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The remainder of the afternoon offers free time for you to further discover this exciting city, before our group welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening. This morning we drive to Matsumoto, and upon arrival visit the incredibly beautiful Matsumoto Castle, which is one of the original and most complete of the handful of medieval castles that exist in Japan today.The towering black and white structure holds some 400 years of history, is a National Treasure and is the most iconic landmark in the city.Here, we have access to unlimited travel on nearly all the local modes of transport thanks to our Hakone Freepass card, from mountain buses, trams and switchback rail, to lofty cable cars.We'll also take a cruise across the picturesque Lake Ashi to Moto-Hakone to visit the Shinto Shrine of Hakone-jinja, where we are also be rewarded with the best views of Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and the Red Torii Gate of Hakone. Heading back to Tokyo, rather than staying in modern Shinjuku, this time we will be staying in old-town Akakusa, a pretty district famous for its historic Sensoji Buddhist Temple and its abundance of interesting souvenir and craft stalls.After a guided visit of Senso-ji Temple, the rest of the afternoon offers the opportunity to do any last minute sightseeing or shopping.You may also wish to head up to the Tokyo Sky Tree for some final dazzling views of the city. We offer post-tour accommodation for those interested in staying in Tokyo a little longer.
Built by the first Tokugawa shogun in 1603, the exquisite castle is a wonderful example of Momoyama architecture.The later part of the afternoon offers free time for you to explore more of Kyoto's beautiful sites. This morning we depart for a full day sightseeing excursion to Hiroshima taking one of the fastest trains in Japan (the Nozomi Shinkansen) which reaches speeds of up to 300km on the route.Arriving to Hiroshima we visit the iconic A-Bomb Dome - one of the very few buildings left standing after the blast, Peace Park and Peace Park Museum all of which are a sobering reminder of Hiroshima’s devastating past.Upon arrival in Tokyo (Narita or Haneda airport) you will be met by our transfer person who will give you your Tokyo Transport Card (referred to as an IC card) which will allow you to move freely around the city on the subways and train systems and assist you to transfer to our tour start hotel in Shinjuku, one of the most modern districts in the city.A flight arriving to Tokyo before would be ideal if you intend to join our Welcome Meeting commencing this evening at . We start with a cruise down the Sumida River, followed by a walk through Hamarikyu tei-en, a tranquil garden that is just a few minutes’ walk from the lively Ginza Shopping District, where we will be able to see cherry blossom trees.