• Fuji-Hakone National Park  Sail Lake Ashi

  • Atami Relax in the Ocean View Onsen

  • Kamakura Ride a Rickshaw through the Ancient Capital 

  • Gion Catch a Glimpse of Geishas 

  • Kobe Taste Authentic Kobe Beef 

Japan Classics- 10 Days

 Land Only from US $2699-$2850

Tokyo, Kamakura, Atami, Hakone, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, & Kyoto

Departs January- December

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    Featured Arrangements

    • We design our itineraries to balance sightseeing and free time while neglecting tourist traps. 
    • Kanto (Tokyo & Fuji-Hakone National Park Area):
      • Travel across the Aqua Line, Japan's cutting-edge tunnel that submerges under the Tokyo Bay. 
      • Rickshaw through the ancient historical town of Kamakura. 
      • Fuji-Hakone National Park
        • Let the scenic Fuji-Hakone National Park surround you as you cruise down Lake Ashi on a pirate ship. 
        • Ride a cable car up the Hakone Ropeway and take in the iconic Mt. Fuji at your side.
      • Tokyo
        • VIP access to the top of the Tokyo Skytree for a breathtaking view of the city.
        • Travel down Sumida River on a water bus and experience local scenery along the Tokyo Bay.
        • Hop on the tram and tour like a local.  
        • Free time to explore Tokyo’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Harajuku and Ginza.
    • Let the high speed Shinkansen (Bullet Train) take you from Tokyo to Kyoto in just 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe Area):
      • Kyoto: Enjoy its timeless antiquity and the beautiful distinction of each of the four seasons. 
        • Ride the Sagano Romantic Train along the colorful Hozugawa River. 
      • Kobe: Visit this cosmopolitan port city synonymous with its famous namesake, Kobe beef. 
      • Feast in Osaka's Dotonbori restaurant district, known as the “Kitchen of Japan.”

    Luxury Accommodations

    • AtamiHotel New Akao–RYOKAN style hotel situated on a cliff side facing the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy ocean-view rooms. 
      • Rejuvenate in a mineral rich hot spring and watch as the sun peeks over the watery horizon.
      • Dress in Yukata robes for a Kaiseki banquet dinner and Karaoke.
    • TokyoImperial Hotel–Iconic, luxurious, and walking distance to the famous Ginza district and Imperial Palace. 
    • Osaka: Imperial Osaka or Westin Osaka – Exquisite luxury located in the heart of Osaka. 
    • Biwako Hot Spring: Magnificient outdoor onsen with Kyoto style Kaiseki banquet dinner.
    • Kyoto: Kyoto Hotel Okura or Hyatt Regency Kyoto – Centrally located luxury hotels.

    Culinary Experiences  

    • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Before a restaurant is selected for our itinerary, our development team spends countless hours sampling dozens of restaurants for comparison. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste Japanese delicacies, including Kobe beef, Shabu Shabu, Kamameshi, Yakiniku, Sashimi, and traditional Kaiseki banquet dinner. 

    Super Value Standard

    • Charismatic and knowledgeable Super Value trained guides.
    • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details  
    • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.
    • Porterage service is provided at most hotels.

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Itinerary

Day 1

 Depart North America for Tokyo, Japan

  • Depart from your home airport, have a great flight!

Day 2

Arrive in Narita, Tokyo 【Dinner】

  • "Yokoso" or "Welcome" to Japan! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you to the hotel. Airport transfer is available for flights arriving between 12:00-7:30pm. 
  • If you arrive early, take the rest of the day to rest up. Or, if you’re up for it, do some shopping at the local Aeon Mall.

  • Arrive in Narita

  • Aeon Mall

  • Japanese Dinner Set

Dinner  
Japanese Dinner Set at the Hotel
Hotel  
Hilton Narita (Best Hotel in the Area)
Day 3

Narita  Tokyo Bay Aqua Line  Kamakura  Odawara  Atami Hot Spring【3 meals】

  • Tokyo Bay Aqua Line: Travel through Japan's cutting-edge tunnel that submerges under the Tokyo Bay. Emerge from the tunnel onto Umihotaru, an artificial island, known for its stunning views and fun local shops. 
  • Kamakura: Discover Kamakura's treasures as you rickshaw through Japan's first shogunate capital. 
  • Wakamiya Oji: Leisurely stroll down one of the best 100 streets in Japan. Famous for the Sakura Tunnel, it is simply magnificent during Cherry Blossom season. 
  • Hachimangu Shrine: Pay respects at the most important Shinto shrine in Kamakura. 
  • Komachi Dori: Freely explore the charming alleys to shop for unique souvenirs and indulge in local eateries. 
  • Odawara Castle: Expand your knowledge of feudal Japan with a visit to Odawara Castle.
  • Finish the day with a true cultural experience at the Ryokan Hotel hot spring in the city of Atami. Dress in Yukata robes and enjoy a traditional Kaiseki dinner and Karaoke. 

