Tokyo Express

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per person, double occupancy* based on Jan. 15, 2019 departure from LAX
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires Jul. 12, 2018.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring Take in modern Tokyo: Tokyo Tower, Sensoji Temple & Imperial Gardens; explore on your own with flights, deluxe hotel & city tour included
Style Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 10 open departures, September 2018 – May 2019
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights from Los Angeles via Singapore Airlines non-stop jet service including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • 5 nights deluxe accommodations
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Arrival and departures transfers via airport bus
  • City tour of Tokyo with English-speaking local guide
  • Added-Value: ¥2,500 pre-paid Suica transit/e-money card
Optional
  • Exciting excursions in Tokyo and to Mount Fuji & Hakone and Nikko
  • Optional Robot Restaurant Show in Tokyo
Highlights
  • See some of Tokyo's major attractions like Tokyo Tower & Sensoji Temple
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace
Departs Los Angeles (LAX) (flight schedule)
Themes History & CultureFamily FriendlyCity Stays
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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Tokyo Express itinerary

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. You can purchase the excursions upon arrival, or pre-book via the link in the Optional Excursions section below before you make your final payment.

   

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Jul. 12, 2018!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Tue, Jun. 26, 2018
Returns: Mon, Jul. 2, 2018
Jun 26 – Jul 2 $1749 Closed
Departs: Tue, Aug. 21, 2018
Returns: Mon, Aug. 27, 2018
Aug 21 – Aug 27 $2199 Closed
Departs: Tue, Sep. 4, 2018
Returns: Mon, Sep. 10, 2018
Sep 4 – Sep 10 $1999 Closed
Departs: Tue, Sep. 18, 2018
Returns: Mon, Sep. 24, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 18 – Sep 24 $2199 –$300 Jul 12 $1899 Select
Departs: Tue, Sep. 25, 2018
Returns: Mon, Oct. 1, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 25 – Oct 1 $1999 –$300 Jul 12 $1699 Select
Departs: Tue, Oct. 16, 2018
Returns: Mon, Oct. 22, 2018
Oct 16 – Oct 22 $1999 Closed
Departs: Tue, Nov. 13, 2018
Returns: Mon, Nov. 19, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 13 – Nov 19 $1999 –$300 Jul 12 $1699 Select
Departs: Tue, Dec. 11, 2018
Returns: Mon, Dec. 17, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 11 – Dec 17 $2199 –$300 Jul 12 $1899 Select
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Tue, Jan. 15, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jan. 21, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jan 15 – Jan 21 $1849 –$300 Jul 12 $1549 Select
Departs: Tue, Feb. 26, 2019
Returns: Mon, Mar. 4, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Feb 26 – Mar 4 $1849 –$300 Jul 12 $1549 Select
Departs: Tue, Mar. 19, 2019
Returns: Mon, Mar. 25, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 19 – Mar 25 $1949 –$300 Jul 12 $1649 Select
Departs: Tue, Apr. 9, 2019
Returns: Mon, Apr. 15, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 9 – Apr 15 $1949 –$300 Jul 12 $1649 Select
Departs: Tue, Apr. 23, 2019
Returns: Mon, Apr. 29, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 23 – Apr 29 $1899 –$300 Jul 12 $1599 Select
Departs: Tue, May 14, 2019
Returns: Mon, May 20, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 12, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 14 – May 20 $1899 –$300 Jul 12 $1599 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Tokyo Express
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Mar 19, 2019;  Apr 9, 2019;  Apr 23, 2019;  May 14, 2019 +$499
All other departures +$399
Optional Excursions
Robot Restaurant Show +$65
Full Day Nikko with lunch1 +$160
Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch2 +$145

1. May 15 departure optional tour sequence is reversed: Nikko will operate on Day 5, and Mt. Fuji & Hakone on Day 4 -Apr 24 & Sep 18 departures: optional tours to Nikko and Mt Fuji will operate on Day 4. There are no optional tours running on Day 5. Please choose one of the optional tours.

2. May 15 departure optional tour sequence is reversed: Nikko will operate on Day 5, and Mt. Fuji & Hakone on Day 4 -Apr 24 & Sep 18 departures: optional tours to Nikko and Mt Fuji will operate on Day 4. There are no optional tours running on Day 5. Please choose one of the optional tours.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

Want to find a roommate and avoid single occupancy fees? We can help! Learn more
Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX)1 included

1. For flights from LAX, upgrades may be available to Premium Economy starting from $1,200 and to Business Class starting from $3,500. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. 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. 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.

Deposit
Deposit $300

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check-in for your overnight non-stop flight to Tokyo via Singapore Airlines

Day 2: Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Accommodations: 5 nights Hotel Okura Tokyo.

  • Meet our representative upon arrival at Narita International Airport
  • Transfer via scheduled airport bus to your hotel located in central Tokyo for check-in

Tokyo at nightFull Day Itinerary: Tokyo e Youkoso! (Welcome to Tokyo!) Arrive early this afternoon 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. The remainder of evening is at leisure.

