- Imperial Tokyo, 3 days
- Historical Kyoto, 3 days
- Kyoto & Nara, 5 days
- Nagoya, 3 days
- Traditional Japanese Inn, 3 days
- Osaka, 3 days
- Hiroshima, 3 days
- Sapporo, 3 days
- Okinawa Stopover, 3 days
- Essential Japan, 8 days
- The Golden Route, 7 days
- Japan In Depth, 8 days
- Tokyo & Kyoto Highlights, 5 days
SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES
ASIA STAYS OF DISTINCTION
- The Amandari, Ubud
- Peninsula Hotel, Beijing
- Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
- Lake Palace, Udaipur
- The Peninsula, Shanghai
- Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
- The Palace, Tokyo
- The Imperial Hotel, Delhi
- Raffles Hotel, Singapore
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok
- Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai
- Amanpuri, Phuket
- The Amansara, Siem Reap
- La Residence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang
- Gems of South East Asia, 10 days
Japan Independent Travel Ideas
JAPAN IN DEPTH
TOKYO • HAKONE • TAKAYAMA • KANAZAWA • KYOTO
For those visitors to Japan who wish to combine the well-known must sees such as Tokyo and Kyoto with a glimpse of parts of Japan which are extremely interesting yet not commercial, this itinerary is perfect. You will come away with a well-rounded experience and an insight into both modern and traditional Japan. Travel through beautiful countryside, marvel at unique villages and ancient towns and experience the urban hustle and bustle of large cosmopolitan cities.
Day 1. Arrive Tokyo.
Upon arrival into Tokyo, you will be met and given the appropriate bus tickets for the transfer to your hotel. The representative will show you the departure point for the bus. Check-in to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 2. Tokyo sightseeing.
A morning group tour of the city includes a panoramic view of Tokyo from the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower. Afterwards, take a stroll around the walled Imperial Palace Plaza, which is surrounded by a moat. The tour then continues on to Asakusa but travels through Ueno, famous for its park and street market. Asakusa is a great place for souvenir shopping and the area leads to the most famous Buddhist temple in Tokyo called the Sensoji Temple. The tour will disband upon arrival at Akihabara or Tokyo Station. The balance of the afternoon is free to explore this amazing city. (B)
Day 3. Tokyo to Hakone.
Leave Tokyo by bus for Hakone National Park. En route, drive half way up Mount Fuji for a view of the surrounding countryside. (When the drive to the 5th Station is closed in winter due to snow, you will go to the highest possible point.) Later enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi followed by Hakone Ropeway with a view of Owakudani Valley. (BL)
Overnight at Yumoto Fujiya Hotel.
Day 4. Hakone to Takayama.
You will be transferred to Hakone Station for the rail journey to Takayama via Nagoya. And on arrival, walk to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Takayama including Yatai Kaikan Hall, Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum and a stroll in the old town called the Kamisannomachi District. (B)
Overnight in Hida Hotel Plaza.
Note: You will be without your main luggage during your Takayama & Kanazawa stay. Your luggage will instead be transported to Kyoto to await your arrival.
Day 5. Takayama to Kanazawa.
This morning, visit the famous morning fruit and vegetable market, and move to Takayama station and leave for Shirakawago by local bus. Walking tour of Shirakawago, visiting Gassho-zukuri Folk Village and Old Residence of Wada Family. Then, take a local bus to Kanazawa station and walk to the hotel in Kanazawa. (B)
Overnight at Hotel Nikko Kanazawa.
Day 6. Kanazawa to Kyoto.
A morning sightseeing tour of Kanazawa includes the Kenrokuen Garden, the Kutaniyaki Pottery Kiln and Old Samurai Residence of Nomura Family. In the later afternoon, you will be given assistance to the station for your rail journey to Kyoto Upon arrival in Kyoto, transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 7. Kyoto sightseeing.
The Weekday morning tour includes the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Nijo Castle (when closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead), and the Kyoto Imperial Palace (Palace tour closed on weekends). The Weekend and Holiday morning tour is the same but includes the Nishi-honganji temple, which replaces the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The afternoon is free to explore this fascinating city further. (B)
Day 8. Kyoto to Osaka Airport or Tokyo.
At leisure until ready to depart by transfer to Osaka Airport by seat-sharing van. (B)
Please request prices for the time you wish to travel & advise your preferred hotel category - Moderate, First Class or Deluxe.
Train travel within Japan, 7 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities and air conditioning; sightseeing as indicated; meals as indicated by BLD, transfers where indicated.
International air fare, optional excursions, items of a personal nature such as laundry, dry cleaning, phone calls, drinks, cancellation and medical insurance, excess baggage charges and Government departure taxes.
Jan.2-Feb.25: Mon and Wed
Feb.27-Nov.27: Mon, Wed and Fri (EXCEPT Apr.10,12,24,26,29, May.1,3, Jul.10,12,15,19,26 Aug.2,5,7,9,12,14,16,23, Sep.13,20, Oct.7,11, Nov.1)Dec.2-18: Mon and Wed
Please request prices for the time you wish to travel & advise your preferred hotel category – Moderate, First Class or Deluxe.
Please click the hotel below for details on accommodation
City: Moderate First Class Deluxe TOKYO Grand Palace Keio Plaza Hotel New Otani Hotel HAKONE Yumoto Fujiya Hotel
Yumoto Fujiya Hotel
Yumoto Fujiya Hotel
(Japanese-Western Style Room)
TAKAYAMA Hida Hotel Plaza
Hida Hotel Plaza
Hida Hotel Plaza
KANAZAWA Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
KYOTO Karasuma Kyoto Rihga Royal Okura