After breakfast at the hotel, taking a Hakone railway to Odawara station. Then you will experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride from Odawara station to Maibara Station, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr.
After getting off at Maibara station meeting with your private coach and transfer to Hikone Castle (about 3min ride). Visit the Hikone Castle, an attractive hanami spot during the cherry blossom season. Hikone Castle is an original castle, i.e. it survived the post feudal era without undergoing destruction and reconstruction, considered one of the four most beautiful castles in Japan with its three-layered chalk tower. Hikone Castle has a backdrop of Lake Biwa and Konki-zan Hill, and is regarded as one of four national heritage castles, along with Inuyama Castle in Aichi, Himeji Castle in Hyogo, and Matsumoto Castle in Nagano.
After Hikon Castle, depart for Miho museum by private coach (about 1hr and 30min ride without traffic). Arrive at Miho Museum, a stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. There is a tunnel that leads from the museum to a road lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. Moreover, the museum has been listed as one of the “1000 Places To See Before You Die”. Afterwards, we will proceed to Kyoto for two nights.
Accommodations: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel