Tokyo & Hakone (2 nights)

KOB 302-201
Highlights
  • Visit old and new Tokyo
  • Discover Japanese traditional music and crafts
  • See Japan’s symbol, Mt. Fuji, recently selected as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage
  • Experience Japanese nature, with its beautiful mountains and lakes
  • Visit a unique museum in which art and nature blend perfectly
  • Stay at a Japanese style hotel
  • Ride the exciting bullet train
Program Overview
Country: Japan
Depart: 01/25/2017 0830
Return: 01/27/2017 1900
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min. 15 / Max. 38
Program Fee
$1674 (early booking: $1578)

Field Class Conflicts
  • SPCM 332 Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • ECON 204 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MGT 320 Contemporary Management Principles/Practices
  • ART 100 Introduction to the Visual Arts (Section 1)
  • JTC 416 Global Communication Technologies
  • IE 272 World Interdependence – Current Global Issues (Migration)

Please note: If you have tattoos, even small, you may take part in the tour but will likely not be able to use the hotel’s Onsen hot springs.

Travel by the exciting Shinkansen “bullet” train to Japan’s capital and biggest city, Tokyo. On arrival you will be taken to visit Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s districts that are richest in history. Your guide will take you on a walk through Asakusa, including Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple complex, and Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.
Take part in an exciting Taiko drums experience, led by a renowned Japanese drums expert – and you will actually try playing them! Learn how different drums are used for traditional performing arts such as Kabuki, or for religious processions and festivals.
Then, you will move to Tokyo Tower from where you can take a bird’s eye view over this stunning metropolis.

Have dinner tonight at a local izakaya, a sort of Japanese style pub (alcohol drinks are not included and cannot be served to guests younger than 20 years old).

Next day, take another glimpse of Tokyo. Drive through the famous Shibuya Scramble crossing and stop at Harajuku, where you’ll visit majestic Meiji Shrine and have a little time to explore trendy Takeshita Street.
Continue to Shinjuku where you’ll visit the incredible Samurai Museum, exhibiting armours and historical memorabilia in an interactive way.
You’ll have time for shopping and having lunch in Shinjuku, then the coach will continue on to Hakone. Enjoy your room and the onsen hot springs at the ryokan (Japanese style inn) before gathering again for dinner.

On the last day, take a tour of breathtaking Hakone.
A coach will take you to Hakone, the gateway to Mt Fuji and surrounding national park.
Ride the cable car up Mt Komagatake, for breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji, and pay your respects to Hakone Shrine. Drinking from its fountains, shaped like a seven-head dragon, is said to bring luck in love!
A ship will sweep you across the Lake Ashinoko, a lake formed by a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago.
Last stop of the day is the Hakone Open Air Museum, which successfully attempts to create a harmonic balance of nature and art by exhibiting various sculptures on its spacious grounds in combination with beautiful views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Besides the sculptures, the Hakone Open Air Museum features various indoor galleries, including a sizable Picasso Collection, consisting of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramic creations. You can also relax your tired feet with soak in the hot spring foot bath!
Throughout the day you will have the chance to get a glimpse of Mt Fuji, however please keep in mind that she is a notoriously shy mountain and it needs to be a clear day.

The coach will drop you off at Odawara station where you will board the bullet train to Shin Kobe again.

Itinerary

Day 1

January 25
0830 Departure from Kobe Port Terminal by coach to Shin Kobe station
0916 Shinkansen Shin Kobe – Tokyo
1203 Arrival Tokyo Station, met by coach and visit of city
1245Arrival Asakusa area and visit Sensoji, Nakamise
1345 Time at leisure for lunch
1515 Taiko Lesson
1700 Visit Tokyo Tower
1800 Drop off at hotel, time at leisure for refreshing
1900 Depart hotel on foot
1915 Dinner at local izakaya near hotel
2115 Return to hotel
Overnight at Shinagawa Prince Hotel

(Please note times, activities, and accommodations are subject to change)

Day 2

January 26
0900 Depart hotel by coach for Tokyo Tour
0930 Drive through Shibuya Crossing
1000 Visit Meiji Shrine
1100 Visit Harajuku, walk down Takeshita Street
1145 Depart Harajuku
1200 Shinjuku Samurai Museum
1300 Free time for lunch and shopping in Shinjuku
1530 Depart Shinjuku to Hakone
1730 Arrival hotel, check in, time at leisure
1830 Dinner at hotel
Overnight at Tenseien ryokan

(Please note times, activities, and accommodations are subject to change)

Day 3

January 27
0800 Breakfast and check out
0830 Coach to Hakone Open Air Museum
0900 Visit Hakone Open Air Museum
1030 Depart to Hakone Shrine
1100 Visit Hakone Shrine
1140 Depart to Komagatake Ropeway
1150 Ride Komagatake Ropeway
1240 Depart to a restaurant
1250 Lunch
1340 Depart to Hakone Pirate Cruise (Togendai)
1400 Take the Hakone Pirate Cruise (Togendai to Motohakone)
1430 Coach to Mishima Station
1548 Shinkansen Mishima – Shin Kobe (Hikari477)
1818 Arrival at Shin Kobe station
1845 Arrival at Port Terminal

(Please note times, activities, and accommodations are subject to change)

Meals Included

Jan 25: dinner
Jan 26: breakfast, dinner
Jan 27: breakfast, lunch

Special Note

Hakone is a mountain area, please wear appropriate warm clothing.

At the Japanese hot springs, the baths are public and gender separated. Clothing/cloth, including swimsuits and towels, are not allowed in the springs. In Japanese culture, tattoos are considered taboo and often associated with criminal groups. The establishment many deny bathing access to people with tattoos. If you have tattoos, even small, you may take part in the tour but will likely not be able to use the hotel’s Onsen hot springs.