Exclusive Japan

  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tokyo

Discover the essence of Japan in all its splendour with our top-of-the-range tour. 

Tokyo, Hakone - Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima: a 2-week itinerary that's sure to win you over. Unmissable destinations, top-quality services and a private guide every day: the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable trip to the Land of the Rising Sun!

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13-days / 12-nights itinerary 

  • Departure city/airport: Tokyo (Narita: NRT or Haneda: HND)
  • Tokyo (4 nights)
  • Hakone-Mont Fuji (1 night)
  • Kyoto (4 nights)
  • Hiroshima (1 night)
  • Miyajima (1 night)
  • Tokyo (1 night)
  • Return airport : Tokyo (Narita: NRT or Haneda: HND)

Please see below for itinerary details.

Tour duration : 12 nights / 13 days (+ 1 day at the beginning if you are departing from Europe).

The departure and end dates shown on this page relate to your stay in Japan. On departure, you will have to leave Europe the day before. The return flight is on the same day because of the time difference.

Example: 

  • Departure from Europe: 1 January
  • Arrival in Tokyo (date to be selected from the calendar when booking): 2 January
  • Return flight from Tokyo airport (Narita: NRT or Haneda: HND): 13 January

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Why choose this trip to Japan?

  • Greeted at the airport by our team and private transfer to your hotel
  • 12 nights in 4* hotels selected by us, including 2 ryokans in Hakone and Miyajima
  • All breakfasts included as well as two traditional dinners in the ryokans
  • Different private guides will be with you every day to reveal the secrets of Japan (except on free days).
  • 3 activities included : Tokyo Sky Tree, private tea ceremony with kimono hire andShiatsu massage
  • Discover Tokyo, the unmissable capital of a cosmopolitan metropolis
  • Take a mini-bus tour of Kamakura before heading to Hakone - Mount Fuji
  • Enjoy an incredible stay in Kyoto, and take the opportunity to discover Nara
  • Go to Hiroshima and take on the sacred island of Miyajima
  • Take advantage of your transport passes: Japan Rail Green Pass (1st class), Hakone Free Pass, Prepaid Card, Unlimited transport pass in the Kansai region...
  • Enjoy unlimited internet access thanks to pocket wifi
  • If needed, contact our bilingual Japanese/English-speaking assistance team available 7/7
  • Numerous guided days and other optional activities
  • Benefit at all times from the expertise of Japan Experience, France's leading travel agency in Japan.

Program

  • Day 1 : Waking up in Tokyo 東京

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

    Welcome through customs by our airport assistant, who will give you all your travel documents and your Pocket WiFi.
    Private transfer from the airport to Tokyo (see details).

    Check-in at the Blossom Shinjuku hotel or hotel in the same category 4* .

  • Day 2 : First steps in the capital

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Your guide will pick you up at 9am at your hotel for a guided tour of the capital (examples of sites to visit, the itinerary to be decided jointly with your guide on the day) : 

    - Harajuku: the avant-garde district
    - Meiji Jingû, the imperial sanctuary
    - Takeshita-Dori : Japan's most famous street
    - Omotesando : Tokyo's Champs-Élysées
    - Shibuya and its unmissable "crossroads".

    Daily travel by public transport and on foot.

  • Day 3 : At the heart of the Japanese soul

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Departure for a guided day tour of Tokyo (examples of sites to visit, itinerary to be decided jointly with your guide on the day):

    - Tsukiji, the small outdoor food market
    - Hamarikyu, the Japanese garden between Tokyo's buildings
    - Asakusa, a traditional district, and its Sensô-ji Buddhist temple, a place of pilgrimage

    Climb to the top of the Tokyo Sky Tree for an unforgettable view of the capital! Floating at a height of 634 metres, the Tokyo Sky Tree is the world's tallest unsupported telecommunications tower and the second-tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa.

    Overnight in Tokyo.

    Day's travel on foot and by public transport.

  • Day 4 : Free day

    Free day : Discover Tokyo at your own pace! You can visit the many other monuments and interesting sites in and around the capital. You will not have a guide on this day.

    Here are some of our recommendations:

    - Yanaka, old Tokyo
    - Ueno, where the last samurai held out, and its park full of cherry trees
    - Akihabara, the electronic and manga district
    - Odaiba, the futuristic entertainment island in Tokyo Bay

    Do not hesitate to contact us later if you wish to book other activities. 

    Overnight in Tokyo

  • Day 5 : Excursion to Kamakura and departure for Hakone-Mont Fuji

    Breakfast at the hotel

    Luggage transfer to Kyoto organised by Japan Experience (1 piece of luggage per person).
    Pack a small bag for the night in Hakone - Mount Fuji (details in your travel pack). 

