Slow Travel Japan

  • Duration : 21 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Okayama

Take your time with this 21-day itinerary to fully experience Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Okayama.

This slow travel allows you to discover Japan at your own pace. Take the time to immerse yourself in local life in Tokyo, relax in the hot springs of Hakone, and savor the tranquility of Kyoto's gardens. In Osaka, enjoy local cuisine and explore the lively neighborhoods. Explore Hiroshima, a city carrying a profound message of peace, and its globally renowned island, Miyajima, "the island of the gods". Discover Okayama, known for its Korakuen Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan.

Travel not just to visit, but to experience Japan.


21-day / 20-night Itinerary

  • Departure City/Airport: Tokyo (Narita: NRT or Haneda: HND)
  • Tokyo (4 nights)
  • Hakone-Mount Fuji (2 nights)
  • Kyoto (6 nights including a day in Nara)
  • Osaka (2 nights)
  • Okayama (2 nights)
  • Hiroshima & Miyajima (2 nights)
  • Tokyo (2 nights)
  • Return Airport: Tokyo (Narita: NRT or Haneda: HND)

Please find below the details of the itinerary.

Circuit Duration: 20 nights / 21 days (+ 1 day at the beginning if departing from Europe)

Indeed, the departure and tour end dates presented on this page pertain to your stay in Japan. You will need to depart Europe the day before. The return flight occurs on the same day due to the time difference.

Example:

  • Departure from Europe: January 1st Arrival in Tokyo (date to be selected in the calendar when booking): January 2nd
  • Return flight from Tokyo airport: January 23rd

Why Choose This Trip to Japan?

  • An itinerary that will introduce you to Japan's must-see attractions while taking your time!
  • You'll be welcomed at the airport by our team, followed by a shuttle transfer to Tokyo.
  • 20 nights in 3-star hotels selected by us, including 1 ryokan in Hakone.
  • Explore Tokyo at your own pace, the essential cosmopolitan capital.
  • A guided tour of the vibrant Shinjuku district awaits you after dark.
  • Experience an unforgettable dinner and night at a ryokan in Hakone - Mount Fuji.
  • Embark on a Shinkansen journey to Kyoto and discover Nara.
  • A guided tour of Gion, Kyoto's traditional district, awaits you after dark.
  • Discover Osaka, the capital of Japanese gastronomy, and savor the local specialties!
  • Travel to Okayama, home to one of Japan's most beautiful gardens.
  • Visit Hiroshima and explore the sacred island of Miyajima.
  • Make the most of your transportation passes : Japan Rail Pass, Hakone Free Pass.
  • Benefit from a preloaded transportation card in major cities.
  • Enjoy unlimited internet access with the pocket WiFi provided.
  • If needed, contact our bilingual Japanese/English-speaking assistance team available 7/7
  • Numerous guided day trips and optional activities are available.
  • Always benefit into the expertise of Japan Experience, France's number one choice for travel to Japan.

Itinerary

Program

  • Day 1 : Wake up in Tokyo 東京

    Arrival at Tokyo airport (Narita or Haneda).
    Welcome to Japan! Yokoso 日本へようこそ!

    Pick-up your pocket wifi at the airport.

    Welcome through customs in English by our airport assistant, who will give you all your travel documents.
    Unaccompanied transfer from the airport to your hotel. 

    This transfer is by shuttle or shared bus, with other customers departing for the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers leave between 1.5 and 3 hours after your flight's scheduled arrival time, and stops may be made before your hotel.

    If you would like a private, non-stop transfer directly after the actual arrival of your flight, feel free to take the "Private taxi from the airport" option.

    Check into your OMO3 Tokyo Akasaka by Hoshino Resorts hotel or hotel in the same category.

  • Day 2 : First steps in the capital

    The metro pass included in your package will allow you to explore the capital with ease!

    What to do in Tokyo on the first day?

    We recommend that you start slowly by visiting Tokyo's western districts:
    - Harajuku: the avant-garde district
    - Meiji Jingû, the imperial sanctuary
    - Takeshita-Dori: Japan's most famous street
    - Omotesando : the Champs-Élysées of Tokyo
    - Shibuya and its unmissable "crossroads".

    Finish the day in style with an English-speaking guide who will reveal the secrets of Shinjuku, the district that never sleeps! Meet your guide at 7pm to start your evening stroll. 
    More details on the exact day and me*The day of the activity is subject to change. It will take place on either Monday or Tuesday.eting point in your travel pack.

