Land Only Package

WONDERS OF JAPAN : 15 DAYS

  • Shrine
  • Heritage
  • Castle
  • Meal
  • New Tour
  • Pick up
  • Drop off

per person USD 4,939
JTB9200

From the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to the quiet of the sacred Mt. Koya, spend 15 days seeing Japan's most beautiful and exciting sites. Visiting vibrant Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, industrious Nagoya, cultural Kyoto, ancient Nara, lively Osaka, rustic Okayama, verdant Shikoku, culturally diverse Kobe, sacred Mt. Koya, medieval Tsumago and Matsumoto Castle, Peaceful Hiroshima, mountainous Nagano and Takasaki, and heritage rich Nikko.

Day 1: Tokyo


Welcome to Japan! Transfer by coach to hotel. Meeting with guide. Late in the afternoon, we will pay a visit to this fascinating country by taking a trip on the metro (tickets included) to the Shinjuku district and see the crowds of people who use this modern and efficient collective transport system. Shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts. The visit includes an ascent to the METROPOLITAN TOWER, which has a wonderful view of the city from the 46th floor. Dinner included and return to hotel.

NOTE: This visit may take place on Saturday or Sunday evening, depending on the passenger flight arrival times.

Day 2: Tokyo


In the morning, we take part in a 5-hour trip with our guide to see this amazing city, with its hustle and bustle and extremely modern districts that coexist with quiet, peaceful areas. We will pass near the walls and gardens of the Imperial Palace and visit the Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife, and their spirits. In Yasukuni Jinja shrine we will have the chance to reflect on peace in this shrine, built in remembrance of the 2.5 million Japanese citizens who lost their lives in World War II. Passengers who wish to do so can visit the War Museum. We will pass through the district of Akihabara, the “electric town” with icons from the popular Japanese Manga and Anime culture and then see Kokugikan, the Sumo stadium, home of this Japanese sport. We will also visit the Buddhist temple of Sensoji, the oldest and most important temple in Tokyo, with its 55-metre high pagoda. Then we will have some free time to visit the traditional commercial district of Asakusa.

Lunch included. Free time in the afternoon.

Day 3: Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Kawaguchiko


We set out for the beautiful region of Mount Fuji, passing through pretty countryside on our way. We reach the idyllic city of KAWAGUCHIKO with its tiny houses, flowers and mountains, and its beautiful lake. On our arrival, we will visit the FUJI SENGEN SHRINE set in a magical site surrounded by tall trees, and the starting point of the traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. At the shrine, we will express our thanks for being able to visit this wonderful place.  The trip includes the ascent by cable car to Mount Tenjo. The views of the neighbouring lakes and Mount Fuji are spectacular. The visit also includes a delightful boat trip on Kawaguchiko Lake. After lunch, we start to ascend Mount Fuji on the road that takes us to the “fifth station”, surrounded by spectacular forests and views, to a height of 2,305 metres.

Note: In winter, the route is frequently closed due to snow or other adverse weather conditions; during this season, we will ascend as far as the authorised point.

Return to Kawaguchiko, with time to stroll near the lake. We will stay at a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese hotel), and have the chance to enjoy its ONSEN (public baths). Traditional Japanese dinner included.

Day 4: Kawaguchiko - Iyashi No Sato Nemba - Toyota - Nagoya


In the morning, we continue along the pretty road bordered bylakes to IYASHI NO SATO NENBA, a tiny village destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and later restored as a traditional open-air mountain village and museum. Its traditional houses have been transformed into arts and crafts shops, restaurants and traditional museums. We then have the opportunity to admire the SHIRAITO FALLS, considered done of the most attractive sites in Japan, with a waterfall height of 150 metres. We will stop for lunch included in a service area and then continue to NAGOYA, the third most important city of Japan, on the shores of the Pacific. Here we will visit the TOYOTA MUSEUM (admission included), a must-see for motor lovers.

Day 5: Nagoya - Kyoto


We are only 130 km (81 miles) from KYOTO. We leave at first light to spend all day in the city that was the capital of Japan from the year 794 to 1868 and home to the Imperial Court. During World War II the city was the only major Japanese to escape the bombardments, and so it still preserves its wealth of artistic heritage; the famous protocol restricting greenhouse gas emissions was signed in Kyoto in 1997. The visit includes a trip to one of the most important parts of the city. We will see the marvellous Shinto Shrine of Fushimi Inari, the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji temple, “the golden pavilion” and its wonderful gardens. Free time before visiting GION, a busy traditional quarter famous for its Geisha. Free time.

