Japan Escapade 9 Days - USA Departure


Tokyo - Shinjuku - Matsumoto - Takayama - Murodo【Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route】 - Toyama - Kanazawa - Shirakawa-go

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price starts at:
U$2,499.00+ U$4,499.00

  • Tour/Product code: USJE09
  • Days: 9 Day(s)
  • Departing From: Charlotte Boston Austin Atlanta Philadelphia Phoenix Portland Oregon Sacramento San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Seattle Washington, D.C. Fort Lauderdale Orlando New Orleans San Jose Chicago Dallas Denver Detroit Houston Land Only Las Vegas Los Angeles Memphis Miami Milwaukee New York Oklahoma City
  • Highlights: ☆ 2 Nights in Tokyo Shinjuku Area. ☆ Nakamise Shopping Street. ☆ The Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kōtoku-in ☆ The Majestic Matsumoto Castle. ☆ The Gateway of the Japanese Alps and the Takayama Float Exhibition hall. ☆ The “Roof of Japan” and Mount Tateyama. ☆ The Edo-era districts of Higashi Chaya District. ☆ The tranquil Kenroku-en Park leading to the legendary Kanazawa Castle. ☆ The picturesque treasure of Shirakawa-go.

  • Service Language: English
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Included:

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

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Telephone:+1 905.597.6882; 1 855.526.1286

ITINERARY

Day 1: USA/CANADA TO TOKYO

Fly to Tokyo from USA/Canada.

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Day 2: TOKYO ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Tokyo Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel.

*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. Take the rest of the day to rest up.

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Day 3: TOKYO FREE DAY 【 Shinjuku Hotel】

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.

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Day 4: TOKYO - KAMAKURA - ATAMI

Today, make our way to Kamakura. It is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south of Tokyo, and home to the Great Buddha Hall and many other historic buildings, beautiful cafes, and cozy shops. Upon arrival, visit Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū Shrine and. The Great Buddha (or Daibutsu) of Kamakura is one of Japan's most fascinating historical landmarks. The enormous bronze statue is a representation of Amida Buddha, located on the grounds of the Kotoku-in temple in Kamakura City. The monument dates all the way back to 1252 and was originally gold-plated.

In the afternoon, head to Atami, a seaside city on Japan’s Izu Peninsula, and it’s set on volcanic hills within the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, which is also home to Mount Fuji. Visit the Atami Castle, built in 1959, Atami Castle is a touristy, concrete museum built in the shape of a castle. There are different exhibitions on each floor of the castle tower as well as an observatory with panoramic views of Atami city on the top floor.

Conclude your busy day with a relaxing stay at your hotel in Kanagawa Region.

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Day 5: KANAGAWA - MATSUMOTO - TAKAYAMA

This morning, drive to Matsumoto, it is a mountain city on Japan’s main island, Honshu. It also known for Matsumoto Castle (Matsumotojō), a 16th-century stronghold nicknamed “Crow Castle” for its distinctive black walls. Construction began in 1592 of the elegant black and white structure with its three turrets.

In the afternoon, drive to Takayama. Located in the heart of mountainous Central Honshu, Takayama is the gateway to the Japanese Alps and the storehouse of Japan’s inland culture. See Takayama's famed festival floats at Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan. This grand space is also known as the Takayama Float Exhibition Hall which houses four magnificent floats, each decorated with intricate weavings, carvings, and metal adornments.

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Day 6: TAKAYAMA - TOYAMA

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine (pronounced “Alpen”) Route is known as the “Roof of Japan”, which passes through the picturesque scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japanese Alps. It is traversed by a variety of vehicles with a height variation of 2400 meters from Toyama Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture. We will take the environment-friendly tram and cable car to Ogizawa from Tateyama Station.

At 2450 meters above sea level, Murodo (Murodō) is the highest point along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, offering fantastic views of the Tateyama Mountain Range. In the summer and early autumn, Murodo attracts mountain lovers with an interesting network of hiking trails with various levels of difficulty, while late autumn snowfall begins offering another set of attractions. From late June to mid-October, Murodo presents attractive hiking opportunities.

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Day 7: TOYAMA - KANAZAWA

After an early breakfast, bid farewell to Toyama and soak up the scenery as you journey to Kanazawa, known for well-preserved Edo-era districts, art museums, and regional handicrafts.

Make a stop at Higashi Chaya District - the old geisha neighborhood with teahouses and craft shops. It is a part of Japan untouched by time. Featuring rows of tea houses dating back hundreds of years, the district is a living example of Japan’s cultural past and a charming setting in all types of weather. Afterward, visit Kenroku-en Park, which is a gorgeous and expansive park-like garden in the center of Kanazawa and it is the city's major attraction. Finally, touch down to Kanazawa Castle, it’s a large, partially-restored castle in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.

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Day 8: KANAZAWA FREE DAY ( Optional: Shirakawa-go One Day Tour With Lunch )

Enjoy a free day or you may want to join an optional tour to visit Shirakawago with Authentic Local Cuisine Lunch ($120/pp, MIN 10 PAX up).

As one of Japan's cultural treasures, Shirakawa-go is famous for its traditional Gassho-Zukuri farmhouses (some of which are more than 250 years old), declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. Gassho-Zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer", as the farmhouses' steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. This architectural style developed over many generations and is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs, are made without nails, provide a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms. You can enjoy a trip to Shirakawago all throughout the year since it beautifully shows different faces of four seasons: cherry blossoms in spring, bright green rice field in summer, autumn leaves in autumn and snow in the winter. Also, each village has nice photo spots overlooking it, especially around the Wada House, which is the well-preserved Gassho-Zukuri house, offers visitors a chance to look inside the traditional house. The house was built in the Edo Period (1603–1868) and has been designated as Important Cultural Properties. The Gassho-Zukuri houses in the village are lit up in January and February. From 2019, it is required to make a reservation for the light-up event in Shirakawago.

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Day 9: KANAZAWA DEPARTURE

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 program
4. A Mandatory Service Charge & Tipping USD 160 /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. Single supplement USD 999 ( If you travel by yourself )


Optional Program: 

Day 08: Shirakawa-go one day tour with Authentic Local Cuisine Lunch ($120/pp, MIN 10 PAX up)


Stay Like A Local-Extensions:-(Choose before the trip):

1) Return Flight Extension-3 DAYS

                 Price: USD$299

                 Included:

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


2) Return Flight Extension-5 DAYS

                 Price: USD$399

                 Included:

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

【JAPAN DOES NOT REQUIRE A VISA FOR USA, CANADA & MEXICO PASSPORT HOLDERS.】 

3-4-Star Hotels:

Tokyo 2 Nights: Shinjuku Washington Hotel or similar

Kanagawa Region 1 Night: Oiso Prince Hotel or similar

Takayama 1 Night: Wat Hotel & Spa Hida Takayama or similar

Toyama 1 Night: Hotel Grand Terrace Toyama or similar

Kanazawa 2 Nights: APA Hotel Kanazawa-Ekimae or 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 of 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)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.

7) 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.

8) 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.

9) 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.

10) 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.

11) 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.

12) 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.