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Essential Cities of Japan

Japan in 11 Days, 8 Nights in Destination

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Get to know 3 of Japan’s most important cities, Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara, where you'll be left awe-struck by the beauty of the most emblematic landmarks of this culturally rich country.

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    Kyoto
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    Nara
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    Tokyo

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Some transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Breakfast only

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Itinerary

Immerse yourself in Japan’s heritage in this adventure through the Land of the Rising Sun. In eclectic Tokyo, gaze in amazement at the historic Sensoji temple and wander the dazzling streets of the Harajuku district. Contrast this with the traditional atmosphere found in Kyoto and Nara, seen through their culturally significant shrines and temples that will truly leave you astonished.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board
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Prepare for an unforgettable journey across Japan, exploring its natural wonders and ancient traditions! Arrive at your departure airport, ready for a flight* to Tokyo. Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Tokyo
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Arrive in Tokyo, a dazzling metropolis rich in history and tradition. You will be met at the airport by our representative who will assist you with your self-transfer to the hotel. Once settled at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to start discovering this exciting city of contrasts and its delicious cuisine. We recommend heading to one of the many restaurant areas where you can sample lots of different dishes at bargain prices! Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Tokyo Akasaka or similar
tripadvisor rating

488 Reviews

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3rd Day: Tokyo
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Breakfast at the hotel. Unearth Tokyo by embarking on a guided city tour by public transportation allowing you to acquaint yourself with the most emblematic sites of the city. Self-transfer to the meeting point at Harajuku station to meet your guide. You will then visit locations that include the historic Meiji Shrine, located in the heart of one of Tokyo’s biggest green areas and the fashion-forward and glitzy Harajuku district. You can also expect to visit the charming Asakusa area where you will marvel at the Sensoji temple and stroll around the Kaminarimon Gate and the Nakamise Shopping Avenue. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Tokyo Akasaka or similar
tripadvisor rating

488 Reviews

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Activities

included
Full Day Guided Tokyo City Tour

Moderate

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4th Day: Tokyo
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Breakfast at the hotel. Free day for you to spend as you see fit. Why not take this time to escape the city for some fresh air to the quiet seaside town of Kamakura or perhaps even take part in our optional day trip to Mt Fuji & Hakone*? Overnight stay in Tokyo. 

*Optional day trip to Mt. Fuji & Hakone: Famous for its views of Mt. Fuji, you will begin your excursion at Lake Ashi where you will embark on a cruise for a brief boat trip around the scenic lake. From here, you will climb the ropeway to admire the views over the Hakone valley and you will finally visit Mt Fuji's 5th station, the famous starting point for the adventurers who climb this sacred mountain. 

Important note: Due to unpredictable weather, clear visibility of Mt. Fuji cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, the day or schedule will not be rearranged to accommodate weather conditions.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Tokyo Akasaka or similar
tripadvisor rating

488 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Daytrip to Mt Fuji & Hakone

Moderate

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5th Day: Tokyo
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy another day at your leisure; spend the day exploring Tokyo’s stunning city-scape. Why not visit Odaiba Island’s high-tech entertainment hub or stroll around Shibuya and Shinjuku districts, soaking up the culture and sampling the cuisine. Alternatively, you can try your hand at the fascinating art of sushi-making by participating in a unique sushi master class* where you will learn the history and techniques behind the Japanese dish. Another option would be to take part in a tour of the Tsukiji Outer Market** to truly get a taste of succulent Japanese cuisine. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

*Optional Sushi-Making Master Class: Enjoy this one-of-a-kind master class where you will learn about the history and etiquette behind the famed Japanese dish before preparing your own sushi meal and enjoying it right after. 

**Optional tour of the Tsukiji Outer Market: The Tsukiji Outer Market guided tour is your chance to fully immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine. Visit the impressive amount of street food stalls where you’ll get to wonder at the array of exotic delicacies and fresh fish delivered from Toyosu market, known as the world’s biggest fish market. Please note that the activity does not operate on Sundays. 

