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Highlights
  • Explore historic Imperial Palace (Tokyo)
  • See the majestic Mt. Fuji
  • Visit Hakone National Park
  • Opportunity to see the Shirakawago (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Sightseeing in Kyoto

Experience true beauty on a trip to Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Experience our Tokyo tours, Japan’s capital, to explore ancient architecture and modern landmarks. Visit the famous Mount Fuji in all its glory, discover the region of Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and tour the historic Imperial Palace district.

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Driving with Bonita December 2016

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I was on the November 2016 tour with Susan and agree with everything she has shared. We had great weather to see the incredible sites and amazing guides who not only took us through the scenery but saw to every possible detail. Hotels were great. Food was great. But the chief tour guide, Bonita Backer, was the key to this amazing trip in the depth of her knowledge and her compassion and love for the people of India and Nepal. She got us through bad air, the rupee crisis, visa issues and more. I did my share of shopping but the souvenir I treasure most is the chance to know what kind, generous and caring people live in these two countries. Namaste.
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Excellent guide December 2016

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Ketsara was an outstanding guide for our trip Nov 17-29. She worked to make sure that each individual had the experience heshe was looking for. When we expressed an interest in going to Jim Thompson House in Bangkok, she asked if anyone else was interested and took us on the ferry and skytrain on her time off. In Chiang Mai, she arranged for a minivan to take us and several others to a hilltribe village nearby. She went above and beyond in her attention to all members of the tour.
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Great tour! December 2016

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We were nervous due to the low cost, but the tour was a fun, safe, and organized experience. The tour guide was amazing and very helpful.

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I recently traveled to India and Nepal with Smartours and wanted to say what an incredible trip it was. The accommodations were excellent, the transportation was great, although the roads travelled left much to be desired. We arrived just in time for the Indian demonetarization, which created havoc not only with the travelers but the locals as well. It was wonderful to see the Taj Majal and the plane ride over the Himalayas was amazing and not to be missed. But most of the credit for the successful tour resides with our tour guide Bonnie Backer, an expat who has lived and breathed India for several decades. She had such patience and calmness during the money crisis, and displayed such enthusiasm and passion for the country and its people that is was almost as if we were a part of it rather then spectators looking in. She truly has developed a sense of the country, the people, the traditions and customs , and was able to convey that sense of belonging to all of us on the trip. For 15 days she was with us, and while it is never long enough to get a real feel for the country- we got a taste and a very personal one at that. India and Nepal may not be for everyone, but it did come alive for me.
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On October 13, 2016, we left for our trip to China & the Yangtze River Cruise. 27 people who couldn't wait to meet each other and most of all our tour guide, Mark Ma. To say that he's the best would be an understatement. Our trip was fabulous from the moment we met him til we boarded the plane, homeward bound. His knowledge of China is vast and his English is perfect. This is my 3rd trip with Smart Tours and I love traveling with them. The price is unbeatable for what we always get. From hotels, to transportation, tours and food Smart Tours can't be beat. The trip is physically demanding but the upside is I lost 6 pounds from so much walking. I can't wait for my next trip. Thanks!!
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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating sojourn to mysterious Japan begins as you depart today on your overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrive Tokyo (Japan).

Accommodation: Hotel New Otani

Welcome to Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun“. Evening arrival in Tokyo, Japan’s vibrant capital. Tokyo is a great mix of ancient Japanese culture and modern, dazzling architectural landmarks which you’ll be able to explore over the next few days. Your tour host warmly welcomes you upon arrival and escorts you to your conveniently located hotel. Your host will share with you some vital information about Japan, Tokyo and your upcoming tour program.

