This 2 days and 1 night tour allows you to experience some of the most popular places in central Japan in a short amount of time. The tour leaves from either Kyoto or Osaka, and takes you on a flash journey through the old picturesque Japan, through Shirakawago, Hida Takayama and Mt Fuji before dropping you off in Tokyo.
Day 1:Your first stop for the day is Lake Biwa (Biwako), the largest fresh water lake in Japan, which you will be able to view in all its greatness from the observation deck. After a brief stop at the expressway rest area, where you can also purchase, or only have a look at, traditional Seki Knives, head for Gujo-Hachiman. Also called the Water City, Gujo Hachiman is famous throughout Japan for its pristine rivers, water springs, and for maintaining traditional ecological practices that have kept the water running through the town exceptionally clean for centuries. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in a local restaurant, where you will also be able to witness first hand how Japanese food samples (food replicas) are made (12:20-1:40 pm) . If you feel creative, you can also make your own samples and take them back as souvenirs. From here, head to Shirakawa Village, or Shirakawago (3:10 - 4:30 pm). Explore and allow yourself to be fascinated by this World Heritage site with Gassho style houses said to have stood for over 300 years. The village was once considered a wild and unexplored region, with a natural environment that limited the interaction with neighboring areas. This made for unique cultural practices and lifestyle, all which can still be experienced today. The final stop of the day is Takayama (ETA 5:20 pm), where you will be spending the night. Day 2:Start the day walking around the Takayama Morning Market (Untill 8:45 am), where you can enjoy a wide variety of delicious and creative local specialties, such as freshly squeezed orange juice served in orange peel cups or freshly brewed coffee in cookie cups. From here, head to a Japanese Sake brewery and experience the makings of traditional Japanese Sake, whie also delighting your tastebuds. Make a stop at Lake Suwa Observatory, which is the place where the story of the popular animated film "Your Name" ("Kimi no Na wa") was set, before heading for Mt. Fuji. The final stop is Mt.Fuji (3:30 - 4:10 pm). Upon arriving at Mt. Fuji 5th Station, spend the following 40 minutes discovering and soaking in the breathtaking views of Japan. A well known symbol of Japan standing at 3776 meters high, the spectacular Mt.Fuji has made the subject of literature and art throughout Japanese history. At the end of the two day tour, you will be dropped off at either the Metropolitan Government Office parking lot in Shinjuku, Tokyo (ETA 7:10 pm), or the Sunshine Hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo (ETA 7:35 pm).