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Japan in a Week

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The one that takes you from ancient shrines to robot shows, providing the perfect snapshot of Japan’s rich heritage and contemporary curiosities

Duration
8 Days
Places
3 places

Visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 20 people

Transport Style

Mini-Coach + Train

Highlights

  • Half day Tokyo Sightseeing with local guide
  • Imperial Palace
  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

7 nights accommodation

7 nights in Hotel

Cool and comfy 3-star hotels are the name of the game throughout our week in Japan.

7 Meals

7 Breakfast

Re-fuel with a hearty breakfast included every day. We'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best eats in the East. Taste it all - fresh sashimi, spicy ramen and delicious gourmet gyozas.

Team

Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

You'll be guided round Sapa by our super knowledgeable, fun and friendly Trip Manager, who will teach you about the local history, the regional delicacies and generally how to have a good time in this beautiful part of the world, while having your back with anything you want or need.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Getting around Asia is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Trains and the famous bullet trains will whizz us from place to place the Japanese way.

Experiences

8 included, 4 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Take a half day trip to ancient Nara*
- Witness the epic Robot Restaurant Show, Tokyo*
- Get a locally guided tour of Tokyo and Kyoto 
- Get a taste of Japan with a farewell Izakaya Dinner*
- Visit Kankakuji, Nijo Castle and Gion*

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs

Kon'nichiwa Japan! We may only have a week, but what a week it is. Starting in the orchestra of light, sound and history that is Tokyo, we'll get locally guided tours of temples and palaces, visit a Robot cabaret and soak in a traditional Onsen before whizzing to Kyoto via a bullet train. Here, we'll walk through zen gardens, explore mystical temples and spot Geishas before taking the short trip to Osaka, where we'll have plenty of time to nip to Universal Studios or simply eat our way around the local street food stalls. Filled with a dazzling fusion of modern spectacle and ancient charm, this trip is the best way to see Japan in a week.

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Japan in a Week

8 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Half day Tokyo Sightseeing with local guide
  • Imperial Palace
  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.
  • Visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple & Nakamise Street
  • Included Shinkansen train to Kyoto
  • Visit Kankakuji, Nijo Castle and Gion
  • Kyoto Sightseeing with a Local Guide
  • See Fushimi Inari Shrine

4 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Soak in the Odaiba Onsen
  • Robot Restaurant show JPY 7000
  • Half day trip to Nara JPY 4200
  • Izakaya Dinner JPY 3800

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
3
3 nights
Tokyo
3
3 nights
Kyoto
1
1 night
Osaka
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Asian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your trip. In Asia, some visas – but not all – can be purchased at the border with US$ or local currency. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to
miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Be aware that some visas can be purchased & arranged on arrival.
4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. In these cases passport photos and US$ will be required and your Trip Manager will explain the process.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Asia trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) – 15kg in India – plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Asia – from a trip to an offshore island, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Remember, there’s a big budgetary difference between a country like Japan & a country like Thailand, so do your research.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki Asia is mostly hotel accommodation with great amenities like WiFi. We have also included accommodation that reflects Asian culture, too. Like a family-run Guest house in the Mekong, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay & an authentic local guesthouse in Laos. At these Special Stays, take the time for a digital detox and soak in all of that natural beauty.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From the Dhonk centre in India to the COPE visitor centre in Laos, our projects in Asia are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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