Tokyo to Okinawa beaches

  • Duration : 18 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa

This Japan tour gives you the opportunity to visit Tokyo and Kyoto, contemplate Mount Fuji, and discover Hiroshima and its sacred island, Miyajima.

Finish this trip to Japan with 5 days on the fabulous beaches of the Okinawa islands!

This trip includes transportation, guided tours, and unique accommodations: a ryôkan, a Japan Experience house, and a beach resort. A trip to make whatever the season!


18-day itinerary

  • Departure city/Airport : Tokyo (Narita : NRT or Haneda : HND)
  • Tokyo (4 nights)
  • Hakone - Mount Fuji (1 night)
  • Kyoto (3 nights, including one day-trip in Nara)
  • Miyajima and Hiroshima (2 nights)
  • Fukuoka and its surroundings (2nights)
  • Okinawa (Iriomote and Ishigaki islands, 5 nights)
  • Return city/Airport : Ishigaki (Ishigaki International Airport : ISG)

Please find below the itinerary details.

Tour length : 17 nights / 18 days (+ 1 day at the beginning if you leave from Europe)

PLEASE NOTE: The departure and end dates shown on this page only apply to your stay in Japan. You must therefore leave Europe the day before the first day of your tour. The date of your return flight and that of your return to Europe are identical due to the time difference.

Example : 

  • Departure from Europe : January 1st
  • Arrival in Tokyo (= the date to be selected in the calendar when booking) : January 2nd
  • Return flight from Fukuoka International Airport FUK / Return to Europe : January 19th

Please note that flights are not included in the price of your tour.

This tour information was last updated on May 10, 2024.


Do you like Okinawa? Don't hesitate to have a look at our other 3 week tour Archipelago from North to South, which ends with several days in its paradisiacal islands


Why this trip to Japan?

  1. Welcomed at the airport by our team, you will be taken to Tokyo by shuttle bus
  2. Head to the edge of Mount Fuji for an unforgettable dinner and overnight stay in a ryokan
  3. Travel by Shinkansen to Kyoto where a guided tour of the traditional geisha quarter awaits you
  4. In Kyoto, an English-speaking travel angel will welcome you to a Japan Experience house
  5. Go to Hiroshima and the sacred island of Miyajima before arriving in Fukuoka
  6. The Okinawa archipelago will have you seduced by its natural beauty and white sandy beaches
  7. Transportation: Japan Rail Pass, Hakone Free Pass, flight to Okinawa, boat between islands
  8. Enjoy unlimited internet access thanks to your pocket Wi-Fi
  9. If needed, contact our bilingual Japanese/English-speaking assistance team available 7/7
  10. Numerous guided days or other optional activities available
  11. Benefit from the expertise of Japan Experience, Europe's number one travel agency in Japan

Your trip in detail

Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Wake up in Tokyo 東京

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

    Welcome through customs by our airport assistant, who will give you all your travel documents and your Pocket WiFi.
    Unaccompanied transfer from the airport to Tokyo (see details).

    The transfer is done in a shared shuttle or bus, with other guests departing for the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers depart between 1.5 and 3 hours after your scheduled flight arrival, and stops may be made before your hotel.

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

    Check in at Hotel OMO3 Tokyo Akasaka by Hoshino Resorts or similar category 3* hotel (rooms available from 3pm).

  • Day 2 : First steps in the capital

    What to do in Tokyo on your first day

    We recommend that you start your visit to Tokyo slowly by visiting the following districts:
    - Harajuku, the avant-garde district ; 
    - Meiji Jingû, the imperial sanctuary ;
    - Takeshita-Dôri, a must-see street in the capital ; 
    - Omotesandô, Tokyo's Champs-Élysées ; 
    - Shibuya and its impressive crossroads.

    One of our many experienced English-speaking guides can also accompany you to visit the classic sights of Tokyo (optional, from 9am to 5pm).

    End your day in style with an evening stroll through Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's most important districts.
    Meet your guide at 7 p.m. for an unique walk lasting around 2 hours, during which you will pass through Kabukichô and the Golden Gai, among others. 
    More details on the exact day and meeting place in your travel diary.

