You Only Live Twice…at least, that’s the title of the James Bond movie filmed in Japan. What if that’s true? What if you only live twice—or even just once? Well, then you shouldn’t waste your time dealing with the hassles of planning your vacation. Instead, let Monograms handle the details and logistics, so your time is spent planning what to pack, bragging to your friends about your vacation, and enjoying yourself! On this 7-day vacation, we’ve arranged hotel accommodations for three nights each in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as guided sightseeing in each city, breakfast daily, a lake cruise, cable-car ride, and bullet train ride from Tokyo to Kyoto. Plus, in each city, an expert Local Host® is on hand and at your service to ensure your trip runs smoothly, to answer your questions, and to help you put your own personal stamp on your vacation. </BR></BR>Upon arrival, check into your hotel and say, “Konnichiwa” to your Local Host, who will greet you and provide valuable tools to help introduce you to Tokyo. A “prefecture” and capital of Japan, this is the world’s most populous metro area and home to unlimited choices—shopping, dining, entertainment, historic temples and sites, peaceful gardens, and excellent museums. Feel free to relax from your flight in your room or do a little exploring on your own. For an unforgettable view, maybe ascend the 2,080-foot-tall Tokyo Skytree tower, which opened in 2012. If you’re a tech enthusiast, spend some time in the Akihabara electronics district. Or you could head to the happiest place in Japan…at Tokyo Disneyland!</BR></BR>After a restful night, rise and shine over a hearty breakfast. Afterward, embark on a guided sightseeing tour that features the Eiffel Tower-like Tokyo Tower; the Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of the city’s most colorful and popular temples; the centuries-old Nakamise shopping arcade or Akihabara electronics shopping district; and Ueno Park. The rest of your day is free to do as you please. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your time. </BR></BR>Your journey will take you to Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the country’s most iconic landmark; on a Lake Ashi cruise in Hakone National Park; and on a cable-car ride for spectacular views of Lake Ashi, the Owakudani volcanic valley with its active sulphur vents and hot springs, and majestic Mount Fuji. </BR></BR>A highlight of the vacation is the Shinkensen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo to Kyoto. Between the nearly 200-mile-per-hour speeds and niceties like heated toilet seats, this is, by far, the most entertaining way to travel between cities. During your free time this afternoon, consider joining a Japanese cooking class, attending a sake tasting, or shopping for omiyage (mementos) such as handcrafted dolls, embellished fans, and ceramics.</BR></BR>The “cradle” of Japan’s cultural heritage, Kyoto, the “City of Ten-Thousand Shrines,” was the country’s capital and residence of the emperor from the 8th until the 19th centuries. Monograms take you on a guided sightseeing tour that includes a visit to Nijo Castle, home to the Tokugawa Shogun. Also visit the beautiful Imperial Palace and the Temple of the Gold Pavilion. Built on a lake and surrounded by a thick forest, the image of the temple’s reflection in the water is a must-take photo. In your free time, hop aboard a rickshaw for a ride through the Old Town, visit some of the 2,000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, or indulge in some of the country’s finest Japanese cuisine.</BR></BR>Between the transportation we’ve arranged, sightseeing we’ve included, and the hotels we’ve booked, the only thing left for you to do is pack your bags and enjoy! With all the time and hassles saved and the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host to help you during your vacation, you’ve got one fantastic vacation!
Sightseeing as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
American breakfast daily
Bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto; transfers to/from train stations