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Trip Overview

It’s easy to see why Japan is one of the world’s fastest-growing travel destinations and one of the must-visit places in 2019. From its landscapes, traditions, forested trails, incredible shrines, culture, cuisine, and everything in between, Japan is truly a traveler’s dream. And The Golden Route itinerary is the perfect introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun. The country’s famed high-speed bullet trains, its unique hidden wonders, and the crowd-pleasing attractions in Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto (with a day trip to both Nara and Fushimi) will give you an introduction to all that Japan has to offer.

Highlights

  • Explore the bustling, vibrant capital of Tokyo
  • Travel onboard the iconic Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train to Hakone
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji in Hakone
  • Discover gardens, temples, shrines in ancient Kyoto
  • Visit the Todaiji Temple and Kasuga-taisha shrine in Nara
  • Stroll through the famous red torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Japan Rail Pass
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast and lunch in Tokyo
  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Hakone
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kyoto
  • Sightseeing city tour in Tokyo
  • Tour of Tsukiji Market in Tokyo
  • Cultural experiences tour in Kyoto
  • Sightseeing city tour in Kyoto
  • Day trip to Nara and Fushimi from Kyoto
  • Transfers from Tokyo airport to hotel; Tokyo hotel to Narita International Airport
  • 10 meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

DAY 1 – TOKYO

Welcome to Japan’s bustling, vibrant capital of Tokyo! This is a place where ancient traditions and modern trends intertwine. If you want to stay connected while traveling on either your cell phone or tablet, talk to a Rail Expert about purchasing an option SIM card while booking. (Overnight in Tokyo)

DAY 2 – TOKYO

Experience some of Tokyo’s most famous landmarks on your included city tour. Relax along the Sumidagawa River onboard a water bus and take in amazing views of the city, as well as the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Skytree. Then, visit the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden, where you can step back into the Edo-period. The gardens are located on the edge of Tokyo Bay and built around a lovely pond. At the teahouse, you can enjoy a cup of matcha tea while admiring the surrounding landscape. Your last stop is the Meiji Shrine. This Shinto shrine is a quaint oasis in the heart of Tokyo. Walk along a misty trail through evergreen trees to the shrine, as well as check out the Inner and Outer Gardens. For dinner, try some traditional kaiseki cuisine. (Overnight in Tokyo) B

DAY 3 – TOKYO
Spend some time perusing the famous Tsukiji Market’s stalls selling seafood and other specialty items. The outer market features a labyrinth of narrow streets packed with restaurants and shops. It is one of the best places in Tokyo to enjoy fresh seafood. You will then visit a typical Japanese home and learn to prepare sushi, which you get to eat for lunch. Spend the rest of the day discovering on your own. We recommend you head to the Caretta Shiodome Observatory for a panoramic view of the city. (Overnight in Tokyo) B, L

DAY 4 – TOKYO TO HAKONE
Board the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train to Hakone. Aside from breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi, Hakone offers world-class art museums, hot springs, the Enoura Observatory, and plenty of hidden gems. (Overnight in Hakone) B, D

DAY 5 – HAKONE TO KYOTO
Travel to the ancient city of Kyoto to explore its gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops. Today, you’ll get to experience the culture of this city on your included tour. Choose from a tea ceremony, flower arrangement class, calligraphy, or origami with an instructor. (Overnight in Kyoto) B

DAY 6 – KYOTO
Today’s guided bus tour includes visits to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), ornamental Nijo Castle, and Nishiki Market, known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”. Later, stop by the Sanjusangendo temple, Japan’s longest wooden structure. Speak to a Rail Expert about the option to upgrade your tour to experience these landmarks by private car. (Overnight in Kyoto) B

DAY 7 – NARA AND FUSHIMI
Enjoy your included day tour of Nara and Fushimi with a local guide. Visit the Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha statue. At Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine, you’ll see hundreds of stone and bronze lanterns. Stroll through Nara Park (Deer Park), where you can hand feed the sacred deer. Then, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and its 10,000 red torii gates. (Overnight in Kyoto) B

DAY 8 – KYOTO TO TOKYO
Return to Tokyo by Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own by getting off the tourist track. Check out Kichijoji’s Harmonica Alley and Golden Gai. (Overnight in Tokyo) B

DAY 9 – DEPART TOKYO
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Narita International Airport to continue with your onward travels. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Ichinoyu Honkan

Ichinoyu Honkan

'ICHINOYU' was founded in 1630 as a pioneer of the hot spring hotel industry in Hakone area and even painted by the famous UKIYOE painter - Utagawa Hiroshige.

Here in the traditional environment,You'll surely be satisfied with Japanese culture.

Susukinohara Ichinoyu

Susukinohara Ichinoyu

Susukinohara Ichinoyu is located in an area of natural beauty.
All rooms are Japanese style and have an open-air hot spring bathroom.
*The dinner and breakfast in Susukinohara Ichinoyu and comes with "all-you can drink."

Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto

Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto

The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Municipal Subway "Kyoto City Hall" station, Hankyu Railway "Kawaramachi" Station, Keihan Train "Keihan Sanjo" Station. It is located in the west of Kawaramachi which is the center of bustling Kyoto.
Guest rooms are popular among customers of a wide range of nationality. Based on Western-style rooms, Kyoto's traditional culture such as Yukimi Shoji and Japanese style lighting has been incorporated.
The breakfast offers more than 25 kinds of buffet menu "Farm Restaurant Moku Moku".

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

For Your comfort

Television (regular channels), telephone, hot water pump pot, refrigerator,hair dryer, bidet, safe deposit box, Laundry service

For Your convenience

Tea set (japanese green tea), coffee set, slippers, bath towels, face towels,hand towels, bar soap, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush set,razor, shaving cream, shower cap, comb, cotton swabs, cosmetic cotton, nightwear (yukata)

Shiba Park Hotel

Shiba Park Hotel

The Shiba Park Hotel was established in 1948 in a quiet neighborhood of Shibadaimon area, close to the Tokyo Tower, an iconic landmark of Tokyo, and Zojoji Temple, the Tokugawa family’s temple.

We want our guests to feel “relaxed as if they were at home”, even in the midst of a trip in Tokyo.
The Shiba Park Hotel will always welcome guests from around the world with the philosophy “Endeavor to be the professional of Omotenashi” in mind.

Shiba Park Hotel

Shiba Park Hotel

The Shiba Park Hotel was established in 1948 in a quiet neighborhood of Shibadaimon area, close to the Tokyo Tower, an iconic landmark of Tokyo, and Zojoji Temple, the Tokugawa family’s temple.

We want our guests to feel “relaxed as if they were at home”, even in the midst of a trip in Tokyo.
The Shiba Park Hotel will always welcome guests from around the world with the philosophy “Endeavor to be the professional of Omotenashi” in mind.

Park Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel Tokyo

The beauty of Japanese aesthetics has been nurtured by enjoying it with nature. Park Hotel Tokyo is a place where you can enjoy the ever changing seasons ART = Space (Atrium) food (Restaurant) travel. It is a special time to feel the art starting from the moment you set foot here. We offer a variety of hospitality to allow guests to feel relaxed and enjoy their stay.

Park Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel Tokyo

The beauty of Japanese aesthetics has been nurtured by enjoying it with nature. Park Hotel Tokyo is a place where you can enjoy the ever changing seasons ART = Space (Atrium) food (Restaurant) travel. It is a special time to feel the art starting from the moment you set foot here. We offer a variety of hospitality to allow guests to feel relaxed and enjoy their stay.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person and subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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