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Self-Guided Nippon & Maldives Escape

Japan & Maldives in 17 Days, 14 Nights in Destination

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An ideal combination of culture and beach, explore Japan's most important cities before enjoying an all-inclusive stay in the Maldives.

Trip Highlights

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    Kyoto
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    Mount Fuji
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    Osaka
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    Tokyo
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    Malé

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Some transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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  1. Departures available until December 2024

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  3. Solo travelers from + £ 700

  4. Add up to 5 nights to your stay

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Accommodation: 15 Nights

Itinerary

Discover the beauty of Japan's architecture, ancient customs and gastronomic excellence. Enjoy the neighbourhoods of Asakusa, Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo and indulge in delicious Japanese cuisine. Fall in love with the traditions of Kyoto and get lost in modern Osaka. Finally, jet off to the Maldives where an All-Inclusive escape awaits.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - 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 talk you through your itinerary, deliver your travel documents, provide helpful information and recommendations for your free time and 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 food markets where you can sample lots of different dishes at bargain prices! Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Akasaka Mitsuke or similar
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244 Reviews

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3rd Day: Tokyo
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Today, take a full-day tour of the city of Tokyo by bus including the most important sights in the city. Self-transfer to the famous 'Love' statue in Shinjuku from where the tour will depart at 7.50AM*. Drive past Harajuku shopping district and stop to visit the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine. See the Imperial Palace area among other highlights before stopping in the historic neighbourhood of Asakusa, home to the Senso-ji Temple Kaminari-mon Gate and the Nakamise shopping avenue. Enjoy a Matcha tasting experience and a Japanese lunch at a local Izakaya restaurant and climb the Tokyo Skytree tower, from which you will admire the infinite Tokyo skyline. In the afternoon, board a river cruise that will take you through the Tokyo Bay to the Odaiba island and end the tour back at Shinjuku. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Warning: Please leave your hotel with time and plan your self-transfer ahead. The bus will leave at 8AM with no exceptions. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Akasaka Mitsuke or similar
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244 Reviews

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Activities

included
Full day Tokyo city tour

Light

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4th Day: Tokyo
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On this day, come face-to-face with legendary Mount Fuji. Depart by bus at 7.45AM from the same meeting point in Shinjuku than the day before and head up to the Fuji's 5th Station. At this height, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from above the clouds. After strolling around this area from which mountaineers start their journey to the summit, you will stop for a lunch at the Oshino Shinobu ninja-themed village. 

After lunch break, the bus will take you to Owakudani valley, also known as "Hell Valley". Here you can see hot springs and volcanic activity and even try the famous "black eggs", boiled in the sulfur pits. From there, you will ride the Hakone ropeway down to Lake Ashi, where you will be able to get a stunning view of Fuji's silhouette whilst sailing on this pristine lake. Finally, return by bus to Shinjuku Station and overnight stay in Tokyo.

Warning: Please leave your hotel with time and plan your self-transfer ahead. The bus will leave according to schedule with no exceptions. 

Please note: If road conditions or unforeseen circumstances restrict the ascent to the 5th station, you will instead travel the highest elevation possible considering the circumstances. The same also applies for the cruise on Ashi Crater Lake; if conditions or circumstances prevent sailing on the lake, alternative visits and experiences will be taken to replace the activity.

Accommodation

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

244 Reviews

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Activities

included
Mt.Fuji Excursion & Hakone Full-Day Bus Tour

Moderate

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5th Day: Tokyo
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Enjoy a day exploring Tokyo at your leisure, getting to know the shopping districts of Akihabara, known for its anime culture and camera bargains, or Shibuya, where you can see its iconic crosswalk and eclectic restaurants. 

Accommodation

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

244 Reviews

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6th Day: Tokyo - Kyoto
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Today, board a bullet train to Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese Empire for 11 centuries. The trip takes only around 2 hours and 15 minutes, and the train can reach speeds of 300 km/h! Once settled in Kyoto, we recommend exploring the emblematic neighborhood of Gion, known for its traditional architecture and admired geishas. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
REF Kyoto Hachijoguchi by... or similar
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17 Reviews

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7th Day: Kyoto
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Set off this morning on a Kyoto Highlights Full-Day Bus Tour to discover the beautiful and historical ‘cultural capital’ of Japan. On this exciting excursion you’ll visit the Fushimi Inari, the most important of the many shrines dedicated to Inari, the deity of good harvest and success, known for its emblematic red ‘gates’. Next visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. Pay a visit to the Kinkakuji Temple next, known as the temple of the Golden Pavilion as the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Finally, experience the immense natural beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forestLunch included. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kyoto

