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AUTHENTIC JAPAN

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3 390 $

AUTHENTIC JAPAN Tour

13 days

Between Osaka and Tokyo, dive into traditional Japan with visits to the former capital of Kyoto, the mystic Koya-san and the must-see Hakone-Mount Fuji.

Choose from two itinerary options:

1. Stays 2 nights in Osaka, 1 night in Koya-san, 3 nights in Kyoto, 1 night in Hakone-Mount Fuji and 5 nights in Tokyo. Choose from two tour date options:
- from Thursday 16th July to Tuesday 28th July 2020
- from Wednesday 29th July to Monday 10th August 2020

2. Stays 2 nights in Osaka, 1 night in Koya-san, 4 nights in Kyoto, 1 night in Hakone-Mount Fuji and 4 nights in Tokyo. Choose from two tour date options:
- Monday 20th July to Saturday 1st August 2020
- from Friday 24th July to Wednesday 5th August 2020

The departure date in Osaka and the end of tour date in Tokyo correspond to the tour in Japan. You will likely need to fly to Japan from your home country the day before the tour begins to ensure you arrive on time (home country depending).

Included :

- 10 nights in a 2* hotel in Tokyo and 3* hotels in other cities (equivalent local standards)

- 1 night in a ryokan (3* equivalent), in Hakone-Mount Fuji, including a traditional Japanese dinner

- 1 night at a temple-inn in Koya-san, including a traditional Japanese dinner

- All breakfasts

- 7-day Japan Rail Pass for the Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) and other JR train journeys

- 1 Koya-san Pass for your Kyoto-Koyasan journey, then for all your transportation in and around Koya-san

- 1 Hakone Free Pass for all transportation in and around Hakone-Mount Fuji

- 1 Prepaid transportation card, read yto use and loaded with 1,500 yen

- 1 pocket wifi (with unlimited internet access) for the duration of your trip

- A travelogue, a specially created travel guide booklet outlining the different steps of your trip

- Helpline assistance in English, available 24/7

Not included :

- Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Anything not listed above as included

Customisation:

Contact us to add:
- Olympics tickets (Japan Experience is a subagent of Eventeam, Authorised Ticket Reseller for France)
- Flight tickets: economy class flights with transfer OR direct flights + airport transfers
- Flight upgrades to premium-economy or business class
- Departure from local airports or other countries
- Upgrades to 3* hotels (standard) in Tokyo, or 4/5* hotels (very comfortable) in other cities
- Shinkansen (bullet train) ticket upgrade to 1st class
- Private rotenburo (outdoor bath) in your ryokan room in Hakone-Mount Fuji ($120 / person - subject to availability)
- Guided activities in Kyoto, Hakone, Nikko, Kamakura, Tokyo
- Other activities (Disneyland, Hello Kitty theme park, robot restaurant, tea ceremony, sake tasting...)

Accommodation :

Hotel examples :
In Tokyo:
- 2* (economy hotel in central Tokyo) : Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku
- 4/5* (more spacious and comfortable) : Pullman Tokyo Tamachi

In Kyoto :
- 3* The B Kyoto Sanjo
- 4* Hotel Monterey Kyoto

In Hakone :
- 3* Ichinoyu Shinkan
- 4* Yoshiike Ryokan

A note on hotels:
A single room additional fee is mandatory for any odd number of participants. However, triple rooms, depending on the hotel, may be available upon request.

In Japan, a densely populated country where everything is more compact, the 2* and 3* hotels are of good quality but the rooms are often small (10 to 18m2 depending on the hotel). For more space, don't hesitate to contact us for an upgrade to a 4* hotel.

Rooms for 2 people in Western hotels have 2 separate single beds ("twin" room) as standard. Contact us to request a double bed at no extra cost but no guarantee of availability. Note that double bed rooms are smaller than twin rooms. The nights at a ryokan and temple-inn in Hakone-Mount Fuji and Koya-san are spent in traditional Japanese style. See the "Detailed Itinerary" below for details on what to expect.

Please note that in the case of single travelers a supplement fee will be applied to all accommodation except the ryokan in Hakone and shukubo in Koya-san, where single travelers will be required to pay for a 2-person room, since for traditional accommodation like this there are no single rooms. However if you are in an odd-numbered group, as ryokan and shukubo offer spacious rooms for up to 5 people, a supplementary fee will not be charged.


