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Tradition & modernity: semi-guided Japan

Japan in 11 Days, 8 Nights in Destination

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Take an unforgettable semi-guided journey to explore Tokyo's neighborhoods in depth, discover the traditional taverns of Kyoto's Geisha quarter, and be amazed by the modernity of Osaka.

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    Kyoto
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    Osaka
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    Tokyo

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Some transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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      Accommodation: 8 Nights

      Itinerary

      This semi-guided trip begins in vibrant Tokyo, visiting the Harajuku district, the Asakusa district and the impressive Skytree observation deck. Head next to Kyoto via bullet train, where you'll enjoy both the Temple of the Golden Pavilion and the varied gastronomic offerings and izakaya or traditional taverns. End in Osaka, contemplating its fusion of modernity and tradition.

      1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

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      Arrive at your chosen departure airport in the UK/Ireland and board your international flight* to Tokyo. Overnight on board.

      *If your outbound or return flight departs early in the morning (before 4:00 a.m.), you must be present at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

      2nd Day: Tokyo

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      Arrive in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Our representative will be waiting for you at the airport to go over your itinerary, give you your travel documents, and accompany you to your hotel via public transport. Once you've checked in, you'll have the rest of the day free to start discovering this exciting city of contrasts, where modernity and tradition coexist in perfect harmony with its respectful society and delicious cuisine. Overnight in Tokyo.

      Accommodation

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

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      3rd Day: Tokyo

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      Begin with a full-day tour of Tokyo. Make your own way at 7:50 am* to meet at the "Love" statue, in the Shinjuku district, from where we will depart by bus with our English-speaking guide through the bustling Harajuku district to the popular Meiji Jingu Shrine. Nestled in a lush urban forest, this Shinto shrine is one of the most popular in the country and is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife.

      Continue your bus tour until briefly stopping to see the Imperial Palace. Then head to the Asakusa district, where you'll see the Senso-ji temple, the Nakamise shopping avenue (one of the oldest in the country), and the Kaminari-mon gate. Enjoy a matcha tasting and a Japanese-style lunch.

      Afterwards, climb the Skytree tower, from where you can see the infinite skyline of Tokyo. Later, take a river cruise across Tokyo Bay to the trendy island of Odaiba for the bus back to Shinjuku. Overnight in Tokyo.

      *Please Note: This circuit includes escorted transfers between cities but self-transfers between hotels and excursion meeting points. Make sure to leave the hotel with plenty of time and plan your self-transfer to the excursion starting point (Meeting at 7.50AM). The bus will leave on time, no exceptions.

      Accommodation

      ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
      The B Akasaka Mitsuke or similar
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      245 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

      245 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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      Today, you have the day free to explore Tokyo at your leisure. You could appreciate its many shopping districts, such as the Akihabara district, famous for its anime culture, video games and electronics offerings. Another option is to stroll around Shibuya and take a photo of the iconic pedestrian crossing after enjoying its varied gastronomic and shopping options. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

      Accommodation

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

      245 Reviews

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      6th Day: Tokyo - Kyoto

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      Today you will board the legendary bullet train to travel to Kyoto. At the specified time (around 10am) transfer from the hotel to the train station via public transport accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

      Board the famous bullet train at around 11:45 (the guide will not be present on the train) and arrive in Kyoto at around 14h. Another guide will be waiting at the station and will accompany you to the hotel. Transfer from the station to the hotel via public transport.

      You'll have the rest of the day free to get to know this former Japanese capital. We recommend that you take advantage of this day to visit some izakaya (Japanese taverns) and try the famous local sake of Fushimi, the obanzai tapas, or the essential dishes of yuba and fried tofu. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

      Accommodation

      ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
      REF Kyoto Hachijoguchi by... or similar
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      19 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

      19 Reviews

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      Activities

      included
      Kyoto Highlights Full-Day Tour

      Moderate

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      8th Day: Kyoto - Osaka

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      Travel to Osaka by train. At the appointed time a guide will accompany you from the hotel to Kyoto train station via public transport. Board the train with the guide around 11am to arrive in Osaka around 12:30pm. Afterwards, a guide will also accompany you from Osaka train station to the hotel on public transport.

      You have the rest of the day free to discover this charming metropolis. We recommend a visit to the local Kuromon market and the Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building, from which you can see great panoramic views of the city. Overnight in Osaka.