  • Tokyo Bay Aqua Line

  • Rickshaw through Kamakura

  • Kaiseki Banquet Dinner

Breakfast  
Western & Japanese Buffet
Lunch  
Kamakura-don
Dinner  
Kaiseki Banquet and Karaoke!
Hotel  
New Akao Hot Spring Spa Hotel
Day 4

Atami  Fuji-Hakone National Park Tokyo 【3 meals】

  • Optional: Take the morning to relax or enjoy an optional seaside walk in the Atami gardens overlooking the ocean.
  • Lake Ashi: Cruise Lake Ashi on the well-known pirate ship for an impressive view of Mt. Fuji (if weather permits). 
  • Hakone Ropeway: Ascend up the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Valley. Along the way, see steams emitting from the valley, stunning views of Lake Ashi, and the unforgettable Mt. Fuji.  
  • Owakudani Valley: Try the famous kuro-tamago, or black hard-boiled eggs. According to local legends, eating a black egg will prolong your life by seven years. But not so fast, don't eat more than three or it is bad luck! 
  • Harajuku: Explore one of Tokyo's famous neighborhoods, known as a center for youth fashion and culture.

  • Hakone Ropeway

  • Sail Lake Ashi on a Pirate Ship

  • Owakudani Valley Black Egg

Breakfast  
Western & Japanese Buffet
Lunch  
Japanese- Italian Fusion Buffet Overlooking Lake Ashi
Dinner  
All-You-Can-Eat Japanese Shabu Shabu
Hotel  
Imperial Hotel Tokyo (Ginza District)
Day 5

Tokyo 【2 meals】

  • Optional: Relax in the morning or take an optional walk to the East Garden of the Imperial Palace to see stunning Japanese-style gardens. 
  • Tokyo Mizube Line: Cruise down Sumida River on a water bus. Along the way, take in a spectacular view of the Tokyo Skytree. 
  • Asakusa: Free time to explore this vivacious old Edo district filled with unique Japanese delicacies. Don't forget to see the famous Senso-ji temple, Tokyo's oldest and most festive temple.
  • Ride the local tram to Tokyo Skytree from the Tobu Asakusa Station.  
  • Tokyo Skytree: Enjoy VIP access to the top of the Skytree. Get a bird's eye view of the entire Kanto region from the world's highest stand-alone communication tower.
  • Ginza District: Explore Tokyo's most dynamic and famous shopping, dinning, and entertainment center. Dinner is not included tonight so you may take advantage of unlimited dining options in the area.
  • If you would like to explore other areas of Tokyo such as Shibuya or Shinjuku on your own, your guide can always help with directions and recommendations.
  • Due to limited luggage space on the Shinkansen (bullet train) tomorrow, please prepare a carry-on bag with belongings for 2 days & 1 night use. Your tour guide will arrange the transfer of your large suitcases to our hotel in Kyoto. 

  • Tokyo Skytree and Mizube Line

  • Asakusa Sashimi Lunch Set

  • Ginza District

Breakfast  
Western & Japanese Buffet
Lunch  
Kamameshi (Rice Pot) or Sashimi Set at a Century-Old Restaurant
Dinner  
Not Included-Explore Ginza with Our Helpful Maps and Suggestions
Hotel  
Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Day 6

Tokyo  Shinkansen (Bullet Train) - Kyoto  Biwako 【3 meals】

  • Shinkansen: Experience a true modern marvel by riding the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto Station (2.5 hours).
  • Miho Museum: See an incredible collection of Japanese antiques at the Miho Museum, designed by I.M. Pei. (If Miho Museum is closed between exhibitions, we will visit Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts.)
  • Unwind in a magnificent outdoor onsen (hot spring) at a Ryokan style hotel.
  • Roll up your Yukata sleeves and indulge in a traditional Kyoto-style Kaiseki banquet dinner.

  • Shinkansen

  • Miho Museum

  • Kaiseki Banquet Dinner

Breakfast  
Western & Japanese Buffet
Lunch  
Japanese Lunch Set
Dinner  
Kaiseki Banquet
Hotel  
Hanakaido Ryokan or Equivalent
Day 7

Kyoto  Gion 【3 meals】

  • Kyoto: See the best of Kyoto! Explore old alleyways of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka and climb to the top of Kiyomizu temple for a spectacular view of Kyoto.
  • Nijo Castle: Relive the days of the Shogunate in Nijo Castle.
  • Participate in Yuzen- traditional stencil dyeing. 
  • Gion: With only about 100 Geishas remaining, Gion is the only place you might catch a glimpse of these elusive figures. 
  • Journey off the beaten path and explore Kyoto during free time. Discover the city's hidden corners and enjoy dinner with our helpful recommendations and maps.

  • Kiyomizu Temple

  • Sannenzaka

  • Geisha in Gion

Breakfast  
Japanese Breakfast Set
Lunch  
Japanese-Italian Cuisine
Dinner  
Tonkatsu
Hotel  
Kyoto Hotel Okura or Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Day 8

Kyoto Osaka【2 meals】

  • Sagano Romantic Train: Take a scenic ride through the tranquil Hozagawa River Valley.
  • Arashiyama: Walk through the flourishing bamboo forest and discover the alluring beauty of the surroundings. 
  • Kinkakuji Temple: Visit the icon of Kyoto, the "Golden Pavilion," covered with gold foil.
  • Shinsaibashi: We built in free time so you may freely roam through Osaka's largest shopping district and get to know the city at your own pace.
  • For dinner, "eat till you drop" in the Dotonbori restaurant district, known as the "Kitchen of Japan." Be sure to try local specialties such as Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Hakozushi, and Kitsune Udon. Suggestions and maps will be provided to help you navigate the bustling district. 

