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Japan Unrivalled

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The one that takes in bustling cities, relaxing hot springs and majestic mountains for the ultimate Japan experience

Duration
13 Days
Places
7 places

Visiting Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Osaka

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 24 people

Transport Style

Mini-Coach + Train

Highlights

  • See the grand Imperial Palace and the buzzy neighbourhood of Shibuya
  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.
  • Onsen experience
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

12 nights accommodation

10 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

3-star hotels are the name of the game, plus you'll get the chance to shack-up in a traditional Ryokan, as well as a Shukubo up on Mount Koya. We like to keep it intrepid, but there's no compromise on comfort.

14 Meals

12 Breakfast, 2 Dinner

Re-fuel with a hearty breakfast included every day, plus a few delicious dinners. We'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best eats in the East. We'll get 14 of your meals, you get the rest. Taste it all - fresh sashimi, spicy ramen and delicious gourmet gyozas.

Team

Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life, along with Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

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. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.

Experiences

14 included, 9 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Experience the weirdest, wackiest and most Japanese of all spectacles at The Robot Restaurant, Tokyo*
- Learn from an expert to master the art of sushi making, Tokyo*
- Be whipped along to Hiroshima at a casual 320km/h on the one-and-only Shinkansen Bullet Train, Takayama
- Dress up as your favourite superhero and zoom through the streets of Tokyo by MariCar go-kart, Tokyo*
- Pay your respects at the Peace Memorial with its rainbow of coloured paper cranes, Hiroshima
- Walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace, visit Meiji-Jingu Shrine & get wide-eyed at kawaii fashion in Harajuku, Tokyo

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Konnichiwa! And welcome to our ultimate trip to Japan. Experience traditional Japanese hot springs in Tokyo, explore Kyoto the cultural hub of Japan by visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine & travel around Tokyo taking in all the bright lights and quirks as well as eating as much sushi as possible. This is the only way to be guided around Japan, one of the most unique countries in the world.

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.

Tokyo

Visit the Itsukushima Shrine & spot miniature deer on Miyajima Island

Hiroshima

See Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area (where the Geisha are).

Kyoto

Make your childhood Mario Kart dreams a reality as you zoom through Tokyo in a MariCAR

JPY 7500

Tokyo

Master the art of sushi-making at a lunchtime class in Tokyo

JPY 6800

Tokyo

Drink in tradition with some Sake tasting in Takayama

JPY 3000

Takayama

Japan Unrivalled

14 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the grand Imperial Palace and the buzzy neighbourhood of Shibuya
  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.
  • Grab some sushi at the world-famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
  • Take in the incredible views from the Hakone Ropeway
  • Unwind like the locals with a rejuvinating Onsen hot spring experience in Hakone
  • See Kamisan no machi (Kamisan Town), Takayama morning markets & Jinya house.
  • Zip between Japan's hotspots like the locals do, on the Shinkansen (Bullet train)
  • Visit the Itsukushima Shrine & spot miniature deer on Miyajima Island
  • Visit Peace Park & the memorial museum in Hiroshima
  • See Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area (where the Geisha are).
  • See Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Stay at a relaxing and spiritual Buddhist guest house in the shadow of Mount Koya
  • Enjoy a traditional Buddhist meal
  • Participate in an early morning Buddhist Service and guided walking tour

9 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Onsen experience JPY 2480
  • Make your childhood Mario Kart dreams a reality as you zoom through Tokyo in a MariCAR JPY 7500
  • Check out the world famous Robot Restaurant Show, Tokyo for a display of robotics, dancing and pyrotechnics JPY 6500
  • Master the art of sushi-making at a lunchtime class in Tokyo JPY 6800
  • Feast on a melt-in-your mouth Hida Beef dinner in Takayama JPY 6700
  • Drink in tradition with some Sake tasting in Takayama JPY 3000
  • Taste the delicious flavours of Okonomiyaki savoury pancakes for lunch in Hiroshima JPY 3000
  • Izakaya Dinner JPY 3800
  • MariCAR (International Driver's Licence needed) Location depending on availability JPY 7500

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
3
3 nights
Tokyo
1
1 night
Hakone
2
2 nights
Takayama
2
2 nights
Hiroshima
2
2 nights
Kyoto
1
1 night
Mount Koya
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.

How do I pay for my Free Time Add Ons?

Free Time Add Ons in Asia are paid for in cash with local currency and USD only. Payments with other currencies (eg. AUD) or credit card cannot be accepted.

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