Jewels Of Japan & China 15 Days - USA Depart

Shanghai-Suzhou-Wuxi-Hangzhou-Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - Hamanako - Mt Fuji - Yokohama - Tokyo


price starts at:
U$1,399.00+ U$3,399.00

  • Tour Code: JC15
  • Days: 15 Day(s)
  • Departing From: New York (all airports) Los Angeles Las Vegas San Francisco Land Only Boston Chicago Seattle Houston Washington, D.C. Detroit Denver Dallas Phoenix Philadelphia Miami San Diego San Antonio Portland Oregon Atlanta Austin Charlotte Memphis Oklahoma City Milwaukee Sacramento San Jose Orlando Fort Lauderdale New Orleans Columbus, Ohio Minneapolis
  • Destination: Shanghai SuZhou WuXi Hangzhou Tokyo Okinawa Mt Fuji Kyoto Hamanako Nara Yokohama
  • Highlights:

    ☆ Stay Two Nights In Tokyo Shinjuku Area
    ☆ Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot
    ☆ Osaka Castle Garden
    ☆ Nara Deer Park
    ☆ Yasaka Shrine
    ☆ Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
    ☆ Kyoto’s most famous geisha district: Gion
    Discover 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
    ☆ Mt Fuji
    ☆ Grand Canal
    ☆ Suzhou Classical Garden
    ☆ Hangzhou West Lake

  • Service Language: English
trip map:



1) Initial deposit:  USD$300.00/pp at the time of booking. 2nd deposit of USD$300.00/pp after 2 weeks of booking.

   (The USD$600.00 deposit count towards the final payment)

2) Final Payment: 150 days prior to the trip departure. 

Optional And Extension Programs:

*Since the seats are limited, we recommend you to choose optional and extension programs at the time of booking.

Group Size:

  【10-40 (each departure date)】

Upgrade To Business Class:( Before Final Payment)

 (Only Available For USA -- Asia International Round Trip) Cost Extra USD 3000/Person.


*Stay Two Nights In Tokyo Shinjuku Area.

*Stroll in one of the four famous gardens in Suzhou--Master of the Nets Garden.

*Admire the beauty of West Lake by taking a short cruise on it.

*Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai.

*Admire elegant landmark Osaka Castle Garden with the beauty of its stone wall.

*Marvel at the deer frolic on the wide lawns at Nara Deer Park also named as Places of Scenic Beauty.

*Appreciate Yasaka Shrine which was founded in Kyoto over 1350 years ago.

*Enjoy a walk in the most exclusive and well-known geisha district, Gion.

*Imagine being in another world by standing amid the soaring stalks of bamboo in Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

*Climb Japan's highest mountain, the legendary Mt Fuji, the UNESCO World Heritage site.

*Enjoy the city tour at famous Tokyo and shopping at Nakamise Shopping Street.

 * Late March to early April is historically the best time to view cherry blossoms, but we can't guarantee that they will flower on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.
 * The last 2 weeks of Nov is the best time to see crimson leaves in Autumn.
Telephone:+1 905.597.6882; 1 855.526.1286


Day 1: USA/Canada To Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai from USA/Canada.


Day 2: Shanghai Arrival

Upon arriving at Shanghai International Airport, you will be greeted by your tour guide and then transferred to hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax. 


Day 3: Shanghai - Suzhou

Enjoy a morning city tour of Shanghai, the country's biggest city and a global financial hub. Explore 【The People’s Square】 and 【Nanjing Road】, the main shopping street of Shanghai and is one of the world's busiest shopping streets. Transfer to Suzhou, referred to as the "Venice of the East".  Visit 【Lanli Garden】 where you could treasure the exotic silk embroidery history. Explore 【The Garden of Master of the Nets】, among the finest gardens in China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Day 4: Suzhou -Wuxi【 Lingshan Grand Buddha 】

Visit the 【Silk Spinning Factory】 for a silk making demonstration. Transfer to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed with nature due to its pleasantly warm and moist climate – it boasts a reputation of being the “Land of Fish and Rice”.  Explore the 【Lingshan Grand Buddha and Mt. Lingshan Scenic Area】 – a Buddhist paradise area of 30 hectares (74 acres). The park is famous for the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue and other attractions including the Brahma Palace, Five Mudra Mandala, Nine Dragons Bathing Sakyamuni, Xiangfu Temple and many other Buddhist sites. Visit the 【Teapot Museum】 and famous 【Nanchang Street】.

