Best of Japan - 8 days

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Discover the best of Japan in 8 captivating days. Travelling from the modern metropolis of Tokyo to enchanting Kyoto, with its age-old temples, shrines and colourful Geisha District. See the bronze Buddha and picturesque bamboo forest at Kamakura, the breathtaking beauty of Mt Fuji at Hakone Izu National Park en route.

Highlights
  • Tokyo - Sensoji Temple district and temple, Harajuku, Takeshita Street, Meiji Shrine and Shibuya Crossing
  • Kamakura - Big Buddha Statue, Hokokuji Zen Temple and the Bamboo Forest with a delightful village atmosphere. Opt to take part in a traditional tea ceremony
  • Lake Kawaguchi located within Fuji Hakone Izu National Park - Spectacular mountain scenery and views of Mt Fuji
  • Staying in a ryokan - Sampling Japanese hospitality, bathing in natural hot springs, wearing a Samue (casual Kimono) and sleeping on a futon
  • Kyoto - UNESCO Listed Nijo Castle, Sanjusagen-do Temple with its 1000 life-like statues and Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Temple)
  • Kyoto - Walking tour of the famed Geisha District (Gion), with its ancient cobbled streets, streams, bridges and quaint teahouses and the opportunity to see Geisha and Maiko en route to their next engagement
Age Policy
16+ if accompanied by an adult.
Destinations
  • Kyoto
  • Asia
  • Japan
  • Hakone
  • Tokyo
  • Asakusa
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Singles
  • History
Day 1: Tokyo

Saturday. Upon arrival in Tokyo you will be met at either Narita or Haneda International Airport by your guide. Travel by train into the heart of the city and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Toyko Sightseeing - Sensoji Temple district, Harajuki & Shibuya

Today we explore the capital. Taking the subway to Asakusa we visit the lively Sensoji Temple district. In the afternoon we head to Harajuku, here we’ll visit the impressive Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park a popular hangout with bands playing, drum circles, dancers and busking.

Day 3: Kamakura

Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo. This morning we board our train to Kamakura, a popular seaside location with a quaint village life feel and some stunning Zen temples. We’ll visit the bronze Big Buddha and the Zen Temple of Hokokuji before returning to Tokyo. Tonight, we organise a Shabu Shubu (a traditional Japanese hot pot meal) for those who are interested.

Day 4: Tokyo

Today offers a guided tour of the Tokyo Edo Museum. The remainder of the day offers free time.

Day 5: Hakone

Toyko - Lake Kawaguchi. Upon arrival we’ll travel along the Kachikachi-yama Ropeway and visit the observatory. For tours staying at Lake Kawaguchi between 15 Apr – 28 May each year we'll visit the Springtime Fuji Moss Phlox Festival. Tonight bed down at the ryokan (Japanese Inn), sample tasty local cuisine and take a relaxing dip in the natural hot spring baths. Note: As of Oct 2019 the Hakone Ropeway has been reopened after been temporarily suspended, although some restrictions remain in place – please see the Trip Notes for further details.

Day 6: Kyoto

Lake Kawaguchi – Kyoto. Hike along the foreshores of the lake before taking a bullet train to Kyoto - home to an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Here we enjoy a guided tour of Sanjusagen-do and this evening we head to Gion, for a walking tour of this famous Geisha district.

Day 7: Kyoto - Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion & free time

Guided tour of one of the city’s most impressive UNESCO sites, Nijo Castle and Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temple and free time.

Day 8: Kyoto

Saturday. On day 8 our tour comes to an end after hotel check out.

  • 3 breakfasts and 1 Japanese dinner at the Lake Kawaguchi
  • 7 nights 3 star (inclusive of 1 night in a traditional Japanese Inn)
  • Guided sightseeing and walking tours in Tokyo, Kamakura, Lake Kawaguchi and Kyoto
  • Lake Kawaguchi and Mt Fuji - Kachikachi-yama Ropeway and observatory. For tours staying at Lake Kawaguchi between 14 Apr – 28 May each year we'll visit to the Fuji Shibazakura (Moss Phlox) Festival with Mt Fuji as the backdrop
  • Escorted by a licensed English speaking Japanese tour guide
  • All transportation and transfers - buses, trains and rail passes (including Suica Swipe Card)
  • Baggage forwarding service from Tokyo to Kyoto (one bag per person)
  • Airport arrival transfer to tour hotel (by train) from Narita or Haneda International Airport on day 1
  • Maximum Group size: 16 persons


NB - the following are not included:

-Airport departure transfer
-International flights and visa
-If you are opting to pay the single supplement, allowing you the privacy of your own room on this tour, a single room will be provided for all nights with the exception of day 5 (at Lake Kawaguchi), where single rooms are not available. For this night you will be matched up with a fellow tour member of the same gender
-Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3-5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$25-35pp, paid locally in local currency

Catherine Maiden 21-May-2019

Thank you Yuki - she made this trip perfect. My highlight was seeing a geisha and Mt Fuji.

Rating: 5/5




Shanice Mesquita 25-Mar-2019

I really enjoyed the tour. Most of the arrangements and organisation was very good and our tour guide Yuki was amazing, super polite, patient,really took care of us, went over and above in making our holiday so enjoyable. From the daily well written with cute drawings on her daily schedules, tiny treats she bought us, to the knowledge and expertise in the way she took us through all the public transport so efficient, I give her top marks. My suggestions are few ....taking the bus in Tokyo was the most inconvenient. There were long waits and buses were overcrowded. Train rides were fine and agree the most efficient but local bus rides in Tokyo could have been on a tour bus instead. If the tour could add a few alternative like visiting The monster cafe, teamlab, robot restaurant, just to give it a mix from temples and museums and considering the varying age groups and interests. On the hotels, Kyoto and the traditional were good and location of hotel accommodations were very good , Tokyo hotel rooms were very tiny and I a single occupant found it difficult so can only imagine how the couple's managed but I guess it's usual and the location was really good so its a plus. Overall I did have a great holiday. I enjoy using your company on your escorted tours and will continue to do so. Thank you very much and please share our sincere appreciation with Yuki. Regards Shanice

Rating: 4/5




Jessica Hall 09-Jun-2018

Yuki is a fantastic guide and such a lovely person! She gave us very clear information on what to expect each day, what we needed and where to meet. She was also very patient at explaining all aspects of Japanese culture and happy to answer any questions. She had excellent recommendations and knows the locations inside out. She works extremely hard to give guests the best experience. I can't imagine a better tour guide!

Rating: 4/5




Deevi Williams 01-Dec-2017

Tour guides were friendly and attentive and helpful which made the experience enjoyable. The flexibility to explore at our own pace was also very good and a nice balance between planned activities and free time. In Kyoto, may have been useful to have a coach bus as we spent a lot of time waiting for public transport which meant less time at sites.

Rating: 5/5




Ian Thomlinson 27-May-2017

Excellent trip all round.

Rating: 4/5



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