Wonders of Japan


From the gleaming metropolis of Tokyo to the lovable Yudanaka snow monkeys to the intricate gardens of Kyoto, experience the wonders of Japan during the beautiful winter months.

Places Visited

SA (1N)- Tokyo (5N) - Yudanaka (2N) - Kyoto (3N) - SA (1N)

tour duration 12 Days from
tour price 3,390
tour grade Moderate
tour type Group Tour
tour style Classic
Day 1 Fly to Tokyo
Fly overnight from the UK to Tokyo
Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Prepare for a culture and land entirely different from what you are used to. Check into your hotel and explore.
Day 3 Explore Tokyo
One quarter of all Japanese live in Tokyo or the near vicinity and with a population of over 12 million inhabitants, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. The street level detail is what makes Tokyo such an incredibly interesting place to explore and at every turn you will be met with an array of sights, sounds and smells to enliven the senses. The city has many major sights to visit such as Senso-Ji Temple in the old downtown area of Asakusa or the fashion hub of Shibuya. (B,L)
Day 4 Mount Fuji & Hakone
Head south-west of Tokyo to Hakone for breath-taking views of Mount Fuji, Japans tallest and most iconic mountain. Afterwards, travel to Hakone National Park where you will cruise Lake Ashi and visit the Hakone-en Gardens. Take a cable car up Mount Komagatake for even more spectacular views of Mount Fuji. (B,L)
Day 5 Travel to Yudanaka
Travel on Japans ultra-modern and super-fast train network through spectacular snow covered landscape to Nagano, the host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Take some time to visit the iconic Zenkoji Temple, one of the most important in Japan. Afterwards, continue your journey deep into the northern mountains of the Japanese Alps to the Onsen resort town of Yudanaka (B,D)
Day 6 Yudanaka Onsen
Enjoy exploring the hot spring town of Yudanaka today, taking in all the sights, including the famous snow monkeys who come down from the mountain during the winter months to soak in natural hot springs at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. The monkeys completely ignore their human watchers and you can spend hours watching them play, and even swimming in the Onsen. (B,D)
Day 7 Bullet train to Kyoto
Dont expect any delays or signal failures as you board the speedy bullet train for a thrilling train ride across the Japanese countryside to Kyoto, a city famous for its traditional Japanese lifestyle and Geisha performances. (B)
Day 8 Kyoto
Follow your guide on an in depth tour of this former capital, home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines. Track down Kyotos treasures: sacred shrines tucked in among shopping arcades, time-honoured teahouses nestling among modern businesses and mysterious geisha scuttling down backstreets among the tourist souvenirs. (B)
Day 9 Explore Kyoto
You could easily spend another full day discovering more of Kyotos wonders, however for those eager to see even more of Japan, we do provide you with a rail pass enabling you to visit one of the nearby cities, including Nara, Kobe, Osaka or Hiroshima. (B)
Day 10 Travel to Tokyo
From Kyoto, jump back on the trains and travel back to Tokyo. Enjoy one last evening in this sky-scraping metropolis. (B)
Day 11 Fly Tokyo to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from South Africa and based on Johannesburg departures
Regional connections to London Heathrow are available on request
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only price on request (Tokyo - Tokyo)
Single supplement from Rxxx
No Tipping
Moderate pace tour

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Japan is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.


Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable to those with a reasonable amount of time to travel and who are interested in visiting some of the most famous cities in Japan during the winter period. This is a private tour so some meals are free to select your own dining venue, allowing you to immerse more into the culture. This tour is also suitable for those wishing to see the Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka.

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