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Ultimate Japan: Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen & More

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,385

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Explore the highlights of Japan on this incredible rail journey which seamlessly combines a mix of deluxe hotel stays, traditional ryokan stays and privately guided day tours to unfold the wonders of this incredible country. You'll even have an opportunity to wear a kimono and participate in a tea ceremony!


Please refer to the itinerary for a detailed description of this trip.

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,385

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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

On arrival at Tokyo's Haneda Airport you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your accommodation in the city.

The balance of the day is at leisure to being your explorations of this cosmopolitan city.

 

Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho

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    The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho



    Kioicho is a town embraced in luscious greenery and a rich history, where Japanese traditions and Western culture intertwine. It is here, in Tokyo's most dignified neighborhood, that The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho welcomes the guests. It is a hotel that marries lush nature and …

    Kioicho is a town embraced in luscious greenery and a rich history, where Japanese traditions and Western culture intertwine. It is here, in Tokyo's most dignified neighborhood,
    that The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho welcomes the guests.
    It is a hotel that marries lush nature and artistic designs with cutting-edge functions in a sophisticated manner, accompanied by the top floor views as magnificent as paintings.
    One step inside and you're enveloped in euphoria and sensory stimulation.
    The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho offers a personalized environment like never before, delivering comfort that is customized to the needs of each guest in an exquisite atmosphere via the latest and seamless services.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Full Day Tokyo Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

This is the perfect introduction tour to Tokyo. 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 morning 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 continue to Tsukiji Outer fish market (many shops are closed on Sundays and on some Wednesdays). Along the market streets you will find many different types of food stalls selling fish, seafood, vegetables, fruit, dried goods, as well as kitchenware shops. Stroll through the market with your guide and choose to sample food from the food stalls or visit one of the small restaurants for lunch (hint hint...this is the place to try the freshest sushi and sashimi so we recommend you go to a restaurant). After lunch hop back on the train to travel across the city to Shibuya Crossing, the largest pedestrian crossing in the world and a fun place to people watch. This will be a short visit to walk across the busy crossing, see the neon signs and cross it off the bucket list. While there you will also visit Hachiko Square. Then take a short train transfer to Meiji Shrine. Meiji Shrine is a Shinto Shrine surrounded by Meiji Jingu forest and it will suddenly feel like you are no longer in metropolitan Tokyo. Walk through the peaceful shrine grounds and if you are lucky, you may see a Shinto priest. After visiting the shrine, stop for a latte or green tea break at a café in Harajuku, the pop culture neighbourhood (time permitting). We suggest an art café that specialises in 3D foam art. The rest of the day is free for you to explore bustling Harajuku or the upmarket Omotesando avenue. Your guide will either say goodbye so you can continue exploring or escort you back to your hotel.

During the day, activate your 14 Day Japan Rail Pass.
Japan has one of the most extensive, comfortable and modern rail systems in the world. The Japan Rail Pass offers foreign visitors the opportunity to travel on the extraordinary network of the JR Group at an economical price. The JR Pass allows travel on most JR trains, including Shinkansen bullet trains, limited express, express, rapid and local trains, as well as some local JR buses and the ferry to Miyajima island (near Hiroshima).

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Day 3

Full Day Discover Tokyo Private Guided Walking Tour

Visit two of Tokyo's most well-known neighbourhoods to shop, explore and discover the urban and unforgettable side of the city. Choose to visit two of the following regions:

Harajuku - the pop cultural area where you will discover the latest fashion trends, vintage clothing stores and trendy cafes. Walk along Takeshita pedestrian street and choose to sample some unique sweets and snacks as you explore such as rainbow cotton candy, coffee with 3D foam art and ice cream crafted into cute animals.

Ginza - the famous upscale shopping district of Tokyo, where you will find name brand shops and the leading fashion labels. But, what makes this area unique and fun to visit are the multilevel department stores. Mitsukoshi, one of the oldest department stores in Japan has 12 floors to explore. The bottom floors are filled with food stalls selling a variety of items including perfectly prepared pastries and sweets.

