Cultural Japan 8 days

7 Nights from $2,534

(* Price is per person.)

* Above price are Land only, triple share price. Airfare is not included.
* Seasonal surcharges apply for all other dates.

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Combination Tours combine our popular day and overnight tours to create longer packages to meet your Japan sightseeing needs, including airport pick-up/drop-off, accommodations, transportation, and guide service.

This 8-day package takes you sightseeing in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Nagoya, Ise and Toba, Kyoto, and Nara. Check out the itinerary below for all the details!

This is a one-way plan that starts at Narita Airport (Tokyo) and ends at Kansai Airport (Kyoto/Osaka). Round Trip plan starting and ending at Narita Airport (Tokyo) is also available. Please ask to our Japan Specialist.

Departure

from Tokyo
05 - 21 Dec 2016 : Mon, Wed,
02 Mar - 30 Nov2016 : Mon, Wed, Fri
(Except :16 Sep, 05,07,19 Oct 2016)

04 Jan - 27 Feb, 4-20 Dec 2017: Mon, Wed
01 Mar - 01 Dec 2017: Mon, Wed, Thu
02 Mar - 30 Nov 2017: Mon, Wed, Fri
(Except 13 Feb, 17 Mar1 10,12,24 Apr - 03 May, 10,14,21,28 Jul, 4-11,18,25 Aug, 15,29 Sep, 06 Oct, 01,03 Nov 2017)

Meals

Breakfast 0
Lunch 3
Dinner 0

Guide

EngliGuide service included during day tours. Please note that the staff assisting you at the airport and point(s) of transfer and the guides on each included day tour may vary.

Baggage

Your baggage will be transported from Hakone to Kyoto on Day 4 and from Kyoto to Tokyo on Day 7. Each person will be allowed one piece of baggage. For the overnight stay in Nagoya, we recommend that you carry a light overnight bag. Additional baggage will require an extra fee of JPY 2,200 per item from Hakone & JPY1,000 from Kyoto. Light compact baggage is recommended for overnight stays in Takayama on Day4 and Kanazawa on Day5

Minimum participaints

1  person

Code

JG-8GSC8O
Plan with breakfast available ( Tour code: JG-SUN8GSC8BO One way/ SUN8GSC8BR Round Trip)
Round Trip available (Tour code: JG-SUN8GSC8BR)
Seasonal surcharge apply from27 Feb - 06 Dec 2017.

 

Call us on 1800 802 552  or  Online Enquiry

Schedule

B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner
Arrive in Tokyo

Day 1

Arrive in Tokyo

Staff will meet you as you exit customs at Narita Airport and escort you to a reserved taxi that will take you to your hotel. Please note that flights are not included in this package. You must arrange your flights to Japan separately.

Accommodations: Hotel in Tokyo
After arriving at your hotel, please check in. The rest of Day 1 is free time.
Tokyo

Day 2

Tokyo

7:50 - 8:30 a.m.
You will be picked up from your hotel. Take a morning tour of Tokyo by motorcoach and visit Tokyo Tower (30 min.), Imperial Palace Plaza (10 min.), and Sensoji Temple and Nakamise shopping arcade in Asakusa (45 min.) - Drive through Ueno and Akihabara..
 
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Following a drive through Ueno, the tour will disband in Akihabara or at Tokyo Station around noon, leaving you free to explore Tokyo on your own in the afternoon.
 
Accommodations: Hotel in Tokyo
Same Tokyo hotel as previous night.
Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone (L)

Day 3

Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone (L)

7:50 - 8:30 a.m.
You will be picked up from your hotel to join a day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. In the morning, travel to Mt. Fuji by motorcoach (150 min.), drive up to Mt. Fuji's 5th station (30 min.) before continuing to Hakone.
 
Lunch
Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch in Hakone. After lunch, take a Lake Ashi Cruise ( 15min), Hakone en, ride the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway (50 min.).
 
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Check in at the Yumoto Fujiya Hotel.
 
Accommodations: Hotel in Hakone
Stay overnight at the Yumoto Fujiya Hotel in Hakone.
Hakone - Nagoya- Takayama

Day 4

Hakone - Nagoya- Takayama

8:00 a.m.
Take a Kodama Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya from Odawara Station (140 min.).
Take a limited express train (150min) to Takayama.
After arrive in Takayama, proceed to Takayama afternoon tour. visit to Yatai kaikan Hall ( 30 min)- Kusakabe folk museum, where  historical Japanese-style townhouse and view a range of exquisite folk art and traditional handicrafts( 20 min), Kami Sannomachi town ( 30 min)
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Check in at the Hida Hotel Plaza.
 
