Travel Dates: September 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021 Book this vacation by September 30, 2020, and save up to 25% of your trip price!
Experience the absolute highlights of Japan at your own pace on this classic tour of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Mount Fuji. Beginning in the dazzling capital city, discover the Sensoji Temple and the Meiji Shrine with an experienced local guide by your side. Leave the bustle of the big city behind and enjoy a climb up one of the most iconic landmarks in the country – Mount Fujiyama. Spend the night in a quaint mountain hut and wake up to the breathtaking panorama of the mountain at sunrise.
Continue on to Kyoto, which showcases the ancient traditions of Japan like no other city. On a privately guided tour, explore temples and castles and stroll through the famous Nikishi Market. Savor the street food delights of the city and on the next day, cook up some Japanese treats of your own during a personalized lesson with a master chef!
Whether you wish to stay longer or explore some of Japan’s other treasures, you can personalize your tour to match your exact wishes and preferences. Get in touch with us today for a complete tailor-made itinerary free of any obligation.
Please note that this offer is not valid for travel between December 15 – 31 2020, March 15 – 31 2021, and December 15 – 31, 2021.
Tokyo is a city like no other! Defined by cutting-edge design, quirky creativity and its own unique ancient culture, the city defines the best of both worlds.
Traditional Tokyo by Day For a day well spent, visit some of Tokyo’s best known landmarks with your local expert! Begin with a trip to the Asakusa locality, well-known for its “shitamachi” or old-world vibe. You can visit the Sensoji temple, a Buddhist temple believed to be Tokyo’s oldest. Adjacent to the temple you will find the Nakamise “dori” or street, where you can taste some traditional snacks if you like. Travel across town to Omotesando and after exploring the ritzy flagship stores and spectacular architecture on the main boulevard. Next, make your last stop at the famous Meiji shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. Surrounded by a forested area with 365 species of trees, the shrine is also a popular wedding venue, so don’t be surprised if you come across a bride and groom all dressed up for their big day! (Half Day; 0900 or 1400 hrs; Private Activity; Transfers by public transport; Fitness Level: Moderate)
Climb Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest and most sacred mountain – an active volcano, and a landmark symbol of Japan.
Sunrise trek to Mount Fuji Climb Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest and most sacred mountain – an active volcano, and a landmark symbol of Japan. Early morning on your first day, meet with your expert guide and fellow climbers at the Tochomae subway station on Toei Odeo line in Tokyo. Head to the picturesque Fuji Five Lakes area. There are five trails to choose from, with different difficulty levels. You will slowly begin ascending the mountain from the 5th station, on the most popular Yoshida trail, which is also flanked by cafes and souvenir stalls. Stop regularly to take a breather, and enjoy breathtaking sights along the way. Pass by 6th and 7th stations, and arrive at the 8th station around dusk. Retire for the night in a basic mountain hut after dinner, letting your body acclimatize to the high altitude. On your second day, wake up around midnight to make your final ascent via the 9th station. Reach the summit of Mount Fuji well ahead of time to catch the sunrise over the clouds – considered an auspicious event in the Land of the Rising Sun! On the summit, do the circuit of Mount Fuji’s eight peaks, offer prayers at numerous shrines, and also send a postcard back home from the exclusive post office here! After enjoying the wonderful panoramas from the top, sit down for a hot breakfast with a view. Shortly after, begin your leisurely descent to the 5th station, and head back to Shinjuku station in Tokyo by bus. (2 Days/1 Night; Private or Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Meals: Dinner on day 01 and breakfast on day 02 included; Notes: Closed between October and June, Overnight accommodation in Fuji mountain huts, High altitude trek above 2300 meters. Please bring warm clothing and carry layers for change in temperature and weather. Please note that your itinerary may vary due to season, weather, festivals, special events, and transportation schedules.)
Kyoto is to be seen to be believed. With no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the city encapsulates traditional Japanese culture and tradition.
Kyoto Highlights: Half Day Tour Discover a slice of traditional Japan on this tour of a selection of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the famous Golden Pavilion or the Buddhist Kinkakuji Temple, which was originally built as the retirement home of the 14th Century Shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The lovely villa was turned into a temple after his death. Stop by the grand, 16th Century Nijo Castle with its imposing ramparts and spectacular gardens. Reflective of the power and grandeur of the Edo Shogunate, marvel at the castle’s architecture and building features like its intricate sliding doors, ‘chirping’ nightingale floors and secret chambers. Wind up your day tour by fortifying yourself at Nishiki Market, also known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”. This street food district is lined with innumerable little noodle shops and food stalls selling deliciously fresh seafood, delectable sushi, traditional pickles and sweets. [Half Day, Time of the Day: 0930 or 1430 hrs; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes].
Japanese Cooking Class Japanese cuisine has been declared a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage for good reason, cooked as it is with the freshest ingredients and masterful techniques. Get an overall idea about Japanese cooking styles from your chef in this cooking class designed for a small, intimate group. Learn how to prepare Bento style boxed meals under the expert guidance of your host chef. Cook Kyoto’s signature Shokado bento, a delicious spread that includes delectable bites of tempura, miso soup, egg roll, chicken teriyaki, sesame spinach salad and sushi. The greatest treat awaits you at the end of the class, when you get to taste your own Bento box! (Half Day, Shared Activity & No Transfers; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy; Please inform about any dietary restrictions in advance).
Shared Transfer from Kyoto Hotel to Kansai Airport (please note: the chauffeur usually does not speak English).
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 3,905 $ 2,990 /person
Option 2 From $ 4,794 $ 3,690 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 9 days / 8 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Tokyo – Kyoto (Shinkansen Train – Standard Class)
All activities as listed :
Tokyo: Traditional Tokyo by Day
Mt Fuji: Sunrise trek to Mount Fuji
Kyoto: Kyoto Highlights: Half Day Tour
Kyoto: Japanese Cooking Class
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
All airport, train station and hotel transfers as indicated. For private transfers our representative will meet you at the airport or the station and accompany you to your vehicle (and vice versa).
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
Book this vacation by September 30, 2020, and save up to 25% of your trip price!