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PEAKS OF JAPAN

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PEAKS OF JAPAN Tour

15 days

Discover the Land of the Rising Sun while enjoying the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Travel from Kyoto to Hiroshima by way of the Japanese Alps.

Choose from two itinerary options:

1. Stays 5 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone, 2 nights in Takayama, 1 night in Kanazawa, 2 nights in Hiroshima and 3 nights in Kyoto:
- from Thursday 23rd July to Thursday 6th August 2020
- from Wednesday 5th August to Wednesday 19th August 2020

2. Stay 4 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone, 2 nights in Takayama, 1 night in Kanazawa, 2 nights in Hiroshima and 4 nights in Kyoto:
- from Tuesday 28th July to Tuesday 11th August 2020
- from Saturday 1st August to Saturday 15th August 2020

The arrival and departure dates in Tokyo and Kyoto relate to your stay in Japan. You will need to fly from your country the day before to arrive in time for the start of the tour.

Included :

- 13 nights in 2* hotel in Tokyo and 3* hotels outside Tokyo (equivalent local standards)

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

- All breakfasts

- 1 Prepaid transportation card loaded with 1,500 yen

- A 7-day Japan Rail Pass for shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) and train journeys between steps

- 1 Hakone Free Pass for your journey from Tokyo to Hakone, then for all transportation in and around the Hakone-Mount Fuji area

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

- 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


Customisation:

Contact us to add:
- Olympics tickets (Japan Experience is subagent of Eventeam, Authorised Ticket Reseller for France)
- Flight tickets: economy class flights with one transfer OR direct flights + airport transfers
- Flight upgrades to premium-economy or business class
- Departures 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 ($135 / person - subject to availability)
- Guided activities in Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Nikko, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, MiyajimaKyoto
- 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 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. The night at a ryokan in Hakone-Mount Fuji is spent in traditional Japanese style. See the "Detailed Itinerary" below for details on what to expect.

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.


Flights:
*Flight prices by dates (with airport transfers included - by public transport in Tokyo and shared shuttle hotel-airport in Kyoto) 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 Tokyo and Kyoto concern your tour in Japan. You will need to fly from your own country the day before. The return flight, via Kansai International Airport (KIX), the nearest airport to Kyoto, should arrive the same day given the favorable time difference (destination country depending).

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


A note on transport:
It's not necessary to have a Japan Rail Pass that covers every day of this tour. The JR Pass is only cost-effective when used to make long trips between the different cities of the tour (usually by Shinkansen) which are otherwise very expensive.
In big cities like Tokyo, only about 1/3 of public transport is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, and getting around locally is relatively cheap (Tokyo subway tickets: ~$2 per journey, all-day Kyoto bus pass: ~$5). So offering a Japan Rail Pass longer than 7 days (14 or 21) for this tour would not be worth it, and would in fact significantly increase the cost of the trip.

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% payment 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 5-night stay in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone, 2 nights in Takayama, 1 night in Kanazawa, 2 nights in Hiroshima and 3 nights in Kyoto.
 

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - HAKONE - TAKAYAMA - KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA - MIYAJIMA - KYOTO

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrive at Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport (having departed from your home country the day before). The flight (with airport transfers by public transport) is optional, you can choose it on the "booking basket" page. Alternatively you can book the tour without flights and arrange them yourself.

Check in to your hotel.

TOKYO

Night at your hotel in Tokyo.

Day
2

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Free day to explore Tokyo between two Olympic events.

Here are some suggestions:
- The vibrant 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 knowledgable English speaking guides (optional, contact us).

TOKYO

Why not take the opportunity to discover the best of Japanese gastronomy in the most Michelin-starred capital in the world?



Day
3

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue to discover Tokyo in your free time, before or after an Olympic event:
Meiji-jingu shrine
- The fashion district and the crazy Takeshita Dori Street in Harajuku
- Stroll and shop in 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 go to the lively district of Akihabara, or the famous Shibuya crossing?

