JAPAN IN LUXURY
11 nights (Self-guided)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto & Hakone
From £4,975 pp
Our 'Japan in Luxury' itinerary is a truly special, independent 11 night experience which includes visits to Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Hakone
Visits to Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone,
Stay in Deluxe rooms at luxury properties
14-day Japan Rail Pass
11 nights' accommodation
Dinner at your ryokan
Meet and Greet service upon arrival at the airport
Private airport transfer by car
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN JAPAN, MEET & GREET AT NARITA AIRPORT (TOKYO)
Welcome to Japan! Our friendly Meet & Greet service representative will be waiting in the Arrivals lobby and holding a sign with your name on. The Meet & Greet will direct you to the Narita Express train or limousine bus bound for Tokyo. Check in to a Deluxe room at the stunning 5* Peninsula Tokyo Hotel for 3 nights.
DAY 2: TOKYO
Your options are unlimited in this incredible city. Explore Tokyo's past in the bustling, traditional Asakusa district, visit the world's largest fish market at Tsukiji, shop in the fashionable districts of Shibuya and Harajuku, and dine on Japan's finest cuisine.
OPTIONAL GUIDED EXCURSION: TOKYO 1 DAY TOUR
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing by taxi in Tokyo. Your private English-speaking Guide will show you the highlights of this vast metropolis, from the Imperial Palace and serene Meiji Shrine to the 'Electric City' of Akihabara.
DAY 3: TOKYO
Enjoy a further day of exploring in Tokyo.
DAY 4: TOKYO TO KANAZAWA
Depart Tokyo and make your way to Kanazawa located on the Sea of Japan coast. After arriving early afternoon, you can start enjoying the sights of this wonderful city, from the well-preserved Nagamachi samurai district to Kenroku-en, one of Japan's top three gardens. Check in to a Deluxe room at the superb Nikko Kanazawa Hotel for 2 nights.
DAY 5: KANAZAWA
Spend further time exploring Kanazawa which is home to some of Japan's finest pottery and lacquerware, or venture up the lovely Noto Peninsula today.
OPTIONAL GUIDED EXCURSION
Full-Day Tour of Kanazawa with Private English-speaking Guide by taxi.
DAY 6: KANAZAWA TO KYOTO
Board the Bullet Train again and head to Kyoto which is blessed with many temples and shrines. The journey takes less than 3 hours, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon in Kyoto, where we recommend strolling around the lovely side streets. You will stay in a Deluxe room in the wonderful 5* Kyoto Okura Hotel in the heart of Kyoto for 3 nights.
DAY 7: KYOTO
A rich history of religion, art and craft have combined to make this glorious city a spiritual home for the Japanese. For temples, we recommend Kiyomizu-dera and Ginkaku-ji in the hills to the east of the city. Nijo Castle is also well worth a visit, and make sure you allow yourself plenty of time for the wonderful craft shops and delightful streets of Gion, the old geisha quarter.
OPTIONAL GUIDED EXCURSION
Full-Day Tour of Kyoto with Private English-speaking Guide by taxi.
DAY 8: NARA AT LEISURE
Whilst smaller than Kyoto, Nara is no less rich in attractions, with 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sights. The most outstanding of these is Todai-ji temple, the largest wooden building in the world and home to the Great Buddha statue – Japan's biggest. Other essential sights include Yakushi-ji and Horyu-ji temple, whose buildings include some of the world’s oldest wooden structures.
DAY 9: KYOTO TO HAKONE
It's time to say goodbye to Kyoto as you speed on the Bullet Train to Hakone, a beautiful resort set in the foothills of Mt Fuji. For the next two nights, you will stay in either the superb 5* Gora Tensui ryokan or the 5* Hakone Ginyu ryokan with its own private hot spring baths where a delicious dinner is included each night.
DAY 10: HAKONE
Hakone is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Today you can enjoy wandering in the peaceful, beautiful surroundings of this resort town. You might like to visit some of the surrounding attractions such as the Open Air Sculpture Park, Lake Ashi, and Owakudani (literally 'Great Boiling Valley').
DAY 11: TOKYO
After breakfast take the train back to Tokyo and stay at the Peninsula Tokyo again for your final night in Japan.
DAY 12: DEPART JAPAN
Transfer from your hotel to Narita International Airport (Tokyo).
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Carefully put together by our team of specialists, our excellent collection of sample itineraries is designed to inform and inspire your next Japan adventure. Every one of our Independent Tours is fully tailor-made for you, ensuring your trip is everything you want it to be.
It's quite straightforward to travel independently in Japan. We will provide just the right amount of support and logistical planning to make you feel comfortable in a very foreign land. These itineraries are available for any departure date (with a few exclusions coinciding with Japanese National Holidays and some weekends). We'll do all the work for you and provide you with an information pack to make your trip run smoothly. You can also add guided tours as indicated and if you do want your own personal guide we can arrange this too.
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS & LOCATION GUIDE
PRICING & INCLUSIONS
from £5,495.00 per person based on twin/double room occupancy.
11 nights’ Luxury Hotel and Ryokan accommodation in Deluxe rooms on a bed & breakfast basis
14-day Green Car (1st Class) Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services.
Delicious Japanese dinners at your ryokan on Days 9 & 10.
Meet & Greet Service on arrival at Narita International Airport (Tokyo).
Transfers from and to Narita International Airport/Tokyo.
Fully detailed Japan Journeys Information Pack.
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Entrance fees to sights not mentioned in the itinerary.
Taxi, subway, and tramway fees.
Optional excursions (see below)
OPTIONAL GUIDED TOURS
1 Day Private tour of Tokyo with Guide (8 hours): £500.00(in total for 2 persons)
1 Day Private tour of Kanazawa with Guide (8 hours): £625.00(in total for 2 persons)
1 Day Private tour of Kyoto with Guide (8 hours): £500.00(in total for 2 persons)
To make a booking, a deposit of 10% of the total price is required.
The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
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