Glimpse of Japan

Price
From USD$1900 Per Person
  • 5  nights  6  days
  • Tokyo, Mt. Fuji./Hakone, Kyoto, Nara
Highlights
  • Tokyo: Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • Mt. Fuji: View the iconic symbol of Japan – Fuji-san
  • Hakone: Visit t...Read More
    Highlights
    • Tokyo: Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple
    • Mt. Fuji: View the iconic symbol of Japan – Fuji-san
    • Hakone: Visit the Owakudani Boiling Valley
    • Kyoto: Visit the Kinkakuji – the Golden Pavilion
    • Kyoto: Visit the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine for its thousands of Torii Gates
    • Day excursion to Nara the “Ancient Captial”
    • Extend your stay to visit the the second largest city in Japan – Osaka*
  • Details
  • Itinerary
  • Includes & Excludes
  • Travel Tips
  • GALLERY

Glimpse of Japan

Travel the Golden Route of Japan.

Yokoso, Welcome to Japan! This is a great tour for first timers to Japan. Travel the Golden Route of Japan on this tour. First stop – Tokyo – where tradition meets contemporary. Enjoy a full day visiting landmarks such as the Asakusa Temple and the Imperial Palace through the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Enroute, visit the majestic Mount Fuji, which has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Next, travel at high speed to the historical capital of Kyoto by the bullet train and visit the enchanting Nara Deer Park with hundreds of roaming deer.

Itinerary

Arrive at Narita or Haneda International Airport and meet your local representative, who will assist with your airport bus transfer to your hotel. Check in to your hotel upon arrival and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar
Your morning tour starts with a visit to the Meiji Shrine. Drive by the National Diet Building and stop for a brief visit to the Imperial Palace East Garden. Continue to visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most famous Buddhist Temple. Here you can also browse through the many colorful stores that line the Nakamise walkway leading up the temple. Your tour will end at Tokyo Station where you will have the rest of the day at leisure. Your tour guide will give you details on how to make your own way back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar
Depart from Tokyo in the morning and travel by coach to Mt. Fuji. Your first stop will be at the Fuji Visitor Center. After a brief rest you will drive up to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station located halfway up this 3776m high mountain. You will then make your way toward Hakone. After a traditional Japanese lunch you will travel to visit Owakudani Boiling Valley and take a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway. You will then take a cruise on Lake Ashi before you transfer to your hotel in Hakone. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Note: Your luggage will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. Please be sure to have your bag at the Bell Desk of your hotel by 7:30 AM. You will also need to pack an overnight bag for your trip to Hakone.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko or similar
After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to Odawara or Atami station and travel by Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Kyoto. Arrive Kyoto meet your local representative and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon travel from Kyoto by train to Nara. Once there you will take a walking tour to visit sights include Todaiji Temple, home of the Great Buddha, Nara Deer Park and Kofukuji Temple. Travel back to Kyoto and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:New Miyako Hotel or similar
After breakfast, join a full day city tour of Kyoto. Tour starts with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, and Sanjusangendo, the world’s longest wooden structure, housing 1,001 life-size statues of Buddhist Kannon deities dating back to the 13th century. Then, visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. After lunch, travel to Arashiyama, and enjoy a stroll of the Bamboo Grove. Followed by visit to Tenryuji, ranked first among the city’s five great Zen temple. Continue to Kinkakuji Temple, home of the Golden Pavilion. After the tour, return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation:New Miyako Hotel or similar
Today bid farewell to Japan. Transfer from your hotel to Osaka Kansai airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Return Join in transfer between airport and hotel.
  • Superior 4-Star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Train tickets Odawara/Atami – Kyoto (Ordinary Class)
  • Join in sightseeing tours with admission*
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service
  • Daily breakfast and 2 lunches

*Guaranteed departure with 2 passengers

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare to Japan.
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance
  • Travel Visa
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
  • Any items not specified as included.

Travel Tips

Travel documents: Passports must have 6 months validity by the time of return.
US and Canadian passport holders do not require a visa if staying in Japan less than 90 days.

For Visa requirements please refer to CITB Visas.

Currency: The unit of Japanese currency is yen. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 Yen and bank notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000 (very rare), 5,000 and 10,000 Yen. Travelers Checks are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan (Japanese inns) and stores in major cities. International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard are also acceptable at these major establishments. However, credit card transactions are not always convenient outside big cities so obtaining cash beforehand is recommended when you travel to the countryside

Language: There is only one official language spoken in Japan, which is of course is Japanese. However, many Japanese are able to understand English to a certain extent since English is the foreign language that everyone must learn as part of compulsory education. Even if you don't understand Japanese, you can still certainly enjoy Japan. But if you know a few everyday Japanese phrases then it will make your trip even more memorable. A few words make a big difference.

Weather: Japan has four distinctive seasons. In spring, The plum blossom is a good sign that the cold winter will soon end and spring is just around the corner, followed by the cherry blossoms in March and early April. Summer begins in June with a three to four week rainy season and then it becomes seriously hot and humid from July onward. Autumn always brings freshness with a light breeze and cool temperature after the hot and humid summer. Winter weather ranges according to the geographic location. The temperature rarely drops below 0°C in the plains along the Pacific coast during wintertime. It is very dry and very sunny. Central Japan and Northern Japan are highly reputed regions for winter sports. Southern Japan is comparatively mild and pleasant in winter.

What to Pack: Tourists can prepare clothes according to the following:
Spring: Mar – May Light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
Summer: Jun – Aug Light clothes (cardigans are handy, since indoors are mostly air-conditioned.)
Autumn: Sep – Nov Light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
Winter: Dec – Feb Overcoat and sweaters, etc.

Power Supply: Voltage – 100V. Frequency – 50Hz (Eastern Japan) / 60Hz (Western Japan including Nagoya, Kyoto & Osaka). A convertible type of electrical appliance such as a hair dryer, travel iron and shaver will therefore be handy; otherwise a step-down transformer is required to convert the voltage. There are no columnar-shaped plugs or 3-pin plugs used in Japan but 2-flat-pin plugs are used instead. It is therefore advised to purchase a plug adapter beforehand.

Tips & Gratuities: Tipping is generally not customary in Japan.

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