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Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your holiday. Please note that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program’s unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours.

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Accommodation Details

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Independent Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Tokyo, Osaka-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Tokyo
    • 3 nights Kyoto
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transportation between cities via Bullet Train
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
 

Special Features

  • Embark on a half day city tour of Tokyo that includes Tokyo Tower, Meji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden and Ginza shopping district
  • During the half day tour in Kyoto, you will discover Nijo Castle, marvel at Kinkaku-ji Temple and admire Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your holiday. Please note that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program’s unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours.


DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in Tokyo, the ultra high-tech and fascinating metropolis and transfer independently to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest and relax
Overnight: Tokyo

DAY 3, Wednesday - Morning Tokyo City Tour
This morning’s city tour of Tokyo begins with a visit to Tokyo Tower. Continue to Meiji Shrine*, dedicated to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan. Next, stroll through the Imperial Palace East Garden, located next to the Tokyo Imperial Palace, considered the largest castle in the area. This was the former site of Edo Castle and is now the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. Your tour concludes at the famous Ginza shopping district, Tokyo's most celebrated shopping and amusement area. Please note, you are required to make your own way back to the hotel independently. Balance of the day is at leisure or, enjoy the optional Tokyo Bay Dinner Cruise on a luxury yacht.
*Meiji shrine may be substituted with Sensoji-Temple. In this case the tour will conclude at Nakamise shopping district
Optional: Tokyo Bay Dinner Cruise
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Full Day in Tokyo
The day is at leisure to explore the enormous, ultramodern metropolis of Tokyo independently. As a premier global city, Tokyo offers incredible cuisine, from simple noodle dishes and sushi to gourmet Kobe beef prepared by some of the world's top chefs, as well as a vast array of art and fashion venues. A day in this trendsetting city promises to stimulate each of your senses, from the bright, pulsating lights of downtown Tokyo to the delicious aromas billowing from traditional Japanese taverns. Perhaps venture out of the city on the optional Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone tour and view the highest mountain in Japan and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. After lunch, proceed to Hakone, famous for its delightful natural scenery and enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Ashi before returning to Tokyo
Optional: Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with Lunch
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Full Day in Tokyo
Enjoy your last full day at leisure in Tokyo. For a different view of the city, take a stroll in the beautiful Ueno Park and visit the Tokyo National Museum, housing a collection of fascinating artifacts from across Asia. You may choose to participate in the optional Nikko Tour, a small historical city at the entrance of the Nikko National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site served as a center for Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for centuries. Here, you will see the Kirifuri Waterfall and stop for an authentic Japanese-style lunch at a local restaurant
Optional: Full Day Nikko Tour with Lunch
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Bullet Train to Kyoto
After breakfast, you will transfer independently to the train station for your bullet train to Kyoto, a city that once served as the imperial capital of Japan. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel by public transportation. Remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Kyoto Morning City Tour
This morning make your way to the Kyoto Station Hachijo East Exit, to embark on the city tour of Kyoto, one of the best preserved architectural cities in Japan. Your first discovery is Nijo Castle, residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, with its ornate interior handcrafted with Japanese cypress and famous nightingale floors, used as security measure against intruders as they squeak when stepped upon. At the celebrated Kinkaku-ji Temple, "the Golden Pavilion," you understand why this magnificent golden-gilded temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, established in the 10th century, dedicated to Tenjin, the patron saint of students, who flock here from all over the country to pray for success in examinations. The tour concludes at the same place where it started, at the Kyoto Station. Balance of the day is yours, to explore the city independently. Tonight, attend the optional Traditional Kyoto Townhouse Dinner where you will enjoy a 12-course dinner hosted in a genuine 160-year-old Kyoto townhouse
Optional: Traditional Kyoto Townhouse Dinner
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day in Kyoto
Spend your day at leisure in Kyoto or, join the optional tour to Nara. Travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns
Optional: Nara Tour (PM)
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Depart Japan
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Tokyo Bay Dinner Cruise 7:00 PM

This evening, experience a delightful dinner cruise, while sailing into Tokyo Bay on a luxury yacht. Savor a multi-course dinner, that includes a selection of international favorites and a complimentary glass of wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage. Marvel at the spectacular views of the Tokyo Bay and admire the twinkling lights of the city. Cruise underneath the famous Rainbow Bridge, see the illuminated Tokyo Skytree, the tallest structure in Japan and the Eiffel Tower-inspired Tokyo Tower. View Odaiba, the artificial island in Tokyo Bay with its plethora of restaurants, shops and entertainment complexes.