Day
4

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

If you have a day without an Olympic event, take the opportunity for a day trip outside the capital!

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) of Tokyo welcome you for a beer and "yakitori" (grilled chicken skewers).

Day
5

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Some unmissable sights in Tokyo:
- Tokyo Sky Tree, at an incredible 634 meters high!
- Nearby, the famous Sumo Ryogoku Kokugikan arena will be hosting the boxing events during the Olympics!
- Tokyo Tower, a 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
6

HAKONE

Breakfast at your hotel.

Use your Hakone Free Pass to travel to Hakone at the foot of Mount Fuji. It also covers local transportation in the area.

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 with hundreds of sculptures
- Hakone Jinja Shrine
- Lake Ashi-no-ko, its Japanese torii gate in the water and its breathtaking view of Mount Fuji
- The incredible volcanic site of Owakudani *

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

HAKONE

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

In a 3* ryokan, you will sleep on comfortable futons on tatami mat flooring. The bathing facilities (onsen), is 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, as well as the option to use the shared onsen (hot spring bath).

Day
7

HAKONE - TAKAYAMA

Enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast at your ryokan.

Take the local train to Odawara, then, with your Japan Rail Pass, take the Shinkansen and JR train to Takayama, a charming town in the heart of the Japanese Alps (about 4 hours total journey time).

Check in to your hotel.

We recommend that you visit:
- The traditional Kusakabe and Yoshijima houses
- Yatai Kaikan, where old festival (matsuri) floats are displayed 

TAKAYAMA

A night at your hotel in Takayama.

Day
8

TAKAYAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue exploring the "little Kyoto" of the Japanese Alps:
- The picturesque Showa-Kan museum from the 40s to 70s
- The old Sannomachi shopping district
- Fuji Folk Art Museum
- Teramachi Temple District

TAKAYAMA

Night at your hotel in Takayama.

Day
9

KANAZAWA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Take the train to Kanazawa, free with your Japan Rail Pass (about 2h30m).

See the sights of Kanazawa:
- Omicho fish market
- Kazue / Higashi Chaya Machi traditional neighborhoods
- The Museum of Contemporary Art
- Nagamachi Samurai district and the Nomura House, former samurai residence
- The beautiful Kenroku-en garden (considered one of the most beautiful in Japan)

KANAZAWA

Night at your hotel in Kanazawa.

Day
10

HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Take the train to Hiroshima from Kanazawa, fully covered by your Japan Rail Pass (about 5 hours total journey time).

Check into your hotel.

Explore Hiroshima and the area:
- Peace Memorial Park and museum
- Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku dome)
- Shukkei-en garden
- Hiroshima castle

HIROSHIMA

You can't visit Hiroshima without trying it's must-eat: okonomiyaki!

Night at your hotel in Hiroshima.

Day
11

HIROSHIMA - MIYAJIMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Go to Miyajima island by ferry (free with your JR Pass from Miyajimaguchi):
- Visit Itsukushima-jinja Shrine and its iconic Japanese ootorii gate in the sea* (pictured)
- 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

MIYAJIMA

Night at your hotel in Hiroshima.

Day
12

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Head to the traditional city of Kyoto by Shinkansen, covered by your Japan Rail Pass (about 2 hours).

Start by discovering the treasures 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).

KYOTO

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

Night at your hotel.

Day
13

KYOTO

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 as you head to Kiyomizu-dera temple, overlooking Kyoto.

KYOTO

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

Day
14

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Several day trips are possible around 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).

- 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
15

KYOTO

Transfer to Kansai International Airport (KIX) 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).

KYOTO

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

Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO
Day 5 TOKYO
Day 6 HAKONE
Day 7 Hida Takayama HAKONE, TAKAYAMA
Day 8 TAKAYAMA
Day 9 Kanazawa, Kenrokuen KANAZAWA
Day 10 HIROSHIMA
Day 11 HIROSHIMA, MIYAJIMA
Day 12 KYOTO
Day 13 KYOTO
Day 14 KYOTO
Day 15 KYOTO