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Japan Romance Tour Package by Explorient

A Private Japan Tour – Tokyo, Kamakura, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Gero, Kyoto, Nara

11 Days / 10 Nights – Tour Code (JPR)

Departs Daily


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Experience the true essence of Japan like no other with this romantic, awe-inspiring Journey that promises memories of a lifetime. This tour features both the must-sees and the hidden gems of Japan with an exotic mix of electric cosmopolitan vibes, alluring natural beauty and heart-warming culture – all with our signature private service to ensure you experience Japan to the absolute fullest – Your Way.

Your introduction to Japan begins by touching down the world’s most modern city – Tokyo. Its contrasts between the old and the new, the traditional and eclectic make Tokyo an exciting place for travelers to visit the world over. Here, explore the city’s top spots including the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, the dazzling Sensoji Temple and its colorful Nakamise shopping street, the sacred Meiji Jingu Shrine, plus a chance to get a bird’s eye view of Tokyo atop the country’s newest architectural marvel – Tokyo SkyTree. We also journey beyond the bright lights to beautiful Kamakura, a heritage town about one hour outside Tokyo famed for its Hasedera Temple & Great Buddha.

After a few days of excitement in Tokyo, embark on a time journey to one of Japan’s most romantic regions, Gifu, known for its traditional culture and sleepy atmosphere reminiscent of the ancient Edo period. Here, we soak up the tranquil atmosphere of Takayama, a castle town of old wooden houses and cobbled alleyways that instantly captivates the visitor, as well as a visit to Shirakawa-go, a small rustic village and UNESCO World Heritage Site of traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses with a 250 year history. Next, proceed to Gero. Affectionately known by locals as one of the most beautiful Onsen (hot spring) destinations, Gero rewards to visitor with its sensational Onsen spas, pristine natural setting and fabulous Ryokans of beautiful gardens and incomparable hospitality.

Your journey continues to the ancient capital of Kyoto, where you’ll enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride through the back streets of Kyoto dotted with spectacular shrines and imposing temples to truly immerse in its unsurpassed charm, fascinating Japanese culture and omnipresent spirituality. In addition, we take a trip to another ancient capital, Nara, catching a glimpse of its remarkable Todaiji Temple famed for being the world’s largest wooden building that houses the country’s largest Buddha statue, Deer Park where over 1,000 free roaming deer abound, and Kasuga Taisha, one of the most celebrated Shrines in all of Japan.

From Tokyo’s towering SkyTree to Shirakawa-go’s rustic wooden villages, Gero’s soothing hot-springs to Kyoto’s Imperial castles and architectural masterpieces – this is a journey that goes beyond the imagination.


TOUR OVERVIEW

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights deluxe hotel accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel Breakfasts Daily
  • Extensive sightseeing by private guide per itinerary
    Seven (7) Day Japan Rail Pass (Tourist Class)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Separate Baggage Transfer between Tokyo and Kyoto

TOKYO (4 nights)

  • 4 nights at Cerulean Tower Hotel
  • Full day Private walking tour of Tokyo via use of public transportation
  • Full-day Private excursion to Kamakura

TAKAYAMA (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan Ryokan | Hidatei Hanaougi Ryokan
  • Full Day Private Walking Tour of Takayama and Shirakawa-go

GERO (1 night)

  • 1 night at Sumeikan Ryokan | Yunoshimakan Ryokan
  • Traditional Japanese Dinner at Ryokan

KYOTO (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Hyatt Regency Kyoto | Ryoan Kazuki
  • Half day Private of Kyoto by bicycle
  • Half Day Private Walking Tour of Nara
  • Departure transfers to airport in Osaka (Itami or Kansai) by join shuttle van

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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival, be met by an airport representative and transferred to your hotel by reserved private taxi.

Day 2 Tokyo
Today, enjoy a full day walking tour of Tokyo accompanied by your private guide (using public transportation). Visits include Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, the revered Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple and its colorful Nakamise Shopping Arcade, and the awe-inspiring Tokyo SkyTree, the highest self standing tower in the world. Includes lunch at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Day 3 Tokyo (Kamakura)
Today, travel outside the city to the ancient town of Kamakura. Surrounded by hills and a long beach, Kamakrua is one of the Japan’s most beautiful cities. Your tour includes the visits to several Buddhist temples in the town including Hasedera Temple, home of the Great Buddha, several Zen Buddhism temples and their beautiful Japanese Gardens. Return to Tokyo in the afternoon. (B)

Day 4 Tokyo
Full day at leisure to shop and explore Tokyo. (B)

