Essential Japan


The tour has been designed to include a range of the famous, historic and noteworthy sights of this island country in the Pacific Ocean. This itinerary showcases the variety and beauty of the country, while the tour takes you from the metropolis of Tokyo to the beautiful region of Mount Fuji, passing through pretty countryside on our way, to Iyashi No Sato Nenba, a tiny village destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and later restored, to Nagoya, the third most important city of Japan, to Kyoto the only major Japanese city to escape the bombardments, a visit to Tenryuji temple, one of the “five major Zen temples of Kyoto” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also see Horyuji Buddhist temple, another World Heritage Site, to port city of Osaka, visit Inbe, a small town famous for its pottery, take a ferry to Miyajima, the island “inhabited by Gods and men” & finally to set out for Hiroshima, sadly famous for the atomic bomb that fell in on it 1945.

As an optional, the trip can end in Tokyo with ride in the bullet train from Hiroshima to Tokyo.

OPTION 1 – Essential Japan
OPTION 2 – Contrasts of Japan
OPTION 3 – Contrasts of Japan -End Tokyo

FROM INR 147,000      DAYS 7/9


OPTION 1  ID: 13573
DOUBLE – INR 147,000
INDIVID – INR 202,000

OPTION 2  ID: 13574
DOUBLE – INR 198,000
INDIVID – INR 266,000

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Discovery, Family, Guided Tours
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Large Group
All about the Essential Japan.

This is an escorted tour or group tour. We arrange our escorted tours through one of the largest coach tour operators in Europe. The tours are specially designed for Indian travellers, however on the coaches one would meet travellers from many other countries around the world. This gives you the traveller an unique experience.

Guaranteed departures, guaranteed prices & year around departures are some of our exclusive features. The tours are inclusive of land insurance. Flexibility of choosing your itinerary within the overall published itinerary, able to start your trip at any point of the itinerary are our unique offerings. Senior citizens get a 5% discount & children under age of 3 years travel free. Stays are at IN CITY hotels with breakfast included and with evening transfers to downtown area for enjoying dinner at local restuarants (incuding Indian).

Departure Dates

Departures dates Option 1
Apr.2017 : 08, 15, 22, 29
May.2017 : 06, 13, 20, 27
Jun.2017 : 03, 10, 17, 24
Jul.2017 : 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Aug.2017 : 05, 12, 19, 26
Sep.2017 : 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Oct.2017 : 07, 14, 21, 28
Nov.2017 : 04, 11, 18, 25
Dec.2017 : 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Jan.2018 : 06, 13, 20, 27
Feb.2018 : 03, 10, 17, 24
Mar.2018 : 03, 10, 17, 24, 31

Departures dates Option 2 + Option 3
Apr.2017 : 08, 15, 22, 29
May.2017 : 06, 13, 20, 27
Jun.2017 : 03, 10, 17, 24
Jul.2017 : 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Aug.2017 : 05, 12, 19, 26
Sep.2017 : 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Oct.2017 : 07, 14, 28
Nov.2017 : 11, 25
Dec.2017 : 09, 23
Jan.2018 : 06, 20
Feb.2018 : 03, 17
Mar.2018 : 03, 17


Tokyo: Shinawaga Prince Hotel (****), Courtyard Marriott Ginza (****); Kawaguchiko: Oike Hotel Ryokan (****), Hotel Mifujien (****), Hotel Tagaogi Ryokan (****); Nagoya: Hotel Mercure Cypress (****); Kyoto: New Miyako Hotel (****), Hotel Nikko Nara (****), Hotel Kyoto Tokyu (****); Osaka: Hotel Courtyard Shin Osaka Station (****);

Additional Option 2 + Option 3: Okayama: Hotel Ana Crowne Plaza (****); Hiroshima: Grand Prince Hotel (****), Gran Via Hiroshima (****), Hotel Ana Crowne Plaza (****);

Print your final list of hotels in your “My trip” website. Ask your travel agent

NOTE: Because of the high hotel occupancy at certain times due to trade fairs, events and local and international festivals, it may not be possible to stay at the hotel which is indicated for the circuit. In such case, accommodation (equivalent category) will be offered in the same city or in near city.

In many hotels in Japan there are no Double rooms (one bed), the room will be a twin (two single beds).