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
REF Kyoto Hachijoguchi by... or similar
tripadvisor rating

17 Reviews

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Activities

included
Kyoto Highlights Full-Day Tour

Moderate

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8th Day: Kyoto
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Spend today at your leisure, exploring the delights of Kyoto at your own pace. Why not discover the historic Nijo Castle or the Philosopher's Walk, a beautiful footpath along a cherry-tree-lined canal? We recommend an optional afternoon excursion to the peaceful city of Nara.* Overnight stay in Kyoto.

* Optional Nara Excursion: Head to Nara for a tour of two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kofukuji Temple. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park, a rarity in Japan and worldwide and discover Todai-Ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's largest wooden structures.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
REF Kyoto Hachijoguchi by... or similar
tripadvisor rating

17 Reviews

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Activities

included
Afternoon Nara Excursion

Moderate

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9th Day: Kyoto - Osaka
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Today, take a local train* to travel to Osaka. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to discover this charming city. We recommend visiting the Kuromon local market and its Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building, from which there is an unforgettable panoramic view of the city. Overnight stay in Osaka.

* The local train transfer Kyoto - Osaka does not have a fixed schedule. Passengers can exchange their ticket at any time during the transfer day and choose the departure time that best suits their plans. The local train departs from Kyoto station. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Agora Place Osaka Namba or similar
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248 Reviews

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10th Day: Osaka
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Spend the day at your own pace for a self-guided visit of Osaka. You will have at your disposal an Osaka Metro + City Bus card to discover the city's main areas. You will also have an admission ticket for the Osaka Castle, where you have the chance to learn about the history of one of Japan's most famous landmarks. Overnight stay in Osaka.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Agora Place Osaka Namba or similar
tripadvisor rating

248 Reviews

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11th Day: Osaka
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Spend the day at your leisure. exploring the cultural delights of Osaka. Get to know the local area and sampling the iconic local cuisine. Overnight stay in Osaka.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Agora Place Osaka Namba or similar
tripadvisor rating

248 Reviews

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12th Day: Osaka - Night on board
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Sadly it's time to say goodbye to the Land of the Rising Sun. On this day, use your Limousine bus ticket to transfer from Osaka to the Osaka airport. Night on board.

* The usual departure time for Osaka-Malé flights is around midnight (Japan time). We recommend arriving at the airport at least 3h ahead of your flight departure. Please bear in mind that most public transportation services between Osaka and Osaka airport end around 9-10 PM. 

13th Day: Maldives
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Touch down in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. From here, take an exciting speedboat transfer to your resort, situated on an island in the beautiful North Malé Atoll. Arrive, get settled in and begin your All-inclusive stay. Overnight stay in the Maldives.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Makunudu Island Resort - ... or similar
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993 Reviews

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14th Day: Maldives
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All-inclusive. Enjoy a day at your leisure in the Maldives, soaking up the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from the comforts of a white-sand beach or exploring the abundant sea life on a snorkelling excursion. The facilities at the resort are there to make your stay as blissful as possible, so make the most of them as you begin to unwind from the stresses of daily life. Overnight stay in the Maldives. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Makunudu Island Resort - ... or similar
tripadvisor rating

993 Reviews

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15th Day: Maldives
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All-inclusive. Spend the day at your leisure in the Maldives. If you'd like to know more about Maldivan culture and life in these paradise isles, we recommend a visit to Malé. Owing to its small size, it's one of the most densely populated cities in the world and amongst its bustling streets, you can find mosques, bazaars and cafes and get a sense of the everyday life of the locals. Overnight stay in the Maldives.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Makunudu Island Resort - ... or similar
tripadvisor rating

993 Reviews

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16th Day: Maldives
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All-inclusive. Another day at your leisure in paradise. Why not take a cruise on a traditional Maldivan dhoni boat to explore the surrounding islands and atolls or arrange a diving trip to discover the colourful underwater world. Enjoy the delicious cuisine offered at the resort and kick-back with a cocktail at sunset. Overnight stay in the Maldives. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Makunudu Island Resort - ... or similar
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993 Reviews

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17th Day: Maldives - UK/Ireland
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Breakfast* at the hotel. Sadly, it's time to bid farewell to the paradise shores of the Maldives. At the indicated time, take a speedboat transfer to Malé to catch a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Included activities

Included

Japan Welcome pack

Included activity for day 2

Welcome pack including Airport Meet & Greet upon arrival, SIM Card to stay connected at all times and Tokyo 72h Subway Pass.