  • 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 ;
    - Hama-rikyû, the Japanese garden between Tokyo's buildings ;
    - Asakusa, a traditional district and place of pilgrimage, accessible by cruise on the Sumida river ;
    - Sensô-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in the Japanese capital ;
    - Tokyo Sky Tree, 643 metres high, with its panoramic view of Tokyo at sunset.

    Between Hama-rikyû Garden and Asakusa, why not enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River ?

  • Day 4 : Follow the guide

    There are still many places to discover according to your taste ! Ueno, Yanaka, Odaiba...

    Don't hesitate to book an English-speaking guide for the day (optional) to visit Tokyo off the beaten path!

    Make the most of our many optional activities:
    - Are you looking more for fun? Ghibli Museum, Disneyland or Hello Kitty Park are waiting for you!
    - Do you prefer a themed activity? Book a visit on an architecture tour, gardens, home cooking or Noh's theatre.
    - Chasing thrills? Let yourself be tempted by a helicopter ride or a sumo tournament (in season)!

  • Day 5 : At the heart of the Japanese soul

    In the morning, we advise you to send your luggage to your hotel in Kyoto (details in your travel diary, check with the hotel reception) so that you can travel light for your night 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 guide, included in your package). The train leaves the Japanese megalopolis and gradually winds its way through the valleys of the Mount Fuji region. You will arrive in Hakone in the late morning. Reach Ichinoyu Shinkan ryôkan or equivalent to drop off your small bag and explore the region.

    You'll be charmed by the beautiful scenery of this spa resort, 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 and funicular) is included in your package.
    If you wish to be accompanied during this day, one of our English-speaking guides can help reveal the secrets of the Mount Fuji region (optional).

    Come back to your ryôkan at the end of the afternoon, as your traditional Japanese dinner will be waiting for you at around 6.30pm, before enjoying a Japanese-style night!

    More details below on the features of the night in a ryôkan.

  • Day 6 : The old capital

    Traditional Japanese breakfast at the ryôkan.

    Head to Hakone Yumoto station and then Odawara station to board one of the fastest trains in the world : the Shinkansen ! Shinkansen journey to Kyoto (direct, approx. 2h, including reserved tickets). We'll do our best to reserve seats for you so you can get a last look at Mount Fuji at the very beginning of the journey!

    From noon onwards, you can settle into your traditional Japan Experience house where a Travel Angel will welcome you.

    You have 3 days to visit Kyoto.
    Start in the afternoon in the historic Gion district, close to your accommodation :
    - Kiyomizu-Dera, the impressive water temple ;
    - The historic lanes of Sannen-zaka & Ninnen-zaka ;
    - Kôdai-ji, Kyoto's temple of maple trees and bamboo.

    Finish your day with a stroll through the Gion district and enjoy the sunset.
    Meet your guide at 7 p.m. to start your evening walk around Gion, Kyoto's historic district.
    More details on the exact day and meeting point can be found in your travel guide.

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

  • Day 7 : Gold and Silver Treasures

    For your second day in Kyoto, we recommend the following itinerary:
    - The Zen garden of Ryôan-ji ;
    - Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) ;
    - Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)
    - The enchanting Philosopher's Path ;
    - Nanzen-ji temple.

    One of our many experienced English-speaking guides can accompany you on a tour of these iconic sites (available as an option, from 9am to 5pm).

  • Day 8 : Between temples and deer

    For the last day in Kyoto and its surroundings, we recommend taking the 50 minute journey to Nara, 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
    - Tôdai-ji, with its great bronze Buddha and the imposing Nan-Daimon gate ; 
    - Kôfuku-ji temple and its delightful pagoda.

    Return to Kyoto and stop to see the sunset at the Fushimi Inari-taisha, 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).

  • Day 9 : Make way for history

    After checking out of the Japan Experience house, head to Hiroshima by shinkansen (about 2 hours, free with your Japan Rail Pass). 

    Consider adding a stop in Himeji to marvel at its magnificent UNESCO-listed castle. Alternatively, embark on a day trip to Naoshima Island, a haven for contemporary art. No need to worry about lugging your bags around – our trusty travel angels can help you arrange same-day luggage transfer to your Hiroshima hotel!

    Once you're arrived in Hiroshima, check into your 3* Intergate Hotel or same category hotel. Visit the park and the Peace memorial, the castle and its park full of cherry trees before tasting one of Hiroshima's specialities: okonomiyaki!

