14 Days 13 Nights
Duration
All ages
Age
Valid until 31st December 2023
Period

The journey begins

Style:

Hosted

Theme:

Cultural

Aerial view of Tokyo cityscape with Fuji mountain in Japan.

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Tokyo > Sendai > Burgenstock > Tono > Nikko > Hakone > Kyoto > Mt Koya > Osaka 

Enjoy a great journey adventure in the land of the rising sun!

Tokyo is one of the biggest cities in the world as 14 million people live in and million dollars neon lights. You will start with an evening orientation in here and enjoy a welcome dinner with a taste of delicious Japanese cuisine at local Izakaya.

You will also get to explore Matsushima. It is known for its 260 small pine-covered islands arising from the pale blue sea highlighting the mystery, beauty, and dynamism of the bay and its islands.

Interact with the locals in Tono and discover and feel the Japanese spirit through reconstruction tourism since the Earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011 through Community Service.

Visit Toshogu Shrine and the World Heritage Site & National Treasure in Nikko.

For the rest of the tour, you will explore Kyoto, the eldest city with many historic treasures. Witness the most iconic Mt Fuji view and visit sights on Mt. Koya.

This tour is perfect for someone who wants to experience a variety of adventure and exploration in Japan.

Is this package for me?

TRAVEL STYLE Private getaway perfect for couples, families, friends or the solo adventurer.
SERVICE LEVEL This package is a premium quality Great Journey hosted by our Local Expert Partner – Venture Events, Expeditions and Adventures
PHYSICAL RATING Great for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
TRIP TYPE Private Package

What’s Included?

  • 4-stars Accommodations in both Western-style hotels and traditional Ryokans Twin room based
  • Temple (monastery) Stay on Day 12
  • All Transportation costs including Airport pick-up shared shuttle transfer
  • Activities indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts (at accommodation) ,1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • Community service fee (Day 5)
  • Private coach (Day 5 & 10)
  • English speaking tour leader – Will accompany the group throughout.
  • Luggage transfer x 3

 

Transportation:

  • Upgraded air conditioned private vehicle

 

Pricing Per Guest (JPY)

Travelling Style
Solo Traveller  1,392,000
Twin Share 924,000
3 Guests 768,000
4 Guests 690,000
5 Guests 643,000
6 Guests 612,000
Where adult groups are an odd number of guests then prices are based on twin share plus one single room. Final price is dependent on your chosen hotel as room rates can vary depending on seasonal demand and also the tours and activities you wish to include.

 

 

To create your own personalised itinerary and to book this tour let us connect you with our Local Expert Partner

 

 

Now that you have booked your Great Journey, click below to find the best deal on flights.

 

 

 

Flights

1

Day 1: Tokyo (D)

Arrival airport shared shuttle service > Evening Meeting / Orientation walk > Welcome Dinner

The first day of this trip starts in Tokyo which is one of the biggest cities in the world as 14 million people live in and million dollars neon lights welcome the group. Group meets at the starting hotel in the evening before tasting delicious Japanese cuisine at local Izakaya

Overnight at Tokyo

2

Day 2: Tokyo (B, L, D)

Tokyo

Full day to explore Tokyo by public transportation

Tokyo Imperial Garden visit

Ginza Area Walk

Sushi Making Class (lunch)

Hamarikyu Garden

Welcome Dinner

Overnight at Tokyo

3

Day 3: Matsushima

Matsushima > Sendai

Luggage Transfer 1 to Tono

Travel to Matsushima by bullet and local train (approx 3.5hs)

Matsushima has been written about in waka (Japanese poetry) since ancient times. It is known for its 260 small pine-covered islands arising from the pale blue sea highlighting the mystery, beauty, and dynamism of the bay and its islands.

The bay is famous for rich and flavorful oysters (winter), anago eel (summer) and high-quality nori seaweed. Try these local specialties at restaurants or the local fish market.

Overnight at Sendai

4

Day 4: Tono

Tono

Zuiganji Temple

Travel to Tono by bullet and local train(approx 2.5hs)

Tono is a city surrounded by deep mountain range, located in the southeastern part of Iwate prefecture.
“Mysterious beings” such as spirits and yokai demons appear in the book “The Legends of Tono” which is what made this land famous.

Tono local Walking tour: Folktale road, interact with locals!

Overnight at Tono

6

Day 6: Tono

 Tono> Farm stay > Dinner 

Experience Farm stay

Stay in a private house that enjoys living in a rural area.