    *The day of the activity is subject to change. It will take place on either Monday or Tuesday.

  • Day 3 : The big loop

    For this second day of sightseeing in Tokyo, we recommend the following "loop".

    Start at Tokyo Central Station, with its original architecture, then head off to visit :
    - Ginza, Tokyo's chic district
    - Tsukiji, the small outdoor food market
    - Hamarikyu, the Japanese garden between Tokyo's buildings
    - Asakusa, a traditional district and place of pilgrimage, accessible by cruise on the River Sumida
    - Sensô-ji Buddhist temple
    - Tokyo Sky Tree, 643m high, with its panoramic view of Tokyo at sunset 

    Enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River between Hamarikyu and Asakusa.

    Do not hesitate to book our Full Guided Day in Tokyo ! 

  • Day 4 : Tokyo's favourite excursions

    If you want to get away from Tokyo's urban sprawl: 

    - Kamakura : This small coastal town 45 minutes by train (no reservations required) from Tokyo was once the capital of the shoguns. The great Buddha of Kamakura is the symbol of the city. Our English-speaking guides can help you discover this city steeped in history.

    Do not hesitate to book our Full Guided Day in Kamakura ! 

    - Nikko : Set in a green setting, these religious complexes are a must-have on any visit to Japan and are much loved by Japanese and tourists alike. As proof, a Japanese saying goes, "Don't say 'magnificent' until you've seen Nikko" (Nikkō o mizushite kekkō toiū nakare). This is a place in the middle of nature with many hiking trails. 

    Feel free to take a look at the "Activities in Tokyo" tab for an overview of all our activities and excursions in the capital. You can book directly on our website.

  • Day 5 : At the heart of the Japanese soul

    In the morning, we advise you to have your luggage sent to the hotel in Kyoto (check with the hotel reception) and bring a small bag for your nights in Hakone.

    Go to Shinjuku station to activate your Hakone Free Pass and board a train for Hakone Yumoto (1h30 journey, details in your travel pack, all included).

    The train gradually leaves Japan's megalopolis behind as it winds its way through the valleys of the Mount Fuji region. You will arrive in Hakone in the late morning. Return to Ichinoyu Shinkan ryokan or a ryokan of the same category to drop off your small bag and explore the region.

    You'll be charmed by the magnificent scenery of this area, Lake Ashi and its view of Mount Fuji (on a clear day!). Not forgetting the Owakudani volcanic site, accessible by cable car. All transport (train, bus, cable car...) is included in your package.

    Come back to the ryokan in the late afternoon, as your traditional Japanese dinner will be waiting for you at around 6.30pm, before you spend the night Japanese-style!
    See below for details of the ryokan overnight stay.

  • Day 6 : Gentle exploration in Hakone

    Traditional Japanese breakfast at the ryokan.

    Enjoy the view of the surrounding nature and prepare for a day of relaxation: 

    - Start your exploration with a visit to a famous Japanese garden: Hakone Gora Park. Stroll through this magnificent green space, admiring the flowers and peaceful ponds.

    - Visit the wonderful Hakone Fine Arts Museum, which houses an impressive collection of Japanese and Western art, presented in a serene and elegant setting. Take your time to enjoy the art exhibitions.

    - Head to Chokoku no Mori, Hakone's open-air museum, which home to a collection of modern and contemporary art in a beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. Enjoy the outdoor sculptures and relax in the museum's outdoor thermal baths foot.

    End your day in style by returning to your ryokan for dinner. Then relax in the communal or private thermal baths (optional).

  • Day 7 : On your way to the anciant capital

    Traditional Japanese breakfast at the ryokan.

    Make your way to Hakone Yumoto station and then Odawara station to board one of the fastest trains in the world : the Shinkansen ! Journey to Kyoto (direct, approx. 2 hours).

    Check into the OMO5 Kyoto Sanjo or similar 3* hotel (rooms available from 3pm).

    Start the afternoon in the historic Gion district, close to your accommodation:
    - Kiyomizu-Dera, the great water temple
    - The historic lanes of Sannen-zaka & Ninnen-zaka
    - Kodai-ji, Kyoto's maple and bamboo temple

    Finish in Gion at sunset.
    Meet your guide at 7 p.m. to start your evening tour of Gion, Kyoto's historic district.
    More details on the exact day and meeting place in your travel guide.