    During the day, learn about the soul-stirring history of Hiroshima on our captivating historic bike tour. Take in all the moving stories and strong character traits that make this legendary city so memorable. With the help of a knowledgeable guide who will bring history to life with interesting anecdotes and insights, discover the layers of Hiroshima's past as you pedal through its iconic sites.

  • Day 10 : The Sacred Island

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    A short 30-minute train and boat journey to Miyajima Island, its Itsukushima-jinja shrine and the great Ôtorii gate built into the sea.

    Take the cable car up to Mount Misen and then descend on foot. A breathtaking view of Hiroshima Bay awaits you!

    Return to Hiroshima in the late afternoon.

  • Day 11 : The capital of Kyushu

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    From Hiroshima, head to the island of Kyushu and its capital, Fukuoka, just 1 hour away by shinkansen (included in the price of your tour).

    Arrive in the centre of the vibrant city of Fukuoka and check into your hotel located near the central station.

    With its 2000 years of history, the capital of Kyushu has always been the gateway to Asia (Korea and China) and Western culture (Portugal and its Jesuits, Holland). Another Japan, further away from Tokyo, awaits you. 

    Capital of a booming region, Fukuoka is now one of the most dynamic cities in Japan with its many high-tech companies and the hosting of a global event : the Rugby World Cup in October 2019.

    In the afternoon, meet your English-speaking guide and explore Fukuoka's many iconic sites:
    - Momochi district : Fukuoka Tower and other futuristic buildings - Japan in the 22nd century ;
    - Canal City Hakata, a huge shopping center seamlessly integrates with a city park and charming canals ;
    - Asian Art Museum, the world's first museum for modern Asian art ;
    - Shôfoku-ji Temple, the oldest Zen temple in all of Japan ;
    - Hakata Machiya, a captivating district lined with traditional merchants' houses.

    In the evening, visit the lively Nakasu and Tenjin districts and their hundreds of delicious and welcoming open-air restaurants at low prices "yatai". 

  • Day 12 : Between sea and volcano

    Fukuoka: your gateway to adventure!

    Beyond the city lights, Fukuoka offers a wealth of experiences:

    Beach Bliss: Bask on the sun-kissed shores of Itoshima or Karatsu, just a 45-minute escape from Fukuoka.

    Historic Hideaways: Explore the charming town of Kumamoto (50 min by train) and its majestic castle, all nestled under the watchful gaze of Mount Aso.

    Soak in Serenity: Unwind at the legendary Beppu hot springs (2hrs by train), boasting over 3,000 baths with unique mineral properties.

    Nagasaki Delights: Journey back in time to Nagasaki (2hrs by train). Explore the Dejima island with its European flair, bustling Chinatown, and poignant Peace Park.

    Most of these destinations are accessible with your Japan Rail Pass, for which this will be the last day.

    In the evening, head back to Fukuoka.

  • Day 13 : Arrival in the tropics

    Transfer to Fukuoka International Airport (Japan's 4th largest airport, located in the heart of the city) in 5 minutes by metro from Hakata Central Station, see details below.

    Take flight to Ishigaki Island! Choose a speedy direct flight (around 2 hours 20 minutes) or a slightly longer option with one stop (approximately 3 hours 20 minutes). Upon arrival in Ishigaki, catch a convenient airport bus (€4, payable to the driver) to the ferry terminal. Then, set sail on a scenic 45-minute boat ride (included in your package) to the wild beauty of Iriomote Island!

    Arrival in the late afternoon and transfer (included in your package) to your 4* Hoshino Resort or same category hotel.

    Iriomote Island, or Japan's last frontier, is 90% covered by rainforest and mangroves. In this unspoilt paradise far from Tokyo, you may see the endangered Yamaneko wild cat.

    Dinner is available at your hotel or in the surrounding area.

  • Day 14 : The Amazon in Japan

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Iriomote Island beckons with its untouched beauty. Lush rainforests, sun-kissed beaches, and vibrant coral reefs paint a picture of paradise.

    Explore with Ease: Embark on a scenic 30-minute boat ride up the Urauchi River, venturing deep into the island's heart. Follow this with a refreshing 1-hour hike to a majestic waterfall. All this awaits right near your hotel!

