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Classical Japan

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Classical Japan Tour

13 days

New version modified on May 15th.

Experience an unforgettable stay in Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Kyoto, to explore some of the most magnificent sites in Japan. Guaranteed immersion in Japanese culture!

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 Hakone and Hiroshima

- Airport transfers

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

- 1 7-days Japan Rail Pass for the train and shinkansen (japanese bullet train) journeys to Tokyo, Odawara, Kyoto et Hiroshima

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

- 1 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.

- 24 hours phone assistance in english


Not included :


- Optional insurance
- Personal expenses (including any meals not mentioned)
- In cities, any public transportation not covered by your JR Pass (about 80% of public transportation) after using the ¥1,500 loaded of your prepaid travel card
- Tourist tax in Kyoto ($1,70USD/person/night to be paid directly to the hotel in cash)
- Anything not listed in the "included section above"


Please note: Transport : Most flights will require a transfer in Asia or the Gulf States before landing in Tokyo. For direct flights, contact us. 


Accomodation:

The basic price includes one room for 2 people in 3* equivalent hotel. 

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.


Customization:

It is possible to customize this tour: don't hesitate to contact us for a quote for:
- Flights from London, New York or any other city
- Direct flights
- 4* hotels or traditional accomodation
- A private onsen in Hakone
- An extension before or after the tour
- Additional options such as guided activities

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - HAKONE - HIROSHIMA - KYOTO

Day
0

Flight to Tokyo (Narita or Haneda airport).

Overnight on the aeroplane, arrive the next day at Tokyo Narita or Haneda.

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrival at Tokyo at Narita or Haneda Airport.
Transfer to central Tokyo by limousine bus.
Check in to your 3* 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 on hotels:
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, and the beds size can also be small. 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.  

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

Free evening.

Day
3

TOKYO

Visit Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Continue exploring the city:
- The gardens of the Imperial Palace
Meiji-jingu shrine
- The fish market in Tsukiji

TOKYO

Free evening.

Day
4

TOKYO

Exchange and activate your Japan Rail Pass.

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


TOKYO

Free evening.

Day
5

TOKYO - HAKONE

Transfer to Tokyo Station (not included).
Shinkansen to Odawara included in the Japan Rail Pass (about 40 minutes), then change to Hakone (not included - 310¥ supplement to be paid on site, about 2.50€).

Check in at your ryokan (traditional japanese hotel).

Free visit of Hakone: 
- Gora-koen Park
- The Chokoku-no-mori outdoor museum
- The Hakone-jinja sanctuary
- Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi-no-ko

Things to do in Hakone:
- Crossing Lake Ashi
- Walk along the old Tokaido road that linked Kyoto to Edo, lined with cedars and pines
- Pass through the former border post of Hakone

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).

Day
6

HAKONE - HIROSHIMA


Transfer to Hakone station and train journey to Odawara (not included - 310¥ supplement to be paid on site, about €2.50).
Fast train ride from Odawara to Hiroshima included in the Japan Rail Pass (about 4h30).
Check-in to your 3*** hotel.

HIROSHIMA

Free evening.

Day
7

HIROSHIMA

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 from June 2019 until August 2020)
Daisho-in temple
• The magnificent park of Momijidani – the "valley of maples"

HIROSHIMA

Free evening.

Day
8

HIROSHIMA - KYOTO

Transfer to Hiroshima station (not included).
Shinkansen journey to Kyoto, included in the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 2h30)
Check in to your 3* 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


KYOTO

Free evening.

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.

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. The journey to Kobe is covered by the Japan Rail Pass (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. Train journey covered by the Japan Rail Pass (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. Train journey covered by the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 5 minutes).

KYOTO

Free evening.

Day
12

KYOTO

Transfer to Kansai International Airport from Kyoto by shuttle bus.

Return flight.

KYOTO

Arrival.

Day 0
Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 Asakusa, Tokyo TOKYO
Day 3 Tokyo - Ameyoko-chô TOKYO
Day 4 Kamakura TOKYO
Day 5 TOKYO, HAKONE
Day 6 Miyajima HAKONE, HIROSHIMA
Day 7 Miyajima, Itsukushima HIROSHIMA
Day 8 HIROSHIMA, KYOTO
Day 9 KYOTO
Day 10 KYOTO
Day 11 KYOTO
Day 12 KYOTO
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