Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto Japan-3

2019 Timeless Japan: JFK- Travelzoo Special

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

Starting From $1,999.00 Land + Air

Duration 7 Days

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Kyoto Kiyomizu Dera
Charming Travel Destinations, Travel Agencies & Bureaus, El Monte, CA

Take a tour into Japan to experience the beauty that beholds one of the world’s most beloved destinations. Filled with history, culture and nature, Japan mesmerizes its visitors with its countless attractions. In addition to its history, Japan hosts the perfect harmony between the past and present. Travelers can find the most amazing hot spots for shopping, entertainment and food. Travel to Osaka, Japan’s second largest city and also known as the “nation’s kitchen”. Then, discover Nara’s treasures and freely roaming creatures. Continue to discover the awe-inspiring historical gems that lie in Kyoto. Take a bullet train to Hakone, the city of Mt. Fuji, the landscape that inspired countless artists and incredible works of architecture. Surround yourself in the many wonders of Kamakura including it gigantic Buddha stature. Finish your trip with Japan’s hottest destinations, Tokyo. Explore the fusion of well-preserved tradition and leading innovation.
Experience the multiple faces of Japan and most importantly get a taste of their one of a kind cuisine. Take a Timeless Japan tour today!

This Tour Package Includes:

  • Land + Air JFK or LAX on Air China or similar
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • Bullet Train
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Arrival Airport Transfer

Tour Highlights:

  • Kuromon Market
  • Nara Deer Park
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Sogano Bamboo Forest
  • Sake Brewery & Tasting
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Golden Pavilion
  • Lake Ashi Cruise
  • Hasedera Temple
  • Big Buddha in Kamakura
  • Sensoji Temple
  • Tokyo Tower photo-stop
  • Shibuya Free time
  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner included

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees, passport fees, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals/admission not in itinerary
  • Optional Tours
*March -May are the best times to view cherry blossoms, 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, but we can’t guarantee these months as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.

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

For LAX air rates please click here.
Have any questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Section. 

  • Day 1: Osaka
    Upon arrival in Osaka, a guide will be onsite to assist you to take a train or bus to the hotel (Ticket for the bus or train is included). The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.  

    **Airport assistance will be available for all guests arriving into Osaka Kansai Airport Terminal 1 between the hour of 11:00am to 9:00pm.
    **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 2: Osaka ~ Nara ~ Kyoto
    This morning, make a photo stop at one of Osaka's prominent landmark, 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 Gastronome and Osaka's Kitchen, and is 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 is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples, a landmark of Nara and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 Sites 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 for some of the most atmospheric strolling in the whole city. Afterward, transfer to the hotel and check in. (B, L)

  • Day 3: 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 almost 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 and 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 leaf, 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 4: Kyoto ~ Hakone ~ Kamakura ~ 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 in handling 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.

    Afterward, continue to 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. Continue to visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, one of the most important shrines in Kamakura. As you pass by the traditional outdoor Japanese dance platform, then climb the steep steps up to the shrine, you will feel that you are in a holy place. You will be impressed with the bright red pillars and heavy wooden structure. 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. After dinner, you will be transferred to the hotel and check in. (B, L, D)

  • Day 5: Tokyo
    Today, take a full day city tour of Tokyo. First, visit 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. Proceed to 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)
  • Day 6: 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 7: 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 instruction on where to obtain the airport limousine bus ticket. (B)
*March -May are the best times to view cherry blossoms, 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, but we can't guarantee these months as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.
* This package includes guided tours featuring the highlights of certain cities in a brief visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the group size of this tour?
    The maximum group size will be 35 people per coach.
  2. What airlines are used for this tour?
    Charming Travel Destinations uses multiple airlines including Air China, Asiana, Cathay, United and etc. to provide the best available rates.
  3. How long is the flight time?
    Flight length varies depending on city of departure and number of stops. 
  4. What do I do if I want to extend my stay in Tokyo?
    Please let us know during your booking, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  5. How long is the duration of tour?
    A full day of tour is scheduled from around 8am to 7pm
  6. Can three guests stay in the same room?
    Yes, each room has a maximum occupancy of either 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. The triple room deduction rate is $30USD per person. If there are two children, a second room will need to be booked. If a child occupies a bed, the child rate cannot be applied.
  7. Can we change the meal plan?
    Charming Travel Destinations offers vegetarian meal options for travelers. If you have any food allergies, please let us know during your booking.
  8. 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.
  9. Do I need a visa to visit Japan?
    Visa is not required for travelers with U.S. or Canadian passports.
  10. 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
  11. Are there gratuities included? If not included, how much?
    Gratuities are not included and we suggest up to $10USD per person per day. 
  12. What can we do since the Departure Airport Transfer is not included?
    The departure transfer can be booked on your own for $20USD per person. 
  • 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/

  • 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/ 

  • 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/

     

  • 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

Arrival Land Land+Air Availability
Feb 25, 2019 $1,230.00 $2,235.00 BOOK NOW
Mar 11, 2019 $1,230.00 $2,235.00 BOOK NOW
Mar 18, 2019 $1,230.00 $2,235.00 BOOK NOW
Mar 25, 2019 $1,370.00 $1,999.00 BOOK NOW
Apr 01, 2019 $1,370.00 $2,460.00 BOOK NOW
Apr 08, 2019 $1,370.00 $2,150.00 BOOK NOW
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May 13, 2019 $1,230.00 $2,270.00 BOOK NOW
May 27, 2019 $1,230.00 $2,430.00 BOOK NOW
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Jul 08, 2019 $1,230.00 $2,585.00 BOOK NOW
Jul 22, 2019 $1,370.00 $2,615.00 BOOK NOW
Aug 05, 2019 $1,370.00 $2,600.00 BOOK NOW
Aug 26, 2019 $1,370.00 $2,485.00 BOOK NOW
Sep 09, 2019 $1,230.00 $1,999.00 BOOK NOW
Sep 23, 2019 $1,230.00 $2,085.00 BOOK NOW
Oct 07, 2019 $1,230.00 $2,235.00 BOOK NOW
Oct 21, 2019 $1,370.00 $2,350.00 BOOK NOW
Nov 04, 2019 $1,370.00 $2,350.00 BOOK NOW
Nov 18, 2019 $1,370.00 $2,350.00 BOOK NOW
Dec 02, 2019 $1,230.00 $2,235.00 BOOK NOW
Dec 09, 2019 $1,370.00 $2,350.00 BOOK NOW

Prices are based on per person, double occupancy.  Land Only rates do not include international air tickets. Charming Travel Destination guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum 2 passengers to guarantee departure. All hotels are subject to availability. Hotels may be substituted with another of 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 all US passport holders. 

Email us at [email protected] for Air Rates from the other departure cities.

*All Hotels are subject to change until final confirmation

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

For LAX air rates please click here.

*March -May are the best times to view cherry blossoms, 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, but we can’t guarantee these months as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.

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