Self-Guided Land of the Rising Sun - Superior

Self-Guided Land of the Rising Sun - Superior

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Self-Guided Land of the Rising Sun - Superior

15 Days

Visiting: Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, United Kingdom/Ireland

Tour operator:

Exoticca

Group size:

1 - 9

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Embark on a self-guided adventure through the heart of Japan with the "Self-Guided Land of the Rising Sun - Superior" tour. This meticulously planned journey takes you from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the historic beauty of Kyoto, with unforgettable stops in Hiroshima, Kanazawa, and Osaka. Experience the contrast of Japan's rich history and cutting-edge modernity as you explore iconic landmarks, serene gardens, and vibrant cityscapes at your own pace. Highlights include a visit to the majestic Mount Fuji, exploring the traditional tea houses of Kanazawa, and immersing yourself in the poignant history of Hiroshima. With the convenience of rail tours, sightseeing, and walking tours, this tour offers a blend of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and natural beauty, making it perfect for those who wish to discover Japan's many facets independently.

Highlights

  • Hiroshima

  • Kanazawa

  • Osaka

  • Kyoto

  • Tokyo

  • Explore the historic Higashi Chaya district in Kanazawa

  • Visit the iconic Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island

  • Discover the cultural delights of Kyoto, including the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

  • Experience the bustling street food markets of Osaka

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Uk/Ireland - Night On Board

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation Name: Monterey Akasaka

Arrival at your departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Tokyo. Night on board.*

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Day 2 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation Name: Monterey Akasaka

Arrive in Tokyo, a dazzling metropolis rich in history and tradition. You will be met at the airport by our representative who will talk you through your itinerary, deliver your travel documents, provide helpful information and recommendations for your free time and assist you with your self-transfer to the hotel. Once settled at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to start discovering this exciting city of contrasts and its delicious cuisine. We recommend heading to one of the many food markets where you can sample lots of different dishes at bargain prices! Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Day 3 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation Name: Monterey Akasaka

Meals Included: Lunch

Today, take a full-day tour of the city of Tokyo by bus including the most important sights in the city. Self-transfer to the famous 'Love' statue in Shinjuku from where the tour will depart at 7.50AM*. Drive past Harajuku shopping district and stop to visit the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine. See the Imperial Palace area among other highlights before stopping in the historic neighbourhood of Asakusa, home to the Senso-ji Temple Kaminari-mon Gate and the Nakamise shopping avenue. Enjoy a Matcha tasting experience and a Japanese lunch at a local Izakaya restaurant and climb the Tokyo Skytree tower, from which you will admire the infinite Tokyo skyline. In the afternoon, board a river cruise that will take you through the Tokyo Bay to the Odaiba island and end the tour back at Shinjuku. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Tokyo.* Warning: Please leave your hotel with time and plan your self-transfer ahead. The bus will leave at 8AM with no exceptions.

Day 4 : Tokyo

Location: Mount Fuji

Accommodation Name: Monterey Akasaka

Meals Included: Lunch

On this day, come face-to-face with legendary Mount Fuji. Depart by bus at 7.45AM from the same meeting point in Shinjuku than the day before and head up to the Fuji's 5th Station. At this height, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from above the clouds. After strolling around this area from which mountaineers start their journey to the summit, you will stop for a lunch at the Oshino Shinobu ninja-themed village. After lunch break, the bus will take you to Owakudani valley, also known as "Hell Valley". Here you can see hot springs and volcanic activity and even try the famous "black eggs", boiled in the sulfur pits. From there, you will ride the Hakone ropeway down to Lake Ashi, where you will be able to get a stunning view of Fuji's silhouette whilst sailing on this pristine lake. Finally, return by bus to Shinjuku Station and overnight stay in Tokyo.* Warning: Please leave your hotel with time and plan your self-transfer ahead. The bus will leave according to schedule with no exceptions. Please note: If road conditions or unforeseen circumstances restrict the ascent to the 5th station, you will instead travel the highest elevation possible considering the circumstances. The same also applies for the cruise on Ashi Crater Lake; if conditions or circumstances prevent sailing on the lake, alternative visits and experiences will be taken to replace the activity.

Day 5 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation Name: Ana Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

Enjoy a day exploring Tokyo at your leisure, getting to know the shopping districts of Akihabara, known for its anime culture and camera bargains, or Shibuya, where you can see its iconic crosswalk and eclectic restaurants.

Day 6 : Tokyo - Kanazawa

Location: Kanazawa

Accommodation Name: Ana Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

Using your Japan Rail Pass*, travel to Kanazawa, a historical jewel of a city and home to some of Japan's most beautiful landscaped gardens. We recommend visiting the historic Higashi Chaya district, filled with traditional tea houses where you will be able to see the celebrated geishas perform. Overnight stay in Kanazawa.* This is the first day you will use your JR Pass in your itinerary. You will need to activate it at a JR office of Tokyo station before using it for the first time. The Pass allows you to book any JR train or bullet train free of charge (except for Mizuho and Nozomi trains and except for Superior class seats). You will be able to choose the train departure time or combination on that day that best suits you but be aware that there might exist different train combinations (direct, changing trains once, changing trains twice, etc) depending on your departure time, which can affect the entire trip duration. You will need to self-transfer from your hotel to Tokyo station and from Kanazawa station to your hotel.