Important Note: These activities take place at the same time, you will only be able to choose one.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Tokyo Akasaka or similar
tripadvisor rating

488 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Tsukiji Market tour

Active

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Optional
Sushi Making Master Class

Light

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6th Day: Tokyo - Kyoto
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Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tokyo station accompanied by your guide using public transport and ride the Nozomi bullet train to your next destination: Kyoto, Japan’s cultural center. Meet your guide at the arrival platform, as they accompany you during your time in Kyoto. You will have some free time at the station to get a quick bite (at your own expense) before the visit starts.

Take part in a guided city tour of Kyoto via public transport where you’ll get to marvel at the city’s top sites. You can expect to visit Kiyomizu temple most known for its tall wooden balcony that offers an immaculate view over the city and park below which boasts colorful cherry blossoms in the spring and red maples trees in late fall. You’ll stop by Gion, Kyoto's historic Geisha district and the neighborhood where the Kiyomizu temple, Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka streets are located. Take this opportunity to check out the many souvenir shops to get your hands on Japanese-made products and explore this historical area. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

Important Note: when you arrive at Kyoto train station, you will be required to leave your luggage in a cloakroom at the station (at your own expense). After the included tour in Kyoto finishes, the guide will accompany you to the station where you will be able to collect your luggage. Alternatively, you will have the chance to add an optional lugagge delivery service once in Japan. For more information on this service, please check the "Non included" section of your Trip Summary. 

Please note: On some dates, the order of the excursions in Kyoto might be inverted, doing Nara on the first day and the Kyoto city tour on the 2nd. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto... or similar
tripadvisor rating

953 Reviews

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Activities

included
Guided City Tour of Kyoto

Moderate

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7th Day: Kyoto
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will join a guided excursion to the city of Nara by train. Nara is known for its magnificent temples and artwork that date back to the 8th century which you will get to see by visiting Todaiji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a colossal statue of a sitting Buddha inside, and Kasuga Shrine, famous for its many lanterns gifted by worshippers, before strolling through Nara Park where you'll be able to interact with wild deer close enough to take pictures with them. Return back to Kyoto for an overnight stay.

Please note: On some dates, the order of the excursions in Kyoto might be inverted, doing Nara on the first day and the Kyoto city tour on the 2nd. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto... or similar
tripadvisor rating

953 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Guided Tour of Nara

Moderate

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8th Day: Kyoto
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy this day at your leisure. We recommend visiting the Arashiyama neighborhood where the Arashiyama bamboo forest is located, a truly atmospheric site by the river that is not to be missed. Alternatively, why not take part in an authentic Tea Ceremony & Kimono Wearing experience* for you to truly inhabit Japanese culture? Overnight stay in Kyoto.

*Optional Tea Ceremony and Kimono Wearing Experience: Appreciate Japanese culture and heritage in this unique experience where you will not only learn the traditional way of making tea but the etiquette surrounding it as well. Do so all the while indulging in Japanese sweets and wearing a kimono that you can keep on for the rest of the day, returning it in the evening.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto... or similar
tripadvisor rating

953 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Kimono Dressing and Tea Ceremony Experience:

Light

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9th Day: Kyoto
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy your last full day in Japan at your own leisure. Take this time to stop by the gold leaf covered Kinkakuji temple, which reflects into the kyoko-chi, or Mirror pond—a true feast for the eyes! Alternatively, why not visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings? Overnight stay in Kyoto.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto... or similar
tripadvisor rating

953 Reviews

See our full selection
10th Day: Kyoto - Night on board
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Breakfast* at the hotel. Sadly it's time to say goodbye to the Land of the Rising Sun. At the indicated time, self-transfer to Osaka airport for a flight back to Canada. Night on board.

*Depending on your flight departure time you might not be able to enjoy your included breakfast. 

11th Day: Canada
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Arrive in Canada and end your trip.

