Sample Itinerary: 9 Days | 7 nights
Day 1 – USA / TOKYO
You begin your journey to Japan by boarding an international flight to Tokyo, the capital of Japan, also known as a “metropolitan prefecture.” Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2 – TOKYO
On your arrival at Narita Airport in Tokyo, you will be greeted by the friendly Perform International representatives. The Perform International representatives will escort you to your hotel.
Day 3 – TOKYO
After breakfast, you will start your full day Tokyo adventure by visiting Tokyo’s most significant and oldest Asakusa Sensoji Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple located in Tokyo. Later you will go to Ameyoko, a narrow shopping street that has more than 500 stores lining the streets and surrounding area, competing for the business of tourists and locals alike. Afterward, you will go to the famous Toyko Tower and visit the man-made island Odaiba. Later in the afternoon, you will stop by the Divercity Shopping Center.
Day 4 – TOKYO
On this day, you will have the opportunity to visit a Tokyo school campus for a musical and social cultural exchange. In the evening, you will be part of a formal performance at Concert Hall.
Day 5 – TOKYO / MOUNT FUJI / OSAKA
In the morning, you will visit the highest mountain in Japan – Mount Fuji. Located on Honshu Island, it is the highest mountain in Japan standing at 12,389 ft. Mount Fuji’s exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped several months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan and is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers. Upon arrival, you will visit the Owakudani Boiling Valley, a volcanic valley with active sulphur vents and hot springs in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is a popular tourist site for its scenic views, volcanic activity, and especially Kuro-tamago (black egg), a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs. The boiled eggs turn black and smell slightly sulphuric. Consuming the eggs is said to increase longevity! After lunch, you will board a boat and enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ashi. This is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano. This lake is known for its views of Mount Fuji and its numerous hot springs. After visiting Mount Fuji, you will board the Bullet Train to Shin Osaka via Shizuoka. A dinner box will be provided on board.
Day 6 – OSAKA
In Osaka you will visit the Osaka Castle and Osaka Museum of History. The Osaka Castle, originally called Ozakajō, is one of Japan’s most famous castles. It played a major role in the unification of Japan during the 16th Century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The Osaka Museum of History lies just outside of the Osaka Castle Park. It is designed to give visitors a multi-dimensional experience of the 1,400 year history of Osaka, with life-size reconstructions, scale models, key photographs and movies. Next you will visit the Kaiyukan Aquarium, one of the largest public aquariums in the world. Afterwards, you will go to Dotombori, a district in the Chūō-ku ward of Osaka and the city’s main shopping area. It centers around Shinsaibashi-suji, a covered shopping street, that is north of Dōtonbori, parallel and east of Mido-suji street. Major stores and boutiques are concentrated around this area.
Day 7 – OSAKA / KYOTO / OSAKA
After breakfast, you travel to Kyoto, a city in the central part of the island of Honshu. It is also one of the oldest and most famous Asian metropolises. Upon arrival, you will visit Kiyomizu Temple, officially called Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you will visit the Golden Pavilion, officially named Rokuon-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design and is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape. It’s also one of 17 locations comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site. Afterwards, you will try the Kimono Wearing Experience.
Day 8 – OSAKA
On this day, you will have the opportunity to visit an Osaka school campus for a musical and social cultural exchange. In the evening, you will be part of a formal performance at Concert Hall.
Day 9 – OSAKA / USA
On this final day in Osaka, you will relax at the hotel after breakfast before traveling to the airport for your return flight home, ending your fantastic journey in Japan.
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