    At the end of this 1h30 walk, your guide will be able to recommend the best places to dine!
    Please note that it is strictly forbidden to take photographs in the historic district of Gion.

  • Day 8 : Gold and silver treasures

    For your second day in Kyoto, we recommend the following itinerary:
    - Ryoan-ji Zen Garden
    - Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
    - Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)
    - The enchanting path of philosophy
    - Nanzen-ji temple

    Do not hesitate to book our Full Guided Day in Kyoto ! 

  • Day 9 : Conquering Uji, the city of tea

    Guided excursion by minibus to Uji, a town renowned for producing the best matcha (powdered green tea) in Japan. Tour the Japanese countryside in a minibus with a guide, passing through green tea fields and meeting the producers! 

    Along the way, the first minka, or Japanese country houses, make their appearance and you take the small country road that runs alongside the river on its right bank. Signs of civilisation are gradually disappearing and the exuberance of the Japanese vegetation adds to the contrast.

    Next, discover one of the most important plantations of Japanese green tea. Strolling through these Tuscan-like valleys, which look like endless "French gardens", is a unique and relaxing experience. Monkeys can often be seen frolicking in groups in these labyrinths of greenery.

    You will, of course, taste several types of tea from the surrounding fields and try to learn about the subtleties of this beverage. But more importantly, you'll experience the warmth of Japanese hospitality and the pleasure of sharing a moment with passionate people.

    At the end of the day, you will return to Kyoto. After this little escapade in the valleys that saw the birth of Japanese tea, you can bet that the few centilitres of luminous green at the bottom of your cup will now take on a whole new flavour... 

    *The day of the Uji excursion is subject to change. It will be either a Wednesday or a Sunday.

  • Day 10 : Excursions around Kyoto

    Here are a few ideas for excursions around Kyoto: 

    - Hikone, a little marvel perched on Lake Biwa, one of the few original Japanese castles still in existence and one of the most delightful (30min one-way train journey).

    - Miyama, nicknamed "The Beautiful Mountain" with its thatched houses, crafts and rural recipes. A delightful getaway just a stone's throw from Kyoto (2hrs by train and bus).

    - Lake Biwa is best visited for its scenery and the shrines scattered along its shores. But the lake has another hidden treasure: its beaches! Located mainly on the western shore, they offer a few kilometres of clear sand in the shade of pine trees, as well as the promise of a swim in warm, clear water... without the inconvenience of salt water! (20 min by train)

  • Day 11 : Between temples and deer

    We recommend a 50-minute drive to Nara by train, included in your package.

    Visit Nara, Japan's first fixed capital in the 8th century.
    Discover :
    - The Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine and its thousands of lanterns
    - Todaiji, with its large bronze Buddha and the imposing Nan-Daimon Gate
    - Kofukuji temple and its delightful pagoda

    Return to Kyoto and a sunset stop at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto's immense shrine of 10,000 torii. If you wish to be accompanied on this day, one of our English-speaking guides will reveal all the secrets of Japan's first capital (optional, return trip from Kyoto).

  • Day 12 : Between tradition and modernity

    There are still plenty of places to discover, depending on what you fancy : the Arashiyama bamboo grove district, the Shimogamo shrine or the Daitoku-ji temple complex... or the famous manga museum !

    Don't hesitate to take a look at the "Activities in Kyoto" tab for an overview of all our activities and excursions in Kyoto. You can book directly on our website.

  • Day 13 : Departure for the capital of Kansai

    Take the 25-minute train ride to Osaka

    Drop off your belongings at the Hotel Noum or equivalent. 

    We recommend that you start your visit to Osaka slowly, visiting the northern and eastern districts:
    - Osaka's medieval castle, with its park full of plum and cherry trees (depending on the season)
    - The city centre and Nakanoshima Island, with its rose park surrounded by buildings
    - Utsubo Park, a cool oasis in the business district
    - Visit Umeda, the temple of Japanese shopping
    - Finally, the Umeda Sky building at dusk for a 360° view of Kansai (including Kyoto on a clear day!)

    If you'd like to sample a wide range of culinary specialities, you can book a gastronomic tour with a local guide directly on our website!

