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JAPAN CITY TOURS

Our Japan City Tour is offering you a cultural insight into the essence of Japan’s most important sites. Spirit Journeys know how to scratch beneath the surface and offer you the unseen. Our tour starts in Tokyo, then continues in Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima and finishes in Osaka.

We’ll travel through time together from the ‘old’ Tokyo to the ‘new’. We are taking you to Meiji Jingu, the city’s most famous shrine, popular for Japanese weddings, to Asakusa- old town, known as the city’s oldest Geisha district, now a Buddhist temple. Cruise down the Sumida river  and enjoy the beautiful night sights at Tokyo. We’ll try the tastes of Japanese traditional cuisine. In our special cooking classes, you’ll learn how to make sushi.

We’re taking you to Hakone- a gateway to Mt. Fuji and its surrounding national park. Famous for its natural beauty, hot springs and hot rivers, it carries the reputation of one of the most picturesque places. We suggest you to try Hakone’ s specialty- eggs, boiled in the hot springs. They say, if you do, it will add seven years to your life. After Hakone, you will enjoy Japan’s cultural capital- Kyoto and its world heritage sites. Then, our road leads to historical and startling Hiroshima. Osaka is ‘a must visit’, especially for food lovers. You’ll take part in a tea ceremony and try wearing a kimono. If you want to experience Japan from a different point of view, don’t hesitate, join our Japan city tour and you won’t regret.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
DEPARTURE TIME TBA
INCLUDED10 Nights accommodation at the hotels mentioned on Twin/Double Sharing as per hotels mentioned. Single rooms available at a supplement.
Meal Plan as stated; [B: Bed & Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner]
Meet and greet at the airport and return transfers to the airport
7-Day Japan Rail Pass for Ordinary Class (valid from Day 5)
PASMO Tokyo transport pass on Day 2 and 3 at a value of 2,500 JPY
2-Day Hakone Transport Pass
One-way limited express train from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station for Day 4 (reserved seats).
2-Day Kyoto Bus and Subway Pass from Day 6
1-Day Hiroden Tram and Ferry Pass for Day 9
All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
Tsukiji Market Tour and Sushi-Making Class on Day 3
Cultural experience in Kyoto on Day 7
English-speaking guides for tours mentioned in the itinerary
Information Pack
NOT INCLUDEDExpenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.;
Meals other than those specified above
Some local transport
Tips
Travel insurance
International and domestic air-fare
Visa
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions;

Additional information

LocationJapan
Single room supplementPlease contact us for a single room price or a solo private tour
ItiineraryAs this is a private tour the itinerary can be amended to suit. Please contact us for a tailor made quote.Tour is based on 2 people travelling sharing a room.

1

Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo (-/-/-)

Upon arrival, our airport representative will meet you and assist you with boarding the right train or shuttle bus to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Tokyo.

Distances and journey time:
Narita International Airport (NRT) to Tokyo City (95 km): 1 hr 30 mins
Haneda International Airport (HND) to Tokyo City (25 km): 50 mins

First class hotel – Overnight Villa Fontaine Shiodome [Standard room with Breakfast]
Superior hotel – Overnight Park Hotel [City Room with Breakfast]
Deluxe Hotel – Overnight Palace Hotel [Deluxe room with Breakfast]

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Day 2: Tokyo (B/-/-)

Spend a full day with your guide in sightseeing some of Tokyo’s most attractive sites. Start with Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous shrine dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji. Travel through time, from the “old” Tokyo to “new” Tokyo, as you walk to Omotesando, known as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees.  A short subway ride will take you to Asakusa, the city’s oldest Geisha district and also the home to Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple.  Before the day ends, admire Tokyo from a different angle as you take a cruise down the Sumida River by boat to Hama-Rikyu Teien, the former private garden of an Edo Period lord. Wander around this wonderful garden before taking a break in the tea house and taste matcha, or Japanese green tea.

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

Time:
Start (guided tour): 09:00
Duration: 8 hr

*including pick-up/drop-off and transfer times

First class hotel – Overnight Villa Fontaine Shiodome [Standard room with Breakfast]
Superior hotel – Overnight Park Hotel [City Room with Breakfast]
Deluxe hotel – Overnight Palace Hotel [Deluxe room with Breakfast]

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Day 3: Tokyo (B/L/-)

At 8:30 a.m.*, take a guided tour through the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, where you can explore vegetables, fruits and impressive variety of seafood from fresh fish to shellfish, and even prawns.
Then, it’s time for your cooking class  where you’ll learn how to prepare maki sushi (rolled sushi), gunkan maki (sushi rice wrapped with a strip of seaweed and topped with soft ingredients), and nigiri sushi (sushi rice topped with a slice of raw fish). After this exciting class, your assistant will escort you back to your hotel and the rest of the day is free at leisure.

