Escorted Tour of Tokyo and Kyoto
This trip starts in fast-paced, ultramodern Tokyo, makes stops in Hakone and at Mount Fuji, and ends in Kyoto, where you’ll see old Japan’s traditions and culture. In between, you’ll explore the area around iconic Mount Fuji and see a bit of the Japanese countryside, with optional tours to visit the cities of Nara and Osaka. This tour includes:
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX), Houston (IAH), and New York (JFK)
- 2 nights of standard accommodations at Okura Hotel East 21 Tokyo or similar in Tokyo
- 1 night of standard accommodations at Tominoko Hotel or similar in Lake Kawaguchi
- 2 nights of standard accommodations at the Westin Miyako or similar in Kyoto
- 2 nights of standard accommodations at the Hotel Granvia Osaka or similar in Osaka
- Transportation between each city
- Daily breakfast and one dinner
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
- Fuel surcharge and taxes
- Round-trip airport transfers
- Orientation tour in each city
Days 1–3: Flight and Tokyo
The tour kicks off in Tokyo, Japan’s modern capital, where shrines and stone lanterns are scattered among glittering skyscrapers. A half-day tour will take you to the city’s best-known landmarks, including the Imperial Palace, once inhabited by samurai warriors in the 15th century. Today it’s the residence of the emperor of Japan.
- Senso-ji Temple: Located at the end of the famous Nakamise Dori shopping street, this 7th-century temple is Japan’s oldest. It honors the Buddhist deity of mercy and compassion.
- Take something home: Shop in the Ginza district, one of the world’s most luxurious retail areas.
- Where you’ll stay: Okura Hotel East 21 or similar accommodations
- Optional Kaiseki dinner that includes an appetizer, sliced sashimi, steamed food and rice, and dessert ($99)
Days 4–5: Mount Fuji
In the morning of day 4, you’ll board a bus to Mount Fuji that climbs Japan’s iconic volcano to a lookout station at 7,550 feet above sea level. Here are some suggested activities:
- A scenic cruise on Lake Ashi is included with this deal. You’ll sail out onto this crater lake for spectacular views of Mount Fuji.
- Komagatake Ropeway: Take in the scenery as this aerial tram soars above the blue waters of Lake Ashi.
- Where you’ll stay: Tominoko Hotel or similar accommodations
Days 5–7: Kyoto
Kyoto was Japan’s capital for 1,000 years, and its glorious past is honored in its thousands of monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During your stay here, you’ll visit some of these landmarks and sample Japan’s finest cuisine. Some suggested sites and activities:
- Kyoto’s most famous temple: Kinkaku-ji or “the Golden Pavilion” is covered in gold leaf, casting an iridescent reflection on the surrounding water.
- The Kyoto International Manga Museum pays tribute to the country’s zealous comic-book culture. You’re encouraged to read a selection from the rows of wooden bookshelves.
- Optional Japanese dinner with traditional plates of raw fish and potted meats, and a Geisha-style performance at the Gion Corner ($99); Sagano Bamboo Forest ($65)
- Where you’ll stay: The Westin Miyako or similar accommodations.
Days 7–9: Osaka
Upon arriving in Osaka, you’ll embark on a city orientation tour. In the evening and on the following day, you can spend your time at your leisure, or you can enjoy an optional tour. On day 9, you’ll have breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your return flight.
- Optional tour: Central market / Nara and Osaka landmark tour ($70); explore the Central Market, visit the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue, and see the Osaka Shrine, once the home of powerful shoguns.
- Where you’ll stay: Hotel Granvia Osaka or similar accommodations
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal? Alternate departure gateways available based on airline availability, surcharge may apply. Please call Affordable Asia Tours at 888-737-2742 to find out the exact price.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal? Yes, you have the option to extend your trip.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available? As long as the Groupon shows the particular date can be purchased, then it is available.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available? After you purchase the Groupon, please redeem by making the reservation as soon as possible.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room? The maximum number of adults that can stay in one room is two. One child can stay with two adults in the same room without an extra bed. Children will require a Groupon in order to travel with parents. Discounts apply during the booking process. Children must be under 12 years old at the time of travel. Please contact Affordable Asia for more details.