Takayama-Gokayama- Shirakawa-go- Kanazawa (L)

Day 5

Takayama-Gokayama- Shirakawa-go- Kanazawa (L)

8:00 a.m.
Walk to Takayama station, drive to Gokayama Ainokura (50 min)
Enjoy this mountain village that preserves the ways of life of the past.
Enjoy Japaese-style lunch in Shirakawa-go.
Savor the taste of home-style cooking that can only be experienced in regions such as this.
After lunch, enjoy a tour and time to walk around the thatched roof village on your own.
Shirakawa go to Kanazawa by local bus (75 mins)
3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Arrive at Kanazawa, check in to your hotel.

Over night stay in Kanazawa

<from  2017>
Depart the hotel in Takayama, visit to Takayama morning market, proceed to Shirakawa-go. Enjoy this mountain village that preserves the ways of life of the past. visiting Shirakawa-go Observatory deck, Wada residence (traditional thatched roof farmhouse).
After lunch,  proceed to Kanazawa.
Arrive at Kanazawa, check in to your hotel.
 
Kanazawa - Kyoto

Day 6

Kanazawa - Kyoto

8:00  - 8:15 a.m.
Kanazawa morning tour, visit to Higashi Chaya district  (30 min) where Wooden-latticed exteriors of teahouses line both sides of the stone-paved street.
Tentokuin Temple  (40 min), Nagamachi Samurai District  (30 min), Kenroku-en Garden  (60 min), top three Japanese gardens and offers amazing seasonal views all year round.
After the tour proceed to Kanazawa station, take a express Thunderbird to Kyoto station ( 145min)
4:30 - 6:00p.m.
Check into your hotel in Kyoto.

<from 2017>
Depart the hotel to Kanazawa morning tour, visit to Nagamachi Samurai District & Nomura samurai residence, Kenroku-en Garden, top three Japanese gardens and offers amazing seasonal views all year round. Higashi Chaya district  (30 min) where Wooden-latticed exteriors of teahouses line both sides of the stone-paved street, Hakuza.

After the tour proceed to Kanazawa station, take a express Thunderbird to Kyoto station ( 145min)
4:30 - 6:00p.m.
Check into your hotel in Kyoto.

Kyoto (L)

Day 7

Kyoto (L)

8:00-8:40a.m.
Depart from Hotel in Kyoto City
Nijo Castle (50 min)
Tour the historical castle completed in 1626 built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Kinkakuji Temple(45 min)
Visit the Golden Pavillion, designated as a National Special Historic Site and National Special Landscape, with 2 floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of shinden, samurai, and zen.
Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min)
Gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, which oversaw many important functions until the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869.
Japanese / Western Buffet
Heian Jibgu Shrine (25min)
Don't miss the characteristic red architecture of the beautiful shrine built to celebrate the 1101 year anniversary of the founding of the city of Kyoto.
Sanjusangendo temple(30min)
Visit the world's longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century. 
Kiyomizu Temple (70min)
The view of Kyoto from the World Heritage Site of Kiyomizudera is superb. The historic shopping lane that leads to the temple adds to a wonderful experience.

5:30-6:30p.m.
Arrive at your hotel.
Stay in Kyoto area hotel. 
Kyoto - Kansai Airport

Day 8

Kyoto - Kansai Airport

Before Departure
Free time until arranged departure time from hotel by shared van service.

Kansai Airport
A shared van will pick you up at your hotel at the arranged time to take you to Kansai Airport. Package tour ends on arrival at Kansai Airport.

Remarks

1,An English-speaking interpreter guide or English-speaking assistant will accompany each tour from the meeting point until the tour end. Please note that in general the interpreter guide/assistant varies for each individual tour.
2. Customers with late-night arrivals or departures at Kansai International Airport may need to wait at the airport for several hours as the shared taxi service will be unavailable.
3. This is a special tour for international visitors. Please understand that residents of Japan cannot make bookings for this tour.
4. Airport pick-up & drop-off is available at Haneda Airport or Itami Airport. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.
5. If the minimum number of participants is not met by 20 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.

[Luggage Transport Service]
Suitcases and other large pieces of luggage will be sent from hotels in Hakone by truck on Day 4 to the hotel in Kyoto. (One article of standard size luggage per customer will be transported free of charge. Any additional items will incur a fee of JPY 2,200 per article, which will need to be paid on the day.) Please bring a smaller bag (backpack, etc.) for the stays at Takayama and Kanazawa.

[Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour (Day 3)]
1. GPS-equipped audio guides are available in Chinese and Spanish on the bus. Please make a request when booking if you would like an audio guide. There are a limited number of audio guides available, so it may not be possible to provide one for each participant. Also, no refunds will be issued even if the audio guide is unusable due to weak signal, device issues, Wi-Fi malfunction, etc.
2. Hakone Komagatake Ropeway may be omitted from the itinerary due to heavy traffic. The tour will not be cancelled or refunded in such cases.
3. If the Fuji Subaru Line to Mt. Fuji's 5th station is blocked due to road surface freezing or accidents, the tour will be taken to the highest elevation point possible. No alternative destinations are planned when the tour reaches beyond the 1st station.
When the tour has to turn back at the 1st station, or when the Fuji Subaru Line is completely blocked, the tour will visit Lake Kawaguchi. Please note that this alternative itinerary may be omitted from the tour depending on traffic conditions.
4. Mt. Fuji's 5th station is typically 10 to 15 degrees Celsius colder than Tokyo. Please bring a coat and other warm clothing on tours from autumn to spring.
5. The tour will not be cancelled or refunded even if Mt. Fuji is not fully visible due to weather conditions.
6. If the Lake Ashi Cruise or Komagatake Ropeway are not running due to inclement weather or maintenance, or as a result of road or organization circumstances, they may be omitted and replaced with one or more of the following:
Hakone En Aquarium, Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani, Hakone Pirate Ship, Narukawa Art Museum, Hakone Checkpoint, Lake Kawaguchi Cruise, Lake Kawaguchi Ropeway, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, Hakone Shrine, etc., but this will not be used as a reason to cancel the tour, and refunds will not be given for this reason. The tour will not be cancelled or refunded for such itinerary changes.
7. After sightseeing is finished, the bus may make multiple stops at hotels in the Hakone area.
8. Lunch may be a Japanese/Western style buffet in some cases.

[Takayama & Kanazawa Tour (Day 4-6)]
1. There is no time allotted for lunch on Day 1 of the Takayama & Kanazawa itinerary. Participants will eat lunch on the train/bus, so purchasing something to eat before departure is recommended.
2. If sightseeing facilities at Takayama or Kanazawa are closed, the tour will be taken to alternative destinations.
3. Many sections of this tour are conducted on foot, so please wear shoes and clothing which are comfortable to walk in. Please bring a coat on tours from October to February as it is quite cold.
4. Transportation from Nagoya to Takayama and from Takayama to Kanazawa may be via shared expressway bus or a charter bus.
5. Sightseeing at Shirakawa-go and Gokayama thatched roof villages on Day 2 of the Takayama & Kanazawa itinerary will be conducted via regular sightseeing bus operated by Nohi Bus. Note that the bus will be shared with Japanese customers. Also, depending on the number of participants, a charter bus may be used.
6. Vegetarian meals are not available for lunch at Shirakawa-go on Day 2 of the Takayama & Kanazawa itinerary.
7. Sightseeing at Kanazawa on Day 3 of the Takayama & Kanazawa itinerary will be conducted via regular sightseeing bus operated by Hokutetsu Railroad. Note that the bus will be shared with Japanese customers. If Tentokuin Temple is closed, the tour will visit Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum. Also, depending on the number of participants, public transportation may be used.
8. [Important] If the stay in Takayama is on Jan. 16, 23, 24, 30, 31 or Feb. 7 or 14, the tour will visit the limited-time Shirakawa-go illumination. In such cases, the itinerary for Takayama and Shirakawa-go will be changed. On these days, Shirakawa-go will be visited on the 1st night of the Takayama & Kanazawa itinerary. The visit will be via a regular sightseeing bus operated by Nohi Bus. Takayama sightseeing will be in the morning on the 2nd day of the Takayama & Kanazawa itinerary, and Gokayama will not be visited; Takayama Morning Market will be visited instead. Also, in the case that the Shirakawa-go illumination regular sightseeing bus service is suspended, the normal itinerary will be followed. No refunds will be provided in such cases.

[Kyoto Tour (Day 7)]
1. On Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed. On these days, the tour will visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead. The same is true of the period before and after the public viewing of Kyoto Imperial Palace in spring and autumn, May 14 - 17 due to the Aoi Festival, year-end New Year's holidays, and whenever there is an Imperial Household event.
2. On Jan. 25, Apr. 25, Jul. 25 and Oct. 25, 2015, and on June 25, Sept. 25 and Dec. 25, 2016, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple will be visited instead of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
3. On Tuesdays (or Wednesday if Tuesday is a national holiday) in January, July, August, and December and over the year-end New Year's holidays, Nijo Castle is closed. The tour will visit Ryoan-ji Temple instead.
4. During the Jidai Festival on October 22, Heian Jingu Shrine is closed to the public and will be replaced in the itinerary by Chishaku-in Temple. If the Jidai Festival is postponed, we will follow suit with the itinerary change.
5. During the period before Gion Festival (Saki Matsuri, July 14 - 16), drop-off service to Karasuma Kyoto Hotel and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto will be unavailable due to traffic restrictions.
6. Please note that before entering the Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be required to fill out a form with your personal information such as your full name, sex, age, and nationality. (The form will be provided on the tour day.)
7. Connection to the Kyoto Maiko Dinner and Kyoto Night Tour is available at Kyoto Hotel Okura.
8. This tour will not enter Heian Jingu Shrine's Shin-en garden.
9. Bookings for groups of 5 or more, consisting entirely of Japanese participants, may not enter the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Please inform us at the time of booking if this is the case.


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