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Sample Japan Honeymoon Quote 9-Nights in Japan

$6,600.00

This quote was prepared in May of 2016 for a departure in July. This honeymoon couple wanted to spend time in Japan and visit "Rabbit Island" plus experience the food. They had several items they wanted to do and they did NOT want a pre-packaged tour which was all they could find on their own. Several experiences on their list were not easy to find but I managed to get a fair number of their must-see items like "Rabbit Island", the bamboo forest, and Mt. Fuji.

This quote does NOT include my consultation fee of $399 which they paid before I sent them this quote. It does include estimated airfare for two people and everything listed below.

HIGHLY SUGGESTED BUT NOT INCLUDED IN THE QUOTE PRICE – Travel Protection – You can never plan for an emergency and your personal insurance coverages doesn’t always travel with you or if it does you end up paying high premiums for out of service coverage. Estimated cost is $454 -$694 depending on the amount of coverage you want.

Itinerary in Brief

  • Saturday 23 July - Flight on Air Canada departing Vancouver, BC at 1:30pm
  • Sunday 24 July - Tokyo - Arrive on Air Canada at 3pm - Shared Shuttle Bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo Hotel - Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo (Incl. B'fast)
  • Monday 25 July - Tokyo - Sightseeing in Tokyo (on own) - Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo (Incl. B'fast)
  • Tuesday 26 July - Hakone - Coach Tour: Mount Fuji & Hakone - Ichinoyu Honkan (Incl. B'fast & Dinner)
  • Wednesday 27 July - Hakone - Sightseeing in Hakone (on own) - Ichinoyu Honkan (Incl. B'fast & Dinner)
  • Thursday 28 July - Kyoto - Bus from Hakone to Odawara - Train from Odawara to Kyoto - Sunroute Kyoto (Incl. B’fast)
  • Friday 29 July - Kyoto - 4 Hours Private Guide Service in Kyoto - Sunroute Kyoto (Incl. B’fast)
  • Saturday 30 July - Kurashiki- Train from Kyoto to Tadano-Umi - Okunoshima "Rabbit Island" - Train from Tadano-Umi - Court Hotel Kurashiki (Incl. B'fast)
  • Sunday 31 July - Kurashiki- Free Day in Kurashiki - Court Hotel Kurashiki (Incl. B'fast)
  • Monday 1 August - Tokyo - Train from Kurashiki to Tokyo - Sightseeing in Tokyo - Park Hotel Tokyo (Incl. B'fast)
  • Tuesday 2 August - Depart - Train from Tokyo (Shinjuku Station) to Narita Airport - Flight on Air Canada at 5pm & arrive in Vancouver, BC at 9:30am

Detailed day-by-day

Day 1 - Saturday 23 July

Flight on Air Canada departing Vancouver, BC at 1:30pm

Day 2 - Sunday 24 July

Arrive on Air Canada at 3pm

Shared Shuttle Bus from Narita Airport to Tokyo Hotel

You will be met on arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport today and taken by shuttle bus to your hotel in Tokyo. Please note that as other people will be in the same bus there may be a few stops before you arrive at your hotel (maximum of 3 other stops). Journey time is around 2 hours and this is a comfortable and easy way to make today's transfer. Look out for some great views as you ride the elevated highways into town.

Seat - Shared Service (2)

IC Transport Card

Japan has a public transport system unrivalled anywhere in the world for efficiency, cleanliness and coverage. The daily number of journeys on the Tokyo subway alone is in excess of 8 million yet despite its huge scope and vast number of lines navigating the system is really rather easy. As always the Japanese are pushing the boundaries with their transport technology and now there is a convenient tap-in, tap-out 'IC Card' that covers not just Tokyo's public transport but the entire country. In 2012 all the regional electronic transport cards were combined into a single system and now you can use any of them on the transport systems in most major cities in Japan. Simply the most convenient and developed public transport system you will find anywhere.

