Japan: Traditions and Temples

  • 10 Days & 9 Nights
  • Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone, Tokyo

Experience the beauty of Japan, with its stunning landscapes, classic architecture, and time-honored way of life. Immerse yourself in Japanese tradition and culture by savoring the cuisine of local chefs and interacting with local people, from artisans to sumo wrestlers. Spend a night in a traditional ryokan, complete with hot springs.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Dates & Pricing
  • Hotels
  • Inclusions
  • Pre Tour
  • Post Tour
  • Extensions
  • FAQs
  • Country Notes
  • T&C

Journey Highlights

  • Explore the most noteworthy sites of historic Japan, including temples, shrines, and castles
  • Stroll through the Sagano Bamboo Forest, often recognized as one of the world's prettiest places
  • Sail on the picturesque Lake Ashi with Mt. Fuji in the background
  • Learn all about the art and rituals of sumo wrestling
  • Dine on local specialties at every meal
  • Prepare sushi with an expert chef
  • Participate in a tea ceremony in a machiya, a traditional wooden townhouse
  • Test your skills at Japanese marquetry in Hakone
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Travel Resources

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Your comfort, privacy and safety are of paramount importance to us. We have sifted carefully through a number of hotels and selected those that will offer you the best experience on your journey with us.

    Conrad Osaka is your 'address in the sky.' With a commanding presence on the highest floors of Nakanoshima Festival West Tower, between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, this sleek luxury hotel offers incredible views of the water and Osaka from all guest rooms and public areas.

    Four Seasons, Kyoto is set at the foot of Higashiyama Mountain in Kyoto's district of temples, a sanctuary of space minutes from the city's cultural treasures and the bustle of downtown with double-height windows throughout that frame the surrounding beauty through every season.

    Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa is a combination of at-home comfort of a mountain lodge with contemporary sophistication. Set in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, this hot-spring getaway invites relaxation with serene spaces, plenty of nature and warm hospitality. OR

    Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka boasts a magnificent view of the breathtaking Mt. Fuji. The hotel features delicate designs at every turn with natural motifs suited to the elegant, rich landscape to deliver a special sense of the extraordinary. The in rooms feature hot springs, the pride of the hotel, where the guests can enjoy the famous hot springs of Yamanakako as much as they want, whenever they want.

    The Peninsula Tokyo is superbly located opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park in Marunouchi district, and within minutes' walk of the shopping capital of Ginza. It offers commanding views of the Japanese capital skyline, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service. OR

    The Ritz Carlton Tokyo is set on the 45th level of the city's tallest building that elevates hotel luxury to newer heights. The floor-to-ceiling windows of this iconic property, perfectly frame the skyline, from Tokyo Tower to Mt. Fuji.

  • Passport & Visas

    Passport & Visas

    Passport

    A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens and for other nationalities. It should remain valid for at least six months after completion of travel. There must be at least two blank visa pages for each entry into the country. When traveling to multiple countries, be sure to calculate the total number of blank pages required for your specific journey. Please note that the last three pages for amendments and endorsements in the passport are not considered visa pages.

    Japan Visa

    No visa is required for U.S. citizens staying fewer than 90 days.

    Entry information is for U.S. citizens. Citizens of any other country should check with the Japanese Embassy for specific entry requirements.

  • Day 1
    Arrive in Osaka

    Private arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel in Osaka.

    • Meals On Your Own.
    Lively streets of Osaka, Japan
  • Day 2
    Osaka

    Visit the Osaka Castle and see the city from its incredible viewing platforms.

    Start your tour at Osaka Castle, once the largest castle in Japan. The eight-story castle has been rebuilt numerous times since its original construction in the 16th century and now affords wonderful vistas of the city from its viewing platforms.

    Embark on a tasting tour of Osaka's food lover's paradise.

    Afterwards, embark on a food tour of Osaka, which is becoming increasingly recognized as a food lover's paradise.

    Explore the Dotonburi neighborhood and visit the city's most popular market.

    Stroll through the famous Dotonburi neighborhood, stopping at the city's largest and most popular market. After tasting unique Japanese cuisine such as takoyaki ("octopus balls") at the market, proceed to a sushi-making class, where you will learn from an expert sushi chef, and then dine on your creations. Sushi was introduced to Japan from Southeast Asia around the 9th century, and Japanese are credited for popularizing the dish and offering sushi as a complete meal. You'll learn how Osaka sushi is prepared differently from the Tokyo or "Edo style" sushi that the world is most familiar with.

    Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner.

    This evening, enjoy welcome drinks and dinner with your fellow travelers and your Cox & Kings Tour Director.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Osaka Castle
  • Day 3
    Osaka - Nara - Kyoto

    Visit the former imperial capitals of Nara and Kyoto.

