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Quintessential Japan: Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto & More

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,510

FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: The very essence of this special country is revealed with stays in its vibrant capital, Tokyo and its historic ancient capital, the beautiful Kyoto. A further stay in Hakone National Park with the nearby Mount Fuji and a day in Hiroshima complete the tour.


Your Quintessential Japan tour starts off with 3 nights in Japan’s vibrant capital, Tokyo. 
Sightseeing includes a full day to Kamakura with its Great Buddha, ancient temple of Hase-Dera, famous for housing a massive wooden statue and the Tsurugaoko Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura's most important shrine. Return to Tokyo via Yokohama and stop in at the traditional Japanese Sankeien Garden.

The following morning, enjoy a tour of Japan’s largest city which will include the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower, the gardens of the Imperial Palace, the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the traditional Ueno district.

Leave Tokyo by bus for the Hakone National Park and drive half way up the famous Mount Fuji for some spectacular panoramic views. Later, enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi followed by a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway, one of the world’s longest aerial lifts. Overnight in Hakone. 
The next day, take the bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival, head to the attractive city of Nara, to view the ancient Todaiji Temple with its Great Buddha, the largest bronze Buddha in Japan, the colourful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with its 3,000 lanterns and visit Nara Park, affectionately called "Deer Park" because of the friendly, free-roaming deer that inhabit it. Return to Kyoto for a 4 night stay.

You will have a full day of touring to some of the most famous sites including Nijo Castle, completed in 1626, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, former home of Japan’s Imperial families and the Golden Pavillion (Kinkakuji Temple), an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond which reflects a mirror image of the temple. You will also visit Sanjusangendo Temple, which has over 1,000 Buddha images and the Heian Jingu Shrine and the Kiyomizudera Temple with its famous wooden verandah.

Next head to Hiroshima for the day by the bullet train. Although widely known as the city destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945, Hiroshima is now a modern, cosmopolitan city. On arrival, enjoy a tour which includes the beautiful Miyajima Island famous for its Itsukushima Jinja Shrine floating in the water, the Hiroshima Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome, a reminder of World War II and an inspiring symbol of peace.

Another full day at leisure to further explore Kyoto brings to a conclusion your quintessential visit to Japan.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,510

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Day 1

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

Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa

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    Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa



    The hotel is located at the top of Zakuro-zaka Street, which inclines up from the Takanawa exit of Shinagawa Station. The hotel is located in an urban resort environment that also includes convention facilities such as the Hien banquet hall and the International Convention Centre …

    The hotel is located at the top of Zakuro-zaka Street, which inclines up from the Takanawa exit of Shinagawa Station. The hotel is located in an urban resort environment that also includes convention facilities such as the Hien banquet hall and the International Convention Centre Pamir, as well as a wide variety of Japanese, Western, and Chinese restaurants. All rooms have balconies.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Whirlpool

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Day 2

Tokyo

Start off your stay in Tokyo with a morning tour. Visit the Imperial Palace grounds and Nijubashi Bridge. The palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan and the grounds are a relaxing spot for Tokyoites and visitors alike. Then visit Tsukiji Outer fish market. Walk along the alleys to explore the stalls and shop for goods. Next, visit Senso-Ji Temple and 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. Enjoy your free time in the afternoon.

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Day 3

Tokyo to Nikko to Tokyo

Today take a full-day bus excursion to Nikko. In Nikko visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its lavish decorations and ornate details. This 400-year-old shrine houses the remains of the Edo period's founder, Ieyasu Tokugawa. Enjoy seeing the traditional beauty of the main hall, as well as the sleeping cat and monkey carvings. Thereafter, you will be able to enjoy a Japanese-style lunch. After lunch, you will head over to Lake Chuzenji, created by an eruption of Mt. Nantai, this lake is a symbol of Nikko. You will also see Kegon Falls from the observation deck, known as one of Japan's 3 great waterfalls (should you wish to take the Kegon Falls elevator please pay on the spot as this is not included). On the way back to Tokyo stop at an Edo Period town to explore and look for souvenirs. The tour will end near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

