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10 Days
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US$ 3,949

There’s no country on earth like Japan. Tokyo to Kyoto is one of its classic travel routes, but this trip takes you deeper than most Japan tours, immersing you in the colour, culture, and history of this unique destination.


This 10-day trip through Japan takes you from frenetic Tokyo to the serene temples and gardens of ancient Kyoto, going via some of the country’s most beautiful small cities and rural regions.

Settle into your Tokyo hotel, then depart early for a day trip to Kamakura, just south of the capital. A former political centre in the 12th century, Kamakura’s beautiful temples have earned it comparisons to Kyoto. You’ll visit Hase-Dera, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, and the Great Buddha before returning to the city.

Tokyo itself is an endlessly rewarding city to explore. On a one day tour, you’ll get your bearings at Tokyo Tower, then pay your respects at the Imperial Palace Plaza before visiting Senso-ji, Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist temple. The surrounding Ueno area is Tokyo at its most attractive, with old-fashioned buildings, parks lined with cherry blossoms, and a variety of small local shops. The following day, depart Tokyo and make your way to another Japanese icon, Mount Fuji, enjoying sweeping views from the 5th station, halfway up the mountain. Fuji-san also overlooks Lake Ashi, where you’ll take an afternoon cruise, followed by a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway.

There’s something magical about the streets of Takayama, your next stop. Many of the shops here date back to the Edo period, and it shows. Besides the old town being a delight to wander at leisure, the city includes the Yatai Kaikan Hall, and the Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum, both of which feature on your tour. Departing the city, visit Gokayama and Shirakawa, small towns famed for their traditional gassho-zukuri houses. Finally, visit Kanazawa, an Edo Period city that showcases Japanese arts, crafts, and culture at its finest. Here, you’ll visit Tentoku-in Temple, and the Nagamachi Samurai District, along with Kenrokuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

Your final destination is Kyoto, the ancient capital containing many of Japan’s most famous and beautiful temples including Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, and Chion-in. Your day tour includes Kinkaku-ji, home to the famous Golden Pavilion, and Nijo Castle, former home to the Tokugawa Shogun in the early 17th century. After lunch, admire the thousand Buddha images of Rengeoin Sanjusangendo, before ending the day enjoying the view from Kiyomizu-dera. Kyoto is the highlight of many Japan tours, so don't be surprised if it becomes one of your favourite cities as well.

Transfer to Osaka’s Kansai airport for departure, or add an extra day or two to explore some more.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,949

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Day 1

Depart North America

Fly from North America to Japan, crossing the International Date Line.

Day 2

Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda airport, clear immigration and proceed to the arrivals hall, where our representative will greet you and assist you in boarding a taxi to your Tokyo hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Shiba Park Hotel

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    Shiba Park Hotel



    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business ...

    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business or pleasure.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Tokyo

This morning, take in mesmerizing city views from the Tokyo Tower, designed by Tachu Naito and inspired by the Eiffel Tower. Continue to the Imperial Palace Plaza and admire the palace and gardens (entrance inside the palace is forbidden). Next, travel to Asakusa and visit Sensoji, the oldest and most beloved temple in the city. Explore crazy Nakamise shopping street, then take a drive through historic Ueno and Akihabara Electric Town. You'll be dropped off at either Tokyo Station or the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (12:30-12:50pm), from where you can continue to explore on your own. Your guide can assist you with directions if needed.

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Day 4

Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo

This morning, head to Kamakura by bus and arrive Jomyoji Temple. Enjoy some matcha green tea in the refined atmosphere of the temple's 400-year-old tearoom, and admire the exquisite rock garden. Walk through the grounds of Hokokuji Temple, known as the "bamboo temple" because of its beautiful bamboo grove. Sit down for a lunch of authentic Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, then continue to Kotoku-in Temple and the 13-meter-tall Great Buddha statue. Afterwards, travel to Enoshima Island, crossing a 600-meter suspension bridge. Take a walk along colourful Benzaiten Nakamise shopping street, then ride the escar up to Enoshima Shrine and enjoy beautiful ocean views. Return to Tokyo, with a drop-off either in Ginza or near Shinjuku Station West Exit (5:00-6:40pm).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Tokyo - Hakone

Travel to Mt. Fuji by bus this morning and head up to the 5th Station, a breath-taking 7,546 feet above sea level. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch, then descend to Lake Ashi, a volcanic crater lake. Take a short cruise on the lake, often affording picture perfect views of Mt. Fuji, then ride the ropeway up Mt. Komagatake and spend some time at the peak. Enjoy the scenery and fresh air, and also visit Mototsumiya Shrine, nestled on the mountaintop. Continue to the town of Hakone, arriving at your hotel between 5:00-6:00pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Yumoto Fujiya

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    Yumoto Fujiya



    The Yumoto Fujiya Hotel is a Japanese-style resort hotel offering a fantastic range of spa and hot spring facilities combined with breath-taking views and where you can enjoy the traditional Japanese "ryokan" style of hospitality. The hotel is conveniently located just a three minute walk ...