    Visit two former imperial capitals of Japan, Nara and Kyoto. At Nara, visit the spiritual Todaiji Temple, which houses a Buddha statue over five stories tall.

    Explore the Kasuga Shrine and Nara Park, where you may see sika deer roaming freely.

    Afterwards, walk on a pathway lined with moss-covered stone lanterns to the Kasuga Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, stroll through picturesque Nara Park and observe sika deer that roam freely throughout the park. The semi-domesticated deer mingle with visitors and some have learned how to bow to visitors for food.

    This afternoon, travel to Kyoto and explore the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

    In the afternoon, travel to Kyoto, which served as an imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years. The city is home to numerous important shrines and temples. Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of bright-colored torii gates that cover walking paths leading into in the forest and mountainside.

    End the day at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum to discover the traditions of sake.

    Leave the shrine for the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum to learn about Japan's centuries-old traditional beverage.

    • Meals Breakfast, Dinner
    Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
  • Day 4
    Kyoto

    Step back in time to wander the temples from the Nara and Edo periods.

    Travel through the centuries today as you visit temples from both the Nara and Edo periods. In the morning, tour the Zen Buddhist Kinkakuji Temple. Originally a shogun's retirement villa, the shimmering, gilded mansion was turned into a temple after his death in the 15th century.

    Admire the magnificent Momoyama-era architecture of the 17th- century Nijo Castle.

    Continue to Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of only 17 historic monuments of ancient Kyoto. The castle, built in the 17th century, was constructed using Momoyama-era architecture, with massive stone walls, deep moats, impressive gates, ornate interiors, and multiple gardens.

    Participate in a traditional tea ceremony in a machiya.

    Afterwards, participate in a tea ceremony in a machiya, a traditional wooden townhouse.

    Visit an artisan's pottery studio and see how Japanese pottery is created.

    Visit an artisan's studio to see how Japanese pottery is produced.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch
    Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto
  • Day 5
    Kyoto

    Seek beauty in the Arashiyama area and visit Sagano Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park.

    Begin the day exploring the Arashiyama area of Kyoto. Visit the Sagano Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park, often regarded as one of the most beautiful forests in the world. Bask in the magical atmosphere here, peacefully walking a winding path as sunlight filters down through bamboo, gently swaying in the breeze. Continue to Iwatayama Monkey Park, home to a troop of over 170 Japanese macaque monkeys.

    The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment by maikos, who are apprentice geishas.

    • Meals Breakfast, Dinner
    Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto
  • Day 6
    Kyoto - Hakone

    Take the bullet train to Odawara, proceeding to Hakone.

    Visit a woodworking and marquetry studio.

    In Hakone, visit a studio to learn about intricate Japanese woodworking and marquetry. Test your skills in yosegi zaiku (wooden mosaics) by combining various colors and shapes of wood to create traditional Japanese-style patterns such as ichimatsu and flax leaves.

    View sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum.

    Next, visit the Hakone Open Air Museum, which features over a thousand sculptures crafted by eastern and western artists, of which only 100 are on permanent display.

    End the day with a Kaiseki dinner, a multi-course, spectacularly presented feast.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ryokan - A Traditional Guest House, hakone
  • Day 7
    Hakone - Tokyo

    Cruise on Lake Ashi with beautiful views of Mt. Fuji.

    This morning, cruise on serene Lake Ashi, taking in the scenery and regal Mt. Fuji in the distance. Then, get an aerial vantage point on a cable car ride.

    From a cable car, see the sulfur rising from Owakudani.

    See the sulfur that rises from Owakudani, an active volcanic area.

    Travel to Tokyo.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Mt. Fuji, Hakone
  • Day 8
    Tokyo

    Explore Tokyo, its many neighborhoods, and its world class transportation system.

    Explore various neighborhoods of Tokyo on foot and via the city's world-class public transportation system.

    Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple.

    Visit ancient Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. Legend says the temple was built for Kannon, the goddess of mercy, after fishermen discovered a statue of Kannon and built the temple to worship the statue.

    Browse the shops of Makamise Street.

    Afterwards, browse the shops along Nakamise Street, a shopping arcade nearby.

    Visit Hamarikyu Gardens, and the upscale Ginza district.

    Next, visit Hamarikyu Gardens, regarded as an oasis in the city. Then visit the Ginza District, where traditional culture and modern style converge with the latest fashion trends and art. Take a stroll through the streets of Ginza and enjoy the upscale atmosphere of the area.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch
    Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo
  • Day 9
    Tokyo

    Visit a sumo stable to watch wrestlers practice.

