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Splendours of Japan Summer 2018 - Trafalgar
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Larisa "The trip was perfect! The accommodations were absolutely amazing. The meals included on the trip were all great. Our tour director, Keiko, was outstanding. All drivers did an excellent job. The only suggestion for the future, would be to help with transportation to the central stations coming in and coming back if our flights are not on the start and end dates of the tours, since we theoretically ..."
Excellent
7 reviews
Starts
Tokyo
+7 Destinations
Central Japan
Ends
Osaka
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Highlights

  • Visit the Imperial Palace Plaza
  • Explore Mt. Fuji
  • Discover the Matsumoto Castle
  • See the Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto
Age range
5 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
26
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start in Tokyo and end in Osaka! With the in-depth cultural tour Splendours of Japan Summer 2018, you have a 9 day tour package taking you from Tokyo to Osaka and through Tokyo, Japan and 7 other destinations in Japan. Splendours of Japan Summer 2018 includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Splendours of Japan Summer 2018 reviewer 1
    Written on April 16, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Awesome itinerary and tour.
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  • AP
    Written on April 16, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Great tour, well paced for elderly people. Hotel locations were excellent.
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  • EW
    Written on November 18, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour was an excellent introduction to the special features of Japan: its history, culture, contemporary developments and aesthetic achievements. Well chosen events and locations meant we were introduced to Shinto and Buddhist traditions, technological advances, sushi making, traditional paper making, types of saki, and a wide range of geographical features from Mount Fuji-san to traditional gardens and samurai temples. Tokyo and Kyoto were focal points, but we also travelled through the Japanese mountains entering an amazing complex of roads and tunnels through steep terrain, tree-covered hillsides and cultural heritage sites. Our tour guide, Kaito, provided a continual commentary of interesting background and explanation. There were numerous high points and no lows.
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  • PH
    Written on April 27, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The tour was excellent as was our tour director
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  • S
    Written on April 25, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    We have just returned from 9 day tour. Our tour director Naggi was great. She did everything to accommodate all our needs. The locations and the hotels themselves were very good. It is true that the hotel in Nagano was not on the same level but we were brought in at the end of the very long day so nobody had any desire to leave the hotel for any exploration and we got an excellent opportunity to change into kimonos, experience Japanese onsen and had the great buffet dinner. My greatest complaint is with Trafalgar's itinerary. For the first day in the itinerary it says 'see the Tokyo skytree' but it should say " mention the Tokyo skytree". "5th station" on mount Fuji - none though there were weather problems. The worst part though was that we drove to the Goykayama in anticipation of washi paper demonstration but instead were had 30 minutes in Mr. Murakami house for the very mediocre presentation, drove an 1.5 hour to Kanazawa and then told that by the way tomorrow we should drive back to Goykayama to watch washi paper demonstration. How can any company plan such things?! If for whatever reason washi demonstration could not be done on the day of the tour they should have replaced it with for example pottery demonstration which Kanazawa is famous for. As the result when the group came back after 3 hour roundtrip it started raining and there was no time to enjoy one of the real highlight of the tour - Kenroku-en garden. The itinerary in Tokyo is very poor. They could have done Edo Museum, Asakusa (greatly overrated) and Imperial Palace (worth 40 minutes) in one day, leave out sushi preparation as optional but on the second day organize the day trip to Nikko. Moreover Nijo castle is the real highlight in Kyoto (not planned) while overcrowded Fukushima Inari (planned) is curious at best. Bottom line: the itinerary deserves C+ at best.
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  • RM
    Written on April 20, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    Our guide was excellent. The scenic highlights were Mt Fuji, the drive from Mt Fuji through to Kanazawa, and Matsumoto Castle. We felt that the tour undersold Tokyo and would recommend time in the bustling areas of Tokyo in addition to the areas covered. The hotels were in excellent locations and of excellent standard with the exception of the overnight in Nagano. That hotel was below satisfactory for the level of the tour with poor rooms, poor food at both dinner and breakfast and an isolated location which felt like the middle of nowhere with a view of a highway. Perhaps this was a necessity to break up the travel but it certainly wasn't great! The guide was a generous and knowledgeable lady who bent over backwards to accomodate the needs of those in our group. There were some extremely difficult people on the tour (who were also lowlights) and the guide handled them well. The Ryokan lunch was the meal highlight. It was very special.
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  • LS
    Written on March 23, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was perfect! The accommodations were absolutely amazing. The meals included on the trip were all great. Our tour director, Keiko, was outstanding. All drivers did an excellent job. The only suggestion for the future, would be to help with transportation to the central stations coming in and coming back if our flights are not on the start and end dates of the tours, since we theoretically paid for the transfers from and to the airport, but never used them. Thank you very much, Trafalgar! We hope to go on another amazing trip with you!
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Arrive Tokyo (2 Nights)
  2. Day 2: Tokyo Sightseeing
  3. Day 3: Tokyo - Lake Yamanakako
  4. Day 4: Lake Yamanakako - Mt. Fuji - Takayama (2 Nights)
  5. Day 5: Takayama -Gokayama - Takayama
  6. Day 6: Takayama - Kanazawa
  7. Day 7: Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)
  8. Day 8: Kyoto Sightseeing
  9. Day 9: Depart Kyoto/Osaka

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  • Transport

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • April 1, 2017

      What is the group size of this tour?

      Trafalgar's groups have a maximum size of 45 people, depending on the season it can reach maximum capacity, however the average would be 25 - 30 people on a group.

    • April 1, 2017

      Where can I find more detailed information about this tour?

      A trip note - which contains essential information about your trip will be given to you. Information such as the daily itinerary, where to meet on the first day, what time the trip starts, how to get to the joining point hotel, included activities, visa information, etc will be mentioned in there. Please contact us for this.

    • December 1, 2016

      What are the hotels provided on this tour and their star rates?

      The hotels used in this trip are western hotels considered 4 - 5 star.

      Below you can see the ones Trafalgar usually uses in this trip:
      Tokyo: New Otani
      Nagano: Shinshu-Matsushiro Royal
      Kanazawa: Kanazawa Tokyu
      Kyoto: Nikko Princess Kyoto

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    Location
    Tokyo is the starting point and Osaka is the endpoint.
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm this Trafalgar booking. The remaining balance is then payable 50 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 11 July 2018 the full payment of $3,451 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 50 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $3451 for Splendours of Japan Summer 2018, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 770 km.
    • Tokyo (Japan)
    • 115 km
    • Fuji (Japan)
    • 33 km
    • Hakone (Japan)
    • 84 km
    • Tokyo (Japan)
    • 169 km
    • Matsumoto (Japan)
    • 65 km
    • Takayama (Japan)
    • 71 km
    • Kanazawa (Japan)
    • 190 km
    • Kyoto (Japan)
    • 43 km
    • Osaka (Japan)

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