Ngorongoro we take our 4×4 into the Ngorongoro Crater

Important Note

The route will be bilingual with Spanish and English-speaking guides. On certain dates, depending on sales, the circuit will be divided into two with a bus in each language.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

The price includes,

  • General services provided by Europamundo: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • Boat: Kawaguchiko Lake.
  • City tour in: Tokyo, Kyoto
  • Evening Transfer: Shinjuku in Tokyo, Dotonbori in Osaka.
  • Ticket admission: Metro, Metropolitan Tower in Tokyo, Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba village and museum, Fuji Sengen Sanctuary in Kawaguchiko, Toyota Museum in Nagoya, Fushimi Inari Sanctuary and Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Todai-ji Temple in Nara and Horyu-ji Temple.
  • Funicular: Tenjo Mount in Kawaguchiko
  • 05 Meals: Lunch and Dinner in Tokyo, Dinner in Kawaguchiko, Lunch in Nagoya, Lunch in Nara.

Additional Services Option 2:

  • Ticket admission: Castle in Himeji, Korakuen Gardens in Okayama, Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Museum in Hiroshima.
  • Ferry: Hiroshima Miyahima.
  • 02 Meals: Lunch in Himeji, Dinner in Hiroshima.

Additional Services Option 3:

  • High Speed Train: Hiroshima-Tokyo
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

The following are excluded from the price:

  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
  • Photography accessories like cameras etc.
  1. Day 1 Sat Tokyo Arrival

    Welcome to Japan! Transfer by coach to hotel. Meeting with guide. Late in the afternoon, we will pay a visit to this fascinating country by taking a trip on the metro (tickets included) to the Shinjuku district and see the crowds of people who use this modern and efficient collective transport system. Shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts. The visit includes an ascent to the METROPOLITAN TOWER, which has a wonderful view of the city from the 46th floor.  Dinner included and return to hotel.

    NOTE: This visit may take place on Saturday or Sunday evening, depending on the passenger flight arrival times.

  2. Day 2 Sun City Tour of Tokyo

    In the morning, we take part in a 5-hour trip with our guide to see this amazing city, with its hustle and bustle and extremely modern districts that coexist with quiet, peaceful areas. We will pass near the walls and gardens of the Imperial Palace and visit the Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife, and their spirits.  In Yasukuni Jinja shrine we will have the chance to reflect on peace in this shrine, built in remembrance of the 2.5 million Japanese citizens who lost their lives in World War II. Passengers who wish to do so can visit the War Museum. We will pass through the district of Akihabara, the “electric town” with icons from the popular Japanese Manga and Anime culture and then see Kokugikan, the Sumo stadium, home of this Japanese sport. We will also visit the Buddhist temple of  Sensoji, the oldest and most important temple in Tokyo, with its 55-metre high pagoda. Then we will have some free time to visit the traditional commercial district of Asakusa. Lunch included.  Free time in the afternoon.

  3. Day 3 Mon Tokyo - Mount Fuji - Kawaguchiko

    We set out for the beautiful region of Mount Fuji, passing through pretty countryside on our way. We reach the idyllic city of KAWAGUCHIKO with its tiny houses, flowers and mountains, and its beautiful lake. On our arrival, we will visit the FUJI SENGEN SHRINE set in a magical site surrounded by tall trees, and the starting point of the traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. At the shrine, we will express our thanks for being able to visit this wonderful place. The trip includes the ascent by cable car to Mount Tenjo. The views of the neighbouring lakes and Mount Fuji are spectacular. The visit also includes a delightful boat trip on Kawaguchiko Lake. After lunch, we start to ascend Mount Fuji on the road that takes us to the “fifth station”, surrounded by spectacular forests and views, to a height of 2,305 metres.

    Note: In winter, the route is frequently closed due to snow or other adverse weather conditions; during this season, we will ascend as far as the authorised point.

    Return to Kawaguchiko, with time to stroll near the lake. We will stay at a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese hotel), and have the chance to enjoy its ONSEN (public baths). Traditional Japanese dinner included.

  4. Day 4 Tue Kawaguchiko Iyasi no Sato Nenba - Toyota - Nagoya.

    In the morning, we continue along the pretty road bordered by lakes to IYASHI NO SATO NENBA, a tiny village destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 and later restored as a traditional open-air mountain village and museum. Its traditional houses have been transformed into arts and crafts shops, restaurants and traditional museums. We then have the opportunity to admire the SHIRAITO FALLS, considered done of the most attractive sites in Japan, with a waterfall height of 150 metres. We will stop for lunch included in a service area and then continue to NAGOYA, the third most important city of Japan, on the shores of the Pacific. Here we will visit the TOYOTA MUSEUM (admission included), a must-see for motor lovers.

