The Best of Japan Tour 3*/4* - Tokyo - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • Discover Japan with this trip combining the most beautiful natural and cultural wonders of the country.
  • Our members can choose between 3* and 4* accomodation throughout their stay!
  • On this amazing tour, visit the must-see sites of the Land of the Rising Sun, but also some hidden treasures - Tokyo, Takayama, Hiroshima, Japanese Alps, Kanazawa & Kyoto await!

Your Itinerary In Brief

Throughout the duration of your private tour, you will have the unique opportunity to explore some of Japan's cultural and historic highlights, as well as witnessing the magnificent landscapes and natural beauty this country has to offer. Choose from 8 or 11 nights, or opt to make the adventure last a little bit longer with the 14-night option to include visits to Kanazawa and Takayama.

 

During their tour, our members will follow the itinerary as seen below. 

 

8 nights:

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo

Day 4: Kyoto

Day 5: Kyoto

Day 6: Kyoto

Day 7: Hiroshima

Day 8: Hiroshima

Day 9: Tokyo

Day 10: Tokyo - Departure

 

11 nights:

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo

Day 4: Tokyo

Day 5: Kyoto

Day 6: Kyoto

Day 7: Kyoto

Day 8: Hiroshima

Day 9: Hiroshima

Day 10: Kanazawa

Day 11: Tokyo

Day 12: Tokyo - Departure

 

14 nights:

Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo

Day 4: Tokyo

Day 5: Tokyo

Day 6: Kyoto

Day 7: Kyoto

Day 8: Kyoto

Day 9: Hiroshima

Day 10: Hiroshima

Day 11: Kanazawa

Day 12 : Kanazawa

Day 13 : Takayama

Day 14: Takayama

Day 15: Tokyo - Departure

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - 2: Arrival - Tokyo

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Fly into Narita or Haneda airport. Covered by Voyage Privé.

 

Day 2: Tokyo

Upon your arrival, meet your transfer to Tokyo to check-in at your hotel. There is an option to be welcomed by a guide to help with your arrival and transfer. This can be added onto your booking at the next booking stage.

 

Day 3 - 6, 7 or 8: Tokyo - Kyoto

Day 3: Tokyo

Free day to explore Tokyo. Overnight in Tokyo.

Our suggestions:

  • 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 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8: Kyoto

Take the Shinkansen to Kyoto (about 2 hours 30 minutes and covered by your rail pass) and check-in to your hotel. Free day to explore Kyoto, before a guided walk in Gion, the historic geisha district, at nightfall for around 1 hour 30 minutes with an English speaking guide. Overnight in Kyoto. Free time to discover everything Kyoto has to offer. 

Our suggestions:

  • 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:

  • Visit the beautiful wild deer of Nara, covered by the Japan Rail Pass (30 to 45 minutes), before discovering the Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine and its thousands of vermilion torii gates on your way back to Kyoto. 

Day 7-8,9 or 10: Kyoto - Hiroshima

Day 7, 8, 9 or 10: Hiroshima 

Enjoy a 2-hour Shinkansen journey to Hiroshima, covered by your Japan Rail Pass. Arrival at your hotel and check-in. The city of Hiroshima is known because of the nuclear bombings on 6th August 1945. The city has imposed its faith in the future and has become a symbol of peace.

Don’t miss:

  • The Peace Memorial and its museum
  • Ikari-jinja sanctuary
  • Sukkei-en garden

 

Discover Miyajima, also accessible from Hiroshima:

  • Itsukushima-jinja sanctuary and its ootorii. Note that since June 2019, the Miyajima Torii has been under construction until an undetermined date.
  • Momijidani park
  • Daishô-in temple
  • The Treasure Pavilion, Homotsukan
  • The five-storey pagoda Gojû-no-tô
  • Egami House

Day 10, 11, 12 or 13: Kanazawa - Takayama (11 or 14-night option)

Day 10, 11 or 12: Kanazawa (11 or 14-night tour option)

Transfer to Hiroshima station (not included), and catch the Shinkansen and express train journey to Kanazawa, which will take approximately 4 hours, covered by your Japan Rail Pass. Arrival at your hotel and check in. Free day for you to explore Kanazawa.

 

Our suggestions:

  • 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.

 

Day 13: Takayama (14-night tour option)

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel in Kanazawa before transfering to Kanazawa station (not included). Take the Shinkansen and local train journey to Takayama, approximately 2 hours, covered by your Japan Rail Pass. Arrival at your hotel and check in.

 

Takayama is famous for being an area of skilled woodwork artists. During the Edo Period, Takayama was controlled by the shogun, whom of which managed to generate fortune for the city. Currently in the heart of Takayama, there is a preserved merchant street that continues to sell its beautiful crafts. Inside this small village is a blossoming culture and gorgeous views to see.

 

Our Suggestions:

  • 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

 

Day 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15: Tokyo

Day 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15: Tokyo

 

Breakfast in your hotel in Kanazawa (11-night tour option) or Takayama (14-night tour option).

Trip to Tokyo from Kanazawa by Shinkansen (11-night tour option, approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, covered by your Japan Rail Pass).

Trip to Tokyo from Takayama by express train and Shinkansen (14-night tour option, approximately 4 hours, covered by your Japan Rail Pass). Arrival at your hotel and check in before a free day and evening to explore Tokyo. 

Limousine Bus transfer from Tokyo to Narita or Haneda airport, depending on your return flight home (included).

Your Tour Hotels

Maximum room capacity

For this trip to Japan you will have the choice between 3* hotels or 4* hotels. At each stage you will put your suitcases in a Twin Room

 

In Japan, where everything is smaller than in other countries, 3* hotels are often very good quality, but the rooms are smaller (12 to 16 m2 for twin rooms). To upgrade your comfort, select the 4* option. Some hotels will offer one room for 3 people, others one twin room and a single room. 

