Authentic Japan Tour 3*/4* - Tokyo - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • On this amazing tour, visit the must-see sites of the Land of the Rising Sun, but also some hidden treasures - Tokyo, Hakone, Mount Fuji, Takayama, Japanese Alps, Kanazawa & Kyoto await!
  • Choose between 3* and 4* hotels throughout your stay and dine on delicious cuisine, ensuring you're well-pampered from the moment you arrive.
  • You will also have the opportunity to add a wide range of impressive optional excursions to make your trip even more special.

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Your Destinations


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. 

Behind the shopping, entertainment and commercial emporia can be found quaint wooden houses, private gardens with meticulously clipped bonsai trees and the Zen-like calm of the Hamarikyu Gardens. Discover the fascinating and exquisite culture of Japan where the ancient and modern worlds collide. The city’s reputation as a mega-expensive metropolis is ill-conceived and visitors can take advantage of inexpensive izakaya bars and neighbourhood cafes that serve delicious noodles and rice dishes. 


South of Mount Fuji and West of Tokyo you will find a tranquil spot where the imposing slopes of Mount Fuji meet a glistening lake. A red torii, a traditional Japanese gate frames the entrance to this heavenly spot where it is easy to slow down and forget the stresses of everyday life. And, at the heart of this majestic site is the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji as it juts into the sky.


Touched with the grand allure of its past, Kanazawa prides itself on being a historical jewel of Japan. It is best known for being home to one of Japan's most beautiful landscaped gardens - Kenrokuen - a castle garden originating from the 17th century. It's easy to discover this nostalgic city in a few days, admiring its celebrated penchant for the traditional arts, including hand-painted silks and lacquerware, ceramics and delicate gold leaf work. Spot a geisha at work, discover authentic tea houses and inns, and wade your way through the market.


Wander around the beautifully preserved city of Takayama, situated in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. This very picturesque city, "bright and beautiful", will add that rural element of your itinerary in Japan. Arrive before midday and explore the Takayama Morning Markets. 

Known as 'Little Kyoto', visit the three main streets of the Sanmachi-Suji district. Offering the soothing sounds of water, nearby or in the background, wander through the contrasting dull gray of the alleys and the dark brown of private homes and inns, and visit one of many sake breweries. Don't miss the Yoshijima-ke Heritage Housefamed for serving as a residence and sake brewery, and Kusakabe Heritage House formally owned by the Kusakabe family, successful money lenders.


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.

Choose the 13 nights package to explore Amanohashidate Sandbar, known as  the "Bridge to Heaven", this is one of the three most beautiful panoramas in Japan with its three kilometer long isthmus that spans the mouth of Miyazu Bay.

From Kyoto, you may also have the chance to spend your free time visiting Hiroshima, famous for history & Miyajima, “the gods island”, both close to Kyoto by train (1h45, free with Japan Rail Pass from Kyoto - Not mandatory - No reservation needed).

Our Offers

8 nights / 10 days: Visit Tokyo, Hakone - Mount Fuji and Kyoto

10 nights / 12 days: With the same itinerary, you will enjoy a day in Takayama - Japanese Alps and a day in Kanazawa after your day in Hakone - Mount Fuji.

12 nights / 14 days: Spend 1 more night in Takayama - Japanese Alps and an additional night in Kyoto.

14 nights / 16 days: Enjoy 2 additional nights in Tokyo at the beginning of the trip. 

Your Itineraries In Brief

8-Night / 10-Day Tour
Day 1: UK - Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Tokyo
Day 5: Tokyo
Day 6: Hakone - Mount Fuji
Day 7: Kyoto 
Day 8: Kyoto
Day 9: Kyoto
Day 10: Kyoto - Osaka - UK (Outbound flight via Kansai Airport)

10-Night / 12-Day Tour
Day 1: UK - Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Tokyo
Day 5: Tokyo
Day 6: Hakone - Mount Fuji
Day 7: Takayama - Japanese Alps
Day 8: Kanazawa
Day 9: Kyoto
Day 10: Kyoto
Day 11: Kyoto
Day 12: Kyoto - Osaka - UK