    Gain an appreciation of the art and ritual of sumo wrestling with a visit to a sumo stable to watch wrestlers practice the ancient sport. Sumo, which originated around 2,000 years ago, was originally performed to entertain gods. After entertaining you, you'll have the chance to meet and take photos with the athletes.

    The afternoon is at your leisure.

    Celebrate with farewell drinks and dinner.

    This evening, enjoy farewell drinks and dinner with your fellow travelers.

    • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Tokyo City
  • Day 10
    Tokyo - onward journey

    Private departure transfer to the airport.

    • Meals Breakfast
Departure Date(s) Category Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Nov 17, 2018 5 Star Luxury $12,995 $18,255
Mar 22, 2019 5 Star Luxury $12,995 $18,255
Mar 29, 2019 5 Star Luxury $12,995 $18,255
Apr 05, 2019 5 Star Luxury $12,995 $18,255
Apr 12, 2019 5 Star Luxury $12,495 $17,755
Apr 19, 2019 5 Star Luxury $12,495 $17,755
May 10, 2019 5 Star Luxury $11,395 $16,655
May 24, 2019 5 Star Luxury $11,395 $16,655
Jun 21, 2019 5 Star Luxury $11,395 $16,655
Aug 23, 2019 5 Star Luxury $11,395 $16,655
Sep 13, 2019 5 Star Luxury $11,395 $16,655
Sep 27, 2019 5 Star Luxury $11,395 $16,655
Oct 18, 2019 5 Star Luxury $11,395 $16,655

Inclusions

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
  • Guided sightseeing in late model, air-conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
  • 1st class Rail tickets within Japan, as per itinerary
  • Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary
  • Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Director as detailed in your itinerary
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips for porterage, drivers, restaurant staff and local tour guides (Tour Director tips are not included)
    • Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Baggage handling, 1 piece of luggage per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)

Exclusions

  • International airfare, unless otherwise stated
  • Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
  • The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
  • Gratuity for tour director
  • Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
  • Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
  • Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
  • Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
  • Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
  • Gratuities unless stated in "What Your Land Price Includes"
  • Travel Protection Insurance
  • Other inclusions if not noted under "Includes"
  • Extension to Hiroshima

    • 3 Days
    • 2 Nights

    Travel beyond the first time visit of Japan to Hiroshima. Hiroshima has an infamous past with the Atomic bomb. Tour the Peace Memorial Park and the ...

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    Total price from
    $3,681
    per person
  • Extension to Matsue

    • 4 Days
    • 3 Nights

    For a truly off-the-beaten-track traditional view of Japan, you must visit Matsue. Matsue is located in Shimane Prefecture, far from any of the lar ...

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    Total price from
    $5,121
    per person
  • Extension to Kanazawa and Takayama

    • 4 Days
    • 3 Nights

    Travel to the Japanese alps for a cultural visit to Kanazawa and Takayama. Visit the traditional Kenrokuen garden and its signature two-pillared st ...

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    Total price from
    $6,063
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  • Extension to Hokkaido

    • 3 Days
    • 2 Nights

    Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost island, known mainly for its beautiful natural scenery. Visit Otaru a town outside Sapporo and stroll by the c ...

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    Total price from
    $3,359
    per person
  • Where does Cox & Kings operate Luxury Small Groups?

    We currently have Luxury Small Group Journeys in various destinations around the world including India, China, Japan, Peru, South Africa and Morocco. We’re always adding destinations.

  • How big are the groups?

    We keep our groups small - averaging 18 guests.

  • What is the minimum age for these trips? Are children allowed on luxury group journeys?

    We welcome travelers of all ages on our luxury group journeys, with a minimum age of 6. Please refer to child supplement pricing or call 1-844-536-9560 to inquire about costs for adding a child to your booking.

  • Can I travel solo? Do you charge a single supplement?

    Yes, we welcome all guests, including solo travelers. A single supplement may apply on certain tours.

  • How can I obtain more information on Luxury Small Group Journeys?

    All of our itineraries can be found on our website. If you would like to talk to one of our Destination Experts, please call 1-844-536-9560 or contact us by email at groupjourneys@coxandkingsusa.com.

  • Are departures guaranteed?

    Yes, all departures to all of our Luxury Small Group Journeys destinations are guaranteed with a minimum of two travelers.

    Note: For departures of five or fewer travelers, your group will be met by a local guide at each stop in the itinerary. For departures of six or more passengers, your journey will be fully escorted throughout by a Cox & Kings Tour Director.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Please see our terms and conditions for details.

  • How do you pick your guides/group leaders?