Day 7 : Kanazawa

Location: Kanazawa

Accommodation Name: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Spend the day at your own pace using the 24h Kanazawa bus pass to visit the city highlights. We recommend stopping at Kenrokuen to admire one of Japan's most beautiful landscaped gardens. You can also soak up the artistic atmosphere at a traditional Gold-Leaf handcraft center where you can discover this traditional decorative art that has evolved to even be included in Kanazawa's culinary delicacies.

Day 8 : Kanazawa - Hiroshima

Location: Hiroshima

Accommodation Name: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Today, travel to Hiroshima using your Japan Rail Pass. Arrive in the modern city of Hiroshima, sadly destroyed in the most part in 1945 by the first atomic bomb ever, making it a moving destination to explore. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Hiroshima.You will need to self-transfer from your hotel to Kanazawa station and from Hiroshima station to your hotel.

Day 9 : Hiroshima

Location: Hiroshima

Accommodation Name: Keihan Kyoto Ekiminami

Today you will have the opportunity to be your own guide with a 24h tram pass that you can use to move around the city at your own pace. We strongly recommend taking advantadge of the 24h tram pass and the JR Pass to catch a tram and board a ferry free of cost to get yourself to Miyajima island. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this island, where deer roam free and where the Great Torii and Itsukushima shrine seem to float during high tide. From here you can also enjoy an included night cruise around Miyajima island to relax yourself on the deck feeling the salty sea breeze. Overnight stay in Hiroshima.

Day 10 : Hiroshima - Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation Name: Keihan Kyoto Ekiminami

Using your Japan Rail Pass, travel to Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese Empire for 11 centuries. We recommend exploring the emblematic neighborhood of Gion, known for its traditional architecture and admired geishas. Overnight stay in Kyoto.You will need to self-transfer from your hotel to Hiroshima station and from Kyoto station to your hotel.

Day 11 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation Name: Keihan Kyoto Ekiminami

Meals Included: Lunch

Set off this morning on a Kyoto Highlights Full-Day Bus Tour to discover the beautiful and historical ‘cultural capital’ of Japan. On this exciting excursion you’ll visit the Fushimi Inari, the most important of the many shrines dedicated to Inari, the deity of good harvest and success, known for its emblematic red ‘gates’. Next visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. Pay a visit to the Kinkakuji Temple next, known as the temple of the Golden Pavilion as the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Finally, experience the immense natural beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forest. Lunch included. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

Day 12 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation Name: Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

Spend today at your leisure, exploring the delights of Kyoto at your own pace. Why not discover the historic Nijo Castle or the Philosopher's Walk, a beautiful footpath along a cherry-tree-lined canal? We recommend an optional afternoon excursion to the peaceful city of Nara.* Overnight stay in Kyoto.* Optional Nara Excursion: Head to Nara for a tour of two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kofukuji Temple. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park, a rarity in Japan and worldwide and discover Todai-Ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's largest wooden structures.

Day 13 : Kyoto - Osaka

Location: Osaka

Accommodation Name: Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

Today, take a local train* to travel to Osaka. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to discover this charming city. We recommend visiting the Kuromon local market and its Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building, from which there is an unforgettable panoramic view of the city. Overnight stay in Osaka.* The local train transfer Kyoto - Osaka does not have a fixed schedule. Passengers can exchange their ticket at any time during the transfer day and choose the departure time that best suits their plans. The local train departs from Kyoto station.

Day 14 : Osaka

Location: Osaka

Accommodation Name: Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

Spend the day at your own pace for a self-guided visit of Osaka. You will have at your disposal an Osaka Metro + City Bus card to discover the city's main areas. You will also have an admission ticket for the Osaka Castle, where you have the chance to learn about the history of one of Japan's most famous landmarks. Overnight stay in Osaka.

Day 15 : Osaka

Location: Osaka

Spend the day at your leisure exploring the cultural delights of Osaka. Get to know the local area and sample the iconic local cuisine. In fact, the street food markets of Osaka are said to be the best in the country! Overnight stay in Osaka.

Day 16 : Osaka - Night On Board

Location: Osaka

Sadly it's time to say goodbye to the Land of the Rising Sun. On this day, use your Airport shuttle bus ticket to transfer from Osaka to the Osaka airport. Night on board.

Day 17 : Uk/Ireland

Location: United Kingdom/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your unforgettable Japanese adventure.

What's Included

  • Departures from main UK/Ireland departure airports.

  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Tokyo, Osaka - UK/Ireland.

  • Tokyo Subway Pass 72h, Kanazawa 24h bus pass, Hiroshima tram 24h pass, Kyoto Bus/Subway Pass 24h, local train from Kyoto to Osaka, bus transfer Osaka - Osaka airport.*

  • 14 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels.**

  • 7-day Japan Rail Pass.***

  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary

  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

  • Japanese SIM Card (only internet - up to 3GB).

  • ATOL Protection.

