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Essential Japan Tour

9 Days | 8 Nights

From $ 1,800

Japan
Tokyo - Kamakura - Nikko - Hakone & Mount Fuji - Nara - Kyoto

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Upon arrival at the Tokyo Airport, our Japan local guide will be awaiting to provide you with a transport into the city. After arriving to the hotel and checking in, the remainder of the day is free at leisure.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Tokyo.
Spend the morning exploring Tokyo, utilising its efficient metro system. We recommend starting the day with an early morning visit to Meiji Shrine to avoid the crowds. The shrine is Tokyo’s most famous shrine is dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji. The park sits in the midst of some 120,000 trees of 365 different species, making it easy to forget that the world’s largest city surrounds.

Outside of Meiji Shrine sits Harajuku, a shopping haven and popular meeting place for teenagers who are usually donning eccentric clothing. The landmark of Harajuku is Takeshita Street, a 400-meter long alley filled with boutiques, shops and cafes.

Neighboring Harajuku is Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysées. This broad, tree-lined avenue features a number of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects like TOD’s Omotesando, designed by Toyo Ito.

From Omotesando, take the metro to Ginza, one of Tokyo’s most famous upscale shopping, dining and entertainment districts. From Ginza, head to the Imperial Palace near Otemachi Station. Whilst the Palace itself is not open to the public, the Palace East Gardens are readily accessible to all visitors. It is here that one can find the ruins of the former Edo Castle and a lovely Japanese garden.

The final stop can be in Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district and home to Senso-ji Temple which is the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Senso-ji feature many traditional shops that sell Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through.

Note: The order of this itinerary may change according to the location of your hotel.

Overnight in Tokyo.
Enjoy the entire day exploring Tokyo or its outlying areas. Make an early morning stop to visit the electronics district of Akihabara or discover Tokyo’s world-class museums and art galleries. Alternatively, take an excursion outside of Tokyo to one of the following places:

Kamakura
One of Japan’s former capitals, Kamakura is a delightful seaside town home to many ancient shrines, temples, and other structures like the Daibutsu, a giant bronze Buddha that stands at 13-meter tall.

Nikko
Located north of Tokyo, Nikko is a city that lies in the mountainous area of Tochigi Prefecture well-known for its national park. Some of the popular places in the park include the Toshogu Shrine complex and the Tamozawa Imperial Villa.


Note: Roundtrip train tickets to Kamakura or to Nikko can be arranged at an additional cost.

Overnight in Tokyo.
Start the morning by boarding the train to Hakone, the gateway to Mt. Fuji and its surrounding national park. This small town is famous for its onsen, or natural hot springs, and has natural beauty in abundance.

Accommodation in Hakone will be a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn complete with tatami mats, shoji rice paper sliding doors, and onsen baths.

In the evening, relax in a yukata (lightweight kimono) while enjoying a dinner of kaiseki ryori, a Japanese multi-course meal. After the meal, take a dip in the onsen before turning in on the traditional futon.

Overnight in Hakone.
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Spend the whole day exploring Hakone with the included transport pass, which serves as a ticket to the numerous forms of transportation in the area.
Take the Hakone Tozan switchback train that zigzags through the mountains and offers views of the surrounding valleys. Afterwards, ride the Guinness World Record-holder ropeway all the way up to Mt. Owakudani, passing over sulfurous fumes and hot springs.

From the mountain, take the ropeway bound for Togendai, where it’s possible to ride a replica of a pirate ship that cruises along Ashinoko, a body of water that was formed after a volcanic eruption that occurred more than 3,000 years ago.

Aside from the diverse transportation system and a number of natural tourist spots, Hakone is also home to many museums and parks. One of the most notable is the Hakone Open Air Museum, known for its harmonic balance between nature and art, featuring a sizeable Picasso Collection. If the weather fully cooperates, there may be sightings of Mt. Fuji off in the distance.

Note: The ropeway that goes to Mt. Owakudani has resumed operations but for safety reasons, hiking on the mountain is still prohibited.

Suggested Alternative Itinerary:
Head to the aforementioned pirate ship for the cruise across Ashinoko, a lake that was formed after a volcanic eruption that took place more than 3,000 years ago.

After the cruise, get off at Hakone-machi port and walk towards Hakone Shrine, passing by Hakone checkpoint and the cedar avenue. This shrine is one of the most photographed places in the area with its iconic “floating” torii gate. Visit the main shrine, sub temples and the training hall for kyudo, traditional Japanese archery.

From the shrine, continue along the Preserved Old Tokaido Walking Trail, of which the most popular track stretches around 8km long. The next 40 minutes or so will run to Amazake Chaya, a traditional house serving Japanese style snacks accompanied by sweet rice wine (amazake).