    Departure from your hotel by minivan with your guide to discover Kamakura. Often referred to as the "city of the samurai", Kamakura is the former political capital of Japan. 

    Some of the oldest Zen temples in the archipelago can be found in this city: 

    - The five mountain temples: Kenchô-ji, Engaku-ji, Jufuku-ji, Tôkei-ji and Zuisen-ji
    - Tôkei-ji, a Rinzai Zen temple known as the "Temple of Divorce 
    - Zuisen-ji, famous for its daffodils and Zen dry garden
    - Hôkoku-ji, known as the "bamboo temple".
    - The Great Bronze Buddha. 

    At the end of the afternoon, the minibus will drop you off with the guide at the ryokan in Hakone Yutowa or ryokan of the same category

    Enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. Overnight in Hakone.

    Daily travel by minivan and on foot.

  • Day 6 : En route to the ancient capital

    Traditional breakfast at the ryokan.

    Visit to Hakone with your guide: 

    You'll be charmed by the magnificent scenery of this spa town, Lake Ashi and its view of Mount Fuji (on a clear day). Not forgetting the Owakudani volcanic site, accessible by cable car.

    Head to Odawara to catch a Shinkansen train to Kyoto! (included in your Japan Rail Green Pass)

    Once you arrive in Kyoto, our assistant will collect you from the station and accompany you to your hotel! 

    Check into your hotel in the heart of Japan's historic capital. Genji Kyoto or equivalent 4* hotel.

    Transport and walking for the day.

  • Day 7 : Japanese culture and well-being

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Departure for a guided day in Kyoto (examples of sites to visit, the itinerary to be decided jointly with your guide on the day):

    - Ryoan-ji Zen Garden
    - Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)
    - The spellbinding path of philosophy
    - Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
    - The historic district of Gion
     

    During this day you will have two activities: 

    - Experience a traditional private tea ceremony, with kimono hire, in one of Kyoto's most authentic districts. Taste a delicious matcha tea and discover the intricacies of this art in one of the city's best tea houses.

    - Relax during an ancestral Japanese massage called Shiatsu, which literally translates as "finger pressure". It is known to have many benefits, such as reducing stress, stimulating the immune system, balancing the energy system and relaxing the body and mind.

    Overnight in Kyoto

    Travel by public transport and on foot.

     

     

  • Day 8 : Free day

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Free day: enjoy the many wonders of the ancient capital at your own pace. You will not have a guide on this day.

    We recommend you visit
    - Nijo Castle, former residence of the shogun
    - Arashiyama, to visit the bamboo grove and its monkey mountain
    - Fushimi Inari, world-famous for its thousands of sacred Japanese gates, the torii, set in a row on a vast hill. 
    - Kiyomizu-Dera, the great water temple

    Do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to book other activities. 

    Overnight in Kyoto

  • Day 9 : Between temples and deer

    Breakfast at the hotel. 

    Day trip to the ancient capital!

    Your guide will collect you from the hotel in the morning to take you to Kyoto station to catch the Shinkansen to Nara (included in your Japan Rail Green Pass).

    Visit to Nara, Japan's first fixed capital in the 8th century: 
    - The Todaiji, its large bronze Buddha and the imposing Nan-Daimon Gate
    - Kofukuji temple and its delightful pagoda 
    - The long path lined with stone lanterns leading to the Kasuga-taisha
    - The picturesque Naramachi district 

    Return to Kyoto in the late afternoon and overnight.

    Transport and walking throughout the day.

  • Day 10 : Visit a city shaped by history

    Breakfast at the hotel. 

    Continue your guided tour of Kyoto with your guide: 

    - Nishiki, Kyoto's culinary market
    - Shosei-en, a Japanese garden attached to the Higashi Hongan-ji temple,

    Your guide will drop you off at Kyoto station to take your Shinkansen to Hiroshima (included in your Japan Rail Green Pass).

    Once you have arrived, you will be met by a new guide at Hiroshima station.

    You will then set off to discover the city, shaped by history: 

    - The Genbaku dome, a must-see.
    - The Shukkei-en Japanese garden
    - Hiroshima's beautiful castle, steeped in history 
    - The Mitaki-dera Buddhist temple and its three waterfalls
    - The Hondôri district and its shopping street

    Check-in at your 4* Rhiga hotel or equivalent.

    Night in Hiroshima

    Transport and walking for the day.

  • Day 11 : En route to the sacred island!

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Luggage transfer to Tokyo organised by Japan Experience (1 piece of luggage per person).
    (Pack a small bag for the night in Miyajima, details in your travel pack).

    If you want to immerse yourself in history, don't miss a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, a symbol of hope and resilience.