We are supplying you with Manaca cards, Nagoya’s version of the IC card. You will be able to use this throughout your time in Japan for travelling on buses, subways, over ground railways and in some places you will even be able to pay for taxis, buy drinks from vending machines and pay for your bento in a convenience store! Your card comes with 2,500 yen of credit and can be topped up in any major city at the automatic ticket machines at any station. And don't worry - instructions in English are provided! We are sure you will get great use out of this during your trip and can have that satisfying feeling of travelling like a local! All in all, an essential accessory for any visit to Japan.

IC Card - Transport Pass (2)

Tokyo

Tokyo - Introduction

One quarter of all Japanese live in Tokyo or the near vicinity and with a population of over 12 million inhabitants, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. With its huge skyscrapers, underpasses, overpasses and crowds of pedestrians, Tokyo may not seem the most attractive city on the surface, but the city has a vibrant charm all of its own. The street level detail is what makes Tokyo such an incredibly interesting place to explore and at every turn you will be met with an array of sights, sounds and smells to enliven the senses. The city has many major sights to visit such as Senso-ji Temple in the old downtown area of Asakusa or the fashion hub of Shibuya from where all new trends are said to emanate. All in all a stay in Tokyo is to experience one of the world's most vibrant and interesting cities; a capital hurtling headlong into the future whilst maintaining its links with the traditions of ancient Japan.

Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo

Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo - In Tokyo you will be staying at the Citadines Central Shinjuku Hotel which opened in April 2015 taking over the former Best Western Astina Hotel. The hotel is located a 10 minute from JR Shinjuku Station just off the main crossing in this exciting area. There are numerous restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity and the famous "Golden Gai" is just a short walk away. The Oedo and Marunouchi subway lines are just 5 minutes away and this is a great base for exploring Tokyo.

Rooms at the Citadines Central Shinjuku are clean, comfortable and well appointed with a small seating area or desk space and en-suite bathrooms. WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The front desk is open 24 hours and manned by bilingual staff, and there's a handy convenience store and laundrette in the hotel building.

Overnight at Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo • Double - Incl. B'fast

Day 3 - Monday 25 July

Sightseeing in Tokyo (on own)

Tokyo is one of the world's most vibrant cities and today you will have a full day available to explore the sights, shops and restaurants! Although initially a little overwhelming, Tokyo's first class public transport system makes getting around quick and easy and with careful planning you can see a lot in a short space of time. Tokyo is made up of districts each with their own distinctive flavour and atmosphere: Asakusa is the old town area with Senso-ji, the city's oldest temple at its heart; a chance to experience a little of what Tokyo was like before the economic miracle of the 1970s and 80s. The Ginza in the very centre of the city is a shopper's paradise with endless boutiques and department stores interspersed with some of the city's finest restaurants and European style cafes; Shibuya is Tokyo at its most fun and youthful, attracting a lively mix of students and young professionals to its bars, restaurants, manga shops and all night clubs. Just down the tracks you will find Shinjuku, soaring skyscrapers to the west of the station; endless neon lights to the east in one of the city's premiere entertainment areas. Shinjuku is what many people think of when they imagine Tokyo and as such is a must see; and in the centre of the city, close to the iconic Tokyo Tower is Roppongi, the after hours playground of the city's expat community, teeming with clubs and bars and restaurants from the very upscale at the impressive Roppongi Hills development to street-side kebabs and yakitori at Roppongi crossing. These are just a few of the districts to explore - there are many, many more if you have time. Tokyo has so much to offer any visitor and just wandering the streets of this megalopolis is a fascinating experience with new sights, sounds and tastes to be had around every corner.

Armed with a good map and your complimentary Info-Pack you will be fully equipped to discover Tokyo. Your Info-Pack will be full of information, ideas and advice to help you get the most out of all your destinations.

