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New! Quick Escape to Tokyo, Hakone & Nikko

Trip Length 8 days

From $5,495

  • Soak up the heady blend of traditional and modern delights in Tokyo, one of the world’s most thrilling cities
  • Escape to the mountain town of Hakone to marvel at majestic Mt. Fuji reflected in its lake and hike the old Tokaido road
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of historic Nikko, unwind in natural hot springs, and overnight in traditional ryokans

What makes Japan unique is its extraordinary blend of tradition and modernity—this tour showcases the finest of the blend. Your adventure begins and ends in Tokyo, where pockets of tradition sit alongside modern cosmopolitan districts, together making up a stimulating urban tapestry you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The powerful, lasting connection with nature permeates Japanese life and culture, and you’ll see why when you head into the mighty mountains to explore their natural beauty and sacred spaces. From the UNESCO-listed temples and spectacular hinterland of historic Nikko to the scenic mountain town of Hakone and its gorgeous surroundings with views of Mount Fuji, you’ll take in incredible scenery while hiking along sparkling lakes, unwinding in delightful onsen and relishing the traditional hospitality of ryokan inns.

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan, one of the most exciting cities of the world! After arrival at the airport, take a limousine to your hotel, where you’ll meet your guide and the rest of your group for orientation and a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Shiba Park Hotel

Day 2: Experience Traditional and Modern Tokyo

After breakfast, we’ll gather our group together and head out for a full-day tour of Tokyo. We’ll begin with a stroll through the peaceful streets of Nezu and Yanaka, an old shita-machi (downtown) quarter which still retains the charm from the Edo period, with its traditional wooden town houses, narrow streets, and small temples. We’ll get a glimpse into the life of a Japanese neighborhood by walking down its shopping street, Yanaka Ginza, with its small shops specializing in tofu, pickles, and other snacks. Yanaka’s stunning contrast from modern Tokyo offers a glimpse of a world gone by.

We’ll then continue on to Asakusa, with its narrow streets and the Senso-ji, a large Buddhist temple with a five-story pagoda dating from the 7th century. We will have lunch in Asakusa, before proceeding to the modern side of Tokyo, starting in Ura Harajuku, an area known for smaller boutiques and fashion houses that set trends around the globe. We'll then walk along the fashionable, tree-lined Omotesando Street—called the Champs-Elysees of Tokyo—to the entertainment area of Shibuya, famous for the large and chaotic Shibuya Scramble Crossing, said to be the world's busiest. We’ll then return to the hotel or enjoy some free time to discover the nightlife of Tokyo.  Dinner is on your own; you’ll be spoiled for choice with the multitude of dining options that the city offers.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Shiba Park Hotel

Day 3: Walk the Old Tokaido Road

This morning, we’ll travel by train from Tokyo to Hakone, a delightful mountain town famed for its onsen (hot spring resorts), traditional inns, and majestic views of Mount Fuji. We’ll walk along a portion of the old Tokaido highway, also known as the East Sea Road. During Japan’s feudal period, this was the alternative to the Nakasendo, the road through the central mountains, for travelers who didn’t want to cross the mountains on their way from Kyoto to Tokyo. There is an ascent with some steep sections for around 2 hours, from Hatajuku to Motohakone. On the way, we’ll pass a traditional teahouse that once provided sustenance to those traveling this section of the Tokaido; it still serves guests today.

On arriving in Motohakone, we’ll walk in the shadow of towering cedars on the scenic sugi-namiki (Japanese cedar avenue) and continue on to the nearby shores of Lake Ashi. Also known as Lake Ashinoko, it was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3,000 years ago. If Mt. Fuji is visible, we’ll catch her beautiful reflection in the waters of the lake—a dazzling sight. Enjoy free time for a late lunch in Motohakone.

