern Shizuoka
Number of days: Two days

Available period: Available Year-round

Day 1

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Tokyo Time needed:
8 hours, 40 minutes
Chartered bus
Chartered bus

From Tokyo to Shizuoka Prefecture by bus

  • Visit the Nirayama Reverberatory Furnace, registered as a World Heritage Site in 2015.
  • For lunch, enjoy beer brewed with local spring water, and mesh-grilled meat and fish.
    At Nakaizu Winery, taste locally crafted wines.
  • Ride the ropeway at Izunokuni Panorama Park for a sweeping view of Mount Fuji and Suruga Bay.
  • Take a stroll around the town of Shuzenji, popularly known as a Little Kyoto.

Tour stops

  • Egawa Mansion
    An Important Cultural Property of Japan and the home of a distinguished family.
  • Nirayama Reverberatory Furnace
    World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch at Kuraya-Narusawa
  • Ropeway at Izunokuni Panorama Park
    Views of Mount Fuji and Suruga Bay.
  • Nakaizu Winery
    Tour the local winery and sample wines.
  • Stroll around the town of Shuzenji
    Stroll about the Little Kyoto part of town.
Breakfast – no
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at Shuzenji Onsen
Arrive in Shuzenji Onsen      

Day 2

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Shuzenji Onsen Time needed:
9 hours
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Visit Mishima Taisha Shrine, well known for its spiritual power.
  • Stroll around Kakita River Park where some one million tons of pure spring water gush out of the ground every day. The wonders of nature are truly sights to behold.
  • Enjoy the seafood freshly caught in the Numazu Harbor.
  • A truly unique exhibit! Visit the Numazu Deepblue Aquarium where they have a frozen coelacanth (the living fossil fish) on display.
  • Enjoy shopping at Gotemba Premium Outlets, located on spacious grounds with a view of Mount Fuji.

Tour stops

  • Mishima Taisha Shrine
    A location of great spiritual power.
  • Kakita River Park
    The wonders of nature are truly sights to behold.
  • Lunch at Numazu Harbor
    Enjoy fresh seafood.
  • Numazu Deepblue Aquarium
    See the allure of the coelacanth.
  • Gotemba Premium Outlets
    One of the largest outlet malls in Japan.
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – no
Arrive in Tokyo      

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Tokyo Plus 1: Four days on Diamond Route

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Area: Fukushima, Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures
Number of days: Four days

Available period: Available Year-round
Note: Recommended especially from March to May and in September and October

Day 1

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Tokyo Time needed:
7 hours
Chartered bus
Chartered bus

Travel by bus from Tokyo to Nikko.

  • Visit the World Heritage Site of Nikko Tosho Shrine, the Sacred Bridge, the Iroha-zaka Winding Roads and Kegon Falls.
  • Accommodations at Nikko Onsen are included.

Tour stops

  • Shin-kyo (Sacred Bridge)
    View the vermilion-painted bridge
  • Nikko Tosho Shrine/Lunch along the approach
    A World Heritage Site
  • The Iroha-zaka Winding Roads
    Famous for their fall colors
  • Kegon Falls
    One of Japan's three most famous waterfalls
Breakfast – no
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at Nikko Onsen
Arrive in Nikko Onsen      

Day 2

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Nikko Onsen Time needed:
8 hours
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Sightsee at Ouchi-juku and breathe the air of old Japan.
    Enjoy a bowl of the popular negi (scallion) soba.
  • Experience samurai culture. Visit Tsuruga Castle and a samurai mansion.
  • Pick fruit at a U-pick and sample some sake.

Tour stops

  • Lunch at Ouchi-juku
    Fall back to a time of legends
  • Tsuruga Castle
    One of Japan's top 100 castles
  • Aizu Bukeyashiki samurai mansion
    Learn about samurai culture
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Arrive in Higashiyama Onsen      

Day 3

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Higashiyama Onsen Time needed:
7 hours
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • See the red, green and blue colors of Goshiki-numa.
  • Visit the Iwaki City Coal and Fossil Museum to learn about how coal was once mined.
  • At Spa Resort Hawaiians, enjoy a hula dance performance and time at the pool

