Traditional & Modern Japan [Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kyoto, Nara]

Product Code: TMJ
from £ 2,520

[Assisted] 9 days

Experience the full spectrum of Japanese history and culture joining our Traditional & Modern Japan Tour. Starting in the neon metropolis of Tokyo, step back in time as you travel through countryside villages, barely touched by modernity, to the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto.

This fully guided group tour will allow you to fully experience Japan by visiting the best locations the country has to offer with local guides. You will also have the opportunity to try out traditional local delicacies. Local guides will take you on a journey around ancient temples hidden among cedar trees, vibrant torii gates, majestic Zen gardens and bustling narrow alleys crammed with izakayas. Explore Tokyo, see the spectacular Mt Fuji from the hot spring town of Hakone, travel to the countryside town of Takayama and the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go before staying in the old capital of Kyoto.


Included in this tour:

☑ Hotel: Tokyo (3 nights), Takayama (2 nights), Kyoto (3 nights)

☑ Meals: Breakfast daily, lunch except Day 1, Day 3, Day 5, Day 9 and dinner at Takayama on Day 5

☑ Private English speaking guide for Day 2, 4-8 and meeting assistance for Day 1 and Day 6

☑ Airport transfer by airport limousine bus or train or van

☑ Luggage transfer service from Tokyo to Kyoto

☑ Train tickets from Tokyo to Odawara, Odawara to Takayama, Kanazawa to Kyoto, Kyoto to Nara (Ordinary class seats)

*Please note that international flights are not included. Please ask us for competitive airfares.

DateDescriptionMeals
Day 1Tokyo
Arrive at Narita (Narita International Airport) or Haneda (Tokyo International Airport).
You will be met by an NTA representative and helped to board an airport bus or train.
Stay at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa(sup room) or similar
On board
Day 2

Tokyo
Have breakfast at the hotel. Join aguided sightseeing tours of Tokyo (09:00 - 17:00) using private car & public transport.

You will be seeing Tokyo’s most iconic places, such as Tokyo Tower, The Imperial Palace,Asakusa’s Sensoji Temple & Nakamise, as well as Omotesando and Harajuku area.Return to your hotel using Yamanote line from Harajuku station.
Return to hotel by Yamanote line from Harajuku station.
Stay at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa(sup room) or similar

Breakfast
Lunch
Day 3Tokyo
Have Breakfast at the hotel. Free time at your leisure, optional tours available.
Stay at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa(sup room) or similar
Breakfast
Day 4Tokyo - Hakone - Takayama
Have breakfast at the hotel. Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. Please leave your main suitcase with the porter/bell desk by 7:30 AM (You will be traveling with just an overnight bag for your nights in Takayama)
Transfer to Hakone with your guide. (Tokyo to Odawara by bullet train)
Sightseeing in Hakone by coach, Enjoy the panoramic vistas of Mt.Fuji (subject to weather condition) Owakudani (ropeway ride) / Owakudani - Togendai / Ashinoko Cruise(45 min) / Togendai - Hakone machi, The tour ends at Odawara station.
Accompanied by your guide, transfer to Takayama by bullet train and express train with guide. (Odawara 16:08, Nagoya 17:17, Nagoya 17:43, Takayama 20:19), Walk to your hotel.
Stay at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa(sup room) or similar
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 5Takayama
Have breakfast at the hotel. Join a guided sightseeing tour of Takayama (9:00 - 15:00) on foot. Morning Market, Yatai Kaikan, Jinya House and Kusakabe Folk Museum.
Have dinner at a local restaurant (Hida Beef)
Stay at Hida hotel Plaza or Similar

Breakfast

Dinner

Day 6

Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa - Kyoto
Have breakfast at the hotel. Join a guided sightseeing tour of Shirakawago and Kanazawa by private car (09:00 - 17:00) Explore  Shirakawago Villege and marvel at  the gassho-zukuri traditional farmhouses.
Transfer to Kanazawa. Visit Kenrokuen Garden / Nomura Samurai House.
The tour ends at Kanazawa station. Transfer to Kyoto by express train. (Kanazawa 16:58 Kyoto 19:09)
Upon arrival in Kyoto, you will be met by an English speaking assistant.
Transfer to your hotel by free shuttle bus, or on foot.
Stay at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto or New Miyako Hotel

Breakfast
Lunch
Day 7

Kyoto - City tour
Have breakfast at the hotel, Join the guided sightseeing tour of Kyoto (09:00 - 16:00) using private car.
Visit Kyoto's most famous sites (Kinkakuji temple / Kiyomizu Temple / Nijo-jo castle / Gion. Tour disbands at Gion). The tour disbands in Gion.

Your guide will inform you know how to go back to your hotel.
Stay at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto or New Miyako Hotel

Breakfast Lunch
Day 8Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto
Have breakfast at the hotel. Join a guided sightseeing tour of Nara (09:00 - 16:00) using public transport and visit the famous Todaiji temple, Kofukuji Temple and Kasuga Shrine.Take a stroll in Nara Park and prepare some crackers for the deer that roam freely among visitors. Return to Kyoto by Kintetsu express train.
The tour ends at Kyoto station or your hotel.
Stay at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto or New Miyako Hotel
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 9

Kyoto - Kansai airport
Have breakfast at the hotel (This may not be provided depending on your flight time. Breakfast is non-refundable)
Transfer to Kansai International Airport by airport shuttle van.

Breakfast

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