Day 6: Kyoto - Nara - Osaka


We head for the outskirts of Kyoto to Arashiyama, where we cross the Togetsukyo Bridge (“bridge over the moon”), which has fantastic views. We will visit the Tenryuji temple, one of the "five major Zen temples of Kyoto" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a walk through its mystic bamboo forest. Then we leave for NARA and visit Todaiji, a magnificent Buddhist temple built in 752, which has a giant Buddha and where passengers can take photos and touch and feed the deer that wander through the park.

Lunch included.

After the visit, we will see HORYUJI Buddhist temple, a World Heritage Site that includes a seminary, monasteries and temples. Its main pagoda temple is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world and is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan and an important place of worship. We continue to OSAKA, where we arrive in the evening. Accommodation in this modern city (Japan’s second city) and free time. In the evening we will visit Dotonbori, a colourful district filled with nightlife.

Day 7: Osaka - Himeji - Inbe - Okayama


We set out for HIMEJI, including admission to its huge castle, built in the traditional architectural style of Japanese castles.

Lunch included. We then continue to INBE, a small town famous for its pottery. Passengers can wander through its quiet streets with their traditional houses, visit its shops and see its pottery kilns. After the visit we carry on to OKAYAMA, where we will visit Korakuen, one of the prettiest gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional tea houses

Day 8: Okayama - Kurashiki - Itsukushima - Hiroshima


We leave for KURASHIKI, a city with a very well conserved historical centre. Time to wander through this charming oldeworlde charming town with its quaint atmosphere. Then we carry on to Miyajimaguchi, where we take a ferry to Miyajima, the island “inhabited by Gods and men” and its Itsukushima shrine dedicated to the guardian of the seas, built partially over the sea. Time to visit the temple, stroll through the pretty centre and have lunch. Then we set out for HIROSHIMA, sadly famous for the atomic bomb that fell in on it 1945 and completely destroyed the city; we will visit the peace memorial park, the atomic bomb dome and the impressive Peace memorial Museum.

Dinner included.

Day 9: Hiroshima - Matsuyama


Today we will take a ferry to Shikoku Island, on a pleasant crossing that lasts two hours and a half and see the many islands that make up Japan. In MATSUYAMA we will take the cable car up to its impressive castle. Afterwards, we will visit ISHITEJI, a beautiful Buddhist temple and a place of pilgrimage.

Lunch included.

In the late afternoon, we will visit DOGO ONSEN(admission included), a traditional Japanese bath facility built in the 19th century.

Day 10: Matsuyama - Kotohira - Takamatsu - Tokushima


We depart for KOTOHIRA, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the God of sailors and a place of pilgrimage. The shrine stands on Mount Zosu and is reached by climbing 785 steps. Afterwards in TAKAMATSU we will visit RITSURIN, one of the prettiest gardens in Japan.

Lunch included.

Then, in NARUTO, we cross an impressive bridge over the sea, stopping on the way to admire the construction and walk on its glass floor with the sea 450 metres below us. We then continue to TOKUSHIMA, famous as the home of the most important festival in Japan, with its Awa Odori dances. There we watch a colourful Japanese dance performance (admission included).

Day 11: Tokushima - Kobe - Osaka - Mt. Koya


We set out early along a pretty motorway, crossing huge bridges over the sea. In KOBE we will visit KAWASAKI WORLD, an amazing museum that tells us of the technological prowess of this company, which builds motorbikes, planes, high-speed trains and construction technology. After stopping by in Osaka for lunch. We will depart from this city at 1.00 pm to visit, MOUNT KOYA, one of Japan’s sacred mountains and Japan’s main centre of Shingon Buddhism. There are 120 shrines and monasteries on this mountain which is a magical place of pilgrimage. We will visit Okuno Mausoleum, a spiritual place and an immense cemetery in the wilderness that has more than 200,000 graves. We will visit Kongobuji temple, built in 1593.

Note: In winter, as it gets dark earlier, we will not have time to enter Kongobuji temple.

We will spend this night at a Buddhist monastery. The monks will offer us a Zen meditation session (Ajikan). Dinner included (vegetarian food). There is religious ceremony at the temple early in the morning if you wish to attend it.

Note: We consider the sojourn at the monastery as an experience of great existential value. The rooms at this place are modest, without bathrooms, in the traditional Japanese style with tatamis. Bathrooms are communal.

Day 12: Mt. Koya - Kyoto


Japanese breakfast at the shrine. We will depart for KYOTO at first light where we will enjoy a full free day. Our guide will inform you so you can make the best of your alone time and visit the most interesting places in this gorgeous city.

