No tour escort; explore at your own pace
|Departures||September – December 2015|
|Departs||Los Angeles (LAX) (flight schedule)|
|Highlights||Tokyo Tower, Sensoji Temple, and Imperial Gardens|
|What to Expect||This leisurely-paced, independent tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness. This tour does not include a tour guide or escort.|
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Join us on our Tokyo Express vacation package to discover the magic of this ancient yet modern city at a truly remarkable price. Travel to Tokyo, Japan non-stop via the world's #1 carrier, Singapore Airlines. You'll stay at a beautiful and well-located hotel in Tokyo and enjoy a lavish buffet breakfast daily. Transfers and a guided tour of Tokyo are also included as well as plenty of optional day tours. But don't wait to reserve your spot! At these prices, space will go very quickly. Maximize your sightseeing in Japan by taking advantage of optional excursions to some of the country's most popular attractions, listed below in the itinerary. You can purchase the excursions upon arrival, or pre-book via the links below after you make your final payment.**
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Tue||Jun 2||2015||Mon||Jun 8||2015||$1799||Closed|
|Tue||Jun 30||2015||Mon||Jul 6||2015||$2099||$1799||Closed|
|Tue||Aug 25||2015||Mon||Aug 31||2015||$2099||$1799||Closed|
|Tue||Sep 8||2015||Mon||Sep 14||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Tue||Sep 22||2015||Mon||Sep 28||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Tue||Oct 6||2015||Mon||Oct 12||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Tue||Oct 20||2015||Mon||Oct 26||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Tue||Nov 3||2015||Mon||Nov 9||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Tue||Nov 24||2015||Mon||Nov 30||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Tue||Dec 8||2015||Mon||Dec 14||2015||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Tue||Dec 22||2015||Mon||Dec 28||2015||$2199||$1899||Available|
Please see price details below.*
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.
Family-Friendly: Departures with this icon are open to children of any age, and special discounts apply to children up to age 11. Call us at 800-555-5765 to reserve these family-friendly departures.
|Single Room Supplement||+$499|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||included|
This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.
Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.
We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.
Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Japan begins this afternoon as you depart on your overnight non-stop flight to Tokyo via Singapore Airlines
Day 2: Tokyo. Tokyo e Youkoso! Arrive early this evening in Tokyo, one of the world's main economic centers and Japan's modern capital. Upon arrival, transfer, via scheduled airport bus, to your hotel located in central Tokyo, near popular districts like Roppongi and Akasaka. En route, you'll have your first glimpse of the stunning, modern skyline and glittering neon-lit streets that are quintessential Tokyo. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Accommodations: New Otani Tokyo.
Day 3: Tokyo City Tour. After breakfast this morning, set out on a city tour to explore some of Tokyo's main sites. Begin at the Tokyo Tower, modeled after (and slightly taller than) the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where you will enjoy a wonderful view of the city. Proceed to the Imperial Palace Garden Plaza, which dates back to the 15th century and is the former site of Edo Castle and the present residence of the Emperor of Japan. Visitors are not permitted inside this very private residence of royalty, but you will enjoy a walk through the beautifully manicured gardens, with views of the ancient castle walls and ruins. Continue to Sensoji Temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon, dedicated to the Buddhist deity of mercy and compassion. Sensoji Temple is one of the most popular sights in Tokyo. Later, stroll Nakamise shopping street, which stretches over approximately 250 meters from the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. It is lined with more than 50 shops, which offer local specialties and souvenirs. Finally, drive through Ueno and make a brief stop in Tokyo's "Electric-Town," Akihabara. Finally, the tour will disband at Tokyo Station, where you can continue your exploration independently or make your own way back to your hotel. Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Tokyo. Enjoy the next three days discovering the wonders of Tokyo and all it has to offer. Your hotel is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo and by train or subway you can easily explore Tokyo's major attractions. From popular shopping areas like Ginza and Omotesando, where you can purchase the latest fashions, to sprawling entertainment and nightlife districts like Roppongi and Shinjuku, Tokyo seems to have a place to indulge in every desire. And, by taking a relaxing strowl through one of Tokyo's beautiful parks or gardens, you may even forget that you're in the largest city in the world. See the sights on your own or arrange an optional excursion. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Tokyo. Enjoy a full day at leisure. Continue your exploration of Tokyo and its 23 wards on your own, or take advantage of an optional excursion that will take you to one of Japan's most famous sights, Mt. Fuji. Breakfast provided.
Optional Excursion: Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch, JPY 17,000 (approx. $150, booked separately).** Enjoy a beautiful panoramic drive from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, an almost perfectly conical volcano that is recognized around the world as a symbol of Japan. It stands over 12,000 feet high and is beautifully snow-capped in winter. Drive to the 5th station, a 5 to 6-hour trek from the summit for experienced hikers, where you'll enjoy gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch then continue to Kojiri and board the Lake Ashi cruise to Hakone. Next, ride on the Hakone Sky Gondola and enjoy the view. Return to Tokyo this evening. Price includes lunch. Get more details or book now.
Day 6: Tokyo. Your final full day in Tokyo is yours at leisure to shop, sightsee or join an optional full day excursion to Nikko. Breakfast provided.
Optional Excursion: Nikko tour with lunch, JPY 15,000 (approx. $130, booked separately).** Travel to Nikko, a city picturesquely set amid mountains, where numerous magnificent shrines and pagodas are found, including Toshogu Shrine, which houses the mausoleum of the first Tokugawa shogun. The shrine has an unusual mixture of Confucian, Zen and Shinto architecture and is the original site of the see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, speak-no-evil monkeys, which you will find carved on one of the gates. Price includes lunch. Get more details or book now.
Day 7: Tokyo/USA. Today, bid sayonara to Tokyo as you transfer to the Narita Airport, via airport bus, to board your non-stop return flight. Your Japan adventure ends on arrival in Los Angeles later today. Breakfast provided.
** Optional excursions operated by Sunrise Tours JTB, our land operator for this tour. We are not responsible for these excursions or payments made towards them; please review JTB's terms & conditions. Some excursions may have limited availability and/or require a minimum number of passengers to operate. Excursions may not include transportation from your hotel, so be sure to review the drop off/pickup locations before booking.
The trip to Japan was a wonderful trip. Took it 3 weeks ago and both the trip and the Friendly Planet service will make you want to travel with them again! Great trip with great service.
Gaylene Weathers, Wichita, KS