Essentials of Japan with Japan Railpass 3*/4* - Osaka - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • See Osaka, Kyoto, and even Tokyo on this self guided three or four-star journey throughout Japan!
  • You'll discover the contrast of culture and architecture on your adventure and it is simply breathtaking to behold!
  • With your JapanRail Pass included in your stay, as well as daily breakfast, you'll have the freedom to explore this country at your own leisure!

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Your Destinations

Osaka

Explore Japan's second city and enjoy the lively neighbourhoods of Namba and Dotombori, before trying an izakaya, Japanese bar-restaurants! Enjoy the local specialities: okonomiyaki, savoury cabbage pancake, or takoyaki, small octopus dough balls. Continue your adventure with a trip to Osaka Castle Park with its 300 Yoshino cherry trees or to the Shi-Tennoji Temple, which is the oldest in Japan.

Kyoto

If you're looking for old Japan, Kyoto is a must: tranquil gardens, sublime temples and colourful shrines can be found in abundance.  While the rest of Japan has embraced modernity, Kyoto still keeps traditions alive. Take a stroll through the Nishijin district and spy some of the older residents emerging from the machiya (traditional townhouses) to ladle water onto their porch. If you go by an old shōtengai (shopping street) you can admire the ancient speciality shops: tofu sellers, fishmongers, pickle vendors and tea merchants.

Tokyo

One of the world’s most cutting-edge capitals, Tokyo is a city of contrasts. Famous for its modernity, neon-lit landscape and towering skyscrapers, it is also home to sprawling parkland, peaceful shrines and temples and lovingly tended gardens. Despite its love affair with manga pop culture, fashion, high-tech trends and conspicuous consumption, below the surface is a city that has its roots in ancient heritage. Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples stand close to skyscrapers as a reminder of a more contemplative time and at the heart of the hyperactive centre lies the serene Imperial Palace, the home of the ruling emperor that provides a tangible link to the city’s historical past.

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8-Night Essentials of Japan Tour in 3*/4* hotels

10-Night Essentials of Japan Tour in 3*/4* hotels

12-Night Essentials of Japan Tour in 3*/4* hotels

Your Itineraries In Brief

8-Night Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Osaka
Day 2: Osaka
Day 3: Osaka - Kyoto
Day 4: Kyoto
Day 5: Kyoto
Day 6: Kyoto - Tokyo
Day 7: Tokyo
Day 8: Tokyo
Day 9: Departure from Tokyo

10-Night Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Osaka
Day 2: Osaka
Day 3: Osaka - Kyoto
Day 4: Kyoto
Day 5: Kyoto
Day 6: Kyoto - Tokyo
Day 7: Tokyo
Day 8: Tokyo
Day 9: Tokyo
Day 10: Tokyo
Day 11: Departure from Tokyo

12-Night Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Osaka
Day 2: Osaka
Day 3: Osaka - Kyoto
Day 4: Kyoto
Day 5: Kyoto
Day 6: Kyoto
Day 7: Kyoto - Tokyo
Day 8: Tokyo
Day 9: Tokyo
Day 10: Tokyo
Day 11: Tokyo
Day 12: Tokyo
Day 13: Departure from Tokyo

Your Itinerary

Each of these tours allow you to explore Japan at your own pace. With an included Japan Rail Pass, and accommodation with breakfast pre-organised for your peace of mind, you get to design the itinerary of your adventure. Below you will find our recommendations of things to do and place to visit. Pick and choose what you would like discover and decide your own journey!