12-Night / 14-Day Tour
Day 1: UK - Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Tokyo
Day 5: Tokyo
Day 6: Hakone - Mount Fuji
Day 7: Takayama - Japanese Alps
Day 8: Takayama - Japanese Alps
Day 9: Kanazawa
Day 10: Kyoto
Day 11: Kyoto
Day 12: Kyoto
Day 13: Kyoto
Day 14: Kyoto - Osaka - UK

14-Night / 16-Day Tour
Day 1: UK - Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Tokyo
Day 5: Tokyo
Day 6: Tokyo
Day 7: Tokyo
Day 8: Hakone - Mount Fuji
Day 9: Takayama - Japanese Alps
Day 10: Takayama - Japanese Alps
Day 11: Kanazawa
Day 12: Kyoto
Day 13: Kyoto
Day 14: Kyoto
Day 15: Kyoto 
Day 16: Kyoto - Osaka - UK

Your Itinerary

During their tour, our members will follow the itinerary as seen below. 20 days before departure you will receive the following items by mail:

- A 25-page mini travel guide, giving details about your trip (transport between hotels, touristic spots, train timetables etc.)
- Your Japan Rail Pass (not included in 8-night tour)
- Airport shuttles tickets for Tokyo
- Japan map with train schedules

In very rare cases, mostly in very high season, steps might be reversed. You will be informed in your mini travel-guide.

Day 1: UK - Tokyo
Flight from UK.

Day 2: Arrival in Tokyo
Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will enjoy a transfer to the hotel. You may add a Airport Welcome at the next stage of the booking process. 

Days in Tokyo
Enjoy free time in the city or opt to add one of our optional excursions as listed below.

Our Suggestions in Tokyo:
- Asakusa district and Senso-ji temple
- The Tokyo Skytree, 634 metres high, and Tokyo Tower, the symbol of the city
- Ueno Park with its many museums
- Shibuya and Shinjuku districts
- The Imperial Palace Garden
- Meiji-jingu Shrine

Day trips from Tokyo:
- Nikko, with its temples and shrines in the heart of the forest. Trains to Nikko are covered by the JR Pass (2 hours).
- Kamakura and the Great Buddha (Daibutsu). The train to Kamakura is covered by the JR Pass (1 hour).
Day 6: Hakone - Mount Fuji during all tours except the 14 nights / 16 days tour. 

Day 8: Hakone - Mount Fuji during during your 14 nights / 16 days tour.

Transfer to Tokyo Station by subway (not included). Enjoy a train journey from Tokyo to Odawara by Shinkansen (fast train) (45 minutes), from where you can reach Hakone - Mount Fuji (extra 15 minutes, not covered by JR Pass: 2,5€). Here, you'll enjoy free time and a night in a traditional ryokan.

Our suggestions include:
- Gora-koen Park
- Chokoku-no-mori open-air musueum
- Hakone & Narukawa museum of fine arts
- Hakone-jinja sanctuary
- and of course, Mount Fuji from Ashi-no-ko lake, with nice sidewalks.

8 nights only: Transfer from Hakone/Odawara to Kyoto with Shinkansen.
Day 7: Takayama during your 10 nights / 12 days tour

Day 7 - Day 8: 
Takayama during your 12 nights / 14 days tour

Day 9 - Day 10: Takayama during your 14 nights / 16 days tour

After breakfast in your ryokan, transfer to Hakone-Odawara (train 15 minutes, not covered by JR Pass: 2,5€) then take the express trains to Takayama included with the JR Pass (4h).

Spend time at leisure exploring the city of Takayama.

Takayama’s atmospheric streets, museums and folkcrafts make it a great place to discover rural Japan. It is also a superb base for exploring the surrounding Hida district and National Park. Uncover the Sanmachi-suji district, the Shingon-sect Buddhist temple of Hida Kokubun-ji, as well as the heritage houses of Yoshijima and Kusakabe. A visit to Takayama should include stopping at the main hall dedicated to the Takayama Matsuri, a festival held twice a year in spring in autumn.

Further sightseeing in Takayama could include Hida no Sato, an open-air museum of traditional architecture and crafts. We also recommend is Furukawa, a lovely village less than 20 minutes from Takayama.

