Discover Japan

  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone - Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Tokyo

This guided tour in Japan takes you to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Not to mention the majestic Mount Fuji, the sacred island of Miyajima and the historic city of Kanazawa.

This small group tour allows you to discover the country in just under 2 weeks, in the company of a specialist English-speaking guide.

Ideal for your first organised trip to Japan !


2 week itinerary in Japan (13 days) 

  • Tokyo (3 days)
  • Hakone - Mount Fuji (1 day)
  • Kyoto (4 days including Nara)
  • Hiroshima & Miyajima (2 days)
  • Kanazawa (1 day)
  • Tokyo (2 days)

Please find below the itinerary details.

WARNING : The tour departure and end dates presented on this page relate to your stay in Japan. On departure, you will have to leave Europe on the day before. The return flight is on the same day due to the time difference. For further details, refer to "More about your trip".


Why this trip to Japan ?

  1. Supervision by a bilingual English-speaking guide, a specialist in Japanese culture 
  2. Almost full package : guide, accommodation, transport and most meals
  3. Small groups of between 9 and 12 people maximum
  4. Visit of the must-see places on a first trip to Japan
  5. 3* hotels and traditional ryokan accommodation, chosen by Japan Experience
  6. Variety of visits, activities, gastronomy and transport (Shinkansen, mini-bus, boat...)
  7. Two free days in Tokyo and Kyoto, which can be organised by Japan Experience
  8. 40 years of expertise from Japan Experience, European leading travel agency in Japan

 

Your trip in detail

Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Sunday - Wake up in Japan

    Arrival at Tokyo airport (Narita or Haneda). Welcome to Japan! Yokoso 日本へようこそ !

    Reception at the exit of customs by our English-speaking airport assistant.

    Unaccompanied transfer from the airport to Tokyo (see details)

    Accommodation at Hotel B Akasaka Mitsuke or an 3* equivalent(rooms available from 3:00pm)

    Welcome by the guide at 6:00pm.
    Introduction of the tour by the guide during a welcome dinner.

    Dinner provided by Japan Experience.

  • Day 2 : Monday - First steps in the capital

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Departure around 8:30 am, guided tour of Tokyo :
    - Ginza, Tokyo's chic district
    - Tsukiji, the small outdoor food market
    - Hamarikyu, the Japanese garden amongst Tokyo's buildings
    - Asakusa, a traditional district and place of pilgrimage, accessible by cruise on the Sumida River.
    - Sensô-ji Buddhist temple, one of the city's oldest
    - Tokyo Sky Tree and its panoramic view of Tokyo reaching a height of 643m.

    Lunch provided by Japan Experience.
    Dinner at your leisure. Your tour guide will be able to advise you on the best places to visit!

    Transportation for the day on public transport, by boat and on foot (about 8 km in total).
     

  • Day 3 : Tuesday - Tour of Tokyo

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Continue the visit of Tokyo with your tour guide:
    - Ueno: the must-see of Tokyo with its park full of cherry trees and a lotus pond
    - Harajuku: the avant-garde neighbourhood
    - Meiji Jingû, the imperial shrine
    - Takeshita-Dori: the most famous street in Japan
    - Omotesando: Tokyo's Champs-Élysées
    - Shibuya and its unavoidable "crossroads"

    Lunch provided by Japan Experience.
    Dinner is free.

    Transportation for the day on public transport and on foot (about 10 km in total).

  • Day 4 : Wednesday - On the way to Mount Fuji

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Luggage transfer to Kyoto organised by Japan Experience (1 piece of luggage per person).
    Plan to bring a small bag for this night spent in Hakone - Mount Fuji.

    Train ride to the centre of Hakone - Mount Fuji (about 1h30).

    Check-in at your Ichinoyu Shinkan ryokan or equivalent (traditional Japanese hotel). Rooms with private bath.

    Departure to the heights of Hakone for a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji (weather permitting).
    - A stroll along the old Tokaido road that used to link Tokyo to Kyoto,
    - The Ashi-no-ko lake and its Japanese torii gate which stands in the water,
    - the incredible volcanic site of Owakudan (the site may be inaccessible due to volcanic activity).

    Meals provided (lunch and traditional Japanese dinner) by Japan Experience.

    Day trips by train, bus, ropeway, boat and on foot (about 5 km in total).

  • Day 5 : Thursday - Tracing the past

    Traditional Japanese breakfast with ryokan (mostly savoury).

    Leave for Hakone station on foot or by public transport, then take the Shinkansen train to Kyoto (2 hour journey).

    Accommodation at the Tsugu Hotel 京都三条 or 3* equivalent

    Start of the accompanied tour of Kyoto:
    - Gion, the historical district of Kyoto and its Sannen-zaka & Ninnen-zaka streets, as well as the Gion district.
    - Kodai-ji, Kyoto's maple and bamboo temple

    Please note that it is strictly forbidden to take photographs in the historic district of Gion.

    Meals (lunch and dinner) provided by Japan Experience.