Note: Pick-up time will change depending on the location of your hotel.

Availability:
All days except on Sundays, Wednesdays (occasionally), national holidays, and/or other days when Tsukiji Market is closed.

Time:
Start (guided tour & cooking class): 08:30
Duration: 4.5 hr

First class hotel – Overnight Villa Fontaine Shiodome [Standard room with Breakfast]
Superior hotel – Overnight Park Hotel [City Room with Breakfast]
Deluxe hotel – Overnight Palace Hotel [Deluxe room with Breakfast]

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Day 4: Tokyo - Hakone / Mt. Fuji (B/-/D)

Today is a self-guided day.

Today, leave Tokyo behind to take the 2-hour journey to Hakone, the gateway to Mt. Fuji and its surrounding national park. This small town is famous for its onsen (natural hot springs), and has natural beauty in abundance. Thanks to your Transportation Pass you can take advantage of the numerous forms of transportation on offer throughout the park. Enjoy  one of Hakone’s specialties, the kuro-tamago, an egg hard boiled in the sulfuric hot springs. You will stay in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese-style accommodation.In the evening, relax in your yukata, or lightweight kimono, and dine on a sumptuous kaiseki (multi-course) meal. An onsen after dinner is highly recommended.

*Due to increased volcanic activity, Mt Owakudani has been temporarily closed to the public. The itinerary might change accordingly.

Overnight in Hakone

Distances and journey time:
Tokyo to Hakone (90 km): 65 mins

First Class Hotels – Overnight Ichinoyu Honkan [Japanese-Style Room (shared toilet and bath)
Superior Hotels – Overnight Yugiriso Honkan [Japanese-Style Room(with ensuite bath)]
Deluxe Hotels – Overnight Hakone Ginyu[“Sora” Japanese-Style Room(with toilet & private onsen)]

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Day 5: Hakone - Kyoto (B/-/-)

Today is a self-guided day.

Take one last soak in the onsen before you undertake the 2.5-hour journey via the world-famous shinkansen (bullet train) to Japan’s cultural capital – Kyoto, the home to an astonishing 2,000 shrines and temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Kyoto

Distances and journey time:
Hakone to Kyoto (436 km): 2 hrs 30 mins

First Class Hotel – Overnight Hotel Vista Premio [Superior room with breakfast]
Superior Hotel – Overnight Hotel Granvia [Standard room with breakfast]
Deluxe Hotel – Overnight Hyatt Regency [Deluxe room with breakfast]

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Day 6: Kyoto (B/-/-)

Today, explore Kyoto by bus and subway with a well experienced local guide, in order to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. Wander around Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle surrounded by stunning gardens. Continue to Ryoan-ji, Japan’s most famous rock garden, now a perfect spot for a zazen meditation. Also visit Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion, well known as one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. Next, go to Kiyomizu, or “pure water,” Temple where you can enjoy amazing aerial views of Kyoto. Before this thrilling tour ends, stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district where you can buy few souvenirs. Overnight in Kyoto

Note: Kiyomizu Temple has been undergoing renovation since 2008, with some of its halls and structures wrapped up with covers. The construction has a certain but not overwhelming impact on a visit.

First Class Hotel – Overnight Hotel Vista Premio [Superior room with breakfast]
Superior Hotel – Overnight Hotel Granvia [Standard room with breakfast]
Deluxe Hotel – Overnight Hyatt Regency [Deluxe room with breakfast]

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Day 7: Kyoto (B/-/-)

This morning, get a chance to learn more about the Japanese culture in a machiya, a beautifully restored wooden town house that is typical in Kyoto. First, learn about the architecture of this interesting house before trying on a kimono, the traditional Japanese garment. Next, take part in a tea ceremony, a significant part of the Japanese culture. Then,  walk through the old neighborhood and visit a nearby sake brewery, where you can try the local brew – a perfect way to conclude today’s experience. The afternoon is free at leisure.