    Beach Bliss: Dive into relaxation on pristine beaches, just steps from your accommodation. One beach is perfect for snorkeling – equipment rentals are available for you to explore the underwater world.

    Optional Adventure: For the adventurous soul, we offer an unforgettable canoeing excursion – an exhilarating way to discover hidden coves and untouched landscapes.

    There, you will start discover another Japan, far from the crowded Tokyo or the temples of Kyoto!

  • Day 15 : Beach umbrellas and coconut trees

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    In the morning, soak up the sunshine and serenity by the pool at your Iriomote resort. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing 45-minute boat ride (tickets included) back to the vibrant main island of Ishigaki. Your comfortable 3* hotel awaits in the heart of this charming seaside town.

  • Day 16 : Sheltered from the waves

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Ishigaki boasts pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and diving. Unwind on the shore or plunge into the vibrant underwater world.

    Discuss a variety of exhilarating activities with your hotel upon arrival. Choose from guided diving adventures with English-speaking instructors, thrilling snorkeling excursions, and more!

    Savor Ishigaki's renowned cuisine, a delicious blend of fresh island flavors. And when the sun sets, explore the island's charming nightlife scene.

  • Day 17 : A lovely village

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Wrap up your Japanese adventure with a trip to Taketomi Island, a paradise just a 20-minute ferry ride from Ishigaki (ferries run every 15 minutes with 5 ferries per hour, tickets included).

    Taketomi is a pedestrian and bicycle haven. Explore charming lanes and hidden corners on foot, or rent a bike (no need to book in advance) for a breezy adventure.

    As night falls, witness a breathtaking phenomenon – the "Hoshizuna" starry sand. These bioluminescent wonders twinkle on the beach, creating a truly magical experience unique to Taketomi.

  • Day 18 : Sayonara, and see you next time!

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer back to Ishigaki International Airport : 20-minute taxi ride or airport shuttle bus (5€, to be paid on the spot to the driver, 2 buses per hour).

    Return flight to Europe, North America, Australia, with changes in Tokyo, Fukuoka or major Asian cities like Hong Kong or Taipei.

    Included in your self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    - 4 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Tokyo, close to the metro.

    - 1 night in a 3* ryôkan in Hakone Mount Fuji, traditional half-board

    - 3 nights in a traditional Kyoto house (cleaning, bed linen/towels and tourist tax included)

    - 2 nights in a 3* hotel in Hiroshima, close to train station

    - 2 nights in a 3* hotel in Fukuoka, close to train station

    - 2 nights in a 4* beach resort on Iriomote Island (Okinawa)

    - 3 nights in a 3* hotel on Ishigaki Island (Okinawa)

    The basic rate includes a twin room for two people.

  • Transport

    - Airport transfer to Tokyo HND or NRT

    - Prepaid public transport card

    - Hakone Free pass for 2 days

    - Japan Rail Pass 7 days

    - Domestic flight from Fukuoka > Ishigaki

    - Airport transfer to Ishigaki ISG

    - Round trip by ferry from Ishigaki <> to Iriomote

    - Round trip by ferry from Ishigaki <> to Taketomi

  • Experiences and meals

    - Airport meet and greet 

    - Traditional dinner and breakfast included at the ryôkan in Hakone and Miyajima

    - Discounts at many of Hakone tourist sites

    - The breakfasts in Hiroshima, Iriomote and Ishigaki

    - Welcome to Kyoto by a Travel Angel

    - Night guided tour of Shinjuku, Tokyo and Gion, Kyoto

    - Bike tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

  • Additional services

    - Unlimited internet access with Pocket WiFi

    - Complete digital travel guide sent before your departure

    - Telephone assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in English and Japanese bilingual. The number will be given to you in your travel pack. This phone number is valid for telephone calls and also for WhatsApp.

  • Not included in the price of your trip

    - Flights Europe <> Japan

    - Optional insurance

    - Personal expenses, including meals (breakfasts can sometimes be added as an option at your hotel reception, see details). For other meals, you will find addresses selected by us in your travel pack.

    - Public transport once your transport cards have run out (see details)

    - Everything not mentioned in the section "Included in your tour".