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel New Otani

Morning guided tour to explore some of the highlights of amazing Tokyo. Start with a visit to the 1093 ft tall Tokyo Tower. From here you may enjoy bird’s eye views of the sprawling metropolis. Then, tour the historic Imperial Palace district dating back to the 15th century. The emperor and his family still live in the western part of the Imperial Palace. You’ll see the charming East Outer Garden with views of the ancient castle walls and ruins. Your tour continues with a visit to Asakusa Kannon, Tokyo’s most spectacular and sacred Buddhist temple. Narrow alleys filled with small shops, restaurants and tranquil gardens surround the temple. Stroll along Nakamise Street nearby, filled with stores stocking treasure troves of traditional Japanese wares and crafts. You’ll also visit the nearby exciting Ginza district renowned for its superior shopping, dining and entertainment. The balance of the day is free for independent pursuits

Day 4: Mt. Fuji & Hakone Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel New Otani

Japan’s pastoral countryside unfolds as you depart Tokyo today for Mt. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The main attraction here is majestic Mt. Fuji, a dormant volcano that last erupted almost 300 years ago. The mountain’s perfectly shaped cone has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Weather permitting, drive up to the fifth station of the snow capped peak for panoramic vistas. Visit the nearby hot spring resort town of Hakone before embarking on a scenic boat ride on tranquil Lake Ashi. Later, drive through Owakudani Valley for a sweeping view of Hakone National Park and Mt. Fuji before returning to Tokyo late this afternoon.

Day 5: Tokyo.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel New Otani

Spend a day at leisure to explore Tokyo from your conveniently located hotel. For a real taste of Japan, get up early and head for the colorful wholesale fish market! You may also join an optional excursion outside Tokyo to Nikko. Nikko is a magnificent complex of shrines dedicated to the first shogun, adorned with some of the finest woodcarvings in all of Japan.

Day 6: Tokyo/Takayama.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hida Plaza Hotel

This morning, embark on a thrilling train ride via the super-express Bullet “Shinkansen” train headed for Nagoya. Here, transfer to a limited-express train for a scenic ride to Takayama, a delightful small town nestled in the majestic Japanese Alps. Over the next few days you’ll travel back in time as you explore rural Japan where traditional-style architecture, ancient culture and fascinating customs have been proudly preserved. After settling into your hotel in the heart of Takayama, embark on a guided walk through the enchanting narrow streets of the Kami-sannomachi district graced with beautiful old wooden homes, delightful small shops, coffee houses and sake breweries, many of which have been in business for centuries. You’ll also view the Festival Floats Exhibition Hall featuring huge floats, decorated with intricate carvings, gilded wood and detailed metalwork, that are paraded through the streets of Takayama during festival times. Visit the Folkcraft Museum, formerly a private residence that is a prime example of Meiji Era architecture. Savor dinner at your hotel tonight. Hida Plaza Hotel

Day 7:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hida Plaza Hotel

After breakfast, join your guide for a stroll through the fascinating Jinya-mae Morning Market along the Miyagawa River in the old town. This 200-year old colorful market bustles with farmers selling fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and traditional local crafts. Proceed to the Takayama Jinya, a complex of 17th century buildings that once housed officials of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Today, it is a museum with historical displays from the time of direct rule to the Meiji Era. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the quaint old town on your own, delight in the unique atmosphere Takayama is renowned for and possibly relax in a soothing traditional hot spring bath!

Day 8: Takayama/Shirakawago/Kanazawa.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Kanazawa New Grand Hotel

Today enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside to the rural region of Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll discover fascinating examples of old steep thatched roof houses. This unique architectural style, harmonized into the magnificent mountain landscape, was developed over 100 years ago to survive the harsh winters. You’ll visit one of these houses and learn more about daily life in this remote area. Proceed to the village of Gokayama where you’ll enjoy a demonstration of traditional Japanese papermaking techniques. Later this afternoon arrive in the Kanazawa, blending modern living with traditional heritage. Kanazawa New Grand Hotel

Day 9: Kanazawa/Kyoto.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: RIGHA Royal Hotel Kyoto

