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The great sites of Japan

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The great sites of Japan Tour

16 days


This is an itinerary bound to attract any traveller, including the best mountain landscapes Japan has to offer, onsen (natural hot springs) near Mount Fuji, and historical Japanese cities full of culture - without forgetting Tokyo of course, the exciting modern capital that never sleeps.

Ideal for a trip full of exploration!

The Itinerary:
- Tokyo (4 nights)
- Mount Fuji - Hakone (1 night)
- Japanese Alps (3 nights)
- Hiroshima (2 nights)
- Kyoto (4 nights)
 

Included :


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

- 14 nights in 3* equivalent hotels, including 1 night with dinner at a ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel)

- Breakfast in Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa and Hiroshima

- Airport transfers

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

- 1 14-day Japan Rail Pass for the train and Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) journeys between the different cities

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

- A 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 in each area not to be missed. 

- Helpline available 24/7, in English 

Not included :


- Insurance
- Personal expenses 
- Public transportation within cities*
- Tourist tax in Kyoto and Kanazawa**
- 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 to premium-economy or business class
- Upgrade to a 4* hotel
- Traditional accommodation
- Private rotenburo (Japanese bath) in your room in Hakone ($72USD - depending on availability)
- Child price (11 y/o or under)
- An extension to your trip either 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 one transfer (less than 5 hours) in Asia or the Gulf States before landing in Tokyo.

Examples of airlines used:
- Air France
- 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 to all accommodations except for the ryokan in Hakone, since this is a type of traditional Japanese accommodation that doesn't offer single rooms. However you will find spacious rooms that can welcome up to 5 people. For more information on what to expect from a stay at a ryokan, see the Hakone step of our "Detailed Itinerary" below.

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 instead.

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 when booking
- Balance paid 35 days before departure


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

*Any transportation not covered by the JR Pass (about 80% of public transportation within most cities) and after using the ¥1,500 pre-loaded on your travel-card

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

Transportation

Upcoming Departures

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - HAKONE - TAKAYAMA - KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA - KYOTO

Day
0

Flight to Tokyo. 

Overnight on the plane, arriving 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 between 1-15 minutes walk from your hotel.
Detailed explanations are included in your travelogue, with pictures:
- How to find the Limousine Bus desk at Tokyo Airport
- How to reach your hotel from the closest bus stop

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" option for an additional fee.

In rare cases, depending on the arrival time of your flight, it may be that the limousine bus service is unavailable. In such situations a public transport alternative, the price of which would be included in the tour package, will be offered instead. A detailed explanation of the alternative travel route, with pictures, would be included in your travelogue.

Check in to your hotel in Tokyo. 

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: Any breakfasts not included in your tour package can be added at the hotel reception desk upon arrival. However, in Tokyo and Kyoto, you will find many cafés near your hotel serving better value and often tastier breakfasts than those of hotels, which sometimes have restrictive service hours.

Day
2

TOKYO

Explore Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Don't miss:
- The bustling districts of Shinjuku and Shibuya
- Ueno Park
-Ginza and its many luxury shops
- The shrine of Meiji-jingu
- Go all the way to the top of the Tokyo Sky Tree and admire the capital of modern Japan.


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

Explore Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Among the possibilities:
- The Asakusa district and the Senso-ji temple
- The gardens of the Imperial Palace
- 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

Possible excursions from Tokyo:
- Kamakura, former capital of Japan with its huge bronze statue of Buddha
- Nikko, a jewel of spirituality 

TOKYO

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

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).

Check into your ryokan (traditional japanese hotel).

Free visit of Hakone:
- Gora-koen Park
- Visit the open air museum of Chokoku-no-mori
Hakone-jinja shrine
- View Mount Fuji from Ashi-no-ko Lake

Things to do in Hakone:
- Cross Lake Ashi aboard a (slightly kitsch) boat
- Walk along part of the old Tokaido Road, which once linked Kyoto to Edo, bordered by cedars and pines
- Go and see the old Hakone border post

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

HAKONE

Dinner and overnight in your ryokan (traditional Japanese-style room with shared baths and toilets on the first floor).