Experience Tono’s “real face” while spending time relaxing, experiencing rural areas, and learning old-fashioned wisdom

Dinner with farmers family

Overnight at Tono

8

Day 8: Kyoto

 Kyoto> Hakone > Lake Ashino Cruise >Hot Spring

Luggage Transfer 2 to Kyoto
Travel to Hakone by express/mountain train(approx 4hrs)
Lake Ashino Cruise
Enjoy hot spring!

Overnight at Hakone

12

Day 12: Mt Koya

Mt Koya > Koyasan mountain monastery > Garan sacred area > Dinner

Luggage Transfer 3 to Osaka
Transfer to Mt Koya by train and cable car(approx 3hs)
Visit sights on Koyasan mountain monastery:
Garan sacred area; Okunoin cemetery and Kobo Daish (founder of Shingon branch of esoteric Buddhism) mausoleum
Savor a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine)
Overnight at Monastery

Overnight at Mt Koya

13

Day 13: Osaka

Osaka> Dotonbori > Dinner 

Morning prayer ceremony and Goma fire ceremony with taiko drumming
Travel to Osaka by local bus, cable car, and train (approximately 2 hs)
Dotonbori Walking Tour
Farewell dinner

Overnight at Osaka

14

Day 14: Departure

Departure Day > Airport shared shuttle service

This is the end of the trip, but the guide can provide any useful information to spend more days in Osaka or other interesting cities in Japan. For people who go back to countries, the shuttle service will be prepared from the hotel to the airport.

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Click on the tabs below to view our partner Hotels and Resorts.

Your Hotels

Tokyo
Niwa no Hotel
Design Room Double or Twin

Featuring free WIFI throughout the property, Hotel Niwa Tokyo is at the central area of Tokyo,
Located between Tokyo Dome city and Jimbocho Antiquarian Bookstore district and several convenient train stations within walking distance.

Some of our rooms come with a seating area and spacious spa bath in the bathroom where you can relax. Rooms are equipped with necessary amenities such as private safe with AC outlet to charge your laptop and mobile devices etc., to allow the most comfortable business trip.

Our staffs are always ready to be at your service at the 24-hour Front Desk. After exploring busy city, try out our massage chairs offered free of charge.

Japan Imperial palace is 1.9 km away, and Akihabara is just 2 stops from the nearest train station.
The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport from Hotel Niwa Tokyo.

Sendai
Washington Sendai
Deluxe Room Double or Twin
Its convenient location gives you easy access to major train lines such as the Tohoku Shinkansen, the Tohoku Main Line, the Senzan Line, the Senseki Line, and the Sendai Airport Access Line. The hotel is located near the West Exit of Sendai Subway Station.

The city of Sendai and the surrounding area are places of thriving business. There are also plenty of places to enjoy some sightseeing such as Aoba Castle (Sendai Castle) and Osaki Hachiman Shrine. Then there is also Matsushima, a group of pine tree-covered islands that is considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights. Other attractions include the national treasure Zuigan-ji Temple, the national park Zao, the Mountain Temple (Risshaku-ji), and the World Heritage Site Hirazumi.

Enjoy the delicious specialties of Sendai such as beef tongue, seafood caught fresh from the waters of Tohoku, or delicious vegetables from the mountains of Miyagi Prefecture.

Iwate
Aeria Tohno
Design Room Double or Twin
Located in Tono City, the setting for a famous folk tale, the hotel is surrounded by such sites as a village from the old folk story the Tale of Tono. The hotel takes pride in its cooking, large baths, and story tellers that tell old folk tales.

Aeria Tohno is located in Tōno. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

The units in the ryokan are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Guest rooms at Aeria Tohno include air conditioning and a wardrobe.

An Asian breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.

The nearest airport is Hanamaki Airport, 36 km from Aeria Tohno.

This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn.

Nikko
Hoshino Yado
Deluxe Room Double or Twin

Just a 15-minute walk from the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko Hoshino Yado features natural hot-spring baths with Japanese garden views, traditional kaiseki (multi-course) cuisine and Japanese-style rooms with tatami floors. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Nikko Hoshino Yado Ryokan is a 5-minute walk from Shinkyo Bridge and a 30-minute drive from Kegon Waterfall. JR Nikko Train Station is about 2 km away, and a free shuttle bus to the hotel is offered.

