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Quintessential Japan

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,663

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$ 2,663

Itinerary

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

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 2

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 Solamachi 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.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 Solamachi 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.

Duration 5 - 6 hours

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Nikko

Today is a full day tour after your breakfast at the hotel, please make your way to the pickup point at Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (8:15am Departure) or Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (9.00am Departure). This tour does include a fair amount of walking and hilly climbs, please ensure you have good walking shoes. Your first stop is the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. You will have the opportunity to tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its lavish decorations and ornate details. This 400-year-old shrine houses the remains of Edo period's founder, Ieyasu Tokugawa. Enjoy seeing the traditional beauty of the main hall, as well as the sleeping cat and 3 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. Thereafter you will go over to Kegon Falls, known as one of Japan's 3 great waterfalls, Kegon Falls towers an impressive 97 meters and gushes water from Lake Chuzenji. The charge to take the Kegon Falls elevator is not included in the booking price. Admire the waterfall from the observation deck facing the falls free of charge. Then you will visit Hanyu Parking Area which is a rest area along the highway which creates a close representation of an Edo Period town. See the beautiful structures and famous long-established shops dating back to the Edo Period, and enjoy shopping for souvenirs. For those wanting to continue to Shinjuku, you can do so at your leisure, your guide will explain on how to return back to your hotel. For the other not wanting to continue, the tour ends at the Tobu Nikko Station.

Duration: 9-10 hours

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

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 5:00pm-6:00pm, 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 - Kyoto

Drive to Odawara Station in the morning and take a Kodama 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". Today will wrap up with a visit to Nara Park, affectionately called "Deer Park" because of the friendly, free-roaming deer that inhabit it. After this you will return to Kyoto (approximately 6:30-7:30PM).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration4 Nights
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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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 6

Kyoto

This morning you will have an exciting sightseeing tour around the historic, formal capital of Japan. This tour will take you to some of Kyoto's most famous attractions, which will illustrate why this city is Japan's history and sightseeing capital! You will depart your hotel via motorcoach between 7:50-8:45AM. You will visit the Kinkakuji Temple, which is famous for both its Golden Pavilion and its exquisite Japanese garden! You will also see the impressive Nijo Castle which is noted for its gorgeous interiors, including its beautiful nightingale floors (when closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). This is the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, and its main keep dates all the way back to 1603! You will also get the exclusive chance to view the Kyoto Imperial Palace which can only be accessed through an pre-organized tour group (on Mondays, this tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead). Have lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Center. After lunch, visit Sanjusangendo Temple, which exhibits over 1,000 Buddha images! The tour then moves on to the vermilion-hued Heian Jingu Shrine and Kiyomizudera Temple with its famous wooden veranda! Drop-off service to hotels in Kyoto between 5:30pm-6:30pm.

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Day 7

Kyoto - Hiroshima - 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, 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 the Hiroshima Peace and Memorial Park/Museum, dedicated to promoting peace around the world. Walk around and reflect on human history through the poignant portrayals of Hiroshima's darkest hours. Drive by the Atomic Bomb Dome, a sobering reminder of World War II and an inspiring symbol of peace. The tour disbands at the JR Hiroshima Station where to board next Shinkansen to Kyoto station. Walk back to your and relax after a long day of touring.

Duration: 12 hours

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Day 8

Kyoto at leisure

Today is a day at leisure to explore Toyko 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:

2018:

Jan 05 - Mar 08, Jul 24 - Aug 30, Dec 4-20: Sun, Tue

Mar 14-24, May 08 - Jul 05, Sep01 - Nov 29: Sun, Tue, Thu

Mar 26 - Apr 20, Jul 16, Sep 17, Oct 8: Sun-Thu, Sat

Except: Feb 16, 23, Mar 17, Apr 9, 16, May 24, May 26, Jul31, Aug 7, 9, 14, Sep 15, Oct 2, 4, 6

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Rail tickets
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Subject to availability.

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