Tour stops

  • Goshiki-numa
    A collection of ponds whose water can be seen in red, green, blue and other colors
  • Iwaki Lalamew and lunch
    Enjoy fresh seafood from the Pacific Ocean
  • The Iwaki City Coal and Fossil Museum
    See how coal was once mined
  • Spa Resort Hawaiians
    The Hawaii of Japan
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Arrive in Yumoto Onsen      

Day 4

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Yumoto Onsen Time needed:
5 hours
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Enjoy the flowers through all four seasons of the year at Hitachi Seaside Park
    Daffodils: end of March to mid-April
    Tulips: middle to end of April
    Nemophila: end of April to mid-May
    Kokia, cosmos: end of September to mid-October

Tour stops

  • Hitachi Seaside Park
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – no
Arrive at Narita Airport      

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Tokyo Plus 1: Diamond Route! Travel around Fukushima, Tochigi and Okuaizu

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Area: Fukushima, Tochigi and Okuaizu
Number of days: Five days

Available period: Available Year-round

Day 1

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Arrive at Narita (Haneda) Airport Morning Chartered bus
Chartered bus

Travel by bus after arriving at the airport

  • Mashiko (Tonoike sake brewery, Mashiko pottery)
  • The Nasu Highlands (Momiji-bashi Bridge, Gigantic Golden God Statue, the Nasu Orgel Museum of music boxes)
Breakfast – no
Lunch – no
Dinner – yes
Stay at the Nasu Highlands (or at Shiobara Onsen)
Arrive in The Nasu Highlands Evening  

Arrive at the hotel

Day 2

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)

Depart from the Nasu Highlands

Fukushima

Inawashiro

Aizu

Time needed:
8 hours, 20 minutes
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Komyutan Fukushima (Environmental Creation Theater with a 360-degree view)
  • Miharu Deko Yashiki (try your hand at painting a miharu-goma)
  • Lake Inawashiro ramen house (all-you-can-eat Kitakata ramen)
  • Goshiki-numa
  • Aizu-Wakamatsu, Tsuruga Castle
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at Okuaizu/Yanaizu Onsen

Day 3

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Aizu Time needed:
7 hours, 50 minutes
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
Train
Train
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Stroll to see Yanaizu Kokuzoson Temple and the town
  • Roadside Station ("Michi no Eki") Aizu
  • Lunch (Sauce Katsudon, a local favorite)
  • Local line (ride on the Tadami Line) Bange to Nishi-Wakamatsu
  • Aizu Matsudaira's Royal Garden
  • Aizu Bukeyashiki samurai mansion
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at Higashiyama Onsen

Day 4

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Aizu Time needed:
8 hours, 40 minutes
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Ouchi-juku
  • To-no-Hetsuri
  • Aizu-Tajima Station (new Revaty Aizu limited express on the Tobu Railway) to Asakusa
  • Senso Temple, Nakamise Street
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes (Bento on the train)
Dinner – no
Stay a hotel in Tokyo
Arrive in Tokyo      

Day 5

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Tokyo Morning Chartered bus
Chartered bus
Free time Breakfast – yes
Lunch – no
Dinner – no
  Afternoon   Depart from Narita (or Haneda) Airport

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Tokyo Plus 1: Nikko Tosho Shrine – a World Heritage Site + South Tohoku – four days, three nights

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Area: Nikko, Aizu, Yamagata, Sendai
Number of days: Four days

Available period: Available Year-round

Day 1

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Arrive at Narita (Haneda) Airport Morning Chartered bus
Chartered bus

Travel by bus after arriving at the airport

Breakfast – no
Lunch – no
Dinner – yes
Stay at Kinugawa
Nikko Afternoon

Nikko Tosho Shrine

Arrive in Kinugawa 17:00

Arrive at the hotel

Day 2

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)

Depart from Kinugawa

Aizu

Arrive in Kaminoyama

Time needed:
10 hours
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
Train
Train
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Kinugawa-Onsen Station – new Revaty Aizu limited express on the Tobu Railway – to Aizu-Tajima Station
  • To-no-Hetsuri
  • Lunch at Ouchi-juku
  • Aizu-Wakamatsu, Tsuruga Castle
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at Kaminoyama Onsen

Day 3

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)

Depart from Kaminoyama

The Tendo area

Mogami

Arrive in Sendai

Time needed:
8 hours
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • U-pick fruit (seasonal offerings throughout the year)
  • Rafting on the Mogami River (lunch on-board)
  • Yamadera (Risshaku-ji Temple in Hoshuyama)
  • Aoba Castle (statue of Date Masamune on horseback)
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – no
Stay in Sendai or at Akiu Onsen