Physical rating:

Light

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Please note that you must be on time at the meeting point in front of Shinjuku's "Love" statue. Plan in advance your self-transfer and how to find the right exit from Shinjuku station.

Full day Tokyo city tour

Included activity for day 3 in Tokyo

Visit several Tokyo highlights including Meiji Shrine and the Asakusa area. Enjoy too a matcha tasting experience and a Japanese lunch before climbing Skytree tower to see the views over the whole city. Finally take a river cruise to Odaiba island

Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:50 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Please note that you must be on time at the meeting point in front of Shinjuku's "Love" statue. Plan in advance your self-transfer and how to find the right exit from Shinjuku station.

Mt.Fuji Excursion & Hakone Full-Day Bus Tour

Included activity for day 4 in Mount Fuji

Ascend by bus to Subashiri 5th Station on Mount Fuji. After lunch, sail across Lake Ashi while enjoying unforgettable views. Ride the Hakone cable car to admire the sulfur fields and the volcanic Owakudani valley.

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:50 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Kyoto Highlights Full-Day Tour

Included activity for day 7 in Kyoto

First, discover the Fushimi Inari shrine with its emblematic red gates. Next visit the Kiyomizu-Dera and the Kinkakuji Temples, and finally enjoy the immense natural beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forest.

Duration 08:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:50 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The price includes

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    Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Tokyo, Malé - UK/Ireland.
  • Flights: Osaka - Malé. *
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  • Tokyo Subway Pass 72h, Kyoto Bus/Subway Pass 48h and local train from Kyoto to Osaka.
  • 14 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels. **
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  • All-Inclusive in the Maldives. ***
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  • Bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. ****
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Speedboat transfers in the Maldives.
  • Unlimited use of snorkelling equipment and one-time complementary guided snorkelling during the stay (subject to weather permits).
  • Family-friendly hotels.
  • 20% discount on Spa Menu in the Maldives.
  • Deluxe Beach Bungalow in the Maldives.
  • ATOL Protection.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

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

This tour doesn’t include a guide on a daily basis. It is the responsibility of each individual passenger to transfer to and from the hotels and the meeting points for activities/excursions. Activities/excursions in Kyoto include a guide, while in Tokyo are semi-escorted and in Osaka they are completely independent.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** 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 European size and can sometimes be less wide.

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 All-Inclusive Served at Sand Bar:

Snacks: Served from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m and 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (A Selection of tomato and Garudiya soup, margarita pizza, spring rolls, tuna and chicken sandwiches, Vietnamese & green salad, tuna pasta & pasta Arrabiata and fruit platters.).

Unlimited Drinks: Served from 10:00 am to 11:30p.m, bottled Water (still), Cold Drinks (By the glass), Soft Drinks, Concentrated Juice (Fresh Fruit Juice is chargeable at an additional cost of $20.00 per person), Draught Beer, house Wine – Red and White, house Spirits – Brandy, Gin, Rum, Vodka and Whisky, selection of Cocktails, hot Drinks, coffee – Cappucino, Café Latte and or Mocha, Tea- Selection of tea.

Breakfast – International Buffet Breakfast Served at Araa Iru Restaurant.

Lunch – International Cuisine served at Araa Iru Restaurant

Dinner- Fine Dining Dinner (set) meal served at Araa Iru Restaurant

Other conditions: Unlimited use of snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, flippers) – deposit may be required. 20% discount on spa. One complimentary guided snorkeling (subject to weather permits).

**** In case you purchased the optional Bullet train upgrade you will receive the exact Tokyo - Kyoto train transfer details upon your arrival to Tokyo.
The usual departure time is between 9 and 10 AM leaving from Tokyo Station and reaching Kyoto Station around 12PM. Please arrive to Tokyo Station with enough time before departure to locate the exact platform and train you will be using. 

You will have the option to purchase a Japanese SIM card for your trip in the next step of the booking process. 

  • Japan
  • Maldives
    • 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 UK.

    • 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 cancelled 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 +44 20 8068 3176 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.

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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