    All of our local guides complete a rigorous interview process and are required to have a minimum of 7 years’ experience providing luxury experiences to international guests. In some cases, our guides are certified local historians, offering their unique cultural insights to their groups.

    Note: For departures of five or fewer travelers, your group will be met by a local guide at each stop in the itinerary. For departures of six or more passengers, your journey will be fully escorted throughout by a Cox & Kings Tour Director.

  • What kind of hotels will I stay in?

    Cox & Kings’ curated selection of hotels and inns are truly special places that elevate the overall tour experience. From small, local boutique hotels and inns to well-known global luxury brands, we spend the time carefully choosing these accommodations so you can rest easy at the end of a long day.

  • Can I join the trip midway through or leave the trip early?

    Due to logistical and safety reasons, we are not able to accommodate guests who wish to join a tour after Day 1 or depart before the last day. Please contact us for more information.

  • Who will be in my group? How old are the other passengers? From what countries?

    Your group will be comprised of like-minded travelers from the United States. While we cannot share personal traveler details, our typical client tends to be a savvy, seasoned traveler who enjoys the fine touches of a luxurious vacation as well as some element of activity and lots of cultural immersion.

  • What’s included in each trip?

    Each Luxury Small Group Journey includes: all accommodation, private arrival/departure transfers, services of a local guide and/or escorted by Tour Director throughout, welcome event and farewell dinner, all local transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees as noted within itinerary, some meals as indicated, all tips other than Tour Director and in-room internet where available.

  • What is not included in each trip?

    International air, room upgrades, meals other than those indicated, alcoholic beverages (other than welcome cocktail event), entrance fees other than those indicated, laundry service other than where indicated on trips of 10+ days, visas & passport processing and travel insurance.

    Note: Cox & Kings is happy to help you arrange international airfare, travel insurance and visas to India.

  • Is airfare included?

    Air Travel

    Most airline tickets are non-refundable once confirmed, however, depending on airline and class of service, exceptions may apply, and you will be notified at time of reservation. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline.

    Land Only Travel and Optional Flights

    Unless otherwise noted, prices displayed do not include international airfare.
    Cox & Kings would be more than happy to include international flights for you. We can offer favorable prices for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class travel.

    If you are considering booking your own flights, please be aware of your responsibilities, which include but are not limited to the following: If you are booking flights on your own, please be aware of tour timings. It is your responsibility to meet up with the group. There may be supplementary costs if you require arrival and/or departure transfers other than what is included in the program, or additional hotel nights on arrival or departure.

    We strongly advise against booking flights independently of Cox & Kings as there may be difficulties if your flight is delayed / cancelled to connect with your group.

    Note:
    • If you choose not to purchase flights through Cox & Kings, please provide us with a copy of your tickets before you arrive into the destinations.
    • For journeys in which international and/or internal (regional or intra-country) airfare is already included in main price, please be aware that the price of your journey may be impacted if you purchase international or internal flights on your own.
    Domestic Air Travel

    Flight times quoted are subject to change. Domestic flights in India are prone to last minute schedule changes and cancellation without any advance notice - especially during the peak travel season of November through March. Currently, India is undergoing massive expansion of its airport terminals and facilities and as a result, delays may be unavoidable due to air traffic control restrictions during certain times of the day.

  • Do I need a visa to travel?

    Some destinations require a visa for entry. Please see Travel.State.Gov for further info.

    Note: Cox & Kings is happy to help you arrange visas, international airfare and travel insurance to India.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Travel insurance is not mandatory to travel with Cox & Kings, but is highly recommended to protect your person and personal belongings while abroad. We’re pleased to offer a leading travel insurance product from our partner Allianz Global.

  • Do I need any immunizations to travel?

    Some immunizations might be required or recommended for travel based on your destination. Please see the CDC website for further info.

    Note: our Destination Experts are not able to offer specific advice on health matters or immunizations.

Introduction

In order to ensure that you have the best experience possible, we ask that you please read the following information:

Passport

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens and for other nationalities. It should remain valid for at least six months after completion of travel. There must be at least two blank visa pages for each entry into the country. When traveling to multiple countries, be sure to calculate the total number of blank pages required for your specific journey. Please note that the last three pages for amendments and endorsements in the passport are not considered visa pages.

Japan Visa

No visa is required for U.S. citizens staying fewer than 90 days.

Entry information is for U.S. citizens. Citizens of any other country should check with the Japanese Embassy for specific entry requirements.

Travel Insurance

Be Prepared and Protect Your Investment

As an educated traveler you have made a smart decision when it came to choosing Cox & Kings for your trip. Make the same smart decision by protecting your investment. Just as in everyday life, there are risks associated with travel. You'll rest easy knowing that you're prepared for any eventuality - sickness, accident, baggage loss, etc. - with Allianz Global Assistance Traveler's Insurance.