    Transportation for the day to Kyoto on public transport and foot (about 4 km).

  • Day 6 : Friday - Treasures of the old capital

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Tour of Kyoto by minibus in the morning and then on foot:
    - The Zen garden of Ryoan-ji
    - The Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
    - Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)
    - The enchanting Philosopher's Path
    - The Nanzen-ji temple

    Lunch provided by Japan Experience.
    Free dinner - Your tour guide will be able to advise you on Kyoto's hidden spots!

    Transportation for the day by minibus and on foot (about 3 km in total).

  • Day 7 : Saturday - Between temples and deer

    Breakfast at the hotel in Kyoto.

    Train ride to Nara (50min).

    Visit of Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan back in the 8th century.
    With your tour guide, discover:
    - The Shinto shrine Kasuga Taisha with its thousands of lanterns.
    - The Todaiji, its great bronze Buddha and the imposing Nan-Daimon gate
    - Kofukuji temple and its beautiful pagoda

    Return to Kyoto and stop to enjoy the sunset at Fushimi Inari, the huge 10,000 torii shrine in Kyoto.
    Lunch provided by Japan Experience.
    Dinner at your leisure

    Transportation for the day by train and on foot (about 6 km in total).

  • Day 8 : Sunday - Free day

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Free day in Kyoto and surrouding areas: enjoy the many wonders of the ancient capital at your own pace. Your guide will be able to advise you on what to do.
    Only breakfast is provided by Japan Experience at the hotel. You are left to your own devices for other meals, transport and visits, which are not organised by Japan Experience.

    We recommend a visit off the beaten track to the tea fields in the countryside near Kyoto (as an option).

  • Day 9 : Monday - Japan's sacred island

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Luggage transfer to Kanazawa organised by Japan Experience (1 piece of luggage per person). Plan to bring a small bag for this night in Hiroshima.

    En route to Hiroshima by Shinkansen (2 hours 30) then Miyajima Island by boat (10 minutes) to visit the sacred island and its famous large gate (ootorii).

    Return to Hiroshima and check into the Intergate Hotel or 3* equivalent.

    Lunch and dinner (Okonomiyaki, Hiroshima's speciality) provided by Japan Experience.

    Transportation for the day by Shinkansen, boat and on foot (about 8 km).

    Please note: The ootorii is currently under construction until an unspecified date.

  • Day 10 : Tuesday - Historic cities

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    In the morning, a tour of the Peace Memorial Park and its museum.

    Shinkansen trip (1h) to Himeji Castle (UNESCO heritage).
    Please note that the entrance to the castle, whose unfurnished interior is rather disappointing, is not included in this tour. We only offer the magnificent view from the esplanade in front of the site.

    At the end of the afternoon, departure for Kanazawa by Shinkansen and express train (3h).
    Check-in at the Kaname Inn hotel or 3* equivalent.

    Meals (lunch and dinner) provided by Japan Experience.

    Transportation for the day by public transport, by Shinkansen and on foot (about 8 km).

  • Day 11 : Wednesday - Ishikawa's little pearl

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Discover Kanazawa, between the sea in the north and the Japanese Alps.
    - Kenroku-en, Kanazawa's beautiful Japanese garden
    - The Museum of Contemporary Art and its outdoor gallery
    - Omicho, the fish market of the Sea of Japan
    - The Nomura house, residence of the Samurai and its picturesque old quarter.

    Late afternoon drive to Tokyo by Shinkansen (2 hours 45) and check-in at your hotel B Akasaka Mitsuke or 3* equivalent.

    Lunch provided by Japan Experience.
    Dinner at your leisure

    Transportation for the day by public transport, bus, Shinkansen and on foot (approx. 6 km).

  • Day 12 : Thursday - Don't lose a single scrap

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Free day to visit the many other interesting monuments and sites in the capital and its surroundings: your guide will be able to give you useful advice.

    In the capital:
    - Edo Tokyo City Museum (Edo Tokyo Museum)
    - The magnificent Shinjuku Gyôen Park
    - Akihabara: the electronic and manga district
    - The vintage districts of Yanaka and/or Shimokitazawa

    On the outskirts of Tokyo, we offer a guided tour of the city of Kamakura (from Kamakura Station) and its Great Bronze Buddha (not included in the tour, optional).

    Lunch, transportation and tours are unaccompanied and not organised by Japan Experience.

    Final dinner provided by Japan Experience.

  • Day 13 : Friday - Sayonara, and see you next time!

    Transfer to Haneda or Narita airport (included but not accompanied).

    Return flight to Europe, North America, Australia.

    Do not hesitate to extend your trip by one or more days to Tokyo, Nikko, Kamakura... we can advise you.

     

     

    Included in your guided tour

  • Accommodation

    - 11 nights in 3* hotels

    - 1 night in a ryokan at Hakone - Mount Fuji (room with private bath)

    The basic rate includes a twin room for two people.