Time:
Start (cultural activity): 11:00
Duration: 2 hr

First Class Hotel – Overnight Hotel Vista Premio [Superior room with breakfast]
Superior Hotel – Overnight Hotel Granvia [Standard room with breakfast]
Deluxe Hotel – Overnight Hyatt Regency [Deluxe room with breakfast]

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Day 8: Kyoto – Hiroshima (B/-/-)

On your way to Hiroshima from Kyoto, board the shinkansen (bullet train). En route, take a look at Himeji Castle, also known as the ‘White Egret Castle’ due to its color, and the longest two-tiered suspension bridge in the world – Seto Ohashi. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Distance and journey time:
JR Kyoto Station to JR Hiroshima Station: approx. 2 hr

First Class Hotel – Overnight Hotel New Hiroden [Standard room with breakfast]
Superior Hotel – Overnight Sheraton Hotel [Deluxe room with breakfast]
Deluxe Hotel – Overnight Sheraton Hotel [Deluxe room with breakfast]

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Day 9: Hiroshima and Miyajima (B/-/-)

From mainland Hiroshima, travel with a guide by train to Miyajima-guchi, where a short ferry ride will take you to Miyajima, a small sacred island located in the Seto Inland Sea. Explore this charming island, visit the famous Itsukushima Shrine and try some local delicacies such as anago (saltwater eel) and momiji manju (maple leaf-shaped cakes). At noon, head back to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Here,  find the heart-rending A-Bomb Dome and the Children’s Peace Monument. Overnight in Hiroshima

Distance and journey time:
JR Hiroshima Station to JR Miyajima-guchi Station: approx. 30 min
Miyajima-guchi Station to Miyajima-guchi Port (350 m): approx. 10 min (on foot)
Miyajima-guchi Port to Miyajima Port (island): approx. 10 min (ferry)

Time:
Start (guided tour): 09:00
Duration: 8 hr

First Class Hotel – Overnight Hotel New Hiroden [Standard room with breakfast]
Superior Hotel – Overnight Sheraton Hotel [Deluxe room with breakfast]
Deluxe Hotel – Overnight Sheraton Hotel [Deluxe room with breakfast]

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Day 10: Hiroshima – Osaka (B/-/-)

It’s time to leave the historical Hiroshima behind and travel to the lively city of Osaka. In the afternoon, start your guided half-day tour of Osaka. First, stroll through Doguyasuji shopping arcade, a unique market where you can find anything related to the food industry. Next, enjoy your lunch at Dotonbori where you can see a wide range of food stalls and restaurants and choose to try either a takoyaki (octopus balls) or okonomiyaki (“Japanese pancake” with cabbage, pork, ginger, nori, and a special sauce). Continue your adventure, pass by Hozenji Yokocho, an area with narrow alleys filled with more than 60 traditional restaurants and izakaya (traditional Japanese pubs). At the end of one of these alleys, you will find Hozen-ji Temple, where worshippers splash water on the statue of the deity instead of tossing coins. Next, take the train to Shinsekai, a small old town in Tennoji area and one of the favorite places in Osaka for food lovers. Before tasting some of the local delicacies, first go to Tsutenkaku, the tower modelled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris and one of Osaka’s top icons. Now it’s time to discover the cuisine treasures of Shinsekai. For dinner, you should try kushikatsu, a skewer of meat and vegetables dipped in batter, rolled on bread crumbs, and then deep fried. A guide can also give you suggestions and show you the restaurant of your choice.

Distance and journey time:
JR Hiroshima Station to JR Shin-Osaka Station: approx. 90 min

Time:
Start (guided tour): 16:00
Duration: 4 hr

First Class Hotel – Overnight Cross Hotel [Standard room with breakfast]
Superior Hotel – Overnight Cross Hotel [Standard room with breakfast]
Deluxe Hotel – Overnight The St. Regis [Deluxe room with breakfast]

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Day 10: Depart Osaka (B/-/-)

The rest of the day is at leisure until it’s time for your included transfer by train or shared shuttle bus to Kansai International Airport.

Distance and journey time:
Namba Station to Kansai Airport: approx. 45 min *via express train
Namba OCAT bus stop to Kansai International Airport (52km): approx. 50 min (shuttle bus)

IMPORTANT IMFORMATION

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation)

Japan experiences dramatic pricing fluctuations based on Festivals, Domestic holidays and in some instances on weekends. We will consult with you if this affects your trip. Reservations during weekends, peak season, and Japanese public holidays will be subject to supplementary charges.

Nakajima no Chaya is closed during the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony (schedule is not set and may be held irregularly.

The Tsukiji Fish Market Tour and Sushi-Making activity is available on all days except Sundays, some Wednesdays, and on certain days when Tsukiji is closed.

Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (or if Tuesday is a National holiday, closed the following day).

In case the sake brewery is closed, the admission ticket to the brewery is offered so that clients can visit on other days during their stay in Kyoto. Alternatively, you can have the origami class instead of the sake brewery visit at no additional cost.

For safety reasons, Hakone Ropeway, and some other public transport, may stop operating in case of unfavorable weather conditions.

All the activities mentioned in this program are shared, so there may be other participants present. For private options, please contact us.

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Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.

If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

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