Overnight at Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo • Double - Incl. B’fast

Day 4 - Tuesday 26 July

Coach Tour: Mount Fuji & Hakone

Today you will be making a full day coach tour to Mount Fuji and the Hakone National Park. Your day will get underway with the drive to the 5th Station of Mount Fuji. Weather permitting, you will be able to take in the spectacular views before moving to Hakone, where you will board a cruise boat and travel across Lake Ashi to Hakone-en Garden. From the garden, you will take the ropeway up Mt. Komagatake for a spectacular panoramic view of Mount Fuji and the valley below. Lunch is included as well as entrance fees. The tour draws to a close in the late afternoon. However, rather than returning to Tokyo you will be dropped off in Hakone.

Drop off in Hakone - Seat in Coach Tour (2)

Hakone

Hakone - Introduction

Hakone is a beautiful national park area around 50 miles west of Tokyo and just to the south of Mount Fuji, Japan's most sacred peak. The area consists of a handful of small villages and hamlets all connected by a variety of local transport, including buses, cable cars and a mountain railway that winds itself through the region's hills and valleys. Hakone has plenty to see and do, from tasting eggs boiled in volcanic waters to taking a boat trip across beautiful Lake Ashi. The outdoor sculpture park and Picasso gallery is a great place to wander around for an afternoon. Or maybe you will just sit back and relax whilst soaking in one of the many therapeutic hot spring baths that Hakone is so famous for. The other main draw to this area is the proximity to Japan's most sacred and iconic mountain, Fuji-san (Mount Fuji) with its near perfect symmetrical form soaring skywards and towering over the surrounding hills. From Hakone you have one of the best chances of getting a view of Mount Fuji from the various view points to be found throughout the area. However, be sure to have your camera at the ready; Fuji-san is notoriously shy and you do not want to miss that precious photo opportunity!

3 Day Hakone Freepass

Upon arrival at Hakone Yumoto you will start using your 3-Day Hakone Free Pass. The pass is valid for three days from today and entitles you to unlimited use of 6 different forms of transport in the Hakone region. These include the mountain buses and railway, one of the longest cable cars in Japan and a funicular railway as well as a pirate ship which cruises across Lake Ashi! These all criss-cross the region making it easy to explore and enjoy the surroundings as well as some of the many top quality art museums. The pass also gives you small discounts at many attractions in the area so be sure to show your pass when purchasing tickets. And of course, if you are lucky with the weather, you will be rewarded with stunning views of Mt. Fuji.

Hakone Freepass - 3 Days (2)

Ichinoyu Honkan

Ichinoyu Honkan

In Hakone you will be staying at the Ichinoyu Honkan. This is an inn with a rich history dating back to 1630 when the inn opened as a pioneer in the hot spring industry of Hakone. The Honkan (literally 'main building') featured in the famous series of Ukiyoe prints of the region produced by Ando Hiroshige and has been welcoming guests for the best part of the past 400 years. The Ichinoyu holds true to the traditional values of service for which Japan is famed. Being a famous onsen area the Ichinoyu has large communal baths for you to enjoy, some of which can be used privately so if you are a bit shy then please do not worry! All in all, the Ichinoyu Honkan is a great place to stay and an establishment with a significant history. You will be staying in a room with its own "Tenboburo" hot spring bath - a relaxing open-air bath for your own private, exclusive use. Breakfast and dinner, both served in the restaurant, are included in your stay.

Overnight at Ichinoyu Honkan • Twin Use (Japanese Style) - With Tenboburo (Type 1/A)

(Incl B’fast & Dinner)

Day 5 - Wednesday 27 July

Sightseeing in Hakone

Exploring the Hakone region is a lot of fun, with a great mix of scenery, culture and history. The classic circular sightseeing loop will take you around the major points of interest, including some great viewpoints for Mount Fuji (weather permitting!), the boat cruise on Lake Ashi, and the Hakone checkpoint, highlighting the region's important historical role. There are many excellent museums in Hakone, so you might like to step off the classic circular loop to visit some of these. The other major attraction is of course the hot-spring baths, so you may like to do as the Japanese do, and spend some (or all!) of the day soaking in the famous waters of Hakone.

