Enjoy Shanghai & Japan

Featuring:
Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Kamakura, Tokyo

Starting From $1,595.00 Land Only

Duration 10 Days

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Charming Travel Destinations, Travel Agencies & Bureaus, El Monte, CA

Explore two of Asia’s hottest destinations! Experience the beauty and culture that makes Japan the word’s most family-friendly destination. Be mesmerized by its countless attractions that demonstrate the nation’s value in beauty and nature. Travelers can find the most amazing hot spots for shopping, entertainment and food. Visit beautiful temples hidden within colorful gardens and sceneries that inspired countless artists and incredible works of architecture. Then, travel to Shanghai, where ancient history meets contemporary culture and futuristic advancements. Immerse yourself where history meets the present. Enjoy a Shanghai Japan Tour Today!

This Tour Package Includes: 

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Some  transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Escorted Group Tour by coach

Tour Highlights:

  • City of God Temple
  • Xintiandi
  • Bund
  • Kuromon Market
  • Todai Ji
  • Kiyomizu-dera
  • Golden Pavillion
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
  • Boat cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Sensoji
  • Shibuya
  • Free leisure time in Japan
  • and more

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • International Air
  • Japan Departure Airport Transfer
  • Visa fees, passport fees, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals/admission not in itinerary
  • Optional tours (If applicable)
*Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date

In the ever-changing world we live, Charming Travel Destinations wants to equip you, our trusted clients with important travel information from current luggage policies, weather, currency exchange, and more. Visit our Travel Handbook Guide.

  Meals: B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Have any questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Section.

  • Day 1: Shanghai
    Upon arrival in Shanghai, transfer to the hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.               
  • Day 2: Shanghai
    After breakfast, start your journey in Shanghai with a visit to the City of God Temple. Old City God Temple is highly regarded in Shanghai, with an old saying: "one who fails to reach the temple never reaches Shanghai". City God Temple was built to protect the people in the city, and the gods are regarded as patron saints in Taoism. Head to the Bund, a famous waterfront, regarded as the symbol of Shanghai. The most famous and attractive sight  is at the west side of the Bund, where there are 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. After lunch, visit Xintiandi, an urban attraction that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city. Xintiandi is unique because of its concept of construction. It retains the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai. On the other hand, its interior embodies a totally different world. Here you can enjoy international gallery, bars, cafes, boutiques and theme restaurants. When you step into the buildings, you will get the taste of both Shanghai in the 1920's and the sonic modern lifestyle of today's urbanites. (B, L)
  • Day 4: Shanghai ~ Osaka, Japan
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Osaka. Upon arrival in Osaka, transfer to the hotel by hotel complimentary shuttle bus and check in. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy. (B)