Day 13: Kyoto - Tsumago - Matsumoto


We set out for TSUMAGO, passing attractive country scenery on our way. This small village with its wooden houses is one of the prettiest places in Japan. Free time to explore and lunch included.

Then we continue to MATSUMOTO, a tourist city, where we will visit the impressive 16th century castle, known as the “Crow Castle”. Free time to explore this bustling tourist city.

Note: In some tours, we will not sojourn in Matsumoto but in Nagano.

Day 14: Matsumoto - Nagano - Monkey Park - Kusatsu - Takasaki


Today our journey takes us through the beautiful Japanese Alps. In NAGANO, we will visit Zenkoji temple, a pilgrimage site where the first Buddhist image of Japan is located. Passengers will have the opportunity to take part in the Gomakuyo ceremony that brings good luck. Then we continue through the mountains to Monkey Park, with lunch included and wander through its forests with their rivers and thermal fountains where colonies of Japanese monkeys live and bathe. Then our journey takes us through beautiful mountain scenery (reaching an altitude of 2,172 metres) with semi-active volcanoes. KUSATSU is an attractive spa city with a lively main square. Our visit includes admission to the Yumomi performance, with actresses who sing songs about the traditional method for cooling spa waters. Then we can stroll through the city park with its outdoor Onsen. Our journey continues to TAKASAKI, where we settle into our hotel.

NOTE: In autumn, monkey migration is unpredictable as it depends on the abundance of fruit in the mountains. If the monkeys do not go down to the park, it may be closed. In winter, the route may be changed due to weather problems (snow). In such cases we will use other roads and eliminate the visit to the Monkey Park. The visit to Kusatsu and the Yumoni performance are cancelled from November to April due to weather conditions.

Day 15: Takasaki - Nikko - Tokyo


In Takasaki we will climb the hill where Byakui Daikannon is found, a gigantic statue honouring the Goddess of Mercy. Then we carry on to NIKKO, a fantastic town where we will visit the impressive Nikko Toshogu Shrine and the hall of the crying dragon. We will also visit the Taiyuinbyo Mausoleum, set in an impressive, peaceful site, followed by a walk near the river, in Kanmangafuchi, under the watchful eye of hundreds of Jizo statues! Free time to visit the city centre before leaving for TOKYO.

We arrive at Tokyo at 7pm. End of our services. 

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

Departure Date

<2017> Apr.08,15,22,29, May.06,13,20,27, Jun.03,10,17,24, Jul.01,08,15,22,29, Aug.05,12,19,26, Sep.02,09,16,23,30, Oct.07,14,28, Nov.11,25, Dec.09,23 <2018> Jan.06,20, Feb.03,17, Mar.03,17

Meal

Daily Breakfast and 12 meals (Dinner in Tokyo, Lunch in Tokyo, Dinner in Kawaguchiko, Lunch in Nagoya, Lunch in Nara, Lunch in Himeji, Dinner in Hiroshima, Lunch in Matsuyama, Lunch in Takamatsu, Dinner in Mt. Koya, Lunch in Tsumago and Lunch in Nagano)

General services provided by Europamundo/JTB

Travel by bus with English speaking guide / basic travel insurance / breakfast buffet

Arrival day

Includes arrival transfer

Inclusion

Boat (Kawaguchiko Lake), City Tour in Tokyo & Kyoto, Evening Transfer (Shinjuku in Tokyo, Dotonbori in Osaka), Ticket admissions (Metro, Metropolitan Tower in Tokyo, Saiko Iyashi no Ssato Nenba Village and Museum, Fuji Sengen Sanctuary in Kawaguchiko, Toyota Museum in Nagoya, Fushimi INari Sanctuary and Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Todai-ji Temple, in Nzara and Horyu-ji Temple., Castle in Himeji, Korakuen Gardens in Okayama, Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Museum in Hiroshima, Castle, Ishite Ji Buddhist Temple, Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama, Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, Naruto Bridge, Awa Odori Dance performance in Tokushima, Kawasaki World in Kobe, Okuno Mausoleum, Kongobuji Temple and Ajikan or Zazen meditation in Mt. Koya, Matsumoto Castle, Zenko-ji Temple, Gomakuyo tea cremony, Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano, Yumomi performance in Kusatsu, Byakuen Daikannon in Takasaki, Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Taiyuinbyo Mausoleum in Nikko), Ferry (Hiroshima-Miyajima, Shikoku Island) , Cable Car (Tenjo Mount in Kawaguchiko)


1.