  • Day 14 : The capital of gastronomy

    For your second day in Osaka, we recommend the following itinerary:
    - Osaka Kaiyûkan Aquarium, the world's largest aquarium in terms of volume
    - The Tennoji district and its Shitenno-ji Buddhist temple, one of the oldest in Japan
    - Spa World, Japan's largest thermal baths (onsen)
    - Shinseikai, with its retro charm
    - DenDen machi, the technologeek village
    - Finish off in Dotonbori, the liveliest district of the city 

    For lunch, we recommend you visit a Takoyaki restaurant, one of the city's specialities! These are fried dumplings filled with octopus, and they're absolutely delicious!

  • Day 15 : Discover Okayama

    Shinkansen journey to Himeji (approx. 35 minutes, free with your Japan Rail Pass). 

    A symbol of the town and known as one of the most beautiful in Japan, Himeji's famous "White Heron Castle" can be seen as soon as you arrive by train. Located at the end of the wide Otemae-dôri artery, the keep overlooks the town. Built in the 14th century, this is one of the few Japanese castles not to be a modern replica, and to be so well preserved. 

    Continue on to Okayama (about 20 minutes, free with your Japan Rail Pass). Check into your hotel between the station and the castle.

    Take a stroll through the sumptuous Korakuen Garden, one of the most famous gardens in Japan. Spread over 14 hectares, it was completed in 1700. There are tea houses, large lakes, peaceful hills, maple forests, a few paths and waterfalls and even a lotus pond. Its name means 'garden of further rejoicing', a reference to a quotation from Confucius.

    The castle, nicknamed 'Raven Castle', is famous for its rare black colour. It is an excellent 1966 replica of the original version, the original plans having been copied for the reconstruction. 

    Okayama is also home to a number of fascinating museums. The Prefectural Museum displays a variety of objects discovered in different areas of Okayama Prefecture, ranging from prehistoric artefacts to the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods. The art museum exhibits 2,000 works by famous artists from the prefecture. The Oriental Museum, on the other hand, focuses on art from the Near and Middle East.

  • Day 16 : Flanery in Kurashiki

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Travel to the romantic town of Kurashiki, a 17-minute train ride from Okayama (included with JR Pass).

    Kurashiki, a former merchant metropolis lined with canals, is sure to charm you:
    - The Bikan district, with its typical architecture
    - The Ohara Museum, home to paintings by Monet, Matisse, Renoir and others
    - The Folk Art Museum, dedicated to regional history

    Return to Okayama at the end of the day.

  • Day 17 : History in the spotlight

    Shinkansen train journey to Hiroshima (approx. 1 hour, free with your Japan Rail Pass).

    Check into your Intergate hotel or 3* hotel in the same category.

    - Visit the park and the peace memorial, important sites in the country's history.

    - Admire the Genbaku Dome, the only building to survive the explosion of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.

    - Discover the sumptuous castle and its park filled with cherry trees before sampling one of Hiroshima's specialities: okonomiyaki!

  • Day 18 : The sacred island

    A short 30-minute train and boat journey to the island of Miyajima, where you can discover this little piece of island paradise nicknamed "the island of the gods", as the entire island is sacred.

    You can admire the Itsukushima-jinja shrine and its great portal (ootorii) built into the sea.

    Take the cable car up to Mount Misen and walk back down. A breathtaking view of Hiroshima Bay awaits you! 

    Don't miss the Daisho-in Buddhist temple, nestling among the trees at the foot of Mount Misen. Hundreds of Buddhist statues can be seen all along the pavilions and paths.

    In the late afternoon, head for Hiroshima.

  • Day 19 : Back to Tokyo

    Breakfast at the hotel. 

    Return to the capital by Shinkansen (approx. 3h45)

    Settle into your OMO3 Tokyo Akasaka by Hoshino Resorts hotel or hotel in the same category.

    Take advantage of your afternoon to travel back to the future: 
    - Yanaka, old Tokyo
    - Ueno, where the last samurai held out, and its park full of cherry trees
    - Akihabara, the electronic and manga district
    - Odaiba, the futuristic entertainment island in Tokyo Bay

  • Day 20 : Let's get active...

    Take advantage of this last day to do your last-minute shopping and start packing your bags...

