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Capitals and treasures of Japan

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Capitals and treasures of Japan Tour

13 days

New version modified on March 1, 2019. 

Ideal for a first visit to Japan, this trip includes visits to the most iconic sites on the archipelago.

Advantages: 

The Essentials :
- Tokyo (4 nights),
- Kanazawa (1 night),
- Kyoto (4 nights), 
- Hiroshima & Miyajima (1 night), 
- Osaka (1 night) 
 

Included :


- Round-trip flight tickets from/to Los Angeles, Sydney or Paris

- 11 nights in 3* equivalent hotels, including 1 night with dinner in a ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel)

- Breakfast in Kanazawa and Hiroshima 

- Airport transfers by limousine bus

- 1 prepaid travel card to travel around Tokyo and Kyoto, already loaded with ¥1,500

- 1 7-day Japan Rail Pass for the train and Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) journeys to Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka

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

- A travel guide, sent to you at least 20 days before your departure, detailing the tour itinerary, how to get to your hotels, and the tourist sights not to be missed.

Not included :


- Optional insurance
- Personal expenses (including any meals not mentioned)
- In cities, any public transportation not covered by the JR Pass (about 80% of public transportation) after using the ¥1,500 loaded on your prepaid travelcard 
- Tourist tax in Kyoto and Kanazawa ($1.70USD/person/night to be paid directly to the hotel in cash)
- Anything not listed in the "included" section above


Please note: Most flights will require a transfer in Asia or the Gulf States before landing in Tokyo. For direct flights, contact us.


Accomodation:

The basic price includes one room for 2 people in 3* equivalent hotels.

Single room: If a triple room is not available, a single room supplement may be required for any booking with an odd number of participants.


Customization:

It is possible to customize this tour: don't hesitate to contact us for a quote for:
- Flights from London, New York or any other city
- Direct flights
- 4* hotels or traditional accomodation
- An extension before or after the tour
- Additional options such as guided activities

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - KANAZAWA - KYOTO - HIROSHIMA - OSAKA

Day
0

Flight to Tokyo (Narita or Haneda Airport). 

Overnight on the aeroplane, arrive the next morning at Tokyo Narita or Haneda. 

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrival at Tokyo at Narita or Haneda Airport.
Transfer to central Tokyo by limousine bus.
Check in to your 3* hotel. 

TOKYO

Night in your 3* hotel in the Akasaka or Ikebukuro district.

Example of 3* hotels (depending on availability): 
- Monterey Akasaka Hotel
- The B Akasaka Hotel
- The B Tokyo Ikebukuro Hotel

Examples of 4* hotels: (optional, contact us) 
- Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi Hotel
- Keio Plaza Hotel
- Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro Hotel

Note on hotels:
In Japan, a high-density country where everything is small, the 3* hotels are good quality hotels but the rooms can be quite small (12 to 24m2) depending on the hotel, and the beds size can also be small. For more comfort, don't hesitate to contact us for a quote with 4* hotels. 

The rooms for 2 people in western style hotels have 2 separate single beds (twin rooms) by default. Contact us to request a double bed; there is no supplementary charge but we cannot guarantee availability. Note that double bed rooms are smaller in size than twin rooms. 

Day
2

TOKYO

Explore Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Don't miss:
• The bustling districts of Shinjuku and Shibuya
Ueno Park
Ginza and its many luxury shops
• The shrine of Meiji-jingu
• Go all the way to the top of the Tokyo Sky Tree and admire the capital of modern Japan.

Or why not try a guided tour of the city with one of our guides? (optional, contact us

TOKYO

Free evening

Day
3

TOKYO

Explore Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Among the possibilities:
- The Asakusa district and the Senso-ji temple
- The gardens of the Imperial Palace
 

TOKYO

Free evening

Day
4

TOKYO

Possible excursions from Tokyo:
Kamakura, former capital of Japan with its huge bronze statue of Buddha. 
Nikko, a jewel of spirituality just 2 hours from Tokyo. 

TOKYO

Free evening

Day
5

TOKYO - KANAZAWA

Travel to Tokyo Station (not included). Direct Shinkansen journey to Kanazawa included in the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 2hrs 30mins).
Check in to your ryokan (traditional Japanese accomodation) 

Explore Kanazawa and surrounding area.

Don't miss:
• Kenrokuen garden, one of the finest in the country
• The famous 21st Century Art Museum
• Nagamachi, the Samurai district;
• The Ninja temple, with its secret rooms and hidden staircases. 