The route will be bilingual with Spanish and English speaking guides. On cetarain dates, depending on sales, the circuit will be divided into two with a bus in each languate.

 

2.

<Expected Hotels>
 
TOKYO: Shinawaga Prince Hotel(****), Courtyard Marriott Ginza (****);
 
KAWAGUCHIKO: Oike Hotel Ryokan(****),Hotel Mifujien(****), Hotel Tagaogi Ryokan(****);
 
NAGOYA: Hotel Mercure Cypress(****); 
 
KYOTO: New Miyako Hotel(****), Hotel Nikko Nara(****), Hotel Kyoto Tokyu(****);
 
OSAKA: Hotel Courtyard Shin Osaka Station(****);
 
OKAYAMA: Hotel Ana Crowne Plaza(****);
 
HIROSHIMA: Grand Prince Hotel(****), Hotel Ana Crowne Plaza(****);
 
MATSUYAMA: Candeo Hotel Matsuyama(****), Ana Hotel Matsuyama(****);
 
TOKUSHIMA: Hotel Clement(****), Daiwa Roynet Hotel(****);
 
OSAKA: Hotel Courtyard Shin Osaka Station(****);
 
MT. KOYA: Monasterio Hojoin(*),Monasterio Fukuchi In(*);
 
KYOTO: New Miyako Hotel(****), Hotel Nikko Nara(****), Hotel Kyoto Tokyu(****);
 
MATSUMOTO: Hotel Buena Vista(****), Hotel Nagano Tokyu Rei(****), Hotel Matsumoto Tokyu Rei(***);
 
TAKASAKI: Hotel Metropolitan (****), Takasaki View(****), Maebashi Sakura(****)
 

3.

Hotels in Japan: Because of the high hotel occupancy at cetain times due ot trade fairs, events and local and international festivals, it may not be possible to stay at the hotel which is indicated for the circuit. In such case, accommodation (equivalent category) will be offered in the same city or in near city.

In many hotels in Japan, there are no Double rooms (one bed), the room will be a twin (two single beds).

4.

This tour is organized by EUROPA MUNDO VACACIONES S.L.(C.I.C.MA 904-sPAIN) a company n the JTB group, with a registered business address at Calle Garcia de Paredes 55, 1º, 28010 Madrid, Spain.

START AND END OF OUR SERVICES:

The services provided by Europamundo Vacaciones S.L. are overland. They start at the time when the customer receives the first service provided by our company (always following the border and customs formalities), and end when the customer receives the last scheduled service (transfer, breakfast, or the corresponding service, according to the purchased package). Europamundo Vacaciones S.L. is not responsible for the consequences or circumstances arising from services that are not provided by our company (flight disruptions, loss or damage of luggage on flights, problems at borders/customs or those related to documentation, etc.).

REGISTRATION.

The customer can check the information that Europamundo Vacaciones provides on the “My Trip” web page created exclusively for them and it can be found on the travel voucher which confirms their services. We strongly recommend that all passengers check the information (to correct their names, dates and flights for transfers, etc.).

 

CANCELLATIONS:

Europamundo cannot treat any reservation as cancelled while the online cancellation has not been completed. The travel agent will check the receipt of the final cancellation that will arrive from Europamundo following the online cancellation, ensuring that all the details specified are correct. The customer may cancel the requested or booked services at any time, whereby they are entitled to a refund for the paid amount, but must compensate the agency, except in cases of force majeure, as per the following: The processing costs plus the cancellation cost, if these have been incurred, once the journey has been confirmed by Europamundo and regardless of the departure date.

At time of booking confirmation : US$200. 00 / person

*Cancellation period is based on Spain time.

Before departure

Cancellation &

Administrative fee/person

penalty

31 days or more

US$200.00

 

Less than 30 days

US$200.00

+ 10 % of basic land tour component

Less than 10 days

US$200.00

+ 25 % of basic land tour component

Less than 3 days

US$200.00

+ 35 % of land tour component

Less than 1 days

 

+ 100 % of land tour component

 

5.

No shows at the start of the trip, without prior cancellation, will not be entitled to any refund (except force majeure, which will be examined on a case by case basis).

Different cancellation conditions apply for some programs (circuits that include train / airplane / cruise routes; or circuits to Kenya and Tanzania); and during particularly difficult dates (fairs, special events, periods involving increased hotel booking difficulties).

The representative operator may, in turn, charge for the processing fees that have accrued in accordance with the provisions of the law in the country where the sale occurs.

