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This tour of Japan is an ideal introduction for first-time visitors, taking in key sites and attractions in Tokyo, Hakone National Park and Kyoto. You will be supplied with a Japan Rail Pass and instructions on self-guided touring to ensure you get the most from your visit, with some private guides provided for selected parts of the journey
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Arrive and transfer by airport shuttle bus to the Park Hotel Tokyo for a 3-night stay, which is located close to the Shiodome subway station. (N)
Full-day private guided city tour using public transport, visiting the Asakusa Kannon temple, Tokyo National Museum's Japanese gallery, the Imperial East Garden and the tranquil Meiji shrine. The following day is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace, or make a day trip to the coastal city of Kamakura or the temples and shrines at Nikko. (B)
Travel by train to Hakone National Park, a picturesque landscape of lakes, green valleys and volcanic hot springs. Stay for 2 nights at the Kowakien Tenyu hotel. (B, D)
Today you will have a Hakone Free Pass at your disposal to explore the area. See the steaming vents and hot springs of the volcanic Owakudani valley, visit the Picasso Pavilion at the Open-Air Art Museum, take a ride on the Hakone Tozan Railway or cruise across scenic Lake Ashi. (B, D)
Take the bus to Odawara, then continue by shinkansen (bullet train) south to Kyoto. Stay at the Rihga Royal Kyoto Hotel, located near Kyoto station, for 3 nights. (B)
Full-day private guided city tour using public transport. Recommendations include the Ryoanji temple with its famous zen rock garden, and Kinkakuji temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. End the day with a visit to the En Tea House for a private tea ceremony experience where you can learn about the history and philosophy of this ancient rite, taste some tea and try some traditional sweets. The following day is at leisure to explore more of the city or venture further afield to the former capital of Nara, or the gardens and bamboo forests of Arashiyama. (B)
Take a shuttle bus from your hotel to Kansai airport, located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, and board your flight home. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation. Please note that in Japan hotel room sizes are smaller than in Europe.
Available on request.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
Please note that tailor-made travel in Japan is unlike travel in any other country in the Far East due to the high costs of vehicle hire, drivers and guides. This means that engaging the services of a private guide and driver on a tailor-made journey is not always feasible and, as a result, sightseeing and travel between cities may involve public transport or shared services that are not exclusive to Cox & Kings. Furthermore, as English is not always spoken in areas away from the main tourist destinations, a degree of independence and self-guiding may be required. A comprehensive information pack is provided before departure, with transport instructions and bilingual timetables, hotel addresses and maps, and a guide for each destination covering a wide range of topics from eating out to enjoying a hot spring bath.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
JPE2020: 10 Nights
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