Day 3: Tokyo City Tour

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • After breakfast, set out on a city tour to explore some of Tokyo's main sights
  • Begin at the Tokyo Tower, modeled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • View the beautiful gardens at the Imperial Palace
  • Continue to Sensoji Temple and Nakamise shopping street
  • Finally, drive through Ueno and Tokyo's "Electric-Town," Akihabara
  • The tour ends at Tokyo Station; explore independently or make your own way back to the hotel

Tokyo TowerFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, set out on a city tour to explore some of Tokyo's main sights. 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. Stop at a view point to admire the Nijubashi Bridge and surrounding gardens.

Asakusa KannonContinue 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 Tokyo's "Electric-Town," Akihabara. Finally, the tour will end at Tokyo Station, where you can continue your exploration independently or make your own way back to your hotel.

Robot Restaurant ShowOptional Excursion: Robot Restaurant Show, $65 Enjoy the famous, Robot cabaret show at the Robot Restaurant in the Kabukicho red-light district. The hour long show is full of flashing neon lights, techno music and drums, while brightly colored robots perform. Your entry ticket includes one drink (beer, sake, mineral water or soft drink) - dinner is not included. Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to show time. Tickets must be booked in advance. The official price for this adventure is approximately $80, providing a savings of $15 if booked and pre-paid with Friendly Planet. Make your own way, independently to/from the restaurant. 

Show Time: 7:50pm

Note: Due to the high-tech nature of the robots, should there be unexpected maintenance during your scheduled visit, you will be accommodated the following day.

Days 4-6: Tokyo

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • 3 days at leisure to explore the wonders of Tokyo on your own

Japanese childFull Day Itinerary: 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 using your pre-paid Suica transit card. 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 stroll 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, arrange optional excursions or schedule a day trip to Mt. Fuji or Nikko. 

Toshogu Shrine, NikkoOptional Excursion: Day 4 - Full Day Nikko with lunch, $160. This full day tour by motor-coach will take you from Tokyo to the UNESCO World Heritage site of 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. Return to Tokyo by motor-coach this evening. The tour ends in Tokyo at Ginza or Shinjuku, then make your own way back to your hotel or stay and experience some of Tokyo’s famous nightlife. Nikko is approximately 2.5 hours from Tokyo by bus. This is a regularly-scheduled, English-speaking bus tour. Assistance from Hotel Okura to tour pick up point is included. (Note: Toshogu Shrine is currently being renovated in various stages lasting through Mar 2024.) **May 15 departure optional tour sequence is reversed: Nikko will operate on Day 5, and Mt. Fuji & Hakone on Day 4 - Apr 24 & Sep 18 departures: optional tours to Nikko and Mt. Fuji will operate on Day 4. There are no optional tours running on Day 5. Please choose one of the optional tours.

Mt. FujiOptional Excursion: Day 5 - Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch, $145. This full day trip from Tokyo takes you to one of Japan’s most iconic places, Mt. Fuji. Travel by motor-coach all the way up to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station. At this height, you will be amazed at the spectacular, breathtaking views from high above the clouds. After an included lunch, sightseeing continues in popular Hakone with a Lake Ashi cruise and a gondola ride on one of Hakone's ropeways. Return to Tokyo by motor-coach this evening. The tour ends in Tokyo at Ginza or Shinjuku, then make your own way back to your hotel or stay and experience some of Tokyo’s famous nightlife. Mt. Fuji is approximately 2.5 hours from Tokyo by bus. This is a regularly-scheduled, English-speaking bus tour. Assistance from Hotel Okura to tour pick up point is included. **May 15 departure optional tour sequence is reversed: Nikko will operate on Day 5, and Mt. Fuji & Hakone on Day 4 - Apr 24 & Sep 18 departures: optional tours to Nikko and Mt. Fuji will operate on Day 4. There are no optional tours running on Day 5. Please choose one of the optional tours.

Day 7: Depart Tokyo/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Today, bid sayonara to Tokyo as you transfer to the Narita Airport, via scheduled airport bus
  • Board your non-stop return flight on Singapore Airlines
  • Your Tokyo adventure ends on arrival in the USA later today

Hotels

Hotel Okura Tokyo

Hotel Okura Tokyo

Deluxe

The 5-star Hotel Okura Tokyo neighbors the Roppongi entertainment district and is located 1 mile from the Imperial Palace, Roppongi Hills, and Hama-Rikyu Garden. The Kamiyacho & Tameike-Sanno subway stations are also nearby.

More information

In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

Reviews

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My trip to Japan was the most memorable trip yet. Friendly Planet thought of everything ahead of time, had suggestions prior to my trip, and helped with my many questions. The guides were experienced and went out of their way to make our trip exciting. I would definitely book from Friendly Planet again, without hesitation! Thank you Friendly Planet!

Audrey Russ, Philadelphia, PA

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