A short stay in Tokyo
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With the girls both away on school trips, we decided to bag a short trip to Tokyo. So much to see and do, I just hope we can fit it all in
Start your full-day trip with morning hotel pickup at selected Tokyo hotels or meet your guide at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. Then travel by air-conditioned coach via a scenic 2.5-hour route to Mt Fuji's 5th Station, located 7,607 feet (2,305 meters) above sea level. The natural beauty of the Japanese landscape will amaze you at your first destination: Mt Fuji. Learn about Mt Fuji through displays and films on the ecology, weather conditions, history and culture around the mountain and the Fuji Five Lakes. Your 20-minute stop includes the second-floor observatory deck, which provides up-close views of the iconic mountain on a clear day.Return to your coach and continue on to 5th Station, located about halfway up the mountain, for more breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes. You have 30 minutes to explore the souvenir shops, torii gates and shrines that decorate this station, known as the border between the heavens and the earth. If you’ve opted for an upgrade, savor the views over a Japanese-style lunch, or you can purchase your own food.With your appetite sated, drive to nearby Lake Ashi, a crater lake formed after a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago in what is now Hakone National Park. Embark on a 15-minute cruise over Lake Ashi, which provides postcard views of Mt Fuji, Mt Komagatake and other mountains from various angles.From the lake's shores, take the Mt Komagatake Ropeway to the summit and enjoy scenic vistas over Hakone National Park. For 50 minutes, including time to walk around at the peak, the aerial tram provides sweeping views of majestic Mt Fuji, the Izu Peninsula and the Izu Islands, among other sights.Your tour concludes with a transfer to Tokyo by coach, dropping you off at Shinjuku or Ginza station in the evening. Take in the great night views and restaurants of upscale Ginza, known as one of the world’s most luxurious shopping districts (Codes: F880_, F880KP_, F880W).For those not wanting to return to Tokyo, you have the option to end your tour at Odawara station, gateway to Kyoto and other cities connected by shinkansen (Codes: F808, F808W).This tour also offer a discounted option with pickup at Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku for direct transfer to Mt Fuji without stopping at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. This Shinjuku direct departure option allows you to spend more time at Mt Fuji. Please select"Tour+Lunch+Shinjuku Transfer" (Code: F880KP__) at checkout for this option.Please note: Views of Mt Fuji are subject to weather conditions, with visibility tending to be better during the colder months, or in the early morning and late evening.
We will definitely spend a full day in the Nikki park
After hotel pickup in Tokyo by air-conditioned coach, your day trip begins with the 30-mile (50-km) drive south, through the capital city’s outskirts, to the city of Kamakura on Sagami Bay. Here, visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kotoku-in Temple. Dating back to 1252, the monumental outdoor bronze statue is a national icon. Peer into its interior (the statue is hollow), and then step back to take a photo of the whole Buddha, which stands at a height of 43 feet (13 meters). You’ll also visit a Shinto shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, dating back to 1063, and surrounded by avenues of gateways, monumental stairways, ponds and shrines.Stroll along Komachi-dori, a street lined with shops, eateries and souvenir vendors. Then enjoy a Japanese lunch at a hotel. After your meal, visit Hokoku-ji, a renowned temple of the Rizal sect’s Kencho-ji school that features a beautiful bamboo grove. At Jomyo-ji Temple, enjoy matcha — powdered green tea — in the refined and tranquil atmosphere of a tearoom constructed over 400 years ago, and enjoy views of the Japanese rock garden.Your tour then ends with your choice of drop-off in the commercial district of Ginza or Shinjuku.Please note: This itinerary will change in 2017: lunch will be a vegetarian Buddhist meal and you will visit Enoshima instead of Komachi-dori. Jomyoji and your tea experience will be first, then Hokokuji Temple before lunch. After lunch, you will walk Enoshima before returning to Tokyo.
