12-day customized tour of Japan, starting in Tokyo. Explore some of Japan’s top destinations, epic sites and off-the-beaten-track hidden gems.
Brand g is excited to offer an immersive experience in Japanese culture and lifestyle along with the romantic sites. Japan is a country of modern amenities, renowned cuisine, and a deep sense of history. Being one of the first countries to witness sunrise, Japan has the nickname, “The Land of the Rising Sun.”
Our tour includes three nights in Tokyo, one of the world’s most cutting-edge capitals. Witness the contrast of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples next to towering skyscrapers. Experience two nights at a traditional Japanese ryokan, three nights in Kyoto, the historic former capital, famous for its abundance of temples, gardens, and UNESCO World Heritage status. Enjoy an overnight and farewell dinner in Osaka, Japan’s third largest city, before returning home.
Package Includes: 12-day fully escorted tour, with the services of local and Brand g hosts throughout the trip.
12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 10 Dinners
Two beverages per included lunch and dinner (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
Meet and greet airport transfer at Tokyo Hineda or Narita Airport
Welcome dinner cruise in Tokyo Bay
Visits to Sensoji Temple & Nakamise Street in Asakusa
Sushi making experience with lunch
Sumo wrestling practice visit
Private bus to Nikko, the world heritage town and national park
Race to Takayama on a high speed bullet train and local train and stroll the old town and streets including Takayama Jinya.
Explore the Miyagawa morning market
Visit the world heritage site of Gokayama
In Kanazawa, visit the old Higashi-chaya district and Kenrokuen garden
Full day excursion in Kyoto to Nijo castle, Kinkakuji and Ryoanji temple and Arashimaya bamboo forest
Kaiseki dinner with Maiko
Full day on your own in Kyoto. Take an optional excursion, such as tea ceremony or cooking class
Visit Himeji castle, and Enkyo-ji temple where the movie Last Samurai was filmed
Enjoy a Kobe Beef lunch
Take in the Benesse museum, Chichu art museum, Ando museum on the unique Naoshima Island
Visit Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima island
Visit Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima
Explore the bustling old capital of Osaka, exciting night life and street food
Airport transfer back to KIX airport in Osaka
May 12 to May 24 – $9,499.00 USD
Pricing is based on double occupancy. A deposit of $850 per person is required to secure a reservation. Pre-paid gratuities of $250 per person are additional. All reservations are subject to Brand g’s Terms and Conditions.
It is recommended to bring comfortable shoes and clothing for the tours. Our group tours do not require formal wear, it is generally acceptable if passengers wear casual clothing of their choice.
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 60 days prior to departure of these requests.
The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hertz in eastern Japan and 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka).
A 2-flat-pin plugs are used in Japan, the same as North America.
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. While we have collected pre-paid gratuities with your reservation, at your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips. Japan for the most part is a tip-free country. If you want to express your appreciation, a simple thank you is more than sufficient.
Whether or not you need a Visa will depend heavily on what country you’re coming from. Most western nations such as the United States or the UK have 90-day exemptions. Unless you’re from one the countries that don’t have Visa exemptions, all you’ll need to show the immigration officer is your passport. You’ll also have to comply with with a scanning of your fingerprints and a photo. All foreign residents and tourists are REQUIRED to carry on their person either their resident card or their passport at all times.
You can get currency exchanged at ATM’s and at some hotels; however, we recommend that guests exchange their currency at the airport. If you plan on using your card for ATM’s, it is recommended that you use participating post offices and 7-Eleven ATM’s. Please check with your card companies for more information regarding service fees that may apply.
For current exchange rates: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
While things are slowly changing, Japan is still very much a cash based society.
You should know that in the eyes of conservative Japanese, you have basically branded yourself as part of the Yakuza. Historically, Japan branded criminals with tattoos. Later, as the country entered a period of modernity, Japan’s organized crime syndicates took total ownership of the practice. Recently, Japanese youth are beginning to change the cultural and legal perceptions of tattoos however much red tape remains.
What this means in practice is that you will not be able to use most pools, public bathing facilities, or gyms. If you have a small tattoo you can simply cover it with flesh-colored tape and be fine but if have sleeves, you’re going to need to pass on some activities. Nevertheless, if you still want to experience a traditional hot spring, I suggest booking a ryokan with private onsen in the room as this will allow you to circumvent the need to share with people who aren’t comfortable with your tattoos.
With an incomparable perspective on the city and a singular, moat-side setting just opposite the Imperial Palace gardens, Palace Hotel Tokyo is a haven of hospitality – serene and refined, and imbued with understated luxury throughout. The floor-to-ceiling windows of our Deluxe Rooms reveal the Imperial Palace’s ancient Otemon Gate and Uchibori Dori avenue.
The ample living space comes with a separate seating area which can be used as either a dining table or a work space, and its bathroom is open-style – with separate soaking tub and shower and complete with dual rain and handheld shower heads.
Located in Hida Takayama Onsen, this spa ryokan is steps from Takayama Jinya and Takayama-jinya. Hida Folk Archaeological Museum and Hida Folk Archeological Museum are also within 5 minute walk.
Kagaya is a traditional Japanese style inn (Ryokan). It’s a long-established ryokan that has been ranked #1 for the past 30 years. The ryokan is decorated with a balance of traditional and modern Japanese aesthetics, is fully outfitted with hot spring facilities, offers plenty of colorful meals using the best local ingredients, and is employed by staff offering the highest quality hospitality. At Kagaya, you can enjoy the famous water of the Wakura Onsen (hot spring) that has a 1200-year long history. The water is said to be good for ailments like rheumatism, neuralgia, gout, and allergies.
Located in the heart of Kyoto, the Celestine Gion features a large public bath, and Japanese garden. Designed to shift the traditions and history of Kyoto into the modern day, guest rooms use the beauty of spatial design. From the interior design to the amenities, each and every item in the guest rooms has been carefully chosen to provide a truly relaxing private room.
Bella Vista provides superb elements that can only be enjoyed at this location, rooted in the region’s food, industries and culture, such as local ingredients from the sea and the mountains of Hiroshima and the Inland Sea, as well as local denim, Kasuri fabric and furniture.
Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi.
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art – 0.9 miles
Hiroshima Castle -1.1 miles
Atomic Bomb Dome – 1.4 miles
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum – 1.5 miles
Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award for 2017.
InterContinental Osaka offers contemporary glamour and magnificent panoramas in an enviable location close to the city’s main sights. Immediate proximity to Osaka Station and a connection with the high-end shopping mall, Grand Front Osaka, makes InterContinental Osaka an ideal base to explore the city of Osaka.
Duration: 12 days
Start in Tokyo
End in Osaka – Departures.
Following our tour of the island, we will bus to Onomichi for check-in at hotel, with dinner tonight at the hotel restaurant. (B/L/D)
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