Our suggestions include:
- The Sanmachi-suji district
- The Kokubun-ji temple 
- The houses of Yoshijima and Kusakabe 
- The Hall dedicated to the Takayama Matsuri, a festival held twice a year in spring in autumn.
Day 8: Kanazawa during your 10 nights / 12 days tour

Day 9: Kanazawa during your 12 nights / 14 days tour

Day 11: Kanazawa during your 14 nights / 16 days tour

After breakfast in your hotel in Kanazawa, transfer to Kanazawa station (not included) to take your direct train to Kanazawa included with the JR Pass (2 hours and a half).

Here, enjoy a free day for you to explore Kanazawa.
Our suggestions include seeing Kenrokuen, one of Japan's "three most beautiful landscape gardens", as well as Kanazawa Castle. The Seisonkaku Villa, built in 1863, is worth a visit, in addition to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Be sure to see the Higashi-Chaya district and Nagamachi district during your stay here.

Our suggestions include:
- Kenrokuen, one of Japan's "three most beautiful landscape gardens"
- Kanazawa Castle
- The Seisonkaku Villa, built in 1863
- The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
- Higashi-Chaya district and Nagamachi district.
Free Days in Kyoto
After breakfast in your hotel, journey to Kyoto to spend the rest of the day at your own leisure (approximately 2h30, included in JR pass). Kyoto, the former imperial capital, combines the past with the present, and the present with the future. Millennium, artistic, spiritual and gourmet: visiting Kyoto is an opportunity to discover the origins of the Japanese soul and is the essential stopover of a stay in Japan.

Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in an authentic district of Kyoto. Taste the delicious matcha tea and understand the complexity of its service in one of the best tea houses of the city (45 minute excursion in English). Upon arrival, enjoy free time in the city or opt to add one of our excursions as seen below.

Our suggestions in Kyoto:
- Ryoanji Temple, a famous rock garden
- Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion)
- The Gion district and the Philosopher’s Path
- The Kiyomizu-dera
- Nishiki Market, where you can find typical food from Kyoto
- Nijo Castle and its nightingale floors
- Arashiyama’s bamboo groves

Day trip suggestions from Kyoto:
- Nara - Trip covered by the Japan Rail Pass (30 to 45 minutes), with Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine and its thousands of vermilion torii gates on your way back from Nara. Trip covered by the Japan Rail Pass (5 minutes).
- Hiroshima & Miyajima (1 hour 45 minutes from Kyoto, included in your Japan Rail Pass).

Final Day: Kyoto - Osaka - UK
Take a transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport from your hotel (included).

Your Tour Hotels

Our members will stay at the following 3* or 4* hotels in Standard Rooms.

In the 3* hotels, Half Board dining is included in the Hakone-Mount Fuji Ryokan. Breakfast are also included in Kanazawa and Takayama hotels. All other breakfasts are not included but can be booked at reception upon check-in. However, in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, you will find many cafes near your hotel serving often tastier breakfasts than those of hotels, which sometimes have restrictive schedules.

In the 4* hotels, daily breakfast is included in each hotel.

3* Hotels

Your Tour Hotels
Tokyo: B Akasaka Mitsuke Hotel or similar
Hakone - Mount Fuji: Ryokan Ichinoyu Shinkan hotel or similar
Takayama - Japanese Alps: Best Western Takayama or similar
Kanazawa: Kaname Inn Tatemachi or similar
Kyoto: New Hôtel Tsugu 京都三条 or similar

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults Adults
3 Adults
Adults Adults
2 Adults
1 Child

4* Hotels

Your Tour Hotels
Tokyo: Metropolitan Ikebukoro or similar
Hakone - Mount Fuji: Yutowa or same category ryokan 
Please note: You will sleep either on comfortable futons or on western beds in a traditional tatami room. Bathroom and toilets are private in 4* ryokans.
Takayama - Japanese Alps: Wat Hotel & Spa Hida Takayama or similar
Kanazawa: Hyatt Centric or similar
Kyoto: THE GENERAL KYOTO (Bukkoji Tominokoji) or similar

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults Adults
3 Adults
Adults Adults
2 Adults
1 Child

Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found. In Japan, where everything is smaller than in other countries, 3* hotels are often very good quality hotels, but rooms are smaller (12 to 16 m2 for twin rooms). To upgrade your comfort, select the 4* option.