After hotel pickup from your selected hotel, depart Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal aboard your comfortable coach in the morning. Your knowledgeable guide provides informative commentary at each stop on your half-day tour, including several significant cultural sites in the city.Hop off the bus at Meiji Jingu Shrine for a 30-minute tour of Japan's most famous Shinto shrine, dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his consort. Learn about Japan’s ancient religion as you visit the sanctuary, treasure house and other structures built of Japanese cypress with copper plates for the roofs.Your guide points out the National Diet Building — where sessions of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors take place — en route to the Imperial Palace. Here you’ll find the stone foundation of an old Edo castle, which is all that remains of its central keep. Take a stroll through the impressive East Garden, just one among the vast Japanese gardens of the Imperial Palace, which features a tea pavilion, moats and stone walls.After 45 minutes of meandering, continue by coach to Nakamise shopping street, a colorful shopping arcade crammed with traditional food stands and souvenir shops. Walk with your guide along the promenade leading up to Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji), Tokyo's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple dating back more than 1,300 years. Admire the golden image of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, before you’re driven through the famous Ginza shopping district, Tokyo's most celebrated shopping and amusement area. Here, you'll take part in a traditional Japanese dance activity, where your half-day tour concludes in this fun neighborhood.Note: On Mondays, Fridays and other days when the Imperial Palace East Garden is closed, the tour will visit the Imperial Palace Plaza instead.
Meet your informative guide at Kaminarimon or the nearby Asakusa Station to board the traditional rickshaw, a two-passenger wagon pulled by your guide. Tokyo can be overwhelming, with a many great interesting sites spread throughout the city. A rickshaw ride with a local guide is the best way to see many essential spots quickly, and learn about them without having your face buried in a guidebook. Tour is customizable, so discuss possible routes with your guide. Here are four options for Tokyo rickshaw routes.Click on “View Additional Info” for the rickshaw meeting location.
Crowning the hotel on the top 52nd floor is the dynamic New York Grill with breath-taking views of the Tokyo skyline. The Chef de Cuisine and his brigade practice their art in the spectacular open kitchen drawing guests into the dining experience. The impressive floor-to-ceiling wine cellar houses the largest selection of US wines in Japan. Carefully sourced ingredients are prepared on the grill with a light, creative touch for a menu that draws inspiration from the cosmopolitan flavors of New York. Long considered one of Tokyo’s best restaurants, experience dynamic and bold cuisine rooted in the simplicity of ingredients at New York Grill.
Relax in the stylish TwentyEight on the 28th floor and appreciate the breathtaking views. This popular Tokyo bar and lounge boasts an extensive selection of cocktails, beers, spirits and whiskies. Savor an ice-cold beer as the sun sets over the Tokyo skyline. Mingle with friends and colleagues in the evening and enjoy live music. Find a comfortable corner against the floor-to-ceiling windows and admire the night view. Indulge in afternoon tea at this stylish Tokyo bar and lounge. Choose from a tempting selection of scones, sandwiches and desserts.
All of our efforts are placed only to serve our guests the best dish of the day. We select premium products and ingredients from various regions of the world, and take great care in how we prepare. We respect the maturity of each ingredient, and the amount of heat used in cooking such ingredients. A special aspect of our restaurant is in the “cuisson”, or the art of the fire used in our cooking process, which our Chef Kishida acquired in the now 3-star Michelin restaurant “L’Astrance” in Paris. For example, we use the unique process of low-temperature long-time roasting in order to extract the delicate flavor from the top quality meat. Despite its time consuming process, we do not hesitate to prepare each meat using this unique process to serve our guests the best. This is one of the main reasons why we provide one and only “menu carte blanche” for the guests. Every product and ingredient that we use are in their best conditions to serve our guests. Never do we use yesterday’s materials for tomorrow’s meal. As our Chef Kishida remarks, “It’s the same as in a sushi bar, they never use the rice from yesterday’s sushi”. This in itself refers to the “3 processes” which is what Kishida honors.
Bar High Five has received more than its fair share of metaphorical celebratory hand slaps over the years. Through the talent and direction of Hidetsugu Ueno it has become one of the most respected and popular classic Ginza-style bars in Tokyo.
Akila Inouye is the founder and the master chef of Tokyo cooking studio, which had established as Tsukiji Soba Academy in 2002 at the very close point to the world biggest fish market. Afterward, he needed to expand his class both offering Japanese home cooking and soba making to meet his customers’ desirous requests. Today, he also conducts Japanese cooking lessons as the master chef of Japanese Cooking Academy at the Tokyo cooking studio. Akila has developed the smartest way to make soba noodles by hand and practical Japanese cooking with his experienced technique and wealth of knowledge. He speaks English and Japanese and offering soba and Japanese cooking class to give awesome culinary experiences for the worldwide people. From the Academy’s beginning, Akila had offered his class for more than 20,000 people. Two of them won the Michelin prizes and the other two started their own soba restaurants in US and the most of his graduates being successful today.

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