More about your trip

Your tour :

  • The prices displayed on this page may vary according to the exchange rate of the Japanese ¥.
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Children and babies accepted. From 3 to 11 years old a child rate is offered. In each accommodation, a standard adult bed will be offered to them, and a standard seat will be allocated to them in transport. From 0 to 2 years old inclusive, a "baby" rate is offered. This price corresponds to the allocation of a cot in the majority of the accommodation of the chosen circuit. However, we cannot guarantee a baby cot in each accommodation.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • This programme is subject to change due to circumstances such as weather conditions or any other case of force majeure. Please note that due to the current circumstances, any information mentioned is subject to change or modification.
  • Your travel documents will be given to you as follows:
    • Travel diary by email maximum 8 days before departure, and other electronic documents 
    • Paper documents (airport transfer ticket, transportation card, Japan Rail Pass voucher) and Pocket WiFi upon arrival at the airport by our airport assistant.
  • Note: In very rare cases, mostly in very high season, steps might be reversed. You will be informed in your mini travel-guide. Thanks for your kind understanding.

Your accommodation :

  • Some hotels may ask you to pay a tourist tax on arrival. This depends on the city and even the hotel, as some do not include it in the booking price. Normally, it is 200¥/night/person (about £1.37/1.93$) but can be slightly higher in 4* hotels. It must be paid in cash at the hotel reception. For traditional Japan Experience accommodations, it is included in the initial tour price.
  • Room size: in Japan, a densely populated country where everything is compact, 3-star luxury hotels are of very good quality but the rooms are often quite narrow (12 to 20m2/129 sq ft to 215 sq ft) depending on the hotel. Please note the size of the single room, between 10 and 16m2 (107sq ft and 172sq ft). For more comfort, you can choose our luxury 4* accommodation upgrade option. (This option is only valid for the hotel in Tokyo, not for the traditional accommodation in Kyoto).
  • Double room: Rooms for two people in western hotels have 2 single beds (twin rooms) by default, which can usually be joined together. As an option, you can select a double room instead of a twin if you prefer a double bed.
  • Single room: People travelling alone and wishing to book a single room must pay a supplement at the time of booking. The single room supplement is compulsory for orders with an odd number of participants. Please note that if you request more than two people in a single room, the single room supplement will be applied to all accommodation except for the ryokans (3 and 4*). In fact, as this is traditional accommodation, people with the same reservation are grouped together in spacious rooms for up to 5 people.
  • 3-person room: If there are 3, 5 or more of you and you do not select the single supplement, a triple room will be allocated to you.
  • 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. Nevertheless, we aim to keep you close. 
  • Names of the hotels : The names given on the site are for information only. In the event of unavailability, an establishment of equivalent standing will be scheduled. Hotels, corresponding to local standards, are given as an indication and may be changed on site for hotels of a similar category.
  • In the ryôkan, guests sleep on comfortable futons placed on the tatami mat. The room has a private sink and toilet. As is customary in Japanese ryôkan, the onsen bathroom is shared (not mixed) unless you take the "private bathroom in the room" option.
    OPTIONAL in Hakone only: 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 visible tattoos.
    The 4* ryôkan (see 4* option) have comfortable futons raised on either western beds in a traditional tatami room. The bathrooms and toilets of the 4* ryôkan are private.
  • Traditional house in Kyoto: each house has been chosen for its location (transport, shops, temples...) and thus to facilitate your stay. Most of them are either located in the historical district of Gion or on the edge of the Path of Philosophy and the Silver Temple. All lodgings have at least one Japanese tatami room and are equipped with a minimum of 3 beds, either in a single western bed (not double) or on a futon. Do not hesitate to specify in your comments that you want to sleep in a western bed.
  • Please note that if the 4* hotel on Iriomote Island is not available, you will be accommodated in a lower category hotel for the 2 nights on Iriomote, and in an equivalent 4* beach resort for the 3 nights on Ishigaki Island.