    If you wish, you can take advantage of our many optional activities:
    - Are you more into entertainment? Disneyland or Hello Kitty Park are waiting for you!
    - If you're more into themed activities, book a tour about architecture, gardens, home cooking or Noh theatre.
    - If you're in the mood for a thrill, try a helicopter ride or a sumo tournament (depending on the season)!

    Don't hesitate to take a look at the "Activities in Tokyo" tab for an overview of all our activities in the capital.  You can book directly on our website.

  • Day 21 : Sayonara and here's to your next trip!

    Transfer to Haneda or Narita airport (included but not accompanied).

    This transfer is by shuttle or shared bus, with other customers departing from the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers arrive between 3 hours and 1.5 hours before the actual departure of your flight, and stops may be made before your arrival at the airport.

    If you prefer a private transfer at a time of your choice, direct to the airport and with no intermediate stops, select the "Private Taxi to Airport" option. 

    Return flight to Europe.

    Don't hesitate to extend your trip by one or more days, in Tokyo or elsewhere... We can advise you!

    Inclus dans votre circuit en liberté

  • Accommodation

    - 4 nights in a 3* hotel in Tokyo

    - 2 nights 3* ryokan in Hakone, traditional half-board

    - 6 nights 3* hotel accommodation in Kyoto

    - 2 nights 3-star hotel accommodation in Osaka

    - 2 nights 3* hotel Okayama, breakfast included 

    - 2 nights 3* hotel, breakfast included 

    - 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Tokyo

    The basic rate includes a twin room for two people.

  • Transport

    - Airport transfers

    - Pre-loaded public transport prepayment card

    - Japan Rail Pass 14 days

    - Hakone Free Pass 3 days

  • Supplementary benefits

    - Unlimited wifi access with pocket wifi

    - Full digital travel guide sent before your departure

    - 24/7 telephone assistance in English

  • Visits and meals

    - Airport welcome

    - Discounts at many of Hakone's tourist attractions

    - Traditional dinner and breakfast at the ryokan

    - Breakfasts in Okayama and Hiroshima

    - Guided night tour of Shinjuku, Tokyo

    - Guided night tour of Gion, Kyoto

    - Day excursion to Uji, on the tea route

  • Not included in the price of your trip

    - Flights Europe <> Japan

    - Optional insurance

    - Personal expenses including meals

    - Public transport as long as your transport passes last (see details)

    - Everything not included in the "included in your tour" section

Find out more about your trip

Your tour :

  • The prices shown on this page may vary according to the Japanese ¥ exchange rate.
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Pets are not accepted.
  • Children and babies are accepted. From 3 to 11 years, a child rate is available. They will be offered a standard adult bed in each accommodation and a standard seat on public transport. A "baby" rate is available for children aged 0 to 2 inclusive. This rate corresponds to the allocation of a cot in most of the accommodation on the chosen tour. However, we cannot guarantee a cot in every accommodation.
  • This programme may be subject to change due to imperatives such as weather conditions or any other case of force majeure. Please note that, due to the current situation, any information mentioned is subject to change or adaptation.
  • You will receive your travel documents as follows:
  • Travel book by e-mail before departure
  • Paper documents (airport transfer ticket, transport card, Japan Rail Pass voucher) and Pocket WiFi when you arrive at the airport with our airport assistant.
  • As this tour has been designed for families (at least one adult with at least one child/teenager), it is not possible for single people to book this tour. We recommend the "Japan solo" tour or any other tour accessible to solo travellers.
    • N.B.: In rare cases, mainly during the very high season, stages may be reversed. You will be informed of this in your mini travel guide. Thank you for your understanding.

Your accommodation:

  • Some hotels may ask you to pay a tourist tax on arrival. This depends on the town and even the hotel, as some do not include it in the cost of the reservation. It generally amounts to ¥200/night/person (around €1.60) but may be a little higher in 4-star hotels. It must be paid in cash at the hotel reception. For traditional Japan Experience accommodation, it is included in the initial price of the tour.
  • Ryokan in Hakone: in the ryokan, you will sleep on comfortable futons placed on the tatami mat. The room has a private washbasin and WC. As is customary in Japanese ryokan, the "onsen" bathroom is shared (not mixed) unless you take the "private bathroom in the room" option. Enjoy a private Japanese bathroom (traditional or modern onsen) in your room. This option is recommended for mixed couples, families, people who are modest or have clearly visible tattoos. The 4* ryokan (see 4* option) have comfortable futons raised either on western beds or in a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms and toilets in 4* ryokans are private. As this is traditional accommodation, people with the same reservation are grouped together in spacious rooms that can accommodate up to 5 people.
  • Room for 2 people: Rooms for two people in Western hotels have 2 single beds (twin rooms) by default, which can usually be placed closer together.
  • Room for 3 people: If there are 3, 5 or more of you, you will be allocated a triple room.
  • In the case of a group order (> 5 people), it is possible, depending on hotel availability, that not all members of the group will be accommodated in the same hotel. The aim is nevertheless to be close to each other. - Hotel names: The names given on the site are for information only. In the event of unavailability, an establishment of equivalent standing will be scheduled.

