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Taste Japan

6,950

“Did you know that Tokyo has more Michelin star awarded restaurants than any other city in the world?”

Join us on a luxurious journey of cultural experiences; Michelin star restaurants, world heritage sites, deluxe hotel and luxury ryokan stays. This five star culinary and cultural tour ‘Taste Japan’ is perfect for those who appreciate outstanding food, wine and beautiful surroundings. Japan has quite the reputation for culture and cuisine. No matter how often you’ve frequented a ‘foreign’ Japanese restaurant in your own country or on your travels, none will compare to what you are about to experience.

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Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Route: Tokyo -> Kyoto -> Shizuoka/Mt. Fuji -> Tokyo

Prices and Inclusions

DateService
Accommodation 8 nights deluxe Western hotels, 1 night in traditional Japanese style accommodation (9 nights total)
English Speaking tour leaderWhen 6 or more are in the group you will be escorted by our English speaking tour leader. If your group is less than 6 people, you will be doing the tour on a semi-escorted basis (Met in each area by our local assistants and guides).
TransfersAll transfers required for your tour as well as arrival & departure airport transfers to & from Tokyo hotel
Private Tour GuidesLocal English speaking tour guides in Tokyo & Kyoto
Entrance Fees
Included into all sights listed in itinerary
Cultural Activities/ExperiencesTokyo City Sightseeing, Kyoto City Sightseeing, sushi-making instruction, ramen tasting tour, sake rice-wine tasting with all meals, traditional performance in Tokyo, Kyoto home cooking demonstration, Kyoto World Heritage sites, tea with a Kyoto Geisha, vineyard visit, onsen hot springs, kaiseki multi-course meals
Meals Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 5 evening meals
Other Inclusions:
  • Comprehensive Travel Pack
  • Local Emergency Contact
  • All Taxes & Accommodation Surcharges
  • Fixed Price Policy
  • Minimum 6 / maximum 16 people
  • No hidden costs
This package does not include:
  • International Flights [Arrange own flights into and out of Tokyo’s Haneda or Narita Airports – Always check the arrival date on your flight e.g. if flying from Europe/US, you will arrive into Tokyo the following day (depending on airline you use)]
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary. Generally, you can expect to pay 1,000yen for lunches and anything from 2,500yen for your evening meals.
  • Beverages consumed at any meal (Water served freely)
  • Baggage Handling (You are requested to carry your own bags so be careful when packing! Your tour leader will help you arrange luggage forwarding on some journeys by the reliable ‘Takkyubin Service’)
  • Tour Leader, Guide or Driver Gratuity – can be arranged among your group (Optional)

Details


Dates: 2019: September 09, November 04, December 28
2020: April 12, June 07, September 27, December 27
Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starts: Tokyo
Ends: Tokyo
Route: Tokyo -> Kyoto -> Shizuoka/Mt. Fuji -> Tokyo
Tour Type: Deluxe Cultural and Culinary Tour of Japan
Prices from:
€6,950 / £6,300 / US$8,100 / AU$11,400 (Per Person sharing twin, double or triple room)
€8,950 / £8,150 / US$10,400 / AU$14,700 (Single room throughout)
If you are willing to share a room with a fellow traveller, let us know. We will do our best to match you with a suitable room-mate.
Accommodation Category: Deluxe Western & Japanese Style

Tour Highlights

Tokyo

One quarter of all Japanese live in Tokyo or the near vicinity and with a population of over 12 million inhabitants, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. With its huge skyscrapers, underpasses, overpasses and crowds of pedestrians, Tokyo may not seem the most attractive city on the surface, but the city has a vibrant charm all of its own. The street level detail is what makes Tokyo such an incredibly interesting place to explore and at every turn you will be met with an array of sights, sounds and smells to enliven the senses. The city has many major sights to visit such as Senso-ji Temple in the old downtown area of Asakusa or the fashion hub of Shibuya from where all new trends are said to emanate. All in all a stay in Tokyo is to experience one of the world’s most vibrant and interesting cities; a capital hurtling headlong into the future whilst maintaining its links with the traditions of ancient Japan.

Kyoto

Brimming with tradition, Kyoto is the ultimate destination for anybody who wants to soak up time-honoured Japanese culture. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, this ancient city showcases the heart and soul of traditional Japan. Kyoto boasts an array of world-class gardens, maj estic festivals and delicate cuisine, all of which make much of the rhythms of nature and the changing of the seasons. On first glance however, visitors will see that like any large Japanese city, grid-like Kyoto has its fair share of neon and concrete. But the discerning eye will soon pick out Kyoto’s treasures: sacred shrines tucked in among shopping arcades, time-honoured teahouses nestling among modern businesses and mysterious geisha scuttling down backstreets among the tourists and souvenirs.