  • Sagano Romantic Train

  • Bamboo Groves

  • Street Vendor in Dotonbori

Breakfast  
Western & Japanese Buffet
Lunch  
Yakiniku-Japanese Barbeque
Dinner  
Dinner is Not Included: Explore Dotonbori Restaurant District with our Recommendations
Hotel  
Imperial Osaka or Westin Osaka or equivalent
Day 9

Nara  Nada  Kobe  Osaka【3 meals】

  • Nara Park: Experience the beauty of Nara Park and stand in awe in the presence of Japan's largest bronze Buddha statue- Daibutsu.
  • Nada Sake Brewery: Tour a local sake brewery, enjoy complimentary tasting while learning about traditional craft of sake brewing. 
  • Osaka Castle Park: Explore the largest castle in Japan filled with historical and cultural significance.  
  • Explore the seaside city of Kobe including the Meriken Park, Moto Machi, and China Town. 
  • Satisfy your taste buds by feasting on an authentic and succulent Kobe beef dinner. 

  • Nara Park

  • Nada Sake Brewery

  • Authentic Kobe Beef

Breakfast  
Western & Japanese Buffet
Lunch  
Japanese Lunch Set
Dinner  
Kobe Beef
Hotel  
Imperial Osaka or Westin Osaka or equivalent
Day 10
 

Osaka (KIX) or (ITM)  Next Destination  【Breakfast】

  • "Sayonara!" or "Goodbye!" After breakfast, guests with morning flights will be directed to take the shuttle bus bound for Itami or Kansai airport.
  • For guests with afternoon flights, your morning is free and our tour guide will provide directions for you to explore Osaka city for last-minute shopping or sightseeing. Based on your departure time, the tour guide will direct you to take the airport shuttle bus.

 *Airport send off available from 9:30am-7:00pm (KIX) or 7:55am-2:45pm (ITM).

Breakfast  
Western and Japanese Buffet
Tokoyo Bay Aqua Line

Yet another modern marvel made possible by Japanese engineering technology. This highway, which stretches over Tokyo Bay, comprises a 4.4 kilometer long bay bridge coming from the east and a 9.5 kilometer underwater highway coming from the west. The two meet at a manmade island (Umihotaru) where Mount Fuji can be seen from afar on a sunny day.

Kamakura

Within this peaceful atmosphere lies a thread of untarnished beauty. Kamakura once served as the de facto political and cultural center of Japan. The location faces the ocean on one side and is surrounded in all other directions by mountainous forests. Scattered within these quiet forests are ancient landmarks and prominent temples. Among them, the world-renowned Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shinto shrine is one of the most worthy sites to visit.

Wakamiya Dori
The main thoroughfare of Kamakura, it was originally built as a road of pilgrimage leading to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Close to a thousand sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) trees line the street on both sides. During springtime, the beautiful sea of flourishing cherry blossoms is a feast for the eye. Shops of all types also line both sides of the streets, offering all types of handmade crafts and local specialty goods. The most representative craft of the area is the popular Kamakura wooden sculpture (a type of lacquer work), which, much like fine wine that ages well, becomes deeper and more refined in tone of color as time passes.
Tsurugaoka Shrine
The shrine was built in 1063 for the worship of Tsurugaoka (God of War). From the Omontesando Pathway (aka Wakamiya Dori) at the entrance, one must pass three toriis and walk down 61 stone steps to reach the shrine. The shrine itself is a two-story building. On opposite sides of the building are corridors and secondary halls which fit together with classic elegance.
Komachi Dori
This tiny street paralleling the Wakamiya Dori is full of stories and tradition. There, you will find a heavy concentration of restaurants of all varieties and shops selling items such as local specialty goods, arts and crafts, and fashionable jewelry. It is the main shopping area in Kamukara.
The Odawara Castle

The castle was built by the Omori clan and became the residence of the feudal lord Hojo who established a strong presence during the civil war. Its fortified tower is the only such tower in the greater Tokyo area that remains relatively intact. Inside the castle is a display of related historical artifacts and the observation tower offers a panoramic view of the surroundings. From the top, we can see the entire city of Odawara and enjoy the scenery of the neighboring coastline.

Atami
Atami (its name literally meaning “hot ocean”) is a coastal, hot spring holiday spot for vacationing Japanese. With its countless beaches, coastlines, natural hot springs and comfortable weather conditions, Atami has become a year-round vacation hotspot. It is in this area of the peninsula that one can find hot springs with a recorded history of more than a thousand years. The area is now recognized in Japan as a prominent hot spring center.
Fuji-Hakone National Park
For years the beauty of Mount Fuji, with its distinguishable snow-covered cone and perennially colorful landscapes has inspired poems and famous works of art. The Hakone National park, graced by layers of flourishing foliage, is located at the foot of Mount Fuji and engulfed by surrounding hills. With the emerald green Lake Ashi located right in the park’s center and Mount Fuji rising in the background, the breathtaking scenery is regarded as the best that Japan has to offer.
The Hakone Ropeway
While on the ropeway, take in the beautiful sight of the crystal blue Lake Ashi and the lava steam emitting from the Owakudani Valley. If the weather is clear, you can also admire the majesty of Mount Fuji.
Lake Ashi
Among the ten great lakes of Japan, its bright green reflections highlight the sea of mountains that surrounds it. It is the most precious jewel of Hakone National Park. In fact, it is believed the best view of the magnificent Mount Fuji is from Lake Ashi.
Owakudani Valley
The “Valley of Great Boiling” emits the smell of fizzing sulfur from miles away. This once active volcanic area still boils with life. So hot is the natural spring water that it is used to cook black boiled eggs; it is fabled that eating one egg adds seven years of life! To reach Owakudani, we take a ride on the Hakone Ropeway, a brief cable car ride where, weather permitting, we’ll be able to admire Japan’s highest peak from an elevated perspective.
Harajuku

