Essential Japan

9 Day/8 Nights Tour

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Explore the very best Japan has to offer from the majestic shrines and pioneering shopping malls of Tokyo to the stunning Mt Fuji and heritage rich Kyoto.

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

Upon arrival to Tokyo airport, our representative will be waiting to assist with transport into the city (either helping to board the correct train or finding the appropriate shuttle bus). 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.

Day 2 & 3: Tokyo (B/-/-)

Today is a self-guided day.

Day 4: Tokyo – Hakone (B/-/D)

Today is a self-guided day.

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 having 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.

Day 5: Hakone (B/-/D)

Today is a self-guided day.

Day 6: Hakone – Kyoto (B/-/-)

Today is a self-guided day.

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.

Day 7 & 8: Kyoto (B/-/-)

Today is a self-guided day.

Day 9: Departure from Kyoto (B/-/-)

The rest of the day is at leisure until the scheduled transfer via shared shuttle to Kansai International Airport.

Our Services Include:

  • 3* Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast (we also offer 4* & 5* - ask us for rates)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • English meet and greet at the airport and return transfers to the airport
  •  PASMO Transport Pass at a value of 3,500 JPY for Day 2 (Tokyo) and Day 7 (Kyoto)
    (Note: PASMO can only be used for ordinary trains; seats in special trains such as the limited express and the shinkansen require reserved tickets. The pre-charged credit is enough to visit the places stated in the itinerary for Days 2 and 7 using local trains and/or city buses).
  •  3-Day Hakone Free Pass from Day 4
  •  One-way limited express train ticket from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station on Day 4
  •  One-way bullet train ticket from Odawara Station to Kyoto Station in Ordinary Class on Day 6
  •  Information pack

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Local tour guides and entrance fees
  • Some local transport
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
  • Travel insurance (please see below)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above