KANAZAWA

Enjoy a Japanese dinner (included) and a night at your ryokan

Day
6

KANAZAWA - KYOTO

Travel to Kanazawa Station (not included). Shinkansen journey to Kyoto, included in the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 2hrs).
Arrive and check in to your 3* hotel. 

KYOTO

Free evening and night in your 3* hotel in the city centre, Gion district or near the central station. 

Examples of 3* hotels (depending on availability):
- Mitsui Garden Kyoto Shijo 
- Hedistar Hotel Kyoto Nijo
- Hokke Club Kyoto Hotel

Examples of 4* hotels: (optional, contact us
- Monterey Kyoto Hotel 
- New Miyako Hotel
- Kyoto Okura hotel 

Day
7

KYOTO

Visit Kyoto and the surrounding area.

Don't miss:
- The zen garden in Ryoanji, a famous dry landscape garden
- Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)
- The traditional Gion district 
- Kiyomizu-dera, the incredible thousand-year-old temple that overlooks the city
 

KYOTO

Free evening

Day
8

KYOTO

Visit Kyoto and the surrounding area:

Don't miss:
- The Philosopher's Path, a chance for you to unwind with a walk along the canal.
Nishiki, the market in the heart of Kyoto
Arashiyama, and its bamboo forest

KYOTO

Free evening.

Or why not enjoy the unique experience of a night walk in Kyoto's traditional district? (optional, contact us)

Day
9

KYOTO

Possible day trips from Kyoto:

• The city of Kobe, between ocean and mountains. Visit the port then catch the cable car up Mt. Rokko and admire the view over the inland sea. The journey to Kobe is covered by the Japan Rail Pass (45 minutes).

• Nara, the first capital of Japan. Visit its ancient buildings, classified as Unesco World Heritage sites, such as Todaiji temple or Kasuga Taisha shrine, and buy some shika-sembei, food for the fallow deer which roam freely within the city park. Train journey covered by the Japan Rail Pass (30 to 45 minutes).

• Fushimi-Inari Taisha, a must-see shrine in southern Kyoto. Wander through the tunnels made of hundreds of red torii gates found at this incredible shrine. Train journey covered by the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 5 minutes).
 

KYOTO

Free evening

Day
10

KYOTO - HIROSHIMA

Travel to Kyoto Station (not included). Direct train journey to Hiroshima included in the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 2hrs). Arrive and check in to your hotel.

Visit Hiroshima and the surrounding area.

Don't miss:
• The Memorial Peace Park and its museum. You can add your own origami crane to those made by the many schoolchildren who visit Hiroshima to pay tribute to the victims of the atomic bomb.
• Shukkei-en garden, an unspoilt garden which reveals new surprises as you walk along its pathways.
• Ikari shrine, built long ago by sailors in honour of the god of the sea.

Essential trip from Hiroshima: Miyajima Island
• Itsukushima-jinja shrine and its huge red gate (ootorii) which rises from the sea. Note: The ootori will be closed from June 2019 until August 2020)
• Daisho-in temple
• The magnificent park of Momijidani – the "valley of maples"

HIROSHIMA

Free evening

Day
11

HIROSHIMA - OSAKA

Travel to Hiroshima Station (not included). Direct train journey to Osaka, included in the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 2hrs). Arrive and check in to your hotel. 

Explore Osaka! Here are the essentials:
- The districts of DotonboriShinsaibashi and Namba
Den-Den Machi, Osaka's electronic district (where you can find goods at low prices)
Osaka Castle

Things to do in Osaka:
- Take a boat cruise along the canal
- Snack on takoyaki and okonomiyaki
- Sprinkle water on the moss-covered statue of Fudo-myo in the small Hozen-ji temple

OSAKA

Free evening

Day
12

OSAKA

Transfer to Kansai International Airport from Osaka by train with your prepaid transportation card to catch your return flight.

OSAKA

Return flight

Day 0
Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 Tokyo, Shibuya TOKYO
Day 3 Tokyo, Asakusa TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO
Day 5 TOKYO, KANAZAWA
Day 6 KANAZAWA, KYOTO
Day 7 Kyoto - Ryoanji KYOTO
Day 8 Nara KYOTO
Day 9 KYOTO
Day 10 KYOTO, HIROSHIMA
Day 11 HIROSHIMA, OSAKA
Day 12 OSAKA
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