Our voyage to Japan begins as we board an international flight to Japan.
Upon arrival in Tokyo you will be greeted by our friendly ground crew and guided to the airport shuttle bus to transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast, set off to discover Tokyo on the city highlights tour. Our day begins with a visit to the Imperial Palace Plaza -the current residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. The tour will proceed to Asakusa district where the most famous Buddhist temple Senso-ji is located. Walk along the famous 820-ft long Nakamise shopping street that is the front entrance to the Senso-ji Temple where you can explore the lines of stalls selling different Japanese-styled goods and souvenirs. Nothing else can capture the epitome of an upscale area in Tokyo better than the next locale – the Ginza district – where numerous department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses are located. Reputed to be the most luxurious shopping district in the world, it is here that you can be awed by the flagship stores of leading fashion houses and brands before the bus transport returns to take us back to the hotel. You may also stay and wander in the Ginza district and return to the hotel on your own accord. In the evening, experience Japanese tradition & cuisine by enjoying the optional Japanese Kaiseki Dinner. Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner which balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colors of food. Only fresh seasonal ingredients are used and are prepared in ways that aim to enhance their flavor. Dishes are also beautifully arranged and garnished.
Included: Breakfast at hotel
Enjoy a free day to explore and enjoy bustling Tokyo at your leisure. Perhaps visit a traditional teahouse, discover Japanese history and art at a museum, or indulge in some retail therapy at Tokyo's cutting edge stores - the choice is yours. Alternatively, you may join our optional day trip to Kamakura and Yokohama. Explore two of Japan's most captivating cities on a full-day Kamakura and Yokohama trip from Tokyo. After pickup from your Tokyo hotel, travel southwest by coach to Kamakura, a picturesque seaside city nestled in forested hills on Sagami Bay renowned for its Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and rich history. Next, continue to Yokohama, Japan's second largest city. See the Red Brick Warehouse, where early-20th century custom buildings now house stylish shops, and stroll in waterside Yamashita Park.
Included: Breakfast at hotel
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before we depart for the road trip to visit Japan’s most sacred and spectacular mountain – Mount Fuji. Your English-speaking guide will provide you with interesting insights along the way and pending weather permitting conditions, the bus will climb to the 5th station at 7,550 feet above sea level. After the breathtaking view atop Mount Fuji, enjoy the bird’s eye view of the nearby Odawara and Lake Ashi scenic region via the aerial tram Komagatake Ropeway. Enjoy the picturesque view of Mount Fuji in the distance on board a cruise on Lake Ashi, a crater lake famous for its views of the famous peak. Lunch will be on your own along one of the many rest stops or service areas on the highways where you can enjoy an abundance of unique eats and snacks that will surprise you. Dinner will be arranged and hosted at the hotel. Admissions Included: Komagatake Ropeway and Lake Ashi Cruise.
Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner
Following breakfast, depart the Mount Fuji scenic area and travel to Kyoto, Japan's cultural and artistic center, and the country's capital for over 1,000 years. Stop along the way to have lunch independently, and upon arrival visit two of Kyoto's UNESCO-protected gems: the 17th century Nijo Castle, once a residence of Tokugawa shoguns, and the splendid Kinkaku-ji aka the Golden Pavilion. Finish with a stop at Kiyomizu Temple, or "Clear Water Temple" built in 1633 without a single nail. Check in at the hotel and relax for the rest of the day. Admissions Included: Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), and Kiyomizu Temple.
Included: Breakfast at hotel
This will be a free day at leisure in Kyoto either to venture out on your own or join our full day optional excursion to the Sagano Bamboo Forest and Arashiyama District & Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine. Explore Kyoto nightlife on your own tonight or join our optional Japan Culture/ Gion Corner entertainment and dinner.
Included: Breakfast at hotel
After an early breakfast, bid farewell to Kyoto as we make our way to the vibrant city of Osaka. Along the way, admire the beauty of historical Nara and visit the famous Todaiji Temple, to see the world’s biggest bronze statue of Buddha, and drink in the scenic charms of Nara Park, best known for the many wild Sika deer that roam its landscapes. Afterwards, we’ll visit Dotonobori, one of the most iconic areas of Osaka, followed by time at Kuromon Ichiba Market - a foodie haunt with over 150 enticing culinary stalls. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the hotel or continue you explorations on our optional Osaka Landmark tour.
Included: Breakfast at hotel
Today, transfer to Osaka's Kansai Airport for your return flight back home or extend your trip for a few more days in Osaka. (Note: Airport transfer out is not provided for land only travelers or those extending their stay at the end of the tour.)
Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process.
