We will start the day by traveling to Tsukiji Market the world’s largest fish market. It is estimated that 20% of all the fish caught in the world passes through this market. There are two parts to the Tsukiji Market- the inner market and the outer market. The inner market is for wholesale business and the outer market is for retail. Since groups are not allowed to walk together in the inner market you will be given some time to wander around the inner market on your own. We will then take some time to walk around the outer market as a group. After this we will go to a restaurant near the market that is popular with locals and owned by the self-proclaimed “tuna king” for a sushi lunch (lunch at your cost).
After lunch the afternoon is free to explore Tokyo on your own. Go shopping for that perfect souvenir visit the Meiji Shrine dedicated to the Japanese emperor of the 19th century or wander through the trendy Shibuya or Harajuku districts where you will more than likely see interesting and far-out fashions. It is a short walk to the Kabukiza theatre. There you can attend one act of a Kabuki play if a play is scheduled on that day. Admittance is first-come first-served and you will have to wait in line to get in. Ask the guide for availability admittance procedures and the schedule for that day if you are interested.
The Tsukiji Fish Market is relocating in Oct 2018. All tours after that date will not be visiting the fish market until the new location can be assessed.
Optional Food Tour – Afternoon Kappabashi Tour and Cooking Class
From Tsukiji we will first travel to Kappabashi. Kappabashi is lined with dozens of stores specializing in restaurant supplies. Here you will find specialized stores for dishes pots pans cooking utensils and more. There are also a few stores that sell plastic and wax food samples used by many restaurants in their front windows. If you want to take home something to cook Japanese food with home this is place to buy it. After Kappabashi we will continue with a cooking class. Here you will learn the basics of Japanese cooking and best of all you will get to eat what you cook. You have the choice of the following classes (fees for the cooking class are an additional charge and vary depending on your choice of class):
- Rolled sushi and sushi mille-feuilles class
- Wagyu Sukiyaki
(Cooking ingredients spices recipe apron rental fee and complimentary sake aperitif or tea is included with the cooking classes.)
Optional Tour – Mt. Fuji Climb (Late July Tour Only)
This will take place during the free day on Day 3 in Tokyo and Day 4 so you would miss Kamakura. This optional tour will rejoin the tour group in Hakone on Day 4. You will leave for Mt Fuji on the morning of Day 3 with the guide who will be escorting you to the top of Mt Fuji and then to Hakone. Before leaving in the morning you will transfer your main luggage to Hakone and will be going to Mt Fuji with only what you will need for the climb. We will travel by bus (2 hours) to the Kawaguchi 5th station arriving around lunch time where lunch will be on your own. After lunch we will begin the climb and will be staying overnight at a climbing hut near the 8th station (4-6 Hours). (Dinner and breakfast at the hut will be included.) Early the next morning (around 2AM) we will begin the final ascent to the top of Mt Fuji (1-2 Hours) and will hopefully be on the top before sunrise. After the sunrise and view from the top we will descend back down to the 5th station and travel to Hakone (4 Hours).
(PLEASE NOTE: Although no special technical climbing ability is required to climb Mt Fuji it is a very strenuous hike at high altitudes with some sections of the trail being very steep and very rocky. Only those in excellent physical condition should consider the climb.