Japan Kanto- 6 Days

2017

Land Only from US $1399-$1599

Tokyo, Kamakura, Lake Kawaguchiko, Osaka, Nara, & Kyoto

Departs January- December

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THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE 

A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. Our tours are designed to balance sightseeing & free time while avoiding crowds and tourist traps. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF KANTO (TOKYO, KAMAKURA, & FUJI-HAKONE IZU NATIONAL PARK):

  • Rickshaw through the ancient historical town of Kamakura

  • Overnight Hot Spring Hotel in Fuji Five Lakes

    • Mt. Fuji is usually shy, but our specially-arranged itinerary of the Kawaguchi area gives us ample time and more opportunity to get a good view of this majestic UNESCO landmark while escaping the crowds.

    • Iyashi no Sato Village. See Mt. Fuji against a beautiful backdrop of traditional thatched roof houses. Dress in a simple Kimono or Samurai Armor for a fun and unique photo op!

    • Visit the Kubota collection, a 3-star Michelin art museum, highly rated for its unique painted kimono on display.

  • 2 nights in Tokyo: Take in the sights, cuisine, & culture of this world-class city.

    • Sail the Sumida River on a water bus and experience local waterfront scenery.

    • Explore Tokyo’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Shibuya, Asakusa, Harajuku, Ginza and the Imperial Palace East Garden.

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Mt. Fuji: Fuji View Hot Spring Spa Hotel
    • Soak in traditional indoor or open air hot springs
    • Dress in Yukata robes during our Kaiseki banquet and karaoke
    • Rooms available: Standard or upgrade to Fuji View (+$100, limited availability, inquire for details)
  • Tokyo: Imperial Hotel Tokyo- Iconic, luxurious, and walking distance to the famous Ginza district and Imperial Palace.  

CULINARY EXPERIENCES

  • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Before a restaurant is selected for our itinerary, our development team spends countless hours sampling dozens of restaurants for comparison. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste Japanese delicacies, including Shabu Shabu, Kamameshi, Sashimi, and traditional Kaiseki banquet dinner.   

SUPER VALUE STANDARD

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable Super Value trained guides.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details  
  • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.
  • Porterage service is provided at most hotels (where available).
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Itinerary
Day1

 Depart North America for Tokyo, Japan

  • Depart from your home airport, have a great flight!
Day2

Arrive in Narita, Tokyo 【Dinner】

  • "Yokoso" or "Welcome" to Japan! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you to the hotel via hotel shuttle. Airport transfer is available for flights arriving between 12:30-6:00pm. 
    • We're sorry - airport pickup is not included for guests arriving in Terminal 3. Please take the terminal shuttle bus to Terminal 2 (1st floor) to board the free shuttle for our hotel. Our group will meet in the hotel for dinner.
    • Terminal 3 details available on the Narita Airport website.
  • If you arrive early, take the rest of the day to rest up. Or, if you’re up for it, do some shopping at the local Aeon Mall.
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DinnerJapanese Buffet at the Hotel HotelHilton Narita

Day3

Narita  Kamakura  Lake Saiko  Hot Spring Hotel【3 meals】

  • Tokyo Bay Aqua Line: Travel through Japan's cutting-edge tunnel that submerges under the Tokyo Bay. Emerge from the tunnel onto Umihotaru, an artificial island, known for its stunning views and fun local shops. 
  • Kamakura: Discover Kamakura's treasures as you rickshaw through Japan's first shogunate capital. 
  • Lake Saiko and Lake Kawaguchiko: Escape the crowds and see great views of Mt. Fuji.
  • Healing Village: Explore the local farmtown atmosphere of the Iyashi no Sato Healing Village set against a beautiful backdrop of traditional thatched roof houses.Try on a kimono or samurai armor for a fun and unique photo op!
  • Finish the day with a true cultural experience in our hot spring hotel with panoramic views of Mt. Fuji on the observatory deck. Dress in Yukata robes and enjoy a traditional Kaiseki dinner and karaoke. 
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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchHoto Noodles (Fuji Five Lakes area specialty) DinnerKaiseki Banquet and Karaoke! HotelFuji View Hot Spring Spa Hotel

Day4

Hot Spring Hotel  Kawaguchiko  Tokyo 【3 meals】

  • Free time: Take the morning to relax and stroll through the hotel's extensive garden. In spring time, more than 300 cherry trees bloom! It is also recommended to wake early and watch the sunrise from the Fuji View hotel lounge.
  • Itchiku Kubota Museum: A small yet profound museum, this site summarizes Japanese elegance perfectly. The "Symphony of Light" kimono display is not to be missed, but even the building and gardens are attractions themselves. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon tea in the beautiful setting.
  • Get acquainted with Tokyo with an introductory tour of this vibrant city!
  • Take in a beautiful evening view of the Tokyo cityscape from Tokyo Tower.