Harajuku is known internationally as a center of Japanese youth culture and fashion. Shopping and dining options include quaint cafes and independent boutiques. The area is also home to Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Shibuya
A center for youth fashion and culture, Shibuya's streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers. If you're in this district of Tokyo, make sure not to miss famous & exciting landmarks such as the Hachiko Dog Statue and the intensely busy Shibuya Crossing.
Shinjuku

Shinjuku is an area otherwise known as Tokyo’s playground where we can explore the nightlife of the magical city. This district exemplifies modern Tokyo and boasts countless movie theaters, department stores, fashion boutiques, shopping plazas, neon signs, restaurants, and a dizzying array of most everything Tokyo has to offer. At Shinjuku Station, Tokyo’s busiest station, an estimated 3.3 million people pass by per day, making it the busiest station in the world. Here, we can also explore Shinjuku train station, a spectacular sprawling mini-metropolis in itself.

Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace is the current home to the Emperor and his family. Surrounded by public parks, the palace is immersed within a sea of majestic bonsai trees, creating a quintessential oasis engulfed within the city. Though public entrance is only permitted twice a year, the castle itself is a relevant cultural symbol and regarded as a must-see site for visitors.
Sumida River Cruise

We make our way to Asakusa by a scenic cruise boat on the Sumida River. Down at water level, the short cruise not only gives you fresh air, but also great views of Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree and brings you closer to Tokyo’s riverborne heritage.

Solamachi District: Tokyo Sky Tree

The base of Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Solamachi is Tokyo's newest development. With an endless choice of shops and restaurants, as well as an aquarium and planetarium, you can do it all here. The best way to take a break from historical sightseeing and do some souvenir shopping!

Tokyo Skytree

Boasting a height of 2100 ft, making it the world's highest stand-alone communication tower, Tokyo Skytree opened in 2012 and has already become a major symbol of Tokyo. The Tembo Deck, located 1150 ft above ground level, can be reached by special high speed elevators and features a spacious design. From here, we can enjoy a 360 dgree panoramic view across the entire Kanto region from its large glass panes, which stand more than 16 ft high.

Asakusa
Asakusa is the well-preserved and still vivacious old Edo district. It is best known for the Sensoji Temple, the oldest and most popular temple in the city where yearly festivals are held. Thousands of locals celebrate here every year to commemorate the life of Buddha. Through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) leading to the temple is the famous Nakamise Dori, an area that has won itself a festive reputation, attracting many local specialists who sell unique Japanese delicacies within its crowded streets.
Ginza
In Ginza, set your soles on some of the most expensive real estate on our planet. This part of Tokyo is the quintessential, high-end shopping mecca for people to see and be seen. In Ginza not everything (or anything) is affordable, but for the same reason people visit Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or Fifth Avenue in New York, the intrigue is the essence of the surroundings. So whether you’re browsing the extravagant department stores and towering, glossy retail shops or simply lounging with a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy as you watch Tokyo’s high society pass by.
Osaka

Enclosed by mountainous terrain on three sides and the crescent-shaped Osaka Bay to its west, the Osaka region is located in the outskirts of Japan’s Midwest. The area was fueled by a network of transportation channels by land and sea and also its close proximity to two ancient capitals, Kyoto and Nara. Consequently, by the 9th century, Osaka had grown into the largest commercial center in Japan and is still well-known for its savvy merchants today.

Osaka Castle
Built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583, the current Osaka castle, five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, is the result of a privately-financed renovation completed in 1931. The first seven stories are devoted to museum display while the eighth floor serves as the observation deck. The Osaka Castle is not only the largest castle in Japan, but also the trademark of Osaka tourism.
Nada Sake Brewery Museum

The district of Nada in Kobe City boasts fine quality (shrine) water perfect for brewing sake and producing high quality rice. When the transport of cargo by sea became widely available in 18th century, the area thrived on sake production and today, Nada sake is now highly reputed across Japan.

Our museum operated as a brewery long before being renovated. Here, we will learn fun facts about the brewing of sake and be introduced to the brewery equipment of the past. Complimentary tasting is included!

 

Kobe
Kobe was the hub of a thriving trade with China during the Southern Sung Dynasty. In 1867, the Tokugawa Shogunate signed the An-zheng Treaty with the United States fleet, thus forcing Kobe to open its trade with the west. For over a hundred years thereafter, Western and Japanese civilization blended in Kobe, resulting in a now highly graceful and charming culture intertwined of diversity. Neither Europeans nor Americans ever imagined that the people of Kobe, who used to be the ones to imitate practices of drinking coffee, eating steak, and baking pastry would now be the ones setting the par that others now imitate. The steaks, coffee, and pastry of Kobe have risen to worldwide prominence.
Todaiji

Inside the Todai-ji is Nara Daibutsu, one of the world’s largest bronze Buddha statues. Visitors come from around the world to visit this humbling and immaculate figure in hopes of attaining a little extra luck.