Today enjoy a visit to the historic Oumicho Market, a busy and colorful market and explore along with local residents some of the 200 shops selling seafood, vegetables, fruits, flowers, regional specialties and more. Later you’ll be whisked back in time to the exciting Edo period when you visit the Nagamachi district, a small neighborhood of narrow, cobblestone streets where brave samurai warriors once lived. Many homes are still occupied by the samurai descendants but you’ll visit the Nomura Family house that is open to the public where you can admire the stone lanterns and bridges in the garden as well as the cypress-wood ceiling in the residence. Proceed to the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, one of the finest gardens in Japan and marvel at the waterfalls, ponds and charming tea-houses. Later, stroll through the charming Higashi Geisha district before transferring to the station for your train ride to splendid Kyoto. Embodying Japan’s rich culture and complex history, Kyoto has over 2000 temples and shrines, delightful gardens and exceptionally preserved wooden buildings. The sights, wonderful local cuisine and exceptional arts and crafts are certain to enchant you! Upon arrival in Kyoto, transfer to your centrally located hotel. Rihga Royal Hotel (B)

Day 10:

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: RIGHA Royal Hotel Kyoto

The capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is a world-class gem, a true oasis. Today, a local expert leads you on a guided tour exploring some of the city’s highlights. Begin at Nijo Castle, renowned for its ornate interiors. Built by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in the early 17th century, the castle symbolizes the power and riches of the newly established Edo-based Shogun. Your next stop is one of Kyoto’s most inspiring sights, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, also known as Kinkaku-ji. As you approach the temple via a tree-shaded path, emerge into an exquisite Japanese-style garden on the other side of which stands the fabled pavilion. It is built on pillars magnificently suspended over a lake. Proceed to the colorful Handicraft Center where you can see demonstrations of traditional Japanese arts and crafts. This afternoon visit renowned Kiyomizu Temple, founded in the 8th century. Situated halfway up the Otowayama Hill it encompasses a vast area and affords stunning views of Kyoto. Wander along the narrow winding alleys leading up to the temple, lined with magnificently preserved old houses, craftmen’s workshops and tea houses. Soak up the flavor of traditional Japanese atmosphere, and perhaps purchase some exquisite locally crafted souvenirs. Later, return to your hotel.

Day 11:

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: RIGHA Royal Hotel Kyoto

A day to explore ancient Kyoto’s grace and beauty on your own or join an optional tour. You may visit some of the smaller and serene temples, marvel at splendid classical Japanese gardens, see the exquisitely dressed geishas at the colorful Gion corner, or join a traditional tea ceremony. Perhaps visit the acclaimed Miho Museum, built on a wooded mountain-top outside Kyoto. Also available is an optional excursion to Nara, Japan’s first capital and symbol of tranquility, where you may see the world’s largest indoor Buddha.

Day 12: Kyoto/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Your amazing journey ends on arrival in the USA. 

Dates & Pricing

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$ 3,899

Price Per Day:

$ 325 per person
 
Start DateEnd DateDouble StandardSingle StandardAvailability 
May-28-2018Jun-08-2018$ 3,999$ 4,898LimitedReserve
Jun-18-2018Jun-29-2018$ 3,999$ 4,898LimitedReserve
Jul-09-2018Jul-20-2018$ 3,999$ 4,898LimitedReserve
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  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 849
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Round trip airfare from Los Angeles via scheduled Korean Air flight. (New York departure add $200)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Japan ground transportation and transfers
  • Super-Express “bullet” train between Tokyo and Nagoya
  • Accommodations at Superior First Class hotels
  • 12 meals: Full buffet breakfast daily (B), 2 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour guides throughout
Trip Excludes
  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
Optional Activities
  • Nikko Full Day Excursion with Lunch (14,000 Yen, approx. $140 per person, lunch included)
  • Takayama Afternoon Excursion (2,500 Yen, approx. $25 per person)
  • Nara Afternoon Tour (6,900 Yen, approx. $69 per person)
Meals Included:

12 meals: Breakfast and 2 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations
  • Night 1: International Flight: Japan Airlines
  • Nights 2-5: Tokyo: Hotel New Otani
  • Nights 6-7: Takayama: Hida Plaza Hotel
  • Night 8: Kanazawa: Ana Crowne Plaza Kanazawa Hotel
  • Nights 9-11: Kyoto: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel Kyoto OR Kyoto: RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Start City
Tokyo
End City
Kyoto
Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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