Overnight at Ichinoyu Honkan • Twin Use (Japanese Style) - With Tenboburo (Type 1/A)

(Incl B’fast & Dinner)

Day 6 - Thursday 28 July

Bus from Hakone to Odawara

After your time in Hakone you will use your Hakone Freepass to make the journey by bus down from the mountains to Odawara Station.

7 Day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary)

Your package includes the 7 Day Rail Pass (Ordinary Car). The pass entitles you to unlimited travel on any trains in the extensive Japan Railways (JR) network. This includes all of the famous Shinkansen bullet trains (with the exception of the Nozomi Shinkansen). You will receive an exchange voucher which must be exchanged for the pass itself after you arrive in Japan. Full details of when and how to do this will be provided with your documents. You can use your rail pass to make seat reservations for no extra charge. However, this cannot be done before you have exchanged the voucher.

Japan Rail Pass - Ordinary (2)

Train from Odawara to Kyoto

From Odawara you will use your Japan Rail Pass to take the Shinkansen on to Kyoto. The journey will see you racing down Japan's eastern seaboard by Shinkansen and takes 2 hours 10 minutes.

Japan Rail Pass - Ordinary (2)

Takenoko with Rotenburo Twin Use - Incl. B’fast & Dinner

Day 7 - Monday 17 April

Taxi from Hakone to Odawara

This morning you will be picked up at your accommodation and will travel to Odawara station by private taxi. Your driver will probably not speak that much English but will ensure you get to the station safely and comfortably for your onward journey. Travel time is in the region of 40-60 minutes.

1 to 2 People (from Gora) - Private Service

Train from Odawara to Kyoto

Today you will travel to Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital and the cultural centre of the nation. From Odawara the journey to Kyoto will see you racing down Japan's eastern seaboard by Shinkansen and takes 2 hours 10 minutes.

Hikari Super Express - Green (2)

Kyoto

Kyoto - Introduction

Kyoto is one of the most culturally rich cities in Asia. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, this ancient city showcases the heart and soul of traditional Japan. Kyoto boasts an array of world-class gardens, majestic festivals and delicate cuisine, all of which make much of the rhythms of nature and the changing of the seasons. On first glance however, visitors will see that like any large Japanese city, grid-like Kyoto has its fair share of neon and concrete. But the discerning eye will soon pick out Kyoto’s treasures: sacred shrines tucked in among shopping arcades, time-honoured teahouses nestling among modern businesses and mysterious geisha scuttling down backstreets among the tourists and souvenirs. Kyoto’s charm lies in these details and whether you’re here for three days or three years, the closer you look, the more you’ll discover.

Private Car from Kyoto Station to Hotel

On arrival at Kyoto Station you will be met on the train platform by a driver. The driver will escort you to his vehicle and then drive you direct to your Kyoto accommodation.

Taxi (1 to 2 People) - Private Service - Incl. Platform Meet

Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto - Superior Class

Located 7 minutes walk to the west of Kyoto Station, the Rihga Royal Hotel offers high quality 4 star accommodation with friendly service. The building itself is quite unattractive from the outside but the rooms are of a high specification with all the facilities one would expect such as satellite television channels, air conditioning, tea and coffee making equipment, direct dial phones and safety deposit boxes. There is also a well stocked mini bar. The hotel offers a choice of restaurants, four serving western cuisine, two Japanese and one Chinese food. The evening buffet is excellent or you may prefer to check out the Top Of Kyoto restaurant located on the 14th floor which offers excellent views over the city. Breakfast is included in your stay with a variety of both Japanese and English options available to choose from. A western style buffet is served in the Top of Kyoto restaurant which makes for a very nice start to the day. If you like to enjoy a morning swim the pool is open from 7am with a charge of 2,160 yen. The hotel also offers a free shuttle bus service from the Shinkansen side of Kyoto Station.