Day 5 Tokyo / Takayama
Proceed by Shinkansen (Bullet Train) for Takayama, a quaint little town nestled in the Japan Alps. Upon arrival at Takayama Station, transfer to your hotel on your own (by taxi or by foot). Enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure to relax and soak up this heritage town’s serene atmosphere and timeless traditions. (B) ***Passengers are to transfer between cities on own arrangements. No Guide Service Provided***

Day 6 Takayama (Shirakawa-go)
Today you will take a guided tour with a local guide to the beautifully preserved old town of Takayama and the UNESCO site Shirakawa-go village. Start the day with a visit to the bustling morning market along the Miyagawa River in the old town lined with local crafts and farm products. Take a walk in the district called San-machi Suji, the traditional home of Takayama merchants and sake brewers, which has been preserved in almost exactly the same state as 200 or 300 years ago. Visit the Takayama Jinya that served as the former local government office headed by the officials dispatched from Edo. In the afternoon catch the bus to Shirakawa-go region. Your guide will show you around the village, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some dating 250 years back. Gassho-zukkuri translates as ‘Praying Hands’, as the farmhouses’ steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer, and are designed to withstand the heavy snows which fall in the region. Return to Takayama for your overnight accommodation. (B)

Day 7 Takayama / Gero
Proceed by rail (approx. 45 min.) to Gero on your own. Check-in at the renown Suimeikan Onsen Resort located just 3 minutes by foot from Gero Station. A traditional Japanese Dinner is served at the Ryokan. (B,D) ***No Guide Service Provided***

Day 8 Gero / Kyoto
After breakfast at the resort, proceed by rail to Kyoto. Upon arrival, bet met at Kyoto Station and transferred to your hotel by taxi. (B)

Day 9 Kyoto
This morning, enjoy an invigorating biked ride through several of Kyoto’s famous sights. Your tour includes visits to the Golden pavilion, which is the most famous tourist spot; Ryoan temple, home of the most famous rock garden; and Arashiyama famed for its bamboo forest. At the end of the tour, you will make your way back to Kyoto by local train on your own. Balance of the afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 10 Kyoto (Nara)
This morning, we travel to the outskirts of Kyoto to Nara, Japan’s first Capital from 710-784 A.D. and yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the awe-inspiring Todaiji Temple famed for being the world’s largest wooden building that houses the country’s largest Buddha statue, Deer Park where over 1,000 free roaming deer abound, and Kasuga Taisha, one of the most celebrated Shrines in all of Japan. (B)

Day 11 Depart Kyoto
Transfer to Itami or Kansai Airport by shuttle van for your departure flight home. (B)

***End of Program***

PRICE CHART

2017 Price Chart (Prices valid through December 18, 2017)
Daily Departures Twin Sharing
January – February 5,025
March – April 5,325
May – July 5,125
August 5,325
September 5,125
October – November 5,375
December 5,125
Tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Price is per person, based on double occupancy and minimum of 2 passengers
  • Price includes entrance fees, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes all airfares, personal expenses and beverages
  • Tour commences in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto.
  • Peak Season Surcharge for stays in Kyoto applies for the following:
    • March 20 – April 15: Add $75 per person, per night to APRIL price
    • November 14 – December 6: Add $75 per person, per night to November price
  • Blackout dates apply during Japan Golden Week (Apr. 29-May 6), December Holiday period and other Japan National holidays
  • Tour prices are based on travel completing within the above said period. Due to hotel rate differences, proration of tour price may be required for travel spanning two calendar months. Contact us for details.
  • All sightseeing on private basis utilizing public transport
  • All services are subject to availability at time of reservation


 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Tokyo Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

Tokyo Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

Kyoto - Hyatt Regency

Kyoto – Hyatt Regency

Takayama - Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan

Takayama – Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan

Gero - Sumeikan Ryokan

Gero – Sumeikan Ryokan


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Full-day excursion to Kamakura
  • Private Tokyo City Tour visiting Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo SkyTree, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Sensoji Temple & Nakamise Shopping Street
  • Private sightseeing of Takayama, World Heritage villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  • Private half day bicycle Tour of Kyoto with visits to Golden Pavilion & Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Private walking tour of UNESCO Nara visiting Nara Park, Todaiji Temple & Kasuga Taisha Shrine.

Price Starting From: $4,975


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TESTIMONIALS

“We had such a wonderful time. It is such a wonderful, clean country and we found the people very nice. We truly enjoyed our itinerary and all the places we got an opportunity to visit. We only wish we could have stayed longer! .”

Heather Gorecki - Saskatoon, Canada

November 2015 (Japan)