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Cultural Japan including Airfare

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 2,599

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$ 2,599

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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

Today you will start off your stay in Tokyo on the Edo Tokyo morning tour. Your tour will start with a drive by of the National Diet Building which is the center of the Japanese Government. Don't let the impressive Western-style architecture fool you, this building is constructed almost entirely out of pure Japanese materials. Then you will pass the Imperial Palace which is formerly known as Edo Castle, this palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. The grounds are lush with green foliage and provide a relaxing spot for Tokyoites and visitors alike. Your first stop is the Tsukiji Outer Market which is Japan's No.1 place for seafood with over 400 shops including fresh fish retailers, grocers, and restaurants. Enjoy shopping and try some local food while exploring this one-of-a-kind location.
On your way to the Tokyo Skytree Town, you will pass the Kabukiza, a classic Japanese-style theater where traditional Kabuki performances are held. Your next stop is the Tokyo Skytree Town where you will have the opportunity to enjoy freely exploring Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Solamach which features many traditional Tokyo shops, an aquarium, planetarium, and more. Admission to Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck and paid facilities at Tokyo Skytree Town are not included in the tour booking charge. The last stop for the day is the Senso-ji Temple & Nakamise Shopping Street. Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple, offers plenty to see including the bright red Kaminarimon Gate, a statue of the god of thunder, and a five-story pagoda. The bustling street known as 'Nakamise' stretches for about 250 m from Kaminarimon Gate to Senso-ji Temple and is filled with a plethora of shops. The tour ends in Asakusa after enjoying a stroll around.

On Wednesdays, Sundays, and other days when Tsukiji Outer Market is closed, an alternate destination of Hamarikyu Gardens, East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Imperial Palace Plaza Nijubashi Bridge, Odaiba, Roppongi Hills, etc. may be visited instead.

Duration: 5-6 hours

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo

This morning, head south from Tokyo to Kamakura and arrive Jomyoji Temple. Here you will be served matcha green tea in the refined atmosphere of the temple's 400-year-old tearoom. Admire Jomyoji's exquisite rock garden, then walk through the grounds of Hokokuji Temple, known as the 'bamboo temple' because of its beautiful bamboo grove. After a lunch of authentic Japanese-style meal, continue to Kotoku-in Temple and the infamous 13-metre-tall Great Buddha statue. Afterwards, cross a 600-metre high suspension bridge to Enoshima Island and take a walk along colourful Benzaiten Nakamise shopping street. Finally, ride the escar up to Enoshima Shrine, which offers ocean views on a clear day. Return to Tokyo, with a drop-off either in Ginza or Shinjuku (5:00-6:40pm).

Duration: 9-10 Hours

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Hakone

Leave Tokyo by bus for Hakone National Park (depart at approximately 8:45AM). En route, drive half way up Mount Fuji to the 5th Station for a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside from a sight 2,300 meters. (When the drive to the 5th Station is closed in winter, due to snow, you will go to the highest possible point.) After a Japanese style lunch you will enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Lake Ashi followed by a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway (one of the world's longest aerial lifts) with a view of the volcanic Owakudani Valley. You will arrive at your hotel in Hakone at approximately 5:00-6:00PM, where you will overnight.

Please note: Baggage will be separately transported from Tokyo to your hotel in Kyoto with allowance of 1 piece per person. For extra luggage, JPY 2,200 will be charged per piece in destination. Please arrange an overnight bag for your stay in Hakone

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

You will be transferred to Odawara Station and board Shinkasen to Nagoya Station for the rail journey to Takayama (departure between 8:00-9:30am).
On arrival, walk to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Takayama. This tour will include the Yatai Kaikan Hall, which houses some of the Takayama Festival's towering floats. Then, you will visit the Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum and a stroll in the old town called the Kamisannomachi. You will be returned to your hotel between 5:30-6:30pm, where you will have the evening free.