Get the peace of mind travel insurance provides, so you can focus on the extraordinary moments of your upcoming journey!

Alternatively you can call on numbers listed below:

Allianz Customer Service
866-390-9733

Cox & Kings Accam Reference Number: F024290
OR
Call : 1.323.557.1808


IMPORTANT


If you choose not to purchase the Cox & Kings insurance, we recommend that you purchase an alternative policy at the time of booking to cover you in case you must cancel your travel plans.

It is important that you carry a copy of your policy with you while you travel so that you can refer to it should you need to make a claim.

Important Contacts & Links
Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.
2520 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: 202-238-6700
Fax: 202-328-2187
http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/index.html
Embassy of Canada to Japan
7-3-38 Akasaka
Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-8503
Tel: 81-(0)3-5412-6200
www.canadainternational.gc.ca/japan-japon/index.aspx?lang=eng
Embassy of Japan in Ottawa
255 Sussex Dr.
Ottawa K1N 9E6
Tel: 613-241-8541
Fax: 613-241-4261
http://www.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/index.html
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clinton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333
Tel: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
www.cdc.gov
Embassy of the United States, Tokyo
1-10-5 Akasaka
Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-8420
Tel: 81-(0)3-3224-5000
Fax: 81-(0)3-3505-1862
http://japan.usembassy.gov
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20229
Tel: 877-227-5511
Tel: 202-325-8000
www.cbp.gov

Currency conversion
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Weather information
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Translation
www.translate.google.com

Time Zone

+ 13 EST (New York)
+ 9 GMT Year round

International Dialing Code

+81

Entry And Exit Formalities

Arrival Procedures:
After you have cleared Customs and Immigration procedures and collected your luggage, exit the Arrivals Hall. You are met there by your local Cox & King representative, who will be holding a Cox & Kings sign displaying your name. He or she will then accompany you to your hotel by private vehicle. When you check in to your hotel room, please inspect your accommodations. If you are not happy with your room, immediately advise your Cox & Kings representative, who will be waiting in the lobby. He or she will help you secure more suitable accommodations in the same room category.

Transportation

Air Travel:
Please note that the name on your airline ticket must exactly match the name on your passport to avoid complication.

Flight times quoted are local and are subject to change. Check in for domestic flights should be at least one hour before departure, and we suggest three hours for international flights. Check with your Cox & Kings representative prior to check-in for any changes or delays. Please note that the name on your airline ticket must exactly.

Road Travel:
Japan's roads are well maintained and well marked. However, there is a lot of traffic.

Electricity

The electrical voltage in Japan is 100 volts, and Type A and B plugs, the same as in North America, are used. However, the current is different. A voltage converter is required if you are carrying electrical items with North American 110 voltage.
Electricity Plug

Currency

Japan's unit of currency is the Yen (JPY). Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in Japan. ATMs are widely available in Japan. We recommend that you carry cash in small denominations.

Tipping / Gratuities

Gratuities for driver, coach assistant and local guides are included in the cost. Tips at restaurants where the meals are included in your itinerary are included in the cost. Gratuity for your accompanying Tour Director is not included and can be paid as per the quality of service rendered.

Religion

Shinto and Buddhism are the most prevalent religions in Japan. However, religion does not play a major role in the everyday lives of most Japanese today.

Recommended Clothing

A general rule of thumb is to choose easily packable clothing and layers for differences in temperature. Clothing should be light to medium weight during the summer. Make sure to bring a raincoat or rain poncho if you're traveling during the rainy season (May to mid-July). Dressing in layers is always preferable. Regardless of your destination, make sure that you bring comfortable walking shoes (preferably flat soled) for sightseeing. Please see our recommended packing checklist.

Recommended Packing List
  • Tickets / Passports / Credit Card / Cash / Medical Insurance Certificate / Visa
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and tickets etc. and it is recommended that you leave one copy with a family member back home
  • Sun protection (polarized UV sunglasses, UVA/UVB sunscreen, protective Wide-brimmed sun hat (baseball caps do not offer the sun protection that wide-brimmed hats do.)
  • Camera equipment & additional memory cards
  • Insect repellent and/or anti-malaria medication
  • Prescription medication and over-the-counter medication
  • First aid Medical Kit (Bandages, Imodium, Antiseptic Cream, etc.)
  • Lip balm / good moisturizing lotion / hair conditioner
  • Prescription glasses & extra contacts - if you wear contact lenses, your eyes may get irritated by the dust. Keep an extra set of glasses / contact lenses as it takes time to get replacements.
  • Other Personal toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable walking shoes and / or hiking boots (depending on activities planned in your itinerary),
  • flip flops, sandals
  • Swimsuit
  • Track suit
  • Underwear & socks
  • Raincoat and layered clothing such as a sweater or a jacket
  • Headscarf or bandana for dustry, dry regions
  • Important / emergency contacts and addresses
  • Phrase book or dictionary
  • Personal electronic appliances with chargers and electrical converters
  • Waterproof zip lock bags
Shopping