Overnight at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto

Twin Regular Floor - Incl. B'fast

Day 8 - Tuesday 18 April

4 Hours Private Guide Service in Kyoto

For today I have scheduled in a half day tour of the city by public transport with a private guide. Your guide will come to your accommodation at around 9:00 AM and take you on tour that will encompass some of the more famous sights but also some lesser known places of interest. With a knowledgeable local by your side you will be set for a great time in this amazing city and are sure to discover things that you might otherwise miss. Please let us know in advance if there are any sights you particularly wish to see, or areas of interest you have, as we can pass this information on to the guide for you. Your guiding will finish at around 1:00 PM either back at your accommodation or anywhere else in the city you wish.

Guide - Private Service

Overnight at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto

Twin Regular Floor - Incl. B'fast

Day 9 - Wednesday 19 April

Geisha Dances Miyako Odori

More than just the month of cherry blossoms, April is also when Kyoto's geisha quarters stage special, breathtakingly beautiful song and dance performances. This unforgettable spring extravaganza attracts admirers from all over the world. The dances, with their richly decorated costumes and spectacular stage sets, are perfect, living examples of Kyoto-style grace and elegance. We will be supplying you with tickets for some of the best seats in the house. The auditorium is quite small so you will get the best view of the performance

NOTE: The difference between First Class and Special Class seats would be the inclusion of the tea and sweets. The tea provided at the dances is the traditional bitter matcha green tea served during tea ceremonies. The sweets are quite sweet in an effort to balance the bitterness of the tea. The inclusion of these would be perfect for those who would like to try the tea ceremony tea and sweets, but do not have time to join an actual tea ceremony.

Performance - First Class Seat (2)

Overnight at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto

Twin Regular Floor - Incl. B'fast

Day 10 - Thursday 20 April

Trains from Kyoto to Tokyo (Narita Airport)

From Kyoto we will provide you with reserved seat tickets for the Shinkansen to Tokyo and then the Ltd Express train on to Tokyo Narita Airport. The journey takes about 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Green Car Ticket - (2)

This package also includes

  • Comprehensive tailor-made Info-Pack
  • Full telephone support from English-speaking staff in our Japan office
  • Full financial protection peace of mind
  • All taxes and service charges

NOT included in this package

  • Meals other than those detailed above
  • Local transport at each destination (taxis, buses, subways etc.) except where specified
  • Entrance fees to shrines, temples, museums etc. unless otherwise stated above
  • Baggage Handling unless explicitly stated above (see Luggage Forwarding below)
  • Incidentals such as room service, mini-bar etc.
Baggage

Baggage Handling and Luggage Forwarding

Even if baggage handling is not included in your trip that doesn’t mean you need carry heavy bags around with you. Japan has a fabulous luggage forwarding service known as ‘takkuhaibin’. For around 1,500 yen (a little over £12) you can forward a bag next day between pretty much any two points in Japan. Nearly all hotels will be happy to help and your Info-Pack will tell you when we suggest making use of this service.

Our Japan Office

Our service to you does not end when you leave for Japan. Our Japan office in Nagoya (between Tokyo and Kyoto) provides English-speaking help and support throughout your time in Japan - help is only ever a phone call away! Our Japan office will have full details of your travel itinerary so will quickly and easily be able to help get you back on track in the unlikely event that you should encounter any difficulties or unforeseen circumstances.

Your Tailor-made Info-Pack

We aim to make your adventures in Japan run as smoothly as possible. To facilitate this we will provide a detailed Info-Pack, tailor-made for your specific trip, full of tips, hints and information covering subjects as diverse as transport, food, language and bathing etiquette! Most importantly the Info-Pack contains all the necessary information to get between destinations, with bi-lingual train times and full instructions for every journey you will be making in Japan. The Info-Pack also contains plenty of suggestions of what each destination has to offer, making it an incredibly useful document, providing support every step of the way!

Created By
Monica Hubinette
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Created with images by shell_ghostcage - "spring plant cherry blossoms" • Moyan_Brenn - "Tokyo" • ume-y - "富士山 Mt. Fuji" • sasint - "beauty asia seductive" • tookapic - "luggage suitcases baggage"