 

3* Hotels:

Tokyo: Hotel B Akasaka Mitsuke or similiar

Kyoto: New Hotel Tsugu 京都三条 or similiar

Hiroshima: Intergate Hiroshima or similiar

Kanazawa: Hotel Kaname Inn Tatemachi or similiar

Takayama: Best Western Takayama or similiar

 

4* hotels:

Tokyo: Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similiar

Kyoto: Hotel The General Kyoto or similiar

Hiroshima: Hotel Rihga Hotel Hiroshima or similiar

Kanazawa: Hotel Hyatt Centric or similiar

Takayama: Hotel Wat Hotel & Spa Hida Takayama or similiar

 

Please note that in case of a single supplement, it will be applied in all accommodations. In case of a group booking (more than 4 people), we cannot guarantee that all members will be at the same hotel, but they will be near.

 

Your Board Basis

Throughout the tour, you will enjoy a meal plan according to the program. For the 3* option, breakfasts are only included in Hiroshima, Kanazawa and Takayama. For the 4* option, breakfasts are included throughout.

Your Included Excursions

Kyoto - Geishas District Evening Walk

Your Included Excursions

Enjoy walking with a guide in this amazing historical area at night (Around 1h 30, from 7pm to 8.30pm). 

Your Optional Excursions

A night in a traditional Japanese Ryokan with dinner & breakfast

Enjoy a totally authentic experience staying overnight at traditional accommodation (Ryokan Ryoso Kawaguchi), with dinner and Japanese breakfast included. This night will take place on the island of Miyajima itself, 35 minutes from Hiroshima by train and then boat (both included in the JR Pass). It will replace your first night in Hiroshima. You will sleep on comfortable futons placed on the tatami mat. As is customary in ryokans in Japan, the “onsen” bathroom is shared (non-mixed). However, each room has a toilet and sink.

Tokyo - Guided Day Tour

Your Optional Excursions

Take advantage of a day-long guide to discover the modern Japanese capital. Example of a route: Visit the Meiji-jingu shrine in its wooded setting in the center of Tokyo, and Harajuku, the unusual fashion district. Visit Shinjuku, its garden and the Government Building for a breathtaking view of the city. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation at 9 am, to show you around his city until 5 pm. The price of the day does not include meals, transport and any paid entries for yourself. We will do our best to guarantee you an activity in French, English or Spanish. However, for the sake of the availability of our guides, we can offer you this activity in English if necessary.

Kyoto - Guided Day Tour

Benefit from a guide for the day to discover the ancient Japanese capital. Example of a route: Visit to Nijo Castle, the first residence of the Tokugawa shogun, inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List, then to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. Visit of Ginkakuji, the Silver Pavilion, a Unesco heritage site, and stroll through the traditional district of Gion. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 9 a.m., to show you around his city until 5 p.m. The price of the day does not include meals, transport and any paid entries for yourself. We will do our best to guarantee you an activity in French, English or Spanish. However, for the sake of the availability of our guides, we can offer you this activity in English if necessary.

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.

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.

A night in a traditional Japanese Ryokan with dinner & breakfast

Enjoy a totally authentic experience by staying overnight at traditional accommodation (ryokan Iwaso or equivalent), with dinner and Japanese breakfast included. This night will take place on the island of Miyajima itself, 35 minutes from Hiroshima by train and then boat (both included in the JR Pass). It will replace your first night in Hiroshima. You will sleep on either comfortable futons or western beds in a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms and toilets of the 4 * ryokans are private. A non-mixed collective onsen is also at your disposal. It is quite possible to take this 4 * ryokan option if the rest of your offer is in 3 *.

Hiroshima and Miyajima Island Guided Private Tour

Your Optional Excursions

Example route: Peace museum, A-bomb park, then departure to the sacred island of Miyajima (35 min from Hiroshima by train + small boat). After touring the island, the guide will come back with you to Hiroshima or drop you off on the island (depending on your choice) Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 9am, to show you around his area until 5pm. The price of the day does not include transport, meals and any paid entries for yourself. Private English speaking guide. On rare occasions, especially in very high season, an English-speaking guide can be offered to you.

Your Included Services

24 hour telephone assistance

Your Included Services

In French, English or Japanese.

1 Japan Rail Pass

Enjoy a Japan Rail Pass for transport between the different stops on the tour.

Your Destination

Your Destination

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. 

In More Detail

Please find practical information about your trip
This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Pets are not allowed.
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.

Room Information: the bed for the 3rd/4th guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed.

Restaurant Information: 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.

 

Good to Know: 

Avoid iced drinks in street restaurants/stalls and tap water

Do not leave valuables objects (jewellery, iPad, laptop, mobile phones ...) and money in the car. It's better to take them with you whenever you get out of your vehicle.

What's included in the Best Of Japan Tour:

8, 11 or 14 nights in 3* or 4* hotels as per the itinerary

Meals included as per the itinerary: Breakfasts in Hiroshima, Kanazawa and Takayama

Return airport transfers and other transportation included as per itinerary (with flight-inclusive bookings)

A guided night walk in the geisha district in Kyoto 

1 Japan Rail Pass (sent by mail 20 days before departure)

1 mini travel guide (sent by mail 20 days before departure)

Access to 24-hour English-speaking helpline

 

What's not included:

Personal expenses

Meals not included as per itinerary 

Entrance fees

Public transportation inside cities (option to add a prepaid transportation card at the next stage of the booking process)

Private train lines that are not JR and included in the rail pass

Train journeys taken outside the rail pass validity

Kyoto and Kanazawa city tax (about €1.50 per person per night)

Insurance

Options and excursions

 

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.

 

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

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.

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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.

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