10 days
Duration
Year-round
Dates

Spirit of Japan

If you want to understand and experience the essence of Japan, Spirit Journeys is offering you a memorable tour. You’ll discover not only the cultural and historical heritage of Japan and its tradition, but also the very soul of Japan. Our journey starts in Tokyo. Tokyo is an amazing city where traditional and modern Japan perfectly fit together. We offer you a wide range of sightseeing attractions from the biggest fish market in the world, electronics district Akihabara to Tokyo’s world- class museums, art galleries and temples. Hakone is a small town well known for its hot springs and as a gateway to unforgettable Mt. Fuji and its fantastic national park. You’ll enjoy the charms of its breathtaking nature as well as the priviledge to try the hot springs yourself.

Our visit to Kyoto, offers you not only the cultural experience but also the possibility to gain personal experience of Japan. Here you will take part in a tea ceremony, enjoy a private zen session, sleep in traditional Japanese accommodation. Koyasan, a UNESCO World heritage site will impress you for sure. This is a spiritual experience where you can witness the monks morning prayers, sleep in shukubo, Japanese temple lodging and try traditional Buddhist cuisine. The last, but not the least important is our visit to Osaka, known as a foodie’s paradise where you can try the finest delicacies.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
DEPARTURE TIME TBA
INCLUDED9 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 3)
PASMO Tokyo transport pass on Day 2 at a value of 1,500 JPY
2-Day Hakone Transport Pass
2-Day Kansai Free Pass
2-Day Kyoto Bus and Subway Pass
All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary on Days 2 and 7, 8 and 9
Cultural experience in Kyoto on Day 8
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.
Upgrade hotelThis tour is based on superior hotels. If you wish to upgrade to Deluxe hotel please contact us for a quote

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

Arrive in Tokyo, where our airport representative will greet you and help you to board  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

Overnight Park Hotel [City room with Breakfast]

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Day 2: Tokyo (B/-/-)

This morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel. Then stroll through Hama-Rikyu Teien, the former private garden of an Edo Period lord. Take a break in the tea house and taste matcha, or Japanese green  After the tea ceremony, you’ll see Tokyo from a different angle as you take the boat cruise along the Sumida River. Later on, wander through delightful streets of Asakusa, the city’s oldest Geisha district and also a home to famous Sensoji Temple.

In the afternoon, go to Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree-lined avenue boasts a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects. Before the tour ends, take time to explore Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most famous shrine, dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji.

Overnight Park Hotel [City room with Breakfast]

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Day 3: Tokyo - Optional Day Trip to Kamakura or Nikko (B/-/-)

Today is a self-guided day.

This day is free for you to explore this amazing city. Visit the world-famous Tsukji Fish Market; the electronics district of Akihabara or discover Tokyo’s world-class museums and art galleries.
Or, you can use your included Japan Rail Pass to make an excursion outside of Tokyo to one of the following:
Kamakura. One of Japan’s former capitals, Kamakura is a delightful seaside town home to many ancient temples and the Daibutsu, a giant bronze Buddha.
Nikko. Sitting high in the mountains of Nikko National Park, Nikko houses the Toshogu Shrine complex and mausoleum, Japan’s most extravagant display of religious architecture and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight Park Hotel [City room with Breakfast]

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

Today is a self-guided day.

Today you will 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 beauties and tourist attractions  in abundance. You will stay in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese-style accommodation, complete with tatami mats, shoji (rice paper) sliding doors, and onsen (hot springs). 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 before you bed down on your futon.
*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

Overnight Yugiriso Ryokan [Japanese-Style Room (with private toilet and bath)

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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

Overnight Granvia Hotel [Standard room with breakfast]

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Day 6: Kyoto (B/-/-)

Today, you will explore the former imperial capital with a local guide. Kyoto is an impressive city, home to an astonishing 2,000 shrines and temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle, the ornamental castle, surrounded by stunning gardens. Continue on to Ryoan-ji, the site of Japan’s most famous rock garden, a place that  the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism uses  as a perfect spot for a zazen meditation. You will also visit Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion, which was 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.

Next in the list is Kiyomizu, or “pure water,” Temple. Before the tour ends, stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district, wherein busy lanes lead up to Kiyomizu and are filled with quaint shops selling souvenirs including Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets, and pickles. 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.

Overnight Granvia Hotel [Standard room with breakfast]

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Day 7: Kyoto – cultural experience (B/-/-)

This morning is free for you to explore the sides of Kyoto that interest you the most. This afternoon, your guide will meet you at the hotel around 3pm, to take you to an unforgettable walk through Kyoto. In Korin-in, a sub-temple of Kodai-ji, one of Kyoto’s most famous zen temples, take part in exclusive Japanese tea ceremony or Cha no Yu. You will also try your hand at making tea, before enjoying your tea master’s green tea, accompanied by Japanese sweets.

Later, you enjoy a private zen meditation session, guided by a Buddhist monk. After this experience you will also have time to talk to the monk, with the help of your English speaking guide. Finally, your guide will take you on a short walk around Higashiyama, an area of Kyoto known for its picturesque views, historical temples and artisan shops. From Korin-in, you’ll walk to the main temple complex of Kodai-ji and enjoy  beautiful Japanese landscape gardens and a bamboo grove. You will reach Gion, Kyoto’s geisha district on time for dinner. Overnight in Kyoto

Overnight Granvia Hotel [Standard room with breakfast]

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Day 8: Kyoto – Koyasan (B/-/D)

Early in the morning, take a 3-hour scenic train journey to holy Mt. Koya (Koyasan). Mt. Koya is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect. Koyasan, together with its entire vicinity, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, you will be staying in shukubo, a Japanese temple lodging. Dinner will be shojin ryori, a traditional Buddhist cuisine. This vegetarian meal is not only healthy but delicious as well!

Overnight Nan-in [Japanese Style Room (no private bathroom) with breakfast]

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Day 9: Koyasan – Osaka (B/-/-)

Today is a self-guided day.

Rise up early today to witness the monks chanting their morning prayers. This spiritual experience is followed by an shojin ryori breakfast. Afterwards, you will take various kinds of transport – cable cars, trains, bullet trains, and finally, a ferry to get to your next destination, Osaka. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city. Osaka is widely known as “Japan’s kitchen” and our recommendation for tonight is Dotonbori district where you can find anything from takoyaki (octopus balls) to fugu (poisonous puffer fish), amongst other Kansai delicacies.

Overnight Cross Hotel [Stardard room with breakfast]

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

The rest of the day is at your leisure until it’s time to transfer to Kansai Airport.

Distances and journey time:
Kyoto to Kansai Airport (KIX) (94 km): 2 hrs

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.

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

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

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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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