    **Airport assistance will be available for all guests arriving into Osaka Kansai Airport Terminal 1 between the hour of 11:00am to 9:00pm. If the final confirmed hotel does not have a direct airport bus shuttle transfer available from airport-hotel, you may be required to take a taxi at your own expense from the closest airport bus shuttle drop off location.
    **For guests arriving outside of the service hours or in Terminal 2 or arriving into Osaka Itami Airport, please make your own way to the hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.
  • Day 5: Osaka ~ Nara ~ Kyoto
    This morning, make a photo stop at one of Osaka's prominent landmarks, the Osaka Castle. The five story castle is one of the most visually spectacular creations in the country with a history that dates back almost 450 years. Continue your tour and visit the Kuromon Market. With more than 190 years of history and tradition, this market is a very popular area known by locals as the Gastronome and Osaka's Kitchen, and it is also well-known nationwide. Transfer to Nara and visit the Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple. The Nara Park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer, considered in Sinto to be messengers of the gods. Todaiji Temple, a landmark of Nara and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Japan's most famous historically significant temples. The main hall, which houses the colossal bronze Buddha statue within, remains the world's largest wooden building. In the afternoon, proceed to Kyoto and visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. The temple is best known for its wooden stage which was built without the use of nails. Take a stroll along the Sannenzaka & Ninenzaka Street, two of Kyoto's most attractive streets. Lined with beautifully restored traditional shophouses and restaurants. Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka are a pair of pedestrian-only lanes that make one of the most atmospheric strolls in the whole city. Afterward, transfer to the hotel and check in.  (B, L)
  • Day 6: Kyoto
    This morning, leave Kyoto city for a day trip to Sagano and visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. It is one of the most beautiful and serene places in Japan. The absolutely gorgeous forest of skinny bamboo trunks is the heroin chic of wooded glades. As the wind passes through the tightly packed plants, the wood bends and creaks, the leaves rustle, and the trunks knock together, creating a peaceful sound like nothing else. See also the Togetsukyo Bridge, a well-known place of scenic beauty in the western hills of Kyoto. The artistic form of the bridge embodies the aesthetic sense that is at the heart of Japan artistic tradition. Return back to Kyoto and visit one of the most recognizable historical buildings in Japan, well-deserving of its recognition by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site, the Kinkakuji also known as the Golden Pavilion. Covered in glittering gold leaves, the pavilion dazzles admirers as it shimmers in the sunlight over its mirroring pond. Next, visit a traditional Sake Brewery for tasting and learn about Japan’s famous sakes. Lastly, visit the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. The magical, seemingly unending path of over 5,000 vibrant orange torii gates that wind through the hills behind the shrine makes it one of the most popular shrines in Japan. (B, L)
  • Day 7: Kyoto ~ Hakone  ~ Tokyo
    After breakfast, accompanied by the tour guide, take the Bullet Train to Hakone, city of the Mt. Fuji. Please note that all guests are responsible to handle their own luggage on and off the train and it will not be transferred separately. On arrival, first visit the Oshino-Hakkai, a peaceful nature area around Mount Fuji. Oshino-Hakkai means the eight seas of Oshino, which is comprised of eight ponds as its name described. These natural ponds are crystal clear and each one is a little unique. Afterward, take a Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi. Today, Lake Ashi is often pictured with Mount Fuji in the background as a symbol of Hakone. Proceed to Tokyo and make your first stop there at the Tokyo Tower for a photo stop before heading to Shibuya, one of Tokyo's busiest districts, packed with shopping, dining, and nightclubs. The Shibuya Crossing, famous for being the busiest crossing in the world, is on top of most people's must see list in Tokyo. You will have some free leisure time here to explore on your own. (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Tokyo ~ Kamakura ~ Tokyo
    This morning you will visit Kamakura. At Kotoku-in Temple, see the gigantic Buddha statue that stands approx. 13 meters high and weighs about 121 tons. The only national treasure in Kamakura, the statue of Buddha is a sight to behold not just from the outside, but also from the inside as visitors can enter inside the statue. Also visit the Hasedera Temple, famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The 9.18 meter tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculpture in Japan and can be viewed in the temple's main building. Next drive back to Tokyo and enjoy city tour of Tokyo. Start by visiting the Meiji Shrine, arguably Tokyo's most popular shrine, is surrounded by a lush green forest. Head to the Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most colorful & photographed temples. When approaching the temples, you will see the Karminarimon, the outer gate of the temple and the symbol of Asakusa. After lunch, make a photo stop at the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Like an island of respite at the heart of Tokyo, the Imperial Palace is surrounded by parks and gardens offering a getaway from the busy city streets. See the Nijubashi, one of the most well-known bridges in Japan. If you are looking at the bridge from the front, the two separate bridges appear as a single two storied bridge. (B, L)
  • Day 9: Tokyo
    Today, enjoy a free day to explore and enjoy the many attractions Tokyo has to offer. Perhaps, you can visit a traditional tea house, discover culture and history at a museum or treat yourself at Tokyo’s cutting-edge stores. (B)
  • Day 10: Tokyo ~ Home
    After breakfast, make your own way to the airport for your flight back home as your trip comes to an end. Departure transfer is not included. Our tour guide will provide you with assistance and instructions on where to obtain the airport limousine bus ticket. (B)
*Services of Bilingual English/Chinese-speaking guide.
*Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date.
*If minimum group size is not met, the tour will be a bilingual speaking tour with an English/Chinese speaking guide.
*March -May are the best times to view cherry blossoms in Japan, but we can’t guarantee that they will flower on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.
*October- Dec. are the best times to view Fall Foliage in Japan, but we can't guarantee these months as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the group size of this tour?
    Tourist from all over the world join this tour and it can vary from 4 passengers to 45 passengers. Our China & Japan tours are suitable for families, kids, seniors.
  2. What kind of tour is this?
    This is an Escorted Group Tour by coach. This guided tour features the highlights of certain cities in a brief visit.
  3. How much does single supplement or triple sharing cost?
    Single supplement costs an additional $1000USD or $1050USD and triple sharing has a $45USD deduction.
  4. Does this tour include any flights?
    Land Only packages only include domestic flights within one country. International and Inter-Asia flights are not included.
  5. What if I don’t want to join the tour some days or only join for half a day?
    Due to this is a group tour, you will need to follow the group for the entire program and cannot deviate. Any deviation will result in a penalty at the discretion of the local office.
  6. Is there a luggage limit?
    The luggage allowed for each passenger on our Group tours is limited to one piece of a maximum of 66lbs (note airlines and trains have their own limits, normally lower). We may refuse to accept excessively bulky luggage.
  7. Will someone help me with my luggage?
    Porterage is not included and you are responsible to handle your own luggage at all times.
  8. What mode of transportation will be used?
    This tour will use a Coach unless specifically stated.
  9. Will the bus have toilets?
    China & Japan Group tours will not have toilets in the bus.
  10. Are the tours wheelchair friendly?
    Our coaches are not equipped with access ramps for wheelchairs.
  11. What do I do if I want to extend my stay?
    Contact us and let us know if you want pre or post and how many days.
  12. How long is the duration of tour?
    A full day of tour is scheduled from around 8am to 7pm
  13. Can three guests stay in the same room?
    Yes, they can. Hotel rooms in China tend to be international standard. However, in Japan they tend to be much smaller than international standard. It may be a fold out bed or sofa bed. We would suggest this for families traveling with a child.
  14. Can we change the meal plan?
    Charming Travel Destinations offers vegetarian meal options for travelers. Regrettably, we cannot accommodate certain food options in China & Japan like Gluten Free or Halal during Group tours. For private tours, we can accommodate anything, but for this group tour we cannot. Please inquire if you have any allergies we need to know about.
  15. What information do I need to provide to book?
    Please provide legal names, email address, phone number, mailing address, number of rooms (single-triple occupancy), travel insurance preference, birth dates, and passport information.
  16. Do I need a visa to visit ?
    US and Canada passport holders need a visa to visit China. All else, please contact us to check.
  17. How much is the deposit to reserve a spot in the tour?
    For Land Only, the deposit is $300USD. For Land + Air packages, the deposit will be 50% of overall tour price
  18. Are there gratuities included? If not included, how much?
    Gratuities are not included and we suggest the equivalence of $10USD in country currency or USD per person per day.
  19. When should I expect to receive my travel documents and confirmations?
    Travel Documents and Hotel confirmations will be emailed out 1 week before arrival.
  20. What time can we check-in or out?
    The hotel check in is usually about 2pm and check out is 10am. If you want your room to be available for more time, consider booking an extra night.
  21. Are airport transfers included?
    Airport transfers are included in China. In Japan arrival transfers are by airport shuttle. These included service are subject to limitations such as hour, airport terminal and as stated on the itinerary. Departure transfer is not included in Japan. The departure transfer can be booked on your own for $20USD per person.
  22. Are the hotels listed the exact ones we will get?
    Final hotel confirmation will not be available until 1 week prior to departure. Hotels may be confirmed at any of the hotels listed or at similar properties.
 