Please note that in case of a single supplement for a more than 2 people booking, it will be applied in all accommodations except in the ryokan in Hakone (3 and 4-star hotels). Indeed, since it is a traditional accommodation, there are no single rooms but you will find spacious rooms that can welcome up to 5 people.

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 hotel 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 this hotel, may be closed or limited in terms of access. We advise you to contact the hotel or the tourist office two days before your arrival.

Your Optional Excursions

Our members can choose to add the following excursions at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee - subject to availability. 

Unlimited Pocket Wifi Supplement

Your Optional 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).

Pick it up at the airport and return it at the end of your trip by using the prepaid envelope included. The envelope can be mailed from any Japanese post box. We recommend 1 pocket wifi from 1 to 4 people. No data limit. Pocket wifi will be delivered directly to your hotel in Tokyo.

Pre-paid transportation card, already charged with ¥1,500

Your Optional Excursions
This card is a prepaid top-up card that allows you to use most public transport (metro, trains and buses) in Japan. This card can be used in several of Japan's major cities. The Card is already topped up with 1500 yen ready for use (on top of a 500 yen deposit). The price of your journey is deducted automatically after every single use. If you all of the credit on the card, you can top up easily at train stations. It can also be used as a sort of electronic wallet to pay for small purchases in convenience stores, vending machines, or even to pay for parking. You can also keep your Pasmo Card for future use, as it is valid for 10 years. Or return it at the train station at the end of your trip to get back the 500 yen deposit. One card for each person.

● A prepaid card with 1500 yen ready for use
● Can be used on public transport in Tokyo and all other major Japanese cities
● Can be easily topped up on the machines at train stations
● Can be used as an electronic wallet

Tokyo Airport Welcome - same price package for 1-5 people (only valid for arrival between 10 am and 6 pm)

Your Optional Excursions
Tokyo is a vast city, which can sometimes be a little baffling. An airport reception will allow you to get to your hotel with ease and to confidently take your first steps in the city. Your guide can help you choose the best form of transport for getting into Tokyo, right to your hotel's door. They can also provide you with valuable advice about the rest of your stay. Length of activity: half a day. Our guide will wait for you at the airport, at the customs exit gate, and will take you to your hotel from there. The price of transport from the airport to hotels for your guide and for you are not included in the price of the visit (roughly 25€ from Narita and 9€ from Haneda). All our guides are bilingual English speakers.

Tokyo - Guided Day Tour (same price package for 1-5 people)

Your Optional Excursions
Enjoy a guided day with one of the locals! Example of visits: Visit Meiji-jing shrine in the centre of Tokyo and Harajuku. Then explore Shinjuku, its garden and the Government Building for a breathtaking view. Meals, transportation and site entrance charges for you and the guide are not included in the price (Guide meals, guide transportation and guide site entrance fees: roughly 25€/activity). All our guides are bilingual English speakers.

Hakone / Mt Fuji - Private Onsen in your room (traditional Japanese bath)

Your Optional Excursions
Like all traditional accommodation in Japan, the ryokan offered at the Hakone Mont Fuji has single-gender Japanese collective baths (onsen) used also as bathrooms (no bathroom nor toilets in the room for 3* ryokans). By choosing this option, you will enjoy a traditional bath, bathroom and toilets in your room. Recommended for mixed couples, families, modest people or people with clearly visible tattoos.

Visit of a sake brewery and sake tasting in Kyoto (3 hours)

Your Optional Excursions
Discover all the secrets of sake, traditional Japanese alcohol (15 degrees, different from the Chinese sake well-known in Europe) in the city of Kyoto. You will start with a visit of a sake brewery where you will see the traditional brewing processes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Then, during a tasting session with experts, you will learn about the unique characteristics of the different varieties of sake. Finally, you will taste traditional Japanese "otsumami" snacks and discover how the taste of sake can completely change when combined with different dishes. 

Included in the price: Snacks and drinks, entrance fees to the distillery and museum, tasting of 10 different sake. In English only.