Shizuoka

Famous for its tea and some of the finest views of Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka prefecture is also home to a number of memorable shrines, temples, museums and galleries. The rivers and coastline offer visitors some stunningly beautiful vistas. The islands off the Izu peninsula are popular with summer holiday makers, and surfers in par ticular, although the locally produced kusaya fermented fish might be not to every visitor’s taste. The luxury boutique hot spring resort of Kai Enshu is tucked away in the countryside with beautiful lake views.

Mt Fuji Five Lakes Region

The Fuji Five Lakes lie an arc around the northern half of Japan’s most sacred mountain. In ancient times, lava flow from a volcanic eruption of Mount Fuji spread across the area, damming up rivers and resulting in their formation. This beautiful lake setting is one of the best locations to view the magnificent volcano, and a perfect position to begin your Mount Fuji climb during the summer months. It’s also a great place for hiking, camping and fishing, or visiting the popular amusement park Fuji-Q Highlands. Lake Kawaguchi is the most easily accessible of the five lakes, and its northwestern shores are calmer and offer stunning views of Fuji-san.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo on your scheduled flight.

You will be met on arrival by our transfer staff and taken to your Tokyo hotel.

We will begin our trip with a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant!

Day 2: Tokyo Guided Tour

Breakfast at your hotel

Meet our local Tokyo guide who will take you on a full-day guided tour
Highlights include:

  • Hamarikyu Garden
  • Sushi lunch at Michelin star restaurant
  • Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade
  • Meiji Shrine & Yoyogi Park

Evening at leisure in Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before exploring the Tokyo you choose with guidance from your travel consultant and local guide

Highlight: Seasonal cultural event in the evening time

 

Day 4: Travel to Kyoto

Breakfast at your hotel.

Transfer to Kyoto on the first class car of the shinkansen (high speed bullet train)

Highlight: Kyoto Michelin-starred restaurant dinner

Day 5: Kyoto

After breakfast, you will enjoy a full day tour in Kyoto. Highlights include a special visit to the imperial Palace and dining with a beautiful Kyoto Geisha. We will also visit a Kyoto housewife for a Japanese home cooking demonstration.

Day 6: Kyoto at leisure

Breakfast at your hotel

Explore Kyoto or Nara with suggestions from your travel consultant and local guide.

You will have the option to visit the heart of Japanese Buddhism on the mountain of Koya-san and experience the rich heritage of Japanese traditional monastic life and exquisite vegan cuisine.

Day 7: Osaka - Japan's Good Cooking Capital!

Breakfast at your hotel

You will be taken on a morning tour of Osaka with our local guide.

Highlight: Lunch at celebrated restaurant in Osaka

Day 8: Shizuoka & Mt. Fuji

After breakfast at your hotel you will have the option to take part in a tea-tasting session to start off the day (please pay for this locally)

 

On our journey back to Tokyo, we will spend some time sightseeing around Japan’s most famous mountain

Day 9: Tokyo

Breakfast at your hotel before enjoying your final day in Tokyo at your leisure. Speak to your travel consultant for ideas on where best to spend your last day.

Highlight: Farewell dinner with your group of newfound friends to round off your culinary adventure!

Day 10: Tour Ends

Breakfast at your hotel

You will be transferred to Tokyo Haneda or Narita airport for your scheduled flight

Post-tour options are available, please speak to your travel consultant if you would like to extend your stay in Japan!

How to Book

Step 1: Pay booking deposit 250 Euro (or equivalent)

By paying your deposit today, we secure your place on this chosen small group tour. You will be sent a receipt of payment on the following business day (Mon-Fri). All online deposits are refundable up to 7 days after payment has been made through this website.

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Step 2: Book Your Flight

Once you have secured your place on our tour, you should book your flight to Japan from your home country. To find the best available routes and flights, check out skyscanner.com.

 

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Step 3: Manage your Booking

Once deposit is paid, log into your secure Unique Japan Tours Travel Portal. Check your documents and fill out as much information as possible, to ensure we give you the best service possible (dietary requirements, passport info, flight details, and so on). This travel portal can also be used to make payments towards your tour (installments are permitted).

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Step 4: Receive your Essential Travel Pack

All of our clients receive an Essential Travel Pack which is sent to your home address (worldwide) 2-3 weeks before your departure date. If your starting date is less than 2 weeks, you will receive it on arrival in Japan. All documents will be sent via email in advance also.

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Step 4: See you on Day 1 in Japan!

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Total price of this tour

6,950 per person

Pay a deposit of 250 per item
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