We plan on chartering historic equipment (where available), visiting depots, utilizing service trams and interurbans, and experiencing escorted sightseeing in the following locations:
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Day 1 – Arrival in Tokyo throughout the day. Individuals exchange JR pass at Narita Airport and travel to Shinjuku by Narita express. No activities planned. Overnight at Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Day 2 – Tokyo, Day trip to Enoshima Electric Railway and sightseeing. Travel via JR train to Fujisawa. Enoshima Electric Railway to Hase and Kamakura for sightseeing with English-speaking guide; including Hasedera Temple, Kotuko-in (Daibutsu) and Tsurogaoka Hachimanngu. After tour travel via Enoshima Electric Railway to Shonan Enoshima, then Shonan Monorail to Ofuna. Travel via JR train to Shinjuku. Welcome dinner in evening. Overnight in Tokyo.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Day 3 – Tokyo, Day trip to Hakone. Travel via Odakyu Electric Railway Romancecar service to Hakone-Yumoto station. Hakone Tozan Railway to Gora. Hakone Tozan cable car and ropeway to Lake Ashi and Lake Ashi mini cruise. Afternoon group tour bus trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, returning to Odawara station and then JR Bullet train and connecting JR Rapid service to Shinjuku station. Overnight in Tokyo.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Day 4 – Tokyo, general sightseeing with English-speaking guide. Day will include chartered tram on Toden Arakawa tram line, depot visit and a round trip on the Tokyu Setagaya light rail line. Overnight in Tokyo.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Day 5 – Tokyo to Toyama. Prepare bags for baggage service transfer. Morning departure for Omiya via JR train, then travel to Toyama via JR bullet train and connecting train with afternoon available to view and ride tram system, consisting of five local tram lines operating as two routes and one suburban light rail line. Overnight in Toyama, Toyama Excel Hotel.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Day 6 – Toyama, Group separates. Tram group travels via JR train to Fukui for short visit to Fukutetsu city tramway (with tram charter) and Echizen railway (photo opportunity). Travel via JR train to Takaoka. Tram charter Takaoka to Koshinokata and return to tram depot, then regular service return to Takaoka station. JR train from Takaoka to Toyama. Second group does general sightseeing of Fukui and Takaoka via coach with English-speaking guide. Half-day in Fukui visiting Tojinbo Cliff then half-day in Takaoka visiting Zuiryuji Temple, Takaoka Daibutsu and Takaoka Castle Park returning via coach to Toyama. Overnight in Toyama.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Day 7 – Japan Alps tour; Train to Teteyama, then Alpine tour to Kurobe Dam and Ogizawa. Return to Toyama via same route. Overnight in Toyama.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Day 8 – Prepare bags for baggage service transfer. Travel to Shin-Osaka via JR limited express. Change to JR bullet train for Okayama. Visit two short tram lines or, as an alternative, Korakuen Garden. Resume trip to Hiroshima via JR bullet train. Overnight in Hiroshima, Hotel Granvia Hiroshima.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Day 9 – Half-day sightseeing via tram with English-speaking guide including Itsukushima Jingu shrine at Miyajima Island, Peace Memorial Park, and Peace Memorial museum. Afternoon visit to Tram depot. Remaining time on own. Overnight in Hiroshima.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Day 10 – Prepare bags for baggage service transfer. Travel to Hakata via JR bullet train. Change to JR electric train for Nagasaki. Group visits depot and then rides portions of five-line tram system, including visiting Peace Memorial Park and Museum and Glover Garden. Overnight in Nagasaki, Hotel New Nagasaki.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Day 11 – Morning departure via JR electric train to Shin-Tosu, then change to JR bullet train to Kumamoto. Group separates. Tram group rides the two Kumamoto Tram lines and visits depot, then travels via JR bullet train to Kagoshima, proceeding to ride the two Kagoshima tram lines and visit depot. Second group does sightseeing via coach with English-speaking guide visiting Kumamoto Castle and Senganen and rejoins the tram group for travel to Kagoshima. Overnight in Kagoshima, Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Day 12 – Prepare bags for baggage service transfer to Kyoto. Pack a small bag for two overnights in Matsuyama. Travel to Matsuyama via JR bullet train to Okayama and JR connecting train to Matsuyama. Group can ride/photograph the five-line system utilizing regular service. Overnight in Matsuayma, Sky Hotel Matsuyama.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Day 13 – Morning departure for day trip to Kochi via JR train to Tadotsu then JR Diesel Express Train to Kochi. Group visits depot and takes tram charter in historic European tram (Oslo “Goldfisk” tram requested) to points on the Kochi system. Late afternoon return after light meal in Kochi; late evening arrival in Matsuyama via Tadotsu; overnight in Matsuyama.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Day 14 – Morning time for tram riding and visit to tram depot in Matsuyama; departure after lunch via JR electric train to Okayama, then JR Bullet train to Kyoto. Overnight in Kyoto, New Miyako Hotel.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Day 15 – Kyoto, full day of sightseeing available with English-speaking guide. Local train to Nara, followed by walking tour, visiting Todaiji Temple with Great Buddha, Nara sacred Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine. After sightseeing tram group takes round trip ride on Keifuku Railway and Keihan Electric Railway Otsu line. Overnight in Kyoto.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Day 16 – Kyoto, Day trip to Osaka via JR Bullet train. Group separates. Tour group has full day of sightseeing utilizing Hankyu Railway with English-speaking guide and visiting Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, and Umeda Sky Garden Observatory; and returning to Kyoto. Tram group rides both Hankai Electric Tramway lines in a chartered tram and visits the Hankai Electric Tramway carhouse and then travels to the Wakayama Electric Railroad to ride its short route. Tram group returns from Wakayama via JR train to Osaka and JR Bullet train to Kyoto. Overnight in Kyoto.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Day 17 – Prepare bags for baggage service transfer. Morning JR Bullet train Tokyo with short stop to take out “Bento” lunches in Tokyo station. Afternoon JR Bullet Train to Shin-Aomori, changing to JR Electric train to Hakodate via the 33.5 mile Seikan tunnel. Late dinner to be arranged in Hakodate at Hotel. Overnight in Hakodate, Loisir Hotel Hakodate.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Day 18 – Hakodate, Day trip to Sapporo via JR Diesel Pendulum Express. Group tram charter and depot visit, then bus charter to Subway depot and Transport museum. Early dinner in Sapporo with early evening departure to Hakodate via JR Diesel Pendulum Express. Late arrival in Hakodate, overnight in Hakodate.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Day 19 – Prepare bags for baggage service transfer. Travel in historic tram car then visit tram depot. Leave Hakodate after picking up Bento lunches in depot via JR Electric to Shin-Aomori and JR Bullet Train to Tokyo station and Yamanote line to Shinjuku Station. Late dinner arranged at Hotel in Tokyo. Overnight at Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Day 20 – Independent sightseeing in Tokyo, farewell dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Tokyo.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Day 21 – End of trip. Leave Hotel via JR limited express train for Narita Airport or continue stay if choosing extension option.