Spirit Of Japan - Independent Adventure Tour
Number Of Nights: 7
Operates: Daily*
Starts / Ends: Tokyo (Narita Airport)
Type Of Tour: Land Only
Visits: Tokyo (2 Nights) / Kyoto (2 Nights) / Hiroshima (2 Nights) / Tokyo (1 Night)
Meals: None

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What Is A “Independent Adventure Tour”?
For the most part, a Independent Adventure Tour is a “Self-Guided Tour, they are designed for people who don't need a lot of hand holding, but want to leave nothing to chance. We make all the arrangements for you, train and bus tickets (when the tour includes a Japan Rail Pass, you have to make your own train reservations, we will explain where and how to do this), guided sightseeing tours where available, hotel accommodations, and we provide you with written instructions every step of the way.

Before you leave home you will receive a tour book created just for you along with a daily itinerary. Your information book includes instructions on how to ride the trains and buses, about dining, cultural information and self-guided sightseeing suggestions for each city you will visit. We also include airport maps for arrival and departure; train station maps; city maps showing your hotel, train stations and sightseeing spots; plus a hotel information sheet for every hotel with the name and address in both English and Japanese along with instructions on how to reach each hotel.

We have been a pioneer when it comes to independent travel in Japan and we've been doing this a long time, next year will be our 30th anniversary. Our tour itineraries may feature a path less taken, but we think that‘s the way to really experience a country. If you have an adventurous spirit and an open mind, then a “Independent Adventure Tour”, may just be the tour for you.

We will share with you our years of experience, knowledge and insider tips. With a little reading on your part, we will make you a Japan expert.

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo (Narita)
After entry procedures, transfer to your hotel by Airport Limousine Bus on your own. We provide you with a pre-paid bus coupon and detailed instructions with an airport map.
Two nights' accommodations at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel (Main Tower).
Sensoji Day 2: Join Tokyo Morning Tour / Afternoon At Leisure
This morning join a sightseeing tour of Tokyo which will include a visit to the Tokyo Tower Observatory for a panoramic view of the city. Drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza (a short photo stop at the outer garden), visit Asakusa Kannon Temple with bustling Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Drive by Akihabara. Tour ends at Tokyo Station. Return to your hotel on your own, transfer not included. The local guide will explain how to use the local train to return to your hotel. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 3: Tokyo to Kyoto by Bullet Train (Train Ticket Included)
Walk to Shinagawa Station, board a Shinkansen (Bullet Train) for Kyoto on your own. Shinkansen (Bullet Train) ticket included. Get off at Kyoto Station and walk across the street on your own to your hotel.
Two nights’ accommodations at the New Miyako Hotel (Main Building).
Shinkansen Day 4: Join Kyoto Morning Tour
This morning join a sightseeing tour of Kyoto: Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Tour terminates at New Miyako Hotel.
Optional Nara Afternoon Tour is available for purchase.

Note: On Tuesdays in Jan, Jul, Aug & Dec, Nijo Castle is closed and you will visit Ryoanji Temple instead. Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed on Saturday, Sunday, national holidays and a few other days, visit Nishi Honganji Temple instead.

Day 5: Kyoto to Hiroshima by Bullet Train (Train Ticket Included)
Walk to Kyoto Station and board a Bullet train for Hiroshima on your own. Shinkansen (Bullet Train) ticket included. Get off at Hiroshima Station and walk to your hotel.
Two nights’ accommodations at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima.
Miyajima Day 6: Hiroshima Day At Leisure
Complete day at leisure to explore Hiroshima on your own. We also suggest you take a few hours to make a side trip to Miyajima Island. Located less than 1-hour from Hiroshima, Miyajima is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on top of the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan’s three best views.
Day 7: Hiroshima to Tokyo by Bullet Train (Train Ticket Included)
Walk to Hiroshima Station. Board Bullet train for Tokyo on your own. Shinkansen (Bullet Train) ticket included. Get off at Shinagawa Station, walk across the street to your hotel on your own.
Overnight accommodations at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel (Main Tower).
ALB Day 8: Depart Tokyo (Narita)
Transfer to the airport by pre-paid Airport Limousine Bus on your own.
Please E-mail For The Current Price
Please send us an email for the current price for this tour itinerary. For an accurate price quote, please advise your tentative dates of travel along with the total number of people in your party and your rooming requirement. For instance, 3 people traveling together, 2 people sharing 1 room and the 3rd person in a single room.
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Visa: Not required for U.S. citizens for stay up to 90 days. A valid passport is required for international travel. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your intended stay.

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