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TWO SIDES OF JAPAN - TOKYO & KYOTO

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TWO SIDES OF JAPAN - TOKYO & KYOTO Tour

9 days

After enjoying Tokyo during the Olympics, discover the iconic and traditional capital of Japan: Kyoto.

Stay 5 nights in Tokyo and 3 nights in Kyoto:
- from Thursday 23rd July to Friday 31st 2020
- from Wednesday 5th August to Thursday 13th August 2020

Stay 4 nights in Tokyo and 4 nights in Kyoto:
- from Tuesday 28th July to Wednesday 5th August 2020
- from Saturday 1st August to Sunday 9th August 2020

Departure dates in Tokyo and return dates in Kyoto correspond to your stay in Japan. You will need to fly the day before from your home country to arrive in Japan in time to start the tour.

Included :

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

- All breakfasts

- Prepaid public transport card 

- 1 Shinkansen ticket (Japanese bullet train) from Tokyo to Kyoto, standard class

- A travelogue, a tour guide booklet containing all the information needed for your trip

- Helpline access, with 24/7 assistance in English

Not included :

- Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Everything 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 with transfer or direct + airport transfers
- Flight upgrades to premium-economy or business
- Departures from local airports or other countries
- Upgrade to a 3* hotel (standard) in Tokyo or 4/5* hotel  in Kyoto
- Shinkansen (bullet train) ticket upgrade to 1st class
- Guided activities in Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Nikko, Kyoto
- Other activities (Disneyland, Hello Kitty theme park, robot restaurant, tea ceremony, sake tasting...)
- 1 Pocket wifi (with unlimited internet access) for the duration of your stay


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

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.

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 very 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 into 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 relate to your tour in Japan. You will need to fly from your home country the day before the tour start date. The return flight, via Kansai International Airport (KIX), the nearest airport to Kyoto, should arrive the same day given the favorable time difference (depending on the country).

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


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

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


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 and 3 nights in Kyoto.

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - KYOTO

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrive at Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport (departing from your home country the day before). The flight (with airport transfers) is optional, you can choose it on the "booking basket" page.

You can also extend your stay in Japan by combining more than one of our tours, such as "Classic Japan" or "Essence of Japan".

Check in to your hotel in Tokyo.

TOKYO

Night at your hotel in Tokyo.

Day
2

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

A day to explore Tokyo and its surrounding area between two Olympic events.

Among the endless options, here are some 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 English speaking guides (optional, contact us).


TOKYO

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


Day
3

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue to discover the city 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 go shopping along Tokyo's "Champs-Elysées": Omotesando

TOKYO

A free evening and night at your hotel.

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

Day
4

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

A day without any Olympic events? Take the opportunity to discover the surrounding areas of the capital!

Several easy 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).
- The beautiful scenery of Hakone, Lake Ashi and its view of Mount Fuji, the volcanic site of Owakudani (about 1h 30m one way by train).

TOKYO

A free evening and night at your hotel.

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

Day
5

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Some essential sights in Tokyo:
- The Tokyo Sky Tree, 634 meters high.
- Nearby, the famous Sumo Ryogoku Kokugikan arena will be hosting the boxing events during the Olympics!
- Tokyo Tower, symbol of the city
- Asakusa and Senso-ji temple

TOKYO

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

Day
6

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel in Tokyo.

Travel by direct Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train - included) to Kyoto (about 2h30m).

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 enchanting Philosopher's Path

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

KYOTO

Stroll along the small traditional alleys of Ponto-cho!

Night at your hotel in Kyoto.


Day
7

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Several day trip are possible from 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.

- 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
8

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue to discover the fascinating city of Kyoto:
- Visit famous Fushimi Inari Taisha 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, like you've never seen it before with our guided night walk (optional, contact us).

Day
9

KYOTO

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


KYOTO

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


Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO
Day 5 TOKYO
Day 6 KYOTO
Day 7 KYOTO
Day 8 KYOTO
Day 9 KYOTO