Please note that transportation to & from the hotel is not included. Meeting location is at Hinode Terminal Boarding Point 2-7-104, Kaigan,Minatoku,Tokyo Japan 105-0022. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to a departure time. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 20 Dec 2019 $85.00
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Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch

Travel along the scenic roads of rural Japan with its striking natural scenery. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. Stop to admire the gorgeous landscape (weather permitting) of the park and lake Ashi. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. Ascend to the summit using a cable car, to marvel at sweeping views of Hakone National Park and gain a whole new appreciation of this iconic mountain. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own before returning to your hotel in Tokyo.

Pick up from Shinjuku Washington Hotel (3-2-9 Nishi-Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 160-8336, 3d floor) or Keio Plaza Tokyo (2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 160-8330). Pick up time to be advised locally. Drop-off at Shinjuku Station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

*Note If the volcanic warning condition is at a high level, the itinerary may be modified and advised locally.

Day #4 15 Aug 2019 - 13 Sep 2019 $140.00
17 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 $140.00
24 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 $140.00
15 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 $140.00
04 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019 $140.00
25 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $140.00
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Full Day Nikko Tour with lunch

Nikko a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the entrance of the Nikko National Park, has served as a center for Shinto and Buddhist worship for centuries. It is home to several temples and shrines, including the Futarasan Shrine and the Rinnoji Temple. Visit the Toshogu Shrine, the mausoleum of the first shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, a gorgeous complex of colorful structures featuring the superb craftsmanship of Japan's 17th-century artisans. After an authentic Japanese-style lunch at a local restaurant continue to Lake Chuzenji, created 20,000 years ago by an eruption of Mt. Nantai. Afterward, visit the 318 foot Kegon Falls, considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nikko. The tour concludes near Shinjuku Station, one of Tokyo's most popular shopping and entertainments districts.

Pick up from Keio Plaza Tokyo (2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 160-8330). Pick up time to be advised locally. The pick-up transfer will take you to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal at 105-0013 Tokyo, Minato, where you will board another bus heading to Nikko. Drop-off at Shinjuku Station. Approximate tour duration is 12 hours.

Due to local conditions, from approximately Oct 10 to Nov 10 Kegon Falls will not be visited. Alternate sightseeing will be provided.

Day #5 15 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019 $150.00
01 Sep 2019 - 13 Sep 2019 $150.00
17 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 $150.00
24 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019 $150.00
01 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 $150.00
15 Oct 2019 - 15 Oct 2019 $150.00
18 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $150.00
01 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019 $150.00
25 Nov 2019 - 22 Dec 2019 $150.00
23 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $150.00
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Traditional Kyoto Townhouse Dinner

This evening, experience the atmosphere and hospitality of a genuine 160-year-old Kyoto townhouse and get a sense of everyday life in old Kyoto. Explore the flavors that make Kyoto cuisine special during your 12-course dinner. Your meal features traditional Kyoto-style Obanzai home cooking, served as kaiseki cuisine style.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 18 Jul 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $59.00
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Nara Tour 1:40 PM

Travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze lanterns.

Please note that pick-up from the hotel not included. Meeting location is Avanti Kyoto Sunrise Desk (Kyoto Station, Hachijo Exit). Meeting time will be advised locally. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #8 07 Jun 2019 - 30 Dec 2019 $75.00
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9 Day Classic Japan, July 2019
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We loved the Japan Gate 1 tour and despite the very hot weather, we thoroughly enjoyed the temples and shrines we visited. Yumi was a wonderful tour manager and exceedingly patient and organized. I appreciate her paper handouts of schedules and pick up times plus her wealth of knowledge regarding her country's history and culture! Overall another excellent and memorable trip for us!