Day 1-3: Osaka
Spend time at leisure exploring the city of Osaka. Discover its castle and aquarium, but also its rich gastronomic and cultural districts, which all boast an individual atmosphere. Osaka Castle, once the largest in Japan, was built in 1586 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The five-storey fortress is a copy of the original building and contains a large number of documents and artifacts whose history is directly related to the Toyotomi family and Osaka from the past. Minami, the southern part of the city, is home to Osaka's traditional neighborhoods: Dotombori, which symbolises the city's festive and culinary reputation with its many restaurants and bars, Shinsaibashi, a fashion trendsetter like America-mura, or Nipponbashi and its many theatres.
Day 4-6/7: Kyoto
Spend time at leisure exploring the city of Kyoto. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, from 794 to the restoration of Meiji in 1868, where the capital was transferred to Tokyo. Over the past centuries, this city has become the excelled in the field of arts, culture, religion and ideas. Spared by the bombings in the Second World War, many traditional houses, machiya (Japanese townhouses) are still standing. Why not visit Nishiki Market? This is the most famous market in the city of Kyoto, parallel to Shijo Avenue and accessible from Shijo Station (Karasuma Line) or Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line). This market extends over 400m of galleries and has an abbundance of cuisine to choose from. Next, visit Nijō Castle. Built in 1603 as a residence for Tokugawa shoguns while in Kyoto, this castle is a reflection of the power of those who ruled Japan for more than 200 years. There are several beautiful gardens, and inside the castle are many works of art. End your day by going to Gion Ward. Here you will find beautiful streets, with typical Japanese architecture present in the houses, where the elegant maiko (apprentice geisha) live.
Day 7/8-9, 11 or 13: Tokyo
Spend time at leisure exploring the city of Tokyo. The district of Asakusa, along the Sumida River, will immerse you in the unique and traditional universe of Tokyo where still lives the spirit of "old Edo". Its central point is the Sensoji Temple or Asakusa Kannon. Leading here, you will find the shopping street "Nakamise Dori", where walkers will find many shops selling kimonos and all kinds of traditional items. This district is a popular outlet for Tokyoites, with its many cinemas, theatres and other entertainment options, especially its countless restaurants. Head to the district of Akihabara, the most famous in the world for its electronic, computer and electrical supplies. It is said that any electronic device can be found there and the products can be bought at reasonable prices. Try your hand at haggling to get your hands on the newest gagets, if not many shops have a tax refund service. There are more and more manga and animated stores emerging in Akihabara, which take the place of electronics stores. It is therefore in this neighborhood that you'll be able to release your inner Anime.

Your Tour Hotels

Our members will stay at the following 3* or 4* hotels in Standard Rooms on a Bed and Breakfast Board Basis.

3* Hotels

Your Tour Hotels
Osaka: 2-night stay at the Sotetsu Fresa Inn Namba 3*, Hearton Shinsaibashi 3* or similar

Kyoto: 3 or 4-night stay at the Hotel Wing International Kyoto Shijo Karasuma 3*, Hotel Gimmond 3* or similar

Tokyo: 3, 5 or 6-night stay at the Agora Place Asakusa 3*, Grand Central Hotel 3* or similar

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults

4* Hotels

Your Tour Hotels
Osaka: 2-night stay at the Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier 4*, Ana Crowne Plaza Osaka 4* or similar

Kyoto: 3 or 4-night stay at the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel 4*, Almont Hotel Kyoto 4* or similar

Tokyo: 3, 5 or 6-night stay at the Shinjuku Granbell 4*, Hotel East 21 Tokyo 4* or similar

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults

Please note: If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.

Please note that due to the current global health pandemic (COVID-19), certain restaurants and buffets may be closed or places and tables may be limited. We strongly recommend that you contact the hotels for further information two days before your arrival.

Please note that due to the current global health pandemic (COVID-19), the cultural, leisure and wellness activities, as well as the outdoor swimming pools at these hotels, may be closed or limited in terms of access. We advise you to contact the hotels or the tourist office two days before your arrival.

Your Included Excursions

Our members have the following excursions included in their stay.

Tokyo - In the Morning

Your Included Excursions
Meeting with the guide at the scheduled location. Departure to visit Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace Square, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Street. The tour ends at Tokyo station. Approximate hours: 08.30-13.00hrs

Kyoto - In the Morning

Your Included Excursions

Meeting with the guide at the scheduled location. Departure to visit Nijo Castle (or Ryoanji Temple), Temple of the Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji, Ancient Imperial Palace (or Kitano Sanctuary, or Nishi Honganji Temple). The tour ends at Kyoto station. Approximate hours: 08.30-13.00hrs.

Unlimited Pocket Wifi Supplement

Your Included Excursions
Travel with confidence with the unlimited Pocket Wifi option that will follow you everywhere during the trip. Renting Pocket WiFi in Japan is ideal if you’re looking for fast and unlimited internet access for the entire duration of your trip. Lightweight and with a long battery life, its nationwide coverage guarantees internet access wherever you are, on any kind of device (iPhone, Android smartphone, laptop).