 (Recommended Options:)

Boat ride on the Grand Canal with walk around the local market. USD 30


Day 5: Wuxi-Hangzhou

After breakfast, enjoy the scenery as we pass by 【Lake Tai】, the third-largest freshwater lake in China.  Visit the 【Lihu Park】, and the largest Fresh Water Pearl Center. After lunch, transfer to Hangzhou, one of China's seven ancient capitals. With its beautiful lakes, mountains and many attractions, it has become a world-famous tourist destination and one of China’s top attractions. Marco Polo once called Hangzhou the most enchanting city in the world. Take a 【boat tour of West Lake】, the most famous attraction in Hangzhou. Last stop, 【Liuhe Pagoda】, Hangzhou Six Harmonies Pagoda, on the foot of 【Yuelun Hill】, facing the 【Qiantang River】. 


Day 6: Hangzhou-Shanghai

Morning educational stop for a taste of Dragon Well Tea at the 【Meijiawu Tea Village】. Later drive back to Shanghai on China’s central coast, the country's biggest city and a global financial hub. Appreciate scenery by walking along【the Bund】, a mile-long stretch along the 【Huangpu River】. This area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days.

(Recommended Options:)

Cruise on the 【Huangpu River】, while on the cruise, you can take an outside view of the 【Oriental Pearl Tower】, the modern symbol of Shanghai City.  USD 45


Day 7: Shanghai

Enjoy a day of leisure or you may choose an optional day-tour of Shanghai highlights.

(Recommended Options:)

【Shanghai maglev train】is the fastest train in the world with the unbelievable top speed of 431km per hour. It is the only super high-speed bullet train with Magnetic technology in operation all over the world. Take in some last minute shopping at the【Knock-off Market】before exploring the famous【Xintiandi】, a stylish pedestrian street made up of Shikumen and modern architecture. Explore 【Tianzifang】, a touristic arts and crafts area that has developed from a renovated traditional residential area in the French Concession area of Shanghai, into an area of boutique shops, bars and restaurants. Explore【Jin Mao Tower】, an 88-story landmark skyscraper, standing at 420.5 metres tall it’s one of the tallest buildings in the world. USD 100

(Recommended Options:)

Shanghai Permanent Show-【ERA-Intersection of Time】USD 45


Day 8: Shanghai - Osaka

Fly to Osaka Kansai Airport. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your tour representative and escorted back to your hotel by an airport shuttle.  Please note that while we are doing our best to accommodate early arrivals, hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 pm. Baggage storage can be arranged at the hotel. Free at leisure time for the duration of the day.


Day 9: Osaka - Nara - Kyoto

Visit the famous landmark Osaka Castle Garden. Surrounded by greenery, the garden commands a beautiful view of the castle tower and the stone wall of a moat. Enjoy free time in Shinsaibashi, the premier shopping area in Osaka. Around 600 meters long, it’s filled with trendy boutiques, retail chains, and luxury department stores like Daimaru, UniQlo, H&M, Bulgari, and Zara. Crossing the street and out of the covered arcade, you’ll walk into this open area and see that large Glico man sign. That’s when you know you’re in Dotnobori. Originally installed in 1935, the giant Glico Man is Dotonbori’s most iconic landmark. It’s a symbol for the Glico candy company, makers of caramel candy, and Pocky.

In the afternoon, you will proceed to Nara, a city shrouded in legend and thronged with significant sites. Make a special visit to Nara Deer Park, home to the freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara's nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. Nara's deer are surprisingly tame, although they can be aggressive if they think you will feed them. Deer crackers are for sale around the park, and some deer have learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed.

In the afternoon drive to Kyoto and visit Yasaka Shrine and Gion. Yasaka is a Shinto Shrine (jinja) located in the heart of the famous district of Gion in Kyoto. In fact, it so much is that you can also refer to it as the "Gion Shrine", its former name. Built during the seventh century, it was modified in the seventeenth to reach its present form. Yasaka-Jinja is dedicated to Susano, the god of the oceans, one of the Japanese mythology protagonists.

