Heart of Japan Tour 14 days

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  • Guide

13 Nights from $4,401

(* 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 14-day package takes you sightseeing in Tokyo, Kamakura, Nikko, Mt. Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara & Hiroshima.

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
06 May - 16 Dec : Sun, Tue, Fri
(Except: 30 Sep - 07,14,16 Oct, 01,29 Nov, 06,13 Dec 2016)

28 Feb-07Mar, 09 May-28 Nov 2017: Tue
19 Mar -16 Apr 2017: sun, Tue, Fri
(Except 7,9,14 Apr, 13 Jun, 4 Jul - 22 Aug, 12,26 Sep,3, 31 Oct 2017) 
Meals Breakfast 0
Lunch 5
Dinner 0
Guide English guide 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 7 and from Kyoto to Kansai Airport. Additional baggage will require an extra fee of JPY 2,200 per item from Tokyo and  JPY 1,000 per item from Kyoto. Each person will be allowed one piece of baggage. For the overnight stay in Takayama, Kanazawa, we recommend that you carry a light overnight bag.
Minimum participants 1  person
Code One Way:JG-14GSC14O
Round Trip : JG-14GSC-14R
2017: JG-0GS14AO One Way
          JG-0GS14AR Round Trip
 For Triple reduction available
Round Trip Additional charge required
Seasonal surcharge apply

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 (40 min.), Imperial Palace Plaza (15 min.), and Sensoji Temple and Nakamise shopping arcade in Asakusa (40 min.).
12:00 - 12:20 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- Nikko-Tokyo (L)

Day 3

Tokyo- Nikko-Tokyo (L)

7:50 - 8:30 a.m.
Depart Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal to visit the following by bus.(160 min)
*Report at least 10 minutes prior to departure.
Nikko Toshogu Shrine (100 min)
Tour UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its lavish decorations, ornate details, and five structures categorized as National Treasures of Japan, and an additional three categorized as Important Cultural Properties. This shrine houses the remains of Edo period's founder, Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Lunch
Enjoy a Japanese-style meal. *Vegitarian option available.
Lake Chuzenji ( 10 min)
Kegon falls ( 30 min)
Climb an observatory deck located directly in front of one of Nikko's three famous waterfalls, from which the entire 97m  can be viewed.
 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Arrive at Ginza/ Shinjuku. Tour concludes upon arrival.
Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo (L)

Day 4

Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo (L)

7:50 - 8:30 a.m.
You will be picked up from your hotel to join a one day tour to Kamakura. In the morning, travel to Kamakura by motorcoach (90 min.) and visit Great Buddha/Kotoku-in Temple (20 min.).
Lunch
Enjoy a Japanese Style Lunch. After lunch, visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, Komachi-dori street ( 50 min), Hokoku-ji Temple ( 30min), Jyomyo-ji temple, powdered green tea tasting. (visiting from 12 Mar onwards) (30 mins), drive through Yokohama Baybridge before returning to Tokyo.
5:00 - 6:40 p.m.
After returning to Tokyo by motorcoach the tour will disband in Ginza or Shinjuku. The guide will tell you how to return to your hotel. 

<from 2017>
9:00 a.m.
Depart Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal to visit the following by bus and on foot. *Report at least 10 minutes prior to departure.
Mathca green tea experience at Jomyo-ji Temple
Hokoku-ji Temple
Lunch
After lunch visiting,
Kotoku-in Temple & Great Buddha,
View the 13.35 m (44 ft) tall, 121 ton symbol of Kamakura. Unlike the Great Buddha of Nara, this Buddha is placed directly outdoors, and the inside of the actual statue can be accessed from a passage on his back for a small additional fee.
Enoshima sightseeing
5:00 - 6:40 p.m.
Arrive at Ginza. Participants may depart the tour here.
5:40 - 6:40 p.m.
Arrive at Shinjuku. Tour concludes upon arrival. 

Accommodation hotel in Tokyo
 
Tokyo

Day 5

Tokyo

Free leisure in Tokyo
Stay hotel in Tokyo.

Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone (L)

Day 6

Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone (L)

7:50 - 8:45 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 (120 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, ride the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway (50 min.) and take a cruise on Lake Ashi (15 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 - Takayama

Day 7

Hakone - Takayama

7:50- 9:30 a.m.
Take a Kodama Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya from Odawara Station (140 min.). At Nagoya Station, transfer to a limited express Hida train to Takayama (150 min.). After arriving in Takayama, visit Yatai Kaikan Hall (30 min.), Kusakabe Folk Museum (20 min.), and Kami Sannomachi Street (30 min.).
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Check in at Hida Hotel Plaza.
Accommodations: Hotel in Takayama
Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa (L)

Day 8

Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa (L)

8:00 a.m.
Walk to Takayama station*,
*Sightseeing 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.

Take a local sightseeing bus 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.

Accommodations: Hotel 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 9

Kanazawa - Kyoto

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.
Depart the hotel to 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.
Accommodations: Hotel in Kyoto
Kyoto (L)

Day 10

Kyoto (L)

You will be picked up from your hotel to join a day tour of Kyoto. In the morning, visit Nijo Castle (50 min.), Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) (45 min.), and Kyoto Imperial Palace (visiting on weekday)(40 min.)/ Kitano-tenmangu Shrine ( visiting on weekend) ( 40 mins).
Enjoy a Japanese/ Western buffet  lunch.  After lunch, visit Heian Jingu Shrine (40 min.), Sanjusangendo (30 min.), and Kiyomizu Temple (70 min.). Return to hotel by motorcoach.
Accommodations: Hotel in Kyoto
Kyto - Hiroshima - Kyoto