Tokyo is home to some of the best shopping in the world. You can shop for designer clothing, high-tech electronics, toys and watches. Venues throughout Japan range from local markets and small boutiques to department stores and modern shopping malls. If you're looking for traditional souvenirs, consider buying Kokeshi dolls, Furoshiki cloth wall scrolls, kimonos, chopsticks, zori sandals and ninja boots.

Visitors to Japan may be able to get a refund of the consumption tax (known as V.A.T. elsewhere), but it is usually available only at a small selection of licensed stores (mainly electronics and department stores). You must make purchases of more than 10,000 JPY at one store on any given day. Check with customer service at the store to see if you are entitled to the refund.

Health And Safety

Cox & Kings takes every precaution to keep you safe and healthy while you travel, but keep in mind that standards are not the same as they are in the U.S. Travelers should plan accordingly.

Vaccinations
We recommend that you remain up to date with routine vaccinations. Please also check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and your doctor for the most current information and advice about inoculation requirements specific to your trip.

Medicine
If you or any of your traveling party are taking medicine for certain conditions that could require intervention while travelling (such as diabetes or a heart condition), please carry an adequate supply in your carry-on luggage.

  • Carry a kit containing sunscreens and other lotions for protection from the sun, insect repellents and sting relief creams, water sterilizing tablets and medicines for possible stomach upsets or indigestion.
  • If you or any of your party are taking prescription medicine, please carry an adequate supply as it may not be easily obtainable while you are traveling. Always place your medication in your carry-on luggage to ensure you have access to it at all times

Food and Water
Although the tap water in Japan is safe to drink, some may not like the taste. We recommend that you drink bottled water, which is readily available, while traveling in this region. You should take the same precautions with food and water as you would at home.

Valuables
It is always good practice to be aware of your surroundings and to not leave your personal items (especially money) vulnerable. Be especially conscious of your belongings at major tourist sites. When possible, we recommend that you leave your valuables in your hotel's safe.

Travel with the absolute minimum. It is not advisable to carry valuable jewellery. Money should be taken in traveler's cheques, with the receipt numbers retained separately in case they are lost or stolen. Cash kept on your person should be minimum. Where possible, leave any valuables, documents and passports in your hotel safety deposit box. Be especially conscious of your belongings at major tourist sites. Your luggage is particularly vulnerable at airports, railway stations or where crowds gather.

Communication

Japan's communications infrastructure is excellent. Check with your local cell phone provider prior to departure to determine the availability and charges to make and receive cell phone calls in Japan. Internet service is available throughout Japan.

Irasshaimase! Cox and Kings is delighted to welcome you to Japan. We are the world's oldest travel company, celebrating our 260th year of discovery.

To make this occasion more special, we are pleased to offer our discerning travellers a set of singular experiences with our new Luxury Small Group Journeys.

As our guest, you will not merely see the sights; you will be immersed in the ambience, textures, flavors and fragrances of each destination. On these journeys, we offer extraordinary luxury and a unique access for the privileged few.
Climate & Weather Chart

Climate & Weather Chart


Osaka JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Max av temp (F) 47 48 54 66 74 81 86 91 83 72 63 53
Min av temp (F) 33 34 39 49 57 66 74 76 69 56 46 37
Av rain (mm) - - - - - - - - - - - -
Tokyo JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Max av temp (F) 10 10 13 19 23 25 29 31 27 22 17 12
Min av temp (F) 2 3 6 11 15 19 23 25 21 15 10 5
Av rain (mm) 45 60 100 125 138 185 126 148 180 164 89 46

Booking Procedures

Please read the conditions of travel as your booking is subject to the terms and conditions listed below. A contract is entered into, once East India Travel Company, Inc. (Cox & Kings) accepts and confirms the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by Cox & Kings. Payment of any monies constitutes acceptance and understanding of Cox & Kings' Terms & Conditions as laid out below, as listed on our website and in our pre-travel documentation.

It's a simple process to book your journey. Simply follow the steps listed below.

