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Highlights of Japan. - 2018

Small group tour
10 days - From US$4930*PP

Experience the many faces of Japan, from dazzling streets in Tokyo to antique teahouses in Kyoto. Speed through the countryside on the bullet train and stay in a traditional inn near Mount Fuji. Delight in an exclusive Maiko performance and dinner and walk the absorbing streets of Takayama. Discover the thriving geisha culture and take a touching trip to Hiroshima. Leave with a heartfelt understanding of this mysterious land.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation as mentioned above
  • with breakfast daily
  • two dinners
  • all sightseeing as specified
  • including entrance fees
  • luggage courier service (see Important Notes below)
  • Tour leader (based on a minimum of 10 passengers traveling)
  • local English-speaking guides
  • all transport as specified (including a 7-day Japan Rail pass which will be provided to you in Japan)
  • the assistance of an Insider Journeys representative in boarding a shared-service transfer bus to your Tokyo hotel (from Narita Airport only)
  • unassisted pre-booked taxi service to Kyoto Station (you will use your rail pass to travel from Kyoto to Kansai Airport or to Tokyo’s Narita Airport
  • making your own way to the airport train on arrival at the station using your railpass).

Prices and Departures

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Start

DECEMBER 26th
(Tuesday)

End

JANUARY 4th
(Thursday)

Per person from:

US$6522*

Single supplement:
US$725*
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JANUARY 22nd
(Monday)

End

JANUARY 31st
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5075*

Single supplement:
US$575*
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MARCH 19th
(Monday)

End

MARCH 28th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5505*

Single supplement:
US$580*
Available

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MARCH 26th
(Monday)

End

APRIL 4th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5505*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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Start

APRIL 2nd
(Monday)

End

APRIL 11th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5505*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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APRIL 9th
(Monday)

End

APRIL 18th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5505*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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MAY 7th
(Monday)

End

MAY 16th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5215*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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JUNE 4th
(Monday)

End

JUNE 13th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$4930*

Single supplement:
US$720*
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SEPTEMBER 10th
(Monday)

End

SEPTEMBER 19th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5215*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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OCTOBER 1st
(Monday)

End

OCTOBER 10th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5215*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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OCTOBER 15th
(Monday)

End

OCTOBER 24th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5505*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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NOVEMBER 12th
(Monday)

End

NOVEMBER 21st
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5215*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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DECEMBER 31st
(Monday)

End

JANUARY 9th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5940*

Single supplement:
US$725*
Available

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JANUARY 21st
(Monday)

End

JANUARY 30th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5075*

Single supplement:
US$575*
Available

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MARCH 18th
(Monday)

End

MARCH 27th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5075*

Single supplement:
US$575*
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MARCH 25th
(Monday)

End

APRIL 3rd
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5505*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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APRIL 1st
(Monday)

End

APRIL 10th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5505*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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APRIL 8th
(Monday)

End

APRIL 17th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5505*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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MAY 6th
(Monday)

End

MAY 15th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5740*

Single supplement:
US$635*
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JUNE 3rd
(Monday)

End

JUNE 12th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5420*

Single supplement:
US$795*
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AUGUST 26th
(Monday)

End

SEPTEMBER 4th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5420*

Single supplement:
US$795*
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SEPTEMBER 9th
(Monday)

End

SEPTEMBER 18th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5740*

Single supplement:
US$635*
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SEPTEMBER 30th
(Monday)

End

OCTOBER 9th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5740*

Single supplement:
US$635*
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OCTOBER 14th
(Monday)

End

OCTOBER 23rd
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5740*

Single supplement:
US$635*
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NOVEMBER 11th
(Monday)

End

NOVEMBER 20th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5740*

Single supplement:
US$635*
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DECEMBER 30th
(Monday)

End

JANUARY 8th
(Wednesday)

Per person from:

US$5740*

Single supplement:
US$635*
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo
Tokyo is undoubtedly one of the world's most energetic cities. Check-in to your hotel, meet your fellow travelers and Tour Leader (or local guide), and savor your first taste of Japan's world-famous cuisine.

Hotel: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyo (or similar)

Day 2: Tokyo City Tour
Explore Japan's capital city utilising the super-efficient underground rail network. Visit the city's most famous sites including Meiji Jingu shrine and the Imperial Palace followed by a trip to Asakusa, one of Tokyo's liveliest districts, and home to some of the city's best street food and old izakaya and yakitori restaurants. Pick up some souvenirs along Nakamise Dori – a long shopping street which leads to Tokyo's oldest temple – Sensoji Temple.

Hotel: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyo (or similar)

Day 3: Mt Fuji
Visit Hakone and see one of the world's most iconic natural sites – Mt Fuji. Explore this famous World Heritage listed natural region taking in waterfalls, Shinto Buddhist shrines and experience a ‘Panoramic Foot Bath'. Stay in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse and savor an exquisitely presented home-cooked kaiseki dinner, soak in the onsen and sleep on a futon mattress in an immaculate tatami-floored room.

Hotel: Hakone Yumoto (or similar)

Day 4: Hakone to Takayama
Travel by train to ancient Takayama, home to two of Japan's most famous festivals to see the magnificent wooden floats that are paraded through town during festival time. Stroll along Kami Sannomachi Street enjoying the immaculately-preserved traditional wooden houses. Sample some sake at one of the enticing sake rice wine breweries.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel Takayama (or similar)

Day 5: Takayama
Enjoy a day at leisure exploring charming Takayama town at your own pace. You may choose to stroll around the Teramachi district, which is home to more conventional temples and shrines. Or visit Shirakawago, a World Heritage listed protected village famous for its stunning natural beauty, farmhouses, barns and sheds with steeply pitched thatched roofs designed to withstand the heavy winter snowfall.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel Takayama (or similar)

Day 6: Takayama to Kyoto
Travel to Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital and the setting to more than 1,600 temples and shrines, the principal hub for Geisha, and the home of royal cuisine. Highlights of the day include Geisha spotting in Gion district and exploring the beautifully-preserved traditional buildings along Ponto-cho and Hanami-koji Lane.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Shijo (or similar)

Day 7: Kyoto City Tour
Continue your discoveries of Kyoto on foot visiting some of the city's most cherished and famous sites including Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, Japan's most famous rock garden and a temple nestled into the forest-clad side of Higashiyama Hill.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Shijo (or similar)

Day 8: Hiroshima
Take the bullet train to the historic city of Hiroshima, infamously targeted in the world's first atomic bomb attack. A short ferry ride takes you past one of Japan's most iconic sites, the ‘floating' red torii gate near Miyajima Island. Explore central Hiroshima, the Peace Memorial Museum, Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb Dome.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Shijo (or similar)

Day 9: Kyoto
Spend a free day exploring Kyoto at your own pace. This evening, enjoy a special kaiseki farewell dinner while being entertained by a Maiko.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Shijo (or similar)

Day 10: Kyoto
Transfer by private taxi to Kyoto Station for your onward journey.

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