Jewels Of Japan & China 15 Days - Canada Depart


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

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price starts at:
C$1,999.00+ C$4,099.00

  • Tour/Product code: JC15-B
  • Days: 15 Day(s)
  • Departing From: Toronto Vancouver Montreal Winnipeg Calgary Halifax Land Only Ottawa Quebec Victoria Edmonton Saskatoon Regina
  • Destination: Shanghai SuZhou WuXi Hangzhou Tokyo Okinawa Mt Fuji Kyoto Hamanako Nara Yokohama
  • Highlights: ☆ Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot ☆ Osaka Castle Garden ☆ Nara Deer Park ☆ The Fushimi Inari Shrine Discover 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: ☆ Mt Fuji ☆ Grand Canal ☆ Suzhou Classical Garden ☆ Hangzhou West Lake

  • Service Language: English
trip map:
Included:


1) Round-trip international flight from Toronto/Vancouver/Montreal to China and Japan.

   Departure Cities with additional airfare:

  【Calgary / Saskatoon / Regina / Edmonton / Quebec / Winnipeg / Halifax / Fredericton / Ottawa / Victoria--Depart Need  Additional CAD$500
    Land tour Only without round trip air ticket: -CAD300 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


https://www.utovacation.com/
Telephone:+1 905.597.6882; 1 855.526.1286

ITINERARY

Day 1: Canada To Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai from Canada.

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Day 2: Shanghai Arrival (Meals: X X X)

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. 

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Day 3: Shanghai - Suzhou (Meals: X X X)

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.

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Day 4: Suzhou -Wuxi【 Lingshan Grand Buddha 】(Meals:B X X)

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

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Day 5: Wuxi-Hangzhou (Meals:B X X )

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】. 

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Day 6: Hangzhou-Shanghai (Meals:B X X)

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

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Day 7: Shanghai (Meals:B X X)

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

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Day 8: Shanghai - Osaka (Meals:B X X)

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.

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Day 9: Osaka - Nara - Kyoto (Meals:B X X)

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.

Make your way 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 Kyoto 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.
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Day 10: Kyoto (Meals:B X X)

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 Tour with Lunch: USD 99 per person:

Highlights:
Kiyomizu Shrine (http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/en/)
Kinkakuji Temple (http://www.shokoku-ji.jp/k_access.html)
*Gion gesya Street (http://www.gion.or.jp/)

The optional tour will first make a stop at 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 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.

The last stop of the optional tour will be attending a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart.
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Day 11: Kyoto - Hamanako (Meals:B X X)

Transfer to Hamanako, overnight at Hamanako area.
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Day 12: Hamanako - MT.FUJI - Yokohama (Meals:B X X)

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 Japans 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. 
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Day 13: Yokohama - Tokyo (Meals:B X X)

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 nightview of Tokyo Tower, the landmark of Tokyo. 

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Day 14: Tokyo (Meals:B X X)

Enjoy a free day in Tokyo to explore this dynamic capital city. 
You may want to join an optional tour to visit Nikko National Park (not included) with lunch. Feast your eyes upon breathtaking countryside, sacred shrines and stunning temples as you explore the region.

(Recommended Options:) Nikko National Park Day Trip with Lunch:  USD 220 per person

Highlights:
Full-day trip to Nikko National Park from Tokyo
See the impressive wood carvings and ornate structures of Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Enjoy a Japanese lunch
Hotel pick-up & drop-off included

Enhance your experience of Nikko National Park on an enriching full-day excursion from Tokyo. Feast your eyes upon breathtaking countryside, sacred shrines and stunning temples as you explore the region with an accomplished guide. Visit Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dedicated to Shinto worship, and hear about the structure’s fascinating history. Opt for the upgrade to pleasure your palate with a traditional Japanese lunch then absorb the natural splendor of Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Tokyo on this comprehensive tour.

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach after morning pickup from your Tokyo hotel and begin the scenic drive the Nikko, a serene city at the entrance of Nikko National Park. 