  5. Day 5 Wed Nagoya - Kyoto

    We are only 130 km (81 miles) from KYOTO. We leave at first light to spend all day in the city that was the capital of Japan from the year 794 to 1868 and home to the Imperial Court. During World War II the city was the only major Japanese to escape the bombardments, and so it still preserves its wealth of artistic heritage; the famous protocol restricting greenhouse gas emissions was signed in Kyoto in 1997.

    The visit includes a trip to one of the most important parts of the city. We will see the marvellous Shinto Shrine of Fushimi Inari, the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji temple, “the golden pavilion” and its wonderful gardens.    Free time before visiting GION, a busy traditional quarter famous for its Geisha. Free time.

  6. Day 6 Thu Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

    We head for the outskirts of Kyoto to Arashiyama, where we cross the Togetsukyo Bridge (“bridge over the moon”), which has fantastic views. We will visit the Tenryuji temple, one of the ¨five major Zen temples of Kyoto¨ and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by a walk through its mystic bamboo forest.    Then we leave for NARA and visit Todaiji, a magnificent Buddhist temple built in 752, which has a giant Buddha and where passengers can take photos and touch and feed the deer that wander through the park. Lunch included. After the visit, we will see HORYUJI Buddhist temple, a World Heritage Site that includes a seminary, monasteries and temples. Its main pagoda temple is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world and is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan and an important place of worship.    We continue to OSAKA, where we arrive in the evening. Accommodation in this modern city (Japan’s second city) and free time.  In the evening we will visit Dotonbori, a colourful district filled with nightlife.

  7. Day 7 Fri Osaka – Himeji – Inbe - Okayama

    Osaka – After breakfast, end of our services for OPTION 1


    We set out for HIMEJI, including admission to its huge castle, built in the traditional architectural style of Japanese castles. Lunch included. We then continue to INBE, a small town famous for its pottery. Passengers can wander through its quiet streets with their traditional houses, visit its shops and see its pottery kilns. After the visit we carry on to OKAYAMA, where we will visit Korakuen, one of the prettiest gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional tea houses.

  8. Day 8 Sat Okayama - Kurashiki - Itsukushima - Hiroshima

    We leave for KURASHIKI, a city with a very well conserved historical centre. Time to wander through this charming olde-worlde charming town with its quaint atmosphere. Then we carry on to Miyajimaguchi, where we take a ferry to   Miyajima, the island “inhabited by Gods and men” and its Itsukushima shrine dedicated to the guardian of the seas, built partially over the sea.  Time to visit the temple, stroll through the pretty centre and have lunch. Then we set out for HIROSHIMA, sadly famous for the atomic bomb that fell in on it 1945 and completely destroyed the city; we will visit the peace memorial park, the atomic bomb dome and the impressive Peace memorial Museum. Dinner included.

  9. Day 9 Sun Hiroshima - Tokyo

    Hiroshima – After breakfast, end of our services for OPTION 2


    After breakfast, transfer to the station to take the BULLET TRAIN to TOKYO. It takes four hours to travel the 800 kilometres between both cities. Arrival at Tokyo at around 2:00 pm. END OF THE TRIP.

    Note: If you have booked additional nights in TOKIO at the end of the trip, the transfer from the station to the hotel is NOT included.

Cancellation and refunds policies vary from tour to tour, airlines to airlines and hotels to hotels. At the time of issue of airline tickets we will specifically elaborate about the rules regarding booking cancellations and refunds claimed, about refundable or non-refundable tickets. As a general rule, refunds will be maximum if you cancel more than two months in advance. As you go closer to the date of departure, refunds will shrink. Hotels follow a similar policy. In case of a package tour, the cancellation and refund policies will be mentioned in detail in the booking forms and you would be informed about these at the time of booking. A trip cancellation insurance policy is generally available should you wish for one. For any further details, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Springbok Holidays is an end-to-end travel solutions provider. We do provide guidance and assistance in processing of your visa applications. We cannot, though, guarantee issue of visas, as the decision lies solely and absolutely with the specific embassies, high commissions or consulates.

We can help facilitate purchase of Forex for the requirements on your trip. In an escorted tours (group tours) scenario, most of the requirements you would have already paid for in Indian Rupees before departing on tour. However, should you want to do some shopping or enjoy local cuisine,  which are not included in your tour price, you may need to carry foreign currency. You can carry currency, prepaid forex cards or travellers cheques to meet your forex requirements. US dollars, Euros and British Pounds are the most popular currencies but we recommend that you carry sufficient currency of the country which you are visiting so as to cut costs of conversions.

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