Summer Games 2020: Golden Route

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Summer Games 2020: Golden Route

12 Nights: from US$4966 per person (twin share) Trip Code: SGGRC

On this special Summer 2020 itinerary you'll discover the contrasting cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, and relax in the idyllic hot spring town of Hakone near Mount Fuji. First secure your own sports tickets, then leave the Japan planning to our experts. Read more >

Our 12-night itinerary starts in the harbour city of Yokohama, Tokyo's cosmopolitan younger sibling. As one of the first ports to open to foreign trade in the mid-19th century, Yokohama has long been a thriving international hub, and nowadays you can find one of the largest Chinatowns in the world tucked in between sleek high-rises, traditional Japanese gardens, and an attractive waterfront called 'the harbour of the future'. Yokohama has excellent transport links with Tokyo and the various sports venues there, allowing you to hop between cities in less than 40 minutes; an ideal base for all the excitement of Summer 2020.

A short train journey from Yokohama will bring you to the hot springs resort of Hakone, spread across a scenic valley in the foothills of Mount Fuji. A quirky array of transport criss-crosses the area, including cable cars, mountain trains, and a pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi. The elevation of Hakone brings a pleasant respite from the summer heat of Yokohama; it's also a great opportunity to try out Japanese hot spring bathing - wonderfully relaxing even in the height of summer.

After speeding west on the Shinkansen bullet train you'll spend four days in Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan. Almost two thousand temples and shrines lie scattered across the city, from the striking Golden Temple with flocks of visitors to tiny neighbourhood shrines with nary a tourist in sight. While in Kyoto you'll have the opportunity to take a day trip using your included Japan Rail Pass, allowing you to visit the foodie haven of Osaka, historic Nara, or even Hiroshima, at no extra cost.

Then it's back east, this time to the capital itself. Whether you want to explore the traditional district of Asakusa, have a cold beer in the dinky bars beneath the train tracks of Yurakucho, or explore the high-tech island of Odaiba, Tokyo offers the perfect end to your Japan adventure. 

Please note: This itinerary is fully tailorable and can be amended to fit around any sporting event tickets you may have obtained for the Summer Games 2020.

Due to high demand, hotel rooms will be in short supply in and around Tokyo from late July to mid-August 2020. However, we are pleased to say we have secured room allocations at the stated hotels in Tokyo and Yokohama and can guarantee these rooms for you now.

Disclaimer: None of the trips or tours we offer contain tickets for any Olympic or Paralympic events.  We are offering trips that work around the summer games in 2020 so that those who have managed to obtain event tickets from other sources can take advantage of our expertise as a Japan travel specialist.  InsideJapan Tours are in no way affiliated or associated with the IOC, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic or Paralympic Games or the Olympics or Paralympics more generally.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 12 nights' accommodation in Japan
  • Breakfast every day and two evening meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport between destinations
  • Seven-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Hakone Free Pass for local transport in the Hakone region
  • Group food tour of Shinjuku with an Insider expert
  • Eight-hour private guide services in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Group walking tour of Kyoto's geisha district
  • Tickets to digital art museum
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • Tickets to sporting events
  • International flights
  • Local transport (e.g. taxis, subways, buses) at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums
  • Baggage handling - you will be expected to carry your own bags for the duration of the trip

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Tokyo and Kyoto with an expert guide
  • Relax in hot springs at a traditional ryokan inn
  • Wander the atmospheric streets of the Gion geisha district
  • Speed across Japan on the Shinkansen bullet train
  • Tuck into Tokyo's food scene on a sociable evening tour
  • ** Sporting event tickets are NOT included **

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