Best of Japan

Best of Japan

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • CODE: RAJ
  • From: $2299

From dream-like lakes to a distinctive culture based on age-old traditions and etiquette, it’s no surprise that Japan is a source of wonder and curiosity for many travelers. Our 7-night tour shines a fascinating light on this captivating country so you can experience its beautiful landscapes, cultural charms, and futuristic cities. Absorb the neon rush and sights of Tokyo, visit the serene temples of Kyoto and ascend the slopes of snow-capped Mt. Fuji, and make a high-speed journeys on Japan’s sleek ‘bullet train’— an experience you’ll never forget.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
Arrive Tokyo
DAY 2
Tokyo
DAY 3
Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo
DAY 4
Tokyo - Bullet Train - Kyoto
DAY 5
Kyoto
DAY 6
Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
DAY 7
Osaka
DAY 8
Osaka - USA
Tokyo (3 nts) Kyoto (2 nts) NaraOsaka (2 nts)
day
1

Arrive Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo International Airport and transfer to your city hotel either by airport limousine bus (Transfer time: 1200 pm - 0600pm). The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy independently, perhaps unwinding at your hotel or getting a taste of the city, which is home to around eight million people. 


accomodation:

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2

Tokyo

Energetic Tokyo is a blur of neon, malls and skyscrapers sprinkled with hidden temples, bazaars and wooden houses. Today, take a morning sightseeing tour that showcases its highlights. Admire the Imperial Palace Plaza, a clutch of gardens and palaces that are home to Japan’s royal family, and amble along Nakamise Street, an avenue of stalls leading to the Senso-Ji Temple. Peruse the stalls’ souvenirs and snacks, and marvel at the elaborate Buddhist temple, Tokyo’s oldest. After enjoying a Japanese-style lunch, continue to fashionable Ginza, Tokyo’s best-known shopping, dining and entertainment hub. Browse the department stores, big-name brands, malls and eateries of this buzzing area before a transfer back to your hotel. Or, choose to stay on in Ginza independently. This evening, enjoy the Sukiyaki dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

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3

Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo

Leave Tokyo by coach and travel to Hakone, a picturesque region of hills, forests and lakes spread below Mt Fuji, Japan’s most sacred peak. Take a drive up to Fuji’s 5th station (weather permitting), situated 7,555 feet above sea level, and behold the scintillating views before riding the Hakone ropeway cable car over the beautiful Lake Ashi area. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Ashi and a break for a Japanese-style lunch, before returning to Tokyo. Enjoy this evening at leisure after dinner and look forward to experiencing the bullet train to Kyoto tomorrow.
If you wish, prepare one piece of luggage for our complimentary optional luggage transfer service, which will free you from carrying luggage on and off the train and deliver your luggage directly to your Kyoto hotel upon your arrival.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

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4

Tokyo - Bullet Train - Kyoto

Today, step aboard Japan’s famous bullet or ‘Shinkansen’ train for your journey to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital famed for its historic temples and rock gardens. Settle on the high-speed train at Tokyo station and race through the countryside at up to 200mph, enjoying views of snow-capped Mt Fuji en route (weather permitting). In the afternoon visit Kyoto's UNESCO-protected gems: the 17th century Nijo Castle, once a residence of Tokugawa shoguns, and the splendid Kinkaku-ji aka the Golden Pavilion. Tonight enjoy the Japanese Shabu Shabu hot pot for dinner.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

accomodation:

day
5

Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple, or "Pure Water Temple" is one of the most celebrated temples in Japan. Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. The main hall, which together with the stage was built without the use of nails. After lunch, proceed to the Sagano Bamboo Forest and Arashiyama District & Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine. People come to the shrine to pray for bountiful harvests, business prosperity and fulfillment of all kinds of other wishes. Vermillion red torii gateways are a famous feature of Inari Shrines and the color evokes a strong sense of spirituality for Japanese people.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

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6

Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

A full-day excursion to historical Nara, a former capital of Japan, today. Cradled by wooded hills, this attractive ancient city boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the famous Todaiji Temple, to see the world’s biggest bronze statue of Buddha, and drink in the scenic charms of Nara Park, best-known for the many wild Sika deer that roam its landscapes. Other highlights include the Kasuga Taisha shrine, a Shinto shrine with origins in the 8th century and famous for its bronze and stone lanterns. After lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to Osaka, Japan’s second biggest city for a 2 nights stay. Tonight visit the Kuromon Ichiba Market, a foodie haunt with over 150 enticing culinary stalls and Shinsaibashi, a shopping district nicknamed the ‘Champs-Elysees of the East’ for its unique stores. Cap your day with a succulent Kobe beef dinner at a local restaurant in Osaka.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

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7

Osaka

This morning, tick through Osaka’s main sights, visiting the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building. Marvel at the 360-degree views from this open-air observatory that extends between two skyscrapers. Osaka Castle Tower houses an informative museum about the castle's history and Toyotomi Hideyoshi and from the top enjoy a panoramic view of Osaka Castle park and the city. Free at leisure in the afternoon for last minute shopping.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

day
8

Osaka - USA

After breakfast, use the airport limousine bus for transfer to the airport.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

3 nights hotel accommodation in Tokyo

2 nights hotel accommodation in Kyoto

2 nights hotel accommodation in Osaka

Daily buffet breakfast at hotel

4 lunches and 4 dinners including special meals (Sukiyaki dinner in Tokyo, Shabu Shabu Japanese Hot Pot in Kyoto, Kobe beef dinner in Osaka) at local restaurants

One way bullet train journey: Tokyo-Kyoto

Luggage transport service for the bullet train journey from Tokyo to Kyoto (limit of 1 bag per person, max 50 lbs)

Sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto, Nara

Special entertainment/activity: Hakone Ropeway cable car ride, Lake Ashi cruise

All entrance fees and activities as specified in the itinerary

Sightseeing tours as listed with professional English-speaking guide or assistant in Japan

Airport transfers upon arrival (Tokyo) and departure (Osaka) by airport shuttle bus

Deluxe air-conditioned coach

All airport/port taxes, hotel taxes, duties, and surcharges

Not include:
Airtickets
Entry visa if applicable
Personal expenses 
Gratuities to the tour guide and the driver or hotel porter
Travel insurance

Tokyo: Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo or similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo warmly welcomes you to Tokyo, Japan, a city distinguished by its rich history and cutting-edge wonders. Located in Shirokanedai, where greenery and affluence abound, our Miyako hotel is a luxury oasis in the center of a large metropolis. Japanese sensibilities are fused with a modern Western aesthetic to create a welcoming environment. Discover curated design details like an imposing wenge wood wall and a soothing fireplace. Our hotel also features a large Japanese garden, creating a sense of tranquility and harmony.

Kyoto: Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo or similar

★ ★ ★ ★

As the gateway to the ancient capital of Kyoto, Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo has always welcomed many guests. Our courteous and hospitable staff will welcome and treat you warmly. About a 2-minute walk from Kyoto Station, the hotel is convenient for exploring traditional and modern Kyoto or touring the surrounding areas.

Osaka: Osaka Hotel Granvia Osaka or similar

★ ★ ★

Hotel Granvia Osaka, located in the center of the spirited and historic city of Osaka, Japan, offers guests a sophisticated retreat and direct connection to JR Osaka train lines. Guests at this Umeda hotel will experience unparalleled hospitality, fine and casual dining, spacious guestroom accommodations and the finest in services and amenities.

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