April 3, 2024 thru April 15, 2024
Travel with SUN 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.
Roundtrip Air Transportation Included*
High Speed Rail Included
Deluxe Motorcoach Transport in Japan
13 Days, 12 Nights
Activity Level Rating
3 - Moderate
19 meals (11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners) included
- 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!
- Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ to Tokyo / Osaka to ABQ
- 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)
- 19 meals (11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Admission and tours as described
- Your professional bilingual Tour Director
- Your SUN 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, L, D)
DAY 4 - Tokyo
Today we further explore the city of Tokyo, with a walking tour, subway ride and visit to Roppongi Tower, with stunning views across all of Tokyo and a wonderful art museum with frequently changing exhibitions. After lunch near the Tower, we make our way to Meiji Shrine, a vast park with tall trees and the famous Ota Memorial Museum of Art.
Meals included: (B, L)
DAY 5 - Tokyo to Takayama
This morning, we have a private coach to travel from the metropolis of Tokyo to the countryside and visit the town of Takayama, with local flavor along the way. We stop for lunch with of the north side of Mount Fuji (weather permitting). After more local touring, 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 and where guests are encouraged to come in their “samue” pajama tops and pants that are worn to the onsen.
Meals included: (B, D)
Takayama Green Hotel for 2-nights.
DAY 6 - 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 float and with a precise model of the famous Nikko temple. Independent evening and dinner tonight, with choices of several wonderful restaurants close by.
Meals included: (B, L)
DAY 7 - Takayama to Hiroshima
After our breakfast at the hotel, we depart on the Hida Limited Express Train from Takayama to Nagoya, a scenic 2 hours and 16 minute trip though a mountainous region. When when arrive in Nagoya, we have a quick lunch and change trains to depart to Hiroshima on the Bullet train. This 2 hour 16 minute trip has us traveling upwards of 186 mph in scenic comfort. Upon arrival in Hiroshima, we check in to our hotel for a two night stay, before an independent evening and dinner close to the hotel.
Meals included: (B)
Rihga Royal for 2-night stay.
DAY 8 - Hiroshima
This morning is one of reflection, as we visit Peace Park, in memory of those who lost their lives in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. Lunch and the afternoon is free to visit Hiroshima Castle, shop or return to the hotel. Later in the afternoon we journey 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 Museum of History and Folklore has cultural artifacts in a 19th-century merchant’s home. Tonight’s group dinner includes such local fare as okonomiyaki (Japanese “pancake” with egg-based batter poured over noodles).
Meals included: (B, D)
DAY 9 - Hiroshima to Kyoto
After breakfast at the hotel, we board our private coach to travel from Hiroshima to Kyoto. We stop along the way at 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 through the countryside to Kyoto, where we check into our hotel for a four-night stay.
Meals included: (B, L)
DAY 10 - Arashiyama
Our private coach today takes us to the exquisite gardens of Tenryuji Temple. We enjoy a delicious vegetarian Buddhist lunch in the the pavilion next to the gardens before taking a rickshaw ride through the nearby atmospheric bamboo forest. We stop at Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) on way back to the hotel. Independent dinner and evening tonight.
Meals included: (B, L)
DAY 11 - Miho Museum
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 the hotel, with a brief stop at a temple overlooking the city, before an independent evening and dinner tonight.
Meals included: (B)
DAY 12 - Kyoto Higashiyama
This morning we visit some of the most iconic sites in Kyoto, such as the 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. Also Fushimi Inari – a hillside path covered by red torii gates, and Sanjusangendo Temple – much-less-visited home to 1000 Kannon Buddha statues, dating from 1164 AD. 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 subject to change.
Keio Plaza Hotel or similar
Shinjuku - Tokyo
Takayama Green Hotel or similar
Rihga Royal Hotel or similar
Hotel Okura Kyoto or Similar
$8,995 per person
$10,895 per person
Final Payment Due:
November 28, 2023
• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ to Tokyo / Osaka to ABQ
• 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)
• 19 meals (11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
• Admission and tours as described
• Your professional bilingual Tour Director
• Your SUN TOURS Escort (for groups of 20 or more)
• All taxes and gratuities for included items (except housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: November 28, 2023
- None through November 28, 2023
- $250 – November 29 – January 2, 2024
- $3,800 – January 3 – January 30, 2024
- 100% – After January 30, 2024
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.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
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.
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.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. 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 Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
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.
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 preferred 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
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
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.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN 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.
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