Your Journey

Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process. The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Transfers out in Tokyo with the shared Airport Limousine Bus are included in this offer. Guests have the opportunity to add private transfers from Kansai Airport to their hotel in Osaka (Japanese speaking driver with meet and greet), and private transfers from their hotel in Tokyo to Haneda Airport (English speaking driver door to door) at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee.

For inbound transfer arrangements please confirm with your transfer provider when you arrive. Alternatively, please check with the reception of your accommodation. If you still require assistance, please call the transfer provider directly.

JapanRail Pass: A 7 day Japan Rail Pass for train and shinkansen trips is included in this offer. We recommend you to activate your Japan Rail Pass on Day 1 for your journey from Osaka Airport to Osaka Centre.

Upon your arrival to Japan at Kansai Airport, please go to the Ticket Office (Hours: 5:30 - 23:00). After showing  your passport to identify yourself, you’ll be able to move freely and comfortably through the country.

The following transportation is covered by the JR Pass: 
- All lines of Japan Railways Group (JR) 
- Shinkansen speedtrain Hikari / Kodama / Sakura (except Nozomi and Mizuho)
- Express trains
- Narita Express (Narita Airport Tokyo)
- JR buses
- Haruka (Osaka Airport Kansai - Shin)
- Ferry (Myajima - Miyajimaguchi)
- Circular train lines inside Tokyo city
- Yamanote Line (Tokyo) and Osaka (Kanjosen).  

The Japan Rail Pass does not cover:
- Subway and buses in Tokyo and Kyoto (you can pay by prepaid transportation card) 
- Private lines (that are not JR) 
- Nozomi and Mizuho Shinkansen

Weather

Jan
min : 1°C max : 10°C
Feb
min : 2°C max : 10°C
Mar
min : 4°C max : 13°C
Apr
min : 10°C max : 18°C
May
min : 15°C max : 23°C
Jun
min : 19°C max : 25°C
Jul
min : 22°C max : 29°C
Aug
min : 24°C max : 31°C
Sep
min : 20°C max : 27°C
Oct
min : 14°C max : 21°C
Nov
min : 9°C max : 17°C
Dec
min : 4°C max : 12°C

Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information please click here.


Please note that the advice can change, and you should continue to check all advice until you travel. 


Entry Requirements 


You must ensure you have a valid passport to travel on. 


If your passport describes you as a British Citizen, you do not need a visa to enter Japan. For non-British citizens, you should contact a Japanese Embassy or Consulate


Health 


For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries


If vaccinations or other preventive measures are required, you will need to visit your health professional at least 8 weeks before your trip. 


Please note that passport, visa and health requirements can change. It is every traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport, any required visas, and all the necessary vaccinations/health requirements as well as adequate insurance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As of July 10th 2020, the UK Government has approved that travel to Japan is allowed without the need to quarantine upon return, thanks to an 'air-bridge' agreement. Japan has been listed as a 'green/amber' destination and is therefore considered safe enough to visit without requiring 14 days of self-isolation upon reentering the UK. Tourists choosing to book stopover flights may not be permitted to return without quarantining if the country they stop off in is not also listed as green/amber by the UK Government. Please note that this information is constantly being reviewed and may be subject to change.

Please note that due to the current situation, any information mentioned is subject to change or adaptation.

We strongly recommend that you contact the hotel three days before your departure to keep you informed of the latest changes and information.

You can also refer to our FAQ section to find more information on the development of the situation.

We suggest that you keep informed of the latest regulations in force: In the UK via the corresponding link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

In More Detail

Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

This offer is not accessible to people with reduced mobility. 
Check-in time: 3 pm
Check-out time: before 12 pm

Our price doesn’t include any additional taxes, which may be payable locally.

Please Note: 
Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.
Schedules and prices are subject to change. 
If the property is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book a room for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team. 

What's Included

  • 8, 10 or 12-night stay in 3* or 4* hotels as per itinerary
  • Breakfast
  • 7-day consecutive Japan Rail Pass included with delivery to customer's address
  • Pocket WiFi included throughout per booking
  • One excursion in the morning in Tokyo with an English-speaking guide included
  • One excursion in the morning in Kyoto with an English-speaking guide included
  • Transfers out of Tokyo with the Airport Limousine Bus included

Not Included

  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Important Information

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

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