Your transport :

  • Flights are not included in this tour. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to include flights in your order: Flights in economy class with stopovers or direct flights, eco-premium or business air upgrades, provincial departures or abroad: we will be able to advise you.
  • The tour departure and end dates presented on this page relate to your stay in Japan. You will arrive in Japan via Tokyo (Narita or Haneda airports) and will leave from Ishigaki International airport (ISG). You will have to leave Europe the day before and land at 18pm at the latest to make the most of the airport services of your tour (welcome and transfer to Tokyo). The return flight is on the same day due to the time difference, with a departure time of 9am at the earliest. Please do not hesitate to consult us for any uncertainty or need for precision in the choice of international flights.
  • Please note that for the return flight from Fukuoka International Airport, you will need to change at Tokyo, Helsinki or one of the major Asian cities. In Tokyo and Seoul, please check that the connecting airports are the same. Fukuoka -> Tokyo and Fukuoka -> Seoul flights sometimes land at different airports (Tokyo Haneda HND or Seoul Gimpo GMP) from those from which international flights to Europe depart (Tokyo Narita NRT or Seoul Incheon ICN).
  • If the flights have been purchased by your care without the intervention of Japan Experience, it is necessary to send us by mail 1 month before your departure your flight information (flight number, airport, date and time of arrival) to allow us organize your welcome and airport transfer.
  • Airport Transfers: The shared limousine bus leaves from the airport and stops either in front of your hotel or at a stop within 1-15 minutes walk from your hotel. Our airport assistant in Tokyo will drive you to the platform to pick up the airport transfer. The transfer to the hotel is unassisted. If you wish to be accompanied from the airport to your hotel reception, please choose the option "Accompanied Airport Transfer". This transfer is done in a shared shuttle or 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 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 many changes in flight schedules by the airlines, if the airline notifies you of a change in arrival time less than 72 hours before your departure, and if it exceeds 45 minutes, we cannot guarantee your airport shuttle. You will then have to take a taxi at your own expense, requesting a refund from your airline for abusive schedule changes. The same applies to your return journey: 72 hours before your return flight, we cannot change the shuttle schedule. Similarly, you will have to take a taxi booked with the hotel, at your own expense, with reimbursement procedures with the airline company being the only solution. Japan Experience is not responsible for last minute schedule changes.
  • The domestic flight from Fukuoka -> Ishigaki is included in your offer, either direct or with layovers. 1 piece of checked luggage is allowed. This transfer is by public transport from the central station. 5 minutes by metro from Hakata Central Station, located near your hotel. It's a straightforward journey, with the train arriving directly at the airport. There are 2 terminals connected by a free shuttle bus.
    Cost: 260¥ (about £1.71 / 2.42$, paid with your pre-paid transport card, already loaded with the amount for the transfer). From 5:30am to 12:25am, with metros every 4 to 8 minutes.
    If you want door-to-door transport, we recommend that you contact your hotel reception to order a taxi. It will cost you approximately £12.85 / 17.83$ for a 20 minute journey.
  • Transfer from Ishigaki Airport to Ishigaki City and back. Airport bus (1 line, 2 buses/hour, from 8.30am to 6pm). About £3.42, 4.75$, to be paid to the driver.
    If you want door-to-door transport, we recommend that you contact your hotel reception to order a taxi. It will cost you approximately £17.14 / 23.84$  for a 25 minute journey.
  • Included in your tour is a pre-charged transport prepayment card of ¥ 1,500 (around £10.30 / 14.54$) (suica or Pasmo brand); a transport pass for the Tokyo Shinjuku -> Hakone route and all transport in the Hakone region (excluding taxis), a 7-day Japan Rail Pass and round trip ferry tickets from Ishigaki <> to Iriomote and from Ishigaki <> to Taketomi. These cards should cover a large part of your trips during the stay. Upon expiry of the 1,500¥ Transport Prepayment Card, or if the line you are travelling on is not covered by your Japan Rail Pass, any travel will be at your own expense by recharging your prepaid transport card (at vending machines in all stations and metro stations). 
  • The Japan Rail Pass is a personal train pass for foreign travellers who wish to visit Japan. This pass allows unlimited travel for 7 consecutive days on all Japan Railways (JR) trains throughout Japan. You will receive a voucher to be exchanged at a JR office when you are welcomed at the airport by our assistant (list of addresses provided in your travel guide). You will be asked to show your passport and fill in a form. During this exchange, you will select the start date of your pass. Once your Pass has been activated, it will be valid for 7 consecutive days from the date chosen. To prevent wasting time when you arrive at the airport, you are requested to exchange your voucher upon arrival in Tokyo City. This is because exchanging it at the airport could delay your airport shuttle. With your Japan Rail Pass in hand, just go to the station, show your pass to the ticket inspector at the entrance gates and board any JR train. Trains in Japan are almost all open seating. If you are worried about not having 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. The following journeys are not covered:
    • Travel by metro and bus in the cities (payable by pre-paid transport card, included in your package)
    • Transfers from the train station to the hotels (by foot, bus, metro or taxi)
    • Travel on private train lines (other than JR)
    • Travel on Nozomi and Mizuho high-speed trains (shinkansen)
    • Trips made outside the validity period of the Japan Rail Pass
  • Japan Rail Pass: It is not necessary to possess a Japan Rail Pass which covers your entire stay. This is only cost-effective if it is used for long journeys between the different stages of your stay (especially in shinkansen) which are very expensive. In large 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: £1.71 / 2.42$; Kyoto daily bus card: £4.28 / 5.97$). Thus, providing you with a Japan Rail Pass for more than 7 days (14 or 21) would not be cost-effective and, on the contrary, would significantly increase the cost of your trip.
  • If a person taking part in the tour is a Japanese national and a resident of Japan, or a foreigner with tax residence in Japan (including a student), then that person is not eligible for the Japan Rail Pass. Please contact us to get the price of the tour without a Japan Rail Pass. They will have to buy the train tickets for the tour directly in Japan. The Kansai Thru Pass is also subject to the same nationality/residency requirements. This is not the case for the Hakone Free pass. If this person is a Japanese citizen but not a resident of Japan, then he/she can benefit from the Japan Rail Pass under certain conditions (see https://www.japan-experience.com/frequently-asked-questions).

