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  • Japan is an amazing place for tourists to explore, with interesting destinations at

  • seemingly every turn that offer a vast range of experiences to suit all tastes.

  • Nowhere in the country is this more true than in the vicinity of the tourist meccas of Tokyo

  • and Kyoto, where one can enjoy the most bustling of urban streets and pristine nature in quick

  • succession, thanks in part to the country's convenient and reliable transport networks.

  • With this in mind, I decided to make a three day trip between Tokyo and Kyoto, experiencing

  • magical rural scenes while doing so, namely in the scenic Hakone area and the spiritual

  • Kurama and Kibune area, which lie a stone's throw from the respective big cities.

  • These areas are all top destinations that promise to give visitors to Japan an unforgettable

  • experience, and so this was naturally a trip I couldn't wait to embark on.

  • I'm Sam Evans for japan-guide.com and over the next three days I'll be making a trip

  • through three of Japan's premier hot spots.

  • Here's the plan: After starting our trip in central Tokyo,

  • we'll first head to Hakone and experience some of this famous area's nature and culture.

  • On day 2, we'll explore more of Hakone and then take the shinkansen across the country

  • to Kyoto and experience some of the city's historical charms.

  • Our final day will begin with a hike in Kyoto's northern mountains, before we finish our trip

  • by heading back into the city and exploring more of what the ancient capital has to offer.

  • So follow along, as we take a three day trip from Tokyo to Kyoto via Hakone.

  • Day 1

  • We'll begin our journey in bustling Shinjuku, where we'll head to an observation deck

  • for impressive views of the city.

  • We'll then take the Odakyu Railway from Shinjuku Station to Hakone Yumoto, a famous

  • hot spring town at the entrance to Hakone, where we'll explore and take in the area's

  • atmosphere and beauty.

  • Following this we head deeper into Hakone and take in some beautiful art at the Hakone

  • Open Air Museum, before checking into our nearby hotel for the night.

  • So behind me you can see the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, also known asTocho”.

  • Now, we're going to head inside and go up to one of the building's observation decks.

  • Now, the observation decks in this building are among my favorites because not only do

  • you get great views of the city, but it's free.

  • So let's go and do it.

  • Having had a taste of the big city it's now time to move on, so we head to Shinjuku

  • Station where we'll buy a rail pass that will serve us well on this leg of trip, and

  • then take the 90 minute ride on the Limited Express Romancecar to Hakone Yumoto.

  • We've arrived at Hakone Yumoto at the entrance to Hakone.

  • Now this is the most famous hot spring spot in the area.

  • As well as this absolutely stunning scenery that you can see, there's a bustling little

  • main street that you can see and I can't wait to check out.

  • So let's go see what's on offer.

  • After exploring Hakone Yumoto, it's onward to the Hakone Open Air Museum via a ride on

  • the Hakone Tozan Railway

  • This is the Hakone Open Air Museum and it's well known for its numerous large and

  • interesting art installations dotted around the grounds

  • but I think this place's biggest charm is the

  • interplay between the art and the breathtaking scenery that surrounds us here.

  • It's just quite impressive.

  • Following the fun at the museum, it's now time to make our way to the Hakone Yutowa Hotel

  • where we'll be spending the night.

  • Day 2

  • Today we start by taking a cable car and ropeway to the northern shores of Lake Ashinoko where

  • we'll board a scenic boat cruise. and upon disembarking at the other side of the lake,

  • we'll take a picturesque stroll through a forest and along the water.

  • We then say goodbye to Hakone and board a bus to Mishima Skywalk a unique scenic spot

  • just south of Lake Ashinoko.

  • Following this it's on to Mishima Station, from where a shinkansen will whisk us all

  • the way to Kyoto where we'll explore some interesting historical sights.

  • We've just boarded one of the iconic pirate ship sightseeing cruises that takes passengers

  • from Togendai to the other side of Lake Ashinoko and this is a great way to take in the beautiful

  • scenery of the rolling hills on the shores of the lake.

  • To end our time in Hakone, we'll make a brief stop in Motohakone, a picturesque town

  • on the southern edge of the lake, known for its quaint atmosphere and a beautiful view

  • of Mt. Fuji on a clear day.

  • From Motohakone we've taken a bus to Mishima Skyway.

  • Now, this 400 meter long suspension bridge traverses over a deep valley and when the

  • weather is good you can get great views of Mt. Fuji.

  • From the skywalk we're now going to take a bus to Mishima Station where we'll take

  • the Tokaido Shinkansen to Kyoto

  • From the station we have come to Gion, one of the premier historical entertainment districts

  • in all of Japan.

  • Now, apart from the abundance of well preserved buildings, the atmosphere here is just magical.

  • So let's explore.

  • Now it's time to get to our lodgings for the night, but not before making a quick stop

  • at the nearby Kansai Tourist Information Center in Kyoto Tower to buy a Keihan discount pass

  • that we'll to save money on our route tomorrow.

  • What a day.

  • We've arrived at our hotel, The Thousand Kyoto, where the service and the surroundings

  • are equally exceptional might I add.

  • We're about to begin the first course of a traditional Japanese course meal so kanpai!

  • Day 3

  • Our third and final day will begin by heading up to Kyoto's verdant northern mountains,

  • hiking from Kurama via a mystical mountain temple to Kibune.

  • Upon arriving in Kibune, we'll take in the area's revered shrine and then sit down

  • for a memorable dining experience on the river.

  • Following this we head back into central Kyoto and make our way to Kiyomizudera Temple

  • before bringing our trip to an end.

  • After checkout, we'll take the Kyoto Station Loop Bus to Shichijo Station and then the

  • Keihan Railway to Demachi Yanagi, where we'll transfer to the Eizan railway all the way

  • to its terminus at Kurama.

  • We've arrived.

  • We're at the main buildings of Kuramadera, which is the main attraction on the mountain.

  • And this place is absolutely incredible.

  • The views that are afforded of the surrounding mountains are stunning

  • and the temple is also known as a spiritual power spot.

  • We've just sat down to a kawadoko.

  • Now kawadoko is something that the restaurants do at this time of year from June to September.

  • Basically they put out platforms directly above the Kibunegawa

  • this river that flows underneath us.

  • We're about to enjoy a kaiseki course meal here.

  • It's relaxing, the atmosphere is incredible and also being just above the river's surface

  • makes it significantly cooler.

  • So that's always a plus this time of year.

  • So, itadakimasu.

  • Satisfied from all that great food, we now make our way back into central Kyoto to make

  • one last stop at the iconic Kiyomizudera Temple.

  • Known among other things for it's balcony that provides inspiring views of Kyoto's

  • cityscape, Kiyomizudera is one of the most popular religious sites in the whole country

  • and was not something I wanted to miss in Kyoto.

  • And after making our way back to Kyoto Station,

  • it's unfortunately time for our trip to come to an end.

  • Thanks for joining me. I hope this video has been enjoyable and even inspire some ideas,

  • should you be planning a trip in Japan.

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  • Happy travels.

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