Japan

April 3, 2024 thru April 15, 2024

Travel with Pleasurebent Tours and our expert guides as we immerse you in the wonders of Japan. Springtime blooms beckon us to explore the country and cities alike, as we get insiders’ perspectives, fantastic scenery, and delicious cuisine.


Transportation

Roundtrip Air Transportation Included*

Transportation

High Speed Rail Included

Transportation

Deluxe Motorcoach Transport in Japan

Duration

13 Days, 12 Nights

Meals

21 Meals (11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners) included

Activity Level

3 - Moderate

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip Door-to-Door Livery Service Included

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Tokyo city tour
  • Hama Rikyu Garden
  • Boat ride on Sumida River
  • Sensoji Temple
  • Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Roppongi Tower
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Ota Memorial Museum of Art
  • Kaiseki dinne
  • Takayama city tour
  • Hida Express Train
  • Bullet Train
  • Hiroshima Peace Park
  • Miyajima Island
  • Himeji Castle
  • Kyoto city tour
  • Tenryuji Temple
  • Rickshaw ride
  • Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion)
  • Miho Museum
  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Fushimi Inari
  • Sanjusangendo Temple
  • Plus much much more!

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Tokyo / Osaka to Tucson
  • Roundtrip door to door livery service
  • Transfers and transportation by deluxe motorcoach in Japan
  • Transportation by high-speed rail in Japan
  • 11 nights lodging in excellent hotels
  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
  • 21 Meals (11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners) included
  • Admission and tours as described
  • Your professional bilingual Tour Director
  • Your Pleasurebent Tours Escort (for groups of 20 or more)
  • All taxes and gratuities for included items (except housekeeping)


DAY 1 - Fly to Japan

Today we fly from Tucson on our overnight flights to Japan. We cross the International Date Line, so we arrive the following day.

DAY 2 - Welcome to Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan! Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel for a 3-night stay. We enjoy our evening and dinner independently tonight.

Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku (western side of Tokyo) – 3 nights

DAY 3 - Tokyo

This morning, after a wonderful breakfast at our hotel, we depart for a guided tour of Tokyo. Included in our City Tour is a visit to the Hama Rikyu Garden, an imperial garden with history dating to 1654. We’ll enjoy a stop at a Tea House, and if operating (currently suspended) we’ll enjoy a boat ride on the Sumida River, in addition to a stop at Asakusa to visit Sensoji Temple. After an independent lunch, we stop at the Imperial Palace East Garden before we make our way back to the hotel. Tonight we enjoy a group Welcome Dinner, hosted by our Tour Escort.

Meals included: (B, D)

DAY 4 - Tokyo

Today is a full-day excursion to the well-preserved 12th century shogunate capital of Kamakura, along the coast south of Tokyo. We start by passing under several Torii gates to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. This Shinto Shrine was built in 1063, nestled into a pine-covered hillside. After time for lunch on your own, we gaze up at the Kamakura Daibutsu, long the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, cast in 1252. We finish our day with a brief stop on picturesque Enoshima Island before returning to our Tokyo hotel for dinner on your own.

Meals included: (B)

DAY 5 - Tokyo

Today we further explore the city of Tokyo, with a visit to Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, with stunning views across all of Tokyo and a wonderful art museum with frequently changing exhibitions. After time for lunch near the Tower, we make our way to the famous Nezu Museum, then to Meiji Shrine, a vast park with tall trees of 365 species

Meals included: (B)

Takayama Green Hotel for 2-nights. 

DAY 6 - Takayama

This morning, we have a private coach to travel from the metropolis of Tokyo to the mountain town of Takayama, with local flavor along the way. We stop for lunch with a view of the north side of Mount Fuji (weather permitting). After our scenic mountain drive, we check into our hotel for a two-night stay and later enjoy a group Kaiseki dinner, with many small courses such as sushi, cooked meats, and tofu, served on small individual tables. Guests are encouraged to come in their “samue” pajama tops and pants that are worn to the onsen (large hot springs bathing area).

