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ISLANDS AND BEACHES OF JAPAN

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ISLANDS AND BEACHES OF JAPAN Tour

15 days

This stay will let you discover 2 of Japan’s treasures: Modern Tokyo, authentic Kyoto and the beauty of the islands and beaches on the Okinawa archipelago.

Easily accessible by plane from Tokyo, the Okinawa archipelago presents an unexpected side of Japan: parasols and coconut palm trees on Ishigaki, dense wild forest on the island of Iriomote or even a typical village and ox carts on Taketomi.

Turquoise water, white sand beaches, multicoloured fish and coral reefs are on the agenda!


In terms of weather, you can travel to Okinawa throughout the year.
Note: in November/December and February, temperatures are lower than 20°. May and June are a bit rainy and August is humid.

Included :

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

- 13 nights in a 3*** hotel including 2 nights in a beach resort in Okinawa

- Breakfasts in Okinawa

- Airport transfers to Tokyo and Osaka 

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

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

- 1mini 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 :

- Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Inter island transport by boat*
- Airport transfer to Ishigaki**
- 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 required
- Direct flights
- Flight upgrades to premium-economy or business class
- Upgrade to 4* hotels
- Traditional accommodation
- Extending your stay 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 include 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 we use:
- Air France
- All Nippon Airways
- Finnair
- Korean Air


Accommodation:

The basic price includes one room for 2 adults 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.

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) as standard. 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 paid upon booking
- Balance paid 35 days before departure


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

*$45-70 USD/person for all transport around

**$5 USD/person

***until ¥1,500 already loaded on your transport card is used up

****$1.70 USD/person/night to be paid directly to the hotel in cash  

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - IRIOMOTE - ISHIGAKI - KYOTO

Day
0

Flight to Tokyo.

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

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrive at Tokyo at Narita or Haneda Airport.

Transfer to central Tokyo by shared limousine bus.

Note: The limousine bus shuttle leaves from the airport and stops either in front of your hotel or at a stop located 1-15 minutes on foot from your hotel.

Detailed explanations are included in your travel guide booklet, with pictures:
- How to find the Limousine Bus at Tokyo Airport
- How to get from the bus stop to your hotel

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

In rare cases, depending on the arrival time of your flight, it may be the case that the limousine bus is unavailable. In that situation an alternative route using public transport would be offered, the price of which would be included in your package. A detailed explanation of the route, with pictures, would be provided in your travel guide booklet.

Check in to 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 to upgrade)
- Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi Hotel
- Keio Plaza Hotel
- Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro Hotel


Note: Breakfasts are not included in the package, but can be added at the reception desk upon arrival at the hotel. However, in Tokyo and Kyoto, you will find many cafes near your hotel serving generous (and often tastier) breakfasts menus.

Day
2

TOKYO

Visit Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Among the various options open to you, here are a 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

Visit Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Continue exploring the city:
- The gardens of the Imperial Palace
- Meiji-jingu shrine
- The electric town, Akihabara

TOKYO

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

Day
4

TOKYO

A few examples of day trips possible from Tokyo:
- The temples and shrines of Nikko, in the heart of the forest (approx. 2hrs one way by train).
- The city of Kamakura and its monumental bronze Buddha statue (approx. 1hr one way).

TOKYO

For your last dinner in Tokyo, try "Kaitenzushi" (conveyor belt sushi) for a fun and tasty meal!

Day
5

IRIOMOTE

Transfer to Tokyo-Haneda airport (included).

Flight (included) at the end of the morning to Ishigaki Island (Okinawa archipelago) and arrive in the middle of the afternoon.

Transfer on public bus to the ferry terminal (20 minutes, not included), then boat to Iriomote island (45 minutes, not included).

Check into your beach resort hotel by late afternoon.

IRIOMOTE

Night at your hotel on Iriomote.

Day
6

IRIOMOTE

Breakfast at the hotel.

Discover the Iriomote island, superb and wild with an intact flora and fauna. Uninhabited for a long time, it has a taste of the South Pacific Island within reach.

Opportunity to bike, canoe, kayak or escape on boat to the inner river (ask the hotel staff).

IRIOMOTE

Night at your hotel in Iriomote.

Day
7

ISHIGAKI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart for the island of Ishigaki (45 minutes by boat).

Check into your hotel.

ISHIGAKI

Take advantage of your first evening in Ishigaki to dine in a dancing izakaya of the city (like Usagiya).

Day
8

ISHIGAKI

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Discover Ishigaki island and its heavenly beaches, perfect for sunbathing, diving or bike rides.

ISHIGAKI

Enjoy your dinner by discovering Ishigaki beef.

Day
9

ISHIGAKI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy your last day by going to visit the little neighbouring island of Taketomi by 15 minutes on ferry.

Discover its timeless village with its tiled houses surrounded by small stone walls. Also take advantage of its star-studded sandy beaches “Hoshizuna”, a unique wonder in the world!

ISHIGAKI

Discover other food delicacies from Okinawa and Ishigaki.

Day
10

KYOTO

Transfer via public transport to your Ishigaki airport (20 minutes, not included).

Flight to Osaka Kansai airport (3 hours, included) then transfer by shuttle to Kyoto (included)

Arrive at your hotel mid-afternoon.

KYOTO

Free evening and night at 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
11

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
12

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
13

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, crackers for the fallow deer that 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
14

Transfer to Kansai International Airport from Kyoto by shuttle bus.

Return flight.

Arrive back home.

Day 0
Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 Tokyo - Harajuku TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO
Day 5 IRIOMOTE
Day 6 IRIOMOTE
Day 7 ISHIGAKI
Day 8 ISHIGAKI
Day 9 ISHIGAKI
Day 10 KYOTO
Day 11 KYOTO
Day 12 KYOTO
Day 13 KYOTO
Day 14