Flights:
* Flight prices by date (with airport transfers included - by public transport in Osaka and Tokyo) are given for information only on the "reservation basket" page. The price includes airport taxes which can be revised if necessary.

The arrival and departure dates in Osaka and Tokyo concern your tour in Japan. You will need to fly the day before from your home country. The return flight from Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda airport should arrive the same day given the favorable time difference (destination country depending).

Examples of airlines we use:
- British Airways
- All Nippon Airways
- Finnair
- Korean Air

Olympic Ticketing :
Minimum amount of tickets per stay per person:
- 4 nights in Tokyo: 3 Olympic tickets minimum
- 5 nights in Tokyo: 4 Olympic tickets minimum 

Payment Terms:
- deposit + total price of tickets at the time of booking
- an additional 30% on October 30th 2019
- balance on February 29th 2020

Cancellation fees* :
- before 30/10/2019: 30% of the total amount
- until 29/02/2020: 70% of the total amount
- after 01/03/2020: 100% of the total amount

* Any custom request except for hotel upgrades: 100% of the total amount


Please note: this tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. 


The itinerary detailed below is provided for information only for a 2-night stay in Osaka, 1 night in Koya-san, 3 nights in Kyoto, 1 night in Hakone-Mount Fuji and 5 nights in Tokyo.
 

Detailed Itinerary

OSAKA - KOYA-SAN - KYOTO - HAKONE - TOKYO

Day
1

OSAKA

Arrive at Kansai International Airport KIX (having departed from your home country the day before). The flight (with airport transfers) is optional, you can choose it on the "booking basket" page, or alternatively make your own arrangements.

Check in to your hotel.

OSAKA

Night in your hotel in Osaka.

Day
2

OSAKA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Visit Osaka and its unmissable sights:
- Dotonbori Street, and the lively districts of Shinsaibashi and Namba
- Den-Den Machi, Osaka Electronic District
- Osaka Castle

OSAKA

Enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Osaka in Dotonbori: neon lights reflecting on the canal and the famous Glico Man sign!
You'll love the street food and local specialties like takoyaki and okonomiyaki.

Night at your hotel.

Day
3

KOYA-SAN

Breakfast at your hotel in Osaka.

Depart by train and then take a cable car to the sacred mountain of Koya-san (about 2h50m travel time - included with your Koya-san Pass)

Don't miss:
- The sumptuous Kongobuji temple
- Danjo-Garan, one of the main religious sites of the area
- The mystical necropolis of Okunoin

KOYA-SAN

Enjoy an unforgettable experience with a traditional vegetarian dinner and a night in a Buddhist temple-inn (shukubo) with the monks.

NOTE: Because these lodgings were originally created for worshippers coming to retreat, study, and pray, the rooms are basic and they cannot offer high-end services and facilities like hotels and ryokan.

In a 3* equivalent temple-inn you'll sleep on comfortable futons on tatami flooring. The toilet, bathroom, and onsen baths are shared.
In a 4* equivalent temple-inn, you'll sleep on futons or on beds in a traditional tatami room. You'll have a private toilet are but most of the time bathing facilities are still shared.

Day
4

KOYA-SAN - KYOTO

Enjoy a traditional vegetarian Japanese breakfast at the temple.

Take the train to Kyoto (about 2h30m travel time from Koyasan).

Start by discovering the treasures of the former Japanese capital:
- The Zen Garden of Ryoan-ji
- Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)
- The enchanting Philosopher's path

Or enjoy a guided tour of the city with one of our knowledgable English speaking guides (optional, contact us).

KYOTO

Stroll along the small alleys of Ponto-cho by night!

Night at your hotel in Kyoto.

Day
5

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue to explore the iconic city of Kyoto:
- The famous Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and its countless torii gates.
- Sannen-zaka & Ninnen-zaka streets
- Walk the small shopping streets to Kiyomizu-dera temple overlooking Kyoto.

KYOTO

Experience Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district, as you've never seen it before with our guided night walk (optional, contact us)

Day
6

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Several day trips are possible from Kyoto:

- Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan where deer roam freely (1 hour by train). Visit its iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Todaiji temple and Kasuga Taisha shrine.