    Boat trip to Miyajima. 

    Stroll around this magnificent island known for its large Torii in the water! Here are our recommendations: 

    - Itsukushima Jinja
    - Senjokaku Pavilion
    - Hike to Mount Misen 

    Night in Iwaso ryokan or ryokan of the same category (on or opposite the island) and enjoy a traditional dinner.

    Travel by public transport and on foot.

  • Day 12 : Back to the capital

    Traditional breakfast at the ryokan. 

    Enjoy one last soothing moment on this beautiful island before setting off again. You can pass through Omotesando, Miyajima's main street, dedicated to restaurants, bars and souvenir shops.

    Depart by ferry and train to Hiroshima station to catch the Shinkansen in the early afternoon. 

    You will then take a Shinkansen to Tokyo (included in your Japan Rail Green Pass).

    Once you arrive in Tokyo, our assistant will collect you from the station and accompany you to your hotel! 

    Check-in at the Hotel Blossom Shinjuku or similar 4* hotel.

    Night in Tokyo

    Daily transport and walking itinerary

  • Day 13 : Sayonara and here's to your next trip!

    Breakfast at the hotel. 

    Private transfer to Tokyo airport (see details).

    Return flight to Europe.

    Feel free to extend your trip by one or more days, in Tokyo or elsewhere... We can advise you!

    Included in your tour

  • Accomodations

    - 4 nights in a 4* hotel in the heart of Tokyo, close to the metro

    - 1 night in a 4* ryokan in Hakone - Mount Fuji

    - 4 nights in a 4* hotel in the heart of Kyoto, close to public transport

    - 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Hiroshima, between the park and the castle

    - 1 night in a 4* ryokan in Miyajima (on or opposite the island)the island of the gods

    - 1 night in a 4* hotel in the heart of Tokyo, close to the metro

    The basic rate includes a twin room for two people. All breakfasts are included.

  • Transports

    - Private airport transfers to and from Tokyo

    - Japan Rail Green Pass 7 days (First class)

    - All minivan journeys mentioned (see stage details)

    - Pre-loaded public transport prepayment card

    - 3-day unlimited transport pass for the Kansai region 

    - Hakone Free Pass

    - 2 Luggage transport (see stage details)

  • Services

    - Private airport pick-up

    - Guide every day (except free days)

    - All breakfasts 

    - Traditional dinner at the ryokans in Hakone and Miyajima

    - Private tea ceremony with kimono hire

    - Shiatsu massage

    - Sumo training

  • Supplementary benefits

    - Unlimited wifi access with pocket wifi

    - Full digital travel diary sent before your departure

    - 24/7 telephone assistance in English 

    - Pre-departure cancellation insurance subject to conditions and on-site assistance subject to conditions. 

  • Not included in the price of your trip

    - Flights Europe <> Japan

    - Personal expenses (including meals and free days)

    - Public transport while tickets last (see details)

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

Find out more

Your tour :

  • The prices shown on this page may vary according to the Japanese ¥ exchange rate.
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Pets are not accepted.
  • Children and babies are accepted. From 3 to 11 years, a child rate is available. They will be offered a standard adult bed in each accommodation and a standard seat on public transport. A "baby" rate is available for children aged 0 to 2 inclusive. This rate corresponds to the allocation of a cot in most of the accommodation on the chosen tour. However, we cannot guarantee a cot in every accommodation.
  • This programme may be subject to change due to imperatives such as weather conditions or any other case of force majeure. Please note that, due to the current situation, any information mentioned is subject to change or adaptation.
  • You will receive your travel documents as follows:
  • Travel guide by e-mail before departure
  • Paper documents (airport transfer ticket, transport card, Japan Rail Pass voucher) and Pocket WiFi on arrival at the airport by our airport assistant.
  • N.B: In rare cases, mainly during the very high season, some stages may be reversed. You will be informed of this in your mini travel guide. Thank you for your understanding.

Your accommodation:

  • Some hotels may ask you to pay a tourist tax on arrival. This depends on the town and even the hotel, as some do not include it in the cost of the reservation. It generally amounts to ¥200/night/person (around €1.60) but may be slightly higher in 4-star hotels. It must be paid in cash at the hotel reception. For traditional Japan Experience accommodation, it is included in the initial price of the tour.
  • Room size: in Japan, a densely populated country where everything is small, 4-star hotels have classic twin rooms of around 25m2.  For even more comfort, you can choose our 5* accommodation upgrade option.
  • Double room: Double rooms in Western hotels have 2 single beds as standard (twin rooms), which can usually be placed closer together. As an option, you can select a double room instead of a twin if you want a double bed.
  • Single room: People travelling alone and/or wishing to book a single room must pay a supplement at the time of booking. Please note that single room supplements for orders of more than 2 people will be applied in all accommodation except ryokans (3 and 4*). As this is traditional accommodation, people with the same reservation are grouped together in spacious rooms that can accommodate up to 5 people.
  • 3-person room: If there are 3, 5 or more of you and you do not select the single supplement, you will be allocated a triple room.
  • In the case of a group order (> 5 people), it is possible, depending on hotel availability, that not all members of the group will be accommodated in the same hotel. The aim is nevertheless to be close to each other.
  • Hotel names: The names given on the site are for information only. In the event of unavailability, an establishment of equivalent standing will be scheduled.
  • The ryokan have comfortable futons raised either on western beds or in a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms and toilets in 4* ryokans are private.

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Vos transports :

  • Flights are not included in this tour. Do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to include flights in your order: economy class flights with stopovers or direct flights, air upgrades to eco-premium or business, departures from the provinces 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 depart from Tokyo as well. On departure, you will need to leave Europe the day before and land at 6.30pm at the latest to make the most of your tour's airport services (welcome and transfer to Tokyo). You return the same day, given the favourable time difference, with a minimum take-off time of 9am. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure or need any clarification on the choice of international flights.If the flights have been purchased by you without the involvement of Japan Experience, it is necessary to send us your flight details (flight number, airport, date and time of arrival) by email 1 month before your departure to enable us to organise your welcome and airport transfer as well as possible
  • Airport transfers: Your private transfer from the airport will be non-stop and directly after the actual arrival of your flight. Please note: due to the large number of changes to flight times by airlines, if you are notified of a change to your arrival time less than 72 hours before your departure, and the change exceeds 45 minutes, we cannot guarantee your airport shuttle. In this case, you will have to take a taxi at your own expense, requesting a refund from your airline for an abusive schedule change. The same applies to your return journey: 72 hours before your return flight, we cannot change the shuttle schedule. In the same way, you will have to take a taxi booked with the hotel, at your own expense, with reimbursement from the airline being the only solution. Japan Experience accepts no responsibility in the event of last minute changes to the schedule.
    Included in your tour are a pre-loaded ¥1500 (approx €12) transport pre-payment card (suica or Pasmo brand), a Kansai region unlimited transport pass (3 days), a 7-day Japan Rail Pass Green and a Hakone Free Pass. These cards should cover most of your journeys during your stay. Please note: Once the ¥1,500 transport pre-payment card has expired, you will be responsible for all travel by recharging your transport pre-payment card (at ticket machines in all stations and underground stations).
    A metro ticket in Tokyo costs around €2, which varies according to the length of the journey.
    If a person taking part in the tour is of Japanese nationality and resident in Japan, or is a foreigner but resident in Japan for tax purposes (including students), they will not be able to benefit from the price shown as they are unfortunately not eligible for the unlimited transport pass for the Kansai region. Please contact us to obtain the price of the tour without this pass. This person will have to buy the train tickets for the tour directly in Japan. If this person is a Japanese national but not a resident of Japan, then he or she may qualify for the Unlimited Transport Pass for the Kansai region under certain conditions (see https://www.japan-experience.com/fr/questions-frequentes).
  • Luggage transport: Only one item of luggage per person is permitted, and may not exceed 30kg. If this is not the case, you will have to pay an additional fee.

Your visits:

  • The airport welcome is in English. Your airport assistant will be waiting for you at the customs exit with a sign bearing the name of the booking. He will give you your travel documents and take you to your airport transfer. He will not accompany you to Tokyo (possible, but optional).
  • For activities included in the tour, we will provide you with the schedule and access information at a later date.

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Your meals:

  • The traditional Japanese dinner and Japanese breakfast included in your tour of Hakone and Miyajima are predominantly savoury. Please let us know in the comments if you have any food intolerances, and we will pass them on to the ryokans so that they can take them into account when trying to adapt the meals. If the ryokan does not take into account the dietary restrictions transmitted by Japan Experience, we cannot be held responsible and no refund of meals will be given.

Additional services:

  • A pocket wifi is included in your tour. It provides unlimited high-speed Internet access. Your Pocket WiFi will be given to you at the arrival airport.
  • It comes with a small guide to operating your device (don't panic: it's simple to operate) and a pre-paid envelope for returning your device at the end of your stay. Your pocket wifi will work naturally until the last day of your trip to Japan.
  • A maximum of 5 devices (phone, tablet, computer) can be connected to a pocket wifi.
  • A single pocket wifi is provided for a tour order of 1 to 5 people. For an order of 6 people or more, a second pocket wifi will be added automatically and at no extra cost to your booking.

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