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A low-cost trip with a difference

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1 445 $

A low-cost trip with a difference Tour

11 days


Ideal for travelling on a small budget, this trip will allow you to visit Japan's 3 essential cities: Tokyo, the bustling metropolis, Kyoto, the traditional former capital and Osaka, a cosmopolitan and electric city.

You will stay in quality hotels without paying over the odds and also experience a night in "capsule hotel": quintessentially Japanese!
 

Included :


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

- 8 nights in 2** equivalent hotels, including 1 night in a capsule hotel

- Journey from Tokyo to Osaka in a night bus with all mod-cons

- Airport transfers

- 1 prepaid travel card for the train journey between Osaka and Kyoto, already loaded with ¥1,500

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

- 1 printed 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
- Public transportation in cities
- Tourist tax in Kyoto and Osaka*
- Anything not listed in the "included" section above


Customization:

Contact us
for:
- Flights from London, New York or any other city required
- Direct flights
- Upgrade 3-star 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 2* 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 country with high population density where everything tends to be smaller, 2** hotels provide excellent quality but the rooms are often fairly small (10-16m2) for twin rooms, depending on the hotels. For a greater level of comfort, please contact us for an estimate including 3*** 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.

In the capsule hotel in Osaka, the men's and women's quarters are still separated (on different floors). In addition, under-18s are not admitted even if accompanied by an adult.

Rooms are private but toilets and bathrooms may be shared in hotels.


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.

From 18 years old only.

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

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - OSAKA - 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 2* hotel.

Note: Breakfasts not included in the package can be added at the reception desk upon arrival at the hotel. However, in Tokyo, Osaka 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

TOKYO - OSAKA

Enjoy your last day in Tokyo!

Evening journey to Osaka in a night bus with all mod-cons. (included)

OSAKA

Night on the bus and arrival the next day in Osaka.

Day
6

OSAKA

Arrival in Osaka early in the morning.

Explore the city of Osaka with its audacity, its hospitality and all the bustle of this cosmopolitan city. Markets, lively streets, street food: this friendly city has everything you could possibly want!

The essentials:
- The bustling districts of Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and Namba
- Den-Den Machi, the electronics district in Osaka
- Osaka Castle

Check-in at your hotel.

OSAKA

A unique one-night experience: sleep in a capsule hotel in the heart of the city!

Day
7

OSAKA - KYOTO

Train journey to Kyoto. (approx. 30 minutes, covered by your prepaid travel card)

Check-in at your hotel.

KYOTO

Night in your 2* hotel.

Day
8

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.

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. (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
10

Transfer to Kansai International Airport from Kyoto by shuttle bus.

Return flight.

Arrive back home.

Day 0
Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO
Day 5 Tokyo - Ameyoko-chô TOKYO, OSAKA
Day 6 OSAKA
Day 7 OSAKA, KYOTO
Day 8 KYOTO
Day 9 KYOTO
Day 10