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Jewels of Japan 14 Days

Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Hakone, Takayama, Kyoto and Hiroshima

Duration 13 nights and 14 days
Departs Daily
Price From $2,985 per person (based on twin share)

This holiday package includes many of the must-see spectacles of Japan and is ideal for first time visitors. The hustle and bustle of modern Tokyo, the rich culture and history of Kyoto and Hiroshima, the tradition and nature in Takayama, and the icon of Japan, Mt Fuji, all rolled into one! History, food, culture, ultra-modern, nature, tradition. Every moment has a new surprise waiting for you and leads you to a succession of discoveries in Japan.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Tokyo
Upon arrival in Tokyo, commence your exploration of the city.
You may like to visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building in Shinjuku. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Tokyo from the free observation deck.

Accommodation: Tokyo – 3 nights

Day 2: Tokyo
Take the Tokyo (Cityrama) Morning Tour (9:00 to 13:10)
After the tour, discover the Ueno area including the Ameyoko Ueno Markets, Ueno Park and Ueno Zoo – famous for its giant pandas.

Day 3: Tokyo
Visit Tsukiji Fish Market in the early morning, then spend the rest of your day exploring Odaiba, Tokyo’s modern entertainment and amusement district located on an artificial island.
Or
Take a day trip to Kamakura, a beautiful coast side city that was also the former capital of Japan from 1192-1333.

Day 4: Tokyo – Hakone
Get aboard the Mt Fuji & Hakone 1 Day Tour (9:00 – 17.30)

Accommodation: Hakone – 1 night (Dinner, Breakfast)

Day 5: Hakone – Takayama
Head off to Takayama, a charming little samurai town in the heart of the Japanese Alps. Explore this lovely historic town at your own pace.

Accommodation: Takayama – 2 nights

Day 6: Takayama
Stroll through the morning market along the Miyagawa River. Then wander around Kamisanmachi to view the traditional samurai houses, Takayama Jinya (a former government outpost), the Festival Floats Museum and more.

Day 7: Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa
Stop by and savour the idyllic scenery of Shirakawago on the way to Kanazawa. This World Heritage listed village contains many traditional thatched-roof farmhouses. In the early afternoon move on to Kanazawa, a beautiful seaside castle town famous for its Kenrokuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

Accommodation: Kanazawa – 1 night

Day 8: Kanazawa – Kyoto
Explore Kanazawa in the morning. Stroll around Nagamachi Bukeyashiki, the preserved samurai district and Higashi Chayagai, the district lined with former tea house and preserved geisha houses. Board a train to Kyoto in the afternoon and discover the local food culture at the Nishiki Food Market. Then explore the Kyoto Station area. The free observation deck provides you with a sweeping Kyoto city view.

Accommodation: Kyoto – 3 nights

Day 9: Kyoto
Join the Kyoto Morning Tour (8:35 – 13:00)
After the tour, marvel at the wooden structure of the Kiyomizu-no-Butai (Kiyomizu Stage) at Kiyomizudera Temple. Then, visit Gion, one of the largest geisha districts in Kyoto.

Day 10: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto
Be captivated by the thousands of vermillion torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine and the seasonal garden and coloured leaves at Tofukuji Temple. Continue your journey to Nara. Visit Todaiji Temple, then walk through Nara Park, visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine. On the way back to Nara Station, Stroll around Naramachi, the former merchant district of Nara.

Day 11: Kyoto – Hiroshima
Catch a train to the peace city, Hiroshima. Witness and learn of the tragic results of war and heartbreaking stories at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum.

Accommodation: Hiroshima – 2 nights

Day 12: Hiroshima – Miyajima Island – Hiroshima
Board a ferry to the shrine island, Miyajima, where the giant floating tori gate on the sea is waiting to greet you. You will be fascinated by the sublime, vermillion Itsukushima Shrine, a world heritage site that floats with the rising tide. Stroll around the island and Mt Misen before returning to Hiroshima.

Day 13: Hiroshima – Osaka
Relish the bustling, friendly, food-lovers city of Osaka. Enjoy the panoramic city view from the floating observatory in Umeda district. Discover your favourite local street food in Dotonbori and don’t miss the impressive Osaka Castle.

Accommodation: Osaka – 1 night

Day 14: Osaka – Kansai/ Narita International Airport
Depart Japan or head to your next destination.

*The order of the tour can be changed and the length increased or decreased to match your requirements.

Highlights:

– Japan’s icon, Mt Fuji and Hakone
– Old samurai historic town Takayama & traditional farmhouses in Shirakawago
– Ancient cities Kyoto & Nara
– Peace city Hiroshima & sacred island Miyajima
– Mega and modern cities Tokyo & Osaka

Package Details:

Duration 13 nights and 14 days (travel order can be changed, length of tour can be extended or decreased)
Departure Dates Available all year round
Route Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Hakone, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island
Tour Type  Self guided package: pick up/drop off service is not available
Price (land fee) Twin share from $2,985 per person
Triple share from $2,690 per person
Single from $3,852 per person

*Seasonal fee may apply (arriving in March, April, May, October and November)

Package inclusions:

– 13 nights accommodation in a standard room in 3-4 star hotels
・ 3 nights in Tokyo – Shiba Park Hotel or similar
・ 1 night in Hakone – Hakone Hotel or similar
・ 2 nights in Takayama – Takayama Ouan, Hida Hotel Plaza or similar
・ 1 night in Kanazawa – Kanazawa Miyako Hotel, Hotel Kanazawa or similar
・ 3 nights in Kyoto – Kyoto Tower Hotel, New Miyako Hotel or similar
・ 2 nights in Hiroshima – Hotel New Hiroden, Granvia Hiroshima or similar
・ 1 night in Osaka – Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda or similar

– Meals
・ 1 lunch, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast in Hakone

– Tokyo Morning Tour with local English-speaking guide

– Mt Fuji & Hakone 1 Day Tour (includes lunch) with local English-speaking guide

– Kyoto Morning Tour with local English-speaking guide

Japan Rail Pass 14-day (Ordinary)

Package exclusions:

– Flights: We can assist with your flights to match your itinerary.
*If you have already booked your flight, please provide us with your flight details or send us copies of e-tickets when you book/enquire.

– Travel expenses (unless covered by the Japan Rail Pass).

– Meals: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.

– Activities or tours: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
*You can add any day tours or activities you like, we can arrange this for you.

– Admission fees: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.

– Personal expenses

– Travel insurance

Notes:

*Non-smoking rooms may be available on request. We book non-smoking rooms when available.

*Please read our term and conditions.

*Package inclusions are subject to availability.

*Prices are subject to currency fluctuations.