In a 3* ryokan you'll sleep on comfortable futons on top of traditional tatami mat flooring. The bathing facilities, onsen, are shared unless you request the "traditional bath in room" option (+$72USD/person).

In a 4* ryokan you'll sleep either on futons or on beds in a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms are private.

Day
6

HAKONE - TAKAYAMA

Breakfast at your ryokan. 

Transfer to Hakone-Yumoto station (not included, ¥310 supplement to be paid on site).
Shinkansen and Ltd. Express JR train to Takayama included in the Japan Rail Pass (about 5 hours). 

Check into your 3* hotel. 

TAKAYAMA

Free evening and night at your hotel. 

Day
7

TAKAYAMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Visit Takayama and the surrounding area.

We particularly recommend:
- The district of Sanmachi-suji, dotted with traditional shops, houses, restaurants and sake distilleries
- Kokubun-ji, the oldest temple in Takayama
- The ancient merchants' houses
- Hida-no-sato, the Hida Folk Village open-air museum

Example of day trips from Takayama:
- Go hiking in Kamikochi, an alpine valley located in the heart of Chibu Sangaku National Park. Bus journey from Takayama with the Nohi-Bus company (not included with the JR Pass)
- Hida Furukawa: one of the region's hidden treasures, a delightful canalised river full of carp which flows along the middle of a road lined by antique white-walled barns. Train journey there is covered by the JR Pass (approx. 30 minutes one way)

TAKAYAMA

Free evening and night at your hotel. 

Day
8

TAKAYAMA - KANAZAWA

Breakfast at your hotel.

Train journey to Kanazawa included in your Japan Rail Pass (about 2 hours).
Check in to your hotel.

Visit Kanazawa and the surrounding area.

Here are a few suggestions:
- Kenrokuen Japanese garden, one of the three finest gardens in Japan
- Kanazawa Castle
- Seisonkaku Villa, built in 1863, and its private collections
-The 21st-century Museum, an impressive modern art museum
- The districts of Higashi-Chaya (Geisha district) and Nagamachi (district of the Samurai houses, such as Nomura house)

A recommended day trip from Kanazawa :
- Shirakawa-go: village-museum, with its traditional thatched residences. A bus ride away from Kanazawa with the Nohi Bus company (not covered by the JR Pass).
 

KANAZAWA

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
9

KANAZAWA - HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at your hotel. 

Train journey to Hiroshima included in your Japan Rail Pass (about 4 hours). 

Check into your 3* hotel. 

HIROSHIMA

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
10

HIROSHIMA

Breakfast at your hotel.

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 is closed for maintenance until August 2020)
- Daisho-in temple
- The magnificent park of Momijidani – the "valley of maples"

HIROSHIMA

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
11

HIROSHIMA - KYOTO

Transfer to Hiroshima station (not included).

Shinkansen journey to Kyoto, included with the Japan Rail Pass (approx. 2h30m)
Why not make a stop at Himeji to visit its famous castle?

Check in to your hotel in Kyoto. 

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
12

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 guided activities. (optional, contact us)

KYOTO

Free evening and night at your hotel.

Day
13

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
14

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. 

Day
15

Transfer to Kansai International Airport from Kyoto by shuttle bus.

Return flight.

Arrival.

Day 0
Day 1 TOKYO
Day 2 TOKYO
Day 3 TOKYO
Day 4 TOKYO
Day 5 TOKYO, HAKONE
Day 6 HAKONE, TAKAYAMA
Day 7 TAKAYAMA
Day 8 TAKAYAMA, KANAZAWA
Day 9 KANAZAWA, HIROSHIMA
Day 10 HIROSHIMA
Day 11 HIROSHIMA, KYOTO
Day 12 KYOTO
Day 13 KYOTO
Day 14 KYOTO
Day 15