  • Baolong Hotel – Shanghai, China * or similar
    No. 180 Yixian Road , Hongkou, 200051 Shanghai, China

    The Shanghai Baolong Hotel (Baolong Binguan) is located in the northeast of Shanghai, about 24 km (15 mi) from Hongqiao Airport, 10 minutes drive from Shanghai Railway Station and 15 km (9.3 mi) from the city center. Metro Line 3's Dabaishu Station or Jiangwan Town Station are about a 15 minute walk away. The hotel has a total of 379 guestrooms and suites ranging from standard to presidential suites, comfortably decorated and equipped with air conditioning, color TV, telephone, mini bar and refrigerator.

    The Grand Mercure Baolong Hotel also has an International Convention Center and variously sized meetings room and a business center offering fax, typing and photocopying services. There is a wide range of recreational facilities including tennis courts, an ice skating rink, an indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, sauna, beauty salon and the Star River Disco to choose from. The Grand Mercure's restaurants offer Shanghai and Chaozhou cuisine, Japanese dishes and there is also a Piano bar and shopping arcade on the premises.

    Check in: 2:00pm
    Check out: 12:00pm

    http://www.baolonghotelshanghai.com/

  • Stargate Hotel – Osaka, Japan* or similar
    1 Rinkuoraikita, Izumisano

    Located in Rinku, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rinku Park and Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle. Rinku Premium Outlets and Izumisato Furusato Machiya House are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    This hotel features 6 restaurants, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. Free WiFi in public areas and a free airport shuttle are also provided. Other amenities include self parking, meeting rooms, and a 24-hour front desk.