June V. Hayward, CA
9 Day Classic Japan, June 2019
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I had a wonderful trip, I had a great time. Japan is a beautiful country. Mariko was an excellent tour manager. My husband enjoyed his ride on the bullet train. Hiroshima museum was very touching experience. Looking forward to going on another trip with Gate!

Ashie H. Queens Village, NY
Japan, Then & Now, May 2019
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My trip was wonderful, Shizu made it perfect for us all, she was a fantastic guide incredibly well informed, organized with a lovely warm personality & sense of humor. She went out of her way to take some of us out for a walk around the night spots in Tokyo on our last night. A lovely city! The accommodations were excellent as were the included meals. Such fun dining dressed in the Yukata! I loved all the gardens, the bamboo forest, visits to the fish markets, interesting shops with different merchandise the WADA Village, actually seeing Mt Fuji & the museum with the kimonos, all the temples & shrines. The rickshaw ride, sushi making lunch were all great fun. The group were lovely, no one ran late and good relationships were formed. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to take advantage of the single supplement & hope to be able to do so again on future Discovery tours. David in the a Melbourne office was very helpful too, all in all my very first experience on a group tour had been fabulous as had Gate 1.

Victoria S. Cammeray, Australia
Japan, Then & Now, May 2019
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We had a wonderful trip in Japan. Our trip leader Makiko was sooo awesome. She was very well organized and filled with knowledge. We enjoyed every aspect of the trip all because of Makiko’s professionalism and organizational skills. The program covered so many aspects of Japan cultures and history provided us with wealth of information!

Sharon L. Laguna Woods, CA
9 Day Classic Japan, April 2019
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We had a wonderful time. Our tour manager Rumi was the best. She is very knowledgeable and she gave us lots of information about Japanese culture and traditions. Took care of everyone’s needs. Rumi has a delightful personality. Overall it was a great trip. I am glad we chose Gate 1. Japan is a great place to visit.

Lovleen S. Bloomington, IL
9 Day Classic Japan, April 2019
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The trip was wonderful, we loved it from the culture to the Japanese people. We took two of our daughters and my niece and nephew along with us and we had a really good family trip together. Thank you Gate 1 for organizing it! This was our 3rd time with Gate 1. We will go with them in the future and I always recommend all of our friends to go with Gate 1. Thanks again Gate 1.

Nancy N. Fountain Valley, CA
9 Day Classic Japan, January 2019
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The Japan tour was so enjoyable, the country is fascinating, the Gate 1 arrangements were excellent. Jaya, and self thank you for facilitating this. We look forward to interact with you for similar future tours.

Gopal S. Naperville, IL
Japan, Then & Now, March 2019
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The trip to Japan was great. We enjoyed the experiences (kimono dressing, rickshaw ride, traditional Japanese inn, public baths, etc.) that were part of the Discovery tour.

Jean K. Naperville, IL
9 Day Classic Japan, January 2019
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The trip was great! This was our first visit to Japan and we enjoyed seeing all the sights in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Our tour director, Akane, was also wonderful! She was able to keep everyone on schedule while remaining bubbly and funny. She is very knowledgeable about the customs and history and added greatly to our understanding and enjoyment of the sites. She also pointed out several good restaurants and that was very helpful ... One of the main attractions in our tours with Gate 1 are the wonderful buffet breakfasts in the hotels. That always puts a highlight at the beginning of the day!

Johnny C. Union City, CA
9 Day Classic Japan, January 2019
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It was a great trip! Our guide Akena was exceptional. She made it awesome. Hiroshima was the highlight for me. Very sobering. Another fine job Gate 1!

Stephen R. Mogadore, OH
9 Day Classic Japan, November 2018
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Japan was wonderful! I had minimal expectations going in, but the trip was probably my best ever! On top of all the fantastic sights and experiences, our tour guide Rumi was SUPERB! She was so warm, funny, friendly, and never boring. And she took such excellent care of us and led us to so many hidden gems. During our bus rides, she even shared with us her wonderful personal photos. Rumi definitely made this experience one I will always treasure.

