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Classic Japan with Airfare

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,993

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the most popular sites of Japan on this classic vacation. Start in Kyoto, where you’ll explore temples and gardens. Continue to Hiroshima to learn about its tragic history before connecting to Tokyo to tour the capital as well as nearby Mt. Fuji.


This 9-day Japanese vacation takes you to some of the country’s classic highlights, including Kyoto, Hiroshima, Tokyo, and Mt. Fuji. It includes first-class accommodations and a mix of private and shared tours, and a 7-day Japan Rail Pass.

Your trip to Japan begins in Kyoto, the former imperial capital and often considered the most beautiful city in the nation. You’ll explore this city of temples and palaces on a guided walking tour, which starts at the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, continues to Nijo Castle, and explores the grounds of Kiyomizu-dera Temple before ending in the Gion district, which is renowned for its old samurai houses and geisha salons. You’ll have another day at leisure in Kyoto to walk through the haunting bamboo grove of Arashiyama or hike up the hillside of Fushimi Inari Taisha, passing through the hundreds of vermillion gates lining the mountain.

Activate your Japan Rail Pass and ride the rails to continue your Japan vacation in Hiroshima. Tour the peace park and learn about the city’s tragic history, when it was destroyed by an atomic bomb at the end of World War II. You’ll see the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum before you connect to nearby Miyajima Island to see the famous Itsukushima Shrine submerged in the tide.

Jump back on the bullet train and ride to Tokyo, stopping off at Himeji Castle, arguably the most famous castle in the nation, en route. In Tokyo, you’ll take advantage of the great subway system to explore this massive metropolis littered with futuristic wonders and ancient temples. A walking tour takes you to Senso-ji, the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in the city, as well as the nearby Nakamise shopping street before you connect to the Imperial Palace Gardens and go on a shopping spree in upscale Ginza. On your final full day, you’ll ride the train to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station to explore the famous natural wonder at 2,300m. During your tour, you’ll cruise on the crater lake of Lake Ashi and head up Mt. Komagatake for some of the best views of Fuji. Return to Tokyo for a final night in the capital.

At the end of your trip to Japan, connect to Haneda Airport for onward travels.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,993

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America on your flight to Japan

Day 2

Arrive Kyoto

After clearing Customs and Immigration formalities at Osaka's Kansai International Airport you will be met and assisted to your transfer to Kyoto.

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years before Tokyo became its capital in 1868 and is Japan’s most beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage possessing 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is known as the “City of 10,000 shrines” because there are 2000 religious sites (mainly Buddhist). Other major attractions on a Japanese vacation are Kyoto’s palaces and gardens plus its old and colourful neighbourhoods. 

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax or explore Kyoto at your own pace.

A 7-Day Japan Rail Pass is included in the tour price. You may exchange your voucher and validate the pass at most Japan Rail Stations. Ensure the pass is validated prior to use.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo

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    Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo



    Located in a prime location within a two minute walk from Kyoto Station - the gateway to the ancient capital of Kyoto - the Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo offers an ideal base and various package plans for leisure and business travelers. As the largest hotel …

    Located in a prime location within a two minute walk from Kyoto Station - the gateway to the ancient capital of Kyoto - the Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo offers an ideal base and various package plans for leisure and business travelers. As the largest hotel in Kyoto, with 986 rooms, the Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo combines comfort with functionality, providing space to relax.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Full Day Kyoto Highlights Guided Walking Tour

The is the perfect introduction to Kyoto, visiting some of the cities most iconic sites. Meet your guide in the morning in the lobby of your hotel and then begin your walking tour using public transit (subway and bus). Your first stop is the renowned Kinkakuji temple, better known as the Golden Pavilion, one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage sites. Walk through the temple grounds to admire the gold leaf decorated temple and visit the teahouse for a matcha green tea tasting and Japanese sweet. Afterwards, choose to visit either Nijo Castle, one of the best examples of castle palace architecture from Japan's feudal era or Kyoto's Imperial Palace, the once residence of Japan's Imperial family. Your guide will then escort you to a restaurant for lunch as you will have surely worked up an appetite from all the morning explorations. The type of cuisine you have for lunch will depend on your preferences, but your guide will be able to make some recommendations. After lunch, travel to the Southern Higashiyama district to visit another one of Kyoto's most famous sites, Kiyomizu-dera temple, located on a hillside overlooking the city and also a UNESCO site. Explore the temple grounds and see Otowa Waterfall. Then you may decide to explore the souvenir shops in Higashiyama (time permitting). Your guide will escort you back to your hotel at the end of the tour or you may choose to end the tour in the Gion district, the historical geisha district of Kyoto.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration8 Hours
Day 4

Kyoto at Leisure

A full day to explore historic Kyoto at your own pace. Please ask your destination specialist about option excursions available.

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Day 5

Kyoto to Hiroshima

Following breakfast depart by train for Hiroshima.

