3 Day Japan Highlights
Take the Golden Route tour from Tokyo and visit Mt. Fuji & Hakone and Kyoto.
This plan is a one-way trip from Tokyo. Recommended for first time travelers to Japan.
A safe, worry-free trip is guaranteed as this sightseeing bus tour is accompanied by an English-speaking guide!
Number of people：Ask
The meeting place：Tokyo
Time required：Approx. 3 days
Services included in the tour price： Accommodation charges, Lunch, English-speaking guide, Other admission fees and transportation costs included in the tour
07:30 – 09:00 Pick-up Service
This tour can be joined from various meeting points mainly located at major hotels throughout Tokyo.
09:00 Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (120 min)
Depart Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal and head to Mt. Fuji by bus.
This tour follows the same itinerary as the 1-Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour.
(Chuo Expressway, or Tomei Expressway).
Fuji Visitor Center (20 min)
Learn about the historic eruptions, nature, and culture surrounding
Japan’s most iconic mountain, Mt. Fuji.
There are many videos and panel displays to interact with and enjoy!
Remarks: If Fuji Visitor Center is closed or the tour is behind schedule due to traffic,
Fuji Visitor Center may be omitted from the itinerary.
Mt. Fuji 5th Station (30 min)
Start the ascent up Mt. Fuji via the Fuji Subaru Line. Climb 2,300 meters (7,546 ft)
above sea level for breathtaking views from above the clouds.
Remarks: The tour will not be cancelled or refunded even if Mt. Fuji is not fully visible
due to weather conditions.
Lunch: Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch.
Lake Ashi Cruise (15 min)
Go for a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi. The crater lake was born
from a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago and provides postcard views of
Mt. Fuji from various angles.
Remarks: Lake Ashi Cruise or Hakone Komaga-take Ropeway may be omitted,
due to traffic, weather conditions, or other operational concerns.
If either or both are omitted the following alternatives may be used:
Hakone-en Aquarium, Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani valley, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (pirate ship),
Narukawa Art Museum, Hakone Sekisho (checking station) remains, Lake Kawaguchi Cruise,
Lake Kawaguchi Ropeway, or Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.
The tour will not be cancelled or refunded for such itinerary alteration.
The English interpreter guide will make decisions regarding itinerary alterations.
Mt. Komagatake Ropeway (50 min)
Spend a total of 50 minutes including a 7-minute cableway ride up to the peak from Hakone-en.
Remarks: Hakone Komagatake Ropeway may be omitted from the itinerary due to heavy traffic.
The tour will not be cancelled or refunded in such cases.
Peak of Mt. Komagatake
Take a cableway ride up to the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya
(original shrine) that nestles at the mountaintop.
17:00 – 20:15 Odawara Station
Remarks: From Odawara Station to Kyoto Station
(There may be a transfer at Shizuoka Station or Nagoya Station)
Go to Kyoto by Hikari or Kodama Shinkansen
Trip time: 120 to 180 minutes
Remarks: A train transfer at Shizuoka or Nagoya station may be necessary.
If so, a staff member will assist participants in transferring.
Kyoto Station 20:30 – 23:15 Hotels in Kyoto City
Participants will be taken by taxi from Kyoto Station to their hotels.
An English-speaking staff member will guide participants to the taxi,
but will not ride along in the taxi.
Remarks: The arrival time in Kyoto may be later than scheduled,
around 22:00 – 23:00, due to traffic congestion and other reasons.
07:45 – 08:35 Hotels in Kyoto City
Participants are picked up by bus and taken to New Miyako Hotel
08:35 New Miyako Hotel
This tour follows the same itinerary as the 1-Day Kyoto & Nara Tour.
The entire tour is conducted by bus.
Nijo Castle (50 min)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the historical castle completed in 1626,
which was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Remarks: Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays
(or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December
and over the New Year’s holidays.
On these days, the tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple.
Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min)
Visit this World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Pavilion.
The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and is surrounded by a beautiful lake.
Kyoto Imperial Palace (from Mondays to Fridays) (40 min)
Entry of international visitors generally require application in advance,
but participants of this tour can enter only by going through a brief procedure.
Remarks: On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed.
On these days, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead.
The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace
in spring and autumn, May 14 – 17 due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year’s holidays,
and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) (40 min)
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the substitute for Kyoto Imperial Palace on Saturdays,
Sundays and holidays. This shrine’s main hall is a designated national treasure
and is famous for housing the God of scholarship.
The shrine is especially great to see during the plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons.
Remarks: On Jan. 25, Apr. 25, Jul. 25 and Oct. 25, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple
will be visited instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
Japanese-style lunch (50 min)
From Kyoto to Nara (70 min)
Head to Nara via the Nara Keinawa Expressway
Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha) (60 min)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the symbol of the Nara Period
and one of the world’s largest wooden structure. Its huge main hall
and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold.
Kasuga Taisha Shrine (40 min)
This Nara Period shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site.
The deer of Nara Park are thought to be the shrine messengers.
Remarks: At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour will not enter areas requiring admission.
Nara Nagomikan (20 min)
The largest souvenir shop in Nara. Enjoy yourself in this spacious shop and look for the perfect souvenir.
Remarks: The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions.
18:30 – 19:30 Drop-off Service
To hotels in Kyoto City
Tour ends after check-out