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Japan Delights 6 Days

From  $999    LAND ONLY

Code: JPN666         

Tokyo - Mount Fuji - Lake Hanama - Nagoya - Lake Biwa - Kyoto - Osaka


 From June to August, it is the best time to view fresh spring greens and enjoy the warm climate.
 The end of Oct through early Nov is the best time to see crimson leaves in Autumn.
 Late March to early April is historically the best time to view cherry blossoms, but we can’t guarantee that they will flower on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.




What is Included:

- All airport transfers and transportation

- All hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy)

- All visits and admission fees mentioned in the itinerary

- All meals listed in the itinerary

- English speaking tour guide


What is NOT Included:

- International airfare and taxes

- Visa application and service fee

- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)

- Any personal expenditures


Please Note: Triple rooms are not available

Day 1 Arrive at Tokyo 

Arrive at Narita International Airport, enjoy free hotel shuttle bus service to hotel. Upon arrival, the tour guide will conduct a passport check and will contact the guest room in the evening to confirm the trip. (Please Note: Hotel Check-In Time - 3:00 PM)

Day 2 Tokyo - Mount Fuji (B, L, D)

After breakfast, visit the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, which is quiet and beautiful. You will also be able to take pictures in front of the Imperial Double Bridge. Then, climb the 45 floors of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory, from where you can enjoy the scenery of Tokyo. After shopping at the Integrated Electrical Galleria, you will be transferred to the Asakusa Kannon Temple to immerse yourself in culture and pray for blessings. You will also have the opportunity to appreciate the Tokyo Sky Tree, which is also called the highest tower of the world. Ginza is one of the world's busiest streets, where you can do some sightseeing and shopping. After Ginza, you will go to Mount Fuji by bus. There, you can enjoy hot springs and delicious food after you check in to the hot spring hotel, washing away all your fatigue. 

Day 3 Mount Fuji - Lake Hamana (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you will go to the Hakone Area to visit the Oshino Hakkai. There are eight hot springs around Oshino Hakkai, which is referred to as the Jiuzhaigou Valley of Japan. Mount Fuji is praised as the Holy Mountain by the Japanese people and is the symbol of Japan. Afterwards, you will visit Peace Park, a traditional Japanese garden. There, you can enjoy all the beauty of the trees and flowers. This is the best place to enjoy the scenery of Mount Fuji from a distance. When the weather is clear, the magnificent views of Mount Fuji are in full view. Lake Yamanaka Flower City Park is full of beautiful lakes, mountains and flowers. 

Day 4 Lake Hamana - Nagoya - Lake Biwa (B, L)

Today, start with the Royal International Souvenir Store to choose some gifts for your friends and family. Afterwards, you will go to Nagoya to visit Atsuta Shrine, which was referred to as Atsuta SAN during ancient times. About 6.5 million people come to the Atsuta Shrine to pay their respects every year. Omihachiman is located in Hachimanyama, in the middle of Shiga, east of Lake Biwa. Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan. Omihachiman was a castle town built in 1985, full of history and culture. Omihachiman is the hometown of merchants, one of the most important aspects of ancient Japan. 

ancient, architecture, asia

Day 5 Lake Biwa - Kyoto - Osaka (B, L)

After arriving in Kyoto, you will visit the world heritage site, Golden Pavilion, and enjoy the culture of Japanese gardens. Because of the golden foil wrapping the building, it is referred to as the Golden Pavilion. Alongside Mount Fuji, it is one of the most well-known symbols of Japan. After visiting the Nishijin Textile, you will visit Osaka Castle Park (outside). Osaka Castle Park was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583.  It is made of magnificent stone walls with copper plating Tenshukaku inside. Then, go to the most famous business street in Japan, Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori, where you can enjoy delicious food and shopping. Shinsaibashi is full of large scale department stores, century-old shops and small shops. Because of the the pavements of flagstones, the British streetlights, rows of brick buildings and elegant styles, it is also known as the European Estate. You can taste all kinds of delicacies from around the world there. 

Low-angle Photography Japan Buildings

Day 6 Depart Osaka

Hotel shuttle or airport shuttle bus transfer. (Please Note: Check-Out is before 11:00 AM)



Departure Dates   Price (double occupancy)USD P,P
Return Date Land Only Package Price
2018/10/11 2018/10/16 USD$999.00 Sold Out
2018/11/08 2018/11/13 USD$999.00 Sold Out
2018/12/06 2018/12/11 USD$999.00 Sold Out
Single Supplements +USD$499