Day 4

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Sendai Morning Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Sightseeing in Matsushima (Godai-do Temple and pleasure boat around the islands)
  • Sendai Station to Tokyo Station (JR Tohoku Shinkansen ride)
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes (Bento on the train)
Dinner – no
Arrive in Tokyo Afternoon Shinkansen Depart from Narita (or Haneda) Airport

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Tokyo Plus 1: Two days of travel in Ibaraki

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Area: Ibaraki Prefecture
Number of days: Two days

Available period: April–May, September–October 2018
Note: Although you can create a tour at other than prearranged times, please note that the time may not be right for seasonal flower viewing.

The hill of baby blue-eyes flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park (the best time for viewing is from the end of April to mid-May)The hill of baby blue-eyes flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park (the best time for viewing is from the end of April to mid-May)

The hill of kochia at Hitachi Seaside Park (the best time for viewing is throughout October)The hill of kochia at Hitachi Seaside Park (the best time for viewing is throughout October)

Fukuroda Falls, one of the three great waterfalls of JapanFukuroda Falls, one of the three great waterfalls of Japan

Ryujin Suspension Bridge

The Oarai Coast

Day 1

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)

Depart from Shinjuku

Fukuroda Falls

Ryujin Suspension Bridge

Oarai Hotel

Time needed:
8 hours
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Transportation on a chartered bus
  • After lunch, visit Fukuroda Falls
  • Enjoy the thrilling suspension bridge
  • Relax with their kaiyo zanmai seafood dinner and a soak in the hot spring
Breakfast – no
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at Oarai Hotel

Day 2

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)

Oarai Hotel

The Oarai Coast

Oarai Hotel

Hitachi Seaside Park

Mito

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Arrive in Shinjuku

Time needed:
13 hours
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • The sunrise before breakfast is an excellent option!
  • Return to the hotel for breakfast
  • Depart from the hotel first thing in the morning for Hitachi Park. 3 hours to fully enjoy the garden.
  • A lunch of Salisbury steak in Mito made from Hitachi Beef
  • Go shopping with a view of Ushiku Daibutsu, a statue of Buddha
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – no

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Tokyo Plus 1: Two days to enjoy a historical town and the sea

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Area: Chiba Prefecture
Number of days: Two days

Available period: Departures available every day except Tuesday
Note: The morning market is closed on Wednesday.

The historical town along the Ono RiverThe historical town along the Ono River

The morning marketThe morning market

Day 1

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Tokyo Time needed:
8 hours, 45 minutes
Chartered bus
Chartered bus

Travel from Tokyo to Sawara by bus.

  • Enjoy a stroll through the historical town.
  • Gaze upon the important traditional buildings from a river boat.
  • Accommodations at Katsuura Onsen wait you.

Tour stops

  • Katori-jingu Shrine
    A nationally designated Important Cultural Property
  • Suigo Sawara Dashi Kaikan (Float Museum)
    See the dashi (floats) used in the Sawara Float Festival, which is inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Mitsubishi-kan, Kobori-ya Honten, Nakamura-ya, Shoubun-dou
    Important traditional buildings line the streets
  • Boating on Ono River
    See the town from a river boat
Breakfast – no
Lunch – yes
Dinner – yes
Stay at Katsuura Onsen
Arrive at Katsuura Onsen      

Day 2

Departure location/
overnight location
Time Transportation Activities Meals (accommodations)
Depart from Katsuura Onsen Time needed:
8 hours, 30 minutes
Chartered bus
Chartered bus
  • Explore the morning market, where the town residents shop for their daily meals.
  • Enjoy the wonderful sea.

Tour stops

  • Katsuura Morning Market
    This morning market is filled with fresh fish, seafood and produce
  • Katsuura Marine Park Center, Katsuura observation tower
    The largest underwater tower in the East
  • Ubara Utopia
    A picturesque spot perfect for a stroll
  • Country Farm Tokyo German Village
    A theme park of flowers and nature
  • Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, Umihotaru
    A parking area floating in Tokyo Bay
Breakfast – yes
Lunch – yes
Dinner – no
Arrive in Tokyo      

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