Nara Park

The park not only showcases many important historical monuments of Nara (such as the Todaiji, the Kofukuji, the Nara Public Museum, and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine), but also keeps a number of spotted deer for the enjoyment of visitors. If you're feeling adventurous, you may purchase some crackers and treat the deer to some snacks!

Nara Daibutsu
Standing 14.98 meters tall, weighing 380 tons, with a face that stretches 5.33 meters and a 3.6 meter long hand, the Nara Daibutsu is the biggest bronze statue of Buddha in the world. Rumor has it that you will get astounding results from your fortune telling drawings in the presence of this kind-faced Buddha. Try it and see for yourself!
Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts is dedicated to preserving a variety of handicraft industries which has been passed down for over 1,000 years.  The museum displays about 500 artifacts, all created by traditional craftsmen, including luxurious kimono, obi sashes, lacquerware and ceramics, allowing visitors to discover the traditional beauty and culture of ancient Kyoto.

 

Our guests can enjoy a traditional Yuzen dyeing experience.
Miho Museum
This hidden treasure is off the beaten path and seldom included in most tour itineraries, but the beauty and serenity makes the trip worthwhile. Designed by famed Chinese architect I.M Pei (Louvre Reception Hall in France, JFK Library in Mass., and Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong), the building houses the private collection of patron Mihoko Koyama which includes over two thousand pieces of painstakingly curated Asian and Western antiques.
Nijo Castle
Built in 1603, the Nijo Castle in Kyoto was the personal residence of the great Shogun Tokugawa. Apart from its splendid architecture, the castle has witnessed two major historical events within the last 400 years. The first when Toyotomi Hideyori formally surrendered to Tokugawa Ieyasu inside the castle, officially ending the civil war and the second when Tokugawa Yoshinobu announced inside this castle the return of sovereignty to the Meiji Emperor, officially ending Shogunate governance in Japan.
Kyoto
Kyoto was the nation’s capitol for a period of 1075 years (from 794 to 1869 A.D.) and is now considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city draws its beauty from its sophisticated, unique art culture and its rich, glorious history. It is no surprise that Kyoto lays claim to 17 of the world’s landmarks which have been inducted into UNESCO’s World Heritage list (Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Tenryuji Temple, etc.).
Kiyomizu Temple
Kyoto was the nation’s capitol for a period of 1075 years (from 794 to 1869 A.D.) and is now considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city draws its beauty from its sophisticated, unique art culture and its rich, glorious history. It is no surprise that Kyoto lays claim to 17 of the world’s landmarks which have been inducted into UNESCO’s World Heritage list (Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Tenryuji Temple, etc.).
Sannenzaka/Ninenzaka
Designated by Japan as an important historical architectural preservation district. The age of the district is evident where well-preserved streets emanate an air of the distant past. The shops that fill these streets sell local specialty goods of Kyoto such as Kiyomizu (pottery ware), Yusen-Zome (colorful and artisan tapestry), hsichimiya (type of seasoning), otabe (sweet snack made of dough), tsukemono (pickled products), Kyogashi (assortment of sweets), traditional hand-held fans, incense, green tea, and more.
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Built in 1397, the Golden Pavilion was originally a country chateau for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, later named Rokuonji and converted into a Buddhist temple. Because it is covered with gold foil, the temple is also known as Kinkakuji. Mishima Yukio, the Japanese novelist and political radical, used this place as a setting for his widely celebrated novel, “Kinkakuji”, making this scenic spot internationally known.

Gion
Gion was a red light district during the Edo period. Today, apart from the presence of many traditional shops, still hidden within the streets and alleys are many of the classic up-scale tea houses and ryotei (traditional Japanese inns). The art of Geishas entertaining guests with their dances still exists in this area. If you are lucky, you may run into a genuine, fully-costumed Geisha of Kyoto while roaming these streets.
Sagano Romantic Train

The entire length of the train ride is 7.3 kilometers. It takes about 25 minutes to travel the entire distance one way. This romantic train route winds along the pleasant Hozagawa river valley. Cherry blossoms overwhelm this area during spring, lush greenery covers the landscape during summer, and crimson maple leaves color the entire mountain during autumn. Let this amazing natural scenery immerse you in joyful tranquility.

Sagano/Arashiyama

Sagano was a retreat destination used by ancient nobility for pleasure excursions. The scenery is sublime, especially when cherry blossoms surface in the spring and when maple leaves turn bright red in the fall. Thus, the area has been known for ageds as a prime location for observing these wonders of nature. Meanwhile, old town Arashiyama has kept intact many of its antiquated dwellings and temples. All of its residents maintain cherry trees and maple trees in their yards so this old town can express even more of its irresistible charm during the spring and autumn seasons.

Togetsukyo Bridge
Serving as the center of the Arashiyama scenic area, the bridge of a timber surface stretches over the Oi-gawa River with its frame resting on steel pillars. Its antiquated beauty complements the pristine natural surroundings of Arashiyama.
Bamboo Walking Path

A flourishing bamboo forest lies near the Arashiyama train station. The walking path runs between bamboo trees of cloud-reaching heights which sway with alluring beauty at the passing of a breeze. Take a stroll on a forest trail to discover hidden poetry within the engulfing serenity.

