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Capitals and treasures of Japan

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2 100 $

Capitals and treasures of Japan Tour

13 days

[New version modified on August 12th, 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)
- Hiroshima & Miyajima (2 nights)
- Kyoto (4 nights) 
 

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

- 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, Hiroshima and Kyoto

- 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.

- Helpline assistance, 24/7 in English

Not included :


- Optional insurance
- Personal expenses 
- Public transportation in cities*
- Tourist tax in Kyoto and Kanazawa**
- Anything not listed in the "included" section above


Customization:

Contact us
 for:
- Flights from London, New York or any other city
- Direct flights
- Flight upgrade to premium-economy or business class
- Upgrade to a 4* hotel 
- Traditional accommodation
- Private rotenburo bath in your room in Kanazawa ($50USD - depending on availability)
- Child price (11 y/o or under)
- An extension before or after the tour
- Guided activities
- Other activities (Disneyland, Hello Kitty theme park, robot restaurant, tea ceremony, sake tasting…)


Flights: 

The departure and end dates of the tour concern your flight and arrival from/to your departure country. 

Most flights will require one transfer (less than 5 hours) in Asia or the Gulf States before landing in Tokyo. 

Examples of airlines used:
- Air France
- All Nippon Airways
- Finnair
- Korean Air


Accommodation:

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.
Please note that in case of a single supplement, it will be applied in all accommodations except in the ryokan in Kanazawa. Indeed, since this is a traditional accommodation, there are no single rooms but you will find spacious rooms that can welcome up to 5 people. In addition, the stay in a ryokan has some particularities. See Kanazawa step.

In Japan, a high-density country where everything is more compact, the 3* hotels are good quality but the rooms can be quite small (12 to 24m2) depending on the hotel. For more comfort and space, 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. 


Terms of payment :
- 35% deposit upon booking
- balance payable 35 days before departure


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

*transportation not covered by the JR Pass (about 80% of public transportation) and after using the ¥1,500 loaded on your prepaid travel-card

**$1,70USD/person/night to be paid directly to the hotel by cash
 

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA - KYOTO

Day
0

Flight to Tokyo. 

Overnight on the aeroplane, arrive the next morning at Tokyo. 

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrival at Tokyo at Narita or Haneda Airport.

Transfer to central Tokyo by shared shuttle limousine bus.

Note: The limousine bus shuttle leaves from the airport and stops either in front of your hotel or at a stop located between 1 to 15 minutes walk from your hotel.
Detailed explanations in your travelogue with pictures:
- To find the Limousine Bus at Tokyo Airport
- The possible short walking distance

This transfer is not a private transfer with reception. If you wish to be met personally at the airport you can choose the "airport reception" option.

In rare cases, depending on the arrival time of your flight, it may be possible that in case of unavailability of the limousine bus, a public transport trip, the price of which is included in the offer, will be proposed. Detailed explanations of the itinerary with pictures in your travelogue.

Check into your 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: Breakfasts not included in your package can be added at the reception desk upon arrival at the hotel. However, in Tokyo and Kyoto, you will find many cafés near your hotel serving generous and often tastier breakfasts than those of hotels, which sometimes have restrictive schedules.

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

Discover Japanese gastronomy in the most Michelin-starred capital in the world.

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
- The electric town, Akihabara

TOKYO

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

Day
4

TOKYO

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

TOKYO

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

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 into 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. 

Or discover the most beautiful hidden sites in the region with a guide (optional, contact us).

KANAZAWA

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

In a 3* ryokan you'll sleep on comfortable futons on top of traditional tatami mat flooring. The bathing facilities, onsen, are shared unless you request the "traditional bath in room" option (+$50USD/person).

In a 4* ryokan you'll sleep either on futons or on beds in a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms are private.



Day
6

KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at your hotel. 

Travel to Kanazawa Station (not included). Shinkansen journey to Hiroshima, included in the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 4hrs 30 minutes)

Arrive and check into your 3* hotel. 

HIROSHIMA

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
7

HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at 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 until August 2020)
- Daisho-in temple
- The magnificent park of Momijidani – the "valley of maples"

HIROSHIMA

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
8

HIROSHIMA - KYOTO

Breakfast at your hotel. 

Direct train journey to Kyoto included in the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 2hrs).
Make a stop at Himeji to visit its famous castle

Check into your 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
9

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 

Or enjoy a new experience with one of our many activities. (optional, contact us)

KYOTO

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
10

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 and night at your hotel.

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

Day
11

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. (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. (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. (approx. 5 minutes).
 

KYOTO

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
12

KYOTO

Transfer to Kansai International Airport from your hotel in Kyoto by shuttle.

Return flight.

KYOTO

Arrival. 

Day 0
Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 Tokyo, Shibuya TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO
Day 5 TOKYO, KANAZAWA
Day 6 KANAZAWA, HIROSHIMA
Day 7 HIROSHIMA
Day 8 HIROSHIMA, KYOTO
Day 9 KYOTO
Day 10 KYOTO
Day 11 KYOTO
Day 12 KYOTO