(Hiking time: 3 hours; Hiking Distance: 2.7 miles; Ascent 1380')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Day 4: Journey to Historic Nikko

Today, we’ll travel by train from Hakone to historic Nikko, a town set against a stunning backdrop of wooded hills and national parklands about 2 hours north of Tokyo. The forests and mountains of Nikko have been sacred to the Japanese for 1,200 years, and the extravagantly ornate buildings of the Toshogu Shrine, built in 1617, are now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We’ll tour this complex of spectacular shrines, which was created in commemoration to Tokugawa Ieyasu, a shogun venerated for uniting feuding lords to create the unified nation of Japan back in 1600, and see the intricate temple carvings full of whimsy—including a lifelike cat, as well as “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” monkeys.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Day 5: Explore Kirikomi and Karikomi Lakes

This morning after breakfast, we’ll head northeast and clockwise from Nikko Yumoto on a circular hike that skirts Mount Mitsudake, with Mount Orogura to the north. This scenic rural trail takes in the lovely Nikko marshlands, the Karikomi and Kirikomi lakes, and the Kotoku pasture farm. We’ll pass cows and horses grazing in the fields and keep our eyes peeled for monkeys and deer, who make a frequent appearance along this route. Our walk will take us through fragrant forests along dirt trails and wooden boardwalks, and we’ll enjoy a simple bento lunch on a picnic stop.

This area is famous for its natural hot springs which leave a hint of sulphur in the air. The monk Enryaku originally discovered the hot springs in 788 A.D., and monks have harnessed these waters for bathing and revered them for their healing properties ever since. We’ll have the chance to explore the surrounding marshlands and their wide array of wild plants and bird life. Our accommodations in the Nikko Yumoto Onsen area will allow us to experience these healing waters ourselves.

(Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours; Hiking Distance: 9.2 miles; Ascent/Descent:1840ft/1870ft; There is an alternative to shorten the walk by 2.8 miles/2 hours by taking a local bus for the final section.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Day 6: Discover the Beauty of Oku Nikko

This morning we’ll set out by bus to explore Oku Nikko, or ‘the hinterland of Nikko,’ a mountainous wooded area of outstanding natural beauty and now a protected national park. We’ll do a gentle walk through these sacred forests, passing two gorgeous waterfalls and following the Yukawa River back towards the rural hot spring village of Nikko Yumoto. Our exploration of Nikko will end here, as we then return to Tokyo, arriving to the city in the early evening. Dinner is on your own tonight; your guide will provide recommendations.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours; Hiking Distance: 5.2 miles; Ascent/Descent: 970ft/295ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Shiba Park Hotel

Day 7: See Tokyo's Hama Rikyu Garden and Ginza

This morning, we’ll visit Hama-Rikyu Garden. Once a duck hunting ground, the area was transformed into beautiful parklands which include a teahouse on a tranquil pond and vistas out on the Sumida River. The peaceful verdant garden stands in juxtaposition to the skyscrapers that lie just beyond it. We’ll continue on to the famous Ginza district. Ginza is Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping and dining district, filled with elegant boutiques, department stores, art galleries, restaurants, theaters, and cinemas. Ginza’s main street, the Chuo-dori, is closed to traffic on weekend afternoons. This afternoon is at leisure, and you’ll have time to make your own discoveries or to shop for souvenirs. 

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Shiba Park Hotel

Day 8: Depart from Tokyo

This morning, we’ll bid farewell, as your tour ends. Your guide will be on hand to help you get to Narita airport for our flights home.

  • Breakfast

Sep 08 - 15, 2018

Nov 05 - 12, 2018

pricing

$5,495 per person (4 – 12 members)

$1,200 single supplement

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Shiba Park Hotel — Tokyo

The Shiba Park hotel offers the best in Japanese hospitality and is perfectly located close to the Tokyo Tower, an iconic landmark of Tokyo, and Zojoji Temple. Guest rooms are comfortable, and offer elegant environment featuring a taste of Japanese culture in the choice of colors and decoration. Overall, a great hotel with friendly and helpful staff.

Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Ryokans are traditional inns, infused with quintessential Japanese culture and often surrounded by abundant nature. They provide a relaxing atmosphere of warm hospitality and wa (harmony), and ryokan accommodations are characterized by clean and airy rooms with tatami (straw mats) and futons placed directly on the floor—plus some ryokans feature onsen (hot-spring baths). Enjoy this immersive and authentic experience for three nights on Mountain Travel Sobek’s 7-day Tokyo, Hakone & Nikko adventure.