  • Airport Meet & Greet upon arrival.****

Check out our Q&As

  • What cities will I visit on the Self-Guided Land of the Rising Sun - Superior tour?

    On the Self-Guided Land of the Rising Sun - Superior tour, you will visit Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo.

  • Are international flights included in the tour package?

    Yes, international flights from UK/Ireland to Tokyo and Osaka to UK/Ireland are included in the tour package.

  • Are there any visits and entrance fees included?

    Yes, visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary are included.

  • Is there a Japan Rail Pass included in the tour?

    Yes, a 7-day Japan Rail Pass is included in the tour.

  • How many nights of accommodation are provided, and in what category?

    The tour provides 14 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels.

  • What is the primary focus of the tour?

    The primary focus of the tour is Cultural.

  • Is a SIM card provided during the tour?

    Yes, a Japanese SIM Card with only internet - up to 3GB is provided.

  • What are some of the highlights of the tour?

    Highlights include exploring the historic Higashi Chaya district in Kanazawa, visiting the iconic Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, discovering the cultural delights of Kyoto, including the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and experiencing the bustling street food markets of Osaka.

  • What type of transportation passes are included in the tour?

    The tour includes a Tokyo Subway Pass 72h, Kanazawa 24h bus pass, Hiroshima tram 24h pass, Kyoto Bus/Subway Pass 24h, local train from Kyoto to Osaka, and a bus transfer from Osaka to Osaka airport.

  • What kind of support is available upon arrival?

    Airport Meet & Greet upon arrival is provided.

  • Where can I check the latest Travel Restrictions?

    It is the traveler's responsibility to verify and comply with the passport, visa, and travel requirements applicable to your itinerary. It is also the responsibility of the traveler to verify and comply with the health requirements, proof of testing, and vaccination applicable to your itinerary both at the destinations and for, if applicable, countries where you have a connecting flight. Requirements change quickly and you should check the updated guidance well in advance of departure as well as shortly before departure. You should check the requirements for your own specific circumstances with the corresponding government embassies and/or consulates as appropriate.

  • What recommendations should I follow before traveling?

    Passport validity: It is the traveler's responsibility to verify and comply with the passport, visa, and travel requirements applicable to your itinerary. You should check the requirements for your own specific circumstances with the corresponding embassies and/or consulates as appropriate. Requirements change so please check the up-to-date requirements in advance of your departure date. In many cases, countries now require that passports are valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from their borders.

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  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

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  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The COVID-19 pandemic not only created an unparalleled impact on health and economy globally, but it has also changed fundamental behaviors with regards to traveling. In response to such changes, Exoticca provides extra peace of mind for all reservations made from 18th January, 2022 onwards by including Covid 19 Protection. Testing positive for COVID-19: If you or anyone else traveling with you on your booking cannot travel due to testing positive for COVID-19 you will be given the option to reschedule your trip or receive 100% of the trip value in Exoticca travel credit. **Proof of infection must be provided in the form of an official COVID-19 positive test result. For more information on the details of the Covid 19 Protection Policy, please go to the relevant Terms and Conditions for your booking (See Cancellation Policy section).

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    Traveling to the United States: Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA is an online application system, developed by the United States government to pre-screen travelers before authorizing them to board a plane or ship bound for the United States. Starting on the 12th of January 2009, any person entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must have an approved ESTA travel authorization. This includes travelers who travel to the United States to catch a connecting flight. An ESTA does not guarantee entry to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials determine the admissibility of travelers upon arrival. For more information click here. If a traveler is found to have visited a country designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (09.11.2022, Countries: Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Syria), the traveler is no longer eligible to participate in the Visa Wavier Program and must apply for a visa to enter the United States. Traveling to Canada: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for citizens of visa-exempt countries traveling to Canada by air. This includes travelers who travel to Canada to catch a connecting flight. An eTA is linked electronically to the traveler's passport and is valid for a maximum of five years or until the passport expires, depending on which of these two scenarios occurs first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA. An eTA does not guarantee entry to Canada. When you arrive in Canada, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and other documents to determine whether you are admissible to enter Canada. For more information click here. Traveling to a Schengen member country (Europe): Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) The ETIAS travel authorization will be needed to enter a Schengen member country by air, land, or sea. From November 2023, visitors that do not need a visa to enter Europe will be able to register with ETIAS. ETIAS will become a mandatory entry requirement. The ETIAS for Europe will grant travelers authorization to visit the ETIAS countries that are all members that compose the Schengen zone. The ETIAS visa waiver has been designed for short-term stays of up to 90 days. For more information click here.

  • COVID-19 vaccination recommendations and other vaccines?

    It is the responsibility of the traveler to verify and comply with the health requirements, proof of testing, and vaccination applicable to your itinerary both at the destinations and for, if applicable, countries where you have a connecting flight. Requirements change quickly and you should check the updated guidance well in advance of departure as well as shortly before departure. Check with the migration and health authorities for the country of origin, destination, and stopover to learn more about vaccination requirements.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once your purchase is complete, you will receive confirmation by email and all your travel documents will be uploaded on to your booking and the Exoticca customer account (which you'll be provided details of). These will include: transport details, hotels, itinerary, important notes, and insurance policy (if applicable).

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