Your transport :

Flights are not included in this tour. Do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to include flights in your order: economy class flights with stopovers or direct flights, air upgrades to eco-premium or business, departures from the provinces or abroad: we will be able to advise you.
The departure and end dates shown on this page are for your stay in Japan. You will arrive in Japan via Tokyo (Narita or Haneda airports) and will also depart from Tokyo. On departure, you will have to leave Europe the day before and land at 4pm at the latest to be there before 8pm to meet your travel angel in the traditional Tokyo flat. The return flight is the same day, given the favourable time difference, with a minimum take-off time of 9.30am. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure or need any further information about the choice of international flights.

  • Airport transfers: The shared limousine shuttle bus departs from the airport and stops at a platform located between 1 and 15 minutes' walk from your accommodation. Our airport assistant in Tokyo will take you to the platform to pick up the airport transfer. The transfer to the Japan Experience flat is unassisted. If you wish to be accompanied from the airport to your accommodation, choose the "Accompanied airport transfer" option. This transfer is made by shuttle or shared bus, with other clients leaving for the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers leave between 1.5 and 3 hours after your flight's scheduled arrival time, and stops can be made before your hotel. If you would like a private, non-stop transfer directly after the actual arrival of your flight, feel free to take the "Private taxi from the airport" option. Please note: due to the large number of changes to flight times by airlines, if you are notified of a change to your arrival time less than 72 hours before your departure, and the change exceeds 45 minutes, we cannot guarantee your airport shuttle. In this case, you will have to take a taxi at your own expense, requesting a refund from your airline for an abusive schedule change. The same applies to your return: 72 hours before your return flight, we cannot change the shuttle schedule. In the same way, you will have to take a taxi booked with the hotel, at your own expense, with reimbursement from the airline being the only solution. Japan Experience declines all responsibility in the event of last-minute schedule changes. The same applies to the return transfer.
  • Your tour includes a pre-loaded ¥1,500 (approx. €12) transport pre-payment card (suica or Pasmo brand); a 7-day Japan Rail Pass, a 3-day Tokyo metro transport pass and a 2-day Hakone Free Pass. These 4 cards/tickets should cover most of your journeys during your stay. Please note: once the ¥1,500 on the transport pre-payment card has expired, or if the line you are travelling on is not covered by your Japan Rail Pass, you will be responsible for all travel by recharging your transport pre-payment card (at ticket machines in all stations and metro stations).
  • A metro ticket in Tokyo costs around €2, depending on the length of the journey.
    The Japan Rail Pass is a nominative train pass for foreign travellers wishing to visit Japan. This pass allows unlimited travel for 7 consecutive days on all Japan Railways (JR) trains throughout Japan. When you are met at the airport by our assistant, you will receive a voucher to be exchanged at a JR office (list of addresses provided in your travel pack). You will be asked to show your passport and fill in a form. It is during this exchange that you will choose the start date for using your Pass. Once your Pass has been activated, it will be valid for 7 consecutive days from the date you choose. To avoid wasting time when you arrive at the airport, you are asked to exchange your voucher once you have arrived in Tokyo.Exchanging it at the airport could delay your airport shuttle. With your Japan Rail Pass in hand, simply go to the station, show your Pass to the ticket inspector at the entrance gates and board any JR train. Almost all trains in Japan are open seating. If you're worried about getting a seat (on a shinkansen, for example), simply go to a ticket office and reserve your seat at no extra charge. The Japan Rail Pass covers all JR and Shinkansen lines in Japan. It does not cover the following journeys :
  • Metro and bus travel in the cities (payable by prepaid transport card, included in your package)
    Transfers between stations and hotels (on foot, by bus, metro or taxi)
    Journeys on private train lines (not JR)
    Journeys on Nozomi and Mizuho ultra-fast shinkansen (Japanese high-speed trains)
    journeys made outside the period of validity of the Japan Rail Pass.
    Please note: It is not necessary to be in possession of a Japan Rail Pass covering your entire stay. In fact, it is only profitable if it is used to make long journeys between the various stages of your stay (particularly by shinkansen), which are very expensive. In big cities like Tokyo, only about ⅓ of public transport is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, and getting around is relatively cheap (Tokyo metro tickets: €2, daily bus pass in Kyoto: €5). So providing you with a Japan Rail Pass for more than 7 days (14 or 21) would not be cost-effective but, on the contrary, would significantly increase the cost of your trip.
  • If a person taking part in the tour is of Japanese nationality and resident in Japan, or a foreigner but resident in Japan for tax purposes (including students), they will not be able to benefit from the price displayed as they are unfortunately not eligible for the Japan Rail Pass. Please contact us to obtain the price of the tour without the Japan Rail Pass. This person will have to buy the train tickets for the tour directly in Japan. The Kansai Thru Pass is also subject to the same nationality/residence conditions. This is not the case for the Hakone Free pass.
    If this person is of Japanese nationality but not resident in Japan, then he or she may qualify for the Japan Rail Pass under certain conditions (see https://www.japan-experience.com/fr/questions-frequentes).