  • tokyoHilton Narita or equivalent

    456 Kosuge, Narita, Japan 286 0127  ,  81-476-331121

    Located in rural areas, the top airport hotel provides free airport shuttle service to and from Narita International Airport. Adjacent to Narita, Xinsheng Temple and Narita City, the hotel is only an hour's drive from downtown Tokyo (by train or bus). The hotel offers 18 conference rooms, 3 restaurants and terrace bars for you to choose from. After a busy day, relax and stretch in an indoor heated pool or an extremely accessible bathtub, a fully equipped gym (including jogging lanes), or go to one of the nearby courses to try a golf swing. All rooms have high-speed Internet access (charge) and access to multiple Japanese and English channels of LCD TV

      

  • tokyoMarroad International Narita or equivalent

    286-0121 Chiba, Narita, Komaino 763-1, Japan

    Located a 10-minute drive from Narita Airport, Marroad International Hotel Narita offers free airport shuttles and a chargeable fitness center. An indoor swimming pool is available during the summer. The airport and air crafts can be viewed from some rooms and top-floor restaurants. This hotel also offers special day-use plans.

    Decorated with natural colors, each room at Narita Marroad International comes with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. The private bathroom includes a hairdryer and toiletries.

    Guests at the Marroad Hotel can enjoy a work-out in the fitness gym or relax in the public bath at an extra charge. A convenience store and drink vending machines are available on site. Free luggage storage services are offered.

    The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Museum of Aeronautical Sciences, and a 30-minute drive from Narita Yume Farm. Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple is a 15-minute drive away.

    Lumiere restaurant on the top floor offers hearty buffets and the views of the airport, while Marroad serves Chinese and Western course meals. Cocktails and whiskeys as well as the views of the airport can be enjoyed at the Galaxy bar. 

    We speak your language!

      


  • Lake BiwaRoyal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens or equivalent

    23-1 Kayanoura Otsu-City, Shiga, Otsu, Otsu, Japan

    Built in 1990, Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens is a distinct addition to the city's skyline. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. At Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy the car park, coffee shop, bar, smoking area, and shops. Guests can choose from 169 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The hotel offers many unique recreational opportunities such as a sauna, massage parlor, indoor pool, fitness center, and spa. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens.

      

  • Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or equivalent

    549-0001 Osaka Prefecture, Izumi-Sano, Senshu-kukou Kita 1, Japan

    Directly accessible within Kansai International Airport, Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport features comfortable rooms with free WiFi. The hotel offers free luggage storage services at the 24-hour front desk and free on-site private parking.

    Rooms at the Kansai Airport Nikko are bright and spacious. They have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an electric kettle and refrigerator. Private bathrooms come with a shower, bathtub as well as a hairdryer and free amenities.

    Facilities at the Nikko Hotel include a business desk, coin-operated computers with internet access and a souvenir shop. Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport is connected to Kansai International Airport Terminal 1 via a pedestrian walkway. Guest can relax with massage services at the hotel for a fee.

    A breakfast buffet is served at the property. Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport features 4 on-site restaurants including a Japanese tempura restaurant "Hanazato", teppanyaki-grill restaurant "Icho", Chinese restaurant "Toh-Lee" and a Japanese-Western fusion buffet-style restaurant "The Brasserie".

    Hotel Nikko is located within the Kansai Airport's shopping mall Aeroplaza. It is a 5-minute walk away Kansai Kuko Station for JR and Nankai lines. Tennoji Station is a 30-minute train ride from the property, while Namba Station is a 40-minute train ride away. 

    This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Izumi-Sano! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

    Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.

    This property is also rated for the best value in Izumi-Sano! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

      


Trip Preparation

Please make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. 
If you are on medications, please pack a list of them including dosage and generic names. 
If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. 
You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe).

Entering Japan

All foreigners, including foreign residents, get fingerprinted and photographed upon entering Japan as a measure aimed at preventing terrorism. Excluded from this procedure are persons under the age of 16 and a few special groups, such as diplomats and visiting dignitaries.
If you are a citizen of one of the United States which Japan has a "general visa exemption arrangement", you need only a valid passport to enter Japan as a "temporary visitor".

Money and How to get your Yen

In Japan, currency exchange is usually handled by banks, post offices, some larger hotels and a handful of licensed money changers found especially at international airports. Whether or not it is better to change for yen before coming into Japan depends on the currency that you hold. For example, the US dollar is a highly traded foreign currency in Japan, and partly for this reason you might get a favorable rate if you change US dollars into yen in Japan.

ATM Withdrawal

Many ATMs in Japan do not accept cards that are issued outside of Japan. The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20,000 post offices and over 10,000 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country. Exchange rates offered at ATMs tend to be competitive, but service fees vary widely depending on the card. Inquire with your card issuer in advance. Note that many ATMs in Japan are out of service during the night, and some are unavailable on weekends.