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Day 4

Tokyo to Mt Fuji to Hakone

Depart from Tokyo by bus for Fuji Hakone-Izu National Park in the morning. Your first stop is Mt. Fuji where you will drive halfway up the mountain to the 5th station for a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside from a sight of 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 lunch (included) take a cruise on the beautiful Lake Ashi followed by a scenic ride on the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. Arrive at your hotel in Hakone in the evening, where you will overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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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 5

Hakone to Kyoto to Nara to Kyoto

Drive to Odawara Station in the morning and take the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. Enjoy a western-style lunch at a local restaurant, and then go on an afternoon tour to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit the ancient Todaiji Temple and its massive Great Buddha (the largest bronze Buddha in Japan). You will also see the colorful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with 3,000 lanterns. This Shinto shrine is considered one of Japan's "Three Great Shrines". Also visit Nara Park, affectionately called "Deer Park" because of the friendly, free-roaming deer that inhabit it. Stop at the Nara Nagomikan gift shop before returning to Kyoto in the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration4 Nights
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Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

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    Kyoto Tokyu Hotel



    Experience the refinement, elegance and traditional calm of Japan's ancient capital at The Kyoto Tokyu Hotel. Close to Horikawa-gojo, in a quiet area where you can sense the atmosphere of the ancient capital, stands the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, renowned for its exquisite sophistication and refined …

    Experience the refinement, elegance and traditional calm of Japan's ancient capital at The Kyoto Tokyu Hotel. Close to Horikawa-gojo, in a quiet area where you can sense the atmosphere of the ancient capital, stands the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, renowned for its exquisite sophistication and refined traditional service. Just 5 minutes by taxi from the Hachijo exit of Kyoto station, the hotel accommodates travel and business guests, international receptions, weddings and much more.

    Facilities

    • Art Gallery
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wedding Chapel
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Kyoto

Take a full day tour to explore some of Kyoto's most famous sites and discover the history behind this one thousand year capital. Visit 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 lunch, visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine to walk through the thousands of ted tori gates that line the hillside. 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.

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Day 7

Kyoto to Hiroshima and Miyjima to Kyoto

Leaving from Kyoto early this morning (select hotels have pick up service) travel to Hiroshima by shinkansen train. The journey takes approximately two hours. Arrive at the JR Hiroshima station and walk to the Granvia Hotel, directly connected to Hiroshima station. First, you will transfer to Miyajimaguchi where you will take a ferry over to beautiful Miyajima Island, an UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Itsukushima Jinja Shrine. Here, you will have the opportunity to take in one of the three most renowned views in Japan, especially at high tide when the shrine appears to be floating magically on top of the sea! Break for lunch (not included) and enjoy some time to relax on your own. Continue on to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, dedicated to promoting peace around the world. Walk around and reflect on human history through the poignant portrayals of Hiroshima's darkest hours. See the Atomic Bomb Dome, a sobering reminder of World War II and an inspiring symbol of peace. At the end of the tour take the shinkansen train back to Kyoto station, you will arrive in Kyoto in the evening.

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Day 8

Kyoto at leisure

Today is a day at leisure to explore Kyoto on your own.

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Day 9

Depart Kyoto

Kyoto Hotel to Osaka Kansai Airport by Taxi and Airport Bus.

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DEPARTURES:

2022: Weekly departures (dates vary)
2023: Select Fridays and Sundays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights first-class hotel accommodations in Tokyo
  • 1 night first-class ryokan accommodations in Hakone
  • 4 nights in first-class hotel accommodation in Kyoto
  • Shared tours of Tokyo, Nikko, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima (max 40 guests)
  • Hakone to Kyoto bullet train ticket (ordinary class)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece per person) from Tokyo to Kyoto
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 4 lunches

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees, if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share 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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