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Highlights of Japan - 8 days / 7 nights

Tokyo - Hakone - Kyoto

This trip is ideal as a combination with another Asian country or a quick getaway from home. Explore the major historic and iconic sites with our local expert guides, while enjoying some free time to wander around the bustling local streets. Customize your trip with a large variety of handpicked activities that allow you to feast on local cuisine and soak up on local culture!

 
Privately-Guided! Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, our local excursions are mostly privately guided except for a few exceptions like cooking or traditional handicraft lessons.
 
Choose Your Own dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.
 
Customizable! Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't mentioned? Want specific hotels or style of hotels? Just let us know, and we can arrange it for you.
 
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Trip Highlights

  • Tsukiji, the World's Largest Fish Market
  • Hiking around Mt. Fuji
  • Traditional Ryokan and Onsen (Japanese Hot Spring Bath) Experience
  • Travel by Shinkansen, Japan's iconic Bullet Train
  • Kyoto's Kitchen, a shopper's paradise for seasonal foods and kitchen tools

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our representative who will assist with transfer by shared shuttle bus or private car or the Narita Express Train to your hotel. Rest of the evening is free at leisure.
Overnight in Tokyo

Day 2: Full Day Guided Tokyo City Tour
Spend the day visiting some iconic historic sites around the city with your private guide using public transportation. Soak up the atmosphere of Old Tokyo and feast on your favorite traditional street snacks as you explore Tokyo’s oldest temple.
Overnight in Tokyo

Day 3: Half Day Guided Fish Market and Sushi Making Lesson (group class)
A trip to Japan is not complete without visiting the world’s largest fish market, Tsukiji! Take your time exploring this enormous seafood market, including a section on fresh vegetables and fruits. Later, you will prepare your own sushi lunch at a typical Japanese home. Your friendly local host will not only share her sushi making skills, but also answer any questions you have about Japanese culture. Afternoon is free for you to explore this exciting city on your own.
Overnight in Tokyo

Day 4: Mt. Fuji and Hakone Guided Tour by Private Car
Most day hikers start their trip at Mt. Fuji at the 5th station, the highest point where vehicles can drive up to at 7,545ft. After hiking around, continue to Hakone for a refreshing “onsen” (Japanese hot spring bath) at a traditional ryokan.
Overnight in Hakone

Day 5: Hakone to Kyoto by train
Spend the morning exploring Hakone on your own and hopefully catch the majestic view of snowcapped Mt. Fuji before continuing to Kyoto by Shinkansen bullet train (about 2 hours).
Overnight in Kyoto

Day 6: Full Day Guided Kyoto City Tour
Kyoto, a former imperial capital city for over a thousand years, is a UNESCO World Heritage site as it is one of the best-preserved cities in Japan. Explore this enchanting city with your expert local guide as you learn about its rich heritage history. Discover “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, a lively market where you can pick up seasonal local foods or kitchen tools like knives and cookware.
Overnight in Kyoto

Day 7: Half Day or Full Day Guided Tour of Kyoto
Whether you’re an avid foodie, amateur artist or just want to soak up more historical sites, you can choose from a variety of our favorite hand-picked activities with our dedicated local experts. We also highly recommend you spend some time exploring the historic districts on your own.
Overnight in Kyoto

Day 8: Depart from Osaka or Tokyo
From Kyoto, take the Limited Express Haruka train to Kansai International Airport (75 min) for your flight back home. If you’re flying out from Tokyo, it’s about 4 hour train ride to Narita International Airport.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Our Package Rates Include

  • Airport transfers
  • Daily accommodation with breakfast
  • One local set dinner in Hakone at a ryokan
  • Private tours with local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees including museums and national parks for guided tours
  • Group class for Sushi making at a local resident home
  • Local transportation for guided tours
  • Japan Rail Pass for unlimited Shinkansen bullet train ride for 7 days
  • IC Pasmo card with pre-loaded credits for city public transportation

 
Rates Do Not Include

  • International airfare - let us know if you would like a separate quote for airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
     

To Book This Tour

Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you are interested in this tour. To prepare a proposal, we'll ask questions about how many people are traveling, your preferred travel dates, standard and types of accommodation, and any special interests that we may be able to accommodate.

Once we have finalized a customized price quote for you, your agent will inform you a per-person non-refundable deposit to initiate reservations (typically 20% of tour cost). Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
 
Please review our complete terms and conditions:
Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policies

- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.
 


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