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel in Hiroshima or at Hiroshima JR train station in the morning and then begin your walking tour using public transit (streetcar, train and ferry).  Your first stop is Peace Memorial Park. Walk through the park to see the Atomic Bomb Dome and the other monuments and then visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Afterwards, go for lunch at an okonomiyaki cuisine restaurant, one of Hiroshima's specialties. Then transfer to Miyajima island, home to one of Japan's most photographed sites - Itsukushima Shrine with the floating tori gate. During high tide the tori gate appears to be floating in the sea. After visiting the shrine, the rest of the day will be spent exploring the quaint town of Miyajima. Choose to visit the lesser known Daishoin temple, perched on a hillside overlooking the sea or explore the shops and food stalls in town. At the end of the tour, your guide will either escort you back to your hotel or the train station.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto

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    Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto



    Located in Miyajima, 100 metres from Five Storey Pagoda, Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto provides accommodation with a garden. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers free shuttle service and luggage storage space. Local points of interest like Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in Temple are reachable within …

    Located in Miyajima, 100 metres from Five Storey Pagoda, Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto provides accommodation with a garden. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers free shuttle service and luggage storage space. Local points of interest like Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in Temple are reachable within 200 metres and 600 metres, respectively.

    A la carte breakfast is available every morning at the property.

    The great Torii is 300 metres from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Banquet Hall
    • Coffee Lounge
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Karaoke Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Souvenir Shop

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Day 6

Hiroshima to Tokyo

Following breakfast, travel to Hiroshima by ferry and train and then take the bullet train to Tokyo, Japan's sprawling capital city. The balance of the day is at lesiure. 

We suggest you stop en-route in Himeji to visit Himeji castle, one of Japan’s most famous castles. The castle is about a 5 minute taxi ride from Himeji station, making it a very convenient stopover.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

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    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo



    The Keio Plaza Hotel is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city of Tokyo. Only minutes away from the most popular shopping and entertainment spots, the luxury hotel provides stunning views over central Tokyo. The Keio Plaza Hotel offers a wide variety …

    The Keio Plaza Hotel is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city of Tokyo. Only minutes away from the most popular shopping and entertainment spots, the luxury hotel provides stunning views over central Tokyo. The Keio Plaza Hotel offers a wide variety of home-away-from-home hospitality, with 1,435 guest rooms to choose from to accommodate your every need. Located in Shinjuku, in the very heart of the Tokyo metropolis, the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo extends top rated services and facilities, features that guests come to expect of a world class hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 7

Half Day Tokyo Guided Walking Tour

Travel around Tokyo using the cities sophisticated and efficient subway and train lines together with your private guide visiting some of Tokyo`s main sites. Meet you guide in the lobby of your hotel and then walk to the train station to begin your adventure. Start the day with a visit to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo`s oldest Buddhist temple. After visiting the temple grounds take time to stroll along Nakamise shopping street to look for souvenirs or maybe purchase a snack. Then travel to the Imperial Palace East Gardens, a part of the inner palace area. The palace itself is not open to the public as it is the residence of the emperor, but you can walk through the garden grounds to see the moats, remains of Edo castle and gardens. Next, travel to either Ginza or Tsukiji Outer Fish Market. Your guide will either say goodbye so you can continue exploring or escort you back to your hotel.

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Day 8

Full Day Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour

Travel from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji by bus this morning and head up to the 5th Station. The 5th Station is situated at 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) above sea level. At this height, you will be amazed at spectacular, breathtaking views from above the clouds. After which you will enjoy lunch.  Once your lunch is done a short visit on a Lake Ashi Cruise.  This crater lake along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mt. Hakone was formed by a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago, and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji towering 30 km northwest. Admire the superb view of Mt. Fuji from aboard a ship. Take a ropeway ride to the peak of Mt. Komagatake. There will be time to include a walk around at the peak. Take a cableway ride up to the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya (original shrine) that nestles at the mountaintop. Depart Hakone and proceed to Odawara Station by bus. Board the Kodama Shinkansen to Tokyo in the non-reserved section.  You will arrive back in Tokyo between 8-10pm, all dependent on traffic conditions. You will need to make your own way back to your hotel on arrival.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Tokyo to North America

This morning, transfer to Tokyo's Haneda airport for your onward flight. Of course if you want to stay longer your Goway Destination Specialist can customize the perfect itinerary for you.

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DEPARTURES AND PRICING:

US
Departure Dates 2023
with Japan Airline

From:
New York
US$
From:
Chicago
US$
From:
Los Angeles
US$
5 Feb. - 15 Mar. $4,542 $4,524 $3,993
15 - 25 Apr. $4,767 $4,767 $4,218
25 May - 15 Jun.  $5,456 $5,513 $4,563

 

Canandian
Departure Dates 2023
with Air Canada

From:
Toronto
CA$
From:
Montreal
CA$
From:
Vancouver
CA$
5 Feb. - 15 Mar. $5,738 $5,187 $5,547
15 - 25 Apr. $6,022 $5,607 $5,517
25 May - 15 Jun.  $5,998 $5,529 $5,412


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip international airfares with Japan Airlines or Air Canada
  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Kyoto
  • 1 night in first-class ryokan on Miyajima Island
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Tokyo
  • Private-guided Kyoto highlights tour
  • Private-guided Hiroshima highlights tour
  • Private-guided Tokyo Edo tour
  • Shared tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone (max. 40 guests)
  • 7 Day Ordinary Japan Rail Pass
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 2), 1 lunch, 1 dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Entrance fees not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double shared accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire

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