- Head off the beaten track for a tour of the tea fields in the countryside near Kyoto (optional, contact us).

- Visit the famous and beautiful Himeji Castle (50 min from Kyoto by Shinkansen).

KYOTO

Discover Kyo-ryori (culinary specialties of Kyoto), like “tsukemono”, marinated vegetables.

Day
7

HAKONE

Breakfast at your hotel.

Use your Japan Rail Pass from Kyoto to Odawara/Hakone (2hr 50m) at the foot of Mount Fuji.

The Hakone area is renowned for its splendid views of Mount Fuji and its relaxing onsen hot springs.

Don't miss:
- Gora-koen Park
- Chokoku-no-mori, Japan's first open-air museum and its hundreds of sculptures
- The incredible volcanic site of Owakudani *

* The site may be inaccessible at certian times due to volcanic activity.

HAKONE

Enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner (included in your tour) and a night at your ryokan in Hakone.

In a 3* equivalent ryokan, you'll sleep on comfortable futons on tatami flooring. The bathing facilities are shared unless you choose the "traditional bath in your room" option (an additional $135 / person). In a 4* ryokan, you'll sleep on futons or beds in a traditional tatami room. You'll have a private bathroom as well as the option to use the shared onsen (hot spring) facilties.

Day
8

HAKONE - TOKYO

Enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast at your ryokan.

Continue your discovery of Hakone:
- Hakone Jinja Shrine
- Lake Ashi-no-ko, its Japanese torii gate and its breathtaking view of Mount Fuji
- Walk along the old Tokaido Road that connected Tokyo to Kyoto

Take the train from Hakone to Odawara, then the Shinkansen to Tokyo (included with your Japan Rail Pass or Hakone Free Pass).

Arrive in Tokyo. Get ready for the Olympic Games!

TOKYO

Night at your hotel in Tokyo.

Day
9

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Free time to explore Tokyo between two Olympic events.

Here are some of our recommendations:
- The bustling neighborhoods of Shinjuku and Shibuya
- Ueno Park and Tokyo National Museum

Or, try one of our guided tours of the city with one of our knowledgable English speaking guides (optional, contact us).

TOKYO

Take the opportunity to discover the best of Japanese gastronomy in the most Michelin-starred city in the world...

Day
10

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue discovering the city in your free time, between Olympic events:
Meiji-jingu shrine
- The fashion district and the crazy Takeshita Dori Street in Harajuku
- Stroll and shop along Tokyo's "Champs-Elysées": Omotesando

TOKYO

A free evening and night at your hotel.

Discover the charm of Tokyo at night, illuminated by all its neon lights:
Why not visit the lively district of Akihabara or the famous Shibuya crossing?

Day
11

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

If you have a day without an Olympic event, why not take the opportunity of a trip outside Tokyo?

Several day trips are possible from Tokyo:
- The temples and shrines of Nikko, in the heart of the forest (about 2 hours by train).
- The city of Kamakura and its large bronze Buddha (about 1 hour by train).

TOKYO

A free evening and night at your hotel.

The countless "izakaya" (typical Japanese bars) in Tokyo will welcome you for a beer and "yakitori" (grilled chicken skewers).

Day
12

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Some other great sights in Tokyo:
- Tokyo Sky Tree, an impressive 634 meters high.
- Nearby, the famous Sumo Ryogoku Kokugikan arena will host the boxing events during the Olympics!
- Tokyo Tower, symbol of the city
- Asakusa and Senso-ji temple

TOKYO

For your last dinner in Tokyo, give "kaitenzushi" (conveyor belt sushi) a try for a fun and tasty meal!

Day
13

TOKYO

Transfer to Narita or Haneda airport by direct shuttle bus from your hotel.
Return flight to your home country (bus transfer and flight not included in the basic tour).

TOKYO

Arrive home the same day for most flights (country depending).

Day 1 OSAKA
Day 2 Osaka OSAKA
Day 3 KOYA-SAN
Day 4 KOYA-SAN, KYOTO
Day 5 KYOTO
Day 6 KYOTO
Day 7 HAKONE
Day 8 HAKONE, TOKYO
Day 9 TOKYO
Day 10 Skytree à Tokyo TOKYO
Day 11 TOKYO
Day 12 TOKYO
Day 13 TOKYO