Rooms include traditional Japanese-style futon bedding and overlook Nikko Mountain and the hotel’s beautiful Japanese garden. Facilities include a refrigerator, electric kettle and flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

Guests at Ryokan Nikko Hoshino Yado can relax and unwind with a massage or by soaking in the hotel’s cypress wood hot-spring baths. Guests can also experience wearing traditional kimono and have their picture taken; contact the property directly for more information.

The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional kaiseki (multi-course) meals with fresh local ingredients.

This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn.

Hakone
Ichinoyu Shinkan
Deluxe Room Double or Twin

Located in a quiet neighborhood, Ichinoyu Shinkan offers rooms with a private open-air hot-spring bath. Guests can use free Wi-Fi at the entire property and enjoy the public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths as well. Tonosawa Train Station is a 10-minute walk away.

Room come with Japanese futon bedding on tatami (woven-straw) floors equipped with flat-screen TV, a fridge and safety deposit box. Japanese Yukata robes, hairdryer and slippers are provided for all guests.

Massages can be requested for an extra cost and Japanese shogi chess games can be borrowed at the front desk. During specific periods, guests can enjoy public hot-spring baths at neighboring Ichinoyu Group properties in the area.

Traditional multi-course meals featuring local dishes are served for dinner and a complimentary breakfast is provided in the morning. All meals are served at the dining room.

Shinkan Ichinoyu is a 5-minute drive or taxi ride from Hakone Yumoto Train Station and a 25-minute train ride from JR Odawara Train Station. Lake Ashinoko and Hakone Shrine are a 30-minute drive away.

This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn.

Kyoto
Hearton Hotel
Deluxe Room Double or Twin
Just a 2-minute walk from Exit 7 of Shinsaibashi Subway Station and located right by America Village, Hearton Hotel offers cosy rooms with free wired internet access. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The popular Dotonbori and Namba area are only a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Shinsaibashi Hearton Hotel is a 15-minute train ride from Osaka Castle. Shin Osaka Train Station is a 20-minute train ride away, and Kansai International Airport is about an hour away by train, limousine bus or taxi.

The simple yet comfortable rooms at Hearton Hotel Shinsaibashi have a relaxed decor and include a private bathroom. Guests can relax with a cup of tea and enjoy watching the flat-screen satellite TV. A humidifier and trouser press can be borrowed for in-room use.

The convenient 24-hour front desk provides luggage storage and safety deposit. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are also on offer. Umbrellas can be borrowed on rainy days.

The stylish Cafe Planet 3rd offers a breakfast buffet.

Koyasan
Koyasan Kumagaiji
Deluxe Room Double or Twin
A Buddhist temple lodging accommodation, Kumagaiji lies amid mountains in the sacred Koyasan area. It features classic Japanese architecture and a tranquil atmosphere, adjoining a temple built in 837. The property serves traditional vegetarian meals.

Featuring minimalist lines and a serene beauty, rooms come with a tatami (woven-straw) floor and traditional futon bedding. A TV and a low table are provided. Bathroom and toilet are shared with other guests. Certain rooms feature garden views.

Kumagaiji offers free WiFi in all rooms. A limited number of free tablet rental is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Luggage can be stored at the property at no extra charge. Guests can participate in Buddhist liturgy sessions and Homa rituals in the morning, free of charge. Activities such as Sutra copying and the tracing of Buddhist images are offered at an additional charge.

Healthy vegetarian meals are served in the dining room for dinner and breakfast.

The property is a 2-minute walk from bus stop Karukayado-mae, which is a 15-minute bus ride from the Koyasan Cablecar Station. The famous Kongobu-ji Temple is a 12-minute walk away.

Osaka
WBF Namba Kuromon
Deluxe Room Double or Twin
Hotel WBF Namba Kuromon features air-conditioned rooms with cable flat-screen TV in the Chuo Ward district of Osaka. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. The property is close to popular attractions like Shimoyamatobashi Monument, Nipponbashi Catholic Church and Nipponbashi Park.

The hotel offers a buffet or American breakfast.

Popular points of interest near Hotel WBF Namba Kuromon include Nipponbashi Monument, Zojugoi Yasuidoton Dobokukiko Monument and Hoan-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.

These are our selected Hotel Partners and prior to final booking confirmation, we will confirm the availability of your requested hotel and room type. We cannot guarantee your preference and in the unlikely chance that all of our Partner Hotels are unavailable we reserve the right to provide an alternative comparable hotel. If you are not satisfied with the available alternative then Guests have no obligation to continue with booking.