    The Yumoto Fujiya Hotel is a Japanese-style resort hotel offering a fantastic range of spa and hot spring facilities combined with breath-taking views and where you can enjoy the traditional Japanese "ryokan" style of hospitality. The hotel is conveniently located just a three minute walk from Hakone-Yumoto Station. The resort has very spacious Japanese and Western style rooms and they are designed in understated contemporary style with large windows.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Pool (s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 6

Hakone - Takayama

This morning, depart your Hakone hotel by taxi for Odawara Station, where you will board a bullet train for Nagoya and a limited express train to Takayama (approximately 5 hours). Arrive Takayama between 2:00-2:30pm and proceed on a walking tour of Takayama City. First, head to the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall to view the floats used in the famous Takayama Festival, and admire the detailed craftsmanship that goes into making them. Continue to the Kusakabe Heritage House, a historical Japanese-style townhouse with exquisite folk art and traditional handicrafts. Later, explore Kami-Sannomachi, an enchanting neighbourhood in Takayama's old quarter. Check in to your hotel between 5:30-6:30pm and the evening is at leisure. You may want to take advantage of the hotel's mineral-rich hot spring baths.

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Duration1 Night
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Hida Hotel Plaza

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    Hida Hotel Plaza


    Hida Hotel Plaza is located just 5 minutes on foot from JR Takayama Station, the Miyagawa Asaichi morning market, and a selection of tourist spots. All the guestrooms are well- furnished and equipped with basic amenities to cater to the needs of every traveller.

    Hida Hotel Plaza is located just 5 minutes on foot from JR Takayama Station, the Miyagawa Asaichi morning market, and a selection of tourist spots. All the guestrooms are well- furnished and equipped with basic amenities to cater to the needs of every traveller.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 7

Takayama - Kanazawa

Depart your hotel at 8:00am to visit the bustling Takayama Morning Market, where many regional specialties are sold, then continue by coach to Shirakawa-go. Proceed to the observatory deck where you can get a birds' eye view of this picturesque mountain village. Visit the Wada Residence, a traditional thatch-roofed farmhouse, then enjoy a home-style lunch. Later in the afternoon, continue to Kanazawa by bus, arriving between 4:00-6:30pm. The evening is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Kanazawa

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    Hotel Kanazawa



    Hotel Kanazawa is located close to Train station in Kanazawa and features 186 room with 10 suites.

    Hotel Kanazawa is located close to Train station in Kanazawa and features 186 room with 10 suites.

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    • Banquet Facilities
    • Garden
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Day 8

Kanazawa to Kyoto

This morning, explore historic Kanazawa, starting with a visit to the Nomura Samurai House. Wander the streets of the Nagamachi district, where earthen walls, waterways and stone paths remain much as they were in the days of the samurai. Continue to the magnificent Kenrokuen Garden, one of the top three gardens in Japan, and beautiful in all seasons. Stroll through the Higashi Chaya district, where wooden-latticed exteriors of tea houses line both sides of the stone-paved streets. Stop in at the gold leaf shop Hakuza Honten, then proceed to Kanazawa Station for your train to Kyoto. Upon arrival in Kyoto, transfer to your hotel by taxi, arriving between 4:30-6:00pm. The evening is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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    Karasuma Kyoto Hotel



    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located ...

    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located at the intersection of Shijo and Karasuma streets, in the heart of Kyoto's downtown, the hotel has won the hearts of visitors through its unrivalled access and the welcoming, conscientious service offered by the Kyoto Hotel group. Use the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, convenient for both business and sightseeing, whenever you visit Kyoto.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Kyoto

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Kyoto, starting with the impressive Nijo Castle (when closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). Noted for its gorgeous interiors, the castle's "squeaky" nightingale floors alerted residents against any unwanted intruders. Continue to the incomparable Kinkakuji Temple, famous for both its Golden Pavilion and its exquisite Japanese garden. Afterwards, visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace, where you gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan (if the Palace is closed, visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead). Have lunch at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, then visit Sanjusangendo Temple. Sanjusangendo is home to the world's longest wooden structure, which houses 1,001 life-sized statues of Buddhist deities. Continue to the vermilion-hued Heian Jingu Shrine, then proceed to the hilltop temple Kiyomizudera. Look down at the city of Kyoto from Kiymomizudera's wooden veranda, and catch drops of the Otowa waterfall flowing from beneath the main hall, known to grant wishes to those who drink it. Return to your hotel between 5:30-6:30pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 10

Depart Kyoto

After breakfast, transfer to Osaka’s Kansai or Itami airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Mondays, Wednesdays (with some exceptions).

Date From:
Los Angeles
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Honolulu
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New York
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Jun 1 - Aug 22 '17 $ 4,149 $ 3,999 $ 4,349
Aug 23 - Sep 8 '17 $ 3,949 $ 4,299 $ 4,249
Sep 9 - Nov 30 '17 $ 3,949 $ 3,999 $ 4,149

 

Date From:
Vancouver
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Toronto
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Montreal
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Jun 1 - Aug 22 '17 $ 5,299 $ 5,499 $ 5,499
Aug 23 - Sep 8 '17 $ 5,699 $ 5,799 $ 5,849
Sep 9 - Nov 30 '17 $ 5,149 $ 5,499 $ 5,549

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes from gateway cities listed
  • 8 nights’ moderate accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Inter-Japan train and land travel as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages, other meals.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Book by 31 October 2017.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. US departures in USD; Canada departures in CAD. Airfare from Los Angeles and New York on Japan Airlines and American Airlines. Airfare from Honolulu on United Airlines. Airfare from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal on Air Canada and All Nippon Airways. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates will apply. Limited seats/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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