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ESSENTIAL JAPAN

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ESSENTIAL JAPAN Tour

9 days

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

An unforgettable trip, including:
- 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 :


- Flight tickets from London, Sydney or Los Angeles 

- 7 nights in 3-star hotels, including one night in a ryokan (traditional accomodation with breakfast and Japanese dinner)

- Airport transfers

- 1 prepaid transportation card to travel in 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 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)

- 24-hour phone assistance, available in English or French
 

Not included :

- Personal expenses (including any meals not specified)
- Optional insurance
- Departure from New York or Toronto (additional cost : 250US$/person) or from any city (contact us
- Private rotenburo (hotspring bath) in your room during your stay at the ryokan in Hakone, Mount Fuji (+40US$/person, contact us
- Other services offered by Japan Experience (such as guided activities or pocket wifi)

Note:
Transportation: Most flights will make a stopover in Asia or Gulf States before landing in Tokyo.  

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - HAKONE - KYOTO

Day
0

Flight to Tokyo.

Overnight on the plane, arriving next day in Tokyo (Haneda or Narita airport). 

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrivein Tokyo (Haneda or Narita airport).
Transfer by limousine bus to Tokyo.
Check-in to your 3-star hotel.  

TOKYO

Night at your 3-star hotel. 

Day
2

TOKYO

Explore Tokyo and the surrounding area.

A few suggestions:
- The Asakusa district and the Senso-ji temple
- The Tokyo Skytree, 634 metres high, and the Tokyo Tower, a symbol of the city
- Ueno Park and its museums
- The lively districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku
- The gardens of the Imperial Palace
- Meiji-jingu shrine

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

TOKYO

Night at your hotel. 

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

Night at your hotel. 

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

HAKONE

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

Day
5

KYOTO

Breakfast at your ryokan (included).
Train journey from Hakone to Kyoto (included)
Check in to your 3-star hotel. in Kyoto 

KYOTO

Night at your hotel. 

Day
6

KYOTO

Explore Kyoto and the surrounding area.

Suggestions:
- 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

KYOTO

Night at your hotel. 

Day
7

KYOTO

Continue exploring Kyoto and surrounding area.

Suggestions for day trips from Kyoto:
- The cities of Osaka and Nara (30 to 45 minutes one way by train).
- Fushimi-Inari Taisha and its famous tunnels of red torii gates. (approx. 5 minutes by local train).
- Himeji Castle or "White Heron Castle", which was fully restored in 2015. (approx 1hr 30mins one way by train)

KYOTO

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
Day 2 Skytree à Tokyo TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 Mont Fuji HAKONE
Day 5 KYOTO
Day 6 KYOTO
Day 7 KYOTO
Day 8 Vol Tokyo - Paris KYOTO
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