GREAT JOURNEY

Exclusions

  • Visa fee
  • Flights & airport taxes
  • Other personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Other activities
  • Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned
  • Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance which is required

 

Remarks

  • Prices are net per person in Japanese Yen (JPY) and are subject to change without prior notice
  • Prices are based on twin-share basis except solo travellers and are subject to room availability upon Package booking
  • No refund for any un-utilized Package
  • Surcharge for other languages speaking guide (Advise at time of booking)
  • Airport transfer surcharge of USD 5 per person each way for pick-up or send-off from 21:00 hrs to 06:00hrs (adjust based on group size)

Child policy

  • Child under 2: Free of charge
  • Child 2 years old and above: 100% of adult cost

CANCELLATION: 

  • Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
  • More than 60 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
  • More than 45 days before arrival– 30%
  • Less than 21 days before arrival – 50%
  • Less than 14 days before arrival – 80%
  • Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

Local Culture

The Japanese people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public and in particular at religious or culturally significant places.

Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.

Due to the nature of travel in Japan, a backpack can sometimes be more suited to this trip than a suitcase.

Local Dress

In Japan, the dress standard can be more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the season you are travelling in.

Local Flights

There are no flights on this Package

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel, please refer to your Green Cultural Travel tour voucher. Alternatively, contact the Green Cultural Travel office or your travel agent.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative or our Green Cultural Travel Local Office first. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.

Emergency contact numbers

Venture Events, Expeditions and Adventures

Contact Person: Fusako Fujita 

Phone: 81-50-5534-1798

Fax: 03-4520-9659

What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit during your entire vacation. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible.

Most travellers carry a small to medium size backpack or rolling bag or suitcase.

You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.

Visas

Please note that visas for entry into your Destination are the responsibility of each individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from, and where you are going. Rules do change. For the most up-to-date information, please check your government’s foreign ministry website or contact your travel agent.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others, while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Consider your likely spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Money Exchange

During your holiday, you will use the Japanese Yen. Because currency exchange rates in Asia do fluctuate quite frequently, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date information on exchange rates: www.xe.com

The best way to access local currency in Japan is from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) with a debit card. ATMs are readily available throughout Japan and will usually accept cards from both the Visa and MasterCard international networks. If possible, travel with both a Visa and a MasterCard to provide backup in case of loss or access problems with one card. Please note, your bank will usually charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.

You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but not a substantial amount as carrying only cash is high risk. The ideal mix is two or more ATM card/s with some cash as back-up.

Credit cards are accepted at some upmarket hotels and restaurants, and some larger stores if shopping for big items. 

Cash advances with your credit card are also possible at some banks. However, the process is time-consuming and tends to attract high fees.

Traveller’s cheques can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, you may choose to bring one or two cheques in case of emergency. American Express travellers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.

Tipping

Depending on the service, it is customary in Asia to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. 

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

We recommend that you carry a small First Aid kit, hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes, and any personal medical supplies you might require.

Please be aware that for those Packages that are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons, our Green Cultural Travel representatives are prohibited from administering any drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs available in your home country, but they are usually locally produced and may have different names. To ensure you can access to the right treatment, ask your doctor for the details of the active components and dosage instructions if you think you might need to purchase prescription medication while here.

When selecting your trip, please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with our style of travel.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. We recommend a lock for securing your luggage.

During your journey, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests. You can relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Green Cultural Travel representative can assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary. We, therefore, offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your personal judgment before selecting an activity in your free time.

Although the locations you will visit on your selected Package are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering about at night. We recommend our guests stay in small groups and take taxis for any night time excursions, including restaurant visits.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Medical Form

As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. These requirements ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to complete their chosen trip comfortably.

While our Representatives work hard to ensure all our traveller’s needs are catered for, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

A Word of Warning

When exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt for cash and credit cards. The majority of your valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe. You can organise use of the safe at the reception of your accommodation. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory to participate in any of our packages. Your Green Cultural Travel representative will communicate with you prior to your departure to ensure you have insurance in place and we will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance, we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name.

Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.

Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs

As we are owned by Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited UEN 201705140R a Singapore registered “Not for Profit” company our profits allow us to continue our support of community projects in the destinations our guests visit.

Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and Members of our Hub receive a bi- monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support. Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.