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Upon arrival, you may experience a train ride to Shinagawa station and check in to your hotel in Tokyo. In the afternoon, we take a city orientation tour including the historic Imperial Palace East Gardens, an oasis of calm in the middle of this giant city. We will spend five nights in Tokyo.

This morning, we will experience a ride on the Tokyu Setagaya Tram Line from Sangen-Jaya to Shimo-Takaido. It is one of the only two tram lines that still exist today, as majority of the Tokyo's streetcar was shut down in the 1960's. We will then explore Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. In the afternoon we will visit Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa for a taste of traditional Japan. Senso-ji is one of the very popular temples in Tokyo while the Asakusa area that surrounds it provides a wonderful variety of snacks, restaurants and souvenir shopping. Enjoy our welcome dinner tonight.

(Meals: B, D)

Today we will visit the Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park, an open-air railway museum in Gunma, Japan. There are 30+ diesel engines available for viewing. There is also the Green Breeze, Aputo-kun, and Mini-SL that you can ride around in the park. In the afternoon, we will visit the Railway Museum in Saitama City (Omiya). Train enthusiasts shouldn't miss this impressive, expensively produced railway-history museum. The Railway Museum features exhibitions on Japan’s railway heritage and resources, as well as actual train carriages, parts and models; hands-on workshops on railway history, fundamentals, structure and more.
(Meals: B)

A free day at your leisure.

(Meals: B)

After breakfast, we take train from Tokyo to Shonan and catch the Shonan Monorail from Ofuna Station to Enoshima Station. Shonan Monorail is a suspended monorail system, legally an electrified railway that connects between JR Ofuna station and Shonan Enoshima. We will have some time to explore Enoshima before catching the Enoden train from Enoshima to Hase, the closest station to Kotokuin Temple, where a great Buddha sits outdoors. Return to Tokyo for overnight.

(Meals: B)

Today we will make our way to Sumatakyo Onsen area by the Oigawa Railway SL and Abt System Trains. In Japan there are a few active steam trains (or SLs, as they are known in Japanese). We will take the steam engine train from Kanaya to Senzu. From windows in SL trains, we will enjoy excellent views of the idyllic Oigawa River landscape. After the ride on Oigawa Railway Main Line, we will travel on Kiawa Line from Senzu to Okuizumi by the Abt System Train, one of the rack railways systems to allow the trains to climb up steep slopes. The Ikawa Line is the only rack-and-pinion railway currently operating in Japan. To our final destination of Sumatakyo Onsen, we will be catching a bus. We will spend the night in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).
(Meals: B, D)
After breakfast, we make our way to Kakegawa Station to catch the Tenryu Hamanako Line to Tenryu Futamata Station, a route that will take you through an unspoiled Japanese landscape. Commonly known as the Tenhama Line, it is the only railway line of Tenryu Hamanako Railroad. Upon arrival at Tenryu Futamata Station, we will have some free time to take photos before our rail yard inspection. Tenryu Futamata Station is a manned station with a side platform and an island platform serving three tracks. The rail yard for the Tenryu Hamanako Line is located next to the station, and retains the roundhouse and turntable from the days the line used steam locomotives. Both are listed by national government as Important Cultural Properties under the category of “Heritage of Industrial Modernization”. In the afternoon, we depart for Nagoya where we will stay for two nights.
(Meals: B)
This morning we will visit the fantastic hands-on museum - SCMAGLEV and Railway Park. Featuring actual Maglev, Shinkansen and historical rolling stock and rail simulators, this massive museum offers a fascinating insight into Japanese post-war history through the development of a railroad. In the afternoon, we will ride the Yutorito Line, or officially the Guideway Bus Shidami Line, in the north-east of Nagoya. It is a guided bus route running on a 6.5km viaduct in downtown Nagoya later becoming a normal bus near Ryusenji Temple and Obata Ryokuchi Koen.
(Meals: B)
Today we travel to Iga Ueno, where the traditional Japanese mercenaries, ninja warriors, began. We will board a special ninja-themed train designed by Leiji Matsumoto, one of Japan’s most famous cartoonists for the Iga Railway Company. Designed in three colours - pink, blue, and green - the train’s interior is decorated all over with ninja motifs. Later we depart for Kyoto where we will stay for two nights.
(Meals: B)
This morning we explore the picturesque Arashiyama District and experience the Sagano Romantic Railway. The views along the line change with the seasons, and the train is particularly popular during the autumn colour season when the leaves along the ravine change colour. In the afternoon, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Ryoan-ji Temple, home to the famous Zen rock garden.  It is fortunately right next door to Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion), another treasure! Today we will also experience a truly Japanese cultural event, a tea ceremony at Kodaiji Temple.
(Meals: B)
This morning we will visit Kyoto Railway Museum, formerly the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, the largest museum of its kind in the country. Covering an area of 30,000 square metres on the former site of the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, the new museum boasts an impressive collection of 53 trains that span the history of rail travel in Japan from steam locomotives to the Shinkansen. At noon we depart Kyoto for Takamatsu. We will take the Seto Ohashi Line to cross from Okayama Prefecture to Kagawa Prefecture. This train uses a long stretch of 6 connected bridges spanning 13 kilometres, which form the Great Seto Bridge. Overnight at Takamatsu.
(Meals: B)
We will spend the day explore Takamatsu, start with a visit to Shikoku Mura Village that preserves and exhibits traditional buildings and structures that have been relocated here from all over Shikoku Island. We will also visit Ritsurin Park, considered to be one of the best gardens in Japan. Tonight we will catch the overnight sleeping car train Sunrise Seto to Tokyo. The Sunrise Seto runs daily between Tokyo and Takamatsu, taking approximately 9 hours 30 minutes for the 804km journey. The service operates in conjunction with the Sunrise Izumo and has become Japan's last surviving, regular night train.
(Meals: B)
Arrive Tokyo in the morning. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You may decide to enjoy the excellent shopping in Tokyo, or visit more of the city’s many sights. Enjoy a special farewell dinner at a rail themed bistro.
(Meals: D)

Free at leisure before making your way to the airport by Skyliner Train.

(Meals: B)

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