Akihabara - Tokyo's famous electronic, manga, anime and video game district. This area has hundreds of electronic stores with Yodobashi Camera being the largest. Manga and anime lovers should visit Radio Kaikan or Mandarake for a variety of character goods. The area is also well known for Maid cafes, where servers dress up as maids and food is often sculpted into cute animal faces.

Ueno - this area is home to Ueno Park, a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in the springtime and nice place to go for a stroll. The park is also home to Ueno Zoo and a variety of museums. But, we suggest you visit this region to go to Ameyoko shopping district. A great place to buy souvenirs at discount prices. You will find everything from clothing, cosmetics and food items here.

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Day 4

Tokyo at Leisure

Today is at leisure to discover Tokyo at your own pace. 

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Day 5

Tokyo to Kanazawa

Following breakfast transfer to the Tokyo Bullet Train Station were you board the train to Kanazawa an approximately 3 hour journey.

On arrival meet your guide at Kanazawa JR train station and then begin your walking tour using public bus transit. First, visit the Kaga Yuzen Kimono Center to learn about the process of kimono dying and the history of kimono making in Kanazawa. Then, you will have the very special experience of dressing in a kimono! Once dressed, choose to visit either Kenrokuen Garden or the Higashi Chaya district for photo taking. Return to the center afterwards to return your kimono. Your next visit is Gyokusen-en Garden, where you will partake in a traditional matcha green tea ceremony and learn about the tradition and etiquette of drinking green tea in Japan. If time permits, you can discuss with your guide what you would like to see and do next in Kanazawa.

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Duration1 Night
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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa

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    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa



    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa is set in Kanazawa, within 300 meters of Ozaki Shrine and 300 meters of Omicho Market. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. The property is close …

    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa is set in Kanazawa, within 300 meters of Ozaki Shrine and 300 meters of Omicho Market. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. The property is close to popular attractions like Meitetsu M'za, Oyama Shrine and Nagamachi Bukeyashiki District. At the hotel, the rooms are equipped with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. All guest rooms at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa feature air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa include Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen Garden and Myoryuji - Ninja Temple. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 40 km from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Public Large Bath
    • Restaurant
    • Security

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Day 6

Kanazawa to Kaga Onsen

Following breakfast meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel in Kanazawa or at Kanazawa JR train station and then begin your walking tour using public bus transit. Your first stop is Kanazawa's star attraction, Kenrokuen garden which is regarded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Walk through the garden grounds and enjoy the flora and fauna which changes depending on the season. Continue your tour to the Higashi Chaya district, the historical geisha district where you will learn about geisha lifestyles and have the opportunity to visit a gold leaf store, a specialty of Kanazawa. Your last stop today is the Nagamachi district, where samurai and their families used to reside. While there visit the Nomura Samurai House. Your guide will escort you back to your hotel or the train station at the end of the tour.

This afternoon you will be transferred to the Kaga Onsen Station for your Ryokan stay.

After checking in at the resort, the balance of the day is at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mori no Sumika Resort and Spa

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    Mori no Sumika Resort and Spa



    Spend some luxury time on our vast premises in Yamashiro. The guest rooms are designed for a relaxed atmosphere in natural surroundings. In addition, the guests can enjoy the seasonal changes of the garden.

    Spend some luxury time on our vast premises in Yamashiro. The guest rooms are designed for a relaxed atmosphere in natural surroundings. In addition, the guests can enjoy the seasonal changes of the garden.

    Facilities

    • Gym
    • Hot Spring Bath
    • Meeting Room
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 7

Kaga Onsen

Day at leisure to enjoy the onsen baths at your ryokan and explore Yamashiro Onsen hot spring town.

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Day 8

Kaga Onsen to Kyoto

Make your own way to Kyoto using your rail pass. Take the Ryokan’s shuttle bus back to Kaga Onsen station and then take the train to Kyoto (approx. 2 hrs). On arrival in Kyoto make your own way to your hotel located next to the train station.

Tonight, we can arrange a special maiko and geisha dining experience. Please ask your Goway destination expert for more information.