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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerAll-You-Can-Eat Japanese Shabu Shabu HotelImperial Hotel Tokyo (Ginza District) or Keio Plaza Hotel (Shinjuku District)

Day5

Tokyo 【2 meals】

  • Imperial Palace: Stroll through the East Garden; one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful palace grounds by avoiding the crowds.
  • Tokyo Mizube Line: Cruise down Sumida River on a water bus. Along the way, take in a spectacular view of the Tokyo skyline.
  • Asakusa: Free time to explore this vivacious old Edo district filled with unique Japanese delicacies. Don't forget to see the famous Senso-ji temple, Tokyo's oldest and most festive temple.
  • Take a walking tour of Shibuya, Harajuku, and nearby Omotesando: Some of Tokyo's most vibrant neighborhoods
  • See Tokyo like a local! Explore the exciting city on your own. Plan your own route or take one of several suggested courses for you to enjoy as a guideline. Whether your interest is in relaxation, culture, dining, or shopping, the city has a boundless array of fun and different things for everyone.
  • Dinner is not included tonight so you may take advantage of unlimited dining options in the area.
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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchKamameshi (Rice Pot) or Sashimi Set at a Century-Old Restaurant DinnerNot Included-Explore Tokyo with Our Helpful Maps and Suggestions HotelImperial HotTokyo (Ginza District) or Keio Plaza Hotel (Shinjuku District)

Day6

Narita (NRT)  Next Destination  【Breakfast】

  • "Sayonara!" or "Goodbye!" Based on your departure time, our tour guide will direct you to take the airport shuttle bus.

 *Airport send off available from 12:30pm-8:30pm.

BreakfastWestern and Japanese Buffet

Health & Safety 

  • This tour involves standing and walking for up to 1 hour at a time over inclined or uneven streets.
  • Guests in wheelchairs may be accommodated, but please understand some historic sites in Japan are not wheelchair accessible.
  • In traditional ryokan hotels, we will overnight in tatami rooms and sleep on futons on the floor.

Upgrades

  • You have the choice of upgrading our stay in the Fuji View hotel for a room facing Mt. Fuji for $100USD per room. Availability is limited, so please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to upgrade.
  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no options are sold on tour.

Dietary Restrictions

  • It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no sashimi, no lamb, etc), please let us know. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

  • Porterage service included in all hotels where available (most ryokan hotels do not offer porterage).
Lake Saiko

Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lakes) refers to the five lakes around the northern foot of Mt. Fuji: Yamanaka-ko, Kawaguchi-ko, Sai-ko, Shoji-ko, and Motosu-ko. In ancient times, lava flow from volcanic eruption of Mt. Fuji spread across the area, damming up rivers and resulting in the formation of these lakes.

Of the Five Lakes, Saiko Lake is the most quiet and remains the most unspoiled and is considered one of the best areas to observe Mt. Fuji.

Iyashi no Sato Healing Village

Once a small farming village, Iyashi no Sato Healing Village was destroyed by natural disaster in 1966. Reconstructed with techniques to preserve the original atmosphere, the village now stands as a living exhibition of Edo period Japan.

Today, more than twenty thatch-roofed houses have been converted into art galleries, mini museums, and handicraft shops. The buildings give visitors a chance to have a fun way of experiencing traditional art forms. You can even try on a kimono or samurai armor for a fun and unique photo op!

Itchiku Kubota Museum

Itchiku Kubota Museum is a small gallery dedicated to the intricate works of the textile artist of the same name. At an early age, Kubota was deeply inspired by the ancient tsujigahana (1300-1600AD) style of textile decoration and made it his life's mission to recreate this lost artform. 

The "Symphony of Light" kimono display is not to be missed, but even the building and gardens are attractions themselves. Enjoying a refreshing afternoon tea in the beautiful setting is a great way to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Itchiku Kubota Museum has been honored with a 3-star Michelin award.