*Subject to availability; extension and upgrade options vary by tour
Enjoy a "kaiseki" dinner, a traditional Japanese meal consisting of approximately 7 to 8 small courses. A multi course banquet of seasonal delicacies, "kaiseki" meals appeal to all sense.
**Please note this is a set menu and will include dishes that contain meat and/or fish. We apologize but special meal requests cannot be accommodated.**
Explore two of Japan’s most captivating cities on a full-day Kamakura and Yokohama trip from Tokyo. After pickup from your Tokyo hotel, travel southwest by coach to Kamakura, a picturesque seaside city nestled in forested hills on Sagami Bay renowned for its Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and rich history.
Visit Kamakura’s best-known landmark: the Great Buddha
Discover the majestic bamboo groves and find your zen in hidden temples on our Sagano Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama District & Fushimi Inari-Taisha optional day excursion. Explore the Tenryu-ji and Jojakko-ji temples, Meander across the Togetsukyo Bridge and take in the breathtaking views and tranquility of the surrounding area. Visit one of the most sacred
A Japanese dinner will be arranged and hosted at a local restaurant in Kyoto. The evening’s entertainment will be a unique visit to the Gion Corner to experience the traditional performing arts that solidify Kyoto as the origins of Geishas and Maikos. Seven types of performance arts will be shown to visitors which include Kyo-mai
Enjoy the afternoon exploring Japan’s most famous Osaka Castle where the Shoguns once reigned. Visit the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building. Marvel at the 360-degree views from this open-air observatory that extends between two skyscrapers. Standing 173 meters tall, the Umeda Sky Building is one of the most popular attractions and landmarks
My wife and I did the 9 day Japan Highlights Tour and it was an incredible trip! Our tour guide Izumi was the best, she allowed us to stop and check out cool little shops, or telling us about the types of foods we should eat in certain cities and just being enthusiastic about telling us all about the history and culture of Japan was something we won't forget. The food was amazing, the people were beyond friendly and helpful (my wife and I got turned around in a subway system a few times and the people went above and beyond to help us get to where we were going), our group we were with were all very nice and had some fun nights just hanging out with them and exploring the city together, just overall an amazing time! The only thing I wasn't completely happy with was the hotel in Osaka (we found the beds to be pretty firm) but a seriously minor thing compared to the whole trip. Would recommend to anyone who is thinking about going to Japan.More Less
This trip was by far the best experience we've had with a travel agency. Everything is well planned and the tours were worth every penny. Our tour guide and bus driver were beyond amazing! I'm already planning my next tour with Affordable World. Trust me, if you're having second thoughts or any doubts, stop right now and book this tour!!More Less
We took the 9-day trip to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The trip seemed too good to be true, as the best deal I could find on airfare was almost the same as the entire trip with Affordable which includes airfare and hotel. The trip was amazing! Everything promised and more! Hotels were fantastic!!! Our tour guide Kyoto Matsumoto was great!!! She was so concerned that everyone had the best time. She speaks perfect English and was very knowledgeable in all aspects of Japan not just the sites we visited. Food was great, and breakfast and some lunch was included. We loved it! Definitely 5 stars. Thank you Affordable Travel for giving me this experience with my 2 kids. They said it was the best trip we have EVER taken, and we have been a lot of places!More Less
We just came back from this Japan 9 days tour. It was an amazing and valuable experience travelling with affordable world. This trip definitely went beyond our expectations from hotels to itinerary. It is very well planned to make worth of our time, money and most importantly, experience. Special thanks to our tour guide Ichiro. His professionalism and abundant knowledge of Japan history, culture and people added more values and made this trip a great learning experience as well. Highly recommended to anyone who would like to experience Japan!More Less
We recently got back from our trip to Japan and we had an incredible time. Ichiro, our guide, was AMAZING and had so much knowledge and made everything so fun. He was open to answering every and all questions. The hotels were great and the food was SO GOOD. Don't miss out on the optional tours in Kyoto and Osaka.More Less
We recently come back from Japan where we spent 2 weeks traveling with this tour and by ourselves. The tour was very informative, well organized and provided many interesting destinations and cultural experiences we would never find ourselves. Special thanks to our tour guide - Ichiro. He was very helpful and shared many insights about Japanese history, culture and lifestyle. We would like to book a next trip with Affordable World and will definitely recommend it to our friends.More Less