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Duration3 Nights
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The Thousand Kyoto

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    The Thousand Kyoto



    The Thousand Kyoto is situated 1.2 km from Sanjusangen-do Temple and 2.3 km from Tofuku-ji Temple. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The accommodation features a concierge service, luggage storage space …

    The Thousand Kyoto is situated 1.2 km from Sanjusangen-do Temple and 2.3 km from Tofuku-ji Temple. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The accommodation features a concierge service, luggage storage space and currency exchange for guests.
    All rooms at the hotel have air conditioning, TV and a private bathroom with a bath, a hairdryer and free toiletries. The units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 9

Full Day Kyoto Highlights Private 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.

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Day 10

Half Day Kyoto Arashiyama Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your private guide at your hotel and then travel together to the Arashiyama area, where Kyoto's renowned bamboo forest is located. Walk along the pathway through the bamboo forest to admire the groves and capture the perfect photo. Then visit Tenryuji temple, one of Kyoto's main zen temples and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through the temple grounds and see the zen garden. Afterwards, discuss with your guide to decide what to see and do next, since Arashiyama offers a lot of options. Choose to shop along Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street, visit lesser known temples or go to Monkey park. At the end of the tour your guide will escort you back to your hotel.

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Day 11

Kyoto to Hiroshima to Miyajima Island

After breakfast take an early morning bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima an approximately 2 hour journey.

Meet your guide 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 escort you back to 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 12

Miyajima Island to Himeji to Osaka

Make your own way to Osaka today using your rail pass (approx. 2 hrs). 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.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Swissotel Nankai Osaka

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    Swissotel Nankai Osaka



    Swissotel Nankai Osaka is a luxury hotel ideally located in the heart of Namba, Osaka's most exciting entertainment, shopping and dining district. Tourist attractions like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and DenDen Town are within footsteps from the Hotel. Swissotel Nankai sits above Namba station on Nankai Railway, …

    Swissotel Nankai Osaka is a luxury hotel ideally located in the heart of Namba, Osaka's most exciting entertainment, shopping and dining district. Tourist attractions like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and DenDen Town are within footsteps from the Hotel. Swissotel Nankai sits above Namba station on Nankai Railway, offering a direct train access to the Kansai International Airport. All major tourist attractions and business districts are within easy reach. The 548 guest rooms and suites serve the demand of all travelers and offer a choice of accommodation options.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wedding Chapel

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Day 13

Private Morning Osaka Kuromon Market Breakfast & Make-Your-Own Takoyaki Tour

Move away from the basic idea of Japanese cuisine on this food adventure! Osaka is known as the soul kitchen of Japan, and Kuromon Market is renowned as the kitchen of Osaka. This morning you will seek out traditional family businesses and sample local favourites such as fresh seafood, okonomiyaki, homemade oden stew, and juicy grilled wagyu beef skewers, and a historical or modern Japanese sweet. Then explore 'Doguyasuji' (Osaka's kitchenware street), home to everything and anything you need to open a restaurant. Strolling through this shopping arcade, you will come across family-run kitchen knife makers, and artificial food display makers. Finish the tour by grilling your own Takoyaki! Upon request, your guide can also show you a secret takoyaki flavour called "ponzu", a citrus vinaigrette sauce. Your guide will leave you in Osaka to continue enjoying the city at your leisure.

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Day 14

Osaka

Today is free at leisure. Choose to spend more time exploring Osaka or take an excursion to nearby Nara, Kobe or Mt. Koya.

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Day 15

Depart Osaka

Following breakfast, transfer to Osaka's Kansai Airport for your onward flights.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival airport transfer by taxi from Tokyo Haneda Airport
  • Shared departure airport transfer by airport bus to Osaka Kansai Airport
  • 4 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Tokyo
  • 1 night first-class hotel accommodations in Kanazawa
  • 2 nights first-class ryokan accommodations in Kaga Onsen
  • 3 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Kyoto
  • 1 night first-class ryokan accommodations on Miyajima Island
  • 3 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Osaka
  • Private-guided touring as per itinerary 
  • 14-Day Japan Rail Pass (Green class)
  • Kimono wearing experience & tea ceremony in Kanazawa
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 3 dinners
    *all sightseeing is by public transportation

NOT EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless otherwise stated
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Luggage transfers
  • Entrance fees during private tours
  • Activity fees during private tours
  • Transportation during private tours (unless covered by Japan Rail Pass)

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 enquire.

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