Kyoto - Guided Day Tour

Your Optional Excursions

Enjoy a guided day with one of the local! Example of visits: Explore Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion). Then it's onto Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and the Gion district. Meals, transportation and site entrance charges for you and the guide are not included in the price (Guide meals, guide transportation and guide site entrance fees: roughly 25€/activity). All the guides are bilingual in English and French. Spanish or Italian depending on availability.

Kyoto - Geishas District Evening Walk (same price package for 1 to 5 people)

Your Optional Excursions
Enjoy walking with a guide in this amazing historical area at night (Around 1h 30, from 7pm to 8.30pm). All our guides are bilingual in English. French, Italian or Spanish depending on availability. Max 10 people group.

Kyoto - Tea Ceremony (45 minutes)

Your Optional Excursions
Try out one of the most well-known Japanese traditions in an authentic district of Kyoto! This tea ceremony is a true Japanese ritual with a tea master showing you how to make and to taste Japanese green tea or matcha. English only. Max 12 people group. 45 minutes.

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: A transfer from Tokyo airport (Narita or Haneda) by Limousine Bus is included along with a transfer directly from your hotel in Kyoto to Osaka Kansai Airport by airport shuttle.

The shared limousine bus shuttle is a shared shuttle that leaves the airport and stops either in front of your hotel or at a stop located between 1 and 15 minutes walk from your hotel. Detailed explanations in your travelogue with pictures.

This transfer is not a private transfer with reception. If you wish to be met personally at the airport you can choose the "Airport Welcome" option.

In rare cases, depending on the arrival time of your flight, it may be possible that in case of unavailability of the limousine bus, a public transport trip, the price of which is included in the offer, will be offered.
Detailed explanations of the itinerary with pictures in your travelogue. Transfer directly from your hotel in Kyoto to Osaka Kansai Airport by airport shuttle

Please note: In case of an extension before and/or after the tour booked on your side, we will not be able to provide you with the airport transfer included in the tour.

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.

Japan Rail Pass: On the 8-night tour you will have a Hakone Free Pass included in your stay. For all other offers, a 7-day Japan Rail Pass is included on all offers to enable you to travel by train and shinkansen through your trip steps.


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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


For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required please visit and

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:

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 10 am

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, 12 or 14 nights in 3* or 4* including ryokan (traditional Japanese accommodation)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • One Japanese traditional dinner in the ryokan in Hakone Mt. Fuji
  • Complimentary mini-travel guide (sent by email 20 days before departure, giving details about your different trip steps (transport between hotels, touristic spots, trains timetable)
  • 24-hour English and Japanese speaking bilingual phone support
  • Hakone Free Pass for tour of 8-nights
  • 7 day Japan Rail Pass for tour of 10, 12 or 14-nights
  • Shared transfer from Tokyo airport (Narita or Haneda) by Limousine Bus
  • Shuttle transfer directly from your hotel in Kyoto to Osaka Kansai Airport

Included on Japan Rail Pass

  • 8 nights tour: Hakone Free Pass - Shinkansen and local train journey between Tokyo and Hakone, approximately 1 hours, and all the transportation in Hakone; Local train and shinkansen journey between Hakone and Kyoto, approximately 3 hours.
  • 10, 12 and 14 nights tours: Japan Rail Pass 7 days - Train journey from Tokyo to Odawara by Shinkansen (fast train) (45min), from where you can reach Hakone - Mount Fuji (extra 15 minutes, not included: 2,5€/person); Train journey between Odawara/Hakone and Takayama by Shinkansen and express train, approximately 4h; Train journey from Takayama to Kanazawa by express trains, approximately 2h30; Train journey from Kanazawa to Kyoto by express train, approximately 2h30; Other JR train you would like to use during the validity of the pass (for example: some day trip outside Tokyo or Kyoto, like Hiroshima (1h45 from Kyoto), Nara (1h from Kyoto), Kamakura (1h from Tokyo) or Nikko (1h45 from Tokyo)

Please note: It is not necessary to have a Japan Rail Pass that covers the whole duration of your stay. Indeed, it is only profitable if it is used for long journeys between the different steps of the stay (especially by Shinkansen) which are very expensive. In large cities like Tokyo, not all public transports are covered by the Japan Rail Pass and trains are relatively cheap. Thus, providing you with a Japan Rail Pass lasting more than 7 days would not be profitable but, on the contrary, would significantly increase the cost of your journey.