You will be without your main luggage during your Takayama and Kanazawa stay. Your luggage will instead be transported to Kyoto to await your arrival.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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

This morning you will depart your hotel for a 40 min bus trip Takayama Morning Market where you will start your full day tour. Ensure you wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Enjoy walking around the bustling the market, where a wide array of local specialties and other products are available. Then you head off to the Shirakawago Observatory to enjoy an elevated view of the World Heritage-registered thatch-roofed village of Shirakawago. Great for photography! Lunch at a Thatched Roof House where you can taste delicious regional cuisine dishes you can only enjoy in the countryside. After lunch you will head over to Wada Residence (traditional thatch-roofed farmhouse). This is one of the thatch-roofed houses, also registered as a World Heritage Site. Look around and be fascinated by the culture and history of the village. Your last stop for today is Shirakawago to Kanazawa (Drive-by sightseeing of Miboro Dam), on the way from Shirakawago to Kanazawa, enjoy seeing rural Japanese scenery such as the manmade Miboro Dam and the Hakusan Mountains. Enjoy sightseeing from the vehicle windows.
Depending on traffic congestion on the day of the tour due to weather, the section between Shirakawago and Kanazawa may be changed to transfer via expressway, and the tour may be unable to drive by for sightseeing at Miboro Dam.

Duration 6-7 hours

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
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 8

Kanazawa - Kyoto

After breakfast you will depart around 8:30-09:00am from your hotel and head to Nomura Residence, Nagamachi Samurai District. Here you will visit a former residence of a samurai family from the Kaga Domain. Admire the traditional architecture and gaze at the beautiful Japanese garden. Next stop is the Kenrokuen Garden, this beautiful garden is considered one of the top three Japanese gardens. It offers amazing seasonal views all year round. After a 40min drive you will be visiting, Higashi Chaya--gai, wooden-latticed exteriors of teahouses line both sides of the stone-paved street here where something from the Edo period (1603-1868) still lingers in the air. This area is an Important Traditional Building Preservation District. The last sightseeing spot for the day is Hakuza Honten, feel free to purchase handicrafts, accessories, cosmetics and other items made with gold leaf. You will have free time for lunch (not included) at Kanazawa Station, after which you will board a train to Kyoto Station. An English-speaking tour conductor will meet participants at Kyoto Station and transferred to your hotel.

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
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Kyoto

Set out to explore some of Kyoto's most famous sites and discover the history behind this one thousand year capital. Tour Nijo Castle, noted for its gorgeous interiors and its 'squeaky' nightingale floors which alerted residents to unwanted intruders (if Nijo Castle is closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). Continue to Kinkakuji Temple, famous for its Golden Pavilion covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold as well as for its exquisite Japanese gardens and koi ponds. Afterwards, visit Kyoto's Imperial Palace and gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan (if the Palace is closed, visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead). After a Japanese- and Western-style buffet lunch, set out this afternoon to visit the vermilion-hued Heian Shrine, originally constructed in 1895 to commemorate the city's 1100th anniversary. Continue on to Sanjusangendo Temple, home to the world's longest wooden structure which houses over a thousand life-sized statues of Buddhist deities. Finally, proceed to the hilltop temple Kiyomizudera and admire the views of Kyoto from its wooden veranda. You might also want to catch a few drops of the Otowa waterfall which flows underneath the main hall, known to grant wishes to those who drink it.

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:

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17 Feb '18

$3,549 $3,539 $3,099 $2,629

17 Mar '18

$3,749 $4,109 $2,941 $2,599

19 Apr '18

$4,879 $4,849 $3,266 $3,029

17 May '18

$3,849 $3,769 $2,619 $2,549

 

Air Upgrade Options
Upgrade the international flights on this itinerary to Business Class with pricing from CA$2294 to CA$8195 and US$2105 to US$8883 per person. Please ask one of our Asia experts for more details.

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:

This particular tour runs weekly during 2018, however, we are holding space on these 4 departures during peak season in Japan, book now to avoid disappointment. If these dates do not suit you, please inquire with your Asia Expert on other dates available during the 2018.
* Hotels are subject to availability and alternative hotels may be used in the first class category

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation. International airfare are on a variety of airlines and the departure day from North America may require departing one day earlier. Listed flights may include stops en-route and on return. Direct flights may be available at a higher cost. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please enquire. We offer this same journey in deluxe style accommoation, please ask your Asia expert for upgrade hotel options.

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