The shrine is located east of the district, at the end of Shijo-Dori shopping avenue. Yasaka-Jinja is particularly famous for hosting the path of the famous Gion Matsuri every summer in July, as well as celebrations of new year's eve. The Japanese also go through Yasaka during April to get to Maruyama Park, in order to attend Ohanami (sakura cherry blossoms).


Day 10: Kyoto

Today you will be free at your own leisure to explore this historical city. Alternatively, you can join an optional in-depth tour of Kyoto. 

(Recommended Options:) Kyoto City In-Depth Tours: USD 79 Per Person:


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Kiyomizu Shrine: (

Kinkakuji Temple: (

Fushimi Inari: (

The optional tour will first make a stop at Nijo-jo Castle is one of Kyoto’s most popular and impressive sights. It shows the power that the Shoguns wielded over the emperors throughout the Edo Period. Nijo Castle is Kyoto's largest and best-preserved castle. It consists of two fortifications (kuruwa) in Japanese. The Ninomaru Palace, the main fortification of the castle, and the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, the second fortification, as well as support buildings and gardens. The castle is surrounded by stone walls and moats. It is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will, it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later. Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu's former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous times throughout its history including twice during the Onin War, a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto; and once again more recently in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955.

Then visit the Kiyomizu Shrine, one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari's messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital's move to Kyoto in 794.


Day 11: Kyoto - Hamanako

Transfer to Hamanako, overnight at Hamanako area.

Day 12: Hamanako - MT.FUJI - Yokohama

After breakfast depart for a full day of sightseeing, beginning at the Five Lakes District dominated by majestic UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji. First, go for a sightseeing cruise on Lake Yamanaka. The crater lake was born from a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji from various angles. At 3,776m, Mt. Fuji is Japan's highest mountain and most recognizable icon. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji to enjoy some spectacular views at 2,300m (weather permitting). Catch sweeping views of Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, Izu Peninsula, Izu Islands, Hakone National Park, and more while climbing up and down the mountain on an aerial Ropeway. After an enjoyable day of sightseeing drive to your hotel in Yokohama for a restful evening. 

Remarks: Cruise on Lake Yamanaka or Kachikachi-Yama Ropeway may be omitted depending on traffic, weather conditions, or other operational concerns. If either or both are omitted, alternatives may be used. 

Day 13: Yokohama - Tokyo

This morning, first visit Yokohama Harborland before traveling to Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, where over 11 million people live, making the population one of the largest in the world. Tokyo is not only the political and economical centre of Japan but also a centre of the world economy and culture. Tradition and modernity co-exist in today’s Tokyo. 

Enjoy an orientation tour of Tokyo. First visit Meiji Shrine, a key Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk around the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you listen to more details about its importance from your guide. Then visit Nakamise Shopping Street, a brightly-colored thoroughfare of food vendors and souvenir stores that leads to Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-Ji), one of Japan’s most important Buddhist sites. Stay with your guide as you check out the elaborate gardens, architecture, and shrines that surround the site.

Make a stop at DUTY-FREE Shop and Ameyoko, a busy street market. On the way back to the hotel drive-by Shibuya and enjoy the colorful night view of Tokyo Tower, the landmark of Tokyo. 


Day 14: Tokyo

Enjoy a free day in Tokyo to explore this dynamic capital city, where over 11 million people live, making the population one of the largest in the world. Alternatively, you may want to join an optional tour:

(Recommended Options:) Tokyo City Highlight Tours: USD 99 Per Person:


Imperial Palace

Tsukiji Fish Market


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo Imperial Palace (Main residence of the Imperial Family), the current Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. In 1868, the shogunate was overthrown, and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo.

Tsukiji Outer Market (Market for fresh seafood and produce), is a district adjacent to the site of the former Tsukiji Wholesale Market. It consists of a few blocks of wholesale and retail shops, as well as restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. Here you can find fresh and processed seafood and produce alongside food-related goods such as knives.

Akihabara (District for electronic and otaku goods), also called Akiba after a former local shrine, is a district in central Tokyo that is famous for its many electronics shops. In more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district.

Metropolitan Government Building (Twin tower with two free observation decks), in Shinjuku, is often visited by tourists for its free observation decks which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. The 243-meter tall building has two towers, and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters. It had been the tallest building in Tokyo until it was overtaken by the Midtown Tower in 2007.


