In Beijing, explore the Forbidden City and walk on the mighty Great Wall. Let Shanghai amaze you with its mix of new and old. Then, discover the beauty of Japan's architecture and ancient customs. Enjoy the neighbourhoods of Asakusa, Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo. Explore the picturesque landscapes of Kanazawa and the Deer Park of Nara. Fall in love with charming Kyoto.
* Documentation of the internal flights will be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 7 days after you have made your booking.
** We recommend activating your Japan Rail Pass on day 2 or 3 of your trip.
*** If the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative options:
Tokyo: Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Kanazawa: ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa or Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel
Kyoto: ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto or RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Osaka: Hyatt Regency Osaka or RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
**** Possibility of booking optional excursions in the next step of the booking. Please note that all additional optional excursions which are not selected at time of booking must be requested before final payment is made at least 45 days before departure. The final price will be shown once you have selected the optional excursions, in the final step of the reservation process.
***** You have the option to purchase travel insurance in the next step of the booking process.
IMPORTANT: In order to receive your invitation letter for your Chinese Visa (mandatory) it is important that all of your details and names are given to Exoticca exactly as they appear your passport. Once you receive your invitation letter from us you will be required to go to the Chinese Embassy in person with your passport, a passport photo, invitation letter and an Exoticca Booking Form (provided by Exoticca) to apply for your Chinese Visa. Please apply for your visa as early as possible. The cost is approximately £150.
MANDATORY: Please send copies of the passports of all passengers to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you have booked your trip in order for us to process your Chinese Visa Invitation Letter.
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Visa (mandatory), entrances not mentioned on the itinerary, drinks, early check in, tips* and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Tips to Guide & Driver (Mandatory 5USD per day per person).
Arrive at your UK departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Beijing. Night on board.
Arrive in Beijing and transfer to the hotel. As the capital city of China, Beijing is arguably one of the most historical and cultural cities and ancient capitals in the world. Overnight stay in Beijing.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an exciting excursion to the best-preserved section of the Great Wall of China. The Badaling section is the longest part of the wall and is a good representation of the former splendour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of unimaginable length, the wall can be seen from space. On the way, admire the countryside and stop at an impressive Jade Workshop, where artisans work with this precious stone. Lunch before arriving at the Great Wall where you have a minimum of two-hours to learn about the history of the wall and enjoy walking on this ancient relic of the past. Return to Beijing and stop at the famous Olympic Park, where you can admire the beautifully architected Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube Aquatics Centre. Transfer to the hotel and the rest of the evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Beijing.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, take a relaxing walk through one of the city's parks or enjoy shopping and exploring the city's sights. We recommend an optional full-day city tour to discover the iconic city sights.* Overnight stay in Beijing.
*Optional Full-Day Beijing City Tour: Enjoy a tour of the three most important sights of Beijing, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Explore the iconic Tiananmen Square, the impressive palace complex of the Forbidden City and relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Temple of Heaven. Price per person: £115
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station and board a bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai. The duration of the trip will be around four to five hours long with a 2nd class seat or similar. Arrive in Shanghai, a bustling city filled with a fusion of modern and ancient architecture. Transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Shanghai.
Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day at the Shanghai Museum, to gain a greater understanding of the ancient city. Then, tour the Tianzifang area, once a vibrant area where the locals lived, it has now transformed into a modern leisure area where you can find many trendy coffee shops. Afterwards, visit the French Concession of Shanghai, home to many Catholic Cathedrals and European style houses. Discover how elegant silk is manufactured at an authentic Silk Factory. Finally, take a stroll along this impressive waterside on Nanjing Road and The Bund. Feel in awe of the modern side of the city. Overnight stay in Shanghai.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure. Take in a few of the city's sights or have a relaxing walk through one of the many parks. We recommend an optional tour to the water town of Suzhou.* Late transfer to the airport for a flight to Tokyo. Night on board.
