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Japan: Ring of Fire

Please join the MWT team on this remarkable journey which reveals the exciting hidden gems of Japan. From the sheer energy of Tokyo with the historic shrines and peaceful parks’ natural beauty, Hakone’s abundant hot springs and breath-taking view of Mt. Fuji to southern Japan and Mt. Sakurajima.

Please join us for a look at Japan’s natural beauty, its science activities and the Ring of Fire of Japan volcanoes.

Mount Fuji

Gorge

Takachiho Gorge

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Imperial Palace Garden

Imperial Palace Garden

Kumamoto Castle with Mt. Aso

Kumamoto Castle with Mt. Aso

Your Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip air from Los Angeles, San Francisco to Tokyo
  • First Class accommodations as listed in the itinerary
  • Transfers by motorcoach and 2nd Class Bullet Train
  • Meals: Breakfast daily, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary
  • Fully escorted by English speaking escort
  • English speaking guides throughout the tour
  • Document packet

Itinerary:
Sunday/Monday, November 1/2, 2015 • USA – Japan
Depart your gateway for the flight to Tokyo. Upon arrival at Narita Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel for three nights. Meet your Tour Director for an Orientation dinner tonight.
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Gullfoss Falls

Asakusa Kannon

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 • Tokyo
After breakfast join your guide for a full day tour of Tokyo’s key attractions including the Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden with its traditional Japanes gardens and a Tea-ceremony room, the Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s largest Buddhist temple and more. Experience the iconic Shibuya Crossing for pedestrians.   
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 • Tokyo
Today you will explore the Tsukuba Space Center. There will be a guided tour upon arrival with the remainder of the time to enjoy on your own. Tonight try one of the many sushi restaurants or sing at a famed karaoke bar.
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Tsukuba Space Center

Tsukuba Space Center

Thursday, November 5, 2015 • Tokyo – Hakone
Depart for the Onsen Hot Springs region of Japan. The Owkudani Valley reveals the remains of the exploded volcanic mouth of the Hakone volcano, Kamiyama. Steam can still be seen spouting activity today. View the mighty Mount Fuji and enjoy a hot steam soak in the springs. Dinner is included tonight.   
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Mt Fuji

Mount Fuji

Friday, November 6, 2015 • Hakone – Hiroshima
Transfer to the Odawara Station to experience a Japanese treasure, the Bullet train. At Hiroshima you will be met at the station and taken to the Hiroshima Peace Museum for a visit of the Museum. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum provides opportunities for the visitors to raise peace consciousness. After checking in at your hotel for two nights, dinner will be included.   
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Saturday, November 7, 2015 • Mijajima
After breakfast a visit to the picturesque Itukushima Shrine on the island of Mijajima. Considered a national treasure as one of the best three views in Japan, Mount Misen, can be seen in the distance. The Itukushima Shrine was worshiped by the local people as early as the 6th century. Return to your hotel for overnight.   
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Mt Fuji

Itukushima Shrine

Sunday, November 8, 2015 • Hiroshima – Kagoshima
After breakfast your guide will lead you to the Shinkansen ‘Mizuho’ bullet train for the ride to Kagoshima. Upon arrival you will be met and taken on a tour of Kyushu’s southernmost city. The Sakurajima, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and smokes with minor eruptions daily. A ferry ride will take you to the Mount Sakurajima Visitor Center and the Arimura Lava Observatory.   
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Monday, November 9, 2015 • Kagoshima
A full day tour with lunch today includes a Sweet Potato Shochu Tasting and a visit to the 18th century Kagoshima Castle and Senganen Garden created in 1658 by Shimazu Mitushisa.  
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Takachiho Gorge

Takachiho Gorge

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 • Kagoshima – Kumamoto – Takachiho
Today you will take the Shinkansen “Sakura” to Kumamoto where the historic Kumamoto Castle stands with against a backdrop of Mount Aso. After lunch continue by motor coach to Takachiho for overnight.   
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 • Takachiho – Fukuoka
After breakfast experience the incredibly beautiful V-shaped Takachiho Gorge. This narrow chasm along the Gokase River with sheer cliffs lining the gorge made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns. An impressive close of the your journey to Japan. Motorcoach to Takachiho – Kumamoto for overnight and board the train for Fukuoka.  
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Thursday, November 12, 2015 • Fukuoka – Narita – USA
Bidding Sayonara to beautiful Japan, you will transfer to the Fukuoka Airport and your flight homeward.
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