Tenryuji Temple

Figuratively regarded as the first of five magnificent “mountains” in Kyoto (“mountain” in Japanese also means Buddhist sect). The temple's garden, designed by Musō Soseki, features a circular promenade around the Sōgen Pond, creating a perfect blend of the elegance of nobility and profound tranquility of Zen Buddhism. Tenryuji's garden is one of the most famous gardens in Kyoto and is also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Landmark.

Shinsaibashi

Here in the largest and most significant shopping district in Osaka, you will find a gathering of giant shopping malls, more traditional stores, and an endless array of tiny shops owned and run by the locals. There are also numerous eateries, among which you will not only find a wide variety of Japanese food, but also cuisines from all over the world.

Dotonbori

Assembled within an area no more than 200 meters wide and 700 meters long, are the most popular restaurants of Osaka. The area also has the highest concentration of eateries serving Japanese delicacies. Osaka is reputed as “the kitchen of Japan” with Dotonbori as its culinary center.

Hilton Narita

Just minutes away from Narita Airport, the Hilton is one of the best in the area.  Its proximity to the airport means travelers with late arrivals can rest well and avoid a long commute into the city.

 


ANA Crowne Plaza Narita

Its convenient location makes the ANA Crowne Plaza one of the top two hotels in the area. Its proximity to the airport means travelers with late arrivals can rest well and avoid a long commute into the city.


Hotel New Akao

Family-owned for generations, this ryokan (Japanese-style) hot spring hotel is dramatically set on a cliff amid the majestic Amagi Mountains and the gorgeous Segami Sea. Marvel at the stunning sea views from your room and watch the sun rise over the ocean while soaking in an outdoor onsen. It is truly an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience.


Imperial Hotel Tokyo

The choice of world leaders, diplomats, and foreign dignitaries, this iconic and prestigious five-star hotel features an impressive setting overlooking the lush Imperial Palace Gardens and walking distance to Tokyo’s most affluent Ginza and Marunouchi neighborhoods. This hotel has been awarded the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for luxury and service several years in a row. 


Keio Plaza

A sleek upscale hotel enveloped by skyscrapers and the vibrant Shinjuku district. Find yourself just a short walk from the world’s busiest rail hub, densely dotted with depachikas, underground shopping arcades, and the most popular restaurants, shops, and attractions in the heart of Tokyo.  


Imperial Hotel Osaka

Known as one of Osaka's best luxury hotels, the Imperial is located near Osaka Castle on the cherry tree-lined Okawa River in a relaxing, resortlike setting. Free shuttle service to Osaka Station is available as well as complimentary bikes to explore the area (10-min. ride to Osaka Castle).


Nikko Hotel Osaka

Hotel Nikko Osaka is a high-end hotel located in a prime area of central Osaka. The hotel faces the famous tree-lined Mido-suji Avenue, the city's main boulevard which is home to the headquarters of major corporations and the city’s main shopping and leisure district.

 

Our inclusion of the Nikko Osaka ensures we always have easy access to fun shopping districts and the delicous restaurants Osaka is so famous for.


Yumoto Kan

Surrounded by tranquil mountains, the Yumoto Kan is a ryokan (Japanese-style hotel) featuring hot spring baths and stunning views of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.  Ogoto Onsen, the local hot spring for the hotel, has been supplying natural mineral-rich water for 1200 years.


Hanakaido Hotel
The Hanakaido Ryokan embodies the elegance Kyoto is so famous for. Featuring hot spring baths and lakeside views of Lake Biwa, we can enjoy their magnificent outdoor onsen and a beautiful Kaiseki dinner in traditional Kyoto style.
Biwako Hotel
This hot spring hotel is known for its comfortable fusion-style rooms, each offering a private lakeside balcony view of Lake Biwa. Enjoy an expertly-prepared Kyoto-style banquet dinner and fabulous service.
Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto

Designed by the late architect Togo Murano, the Prince Hotel Kyoto offers luxurious and spacious rooms.  This hotel is uniquely-styled to blend with the natural environment and beauty of Kyoto.


Kyoto Hotel Okura

Centrally-located in Kyoto city, the Okura is within walking distance from Gion, popular restaurants, and exciting shopping areas. The Kyoto Okura is a Kyoto icon and has long been regarded by locals as one of the best places to stay in the city.


Westin Osaka

This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Osaka and is within walking distance to the Floating Garden Observatory. The hotel also received TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2014.


Hyatt Regency Kyoto

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is an exquisite hotel, centrally located to many of Kyoto's popular attractions. The hotel has also been awarded the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for romance and luxury.


Kamameshi (rice cooked in a stone pot) set
Shabu shabu (Japanese hotpot)
Sashimi set
Exquisite fusion buffet along Lake Ashi
Kaiseki (traditional Japanese banquet dinner)
Yakiniku(Japanese-Korean barbeque)
Kaiseki (traditional Japanese banquet dinner) with Karaoke
Japanese-Italian cuisine
Kobe Teppanyaki beef
  Sushi & Udon Set
  Kamakura-don
Tonkatsu

Jane S. (Torrance, Ca)

  

( SN2A14CE )


Maiko Ikeda was the best guide I ever had on my many trips to Japan and in the world. 

October 2012

Trisha O. (Torrance, CA)

  

( SN2A19CE )


This tour exceeded my expectations! Will definitely recommend to others, thank you!