Day 15: Tokyo Departure

After breakfast, board your international flight back home filled with memories to last for a lifetime.

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1) Round-trip international flight from New York City / Los Angeles / San Francisco to China and Japan

【San Jose/ Washington / Boston/ Las Vegas  / Chicago / Houston / Seattle --Depart Need USD 300 More】

【Atlanta / Austin / Charlotte / Dallas / Denver / Detroit / Memphis / Miami / Milwaukee--Depart Need USD 500 More】

【Oklahoma City / Philadelphia / Phoenix / Portland / Sacramento / San Antonio / San Diego--Depart Need USD 500 More】

  Land tour Only without round trip air ticket: -USD200 Minus

2) Ground transportation between the cities ( BY BUS )

3) Hand-picked 3-4 star hotel accommodations with daily ABF

4) Sightseeing admission fees as listed on the agenda

5) Food as specified on the itinerary (B-breakfast L-lunch D-dinner X-no meal) 

Please note that if the flight for your tour is during the lunch or dinner time, your meal will be served on board by the airline.

6) Special cultural programs as specified in the schedule

7) Professional English speaking local tour expert

8) All tax and fuel surcharge

9) UTOvacation's Travel Assurance Program ( Free Reschedule before 150 days prior to trip departure and before air tickets are issued )


1) Travel insurance

2) Any personal expenses

3) Tour Extensions and Optional programs

4) A Mandatory Service Charge & Tipping USD 290/person is required and payable to the tour guide on the first day of arrival【CASH】

    Or It Can Be Paid by Credit Card Before Depart.

5) China visa fee.

6) Single Supplement: USD 899

7) No Show (Only applicable for China Tours):  If for any reason, a passenger does not attend the scheduled daily activities during the tour, an additional supplement fee of $100 per day per person has to be paid. 

Optional Features

Tour Extensions( Pre-Tour Only)-(Choose before the trip):

   1): Beijing Express View Itinerary Click Here 

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                 Price: USD$599.00

                  Single Supplement: USD$ 220.00

                  Gratuity: USD$ 45.00


                 *Air Ticket change fee & fare difference from the original itinerary

                 *Sightseeing admission fees as listed on the agenda,

                 *Food as specified on the itinerary 

                 *Guided Sightseeing Luxury Tour 

                 *Ground transportation

                 *Hand-picked 4 star hotel accommodations with daily ABF

                 *Special cultural programs as listed in different cities as specified in the schedule

                 *Professional English speaking local tour expert in each destination city

                 *Minimum guarantee of 6 ppl 

Stay Like A Local-Extensions: 

1) Toyko 1 Nights Hotel and flight extension

                 Price: USD 399.00

                 Single Supplement: USD 100.00


                 *Air Ticket change fee & fare difference from the original itinerary

                 *3-4 star hotel accommodations with daily ABF

2) Toyko 2 Nights Hotel and flight extension

                 Price: USD 599.00

                 Single Supplement: USD 200.00


                 *Air Ticket change fee & fare difference from the original itinerary

                 *3-4 star hotel accommodations with daily ABF

3) Return Flight Extension-3 DAYS

                 Price: USD 299.00


                 *Air Ticket change fee & fare difference from the original itinerary

4) Return Flight Extension-5 DAYS

                 Price: USD 399.00


                 *Air Ticket change fee & fare difference from the original itinerary

Optional Programs-(Choose before the trip; Minimum guarantee of 10 ppl) :

Day 04 Suzhou "Boat ride on the Grand Canal with walk around the local market" ($30)  

Day 06 Shanghai "Huangpu River Night Cruise"  ($45)  

Day 07 Shanghai "Shanghai maglev train & knock-off market & Xintiandi & Tianzifang & Jinmao Tower." ($100)  

Day 07 Shanghai "ERA Show-The intersection of Time."($45)

Day 10 Kyoto City In-Depth Tours. ($79)

Day 14 Tokyo City Highlight Tours. ($99)


* This trip requires a Chinese Visa for USA & Canada passport holders. 

* UTOvaction's China Visa Service is 230 USD Per Person for American Passports.

* Japan Visa Is Not Required For USA, Canada & Mexico Passport Holders.

