Japan: Land of the Rising Sun9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.Andaz Tokyo - 3 Nights
Today, start your exploration with a visit to the Toyosu Fish Market. This huge wholesale market consists of three main buildings connected via walkways with observation windows to view the action.
After continue with a visit to the ancient temple of Asakusa Kannon, followed by a tour of the Yanaka district in Tokyo, where the shitamachi atmosphere, an old town ambience reminiscent of city’s past decades, still survives. It will be a late afternoon return back to your hotel.Andaz Tokyo (B)
Day 3TokyoBegin your day with a visit to Meiji Jingu, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Next, head to Harajuku neighborhood, which is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights.Stop and see Shibuya scramble, the famous 8 way intersection in Japan. End your day with a visit to Hama Rikyu garden, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, along with a cup of tea.Andaz Tokyo (B)
Day 4To Hakone
Embark on a drive to Hakone National Park, a mountainous area known for its dramatic views of Mount Fuji and volcanic hot springs. Enjoy a cruise along the serene Lake Ashinoko. Formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone 3,000 years ago, today the lake is a slice of tranquility. Later, visit the open air museum, followed by Hakone and Komagatake ropeways. Dinner this evening is provided at your hotel.Hyatt Regency Hakone - 1 Night (B, D)
Day 5To KyotoAfter breakfast at your hotel, you will be assisted to the train station for your trip to Kyoto onboard the bullet train. Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted to your hotel.The rest of the day is yours to explore Koyoto.Hyatt Regency Kyoto - 3 Nights (B)
Pay a morning visit to the hillside Fushimi-Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto that is famous for its thousands of brilliant red torii gates, which lead into the forest of sacred Mount Inari. Then continue out to Nara, home to Japan's original emperors. Visit Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine to immerse yourself in the spiritual heart of the country. End the day with a visit to the Sake Museum to learn more about Japan's national drink.Hyatt Regency Kyoto (B)
Visit Kinkakuji, a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Next, visit Ryoanji Temple, located in north Kyoto, part of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhiasm, built in 1450. There, you will experience a traditional private Tea Ceremony. Drive outside of Kyoto to Arashiyama, walk through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves. Continue to see Tenryuji's garden, which has survived centuries in its original form.Hyatt Regency Kyoto (B)
Day 8To Tokyo
After an early breakfast, you will begin your visits. Nishiki Market is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi. Ippo Do Tea Tasting(payable locally). In business since 1717, Ippodo offers high-quality Japanese teas, a hands-on tearoom where customers can learn how to brew their choice of tea paired with a seasonal Japanese sweet, and tea classes.
Afterwards, your guide will escort you to the Kyoto train station to board the bullet train to Tokyo. Upon arrival, you will be assisted to your hotel. The rest f the day is yours to discover Tokyo.Andaz Tokyo - 1 night (B)
Day 9Depart Tokyo
Bid farewell to the Land of the Rising Sun as you are escorted to Narita Airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Population: 127.9 million
Official Language(s): Japanese
Japan is a country like no other, at once futuristic and high tech, but where traditional Japanese culture lives on strongly in places like Kyoto. What surprises most visitors is the natural beauty, particularly around Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps.
What To See
Tokyo is an exciting city of bustling squares such as Shinjuku, flashing neon, high-rise department stores, noodle bars and first-class hotels including the Park Hyatt, whose bar was famously featured heavily in Lost in Translation. Also worth visiting are the Imperial Palace gardens and Tsukiji Fish Market. Southwest of Tokyo lies Mount Fuji, and the most famous spot to appreciate the volcano is Hakone National Park, a region of lakes, peaks and volcanic hot springs. There is a fantastic cable car ride from Mount Soun-zan, which in good weather conditions offers superb views of Mount Fuji. Once at the bottom you can take a cruise on the beautiful Lake Ashino-ko. It is worth spending an evening or two at a traditional onsen (hot spring) hotel here and enjoying the clean air and natural beauty of Hakone National Park.
When To Go
Japan is best visited in spring or autumn, when the weather is at its most pleasant. Another advantage of visiting at this time is to enjoy either the cherry blossoms in spring or the vibrant red and golden brown colors of Japan’s autumn.
Japan: Land Of The Rising Sun
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