October 2012

Binh N. (West Chester, OH)

  

( SN3323CE )


Akira is an excellent tour guide. He is a great part of the tour’s quality. 

March 2013

Sue S. (Irvine, CA)

  

( SN3323CE )


Akira Oka is excellent and wonderful guide! Very polite! I was very satisfied and impress with this tour and would definitely use your service again. 

March 2013

Nicholas D. (Boynton Beach, FL)

  

( SN3323CE )


Akira is A+++++ tour guide—knowledgeable—attentive-patient-fun-very nice. 

March 2013

Marina D. (Lake Balboa, CA)

  

( SN3323CE )


The guide made everything excellent, thanks to Akira’s effort, we enjoyed the tour every much! 

March 2013

G. C. (Beckenham, London)

  

( SN3323CE )


Excellent tour. Akira and all drivers are very very good. 

March 2013

Ada W. (Arcadia, CA)

  

( SN3331CE )


Akira-san is terrific! Very smart, knowledgeable, and helpful! Good time to see Cherry Blossoms!

March 2013

Rod E. (Santa Clara, CA)

  

( SN3331CE )


Akira Oka is the super best tour guide ever!

March 2013

Linda F. (Brighton, MA)

  

( SN3331CE )


Akira was always very prompt and helpful. He managed the large group on his own very well! The area maps were excellent and very helpful! 

March 2013

Lawrence F. (New York, NY)

  

( SN3331CE )


Akira was best tour guide I have ever had!

March 2013

Dan M. (So. Lake Tahoe, CA)

  

( SN3402CE )


Maiko was the best tour guide ever! And we have traveled a lot!

April 2013 

Diana G. (Los Altos, CA)

  

( SN3406CE )


The whole tour was very well organized and stress free, which I really appreciate! I definitely felt like I experienced Japan in the best possible way.

April 2013

Frank L. (Irving, TX)

  

( SN3406CE )


Akira was an EXCELLENT host and guide—the best we had. He was very hard working and pleasant guide. Very attentive to our needs and made sure we had a good experience. Maiko was also an EXCELLENT guide. She was very knowledgeable and shared many great stories of Japan and its culture. We really enjoyed her!

April 2013

Karen G. (White House, TN)

  

( SN3413CE )


Junko is fabulous! Really went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable, enjoyed ourselves, and saw what we wanted to see. I will be recommending this tour to friends! 

April 2013

Brian K. (San Jose, CA)

  

( SN3413CE )


Junko is the best tour guide of all of the ones I have experienced. She showed incredible knowledge and patience in guiding our group of 20 through the excellent program that was established for the tour. 

April 2013

George S. (Houston, TX)

  

( SN3511CE )


Excellent tour and good value. Very high quality hotels. Although I enjoyed some meals more than others, I appreciated the variety and that they were not selected to minimize cost. 

May 2013

Gladys A. (Alameda, CA)

  

( SN3525CE )


Best tour experience ever. Everything was well researched. Attention to every detail was appreciated. Mayumi provided group spirit and unity. Thoroughly enjoyed her sense of humor.

May 2013

Simon C. (Flushing, NY)

  

( SN3606CE )


Akira Oka: One of the best guides we’ve had traveling around the world. 

June 2013

Stephen B. (Bellingham, WA)

  

( SN3606CE )


Akira was excellent! He went out of his way to help me deal with two personal business matters. 

June 2013

Melanie C. (Montebello, CA)

  

( SN3629CE )


Best tour guide I ever had. Learned a lot and had a lot of fun.

June 2013

Long N. (San Jose, CA)

  

( SN3629CE )


Akira-san and May-san made my tour very enjoyable. Super Value Tours felt like I was actually getting the super Value treatment. 

June 2013

David C. (Malden, MA)

  

( SN3A26CE )


May was outstanding. She made our trip so memorable. I cannot say enough amazing things about May. Our group was great, hotels were luxurious, and restaurants were excellent. 

October 2013 

Susan C. (Malden, MA)

  

( SN3A26CE )


May was amazing. Punctual, funny, meticulous. Clearly cares so much about her groups and goes well beyond what is expected of her to make sure we got the most out of our trip. Can’t say enough good things about her!

October 2013

Jeff G. (San Francisco, CA)

  

( SN3B09CE )


Best tour ever--we are impressed and delighted. Bravo SuperValue! Our guide, Junko, was fabulous!

November 2013

Barbara B. (Novato, CA)

  

( SN3B09CE )


Fabulous tour; excellent value; tour guide was exceptional and made intro to Japan most memorable and fun! 

November 2013 

Drew G. (San Francisco, CA)

  

( SN3B09CE )


Amazing trip! Though it was a great value, perfectly paced, and gave me a great sense of historical and present day Japan. 

November 2013 

Tim B. (San Francisco, CA)

  

( SN3B09CE )


This was the best vacation I’ve ever been on. Junko is an amazing and caring tour guide, she great! 

November 2013

Janice Y. (Fountain Valley, CA)

  

( SN3B09CB )


Great trip. Excellent tour guide-so informative, punctual, pleasant, energetic, and great disposition. We learned so much and experienced so much in such a short time. 

November 2013 

Kenneth S. (Cerritos, CA)

  

( SN3B09CB )


Overall times spent were just right. Maiko Ikeda was excellent--I would recommend her as a guide of choice. Buses and drivers were excellent. The trip was very well planned and executed. 