•In the event that the cancellation prior to the trip is produced by justified and demonstrable force majeure, only the costs of processing and services that cannot be cancelled will be charged, as well as the costs that must be absorbed by other providers (transfer on arrival, hotel in first city stay in the absence of prior notice, etc.). We recommend taking out insurance against cancellation in all cases.

•In the event that, during the tour, a customer has to cancel their tour for reasons of force majeure, they will be entitled to a refund proportionally to the paid amount / time not used. The processing fees and expenses incurred will be charged in all cases. In order to calculate this amount, only the services provided by Europamundo will be taken into account (excluding the sections undertaken by air, except on those tours that have flights included), and the reimbursement is made on the amount charged by Europamundo to the tour operator (which is therefore subject to a deduction for the commission paid).

•In instances where, following the withdrawal or cancellation of any passenger en route, the category of room occupancy is reduced (from double to single, or from triple to double), the difference in the cost of this, if applicable, will be passed on in the amount owed to the customer that has cancelled.

6.

CHANGES: 

Changes made to a confirmed booking prior to the start of a trip and more than 10 days before departure (changes to arrival or departure date, change of tour, etc.) are subject to a penalty equivalent to the processing fees that are listed in the cancellation section.

7.

NON ADMITTANCE OF PASSENGERS.

A moderate degree of physical health and physical ability is required to participate in our tours. In the event of any passenger with special physical or mental needs, or in cases where a passenger over 80 years of age is travelling alone, Europamundo must be informed in writing at the time of booking, which will be analyzed on a case by case basis, and it is possible that Europamundo may request a medical report. In cases in which the customer accepts the tour, Europamundo cannot assume any responsibility in relation to the difficulty or impossibility that the said passenger may encounter in undertaking the activities planned for the tour package, nor can Europamundo assume any responsibility for providing assistance for their adaptation to, or continuation of, the trip.

No reservations will be accepted and Europamundo reserves the right to suspend any tour for passengers whose physical and/or mental conditions make their participation in it very difficult or dangerous to themselves or others.

Europamundo likewise reserves the right to exclude passengers who significantly disrupt the smooth-running of the trip.

8.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES:

This tour has guaranteed departures, although in extremely limited cases, it could transpire that Europamundo is unable to operate a given departure. In this case, and by way of compensation, Europamundo will provide the same trip on an earlier or later date than the one chosen or another trip with similar features vis-à-vis duration and route, and offer, by way of compensation, a reduction of 50% on the value of the aforementioned journey. Cancellations of guaranteed departures may arise (without compensation or liability on behalf of Europamundo) in cases of exceptional unforeseen circumstances - among others - wartime conflicts, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, epidemics and economic circumstances that generate a very significant drop in the expected sales

9.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

In general, any service that is not detailed as being included in the program, contract or information will be provided to the traveler, e.g.: airport taxes, visas, taxes to enter or leave a country, tips (which are obligatory, as specified on the voucher, for few destinations like the USA, and must be paid directly on arrival to the driver and/or guide), extras in hotels, optional activities, and usually drinks during meals..

10.

DOUBLE-BED BEDROOMS & TRIPLE ROOMS:

Europamundo cannot guarantee that all the rooms in the hotels will have double beds and it is possible that, in some hotels, the room will be a twin room (two single beds). In many hotels there are no triple rooms, with these actually being a double room (of one or two beds) with an additional bed (which in some cases might be a sofa-bed or a folding bed). The conditions and comfort are lower than double rooms. We do not recommend booking triple rooms for three adults; we would only suggest this for families travelling with a child.

Please contact JTB Reservation Center for the pickup service to assembly place.
JTB Reservation Center : Tel 1(800) 223-6104, email reservation@jtbusa.com

Date & Price Tour Start Tour End Departure Adult Single Supplement
04/08/2017 03/17/2018 Tokyo $ 4,939 $ 1,210
Cancellation rates will apply to the tour fare. If notice of cancellation is received, 1 day prior to tour starting date, 100%. 3 days to 2 days prior, 35% + non refundable booking fee. 10 days to 4 days prior, 25%+ non refundable booking fee, 30 days to 11 days prior, 10%+ non refundable booking fee, 31 days or more days prior, $200 non refundable booking fee. Cancellation period is based on Spain time.. Notice must be received during JTB USA office hours. Mon. - Fri., 9:00AM-5:30PM PST Except National Holidays Cancellation period is based on Japan local time. Notice must be received during JTB USA office hours. Mon. - Fri., 9:00AM-5:30PM PST Except National Holidays.

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