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3 Days: Hakone Onsen and Lands where Famouse Figures Spent Time During the End of Kamakura Period

Western Area 15h45m

At Tokyo, you'll be riding a train as you tour Edo Castle—Tokugawa's residence that became the Imperial Palace in the Meiji era—and many other places related to the late Edo period patriots who played a great role in the capitulation of the castle without any bloodshed during the Ueno war, fought between the old shogunate forces and the new government forces. From Yokohama, you'll then be taking a drive on a rental car. Past the late Edo period and the Meiji Restoration, pay a visit to the residence of Japan's first Prime Minister Hirobumi Ito, who worked for the establishment of a constitutional government, and many other places. After you stretch you legs out at Hakone, you'll be on your way to Shizuoka.

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Kokyogaien National Park

All the year around many tourists start their Tokyo tour from this place, a gateway of Tokyo. This is a Edo Castle special historic site so you can find great historic landmarks. The nature in and around the park is well preserved so that you can also enjoy the seasonal scenery.

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Kan'ei-ji

For the purpose of protecting the northeastern gate “Kimon”* of the Edo Castle and praying for the peace of people,on the Ueno highland, this temple was built by the high priest Jigendaish Tenkai. The Kan’ei-ji Temple is the general headquarter of the Tendai-shu.

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Kappo・Tanakaya

Reservation Required:The predecessor of the Tanaka family is depicted in Utagawa Hiroshige's ukiyo-e. Tanakaya has been loved by many celebrities including Hirofumi Ito, Soseki Natsume, and statesman of the Meiji period, Soseki Natsume. Being introduced by Katsu Kaishu, Ryoma Sakamoto's wife, Oryo, worked here.

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Hotel New Grand

Established in 1927, this classic hotel is reminiscent of Yokohama in the past when the port was first opened. As a renowned hotel of Yokohama, the international city, this hotel continues to serve VIPs from around the world.

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Former Kanazawa Residence of Hirobumi Ito

Hirobumi Ito’s Former Residence, located in Nojima park, is a wooden house with a thatched roof. The pure Japanese style of architecture here provides a calming atmosphere. In this residence, there are places where you can enjoy a view of Hakkeijima and the sea. You can also relax while drinking matcha green tea in the room.

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Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

The Hakone Sightseeing Cruise offers sightseeing boats that sail around Lake Ashinoko, a popular spot in Hakone. There are three boats: Royal II, Victory, and Queen Ashinoko, and passengers can board the cruise at any of the three ports along the edge of the lake. Those ports are Hakonemachi-ko, Motohakone-ko, or Togendai-ko. We recommend the cruise that leaves from Motohakone-ko, as you can vi...

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Kinokuniya

Back in the day, the biggest difficulty for those travelling on the Tokaido road was Hakone. The place of healing for them was Hakone Ashinoyu hotspring. More than 300 years ago, in 1715, "Kinokuniya" was born in Ashinoyu. Here you can enjoy the high quality hotsprings.

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