I recently got back from the trip, my family and I purchased the land package so I cannot speak on the air travel part. Once in Japan the tour itself was a blast and I'm sure this post will be long because I cannot stop gushing about this incredible trip. Our tour guide was Hiroshi and he was extremely kind, knowledgeable and very helpful. He kept the tour entertaining with his knowledge of the historical sites and teaching us basic Japanese words and customs. I was impressed with all the accommodations, meals, additional things I learned. My only suggestion would be to add an optional tour/event to replace the bus ride from Mt. Fuji to Kyoto with a bullet train experience. I would have gladly paid extra to ride it, cut the travel time and get to be in Kyoto longer. My family and I stayed a week longer visiting relatives and traveled this way after the tour and highly suggest it be an added option to get more time in Kyoto and experience the awesome bullet train. I did not do either of the dinners that were offered but I did do all of the optional tours/day trips (Yokohama/Kamakura, Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Nara) and would highly recommend all three, incredible great Buddha's as well as chances to interact with animals like Deer (I recommend going to the Monkey Park in Kyoto by staying behind after your day in the bamboo forest) Hiro was an amazing guide and I'm so glad he showed me around on my first visit, I cannot wait to go back. I absolutely love Japan for its beauty and cleanliness which is seriously impressive and it's people for their kindness and generosity. Also I was a bit apprehensive about doing a tour but it ended up being the best decision and pretty awesome meeting other adventurous people, I cannot recommend this trip enough and I can't wait to book future excursions with Affordable World.More Less
Could not have asked for a better experience. The trip was very busy with many places to see. Well coordinated, smooth trip. Our tour guide, Hiroshi, did a wonderful job. He taught us much more about Japan and its history and culture than I thought we would. He was extremely nice and very helpful with anything questions we asked him. Hotels were all nice. We saw a lot in the days we were there, and had plenty of time at each location. Was very pleased with the trip.More Less
Just got back from this trip and it was amazing. Our bus driver Kenji and tour guide Kyoko were great. We really enjoyed this trip and was amazed by the number of excursions were included. If you are looking bang for the buck, this trip is well worth it. Hotels were great and in close proximity to everything. Will definitely be booking another trip with Affordable World.More Less
This was an outstanding vacation to Japan full of unforgettable experiences. This is one not to miss especially to Tokyo, Mount Fuji Kyoto and Osaka with worthy value optional tours for the kaiseki dinner,Yokohama and Kamakura day trip, Sagano Bamboo forest, Gion entertainment, and Nara Park/fish market. Only regrets is not having more free time especially since we all have shopping black belts from the states. Kudos to Affordable World for our first but not the last vacations with them. We could not have come close to seeing the sites in the same amount of days to include transportation, accommodations and opportunities for meals. A special call out to our tour guide Ichihiro for his outstanding execution to optimize out opportunities to experience Japan.More Less
Initially I had fairly low expectations since the price is not overly expensive. But I was pleasantly surprised! The tour is well organized. It took us to major sight seeing spots and shopping districts. The tour guy is very nice and helpful. His English is not perfectly fluent and sometime he needs time to think of the word/sentences but he can definitely communicate effectively. I also love how they have free days so you can explore the area on your own. All of the hotels are wonderful with decent size room and very clean. Overall an amazing tour with an awesome tour guide. It does get a bit tiring at the end since there are a lot of walking but definitely worth it! Would 100% recommend anyone who is looking for a good Japan tour. The only regret I have is I can't spend more time there.More Less
Our trip to Japan was absolutely amazing. The service provided by Affordable World was excellent from the first to the last day. We want to send special thanks to our wonderful tour guide - Ichiro. His knowledge, kindness and caring personality made our trip enjoyable and very special. We hope we would be able to take more trips with Affordable World.More Less
We absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED this tour!!! I was stunned at the hotels that this tour placed us in. They were top notch hotels, including the Westin in Kyoto (where President Obama stayed as well during his trip to Japan). The coach was extremely comfortable and air conditioned. The optional tours offered were AMAZING and were definitely the most popular sites of the main cities; the time allotted for you to explore is sufficient. We LOVED our English Tour Guide Satake. He was SO GOOD at his job. During our bus rides he gave interesting facts and we enjoyed his sense of humor. He was an excellent tour guide and such a kind gentleman. We also LOVED our bus drive Nakasuji. He also was the most genuinely sweet gentleman we have ever met. The only thing I would recommend for anyone traveling with this tour is to take at least one extra day in Tokyo. My husband and I arrived a day and a half before the tour started to explore Tokyo on our own because we saw that the tour only spends one full day in Tokyo. However I looked at next year's package and it looks like they are allotting an extra day in Tokyo but taking a day out of Osaka, so you would only spend one day in Osaka. If this is so, extend your time in Osaka by at least a day! I already recommended this tour to everyone that has asked me about my trip because I would HIGHLY recommend anyone interested in traveling to Japan! We are 100% satisfied and so grateful to this experience! Thank you Affordable World! :)More Less
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