Japan is a country of captivating contrasts, where ancient gods rub shoulders with modern technology, skyscrapers give way to lush paddy fields and bustling crowds disperse into the tranquillity of a classical garden. This tour is the perfect introduction to this fascinating archipelago.
US - Tokyo (3N) - Yatsugatake (1N) - Takayama (2N) - Kanazawa (1N) - Kyoto (3N) - Nara - Koya - Wakayama (1N) - Osaka (1N) - US
Witness the fusion of modernity and tradition in Tokyo
Ascend the iconic and inspirational Mount Fuji
Wander through the thatched-roof village of Shirakawago
Stop in amazement at the dramatic flair of the Matsumoto Castle
Explore the authentic Japanese town of Kyoto
Meander through the 10,000 red torri arches of the Fushimi Inari Shrine
If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination
If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to one of our Destination Specialists who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us at 877 993 6399 and we'll help plan your dream vacation.
Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
The Sunshine Prince is located in Sunshine City, a shopping and entertainment hub of Tokyo and close to Ikebukuro Station, providing convenient transport links to the rest of the city. The hotel's en-suite rooms are simple, comfortable and traditionally furnished with a television, electric kettle, a mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Facilities in the hotel include on-site restaurants serving Japanese, Cantonese and Western cuisines, a cafe and bar and a 24 hour convenience store.
The Ryu Resort allows guests to appreciate the natural scenery of the area. Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, a bar and a relaxing onsen. Each of its Japanese-western style rooms have an en suite bathroom, tea making facilities and a satellite TV. There are three on site restaurants serving excellent local cuisine.
Conveniently located next to Kanazawa Station, the Kanazawa Miyako offers modern air conditioned rooms with tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV. The hotel has two on site restaurants serving a mixture of French and local cuisine. Other facilities include a bar and lounge, a convenience store and free internet access in the hotel lobby.
Located in the downtown area of Kyoto, the Karasuma hotel has good access to the popular sightseeing spots. The stylish, simple rooms all have en suite bathrooms and free internet access. The bar offers a menu of seasonal cocktails and guests can dine at the hotel's two restaurants serving Japanese and Chinese cuisine.
Hotel Granvia is conveniently located next to Wakayama train station. The 134 modern guest rooms are sound proofed and feature air conditioning, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. The hotel has a bar/lounge, a coffee shop and two restaurants, where guests can feast on delicious dishes made with seasonal local products.
The hotel boasts a central location in the city. It has four restaurants, offering a mixture of western and Japanese cuisine, a cafe and a bar. Other hotel facilities include a gift shop, a hair salon, a swimming pool and a fitness center. All guest rooms are air conditioned and feature a TV, electric kettle and a mini fridge. WiFi access is available throughout the hotel.
A Visa is not required for Japan for US and Canadian passport holders.
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the US the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 1, then the local area code, then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 1 212 868 5800.
Cell phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however text and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your cell phone provider if you intend to use international roaming during your vacationand ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the US.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies.
Tipping in Japan is not compulsory, nor expected. Any tipping provided for services on tour in Japan should be provided discreetly inside a small envelope.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
This adventure is ideal for travelers with a reasonable amount of time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of Japan. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights of Japan and have incorporated travel by road to give the opportunity to see the beautiful Japanese countryside.
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