  • Transport

    - Transfer airport <> Tokyo

    - Prepaid public transport card

    - Japan Rail Pass for 7 days

    - Other transport during your stay, except on free days

    - Luggage transfer (see details of the stages)

  • Experiences and meals

    Airport welcome 

    - Guidance from an English-speaking specialist on Japan

    - Tours and activities mentioned in the programme 

    - Almost full package : all meals (except free days and half of the dinners during the stay)

  • Additional services

    - Unlimited Wi-Fi access, except on free days

    - Complete e-travel diary sent 20 days before your departure

    - 24/7 telephone assistance in English; in addition to the guide's assistance during the day

  • Not included in the price of your trip

    - Flights Europe <> Japan

    - Optional insurance policies

    - Personal expenses (including 5 dinners at your leisure and expenses for the two free days)

    - Drinks with meals (except water and sometimes tea)

    - Anything not included in the "included in your tour" section

More about your trip

Your tour:

  • The tour guide can modify the programme according to the day's constraints.
  • The prices displayed on this page may vary according to the exchange rate of the Japanese ¥.
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Children and babies accepted. It should be noted, however, that the program may be difficult for these people to follow. From 3 to 11 years old a child rate is offered. In each accommodation, a standard adult bed will be offered to them, and a standard seat will be allocated to them in transport. From 0 to 2 years old inclusive, a "baby" rate is offered. This price corresponds to the allocation of a cot in the majority of the accommodation of the chosen tour. However, we cannot guarantee a baby cot in each accommodation.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Your travel documents will be given to you as follows: travel diary by email 3 weeks before departure, airport transfer tickets upon arrival at the airport by our airport assistant and the rest of the documents by your tour guide when you meet at 6:00pm in your hotel on the first day.
  • This programme is subject to change due to circumstances such as weather conditions or any other case of force majeure. The order of visits may also be modified. Please note that due to the current circumstances, any information mentioned is subject to change or modification.

Your accommodation :

  • Room size: in Japan, a densely populated country where everything is compact, 3-star luxury hotels are of very good quality but the rooms are often quite narrow (12 to 20m2/129 sq ft to 215 sq ft) depending on the hotel. Please note the size of the single room, between 10 and 16m2 (107sq ft and 172 fq ft). For more comfort, you can choose our luxury 4* accommodation upgrade option. For more comfort, you can choose our guided tours in 4* accommodation (Example: Tokaido Route).
  • Double room : Rooms for two people in western hotels have 2 single beds (twin rooms) by default, which can usually be joined together.
  • Single room : People travelling alone and wishing to book a single room must pay a supplement at the time of booking. This supplement can be waived, on request, if a twin room is shared with another participant. The single room supplement is compulsory for orders with an odd number of participants.
  • Traditional accommodation : in the ryokan at Hakone Mount Fuji, the room has a private bathroom (Western or Japanese) and toilet. At the same time, access to the ryokan's non-mixed collective Japanese baths ("onsen") is free, subject to the schedules in force on site. These baths are often not accessible to people with visible tattoos.
  • Names of the hotels : The names given on the site are for information only. In the event of unavailability, an establishment of equivalent standing will be scheduled. Hotels, corresponding to local standards, are given as an indication and may be changed on site for hotels of a similar category.

Your transport :

  • Flights are not included in this tour. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to include flights in your order: Flights in economy class with stopovers or direct flights, eco-premium or business air upgrades, provincial departures or abroad: we will be able to advise you.
  • The departure and end dates shown on this page are for your stay in Japan. You will arrive in Japan via Tokyo (Narita or Haneda airports) and will also depart from Tokyo. You will have to leave Europe the day before and land at 2:30pm at the latest to be present at your hotel at 6:00pm to meet your tour guide. However, the return flight is on the same day due to the time difference. Please do not hesitate to consult us for any uncertainty or need for precision in the choice of international flights.
  • If the flights have been purchased by your care without the intervention of Japan Experience, it is necessary to send us by mail 1 month before your departure your flight information (flight number, airport, date and time of arrival) to allow us 'Organize your welcome and airport transfer.
  • Airport transfers: The shared shuttle bus leaves from the airport and stops either in front of your hotel or at a stop located between 1 and 15 min walk from your hotel. Our airport assistant in Tokyo will drive you to the platform to take the airport transfer. Afterwards, this hotel transfer is unassisted. If you would like to be accompanied from the airport to your hotel reception please choose the option "Accompanied Airport Transfer".
  • If a person taking part in the tour is a Japanese national and a resident of Japan, or a foreigner with tax residence in Japan (including a student), then that person is not eligible for the Japan Rail Pass. Please contact us to get the price of the tour without a Japan Rail Pass. They will have to buy the train tickets for the tour directly in Japan. The Kansai Thru Pass is also subject to the same nationality/residency requirements. This is not the case for the Hakone Free pass. If this person is a Japanese citizen but not a resident of Japan, then he/she can benefit from the Japan Rail Pass under certain conditions (see https://www.japan-experience.com/frequently-asked-questions).
  • The public transport preloaded card must be returned to the guide at the end of your stay, except in the case of an individual post-extension organized by Japan Experience.

 

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