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ESSENTIAL JAPAN

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ESSENTIAL JAPAN Tour

9 days

New version modified on August 28th. 

Discover two unmissable Japanese cities: Tokyo, the megalopolis, and Kyoto, the former capital, via Hakone, near to the majestic Mount Fuji.

An unforgettable trip:
- Tokyo (3 nights)
- Hakone - Mount Fuji (1 night)
- Kyoto (3 nights)

This tour is tailor-made and organized by our specialists: Travel at your own pace, independently! 
 

Included :


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

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

- Breakfast in Hakone

- Airport transfers

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

- 1 Hakone Free Pass for your Tokyo - Hakone trip, as well as your trips in the Hakone area

- 1 Bullet train ticket for your journey Hakone - Tokyo

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

- 1 travel guide, received 20 days before your departure, detailing the steps of your journey, the tourist attractions, train schedules, and other useful information. (about 20 pages)

- Helpline 24/24 in english
 

Not included :


- Optional insurance
- Personal expenses
- Public transportation in cities*
- Tourist tax in Kyoto**
- 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 in premium-economy or business
- Upgrade to a 4* hotel
- Traditional accommodation
- Private onsen in your room in Hakone ($72USD - depending on availability)
- Child price (11 y/o or less)
- 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 a transfer (less than 5 hours) in Asia or the Gulf States before landing in Tokyo.

Examples of airlines:
- Air France (vol direct)
- 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 Hakone. 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 Hakone step.

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. 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.


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


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

*transportation 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 - HAKONE - KYOTO

Day
0

Flight to Tokyo.

Overnight on the plane, arriving next day in 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

Visit Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Few suggestions:
- The Asakusa district and Senso-ji temple
- The Tokyo Skytree, 634 metres high, and Tokyo Tower, a symbol of the city
- Ueno Park and its many museums
- The party districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku

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

Continue exploring Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Suggestions for day trips from Tokyo:
- The temples and shrines of Nikko, in the heart of the forest (approx. 2 hrs one way)
- The city of Kamakura and its giant bronze Buddha statue (approx. 1hr one way) 

TOKYO

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

Day
4

HAKONE

Use your "Hakone Free Pass" to get to Hakone, near Mount Fuji, by train. Take advantage of the free local transportation and discounted entry to tourist sites offered with your pass.
Hakone is famous for its views of Mount Fuji and its relaxing onsen (hot springs).

Recommended sites: 

- Gora-koen park
- Chokoku-no-mori outdoor art museum
- Hakone-jinja shrine
- The view of Mount Fuji from Ashi-no-ko lake

If you prefer to be guided, check our tours (optional, contact us).  

HAKONE

Dinner and overnight in your ryokan (traditional rooms with baths and toilets on the first floor).

In ryokan 3*** we sleep on comfortable futons placed on the tatami. The bathroom, onsen, is shared unless you take the option "traditional bath in the room" (+$72USD/person).

In ryokan 4**** we sleep either on futons or on western beds in the middle of a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms are private.

Day
5

KYOTO

Breakfast at your ryokan.

Train journey from Hakone to Kyoto (included).

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
6

KYOTO

Explore 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 Gion district and the beautiful Philosopher's Path
- Kiyomizu-dera, the 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
7

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. 

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

Day
8

KYOTO

Transfer to Kansai International Airport from Kyoto by shuttle bus.

Return flight.

KYOTO

Arrival. 

Day 0 Vol Tokyo - Paris
Day 1 Tokyo - Ameyoko-chô TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 HAKONE
Day 5 KYOTO
Day 6 KYOTO
Day 7 KYOTO
Day 8 Vol Tokyo - Paris KYOTO