A 15 day independent tour of Japan.
Only £2,195 per person
TOKYO - HAKONE - FUJI - TAKAYAMA - KANAZAWA - NARA - KYOTO - OSAKA
Price includes: Hotels as stated or similar with daily breakfast, Hakone pass, Japan Rail pass.
Price excludes: International flights *, insurance, airport/hotel transfers, city tours, admission fees, meals, drinks, personal expenses, optional entertainment and any service not specified. Single room supplement is £695 per person.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.
DAY 01 International flights to Tokyo.
DAY 02 TOKYO (-/-/-)
On arrival at Narita airport, arrange own transfer by limousine bus to Keo Plaza 4* hotel in Shinjuku city centre. Our representative will deliver all vouchers and tickets and assist you with useful information. Rest of day is at leisure to explore Shinjuku area.
DAY 03 TOKYO (B-/-/-)
Day at leisure to explore this vibrant city. We suggest a walking tour and use the subway to visit all the major attractions such as: The Tokyo Tower, The Imperial garden, The Japanese Diet Building, Asakusa temple, and Meiji Shrine. Overnight in Tokyo at Keo Plaza hotel.
DAY 04 TOKYO (B/-/-)
Further exploration of Tokyo: The bustling Ginza quarter or a boat cruise on Sumida river and shopping. Overnight at Keo Plaza.
DAY 05 HAKONE (B/-/-)
Use your Hakone pass to travel from Shinjuku to Hakone. All day exploration of Hakone and Fuji with unlimited usage of buses, trains, boats, cable car and ropeway in the free area around Hakone and the Fuji five lakes. Overnight at Hakone hotel.
DAY 06 HAKONE (B/-/-)
Further exploration of Hakone and Fuji. Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and cable car to Mt. Komagatabe. Overnight at Hakone hotel.
DAY 07 TAKAYAMA (B/-/-)
Travel by train from Odawara station to Takayama using your JR pass. On arrival, short walk to Asunarao Ryokan (a charming hotel in Japanese style with ensuite facilities and futon mattress on tatami mat). Enjoy a walking tour around this ancient city before spending the night at the Ryokan in Takayama.
DAY 08 TAKAYAMA (B/-/-)
Visit the morning market and the Cherry mountain temple; enjoy a Takayama puppet show and the ancient merchant houses. Overnight at Asunaro Ryokan.
DAY 09 KANAZAWA (B/-/-)
Travel by train to the beautiful town of Kanazawa. Check-in at Miyako hotel. Rest of day is at leisure to explore the Kenrokuen Garden, and Nagamachi Samurai house.
DAY 10 NARA (B/-/-)
Travel by train to the ancient Capital Nara. Free time to visit the Deer garden and Todaiji temple. Overnight at Sunroute 3* hotel.
DAY 11 KYOTO (B/-/-)
Train journey to Kyoto. On arrival, short walk to the Kyoto Tower hotel. Rest of day is at leisure to explore this former Capital of Japan. We suggest a combination of walking tour, local buses and subway.
DAY 12 KYOTO (B/-/-)
Further Kyoto exploration: The Kyoto tower, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial palace, the Golden pavilion and Kyomizu temple. Evening visit to the Gion district and Maiko quarter. Overnight at Kyoto Tower hotel.
DAY 13 KYOTO (B/-/-)
Further Kyoto exploration. Overnight at Kyoto Tower hotel.
DAY 14 OSAKA (B/-/-)
At leisure or last minute shopping. Express train to Osaka Kansai airport for departure.
DAY 15 Arrive home.
Airport/hotel transfers: In Tokyo, as Narita airport is quite far from city centre, we suggest the limousine bus service which is very easy to use and very good value. In other cities, you can walk or use a taxi, local buses or subway.
Japan Rail pass: Your rail pass will be valid from day 7 and give you unlimited access to Japan rail network including the Shinkansen (bullet train) except the Nozomi. Before traveling, you will need to present your JR pass at train station to exchange for train tickets and make seat reservation. Please keep your JR pass in safe place as it cannot be replaced or refunded.
City tours: To explore the real Japan, we suggest walking tour combined with local transports such as taxi and subway or local trains, buses. You will need to have maps, leaflets and detailed information on the places of interest in order to enjoy the tours fully.
For maximum enjoyment of your Japan holiday, we suggest good preparation prior to departure and a good guide book as English is not widely spoken in some areas. It’s advisable to travel light.