Experience both traditional and pop culture in Japan 2015, touring Ghibli Museum, and sightseeing in Akihabara and Harajuku on this tour. Akihabara is the home of Tokyo's 'Otaku' culture. Translated into English 'Otaku' means obsession but it really describes the hardcore fans of manga, anime and video games. This used to be an area where this subculture hid from the rest of Japan but now times have changed and the area is now a popular place for people to go, shop and soak up the unique and quirky atmosphere. With maid cafes, fashion trends and shops catering to enthusiastic hobbyists of all types you'll discover a fascinating and perplexing side of Tokyo most never get to see. In Tokyo, spend the day with a family learning about traditions and customs. Then off to Mt.Fuji for a nature study- Eco forest walk, at the bottom of Mt. Fuji with nature guide. Visit Kyoto for experience hands on drawing lessons and a class in traditional fashion design.
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- Tour Operator
- Learning Journeys
- 11 Days
- Escorted - Yes
- Day 1
- Depart US
- DEPART US
- Day 2
- ARRIVE NARITA AIRPORT - TOKYO
Transfer to hotel in Tokyo by chartered motorcoach or car
Check in is available from regular check in time
- Day 3
- TOKYO - CITY EXPLORATION
Explore modern and traditional Tokyo:
Asakusa Temple with Nakamise traditional shopping arcade, to see the old down town Tokyo.
Tsukiji outer fish market to know Japanese food culture.
Tokyo Metropoitan Government Office observatory for a fine view of Tokyo (weather permitting).
Roppongi Hills for contemporary buildings and shopping area.
- Day 4
- TOKYO - ANIME FOCUS
Explore Tokyo's anime hot spot;
Studio Ghibli Musem in Mitaka city
Nakano Broadway (Mandarake manga store)
SCHOOL VISIT (Anime voice actor's school, or, a college or business school where students study anime related business.)
- Day 5
- TOKYO - INTERACTION & SUB CULTURE
Explore Tokyo's subculture spot,
Transportation by local train/subway system:
INTERACTION: Akihabara town walk (known as Japanese anime town), with University students of Japan, enable you to explore Tokyo from the eyes of younger generation.
SUB CULTURE: Experience Maid Café.
FASHION: Harajuku and Shibuya walk, including visit of trendy fashion stores.
- Day 6
- TOKYO - HOME VISIT
Spend time with Japanese family:
Transportation by local train/subway system.
INTERACTION: Home visit to experience real Japanese life. It is a good opportunity to interact with Japanese family. * You are not treated as a guest, but as a family. Transfer from/to hotel is by local railway system.
- Day 7
- TOKYO - MT. FUJI - HAKONE
Your large bag will be shipped by baggage courier service from Tokyo to Kyoto, skipping Hakone.
Leave Tokyo for full day sightseeing of Mt. Fuji & Hakone, visiting;
Mt. Fuji 5th Station
NATURE STUDY: Eco forest walk, at the bottom of Mt.Fuji with nature guide. (or, 2 hour soft trekking around 5th Station during summer - July/August only)
Proceed to Hakone:
Today is your first time to experience Japanese style room.
Relax at hot spring bath.
HOTEL: NANPUSO, HAKONE or similar (1 NIGHT)
- Day 8
- HAKONE - KYOTO
Morning exploration of Hakone:
Owakudani ValleyLeave Odawara Station by JR bullet train.
Arrive Kyoto station and walk to your hotel in Kyoto.
Check in hotel.
HOTEL: RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL, KYOTO or similar (3 NIGHTS)
- Day 9
- KYOTO: MANGA
LEARNING: Kyoto International Manga Museum to learn about manga drawing skills.
Traditional Kyoto highlights;
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
Nijo Castle or Kiyomizu Temple
- Day 10
- KYOTO CULTURE
EXPERIENCE: Japanese kimono dressing experience to learn about Japanese traditional fashion.
HANDS ON: Make your own Japanese folding fan (draw your original picture on the Japanese paper).
- Day 11
- KYOTO - KIX DEPARTURE
After check out, transfer to KIX airport.
Leave KIX by your flight