Included activities

Included

Full Day Guided Tokyo City Tour

Included activity for day 3 in Tokyo

Using public transport, familiarize yourself with the city’s most iconic landmarks from the Imperial Palace Outer Gardens to the Asakusa area and the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo's most famous Shinto shrine.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Guided City Tour of Kyoto

Included activity for day 6 in Kyoto

Using public transport, become acquainted with the city’s most emblematic landmarks including the Kiyomizu temple, and the Geisha's neighborhood of Gion where the historic Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka streets are located.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Included

Guided Tour of Nara

Included activity for day 7 in Nara

Visit Nara’s top sites which include the Todaji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the lantern-filled Kasuga Shrine and scenic Nara Park, where wild deers roam free and interact with visitors.

Duration 00:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information

Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional
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Due to unpredictable weather, clear visibility of Mt. Fuji cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, activity day or schedule will not be rearranged to accommodate weather conditions.

Daytrip to Mt Fuji & Hakone

Suggested activity for day 4 in Mount Fuji

This one-day adventure includes boarding Lake Ashi's Cruise, from which you will get unforgettable views to Mt Fuji, and visiting the Fuji 5th station after taking the Hakone Ropeway.

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Optional

Tsukiji Market tour

Suggested activity for day 5 in Tokyo

Taste the flavors of Japan in this fully-immersive tour of the Tsukiji Market, where hundreds of street food stalls offer authentic cuisine from exotic delicacies to delicious fresh seafood specialties.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

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Optional
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We can't accomodate food allergies, gluten-free options or any specific dietary requirements

Sushi Making Master Class

Suggested activity for day 5 in Tokyo

Learn all there is to know about sushi; its history, the etiquette, how to prepare Nigiri and Temaki and sampling authentic wasabi before indulging in your very own sushi creations.

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional
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Please return the kimono by 5.30 PM the latest

Kimono Dressing and Tea Ceremony Experience:

Suggested activity for day 8 in Kyoto

Dress in full kimono and learn about the art of tea ceremonies all the while indulging in Japanese sweets. You can wear the kimono for the rest of the day, returning it in the evening.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Tokyo, Osaka - Canada.
  • Nozomi class bullet train Tokyo-Kyoto
  • 8 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.*
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  • 8 breakfasts
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers not included.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • English-speaking guide for part of the trip
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Tourist tax, meals other than breakfast, lugagge delivery service* and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

*Optional lugagge delivery service: You will have the chance to send your lugagge via express delivery from Tokyo to Kyoto to make your bullet train ride and transfer day easier. The cost of this service (around 3000 JPY / 28 CAD) is not included. In case you decide to add this service once in Japan, you will need to prepare an extra bag to keep your essential items with you while your suitcase is being delivered to your next hotel. 

Transfers from airport - hotel / hotel - airport are not included. You will need to self-transfer by bus/train/taxi. At the arrival day to Tokyo, our Meet & Greet representative will be waiting for you at the arrival lobby of the airport and will help you locate the best transfer option to your hotel. 

A number of Japanese cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel upon check-in. 

*Non-smoking rooms: unfortunately, hotels in Japan have a reduced number of non-smoking rooms and we can not guarantee you will be allocated one advance. Please note: double beds in Japanese hotels are not always the standard Western size and can sometimes be less wide.

You will receive the exact Tokyo - Kyoto bullet train journey details upon your arrival to Tokyo. We can't guarantee specific seat requests (aisle / window, etc). 

Please take into account that Japan is still a very cash-reliant society and many restaurants and local stores won't accept credit cards. 

  • Entry requirements

    Valid passport with at least six months validity.

  • Visa

    No visa is required.

  • Currency

    Japanese Yen.

  • Language

    Japanese.

  • Electricity

    110 V. Adapter required.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the US and Canada.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 08:00 or UTC + 09:00.

  • Other useful information

    You are not expected to leave a tip.

  • Tourist Office website

    https://us.jnto.go.jp/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline's website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 778 807 9750 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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