Head straight to what is unanimously hailed as the park’s most spectacular site, the Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO-listed mausoleum of a revered monarch whole ruled Japan in the 17th century. Marvel at lavish gold-leaf embellishments and opulent chambers during your 1.5-hour exploration of the monument. See iconic carvings depicting the ‘hear no evil’ proverb then revitalize with a delectable Japanese lunch if you selected the option at booking. 

Next, venture to the natural landmark of Kegon Waterfall, a powerful force considered one of the park’s most beautiful waterfalls. Capture the perfect pictures of the falls from a variety of vantage points and feel the refreshing spray of water on your face as you gaze from an observation deck. 

Back to your hotel.
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Day 15: Tokyo Departure (Meals:B X X)

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

[Excluded:]

1) Travel insurance

2) Any personal expenses

3) Tour Extensions and Optional programs

4) A Mandatory Service Charge & Tipping CAD 390 /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: CAD 1200

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.   


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


   1): Beijing Express View Itinerary Click Here 

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                 Price: CAD$799.00

                  Single Supplement: CAD$ 300.00

                  Gratuity: CAD$ 60.00

                 Included:

                 *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: CAD 539.00

                 Single Supplement: CAD 150.00

                 Included:

                 *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: CAD 799.00

                 Single Supplement: CAD 300.00

                 Included:

                 *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: CAD 399

                 Included:

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


4) Return Flight Extension-5 DAYS

                 Price: CAD 539.00

                 Included:

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



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

Select your optional packages while you are in China & Japan and pay to the local tour guide.

Day 04 Suzhou "Boat ride on the Grand Canal with walk around the local market" (CAD 40)  

Day 06 Shanghai "Huangpu River Night Cruise"  (CAD 60)  

Day 07 Shanghai "Shanghai maglev train & knock-off market & Xintiandi & Tianzifang & Jinmao Tower." (CA130)  

Day 07 Shanghai "ERA Show-The intersection of Time."(CAD 60)

Day 10 Kyoto City Tour with Lunch: (CAD 135)

Day 14 Tokyo Nikko National Park Day Trip with Lunch: (CAD 295)

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

* China Visa Option:

【 Please Click Here To Read The detailed information and requirements for the following 3 options before you book! 】

1: Individual visa service (Multiple entries valid for up to 10 years) ( Ontario residents only ): $240

2: Group visa (north-America wide)(Single Entry Valid For 1 month from the date issue)(At Least 2 People Travel Together)(Age: Less than 79 years old): $210

3: Paperwork service for the clients who wish to apply for an individual visa by themselves: $50

    Include:

    · Filling out application forms

    · Preparing travel documents

    · Making appointment

4:Apply for an individual visa on your own

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

   For other passport holders, please refer to Consulate General of Japan's Website for more information and Japan visa instructions.

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 UTO Vacation 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.

3-4-Star Hotels:

【 Please note: Hotels for this itinerary will not be located in the city centre, hotels are normally located 10-35KM away from City Centre 】

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: Art Hotel Osaka Bay Tower / The Premium Hotel In Rinku/similar

Kyoto: Ariston Hotel Kyoto Jujo/similar

Hamanako: Tsumagoi Resort Sai no Sato/similar

Yokohama: Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel/similar

Tokyo: APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay /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:


Remark: 

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.

7)THE HOTELS LISTED IN THE ITINERARY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY BE SUBSTITUTED WITH A SIMILAR CATEGORY HOTEL WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE, IF UNAVAILABLE. MULTI-CARRIERS/AIRLINES ARE USED FOR THE GROUP TOUR AIRFARE. ONCE THE GROUP TICKETS ARE ISSUED THE AIRLINE INFORMATION MAY BE RELEASED BY THE GROUP TICKETING DEPARTMENT ABOUT 30 DAYS PRIOR TO TRIP DEPARTURE. UTO VACATION CAN RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ISSUE TICKETS WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

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 UTO Vacation one month prior to the trip departure date. Supporting documents requested early are subject to a $50 administration fee. 

9) ANY DEVIATIONS TO OTHER DESTINATIONS AND/OR EXTENSIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A $150 CHANGE FEE, PLUS ANY AIR FARE DIFFERENCE---PLEASE CALL 1-855-526-1286 FOR DETAIL INFORMATION.

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.