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Best of Japan Tour

Japan has achieved the perfect balance between the eastern and western values while still preserving its own distinctive identity. With a fascinating mix of ancient temples, sacred shrines, spectacular landscapes, towering Mount Fuji, high speed bullet trains and shiny neon lights. This itinerary is a perfect introduction for first time Japan visitors.This itinerary is a perfect introduction for first time visitors to Japan.

Note: This trip requires a minimum of 6 passengers to guarantee departure.

Trip code : TRRY-7236

Duration :

Destination : OSAKA - HIROSHIMA - KYOTO - MT. FUJI - TOKYO

Operator : Tweet Tours

Trip Highlights
  • Experience the fusion of ancient and modern worlds
  • Explore Tokyo’s famous temples and sights
  • Take in stunning views of Mt Fuji and explore Mt Fuji’s 5th Station
  • Zip through Japan on the legendary bullet train Shinkansen
  • Discover historic and cultural Kyoto with its magnificent temples
  • Be moved by Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park & Museum
  • Enjoy the great view of the Giant Tori Gate in Miyajima Island
  • Explore modern Osaka Castle and the city’s other unique sights

FITNESS LEVEL

This itinerary is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our tours require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our tours is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our itinerary carefully for outline of fitness level to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:

  • All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.

GROUP SIZE

Our Small Group Tours are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of just two guests.

Our group size ranges from only 2 to 16 people. This means less of your precious time is wasted waiting for others, allowing you to have more time to enjoy your holiday.

For group tours with 10 travellers or more, in addition to the tour guide, we will provide a dedicated tour director (free of charge) who will escort the tour from the beginning to the end.

A UNIQUE & VARIED DINING EXPERIENCE

We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the tour are at famous restaurants, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

Our itinerary features sumptuous Welcome and Farewell Dinners for a delightful, authentic culinary experience, whereas the special Chef’s Table experience will take you on an unparalleled culinary demonstration and beautiful menu to feast on.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.

ACCOMMODATION

When travelling with Tweet World Travel, you will indulge in a seamlessly opulence travel experience. We hand-pick the premium quality resorts, hotels or lodges, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you welcomed and comfortably settled in either historically iconic, culturally rich, or coveted high-design hotels full of authentic local charms. You will stay at the heart of each destination, adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness.

  • Room Information: All rooms are air-conditioned, Fridge/ Mini Bar in room, Safe box in room
  • Triple Share: Available upon request
  • • Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
  • Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Available upon request (subject to availability).
  • Laundry service is available at hotels/resorts where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used
  • Massage service is available at hotels where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used.

BOOKING CONFIRMATION

After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please notes:

  • Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
  • Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges

SAFETY NET PROTECTION

Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Importance notes:

  • Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
  • Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
  • Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
  • You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.

TIPPING

Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

  • If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated.
    - Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.
  • If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard.
    - Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.

LUGGAGE

You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

All of our tours will include internal flights within the tour, which allow 20kg of check-in luggage and 7kg of carry-on luggage per passenger. A surcharge may apply for oversized/overweight luggage subject to the airline's policy.

Please note:

  • You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.
  • Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.

ACCOMMODATION: Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu or similar

Welcome to Japan!

You will be met our English-speaking airport assistant at the arrival gate.

The meet and greet and airport transfer to your hotel in Osaka.

Check in – 15:00

Overnight in Osaka

ACCOMMODATION: Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu or similar

In the morning, we travel to Nara to see the city's most famous landmark - Todaiji Temple. The immense temple hall was, until recently, the largest wooden structure in the world, and houses the massive Great Buddha of Todaiji. The temple is in a corner of Nara Park, which is home to over a thousand free- roaming, adorable Sika deer. These friendly creatures are protected by Nara, even recognized as an official symbol of the city. Stalls around the park sell special crackers to feed the deer, and some of the wild deer have even learned to bow when asking for food.

 In Osaka, we will spend some time in Dotonbori, a popular shopping, entertainment, and food district. It is known for the hundreds of neon and mechanized signs that line its streets. Our group will also stop by Shinasaibashi, one of Osaka's oldest shopping destinations.