Your activities :

  • Airport reception is in English. Your airport assistant will be waiting for you at the customs exit holding a sign with the name of the reservation. They will give you your travel documents and take you to your airport transfer. They will not accompany you to Tokyo (this is possible, but optional).
  •  An English speaking Travel Angel who is a specialist in Japan will be there to welcome you to your traditional house in Kyoto. They will give you the keys, explain how the house and its facilities work, give you a tour of the area (tourist sites, supermarkets, bike rental...) and answer all your questions. They will be available throughout your stay in case of any problems or questions.
  • The Shinjuku tour is a guided group tour lasting around 2 hours and departing at 7pm. Please note that the tour will be conducted in English if your group is made up of travellers of different nationalities. 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 guided tour of Gion lasts around 2 hours and departs at 7pm. Please note that the tour will be conducted in English if your group is made up of travellers of different nationalities. 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 bike tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is in association with local guides . This interactive cycling tour has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to encounter unique stories. Depending on your schedule and level of interest in learning more about the history of Hiroshima, choose between a 2- or 3-hour tour.

Your meals :

  • Breakfasts which are not included in your package can be added at the reception when you arrive at the hotel. However, you will find many cafés near your hotel serving copious breakfasts, often tastier than those in the hotels, which sometimes have tight schedules and are predominantly savoury. However, if you would like to add breakfast to your offer when you make your reservation, you can select it as an option.
  • Traditional Japanese dinner and Japanese breakfast (mostly savoury) are included in your Hakone tour. Do not hesitate to indicate any dietary requirements you may have, we will pass them on to the ryôkan so that they can take them into account when planning the meals. If the ryôkan does not take any of these dietary requirements into account, we cannot be held responsible and no compensation will be issued.
  • Japan Experience houses come with a fully equipped kitchens and are located close to markets.

Your additional services:

  • A pocket wifi is included in your tour. It allows unlimited high-speed internet access. Your Pocket WiFi will be given to you at the airport of arrival.
  • It comes with a small booklet to operate your device (don't panic: simple operation) and a prepaid envelope to return 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 can be connected to a pocket wifi (phone, tablet, computer).
  • A single pocket wifi is provided for a circuit 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 reservation.

When you buy, Japan Experience offers you 2 types of protection:

Japan Experience Flex : 
Cancellation insurance before departure under conditions.

Japan Experience Protect :
Pre-departure cancellation insurance under conditions and on-site assistance under conditions. 

 

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