  • Soak up the heady blend of traditional and modern delights in Tokyo, one of the world’s most thrilling cities
  • Escape to the mountain town of Hakone to marvel at majestic Mt. Fuji reflected in its lake and hike the old Tokaido road
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of historic Nikko, unwind in natural hot springs, and overnight in traditional ryokans

What makes Japan unique is its extraordinary blend of tradition and modernity—this tour showcases the finest of the blend. Your adventure begins and ends in Tokyo, where pockets of tradition sit alongside modern cosmopolitan districts, together making up a stimulating urban tapestry you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The powerful, lasting connection with nature permeates Japanese life and culture, and you’ll see why when you head into the mighty mountains to explore their natural beauty and sacred spaces. From the UNESCO-listed temples and spectacular hinterland of historic Nikko to the scenic mountain town of Hakone and its gorgeous surroundings with views of Mount Fuji, you’ll take in incredible scenery while hiking along sparkling lakes, unwinding in delightful onsen and relishing the traditional hospitality of ryokan inns.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan, one of the most exciting cities of the world! After arrival at the airport, take a limousine to your hotel, where you’ll meet your guide and the rest of your group for orientation and a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Shiba Park Hotel

Day 2: Experience Traditional and Modern Tokyo

After breakfast, we’ll gather our group together and head out for a full-day tour of Tokyo. We’ll begin with a stroll through the peaceful streets of Nezu and Yanaka, an old shita-machi (downtown) quarter which still retains the charm from the Edo period, with its traditional wooden town houses, narrow streets, and small temples. We’ll get a glimpse into the life of a Japanese neighborhood by walking down its shopping street, Yanaka Ginza, with its small shops specializing in tofu, pickles, and other snacks. Yanaka’s stunning contrast from modern Tokyo offers a glimpse of a world gone by.

We’ll then continue on to Asakusa, with its narrow streets and the Senso-ji, a large Buddhist temple with a five-story pagoda dating from the 7th century. We will have lunch in Asakusa, before proceeding to the modern side of Tokyo, starting in Ura Harajuku, an area known for smaller boutiques and fashion houses that set trends around the globe. We'll then walk along the fashionable, tree-lined Omotesando Street—called the Champs-Elysees of Tokyo—to the entertainment area of Shibuya, famous for the large and chaotic Shibuya Scramble Crossing, said to be the world's busiest. We’ll then return to the hotel or enjoy some free time to discover the nightlife of Tokyo.  Dinner is on your own; you’ll be spoiled for choice with the multitude of dining options that the city offers.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Shiba Park Hotel

Day 3: Walk the Old Tokaido Road

This morning, we’ll travel by train from Tokyo to Hakone, a delightful mountain town famed for its onsen (hot spring resorts), traditional inns, and majestic views of Mount Fuji. We’ll walk along a portion of the old Tokaido highway, also known as the East Sea Road. During Japan’s feudal period, this was the alternative to the Nakasendo, the road through the central mountains, for travelers who didn’t want to cross the mountains on their way from Kyoto to Tokyo. There is an ascent with some steep sections for around 2 hours, from Hatajuku to Motohakone. On the way, we’ll pass a traditional teahouse that once provided sustenance to those traveling this section of the Tokaido; it still serves guests today.

On arriving in Motohakone, we’ll walk in the shadow of towering cedars on the scenic sugi-namiki (Japanese cedar avenue) and continue on to the nearby shores of Lake Ashi. Also known as Lake Ashinoko, it was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3,000 years ago. If Mt. Fuji is visible, we’ll catch her beautiful reflection in the waters of the lake—a dazzling sight. Enjoy free time for a late lunch in Motohakone.

