THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE
A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. Our tours are designed to balance sightseeing & free time while avoiding crowds and tourist traps.
HIGHLIGHTS OF KANTO (TOKYO, KAMAKURA, & FUJI-HAKONE IZU NATIONAL PARK):
Rickshaw through the ancient historical town of Kamakura
Overnight Hot Spring Hotel in Fuji Five Lakes
Mt. Fuji is usually shy, but our specially-arranged itinerary of the Kawaguchi area gives us ample time and more opportunity to get a good view of this majestic UNESCO landmark while escaping the crowds.
Iyashi no Sato Village. See Mt. Fuji against a beautiful backdrop of traditional thatched roof houses. Dress in a simple Kimono or Samurai Armor for a fun and unique photo op!
Visit the Kubota collection, a 3-star Michelin art museum, highly rated for its unique painted kimono on display.
3 nights in Tokyo: a more relaxed pace to take in the sights, cuisine, & culture of this world-class city.
Sail the Sumida River on a water bus and experience local waterfront scenery.
Explore Tokyo’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Shibuya, Asakusa, Harajuku, Ginza and the Imperial Palace East Garden.
SPECIAL SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS
| 3/30-4/8 cherry blossom viewing in Chidori Ga Fuchi, Meguro River, or Ueno Park
4/15-4/20 enjoy the Lake Kawaguchi Cherry Tree Festival
4/20-5/15 we visit “Mt. Fuji Shiba-Sakura (moss blossom) Festival” instead of Imperial Palace East Garden
Mt. Fuji: Fuji View Hot Spring Spa Hotel
Soak in traditional indoor or open air hot springs
Dress in Yukata robes during our Kaiseki banquet and karaoke
Rooms available: Standard or upgrade to Fuji View (+$100, limited availability, inquire for details)
Tokyo: Imperial Hotel Tokyo- Iconic, luxurious, and walking distance to the famous Ginza district and Imperial Palace.
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 Shabu Shabu, Kamameshi, 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 (where available).
Health & Safety
2018 Schedule Adjustments
Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lakes) refers to the five lakes around the northern foot of Mt. Fuji: Yamanaka-ko, Kawaguchi-ko, Sai-ko, Shoji-ko, and Motosu-ko. In ancient times, lava flow from volcanic eruption of Mt. Fuji spread across the area, damming up rivers and resulting in the formation of these lakes.
Of the Five Lakes, Saiko Lake is the most quiet and remains the most unspoiled and is considered one of the best areas to observe Mt. Fuji.
Once a small farming village, Iyashi no Sato Healing Village was destroyed by natural disaster in 1966. Reconstructed with techniques to preserve the original atmosphere, the village now stands as a living exhibition of edo period Japan.
Today, more than twenty thatch-roofed houses have been converted into art gallerys, mini museums, and handicraft shops and give visitors a chance to have a fun way of experiencing traditional artforms. You can even try on a kimono or samurai armor for a fun and unique photo op!
Itchiku Kubota Museum is a small gallery dedicated to the intricate works of the textile artist of the same name. At an early age, Kubota was deeply inspired by the ancient tsujigahana (1300-1600AD) style of textile decoration and made it his life's mission to recreate this lost artform.
The "Symphony of Light" kimono display is not to be missed, but even the building and gardens are attractions themselves. Enjoying a refreshing afternoon tea in the beautiful setting is a great way to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Itchiku Kubota Museum has been honored with a 3-star Michelin award
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founded in 1936, this traditional Japanese inn is in a class of its own. The hotel offers unrestricted views of Mt. Fuji and boasts a vast garden area with over 300 cherry blossom trees. The hot spring waters can be enjoyed in both indoor and open air settings.
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.
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.
The name of this dish translates to 'kettle rice'. The dish consists of rice directly cooked in a kettle, served alongside a garnish of fish, meat, and vegetables. The ingredients cook at the same time as the rice, thus infusing their flavor into the rice itself.
Shabu Shabu is thinly sliced beef cooked quickly in pot of boiling water along with vegetables, served with a variety of dipping sauces. The onomatopoeic name comes from the sizzling sound of dipping beef twice into the hot water: "shabu shabu~"
Sashimi is a traditional Japanese method for preparing and serving fresh fish. Sliced into bite-sized pieces and served raw, sashimi is the best way to experience Japan’s bounty of incredible fresh seafood
Traditionally only served to royalty, a Kaiseki banquet is a multi course dinner of many small plates. The banquet is considered an art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colors of food.