Traveler's Check

Traveler's Checks (T/C) tend to yield a more favorable exchange rate than the above two methods. The shortfall is the trouble of having to obtain them in your home country before you travel and then having to locate a place to change them in Japan. Whether you are getting more value for your money depends on your home currency and if your bank charges fees to issue the checks. Note that T/Cs are accepted in very limited currencies in Japan. International airports and leading banks are generally where you can change your T/C for yen.

Payment Method

Credit/Debit Cards
There is an increased acceptance of credit and debit cards, especially in big cities. Most hotels accept payment by credit cards nowadays, as do most department stores, mid to high end restaurants, outlet malls and large retail shops. In addition, many train stations, convenience stores, supermarkets, chain restaurants and boutiques also accept them. 
Cash Cash is still the preferred payment method, especially when it involves small amounts. Big bills are readily used and accepted in Japan; you are unlikely to be frowned upon for using a 10,000 yen bill to pay even for low-cost items, although smaller denominations are appreciated for payments made in taxis, smaller shops, temples and shrines. The likelihood that credit cards are accepted decreases in small cities and towns, and thus it is advisable to keep cash at hand when visiting rural areas.

Cell Phones & Calling Cards

Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and use. In addition to calling, email and messaging, Japanese mobile phones were some of the first to widely adopt features such as internet browsers, games, cameras, televisions, electronic wallets, train passes, gps navigation and music players. The biggest Japanese mobile phone companies are NTT docomo, au by KDDI, and Softbank. You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. For Data - Phones that work in Japan for voice (see above) can also receive and send data (such as emails and web content) via international roaming or a SIM card, but note that the cost for data transfer can easily skyrocket without an appropriate data plan. Alternatively, phones with wireless network (Wi-Fi) connectivity can take advantage of the numerous paid and free Wi-Fi hotspots found around the country.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code, then the destination Country Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the Phone Number.

WiFi Access

Wi-Fi Hotspots
Thanks to recent efforts by businesses and governments, public Wi-Fi networks for free use by foreign tourists have become more and more readily available. Tourists will encounter these networks at international airports, major railway stations (including all Yamanote Line stations and many shinkansen stations), selected coffee, fast food and convenience store chains and many tourist information desks. Networks vary widely from easy-to-use ones to others that require cumbersome advance registrations. There are currently three major, nationwide products available that make connecting to free Wi-Fi hotspots easier:
Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi 
A smartphone app that unifies the registration process of over 150,000 free tourist hotspots by numerous companies and organizations so that visitors can use them all without having to register for each service individually. Registration of some personal data is required.
Free Wi-Fi Passport
Two weeks (extendable) free access to approximately 400,000 Softbank hotspots at restaurants, cafes, major train stations, hotels and other locations across Japan. Registration is made by calling a toll-free number from a foreign cellphone while connected to the Softbank network. Calling the number will get you a password that can be used on up to five devices. ravel Japan Wi-Fi 
A smartphone app that provides two weeks (extendable) free access to over 200,000 Wi2 hotspots across Japan.

Weather

Please monitor the weather forecast before you depart on tour with us. Whatever the weather forecast it is, we recommend bringing along a light jacket, a good pair of comfortable walking shoes and a raincoat/foldable umbrella with you.
Spring (March to May)
Temperatures are warm, windy and dry and can vary considerably between day and night time. During the day time it is warm with night time temperatures falling below the 10°C range. Light-weight clothing such as long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts, jackets and sweaters.
Summer (June to August)
Very humid weather with plenty of rainfall. Light breathable clothing such as t-shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses. Light jacket for indoor places with air-conditioning. Rainwear highly recommended.
Autumn (September to November)
Mild temperatures with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures drop towards the end of autumn, so warm clothing is recommended. Long sleeve shirts and thin coats, light sweaters and cardigans.
Winter (December to February)
Cold, dry and long winters. Temperatures can drop below 0°C so be sure to pack warm clothing. Thick overcoats, wool sweaters and cardigans. Warm clothing strongly recommended.

Power Adapters

The electrical current is 220V in China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and most other southeast Asia countries, but 100V in Japan. Plugs and outlets come in a variety of shapes. You are advised to bring along adapters and converters for your Australia purchased appliances.

Japanese Food Culture

The typical Japanese meal consists of a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, pickled vegetables and fish or meat. While rice is the staple food, several kinds of noodles (udon, soba and ramen) are very popular for light meals. As an island nation, the Japanese take great pride in their seafood. A wide variety of fish, squid, octopus, eel, and shellfish appear in all kinds of dishes from sushi to tempura.

Water

Japan's tap water is very drinkable. The national water infrastructure is reliable and purification facilities are well-maintained.

Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Staying Healthy While Traveling

All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.
There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit. Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill. Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellant (for both active and warm destinations).
You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.




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