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Classic Japan

Classic Japan Tour

13 days

Before attending the Olympic events in Tokyo, visit Japan's must-see cities: traditional Kyoto, historic Hiroshima and scenic Hakone, at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Choose from two tour options:

1. Stay 4 nights in Kyoto, 2 nights in Hiroshima, 1 night in Hakone and 5 nights in Tokyo:
- from Thursday 16th July to Tuesday 28th July 2020
- from Wednesday 29th July to Monday 10th August 2020

2. Stays 5 nights in Kyoto, 2 nights in Hiroshima, 1 night in Hakone and 4 nights in Tokyo:
- from Monday 20th July to Saturday 1st August 2020
- from Friday 24th July to Wednesday 5th August 2020

The departure and arrival dates in Kyoto and Tokyo correspond to your stay in Japan. You'll likely need to fly from your own country the day before (home country depending).

Included :

- 11 nights in hotels, 2* in Tokyo and 3* in other cities (equivalent local standards)

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

- All breakfasts

- Prepaid public transport card ready to use and loaded with 1,500 yen

- 1  Japan Rail Pass (7-days) for the Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) and train journeys between Tokyo, Hakone/Odawara, Kyoto and Hiroshima

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

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

- A travelogue, a tour guide booklet detailing the different steps of your trip

- Helpline assistance, available 24/7 in English 

Not included :

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


Contact us to add:
- Olympics tickets (Japan Experience, subagent of Eventeam, Authorised Ticket Reseller for France)
- Flight tickets: economy class with one transfer OR direct flights + airport transfers
- Flight upgrades to premium-economy or business class
- Departures from local airports or abroad
- Upgrade to a 3* hotel (standard) in Tokyo or 4/5* hotel (comfortable) in other cities
- Shinkansen (bullet train) ticket upgrade to 1st class
- Private rotenburo (outdoor bath) in your ryokan room in Hakone-Mount Fuji ($135 / person - subject to availability)
- Guided activities in Kyoto, Hiroshima, 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* (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 may be available upon request depending on the hotel.
Please note that in the case of single travelers a supplement fee will be applied to all accommodation except the ryokan in Hakone, 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 offer spacious rooms for up to 5 people, a supplementary fee will not be charged.
See the Hakone-Mount Fuji step of the "Detailed Itinerary" below to learn more about what to expect from a night at a traditional ryokan.

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 to request an upgrade to a 4* hotel.

Rooms for 2 people in Western-style hotels have 2 separate single beds (called a "twin" room) as standard. Contact us to request a double bed at no extra cost, but with no guarantee of availability. Note that double bed rooms are smaller than twin rooms.

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

The departure dates in Tokyo and at the end of the tour in Kyoto concern your stay in Japan. You will need to fly the day before the tour start date from your home country. The return flight from Kansai International Airport (KIX), the closest airport to Kyoto, will arrive in your country on the same day given the favorable time difference (destination depending).

Examples of airlines we use:
- British Airways
- All Nippon Airways
- Japan Airlines
- 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 paid upon booking
- an additional 30% due on October 30th 2019
- balance due 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 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 4 night stay in Kyoto, 2 nights in Hiroshima, 1 night in Hakone-Mount Fuji and 5 nights in Tokyo.


Detailed Itinerary




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. Alternatively, you can book the tour without flights and arrange your own.

Check in to your hotel in Kyoto.


Night at your hotel in Kyoto.



Breakfast at your hotel.

Start your trip by discovering the main sights of the former 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).


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

Night at your hotel.



Breakfast at your hotel.

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


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



Breakfast at your hotel.

Several trips are possible near Kyoto:

- Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan where deer roam freely (1hr 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).

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


Discover the Kyo-ryori (culinary specialties of Kyoto) such as “tsukemono”, marinated vegetables



Breakfast at your hotel.

Take the Shinkansen to Hiroshima from Kyoto, included with the Japan Rail Pass (2 hours).

Check in to your hotel.

Explore Hiroshima and its region:
- The Peace Memorial Park and museum
- Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku dome)
Shukkei garden
- Hiroshima Castle


Night at your hotel in Hiroshima.



Breakfast at your hotel.

Go to the must-see island of Miyajima by ferry (free with your JR pass from Miyajimaguchi):
- Visit  Itsukushima-jinja Shrine and its iconic red Japanese ootorii gate*
- Museum of Folklore (Egami House)
- Senjokaku shinto temple and pagoda

Return and spend the evening in Hiroshima.

* The ootorii is under construction until August 2020


Night at your hotel in Hiroshima.



Breakfast at your hotel in Hiroshima.

Take the Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Hakone, the journey is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and the Hakone Free Pass (about 4 hours total journey time). Why not buy an ekiben to eat on the train?

Check in to your ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).

Visit some essential sights:
- Gora-koen Park
- Chokoku-no-mori, Japan's first open air museum, with hundreds of sculptures
- The incredible volcanic site of Owakudani *

* The site may be inaccessible at certain times due to volcanic activity in the area.


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

In a 3* ryokan, you will sleep on comfortable futons on tatami mat flooring. The bathing facilities (onsen) are shared unless you choose the "traditional bath in the room" option (additional $135 / person).
In a 4* ryokan, you will sleep on futons or in beds in a traditional tatami room. An en-suite bathroom is included.



Enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast at your ryokan.

Continue exploring 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 once connected Tokyo to Kyoto

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

Arrive in Tokyo. Get ready for the Olympic Games!


Night at your hotel in Tokyo.



Breakfast at your hotel.

Explore Tokyo and the area between Olympic events.

Some suggestions:
- 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).


Take the opportunity to discover the best of Japanese gastronomy, in the city awarded the most Michelin stars in the world...



Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue to discover the city in your free time, before or after Olympic events:
Meiji-jingu shrine
- The fashion district and the crazy Takeshita Dori Street in Harajuku
- Stroll and browse stores on Tokyo's "Champs-Elysées": Omotesando


A free evening and night at your hotel.

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



Breakfast at your hotel.

If you have a day without any Olympic events, take the opportunity for a day trip out of 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).


A free evening and night at your hotel.

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



Breakfast at your hotel.

Some more unmissable sights in Tokyo:
- Tokyo Sky Tree, an impressive 634 meters high!
- Nearby, the famous Sumo Ryogoku Kokugikan arena is hosting the boxing events during the Olympics!
- Tokyo Tower, a symbol of the city
- Asakusa and Senso-ji temple


For your last dinner in Tokyo, why not try "kaitenzushi" (conveyor belt sushi) for a fun and tasty meal?



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


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

Day 6 Miyajima, Itsukushima HIROSHIMA, MIYAJIMA
Day 8 Hakone HAKONE, TOKYO
Day 10 TOKYO
Day 11 TOKYO
Day 12 TOKYO
Day 13 TOKYO