(Hiking time: 3 hours; Hiking Distance: 2.7 miles; Ascent 1380')

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Day 4: Journey to Historic Nikko

Today, we’ll travel by train from Hakone to historic Nikko, a town set against a stunning backdrop of wooded hills and national parklands about 2 hours north of Tokyo. The forests and mountains of Nikko have been sacred to the Japanese for 1,200 years, and the extravagantly ornate buildings of the Toshogu Shrine, built in 1617, are now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We’ll tour this complex of spectacular shrines, which was created in commemoration to Tokugawa Ieyasu, a shogun venerated for uniting feuding lords to create the unified nation of Japan back in 1600, and see the intricate temple carvings full of whimsy—including a lifelike cat, as well as “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” monkeys.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Day 5: Explore Kirikomi and Karikomi Lakes

This morning after breakfast, we’ll head northeast and clockwise from Nikko Yumoto on a circular hike that skirts Mount Mitsudake, with Mount Orogura to the north. This scenic rural trail takes in the lovely Nikko marshlands, the Karikomi and Kirikomi lakes, and the Kotoku pasture farm. We’ll pass cows and horses grazing in the fields and keep our eyes peeled for monkeys and deer, who make a frequent appearance along this route. Our walk will take us through fragrant forests along dirt trails and wooden boardwalks, and we’ll enjoy a simple bento lunch on a picnic stop.

This area is famous for its natural hot springs which leave a hint of sulphur in the air. The monk Enryaku originally discovered the hot springs in 788 A.D., and monks have harnessed these waters for bathing and revered them for their healing properties ever since. We’ll have the chance to explore the surrounding marshlands and their wide array of wild plants and bird life. Our accommodations in the Nikko Yumoto Onsen area will allow us to experience these healing waters ourselves.

(Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours; Hiking Distance: 9.2 miles; Ascent/Descent:1840ft/1870ft; There is an alternative to shorten the walk by 2.8 miles/2 hours by taking a local bus for the final section.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Day 6: Discover the Beauty of Oku Nikko

This morning we’ll set out by bus to explore Oku Nikko, or ‘the hinterland of Nikko,’ a mountainous wooded area of outstanding natural beauty and now a protected national park. We’ll do a gentle walk through these sacred forests, passing two gorgeous waterfalls and following the Yukawa River back towards the rural hot spring village of Nikko Yumoto. Our exploration of Nikko will end here, as we then return to Tokyo, arriving to the city in the early evening. Dinner is on your own tonight; your guide will provide recommendations.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours; Hiking Distance: 5.2 miles; Ascent/Descent: 970ft/295ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Shiba Park Hotel

Day 7: See Tokyo's Hama Rikyu Garden and Ginza

This morning, we’ll visit Hama-Rikyu Garden. Once a duck hunting ground, the area was transformed into beautiful parklands which include a teahouse on a tranquil pond and vistas out on the Sumida River. The peaceful verdant garden stands in juxtaposition to the skyscrapers that lie just beyond it. We’ll continue on to the famous Ginza district. Ginza is Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping and dining district, filled with elegant boutiques, department stores, art galleries, restaurants, theaters, and cinemas. Ginza’s main street, the Chuo-dori, is closed to traffic on weekend afternoons. This afternoon is at leisure, and you’ll have time to make your own discoveries or to shop for souvenirs. 

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Shiba Park Hotel

Day 8: Depart from Tokyo

This morning, we’ll bid farewell, as your tour ends. Your guide will be on hand to help you get to Narita airport for our flights home.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Shiba Park Hotel — Tokyo

The Shiba Park hotel offers the best in Japanese hospitality and is perfectly located close to the Tokyo Tower, an iconic landmark of Tokyo, and Zojoji Temple. Guest rooms are comfortable, and offer elegant environment featuring a taste of Japanese culture in the choice of colors and decoration. Overall, a great hotel with friendly and helpful staff.

Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Ryokans are traditional inns, infused with quintessential Japanese culture and often surrounded by abundant nature. They provide a relaxing atmosphere of warm hospitality and wa (harmony), and ryokan accommodations are characterized by clean and airy rooms with tatami (straw mats) and futons placed directly on the floor—plus some ryokans feature onsen (hot-spring baths). Enjoy this immersive and authentic experience for three nights on Mountain Travel Sobek’s 7-day Tokyo, Hakone & Nikko adventure.

Dates and Pricing

Sep 08 - 15, 2018

Nov 05 - 12, 2018

pricing

$5,495 per person (4 – 12 members)

$1,200 single supplement

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 8 days

From $5,495

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