Harajuku

Harajuku is known internationally as a center of Japanese youth culture and fashion. Shopping and dining options include quaint cafes and independent boutiques. The area is also home to Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Shibuya

A center for youth fashion and culture, Shibuya's streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers. If you're in this district of Tokyo, make sure not to miss famous & exciting landmarks such as the Hachiko Dog Statue and the intensely busy Shibuya Crossing.

Shinjuku

Shinjuku is an area otherwise known as Tokyo’s playground where we can explore the nightlife of the magical city. This district exemplifies modern Tokyo and boasts countless movie theaters, department stores, fashion boutiques, shopping plazas, neon signs, restaurants, and a dizzying array of most everything Tokyo has to offer. At Shinjuku Station, Tokyo’s busiest station, an estimated 3.3 million people pass by per day, making it the busiest station in the world.

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is the current home to the Emperor and his family. Surrounded by public parks, the palace is immersed within a sea of majestic bonsai trees, creating a quintessential oasis engulfed within the city. Though public entrance is only permitted twice a year, the castle itself is a relevant cultural symbol and regarded as a must-see site for visitors.

Sumida River Cruise

We make our way to Asakusa by a scenic cruise boat on the Sumida River. Down at water level, the short cruise not only gives you fresh air, but also great views of Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree and brings you closer to Tokyo’s riverborne heritage.

Asakusa

Asakusa is the well-preserved and still vivacious old Edo district. It is best known for the Sensoji Temple, the oldest and most popular temple in the city where yearly festivals are held. Thousands of locals celebrate here every year to commemorate the life of Buddha. Through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) leading to the temple is the famous Nakamise Dori, an area that has won itself a festive reputation, attracting many local specialists who sell unique Japanese delicacies within its crowded streets.

Ginza

In Ginza, set your soles on some of the most expensive real estate on our planet. This part of Tokyo is the quintessential, high-end shopping mecca for people to see and be seen. In Ginza not everything (or anything) is affordable, but for the same reason people visit Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or Fifth Avenue in New York, the intrigue is the essence of the surroundings. So whether you’re browsing the extravagant department stores and towering, glossy retail shops or simply lounging with a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy as you watch Tokyo’s high society pass by.

Hotel Nikko Narita

Its convenient location makes the Nikko Narita one of the top two hotels in the area. Its proximity to the airport means travelers with late arrivals can rest well and avoid a long commute into the city.


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Hilton Narita

Just minutes away from Narita Airport, the Hilton is one of the best in the area.  Its proximity to the airport means travelers with late arrivals can rest well and avoid a long commute into the city. 


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Fuji View Hot Spring Spa Hotel

Founded in 1936, this traditional Japanese inn is in a class of its own. The hotel offers unrestricted views of Mt. Fuji and boasts a vast garden area with over 300 cherry blossom trees. The hot spring waters can be enjoyed in both indoor and open air settings.


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Imperial Hotel Tokyo

The choice of world leaders, diplomats, and foreign dignitaries, this iconic and prestigious five-star hotel features an impressive setting overlooking the lush Imperial Palace Gardens and walking distance to Tokyo’s most affluent Ginza and Marunouchi neighborhoods. This hotel has been awarded the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for luxury and service several years in a row. 


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Keio Plaza

A sleek upscale hotel enveloped by skyscrapers and the vibrant Shinjuku district. Find yourself just a short walk from the world’s busiest rail hub, densely dotted with depachikas, underground shopping arcades, and the most popular restaurants, shops, and attractions in the heart of Tokyo.  


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  • Kamameshi

    The name of this dish translates to 'kettle rice'. The dish consists of rice directly cooked in a kettle, served alongside a garnish of fish, meat, and vegetables. The ingredients cook at the same time as the rice, thus infusing their flavor into the rice itself.


  • Shabu Shabu

    Shabu Shabu is thinly sliced beef cooked quickly in pot of boiling water along with vegetables, served with a variety of dipping sauces. The onomatopoeic name comes from the sizzling sound of dipping beef twice into the hot water: "shabu shabu~"


  • Sashimi Set

    Yakiniku literally means ‘grilled meat. This style of preparation allows the eater to cook small pieces of meat individually on a small grill in the center of their table, in order to ensure that every single bite is as fresh as possible, and cooked to perfection.


  • Kaiseki Banquet

    Traditionally only served to royalty, a Kaiseki banquet is a multi course dinner of many small plates. The banquet is considered an art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colors of food.


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