Overnight in Osaka

ACCOMMODATION: Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima or Similar

Your luggage will be delivered to hotel in Kyoto.

So, please prepare a small bag for 1 night in Hiroshima.

We will visit Osaka Castle; whose construction began in 1583 on the ruins of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple. The castle was the largest of its time and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century.

Transfer to Shin Osaka Station.

Then, experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride, which can reach speeds of up to 320 km/hour (200mph).

Upon arrive at Hiroshima, move to Miyajima -guchi Ferry terminal.  We will take a short ferry ride to the island of Miyajima.

At high tide, the famed vermilion torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine looks like it's floating in the middle of the sea. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Miyajima has been selected as one of Japan's three most scenic places (nihon sankei).

Overnight in  Hiroshima

ACCOMMODATION: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or Similar

Today we will visit the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum

Then, take a bullet train to Kyoto.

Arrive at Kyoto Station, then, make your way to historic Kyoto and the lovely vermillion-colored Fushimi Inari Shrine, home to an almost 2.5-mile-long (4 km) tunnel of scarlet torii gates that were part of the film 'Memoirs of a Geisha'. The shrine complex wraps around a bamboo forest that features a backdrop of picturesque mountains, streams, and ponds. You will then take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience – tea with a Geisha in training, known as a Maiko. The Maiko will prepare your tea and show you the Japanese art of the tea ceremony. After, she will be happy to converse, answer questions, and tell tales about local life. (You'll stay two nights in Kyoto).

Overnight in Kyoto.

ACCOMMODATION: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or Similar

Today we will continue our tour of Kyoto, once the capital of Japan and still considered its cultural center.

First is a visit to the Nijo Castle, built in the early 17th century. Ninomaru- goten, renovated in 1626, is a building renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period. At the Nishijin Textile Center, you can view displays of kimonos and even watch a kimono fashion show. Visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with 18 carat gold leaf. This three story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397.

Next is a visit to Arashiyama to see Tenryuji Temple where you can have a glimpse of traditional Zen landscape garden design. Then proceed through a dense bamboo grove, past several small shrines, tea shops and private houses before arriving at the Togetsukyo Bridge over Hozu River. This area is also famous for their colorful autumn leaves.

Lastly, we will tour Gion, the old Geisha Quarter, and Pontocho, whose cobblestone alleys vibrate with night life.

Overnight in Kyoto.

ACCOMMODATION: Tokyo Prince Hotel or Similar

Luggage will be delivered to hotel in Tokyo by courier service.

Morning, free for your leisure till your hotel departure time.

Transfer to Kyoto Station, ride a bullet train to Shinagawa Station.

Upon arrive at Shinagawa Station, move to your hotel in Tokyo.

Overnight in Tokyo.

ACCOMMODATION: Tokyo Prince Hotel or Similar

Today is a sightseeing tour of Tokyo. We start the day at Imperial Palace, the former site of Edo Castle and current residence of Japan’s Imperial Family.

Afterwards, we will proceed to the Asakusa Kannon Temple, an active place of worship where you can see the largest paper lantern in Japan. You will also be able to explore the Nakamise Shopping Street. It is a traditional style shopping street. In the afternoon, we will visit Tokyo Tower, 333 meters high. You will be able to sightsee 150 meters up at the observatory deck and get a bird’s eye view of the city.

Then, travel to Shibuya, Shibuya Crossing is the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing.

Overnight in Tokyo.

ACCOMMODATION: Tokyo Prince Hotel or Similar

This breathtaking day begins in Mt. Fuji at 5th Station

Journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone renowned for its hot springs.

Make a stop at Hakone Open Air Museum, is an outdoor sculpture gallery that plays with nature. Climb aboard the Hakone Ropeway, an aerial cable car for a breathtaking view* of Mt. Fuji. * Depends on weather conditions.

Proceed to Owakudani, located in active volcanic zone.

Then, back to Tokyo. Overnight in Kyoto.


Assemble at hotel lobby and transfer to Airport.

Leave Japan for next destination


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