Small Group Tour IJT Superior

Japan Enchantment

14 Nights: from US$6080 Trip Code: JE

With a range of high-end accommodations, superb included meals and your tour leader on hand to make sure everything runs like clockwork, this is the perfect introduction to a fascinating culture often considered impenetrable by the outside world. Read more >

You'll begin and end the trip in Tokyo, icon of high modernity and a city of bewildering size and scope. Your first dinner at a local restaurant will provide you with a relaxed yet invaluable introduction to Japanese food and etiquette, and is the perfect way to get to know your tour leader and group.

Kyoto is Japan's other great city: imperial capital for over a thousand years and packed with architectural treasures. The highlight of your stay here is a private audience with a maiko (trainee geisha). Such experiences are rarely available to foreigners, giving you an exclusive window into this mysterious and captivating profession.

Complementing the city stays, you'll also get a tantalising taste of rural Japan. In the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park you'll cruise across Lake Ashi under the watchful gaze of Mount Fuji, explore the outstanding open-air sculpture park and rest your legs in volcanic hot spring baths.

In thickly forested Nikko you'll be privy to the most lavish religious architecture in all of Japan, whilst in Karuizawa you'll take a soba noodle-making class in of one of the country's finest mountain resorts.

The cities of Kanazawa and Nagano, contrasting as they are, offer yet more remarkable variety. High in the Japanese Alps, Nagano is your gateway to the famous onsen-bathing snow monkeys of Yudanaka. Kanazawa offers beautifully preserved samurai house districts, one of the very best Japanese gardens and a plethora of traditional craft workshops.

Important Information

Maximum Group Size: 14

Single Supplement: This tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room throughout the tour.

Transport: We will have the use of a private minibus in Tokyo (half day), Nikko, Karuizawa, Kyoto, and for our transfer to our Hakone hotel. For all other transfers, we will be making use of Japan's first-rate transport network.

Luggage:  We highly recommend that to make your stay more enjoyable you pack reasonably light. Although there is often a porter service available at hotels, large suitcases will be an inconvenience to you. A small case or bag with wheels or a rucksack are most appropriate for this tour as you will have to carry your bags for short distances and some stations do not have escalators or elevators/lifts. You will also need a small overnight back-pack (for up to three nights) for use when we forward our main bags to the next location.

Accommodation: All accommodation on this tour has full ensuite bathroom facilities. The accommodation in Hakone and Karuizawa also offer shared natural hot-spring baths for your enjoyment.

International Flights: This tour starts and finishes in Tokyo for arrivals and departures at Tokyo Narita Airport or at Tokyo Haneda Airport.

Check-in: Please note that rooms at the Tokyo hotel are only available from 2pm. (You can, however, securely leave your luggage at the front desk at any time).

At a glance

What's Included >

What's included

  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day and seven evening meals
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • IC transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • 7-day Japan Rail Pass
  • 3-day Hakone Free Pass for transport in the Hakone region
  • All transport between destinations in Japan
  • Arrival transfer by private car & departure by shared shuttle bus
  • Sumida river bus ride & entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo
  • Half -day private guide service in Tokyo
  • Full-day private guide service in Karuizawa, Nikko and Kanazawa including entrance fees
  • Soba noodle-making lesson in Karuizawa
  • Private transfer & entrance to the Jigokudani monkey park in Yudanaka
  • Private afternoon tea with a maiko
  • Tickets to Hakone Open-Air Museum
  • Luggage forwarding from Karuizawa to Kanazawa and from Kyoto to Tokyo
  • Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any local transport (subways, taxis, buses) unless covered by the included transport passes
  • Entrance fees (including those for temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$6080
  • Single Supplement: US$1168

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$144 Single pp US$192
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$144 Single pp US$192

2016

  • Tour Price: From US$6080
  • Single Supplement: US$1168

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$168 Single pp US$192
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$152 Single pp US$232

Tour Highlights

  • Take a walk around Kyoto's Gion geisha district followed by an exclusive audience with a trainee geisha
  • Enjoy a soba noodle-making class in one of Japan's finest mountain resorts
  • Discover Nikko, Tokyo, Karuizawa and Kanazawa with the help of expert local guides
  • Balance activity and relaxation in luxury surroundings in verdant Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
  • See the famous onsen-bathing “snow monkeys” of Yudanaka

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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