Your visits :

  • You will be met at the airport in English. Your airport assistant will be waiting for you at the customs exit with a sign bearing the name of the booking. He will give you your travel documents and take you to your airport transfer. He will not accompany you to Tokyo (possible, but optional).
  • The guided tour of Shinjuku takes place in groups of no more than 8 people, from 6pm to 8pm. In French or English (depending on the language of the other participants). More details on the meeting point in your travel pack. Dinner is not provided, but your guide will be able to recommend the best places to eat.
  • The guided tour of Gion takes place in groups of no more than 12 people, from 6pm to 7.30-8pm. In French or English (depending on the language of the other participants). More details on the meeting point in your travel pack. Dinner is not included, but your guide will be able to recommend the best places to eat.
  • The discovery of the Japanese countryside (Uji) is a private guided day. Additional costs (entrance fees, meals) are at your own expense.
  • Activity days are subject to change depending on availability.

Your meals:

  • The traditional Japanese dinner and Japanese breakfast (mainly savoury) are included in your ryokan tour. Please let us know if you have any dietary intolerances, and we will pass them on to the ryokan so that it can take them into account when trying to adapt the meals. If the ryokan does not take into account the dietary restrictions transmitted by Japan Experience, we cannot be held responsible and no refund of meals will be given.
  • Breakfasts not included in your package can be added at reception when you arrive at the hotels. However, close to your hotel, you will find numerous cafés serving copious breakfasts which are often tastier than those in hotels, which sometimes have restrictive timetables and a pronounced salty flavour.

Additional services:

  • A pocket wifi is included in your tour. It provides unlimited high-speed Internet access. Your Pocket WiFi will be given to you at the arrival airport.
  • It comes with a small guide to operating your device (don't panic: it's simple to operate) and a pre-paid envelope for returning your device at the end of your stay. Your pocket wifi will work naturally until the last day of your trip to Japan.
  • A maximum of 5 devices (phone, tablet, computer) can be connected to a pocket wifi.
  • A single pocket wifi is provided for a tour order of 1 to 5 people. For an order of 6 people or more, a second pocket wifi will be added automatically and at no extra cost to your booking.

When you make your purchase, Japan Experience offers 2 types of protection:

Japan Experience Flex : 

Pre-departure cancellation insurance subject to conditions.

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Japan Experience Protect :

Pre-departure cancellation insurance subject to conditions and on-site assistance subject to conditions.

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The commitments of Japan Experience, the n°1 French tour operator in Japan

  • The guarantee of the 1st tour operator specialising exclusively in Japan for 40 years
  • A selection of products to help you experience Japan from the inside out
  • Competitive prices thanks to a single team in France and Japan
  • Assistance available in Japan throughout your trip
  • A specialist team available 7 days a week by phone or email
  • The best advice thanks to our 3,500 articles available on our website

Slow Travel Japan

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