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Essence of Japan

2 722 $

Essence of Japan Tour

10 days

After your stay in the capital, discover the two classics of the archipelago: Mount Fuji, symbol of Japan, and the traditional city of Kyoto.

Stays of 5 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone-Mount Fuji and 3 nights in Kyoto:
- Thursday 23rd July to Saturday 1st August 2020
- Wednesday 5th August to Friday 14th August 2020

Stay 4 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone-Mount Fuji and 4 nights in Kyoto:
- From Tuesday 28th July to Thursday 6th August 2020
- From Saturday 1st August to Monday 10 August 2020

Departure dates in Tokyo and at the end of the tour in Kyoto concern your stay in Japan. You will need to take the plane the day before from Europe.

Included :

- 8 nights in hotel equivalent 2 ** in Tokyo and 3 *** in Kyoto (local standards)

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

- All breakfasts

- 1 Hakone Free Pass for your journey Tokyo - Hakone, then for all transportation in Hakone-Mount Fuji

- Prepaid transportation card to recharge

- 1 shinkansen ticket (Japanese bullet train) Hakone / Odawara to Kyoto one way (standard class)

- 1 Pocket wifi (unlimited internet access) for the duration of the stay

- Information meeting in Tokyo

- A travelogue, with the different steps of your trip

- Helpline 24/24 in English

Not included :

- Insurances
- Personal expenses
- Everything which is not in “Included”


Contact us to add:
- Olympics tickets (Japan Experience, subagent of Eventeam, Authorised Ticket Reseller for France)
- Flight tickets economy class with transfer or direct + airport transfers
- Flight upgrade in premium-economy or business
- Departures from the provinces or abroad
- Upgrade to a 3* hotel (standard) in Tokyo or 4/5* hotel (very comfortable) in other cities
- Shinkansen (bullet train) upgrade to 1st class
- Private onsen (bath) in the ryokan room in Hakone-Mount Fuji ($135/person - subject to availability)
- Guided activities in Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Nikko, Kyoto
- Other activities (Disneyland, Hello Kitty theme park, robot restaurant, tea ceremony, sake tasting...)

Accomodations :

Hotel examples :
In Tokyo:
- 2** (economy Tokyo centre) : Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku
- 4/5***** (very comfortable) : Pullman Tokyo Tamachi

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

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

Note for hotels:
Single room additional fee is mandatory for any odd number of participants. However, triple rooms, depending on the hotel category, may be available upon request.
Please note that in case of single supplement, it will be applied in all accommodations except in the ryokan in Hakone. Indeed, for traditional accommodation, there are no single rooms but you will find spacious rooms for up to 5 people. 
The night in ryokan has some specificities. See Hakone-Mount Fuji step.

In Japan, a densely populated country where everything is smaller, the 2 ** and 3 *** hotels are of good quality but the rooms are often narrow (10 to 18m2 depending on the hotel). For more comfort, do not hesitate to contact us for an upgrade in a 4 **** hotel.

Rooms for 2 people in Western hotels have by default 2 separate single beds ("twin" room). Contact us to get a double bed at no extra cost but no guarantee of availability. Note that double bed rooms are smaller than twins.

* 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 page "reservation basket". This 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 take the plane the day before from Europe. The return flight, via Kansai International Airport (KIX), the nearest airport to Kyoto, is the same day given the favorable time difference.

Examples of airlines:
- British Airways
- All Nippon Airways
- Japan Airlines
- Finnair
- Korean Air...

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

To go further:
- Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
- The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Calendar
- Olympic trials location

Payment Terms:
- deposit + total price of tickets
- 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 hotel upgrade: 100% of the total amount

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

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

Detailed Itinerary




Arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport or Tokyo Haneda (departure from Europe the day before). The plane (with airport transfers by public transport) is optional, you can choose it on the "booking basket" page.

Check into your hotel.


Night in Tokyo.



Breakfast at the hotel.

Free tour of Tokyo and its region between two Olympic events.

Among the possibilities available to you, here our recommendations:
- The hectic neighborhoods of Shinjuku and Shibuya
- Ueno Park and Tokyo National Museum

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


Take the opportunity to discover Japanese gastronomy in the most Michelin-starred capital in the world.



Breakfast at the hotel.

Continue to discover the megalopolis during your free time, before or after an Olympic event:
- The Meiji-jingu shrine
- The fashion district and the crazy Takeshita Dori Street in Harajuku
- Stroll and go shopping at Tokyo's "Champs-Elysées": Omotesando


Free evening and night at the hotel.

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



Breakfast at the hotel.

A day without any Olympic event? Take the opportunity to discover the surroundings of the capital!

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


Free evening and night at the hotel.

The countless "Izakaya" (typical Japanese bars) of Tokyo will welcome you for a beer and / or "yakitori" (chicken skewer).



Breakfast at the hotel.

Some essential excursions in Tokyo:
- Tokyo Sky Tree, culminating at 634 meters.
At its feet, the famous Sumo Ryogoku Kokugikan arena will host the boxing events during the Olympics!
- The Tokyo Tower, symbol of the city
- Asakusa and Senso-ji temple


For your last dinner in Tokyo, the "Kaitenzushi" (conveyor belt sushi) will please you!



Breakfast at the hotel.

Use your Hakone Free Pass to travel to Hakone at the foot of Mount Fuji and enjoy free transportation on site.

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

Visit some essentials:
- Gora-koen Park
- Chokoku-no-mori, Japan's first Open Air Museum and its hundreds of sculptures
- Hakone Jinja Shrine
- Lake Ashi-no-ko, its Japanese portico torii with feet in the water and its breathtaking view of Mount Fuji
- The incredible volcanic site of Owakudani *

* The site may be inaccessible due to volcanic activity.


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

In Ryokan 3 ***, you sleep on comfortable futons on the tatami. The bathroom, onsen, is shared except if you choose the option "traditional bath in the room" ($135 / person).
In a 4-star ryokan, you sleep on futons or on Western beds in a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms are private.



Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure by direct shinkansen (Japanese bullet train - included) to Kyoto (about 2h30).

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

Or let yourself be tempted by a guided tour of the city with one of our English speaking guides (optional, contact us).


Stroll along the small alleys of Ponto-chô!

Night in your hotel.



Breakfast at the hotel.

Several excursions are possible around Kyoto:

- Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan where deer live in complete freedom (1h by train). Visit its iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Todaiji temple or Kasuga Taisha shrine.

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

- The famous and beautiful Himeji Castle (50 min from Kyoto by shinkansen).


Discover the Kyô-ryôri (culinary specialties of Kyoto) like the marinated vegetables “Tsukemono”.



GBreakfast at the hotel.

Continue to discover the iconic city of Kyoto:
- The famous Fushimi Inari Taisha and its countless torii.
- Sannen-zaka & Ninnen-zaka streets
- Walk in the small shopping streets 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



Transfer to Kansai International Airport (KIX) by direct door-to-door shuttle bus from your hotel.
Return flight to Europe (transfer and flight not included in the basic tour).


Arrival in Europe the same day for most flights.

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