1. Kindly complete and sign the booking form per party by the family head or the authorized person for eachparty.

2. Then complete the terms and conditions form per party by the family head or authorized person for each party.

  1. Completed & Signed Booking Form
  2. Signed Terms and Conditions
  3. Passport Copy (the photo ID page)

Minimum Age for Luxury Small Group Journeys

The minimum age for a child to join a luxury small group journey is 6 years old.

Minimum Operating Strength to guarantee Luxury Small Group Journeys

All departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 02 full paying adults booking that particular departure. This means the departure will only operate if a minimum 02 passengers are booked. Such passengers can either book on solo or twin.

Prices

Prices quoted are based on the following configuration:

  • Per person cost on a twin room
  • Cost using single room
  • A child aged between 6 years and 11 years can be accommodated with two adults sharing a room with an extra bed based on the hotel policy. In certain destinations there will be no reduction on the cost for children between 6 years and 11 years & they will have to pay the adult cost only.
  • Child of 12 years and above will be charged at full adult rates.

Deposit and Payment
A per person deposit of $500 must be paid at the time of booking. The balance of the trip must be paid prior to 120 days before you travel.

If you book your travel on or after 120 days of departure, the full amount of your trip must be paid in order to confirm the booking.
If the final balance is not received on time both for regular journeys and special offers, Cox & Kings reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled by you and to levy cancellation charges. If you book your travel 120 days or prior to departure, the full amount of your trip must be paid in order to confirm the booking.

For any air tickets handled by Cox & Kings, full payment is required at time of booking in order to secure the fare quoted.

  • You can pay in full to confirm your booking or make a deposit to book your reservation. Please see the payment schedule listed below.

Payment Schedule
Payment Terms Amount (Per Person) Date of Payment

Booking Amount $500 Immediately upon booking prior to 121 days before the date of your journey
Balance Payment Remainder Amount Immediately or after 120 days from the date of your journey whichever is earlier

  • You can book ONLINE - www.coxandkingsusa.com/luxury-small-group-journeys & then upload your documents.
  • If you wish to pay by check, please address your check to "Cox and Kings The Americas" along with your documents and send to : Cox & Kings, 8060 Melrose Avenue, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Cancellation by You

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing to groupjourneys@coxandkingsusa.com. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy.

Please note that for most custom journeys, deposits are refundable minus a per person Administrative Fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. You will be advised if your Terms & Conditions are different than listed below by your Travel Specialist at time of booking.

For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable for most custom journeys (some exceptions apply including Africa, please see separate cancellation terms below):

Cancellation Terms for Luxury Small Group Journeys

Days before Departure Cancellation Charge
120 days or longer Deposit Paid + Air Tickets
91 to 119 days before departure 20% of total land program price + Air Tickets
61-90 days before departure 50% of total land program price + Air Tickets
60 or fewer days before departure 100% of total land program price + Air Tickets

Air Travel

Most airline tickets are non-refundable once confirmed, however, depending on airline and class of service, exceptions may apply, and you will be notified at time of reservation. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline.

Land Only Travel and Optional Flights

Prices displayed do not include international and internal airfares. Please refer to the inclusions and exclusions of your itinerary for more details.

Cox & Kings would be more than happy to include international flights for you. We can offer favorable prices for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class travel.

If you are considering booking your own flights, please be aware of your responsibilities, which include but are not limited to the following: If you are booking flights on your own, please be aware of tour timings. It is your responsibility to meet up with the group. There may be supplementary costs if you require arrival and/or departure transfers other than what is included in the program, or additional hotel nights on arrival or departure.

We strongly advise against booking flights independently of Cox & Kings as there may be difficulties if your flight is delayed / cancelled to connect with your group.

Note:

  • If you choose not to purchase flights through Cox & Kings, please provide us with a copy of your tickets before you arrive into the destinations.
  • For journeys in which international and/or internal (regional or intra-country) airfare is already included in main price, please be aware that the price of your journey may be impacted if you purchase international or internal flights on your own.

Alterations by You

If you request any amendments to your travel arrangements once your booking has been confirmed, an amendment fee may apply. If you request any changes in services or accommodation, once commencement of travel, Cox & Kings will do all possible to accommodate your request, however, any costs incurred due to such amendments, you will be liable for any cancellation / retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred to secure revised arrangements. Any alteration made will be treated as a tailor made booking and subject to different terms and conditions.

Unutilized Services

We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. that have not been consumed or utilized, when these services have been included in the price of the program. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline. To protect your investment, we strongly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance at partner.allianztravelinsurance.com .