Overnight in Hakone.
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Take one last soak in the onsen before traveling via the world-famous shinkansen (bullet train) to Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto. Kyoto is home to around 2,000 shrines and temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Spend some time exploring Kyoto independently or take part in one of the many cultural experiences on offer in Kyoto, such as cooking classes, tea ceremonies and visits to a sake brewery.

To finish the night in style, we can arrange a performance by a Maiko or a Geiko in a traditional theatre. Witness the arts and music that the Geisha have been passing on through generations.

Note: The cultural experiences and the Maiko performance need to be arranged in advance at an additional cost.

Overnight in Kyoto.
Explore the former imperial capital and visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites utilising Kyoto’s comprehensive bus and subway systems. Start the day with a visit to Nijo Castle. This ornamental castle was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate in 1603 and is famous for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors, and ‘chirping nightingale floors’.

Head north of the city and visit Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Golden Pavilion. Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, after his death, it became a Buddhist Temple at his request and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples.

The final stop of the morning can be Ryoan-ji Temple, the site of Japan's most famous rock garden. Originally served as an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was later on converted into a Zen Buddhist temple in 1450. Now it belongs to the Myoshinji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.

In the afternoon, visit Kiyomizu-dera or ‘pure water temple’. From the 13-meter high veranda jutting out from the main hall, enjoy amazing views of the whole of Kyoto whilst pondering the fact that both the main hall and the veranda were built without the use of nails.

Finish off the day with a stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district, where busy lanes lead up to Kiyomizu and are filled with quaint shops selling souvenirs such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets, and pickles.

Note: Kiyomizu-dera is currently undergoing renovations, with proposed completion in 2019.

Overnight in Kyoto.
Head out of town this morning and travel to Nara with the included train tickets. For 74 years during the 8th century, Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain.

Nara is just a small town, with most of its main tourist spots located around Nara Park, where a great number of tame deer can be found. Visit Todai-ji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha, and Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. Return to Kyoto.

Note: Roundtrip train tickets to Nara can be arranged at an additional cost.

Overnight in Kyoto.
After breakfast, our local guide and driver will transfer you via shared shuttle to Kansai International Airport. Wrap up the Essential Japan Tour with unforgettable memories.
MEALS
Breakfast

Private Tour (02 Pax Up)

comfort package
comfort package
$ 1,800
per person
/ person
superior package
superior package
$ 2,000
per person
/ person
deluxe package
deluxe package
$ 2,800
per person
/ person

Tour Price Includes

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When to Go

See estimated monthly temperature and rainfall for this itinerary
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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
9ºC
47mm

Kamakura
10ºC
57mm

Nikko
5ºC
49mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
3ºC
61mm

Nara
8ºC
64mm

Kyoto
8ºC
76mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
10ºC
62mm

Kamakura
10ºC
69mm

Nikko
6ºC
56mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
3ºC
82mm

Nara
9ºC
65mm

Kyoto
8ºC
82mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
13ºC
101mm

Kamakura
13ºC
116mm

Nikko
9ºC
81mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
6ºC
142mm

Nara
12ºC
106mm

Kyoto
12ºC
118mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
18ºC
122mm

Kamakura
18ºC
141mm

Nikko
15ºC
107mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
12ºC
177mm

Nara
19ºC
144mm

Kyoto
18ºC
146mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
22ºC
139mm

Kamakura
22ºC
164mm

Nikko
20ºC
135mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
16ºC
196mm

Nara
23ºC
146mm

Kyoto
23ºC
159mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
25ºC
185mm

Kamakura
24ºC
216mm

Nikko
23ºC
197mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
19ºC
278mm

Nara
26ºC
218mm

Kyoto
26ºC
240mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
28ºC
132mm

Kamakura
28ºC
151mm

Nikko
26ºC
236mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
23ºC
228mm

Nara
30ºC
189mm

Kyoto
30ºC
243mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
30ºC
148mm

Kamakura
30ºC
148mm

Nikko
28ºC
272mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
24ºC
262mm

Nara
32ºC
140mm

Kyoto
32ºC
181mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
26ºC
185mm

Kamakura
26ºC
203mm

Nikko
23ºC
244mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
20ºC
291mm

Nara
28ºC
186mm

Kyoto
27ºC
209mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
21ºC
174mm

Kamakura
21ºC
188mm

Nikko
18ºC
164mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
15ºC
230mm

Nara
22ºC
136mm

Kyoto
21ºC
123mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
16ºC
90mm

Kamakura
16ºC
105mm

Nikko
13ºC
73mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
11ºC
116mm

Nara
16ºC
85mm

Kyoto
16ºC
86mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Tokyo
11ºC
50mm

Kamakura
12ºC
59mm

Nikko
8ºC
56mm

Hakone & Mount Fuji
6ºC
69mm

Nara
11ºC
58mm

Kyoto
11ºC
67mm