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UNMISSABLE JAPAN

UNMISSABLE JAPAN Tour

19 days

This tour lets you visit the most famous places in Japan, like Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, Hiroshima... as well as lesser-known cities full of charm, like Okayama and Kanazawa.

Choose from two tour options:

1: Stay 5 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone-Mount Fuji, 2 nights in Takayama, 2 nights in Kanazawa, 2 nights in Hiroshima, 2 nights in Okayama and 4 nights in Kyoto:
- from Thursday 23rd July to Monday 10th August 2020
- from Wednesday 5th August to Sunday 23rd August 2020

2: Stay 4 nights in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone-Mount Fuji, 2 nights in Takayama, 2 nights in Kanazawa, 2 nights in Hiroshima, 2 nights in Okayama and 5 nights in Kyoto:
- from Tuesday 28th July to Saturday 15th August 2020
- from Saturday 1st August to Wednesday 19th August 2020

The arrival and departure dates in Tokyo and Kyoto correspond to your tour in Japan. You will need to fly from your country the day before the tour begins in order to arrive on time (depending on your home country).

Included :

- 17 nights in hotels: 2* in Tokyo and 3* in other cities (equivalent local standard)

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

- All breakfasts

- A public transport card, ready to use and preloaded with 1,500 yen credit

- A 14-day Japan Rail Pass for Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) and train journeys 

- 1 Hakone Free Pass for all your travel in and around Hakone

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

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

- 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 a 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 abroad
- Upgrade to a 3* hotel (standard) in Tokyo or 4/5* hotels in other cities
- Shinkansen (bullet train) 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, Kyoto
- Tickets for 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.
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.


Flights:
* 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 payable 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 5-night stay in Tokyo, 1 night in Hakone, 2 nights in Takayama, 2 nights in Kanazawa, 2 nights in Hiroshima, 2 nights in Okayama and 4 nights in Kyoto.

Transportation

Detailed Itinerary

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

Day
1

TOKYO

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

Check in to your hotel.

TOKYO

Night in Tokyo.

Day
2

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Free time to explore Tokyo and the region between Olympic events.
Among the many possibilities, here are some 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).

TOKYO

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



Day
3

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue to discover this incredible 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

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.

A day without any Olympic events? 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 2h by train).
- The city of Kamakura and its large bronze Buddha (about 1h).

TOKYO

Free evening and night at your hotel.

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

Day
5

TOKYO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Some essential sights in Tokyo:
- Tokyo Sky Tree, towering over the city at 634 meters.
- 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, try "kaitenzushi" (conveyor belt sushi) 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 and enjoy free transportation in the area.

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

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

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

HAKONE

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

In a 3* ryokan you'll sleep on comfortable futons on traditional tatami mat flooring. The bathing facilities (onsen) are shared unless you choose the "traditional bath in the room" option ($135 / person).
In a 4* star ryokan, you'll sleep on futons or on beds in a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms are private.

Day
7

TAKAYAMA

Enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast at your ryokan.

Head towards the traditional town of Takayama, in the heart of the Japanese Alps. Free with your Japan Rail Pass (about 4h).

We recommend you visit:
- Traditional Kusakabe and Yoshijima houses
- Yatai Kaikan, where ancient religious floats used at festivals (matsuri) are on display 
- The Showa-Kan museum 

TAKAYAMA

Night at your hotel in Takayama.

Day
8

TAKAYAMA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Continue your visit of the Alpine city:
- Miyagawa and Jinya-mae markets 
- The old Sannomachi shopping district
- Fuji Folk Art Museum
- Teramachi Temple District

TAKAYAMA

Night in your hotel in Takayama.

Day
9

KANAZAWA

Breakfast at your hotel

Use your Japan Rail Pass to go to Kanazawa (2h30m), a city nestled between the Sea of Japan and the Japanese Alps.

Explore Kanazawa:
- The 21st Century Contemporary Art Museum
- The beautiful Kenroku-en Garden (considered one of the 3 most beautiful in Japan)

KANAZAWA

Night at your hotel in Kanazawa.

Day
10

KANAZAWA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue exploring Kanazawa:
- Omicho fish market
- Kazue / Higashi Chaya Machi traditional neighborhoods
- Nagamachi Samurai district and Nomura House, a former samurai residence

KANAZAWA

Night at your hotel in Kanazawa.

Day
11

HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Take the train to Hiroshima from Kanazawa, included with the Japan Rail Pass (about 5h).

Check in to your hotel.

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

HIROSHIMA

Discover the Hiroshima must-eat dish: okonomiyaki!

Night at your hotel in Hiroshima.

Day
12

HIROSHIMA - MIYAJIMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

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

Return and spend the evening in Hiroshima.

* The ootorii will be under construction until August 2020

MIYAJIMA

Night at your hotel in Hiroshima.

Day
13

OKAYAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Travel to Okayama by Shinkansen, included with your Japan Rail Pass (about 35 min).

Visit the must-see sights:
- The garden of Koraku-en, one of the three most beautiful in Japan
- Okayama's "Crow" Castle

OKAYAMA

Night at your hotel in Okayama.

Day
14

OKAYAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

For a day trip from Okayama we recommend:
- The old market town Kurashiki and its picturesque canals
- The city of Bizen, famous for its ceramics and katana forges
- The island of Naoshima, world famous for its modern art museums and the works of Tadao Ando or Yayoi Kusama.

OKAYAMA

Night at your hotel in Okayama.

Day
15

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Head to the traditional city of Kyoto by Shinkansen, free with your Japan Rail Pass (about 1 hour).

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 knowledgable English speaking guides (optional, contact us).

KYOTO

Why not stroll along the small alleys of Ponto-cho by night!

Night at your hotel.

Day
16

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue to discover the iconic city of Kyoto:
- The famous Fushimi Inari Taisha and its countless torii tunnels.
- 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
17

KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Several day trips are possible from Kyoto:
- Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan where deer roam freely (1h by train). Visit some iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites there, 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
18

KYOTO

Breakfast at the hotel.

Continue your exploring the former capital:
- Arashiyama District: garden and bamboo forest of Tenryuji Temple
- The Imperial Palace Park and Sento Gosho garden
- Daitokuji Zen Complex
- Murin'an villa

KYOTO

Night at your hotel in Kyoto.

Day
19

KYOTO

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

KYOTO

Arrive in Europe the same day for most flights.

Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO
Day 5 TOKYO
Day 6 HAKONE
Day 7 TAKAYAMA
Day 8 TAKAYAMA
Day 9 Kanazawa, Kenrokuen KANAZAWA
Day 10 Kanazawa KANAZAWA
Day 11 HIROSHIMA
Day 12 HIROSHIMA, MIYAJIMA
Day 13 OKAYAMA
Day 14 OKAYAMA
Day 15 KYOTO
Day 16 KYOTO
Day 17 KYOTO
Day 18 KYOTO
Day 19 KYOTO