Alterations Made to the Scheduled Program

Travel arrangements are planned and secured in advance and so changes in itinerary content may be unavoidable. These changes may be due to circumstances amounting to "force majeure" or reasons beyond Cox & Kings' control. They could include but not limited to; delay in departure due to flight disruption, closure of a hotel, strikes, riots, natural occurrences, decisions by State / National Governments or Tourist Organizations that cause forced alterations to a planned itinerary, its duration, time spent in a city or requiring the need to remove a city or part of from the itinerary caused by a local occurrence or situation. In such cases, Cox & Kings will offer comparable alternative arrangements. If any of the circumstances listed above occur during the course of the program, we reserve the right to alter the scheduled itinerary accordingly and compensation cannot be paid. We will make every reasonable effort to provide the booked arrangements but minor changes may occur. If changes are significant we shall where possible, inform you or your travel agent before your departure. Please note that Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible for any price increases or surcharges caused by governmental action, additional taxes imposed, fluctuations in exchange rates, increases in scheduled airfare or increases in fuel surcharges should Cox & Kings need to pass along these increases. Any increase in the original program price will be notified to you at least 91 days before departure. If you make your booking within 90 days of departure, the surcharge will be included in your invoice. Any surcharge will not exceed 10 percent of the listed program price.

Travel Warnings

It is the responsibility of the Traveler to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department's travel website at www.travel.state.gov or by phone at 1-888-407-4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location/s of the trip, should the Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, the Traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.

What Your Program Price Includes and Excludes

Please refer to each program which lists the Inclusions & Exclusions. There are separate Inclusions & Exclusions for land + air programs and separate Inclusions & Exclusions for land only programs.

Cox & Kings' Limits of Responsibilities

Except where otherwise stated in these Terms & Conditions, neither Cox & Kings nor any Third Party Supplier can accept liability or pay compensation where our performance of our or our supplier's contractual obligations is affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss as a result of force majeure. In these terms and conditions force majeure means any event which we / the supplier of the service(s) or the third party supplier could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include but not be limited to; actual or threatened war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, fire, and all similar events outside the control of the party concerned.

Cox & Kings makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide the travel services you purchase. We do not own or operate any of the accommodation, transport or other facilities used in connection with our programs. We therefore cannot accept liability for negligence of the staff of these organizations. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. Cox & Kings is not liable in the event of any failure by any person or company to render any transportation, accommodation or other travel service to be provided on the journeys, or for expenses incurred due to delays caused by weather, strikes, war, civil disturbances, natural disasters, flight delays, government actions, mechanical failures or any acts of God. Cox & Kings cannot assume any responsibility for flight delays, cancellations or missed connections and is not liable for any expenses or consequences resulting therefrom, and such expenses are to be borne by the traveler. When you travel with an airline the Conditions of Carriage of that airline will apply. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements and may limit or exclude liability. Your travel agent or airline can advise you of these conditions. The participant waives any claim against Cox & Kings for any damage to, or loss of, property, or injury to, or death of, due to any act, or negligence of any airlines, surface transportation companies, hotels or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included. Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible for any claim, losses, damages for delay of baggage or other properties, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset and disappointment, distress or frustrations, whether physical or mental, resulting from the act or omission of any party providing services.

The participant assumes and understands that all travel has an inherent risk that may result in injury or death from participation in activities, including but not limited to, driving, hiking, walking, touring, visiting archeological sites, walking on uneven surfaces, riding on rough roads, rafting, boating, canoeing riding in helicopters, on trains, boats, swimming, surfing, horseback or camel riding and any other activities. Participant knows and is familiar with the activities in their itinerary and is able to confirm that they meet the physical requirements to participate.

All services are subject to the laws of the countries in which these services are rendered. Venue for all claims or disputes shall be exclusively in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A., whose courts, using California Law, shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Damage claims against Cox & Kings shall be limited to the value of the particular item in dispute and not for any incidental, consequential, or special damages. Cox & Kings assumes no responsibility for representations made by others including, but not limited to, any employee of Cox & Kings or independent travel agent. Payment for reservations on any Cox & Kings travel arrangements shall constitute consent to all the provisions in the Booking Terms & Conditions published herein and is binding on all travel participants.

United States Tour Operators Association - $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

Cox & Kings, The Americas, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Cox & Kings, The Americas' customers in the unlikely event of Cox & Kings, The Americas bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by Cox & Kings, The Americas may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Cox & Kings, The Americas. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com.

Standard Check-in & Check-out Timings

Please refer to the below chart for standard check-in and check-out timings for the destination you are visiting:

Destination Check-in Time Check-out Time
Japan 16:00 HRS 10:00 HRS
China 14:00 HRS 11:00 HRS
South Africa 14:00 HRS 11:00 HRS
Morocco 15:00 HRS 11:00 HRS

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

  • TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY IN ADDITION.