    All 358 rooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, plus refrigerators and LCD TVs with digital channels. Guests will also find down comforters, hair dryers, and safes.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website:                  www.s-gth.jp/english/

  • New Hankyu Kyoto Hotel – Japan* or similar
    579 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shiokojidori, Shinmachi Higahi iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture

    Guest rooms were renovated in July 2015. It features the Kyokarakami paper and the unique pattern of Nishijin textile used for a kimono sash to produce the elegant atmosphere of the ancient city, Kyoto.

    Check in: 3:00pm
    Check out: 12:00pm

    Website: https://global.hankyu-hotel.com/new-hankyu-kyoto/

     

  • Tokyo Prince Hotel – Tokyo, Japan* or similar
    3 Chome-3-1 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo 105-8560

    Enjoying views of the Tokyo Tower, which is just a 3 minute walk away, Tokyo Prince Hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool, pampering spa treatments and an on-site shopping arcade. Air-conditioned rooms come furnished with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

    Tokyo Prince Hotel is a short one minute walk from Onarimon subway station. Daimon Station and JR Hamamatsucho Station are less than a 10 minute walk away. It is a 5 minute drive from Roppongi.

    Featuring large windows and modern decor, the spacious rooms all feature an electric teakettle and a personal safe. Private bathrooms come stocked with a hairdryer and toiletries.

    Guests can spend afternoons singing karaoke at Petrea Karaoke Room, or visit Yamano Beauty Wellness Trinity Spa for a massage. The hotel also provides car rentals, a flower shop and a convenience store.

    Restaurant Porto serves Western dishes, while Shimizu Japanese Restaurant offers sushi and hot tempura. Other dining options include Marronnier Chinese Restaurant and Garden Islands Beer Restaurant. Drinks are available at Windsor Main Bar and Pikake Tea Salon. 

    Minato is a great choice for travelers interested in cleanlinessfriendly locals and culture.

    Hotel Website - http://www.princehotels.com/tokyo/ 

  • Hotels


     

     

     

    Tokyo Hotels:

    Name Rating Website
    Daiwa Roynet Ariake ★★★ https://www.daiwaroynet.jp/
    TMark City Hotel Tokyo Omari ★★★ https://tmarkcity.com/
    Granbell Shinjuku ★★★★ http://www.granbellhotel.jp
    Hilton Narita ★★★★ https://www3.hilton.com/

    Kyoto Hotels:

    Name Rating Website
    Crystal Hotel 3 ★★★ https://www.tripadvisor.com/
    Royal Oak  ★★★ https://www.royaloakhotel.co.jp/
    Westin Miyako  ★★★★ https://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/
    Rihga Royal Hotel ★★★★ https://www.rihgaroyalkyoto.com/

    Osaka Hotels: 

    Name Rating Website
    Hotel Hanshin Osaka ★★★ https://hotel-hanshin.hotels-in-osaka.com/en/
    Bay Gulls Hotel ★★★ Tel: 0081-72-490-0055
    Hyatt Regency Osaka  ★★★★ https://www.hyatt.com/
    Noku Osaka Hotel  ★★★★ https://www.nokuhotels.com/
  • Hotel Conditions
    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

    *All Hotels are subject to change until final confirmation

    *All rooms are based on standard Run of House and room type cannot be guaranteed

    *Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date

    *For travelers with their own pre or post tour arrangements:
    In the event of any hotel changes, transportation to the confirmed hotel must be arranged on your own expense

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Prices are based on per person, double occupancy.  “Land Only” rates do not include international air tickets. Charming Travel Destinations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum 2 passengers to guarantee rate. All hotels are subject to availability. Hotels may be substituted with another or similar category. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time and prices are not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.  We reserve the right to modify the itinerary to ensure a smooth and safe trip.
No visa is required for U.S. passport holders

Email us at [email protected] for Air Rates

*If minimum group size is not met, the tour will be a bilingual speaking tour with an English/Chinese speaking guide.
*Final confirmation will be provided 1 week prior to the departure date.
* Escorted Group Tour by coach

*For travelers with their own pre or post tour arrangements:
  In the event of any hotel changes, transportation to the confirmed hotel must be arranged on your own expense.

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