Self Drive Tour of The Japanese Alps - Tokyo - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • Escape to Japan for an incredible self-driven tour.
  • Visit Tokyo, Kyoto and a range of other outstanding destinations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in Japanese culture.
  • You will stay in a range of 3* hotels during your trip, with many optional extras available along the way!

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Your Destinations

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.
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Kawaguchi is located in the border of Fujikawaguchiko and Minobu, in the southern Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. It is the second largest of the five Fuji Lakes in terms of surface area, and is located at the lowest elevation.
Matsumoto
Matsumoto Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Japan, making for an especially enjoyable cultural day out. Enjoy strolling around the pretty, laid back streets of this mountain town, and make sure to visit the Wasabi firm in the North.
Takayama
Established as a castle town in the 16th century, Takayama has retained its unique charm to the present day. Sights include the Sanmachi district of traditional buildings, the bustling morning markets and dozens of museums, galleries and traditional craft shops. Situated in the Japan Alps, this small city offers wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and is a good base for exploring the Hida region. 
Kanazawa
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. 
Kyoto
Kyoto is where you will find the Japan of silent temples nestling in bamboo groves, gardens of finely raked sand and bewitching geisha. This city is home to over 2,000 temples and shrines, exquisite crafts and some of the best cuisine in the country. In short, Kyoto is the heartbeat of traditional Japan. Not to be missed are Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji and Kiyomizu temples, although be aware that these do become crowded. For a more peaceful, intimate temple experience we recommend the temple complex of Daitoku-ji, in particular Daisen-in sub-temple, and the Arashiyama area to the west of the city.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Tokyo

Arrival to the Tokyo airport, transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Tokyo

 

Day 2 : Tokyo

Free day to visit Tokyo. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

 

Day 3 : Tokyo

Free day to visit Tokyo. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

 

Day 4 : Tokyo- Kawaguchi Lake - Kofu

Collecting of the vehicle in the center-city and heading for Kawaguchi Lake for admiring there the famous Mount Fuji. Driving to Kofu afterwards. Overnight stay in Kofu region.

 

Day 5 : Kofu-Matsumoto – Okuhida Onsen

Departure to the North to Matsumoto in order to visit one of the most beautiful Japanese castles and a wasabi firm. Then, heading towards Okuhida Onsen. Night in a Ryokan in the region of Okuhida Onsen.

 

Day 6 : Okuhida-Takayama-Kanazawa

Road in a small town of Takayama that keeps an amazing temple. Sightseeing and going on to Kanazawa with a recommended stop in order to visit wonderful Shirakawago villages being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Kanazawa region.

 

Day 7 : Kanazawa-Kyoto

Sightseeing in Kanazawa with a possible stop near Fukui cliffs. The final step of your trip involves driving to Kyoto, where you will hand over the vehicle. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

 

Days 8 - 10 : Kyoto

Free days to visit Kyoto. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

 

Day 11 : Kyoto – France

Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

 

 

2 NIGHTS EXTENSION:

+1 Night in Tokyo and +1 Night in Kyoto

 

Note : between 2 and 4 driving hours per day.

Travel Suggestions

Tokyo
Start your trip smoothly by visiting the famous and peaceful Meiji Jingu shrine, and walk through the Takeshita Dori. You could take a walk afterwards in the traditional districts of the city, such as Asakusa and Ueno, or opt for the craziest video games in Akihabara.

Kawaguchi Lake
Rent electric bicycles in order to go around the lake and take in the best views of Mount Fuji. Alternatively, you could also take a little boat and admire this miracle from the lake.


Matsumoto
Visit an impressive, very well preserved and incredible famous Matsumoto castle also called “the Crow Castle”. You can also find numerous thermal stations in the area around to take a relaxing bath. Why not take a stroll at the Wasabi firm which can be found to the North.

Okuhida Onsen
In the very heart of the Japanese Alps, Okuhida Onsen is a little village perfect for a halt to breathe in the fresh air of the mountains and bask in the hot Onsen springs. This step just can’t be missed if you want to get a deeper insight into Japanese culture: spend a night in Ryokan, an authentic Japanese inn, where you can enjoy a Zen moment and taste a delicious traditional meal.

Takayama
Discover the “little Kyoto of the Alps” starting in the Shiroyama Park and going on to Higashiyama Teramachi in order to admire its temples and shrines. You could continue afterwards with an ancient governor's residence Takayama Jinya and Nakabashi Bridge. Spend some time in one of the hot springs Tochio, Fukuji onsen or Hirayu, and enjoy breathtaking landscapes ideal for pleasant strolls.

Shirakawago
This region and Gokayama’s region have several villages known for their authenticity and the style of their thatched houses. Ogimachi is the best known and it offers art and craft museums. Take the day to visit these villages and dive into another era, while admiring the beautiful mountainous landscapes of the Japanese Alps.


Kanazawa
Be charmed by the old-fashioned perfume of this city : small streets of character, a castle, and the Kenrokuen garden create an atmosphere of another era. Kanazawa is also renowned for its crafts. Here is the opportunity to discover the silk kimonos, ceramics, or Wajima lacquers of Japan.

Kyoto
Start with a zen walk in the bamboo field of Arashiyama, and visit the Tenryu ji temple. Enjoy plenty of sightseeing in the centre, especially in the Gion district where you can find the wonderful Geishas. Don’t miss the Nishiki market, famous for its impressive size, and the diverse type of food that you can find there!

 

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Your Hotels

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During your stay you will be accommodated at the following 3* hotels on a Bed and Breakfast Board Basis. 

Just For You: A traditional dinner at the Okada Ryokan Warakutei 3* in order to taste true Japanese cuisine.