November 2013

Diane I. (Orange, CA)

  

( SN3B09CB )


Very organized and well thought out tour. Will definitely recommend to others. 

November 2013

Gale N. (La Palma, CA)

  

( SN3B09CB )


Enjoyed our first trip to Japan. Maiko, our tour guide made it so much more enjoyable. She is very knowledgeable. 

November 2013

Joyce M. (Woodland Hills, CA)

  

( SN3B09CB )


Our tour guide (Maiko) was excellent. She was very informative, patient, personable, caring, and professional. If all the guides are like her, I would highly recommend the tour.  

November 2013

Stefanie T. (La Palma, CA)

  

( SN3B09CB )


Maiko was an excellent tour guide!! She was very knowledge on the areas we visited. She was very entertaining and made the trip fun!! If I ever return to Japan I hope to have her as my tour guide again. I would have enjoyed more shopping time in Tokyo or stop in Harajuka. 

November 2013 

Lynne S. (Huntington Beach, CA)

  

( SN3B09CE )


Hooray for J! She is a treasure. Overall good balance of tour action and limited free time. We are spending time after the tour on our own so we will have time to shop etc.

November 2013

Monica U. (Duluth, GA)

  

( SN3B16CE )


Tour guide (Akira Oka) was overall excellent; knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, great sense of humor, and patient. Would like to have him again next time.

November 2013

Randy W. (West Lafeyette, IN)

  

( SN3B16CE )


Akira Oka IS THE BEST! Nicest, most sincere man I have ever met. 

November 2013

Malinda A. (Seaside, OK)

  

( SN3C17CE )


Loved J--She was great--went above and beyond expectations of a tour guide!

December 2013 

Andy F. (Fullerton, CA)

  

( SN3406CE )


Both Maiko and Akira were excellent tour guides. They were very helpful and took care of problems right away. Almost all of the sites we visited were excellent. All of the accommodations were FIRST CLASS! I personally enjoyed the hot spring hotels. Truly a SUPER VALUE.

April 2013 

Diane L. (Irving, TX)

  

( SN3406CE )


We LOVED Akira and Maiko! GREAT tour guides. Tour was very organized. We will strongly recommend this tour to others and look forward to others with you! 

April 2013

Nancy F. (Foster City, CA)

  

( SN3706CE )


This is the BEST guided tour we have taken. We can tell that a lot of consideration was put into the hotel, restaurant, and site choices. Above all, this trip was amazing because Junko was such a great guide! We would travel with Junko again and recommend her to others!

July 2013

Pamela O. (Long Beach, CA)

  

( SN4322CE )


Junko was an excellent guide going out of her way to take us to the Robot Restaurant even when it was after her tour was over, taking away from her personal time. 

March 2014

Kristie G. (Foster City, CA)

  

( SN4322CE )


The pace of the tour was perfect. I liked how the tour guide was flexible and even took us to a knife shop that wasn’t on the itinerary. Not too much in 1 day but felt that the tour was very efficient. The transportation was great! (Liked the bullet train experience, buses were always clean!). The accommodations were the best!! First class all the way! We were refunded for some of our meals which was great! This gave us the flexibility to explore food that we didn’t enjoy on the tour! Will definitely want to recommend this tour to our friends and family. Would love to go to Northern Japan for my next trip! I’ve taken many tours and this is by far the best!! Thank you for the great experience—tour guide was fantastic as well (Junko). 

March 2014

Patricia N (Long Beach, CA)

  

( SN4322CE )


I have allergies to all shellfish and buckwheat (soba) so Junko went above and beyond to make sure my meals were just as good as everyone else. She was excellent. Wonderful experience!! Perfect accommodations! 

March 2014

 

Jane D. (Montebello, CA)

  

( SN4325CE )


Akira oka was so helpful in helping me find certain things that I wanted to buy. He was funny and his English is excellent. He was very knowledgeable in all of the places we visited. Everybody in Japan are so nice & polite! 

March 2014

Katie T. (Houston, TX)

  

( SN4325CE )


Best tour we’ve ever taken. Thank you so  so much :) Definitely do it again & recommend it to others. 

March 2014

Richard C. (Hacienda Heights, CA)

  

( SN4325CE )


Akira Oka is an excellent tour guide and was on top of all my needs immediately. 

March 2014

Linda T. (Calgory, AB)

  

( SN4325CE )


Akira Oka was an excellent tour guide and made our trip very enjoyable. 

March 2014

Hieu H. (Yorba Linda, CA)

  

( SN4329CE )


Nara Park with deer is my highlight of the trip. What a great experience of petting the deer. Overall, this tour is excellent. 

March 2014

Maryam S. (Clovis, CA)

  

( SN4329CE )


Thank you for the great tour you provided me. This trip was one of my most enjoyed trips. I like to suggest changing the tour name :) to “Great Tour”!

March 2014

Ken I. (Yorba Linda, CA)

  

( SN4408CE )


Thoroughly enjoyed Hiro Oka. He was very knowledgeable and had a great personality! He even made a special stop for me when I told him I couldn’t find a raccoon doll!!! 

April 2014

Donna I. (Yorba Linda, CA)

  

( SN4408CE )


This tour totally exceeded my expectations. I loved Michiko and especially Hiro were excellent tour guides! 

April 2014

 
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