The Japan Rail Pass is a special train pass for foreign tourists visiting Japan. It includes the use of all trains operated by Japan Railways, more than 20,000km of railways throughout Japan including the Shinkansen Bullet Trains (except for certain high-speed “Nozomi” and “Mizuho” trains). This allows you to access the vast majority of tourist attractions from the North to the South of Japan, on the 4 main islands for days your pass is valid. What you receive is an official voucher that you will have to exchange it at a JR office (which can be found at major airports and JR stations), once you have arrived in Japan, you will need your passport to exchange the voucher. At the time of the exchange, you will have to provide a date for when you want your JR Pass to be activated. This date must be within 30 days after the exchange.

With your JR Pass you can go anywhere you want on the Japan Railways railroad network. With the JR Pass, booking is not an obligation and any non-reserved (and available) seat can be occupied upon presentation of your Japan Rail Pass. You can also reserve a seat without additional charges by going to a travel service centre or JR ticket office (“Midori no madoguchi”) before taking the train. Simply show your Japan Rail Pass and you can get a seat ticket.

The following train journeys will be covered by Japan Rail Pass:
- Train journey from Tokyo to Odawara by Shinkansen (fast train) (45min), from where you can reach Hakone - Mount Fuji (extra 15 minutes, not included: 2,5€/person).
- Train journey between Odawara/Hakone and Takayama by Shinkansen and express train, approximately 4h.
- Train journey from Takayama to Kanazawa by express trains, approximately 2h30. 
- Train journey from Kanazawa to Kyoto by express train, approximately 2h30.
- Other JR train you would like to use during the validity of the pass (for example: some day trip outside Tokyo or Kyoto, like Hiroshima (1h45 from Kyoto), Nara (1h from Kyoto), Kamakura (1h from Tokyo) or Nikko (1h45 from Tokyo).

The Japan Rail Pass does not cover:
- Subway and buses in Tokyo and Kyoto (you can pay by prepaid transportation card, with already ¥1,500 provided, optional)
- Private lines (that are not JR)
- Transfer station <-> hotels (by foot, bus, taxis or subway)
- Nozomi and Mizuho very quick Shinkansen
- Train journeys done outside of pass validity

Starting May 2020, large luggages needs pre-booking (free of charge, at the station) to be carried in all Japanese Shinkansen trains. If such pre-booking is not done, you will need to pay 1000¥ (8€) per luggage. Low availability though. Hotel to Hotel luggage delivery also exist (to be booked with hotel receptions). Details in your travelogue.

Not Included

  • Personal expenditure, such as not mentioned meals/drinks or touristic sports entrance fees
  • Public transportation inside cities (prepaid transportation card in option)
  • Kyoto and Kanazawa city tourist accommodation tax (200¥ (about 1.50€/night/person))
  • Insurance
  • Options
  • Everything that isn't mentioned in 'What's Included?'

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.

The Voyage Privé Promise

  • A unique selection of high-end accommodation
  • Exclusive perks and discounts of up to -70%
  • Member services team available 7 days per week
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Carefully selected travel offers

Our offers are distinguished by their quality and the level of their services.

- Curated offers carefully selected by our travel experts.

- We are world recognised in the tourism industry.

- We are constantly improving the quality of our offers, thanks to on-going feedback from our members.

Exclusive prices and discounts of up to -70%

Our flash sales guarantee our members the best rates on the market.

- The 7-day flash sales can be extended or restocked in exceptional circumstances, when we have the opportunity to offer more available dates.

- We negotiate the best rates thanks to our highly regarded reputation and our evergrowing database of members.

- An exclusive discount based on the reference price provided by our partners and suppliers (maximum price advertised for a room and board basis, on a specific time period), guaranteed by means of contract for each sale.

- We offer reliable, responsive, high-quality service.

Quality service: informative, reliable & responsive

Our goal: to provide members with a unique and unforgettable travel experience.

- A simple, inspiring and innovative service, both on your computer and your mobile.

- On-site professional support for your queries.

- Our Customer Service team are available 7 days a week to support you before, during and after your trip.

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