Small Group Tour IJT Superior

Spirit of Honshu

8 Nights: from US$4640 Trip Code: SOH

Have a limited amount of time and want to get the most out of your visit to Japan? This is the tour for you. In between stays in Japan's two greatest cities you'll relax in hot springs, explore the beautiful Izu Peninsula, and make day trips to the fascinating historical sites of Nikko and Nara. Read more >

Starting with three nights in the hectic buzz that is Japan's capital city, your tour leader will help you navigate the whirlwind - accompanying you on a boat trip down the Sumida River, a visit to the serene Hamarikyu Gardens and maybe a night at a traditional izakaya restaurant.

Muse on the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkey carvings in Nikko's extravagant woodland temple complex. Feel dwarfed by the giant Buddha of Todai-ji and feed senbei crackers to the resident deer in the ancient capital of Nara.

Stay in a superb ryokan inn with seven varieties of hot spring bath on the stunning Izu Peninsula - a national park whose views of Mount Fuji, sweeping coastlines and forested interior make it the perfect antidote to the unrelenting crowds of Japan's cities. These are just some of the wonderful experiences you'll have on this short tour of Japan's main island.

Concluding your trip will be three days in Kyoto, Japan's undisputed cultural heart and a city with a very different character from Tokyo. Here it seems as though every sliding door conceals a bewitching garden or a lavish temple - but the real treat comes when you meet a maiko, or apprentice geisha. Geisha embody the mystery and refinement that Japanese culture is famous for, and this is a privileged chance to be in the company of one of these remarkable performers in person.

Throughout the tour you'll stay in superior accommodation, enjoying the very best in Japanese cuisine and travelling by first class rail and private transport.

Important Information

Maximum Group Size: 10

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

Transport: Please note that some transfers are by public transport making use of Japan's first-rate transport network. All the hotels and ryokan have been chosen for their location close to the nearest station. However, you will have to carry your bags for short distances and some stations do not have escalators. We highly recommend that to make your stay more enjoyable you pack reasonably light. Large suitcases will be an inconvenience to you. A moderate case or bag with wheels are most appropriate for this tour.

Accommodation: All accommodation on this tour has full ensuite bathroom facilities. The accommodation in Shimoda also offers natural hot-spring baths for your enjoyment.

International Flights: This tour starts in Tokyo for arrivals at Tokyo Narita Airport or at Tokyo Haneda Airport and finishes in Kyoto for departures from Osaka Kansai Airport. Add-ons back to Tokyo can easily be arranged. Please ask us for details.

Meet and Greet: This is available from Tokyo Narita Airport or Tokyo Haneda Airport.

Check-in: Please note that rooms at the Tokyo hotel are 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 tour leader
  • Eight nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, one lunch and five evening meals
  • IC transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • All transport between destinations in Japan
  • Ride on the Sumida River Bus & tea in Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Sightseeing in Nikko (including taxis, trains & entrance fees)
  • Two days sightseeing on the Izu Peninsula by private coach (entrance fees and lunch included)
  • Full day with an expert local guide in Kyoto (entrance fees included)
  • An exclusive audience with a trainee geisha
  • Day trips to Nara & Nikko
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • Portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip
  • Luggage forwarding from Izu to Kyoto
  • Arrival transfer by private car & departure transfer by shared shuttle bus

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Entrance fees (including temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling & luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$4640
  • Single Supplement: US$960

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$4640
  • Single Supplement: US$960

Extra Nights

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

Tour Highlights

  • Feel dwarfed by Todai-ji's giant Buddha in Nara
  • Take in Tokyo by boat as you cruise down the Sumida River to Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Enjoy a private audience with an apprentice geisha in Kyoto
  • Visit the extravagant woodland temple complex of Nikko
  • Visit the MOA Museum and marvel at Joren Waterfall as you tour the beautiful Izu Peninsula

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

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