Michelle D. Atlanta, GA
7 Day Tokyo Vacation, October 2018
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My trip was the greatest I have ever been on. I had so much fun and I wish I didn’t have to come back. I LOVE your travel company. You guys make traveling so affordable and the accommodations we get for the prices we pay are phenomenal. Plus, you guys are so helpful with any questions and concerns we might have as a customer. I'm definitely booking another trip with you guys and I informed all my coworkers about your company. I have no complaints or regrets. I'm very happy that I booked with Gate 1.

Stacey C. Jamaica, NY
Japan, Then & Now, October 2018
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The trip was excellent ... Our guide, Hiroko, was fantastic - knowledgeable, caring, and funny - with many tips, tricks and stories to help us appreciate the Japanese country and culture.

Jonathan K. Plainsboro, NJ
Japan, Then & Now, July 2018
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It was awesome. This was my first tour with Gate1. I was not disappointed. It was well planned, there were variety of things to do, places to visit. Our dietary need as a vegetarian was taken care of! I loved the tour guide, Yumi. She was great.

Abirami K. Cupertino, CA
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Our Japan trip was excellent & very enjoyable. Tokyo & Kyoto hotels were very centrally located, convenient and excellent. I will give them A+. Our tour guide/ Manager Mr. katsumi was the best ... Wish we had manager like Mr. katsumi on all our tour. Very down to earth person.

Jash P. Indianapolis, IN
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Great! Japan is very clean. I like Kyota best. Tokyo is a so big that it would be very scary if you got separated from your guide. Very interesting country

Fay S. Pittsburgh, PA
Japan, Then & Now, April 2018
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The Japan tour was great! Our tour guide Mitsuko was very nice, friendly and knowledgeable. The hotels were great as well. We are now discussing of where Gate1 will take us next.

Nina M. Los Angeles, CA
Japan, Then & Now, March 2018
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The Discovery Japan tour is one of our top three favorite trips from Gate 1. The enriching cultural history, the food, the Japanese Garden, the unforgettable view of Mt. Fuji, the Cherry blossom festival ,the kimono dressing, the unforgettable bullet train experience and the geisha dance performance. Overall, A wonderful wonder wow vacation.

Josie F. Laguna Niguel, CA
Japan, Then & Now, March 2018
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It was an excellent trip and the tour manager Rumi Yamaguchi was very knowledgable ,helpful in short she was a superior tour guide.

Ayse R. Des Plaines, IL
7 Day Tokyo Vacation , February 2018
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Everything went great! Your company made it super easy, check in process at hotel went smoothly as did the airport shuttle. We had an amazing time. Thank you

Indira A. Burbank, CA
Japan, Then & Now, February 2018
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Generally we were pleased with the tour. It was well organized, transportation from and to airports was reliable, hotels very nice. Our tour director and guide, Shizu, was outstanding-helpful, informative and good sense of humour. It was a bit cool in February, but probably it was less crowded than other times of the year and Shirakawa in the snow was beautiful. We would certainly consider other tours with Gate 1.

Warren B. Ottawa, CA
Japan, Then & Now, February 2018
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It was wonderful!!! We loved Shizu, she really made the tour great. She has a charming personality that made learning interesting. Well done Shizu!!!

Cathleen P. Camillus, NY
9 Day Tokyo & Kyoto, January 2018
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Japan was amazing! My family has taken other tours, but this one was above and beyond the best we have done and far exceeded our expectations. Even the other travelers, which your company cannot necessarily account for, were great company. All the guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Yoshi from Grayline tours for Tokyo and Mount Fuji & Hakone in addition to Marie from Sunrise tours for Nikko city and Hiro from Gate 1 for Nara were all fantastic. In addition, the accommodations were very good and in excellent locations. The staff at all hotels were very friendly to us travelers and helpful as well. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip, and please let me know if I can provide you with any additional information.

Victoria Tarrytown, NY

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