A final trip confirmation will be sent to the main contact passenger via email one month prior to departure that includes a day-by-day itinerary, hotel information, and flight information.

If acquiring a visa on your own, the supporting documents will be provided from UTOvacation one month prior to the trip departure date. Supporting documents requested early are subject to a $50 administration fee.

* All information and requirements in regards to visa applications are available on Chinese Consulate's website. Applicants are required to bring their visa application along with all supporting documents. Please contact your local Chinese Embassy/Consulate directly if you apply for Chinese visa on your own.

Hotels & Flights

3-4-Star Hotels:

Suzhou: Holiday Inn Suzhou Huirong Plaza/similar

Hangzhou: Merchant Marco Garden Hotel/similar

Wuxi: Swiss-Bel Hotel Liyuan/similar

Shanghai: Shanghai Koyal International Hotel/similar

Osaka: Washington Hotel Kansai Airport / Karaksa Spring Hotel Kansai Air Gate / Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport or similar

Kyoto: S Peria Hotel Kyoto / Hotel MyStays Kyoto-Shijo / KYOTO YAMASHINA HOTEL SANRAKU or similar

Hamanako: Tsumagoi Resort Sai no Sato/similar

Yokohama: Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel/similar

Tokyo: Shinjuku Washington Hotel /similar

International Air:

 (*UTOvacation reserve the right to confirm the airlines below)

  ☆ United Airline:

  ☆ American Airline:

  ☆ Delta Airline:

  ☆ Air China:

  ☆ Air Canada:

  ☆ Hainan Airlines:

  ☆ China Eastern Airlines:

  ☆ Cathy Pacific Airlines;

  ☆ China Southern Airlines;

  ☆ Xiamen Airlines;

  ☆ Beijing Capital Airlines;

  ☆ Sichuan Airlines;

  ☆ Hongkong Airline:

  ☆ Eva Air:


1) We reserve the right to modify the itinerary if necessary subject to the local conditions.

2) Guaranteed departure with minimum 10 travelers.

3) Price subject to change at the time of reservation.

4) For travelers under 12 years old are as follow:

Child between 2-11 
years old with bed
Infant under 2 years old
100% of 
adult tour fare

We don't suggest people bring Infants under 2 years old to participate on this tour 

5) Tour fare is based on American/Canadian adults (non-student group), twin share.

6) As this is a sight-seeing and shopping tour, there are designated local shopping stops on this tour, and a minimum amount of time (60 mins) must be spent at each shopping site. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. For those who are not very keen on shopping, visits to shopping sites should be treated as cultural learning experiences as all the products including jade, silk, tea, etc are deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture and well worth learning.


8) For Travel Visa service:

* If you choose UTO’s Visa Application Service with your booking, we will contact you by email about 60-120 days prior to trip departure for your visa application. Please call 1-855-526-1286 for more information.

* Please note: A final trip confirmation will be sent to the main contact passenger via email one month prior to departure that includes a day-by-day itinerary, hotel information, and flight information. If acquiring a visa on your own, the supporting documents will be provided from UTOvacation one month prior to the trip departure date. Supporting documents requested early are subject to a $50 administration fee. 


10) Reservation changes: changes to an existing reservation, whatever the cause, will incur a $100 per person charge plus any additional supplier fees. This includes name changes* and removal of any services such as optional tours and transfers. *Please note that name changes to airline reservations are subject to full cancellation and re-booking. See airline name changes section for specific information. Replacing a traveling passenger with another traveling passenger constitutes a cancellation, subject to cancellation penalties, and is not covered by this reservation changes policy. Changes or additions after departure are subject to local rates at the time of amendment and must be paid directly by the passenger to the service provider. There are no refunds for unused services.

11) If for any reason, a passenger does not attend the scheduled daily activities during the tour, an additional supplement fee of $100 per person per day has to be paid. 

12) Please note that if the flight for your tour is during the lunch or dinner time, your meal will be served on board by the airline.

13) All tour extension & optional programs require a minimum of 10 participants to commence. UTOvacation reserve the rights to cancel the tour extension without prior notice. In the instance of cancellation, the tour extension or optional tours shall be refunded.

14) This tour requires some walking during sightseeing. Handicap facilities are not up to the North American standard. We ask all passengers to be careful of the small steps in the old shrines and temples.