Tokyo: Agora Place Asakusa 3*

Yamanashi : Chisun Inn Kofu Isawa 3*

Okuhida Onsen: Okada Ryokan Warakutei 3* (Half Board Dining - excludes drinks)

Kanazawa: Route Inn Kanazawa Ekimae 3*

Kyoto: The B Kyoto Sanjo 3*

Please note: For technical reasons, hotels might be changed to lodgings of a similar nature and status. and steps may be reversed.

Please note: some dining outlets/menu items and premium, branded and international drinks may not be included and may incur a surcharge payable locally.  Meals, snacks and drinks may be available at selected times only

Please Note: *Any special request concerning a room type (double bed/separated beds) will be treated according to the availability and additional payment may be demanded.

Optional Extras

Our members can choose to add a range of optional extras at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee. This extras include:

Shopping in Tokyo
Spend some time flitting from one neon-signed shop to another in Tokyo's vast and fabulous shopping centre, befitting the capital of the world's second-largest economy. Shopping in Tokyo mirrors the eclectic style of the city around you: high-end fashion and  traditional crafts, posh boutiques and gleaming department stores...nowhere does old & new like Tokyo!

Excursion in Nikko (from Tokyo)
This excursion will take you to some of Nikko's must sees: Toshogu Shrine, the magnificent Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji. This option is the perfect way to enjoy the nature and legacy of Nikko. The trip will take approximately 4hrs&  includes lunch, a tour guide & transport via minibus.

Sushi workshop (Tokyo)
Your sushi workshop starts early in the afternoon, learn to make different types of Sushi’s (Nigiri, Inari, Hosomaki and California roll). Make your favourite Sushi’s and then take time to taste them with a traditional Miso soup! (from 13:30 to 16:30)

Kyoto by bike
Discover the cultural capital of Japan via bike. Start with an idyllic trip along the Kamo River & head towards the impressive Nanzenji Temple, one of the most important Zen temples in the country. You then continue on the Promenade of the Philosopher lined with cherry trees. Finally, you return to the station of Kyoto along a beautiful canal with ancient tea houses

Excursion to Kamakura

You leave Tokyo and head for Kamakura by bus in order to visit the famous Kotokuin Temple, where the Great Buddha statue is hidden, and Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine afterwards. After a small break to take a cup of Japanese green tea you have time to explore the beautiful bamboo forest at Hokoku-ji Temple.

Departure is at 9am from the Bus Hamamatsucho terminal (the bus can pick you up from other meeting points).

Excursion in Nara
Spend the morning in Nara & discover the famous Todaiji temple, the deer park and the Kofukuji temple. Most tours are on foot (about 4/5 km walk). 

Maiko Show with Dinner Included in Kyoto (Drinks Excluded)
Immerse yourself in Japan's unique culture when your opt to enhance your trip with this optional excursion.  Watch the famously elegant Maiko dances then take some photos with the elaborately styled dancers, take part in traditional games and treat yourself to a delicious traditional meal...

Your Journey through Japan

Flights: 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.

Car Hire: Car hire is included in this offer. (flight inclusive offers only)

Distance from Tokyo Airport to Agora Place Asakusa 3*: 25 km / 26 minutes.
Distance from The B Kyoto Sanjo 3* to Osaka Airport: 54 km /49 minutes.

Please note: hotels may change as noted above.

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 click here.

Please note that the advice can change and consumers should continue to check it until they travel.

What's Included?

  • - 9 or 11 nights in 3* accommodation with breakfast (we cannot guarantee a double or a twin bed**)
  • - 1 night in Ryokan half-board without drinks
  • - Shared transfer airport/hotel/airport
  • - Car rental during 4 days (collected in the center of Tokyo and delivered in the center of Kyoto, unlimited km) : P2 (Toyota Ractis ou similaire) for 2 passengers, P3 (Toyota Corolla ou similaire) for 3 passengers, Minivan (Toyota Isis ou similaire) for 4 passengers
  • - Return costs
  • - Insurance with a deductible covering physical or material injury and damage to the vehicle
  • - Japanese translation of the main driver’s license
  • - Pocket Wifi

Not Included

  • - International flights France/Tokyo and Osaka/France
  • - Airport charges
  • - Non-mentioned meals and drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • - Visit and entrance fees of non-mentioned sites
  • - Expenses for the vehicle (fuel costs, parking tickets, contraventions and penalties, tolls etc)
  • - Compensation costs in the case of immobilisation of the vehicle for reparation, cleaning or any other service for more than 24 hours (20,000 JPY if the vehicle is returned to the agency, 50,000 JPY if the vehicle needs repair services)
  • - Optional supplemental insurance

Car Hire

Please note you cannot be guaranteed a specific make of car within a certain group.
The minimum age for driving a hire car in Japan is 21 and drivers must have held a full driving licence for a least 1 year.

The lead name on the booking will be confirmed as the named driver.  The named driver must present a credit card in their name when collecting the car (credit cards in other names will not be accepted).

The named driver must also present a full valid driving licence on collection of the vehicle and in some cases a credit card or cash deposit will be required.

Please ensure that you check your car hire documents carefully once received as this will advise if there are any taxes/charges to be paid locally as well as potential mileage restrictions.

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.

Travel Documents

Flight Inclusive Offers
You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.
Please check all details on this confirmation are correct.  If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

The airline is ticketless and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents.  You will however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

Please do make sure that you either add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

If by any chance you have not received all the above by this time, please contact us at customer.relations@voyageprive.com

Accommodation Only
You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct.  If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

Important Information

Please note that 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.

Please note: 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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