Japan has long had a reputation for being one of the world’s most expensive countries. Yet a trip to Japan needn’t break the bank; superb value budget hotels & Japanese inns, cheap & efficient local transport and great food at fantastic prices mean a week in Japan is€cessible to nearly everyone!
Starting in Tokyo you will spend three nights based in the old town district of Asakusa, surrounded by quaint shops and restaurants just moments’ walk from Senso-ji -Tokyo’s oldest and perhaps best-loved temple.
After getting to know the capital city you will move on to the Fuji-Hakone National Park for a taste of what rural Japan has to offer. The contrast with Tokyo is dramatic, and if you are lucky with the weather you will have some spectacular views of Mount Fuji and the surrounding countryside.
Here you will stay in a traditional Japanese inn sleeping on thick futon mattresses placed directly on the tatami mat floor. The inn has a large outdoor hot spring bath which can be reserved for private use - a great opportunity to experience the Japanese passion for onsen bathing!
From Hakone you will catch the Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto for a three-night stay in Japan’s city of history and culture. Kyoto is one of the best places in the world to visit temples, shrines, gardens and historical buildings of every kind. It’s also home to a wealth of arts & crafts, vintage shopping and restaurants. Be sure to check out our recommendations in your tailor-made InsideJapan Info-Pack!
In order to keep travel costs down, this trip is designed to start in Tokyo (either at Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airports) and finish in Kyoto with a departure from Osaka Kansai Airport. For this you will need an "open-jaw" flight ticket into Tokyo and out of Osaka Kansai. Alternatively if you would prefer to fly home from Tokyo we can tailor the itinerary to take you back to the capital.
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Our Price Cruncher package has been designed to be as inexpensive as possible whilst still offering comfort and quality along the way - tried and tested€commodation in great locations along with some of the classic Japan sights. However, if you would like a slightly longer trip, or prefer higher grade€commodation do ask us or check out our other Self-Guided Adventures.
Our Golden Route itinerary is a 9 night itinerary and has classic, superior and deluxe options available. And of course, we can tailor a trip to be exactly what you are looking for.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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