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Simply Affordable Japan (2020 Itinerary)

7 days

A uniquely flexible private journey

Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ Past and present come to life as your private guide shows you the historic landmarks of Tokyo and Kyoto – while immersing you in the life and spirit of these vibrant cities.
+ Tailor this trip to your own personal style with our choice of hotels – all handpicked for great service and terrific locations.
+ Thrill to the high-speed comfort of the world famous Bullet Train.
+ Enjoy more of Japan with our signature flexibility... Stay extra nights in either or both cities, add more sightseeing, or travel on to Hakone, Osaka – or anywhere in Japan.

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On arrival in Tokyo, you’ll be met and assisted to the Airport Limousine Bus that will take you to your choice of hotel in the center of town: The first class ANA InterContinental, the deluxe Keio Plaza, or the Imperial Hotel, the city’s most famous luxury landmark for more than 120 years.

In the engaging company of your experienced personal guide, you’ll join city residents on Tokyo’s modern public transportation to visit the must-see sites. Ascend Tokyo Tower for breathtaking views over the entire metropolitan region; on a clear day, you can even see majestic Mt. Fuji rising in the distance. Stopping at the Imperial Palace Plaza, you’ll get a glimpse into the life of the Imperial family as you learn about their history and the recent ascension of Emperor Naruhito.
 
Next, you'll visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple. Founded in the 7th century to honor Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, this is the oldest temple in the city. The outer entrance to this Buddhist Temple is through the impressive 1,000-year-old Kaminari-mon or Thunder Gate. Inside the gate, you'll continue along the busy Nakamise Arcade toward the temple itself, a fascinating stroll that takes you past shops and merchant stalls selling traditional sweets, savory snacks, colorful handicrafts, and souvenirs. Back at your hotel, your private guide can offer recommendations for dining, shopping and exploring on your own to make the most of your free afternoon and evening.  Meals B

This day is free to enjoy as you wish. Your hotel’s heart-of-it-all location makes it easy to step out and enjoy Tokyo on your own. From April to November, a guided excursion is available to visit the magnificent Toshogu Shrine c, set against the mountain splendor of Nikko National Park.  Meals B
 

After breakfast, we’ll take you to the station to board the world-famous Bullet Train. Travel at startling speeds in absolute comfort and safety as you make the journey through the countryside, passing cities, towns, villages and farms. On arrival in Kyoto, you’ll be met on the platform and assisted to your choice of hotel: The first class ANA Crowne Plaza, the deluxe Okura Hotel, or the luxurious Ritz Carlton.  Meals B

Enhanced by fascinating facts and personal insights from your private guide, you’ll make use of the city’s efficient public transport network to explore the celebrated sites of ancient Kyoto . Begin your sightseeing at Nijo Castle where you can try to walk in stealth across the famed Nightingale Floor – ingeniously designed centuries years ago to chirp in warning if would-be assassins penetrated the Shogun’s inner chambers! Then visit Kinkaku-ji Temple, the oft-photographed golden pavilion that shimmers in its tranquil setting surrounded by pine forests on the edge of a quiet pond. Your sightseeing ends at the Kyoto Imperial Palace that served as the residence for the Imperial Family until 1868 when the Emperor and capital moved to Tokyo. Your afternoon is free to enjoy as you wish, and your guide will be happy to offer personalized recommendations for dining, shopping exploring on your own.  Meals B

This entire day is yours to experience more of this cultured city at your own pace. On the western side of Kyoto, Arashiyama is a lovely riverside district tucked along the base of the Arashiyama Mountains. With pleasant parks, ancient Zen temples and the famed Bamboo Grove, it’s a delightful place to spend some time. Foodies will want to check out the Nishiki Market, where you can find all things food-related from fresh seafood, local produce and pickles to cookware, sushi and other ready-to-eat delicacies! For those who prefer guided sightseeing, you might consider adding our excursion to Nara c, Japan’s ancient capital.  Meals B

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Sayonara, Japan

We include your prepaid transfer to the airport aboard the efficient MK Shuttle.  Meals B

It’s easy to add extra nights in Tokyo or Kyoto!

Extend Your Trip

Add on Hakone National Park

On Day 4, ride up the slopes of Mt. Fuji, cruise on Lake Ashi and overnight at a hot springs resort in the National Park. From $799.

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Private Tour Add-Ons

Be a Beijing Insider

This Private Tour in Beijing includes your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, both handpicked for their terrific city-center locations. Then join your expert personal guide for extensive sightseeing that will reveal the rich history and modern spirit of China’s vibrant capital.

Hong Kong Insider

Enhance your travels through China and Asia with our signature Hong Kong Insider. We include your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, chauffeured transfers when you come and go, and our exclusive Hong Kong Insider sightseeing tour.

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+ $500 Solo

Pay in full at time of booking.

Add Our Chauffeured Services  

Delight in the convenience of chauffeured transfers whenever you come and go, and the services of a personal car and driver for your Tokyo and Kyoto private city tours. From $950 per person.

Add Beautiful Hakone  

On Day 4, ride up the slopes of Mt. Fuji, cruise on Lake Ashi and overnight at a hot springs resort in the National Park.
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Customized Journeys Across Japan  

+ Our Japan experts can tailor a private tour anywhere in the archipelago – from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
+ With private transportation and your own guide, you can visit the places you want to see and join the activities you want to do – all at your own pace!
+ We can design the perfect journey to match your passions... from cuisine or culture to art, gardening or history.

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1/4/2020 - 2/29/2020$3,599Available
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First Class Accommodations$3,599Available
Deluxe Accommodations$3,899Available
Luxury Accommodations$4,899Available
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3/1/2020 - 4/28/2020$3,599Available
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First Class Accommodations$3,599Available
Deluxe Accommodations$4,099Available
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5/7/2020 - 7/17/2020$3,599Available
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9/7/2020 - 9/18/2020$3,699Available
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9/23/2020 - 10/9/2020$3,699Available
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10/13/2020 - 11/20/2020$3,699Available
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11/24/2020 - 11/30/2020$3,699Available
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12/1/2020 - 12/22/2020$3,699Available
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1/4/2021 - 2/28/2021$3,699Available
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First Class Accommodations$3,699Available
Deluxe Accommodations$3,899Available
Luxury Accommodations$4,899Available
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3/1/2021 - 4/29/2021$3,699Available
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First Class Accommodations$3,699Available
Deluxe Accommodations$4,099Available
Luxury Accommodations$8,099Available
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Pay-In-Full

Save $1,000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.

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Ask about international air service, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

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