Day 11

Kyto - Hiroshima - Kyoto

7:35 - 8:00 a.m.
You will be picked up from your hotel to join a tour to Hiroshima. Travel to Hiroshima from Kyoto Station by Nozomi (110 min.) or Hikari (125 min.) Shinkansen. After arriving in Hiroshima, visit Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine (45 min.), Peace Memorial Park and Museum (100 min.), and the Atomic Bomb Dome.
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Return to Kyoto by Nozomi or Hikari Shinkansen.
8:20 - 9:00 p.m.
Return to your hotel in Kyoto.
Accommodations: Hotel in Kanazawa
Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto ( L)

Day 12

Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto ( L)

1:10PM
You will be picked up from your hotel to join a tour to Nara Afternoon Tour, visit to
Todaiji Temple, behold the world's largest bronze statue, Great Statue of Buddha.
Nara Park, interact with over 1,200 wild deer that roam the park, considered sacred messengers of Shinto gods according to a local folklore. Kasuga Grand Shrine (40 mins.)
Nara Nagomikan (20 mins.)

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Arrive back at hotel.

2017 Departure
Enjoy a free day at leisure in Kyoto.
Stay hotel in Kyoto
One Way Trip :Kyoto / Round Trip Tokyo

Day 13

One Way Trip :Kyoto / Round Trip Tokyo

(One way)
Free all day
Stay hotel in Kyoto.

(Round Trip)
Free until departure. take Nozomi bullet train ( 140 min) from Kyoto station to Tokyo station.
Stay hotel in Tokyo.

One Way: Kyoto- kansai Airport / Round trip : Tokyo - Narita Airport

Day 14

One Way: Kyoto- kansai Airport / Round trip : Tokyo - Narita Airport

One Way
Free time until arranged departure time from hotel by shared van service.
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.

Round Trip
Free time until arranged departure time from hotel by shared van service.
A shared van will pick you up at your hotel at the arranged time to take you to Narita Airport. Package tour ends on arrival at Narita Airport.

Remarks

* The above offers are subject to availability and confirmation.
* For full terms and conditions, please contact our travel specialists.
* Costing will vary from time to time depending on the exchange rate. The final rate will be confirmed at time of booking confirmation.

By booking this tour, you confirm that you have read and agree to these 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]
Large baggage such as suit cases will be transported from hotels in Hakone to hotels in Kyoto by truck on Day 7. (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.

[Nikko Tour Day 3]
1. Heavy traffic due to colored leaves is expected every year on Irohazaka Winding Road from Oct. 11 to Nov. 6. Therefore, Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji will not be visited during this period. In such cases, one of the following will be visited instead of Kegon Falls: Taiyuuin Mausoleum at Rinno-ji Temple, Futarasan Shrine, Kirifuri Falls, or Tamozawa Imperial Villa.
2. The alternative plan outlined in Remark #1 above may be used even outside of the designated period due to road conditions or other reasons. No refunds will be issued as a result of location changes.
3. The temperature will be colder than Tokyo. On tours from autumn to spring, please bring a coat and other warm clothing.
4. The tour will walk up and down steps and hilly paths at Nikko Toshogu and Kegon Falls. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
5. As the tour uses a bus for the entire itinerary, arrivals at each site may be delayed due to traffic.
6. An earphone guide will be provided to each participant at Nikko Toshogu. However, this may not apply if there are less than 16 participants.
7. A fee of JPY 10,000 may be incurred if an earphone guide is lost or damaged.
8. Optional meal menus are available for a vegetarian meal, a wheat-free meal, and a soy-bean-free meal.
9. Yomeimon Gate may be obscured due to repair activity.

[Kamakura Tour Day 4]
1. Locations indicated on the itinerary may be changed due to traffic, operation hours, or other reasons. However, the tour will not be cancelled or refunded even in such cases. The following are possible substitutes: Hase Temple, Engaku-ji Temple, Kencho-ji Temple, Kamakuragu Treasure Hall, Sankeien Garden, Yokohama Marine Tower, Yamashita Park, or the Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden
2. Itinerary order is subject to change depending on traffic, weather, and operation hours.
3. If there are more than 15 participants, the guide may hand out earphone guides in order to guide everyone more efficiently.
4. Please note that compensation of JPY 10,000 may be required in the case that an earphone guide is broken or lost by a participant.
5. Lunch may be at a different venue, depending on the hotel's operational circumstances.
6. Tours departing from Jan. 6 to Mar. 9 will not visit Kotokuin Temple and the Great Buddha statue due to construction. During this period the tour will visit Hase Temple instead.

[2017 Kamakura Tour Day 2]
1. Locations indicated on the itinerary may be changed due to traffic, operation hours, or other reasons. However, the tour will not be cancelled or refunded even in such cases. The following are possible substitutes: Hase Temple, Engaku-ji Temple, Kencho-ji Temple, Kamakuragu Treasure Hall, Sankeien Garden, Yokohama Marine Tower, Yamashita Park, or the Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden
2. Itinerary order is subject to change depending on traffic, weather, and operation hours.
3. If there are more than 15 participants, the guide may hand out earphone guides in order to guide everyone more efficiently.
4. Please note that compensation of JPY 10,000 may be required in the case that an earphone guide is broken or lost by a participant.
5. Lunch may be served at a different venue depending on the hotel's operational circumstances.
6. Tours departing from Jan. 6 to Mar. 9 will not visit Kotokuin Temple and the Great Buddha statue due to construction. During this period the tour will visit Hase Temple instead.

[Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour Day 6]
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 9]
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 & Nara Tour Day 10]
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.

[Nara Tour Day 12]
1. At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the tour will not enter areas requiring admission.
2. During the 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.
3. The tour may not visit Nara Nagomikan if it is closed or due to traffic conditions.
4. Connection to the Kyoto Night Tour or Kyoto Maiko Dinner is not possible.



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