      Accommodation

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

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      9th Day: Osaka

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      Today you can enjoy a self-guided tour of Osaka. You will be provided with an Osaka Metro & Bus card to get around the city on your own and see its lively shopping and dining districts at your own pace. Also included is admission to Osaka Castle,surrounded by the beautiful Nishinomaru Garden, to admire this great fortress and learn more about the history of one of Japan's most famous landmarks. Overnight in Osaka.

      Accommodation

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

      252 Reviews

      See our full selection

      10th Day: Osaka - Night on board

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      Today is your last day in the land of the rising sun. Transfer to the airport by shuttle bus for your flight* back to the UK/Ireland. Overnight on board.

      *For flights departing before 9 a.m. it will be the passenger's responsibility to transfer to Osaka airport on their own. For flights departing before 11 a.m. transfer by shuttle bus will be included but without accompanying guide. For flights departing after 11 a.m. there will be an escort service to the shuttle bus stop. If you have an escort guide, he/she will pick you up at the hotel about 4 hours before your flight time.

      11th Day: UK/Ireland

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      Arrive at your destination in the UK/Ireland and end this extraordinary adventure!

      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.

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      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 Tokyo highlights as Meiji Shrine and the Asakusa area. Enjoy a matcha tasting experience and a Japanese lunch before climbing Skytree tower to see a panoramic view. Finish with a cruise to Odaiba island.

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

      Physical rating:

      Light

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      Included
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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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      • Departures from major airports in the UK/Ireland.
      • International flights: UK/Ireland - Tokyo, Osaka - UK/Ireland.
      • Inter-city transfers (Tokyo-Kyoto bullet train and Kyoto-Osaka local train), 72h underground pass in Tokyo, 24h bus and underground pass in Kyoto*.
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      • 8 nights in Charm category hotels.**
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      • 2 lunches.
      • Accompanied airport-hotel-airport transfers and transfers between cities.***
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      • Visits as indicated in the itinerary.
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      • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
      • SIM card (internet only, up to 3GB).
      • ATOL Protection.
      • English-speaking guide for part of the trip
      • Meet and greet service on arrival at airport.****
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      *The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

      Not included

      Entrance fees, breakfast or any other items not mentioned in the "Price includes" section.

      ***This tour does not include daily escort. It is the client's responsibility to travel from the hotel to the meeting points for the activities and back to the hotel. Guided service will be provided during intercity transfers for Tokyo-Kyoto (guide won't board the train) and Kyoto-Osaka trains (guide will board with you). Airport-hotel-airport transfers will also be provided.

      Transfer from Osaka to the airport on the last day: only included for flights departing from 9am. For flights departing before 9 a.m., it is the passenger's responsibility to transfer to Osaka airport on his/her own. For flights departing between 9am and 11am, transfer by shuttle bus will be included but without an accompanying guide. For flights departing from 11am onwards, an escort service will be provided to the shuttle bus stop. If you have an escort guide, he/she will pick you up at your hotel about 4 hours before your flight time.

      Some Japanese cities impose an accommodation fee, which must be paid directly at the hotel at check-in.

      *You will receive exact details of the bullet train transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto after your arrival in Tokyo. The bullet train normally departs at around 11:45am from Tokyo Station and arrives at Kyoto Station at around 2pm. We cannot guarantee specific seats (window, aisle, etc).

      **Rooms: hotels in Japan have a limited number of non-smoking rooms, so we cannot guarantee room allocation. Triple rooms cannot be guaranteed either.

      ****Reception on arrival at the airport: an agent will be waiting for you at the arrivals terminal of Tokyo airport, where you will be given the necessary documents for this trip (transport cards, SIM card, information on activities and meeting points, etc.). You will go over the itinerary together and you will be accompanied by public transport to your hotel.

      Those passengers who book a trip without international flights via Exoticca must share the details of the flights purchased on their own at least 30 days in advance to be able to enjoy the meet and greet service and hotel escort. In case of failure to do so or if the meet and greet service cannot be arranged due to operational problems (flight delay, change of arrival terminal, etc.), the travel documents will be sent directly to the hotel.

      • 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.

      This is a semi-escorted tour, during which only some of the booked activities are carried out with a local English-speaking guide. There is no 24-hour guide on site.

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

      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.

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      Rest is paid in instalments according to your departure date.

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