Meals included: (B, L, D)

DAY 7 - Takayama

You will love our adventure this morning to the local market area and traditional Samurai-era warehouses in our city tour of Takayama. After a group lunch at a local restaurant, we visit local museums in town, including one dedicated to festival floats and another with a precise model of the famous Nikko temple. Dinner is included at our hotel, but you can dine whenever you choose.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

DAY 8 - Hiroshima

After our breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to Takayama Station to ride the Hida Limited Express Train to Nagoya, a scenic trip through a mountainous region. When we arrive in Nagoya, we grab bento lunches, then board a Bullet Train to Hiroshima. This 2-hour, 16-minute trip has us traveling upwards of 186 mph in scenic comfort. Upon arrival in Hiroshima, we visit Peace Park, built in memory of those who lost their lives in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. Later we check in to our hotel for a two-night stay, before an independent evening and dinner at the hotel or in the shopping plaza next to our hotel.

Rihga Royal for 2-night stay.

Meals included: (B)

DAY 9 - Miyajima Island

This morning we journey by ferry to Miyajima Island, known for its forests and ancient temples. Just offshore, the giant, orange Great Torii Gate is partially submerged at high tide. It marks the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine, which was first built in the 12th century. Nearby, the small Museum of History and Folklore has cultural artifacts in a 19th-century merchant’s home. We return to our hotel for a free afternoon. Tonight’s group dinner includes such local fare as okonomiyaki (Japanese “pancake” with egg-based batter poured over noodles).

Meals included: (B, D)

DAY 10 - Kyoto

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to Hiroshima Station to board a Shinkansen bullet train to Himeji. There, we visit Himeji Castle – considered the best preserved in Japan – a photogenic outing with lovely gardens. More hearty travelers can climb about 6 flights of stairs to the top of the castle, with tremendous vistas. After our lunch in Himeji, we make our way by bus through the countryside to Kyoto, where we check into our hotel for a three-night stay.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto for a 3-nights.

Meals included: (B, L)

DAY 11 - Kyoto

Our private coach today takes us to the exquisite gardens of Tenryuji Temple. We enjoy a delicious vegetarian Buddhist lunch in the pavilion next to the gardens before taking a rickshaw ride through the nearby atmospheric bamboo forest. On our way back to our hotel, we stop at two of Kyoto’s most iconic sites. First is Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion). We conclude the day at Kiyomizu Temple – multiple colorful buildings high on a hillside overlooking the city – Japan’s nominee for the “New 7 Wonders of the World” contest in 2007.  Independent dinner and evening tonight.

Meals included: (B, L)

DAY 12 - Kyoto

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart by private coach into the mountains north of Kyoto to visit the incomparable Miho Museum, designed by IM Pei, with permanent exhibits from several ancient civilizations. The location in the mountains and architecture (including entry through a long tunnel) are as much a part of the experience as the art and sculptures. A small café allows lunch on your own at the Museum. In the afternoon we return to Kyoto to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine – a hillside path covered by red torii gates. We finish the day with a group Farewell Dinner to celebrate our immersive tour to Japan.

Meals included: (B, D)

DAY 13 - Fly Home

This morning we depart our hotel and fly back home from Kyoto, with glorious memories of our tour to Japan!

Itinerary is subject to change.


Package Pricing

$9,190 per person

Double Occupancy

Deposit: $250

$11,085 per person

Single Occupancy

Deposit: $250

Final Payment Due:

November 28, 2023

Deposit: n/a

Price Includes

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Tokyo / Osaka to Tucson
Roundtrip door to door livery service
Transfers and transportation by deluxe motorcoach in Japan
Transportation by high-speed rail in Japan
11 nights lodging in excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
21 Meals (11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners) included
Admission and tours as described
Your professional bilingual Tour Director
Your Pleasurebent Tours Escort (for groups of 20 or more)
All taxes and gratuities for included items (except housekeeping)


Booking Policy

**PASSPORT REQUIRED!!**

Cancellation Fees:

  • None through November 28, 2023
  • $250 – November 1 – May 28, 2024
  • $3,800 – May 29 – July 2, 2024
  • 100% – After July 2, 2024

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to help protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer a Travelex Insurance Services protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.

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ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 3: Moderate

Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.

Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.

Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The temperature and weather in Japan in April is generally pleasant. Storms can come through the area. Prepare yourself by bringing clothing for a lot of sunshine and the possibility of precipitation. There are no dress codes where we dine or visit on this tour.

Inquire About This Tour

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