*Optional Suzhou Day Tour: Head to Suzhou to admire the canals, bridges and classical gardens. Visit the most charming sights such as the Garden of Master of Nets, a Silk Spinning Factory and Pingjiang Road Old Town Area. Price per person: £125
Arrive in the capital of Japan, Tokyo. Transfer to the hotel. Tokyo is a dazzling metropolis rich in history and tradition. Rest of the day free to start discovering this exciting city of contrasts and its delicious cuisine.
Today, take a tour of the city of Tokyo including the most important sights in the city. Visit the tall Tokyo Tower, the charming Meiji Shrine and an Akasaka guest house. Discover the Imperial Palace, East Garden before exploring the busy Ginza Shopping District. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Tokyo.
Spend the day at your leisure, or alternatively, enjoy an optional excursion to Mount Fuji and Hakone.* Overnight stay in Tokyo.
*Optional full-day tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone. The bus heads up to the 5th Station along the Subaru Line, at 2,300 metres above sea level. At this height, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from above the clouds. After lunch, visit Ashi Crater Lake and admire the superb view of Mt. Fuji whilst sailing on the lake. Take the short journey to the peak of Mt. Komagatake and then a cable car ride up to the spiritual Hakone Shrine, Mototsumiya, that nestles at the top of the mountain. Price per person: £114
Please note: If road conditions or unforeseen circumstances restrict the ascent to the 5th station, you will instead travel the highest elevation possible considering the circumstances. The same also applies for the cruise on Ashi Crater Lake; if conditions or circumstances prevent sailing on the lake, alternative visits and experiences will be taken to replace the activity.
Using your Japan Rail Pass, travel to Kanazawa, a historical jewel of a city and home to some of Japan's most beautiful landscaped gardens. We recommend visiting Kenrokuen, a castle garden originating from the 17th century. Enjoy strolling in the picturesque landscapes. Overnight stay in Kanazawa.
Spend today at your leisure. We recommend an optional morning tour of Kanazawa*. Overnight stay in Kanazawa.
*Optional morning tour of Kanazawa: Explore the main tourist attractions of the "City of Arts and Crafts". Enjoy the Kenroku-en Garden, a beautiful space from the Edo period that houses ponds, streams, waterfalls, bridges, trees, flowers and tea houses. Discover the charms of Nagamachi Samurai district and the Higashi Chaya Teahouse district. Pricer per person: £41.
Using your Japan Rail Pass, travel to Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese Empire for 11 centuries. We recommend visiting Mount Hiei and its main temple in the Buddhist school Tendaishū or explore Pontocho, an emblematic neighbourhood known for its traditional architecture and geishas. Overnight stay in Kyoto.
Today, embark on a morning guided tour of Kyoto and discover some of Japan's most important historical and cultural centres including Nijo Castle, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historical castle was completed in 1626 and was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun. It was also used as palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. Visit Kinkaku-Ji Temple, a World Heritage Site also known as the Golden Pavilion. The wooden architecture is covered in thin layers of pure gold and it is surrounded by a beautiful lake. Enjoy the beauty of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and discover Kyoto's Imperial Palace and its spectacular garden. Enjoy a visit to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine main hall which is a designated national treasure and famous for housing the God of Scholarship. This shrine is beautiful to visit during the spring plum blossom and autumn leaf seasons. Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kyoto.
Spend the morning at your leisure. In the afternoon, head to Nara for a tour of two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park, a rarity in Japan and worldwide. Enjoy the view whilst passing through the suburbs of Kyoto to Nara. Nara Park & Todai-Ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the symbol of the Nara Period and one of the world's largest wooden structures. Its huge main hall and bronze Great Buddha are impressive to behold. Return to Kyoto for an overnight stay.
Spend the morning at your leisure and transfer to Osaka, using your Japan Rail Pass. We recommend an afternoon walking tour of the city.* Overnight stay in Osaka.
* Optional Afternoon Walking Tour of Osaka: Visit Osaka's more emblematic sights including the Higashi-Umeda station, Tenmabashi station and Osaka Castle. Price per person: £78.
At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Night on board.
Arrive in the UK and end your trip.
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Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
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