Japan Holiday 2016 | December 9-20, 2016
$3,595 (basic tour)
BASIC TOUR $3,595 total | PERFECT TOUR: $3,795 / Per month cost is for the payment plan
From the lights on the Kobe Harbor to the streets of Tokyo – you’ve never experienced the holidays like this! Make December memorable with the Japan Holiday tour.
As always, the fifth anniversary year of Japan Holiday combines Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, and two awesome festivals – but this year, we’re adding even more! We begin in Kobe, where you’ll stay right on the bay in a four star hotel as we explore Kyoto, Osaka, and the bay area. Then it’s off to Tokyo, where you’ll get to see – and shop – all the best spots in the city, from the bright lights of Harajuku and Shibuya to the otaku-centric streets of Akihabara and Nakano. We’ll also be visiting two of the best winter festivals Japan has to offer: the vibrant Hagoita Ichi in Asakusa, and the gorgeous lights of the Kobe Luminarie in Kobe. Need to relax? Not to worry; we’ve added a picturesque ropeway ride over a waterfall and a day trip to Arima Onsen hot spring at no additional charge! We’ve also added new options like a trip to Mt. Nokogiri and a dinner cruise on a traditional “Yakatabune” long boat. Finally, by popular demand, we’ve added an extra day in Kobe so you can explore more of the Kansai region.
Between the festivals, the cities, and the holiday displays, this is a trip you won’t want to miss! Sign up today!
|TOUR AT A GLANCE|
Baggage: 1 check-in sized bag, 1 carry-on sized bag — All checked bags MUST stay in Tokyo.
GUESTS WITH TATTOOS MAY BE DENIED ACCESS TO THE ONSEN.
Single Room +$800
Tour price includes:
- R/T airfare from Los Angeles to Tokyo
- Tour dates: Departs December 9, returns December 20
- Hotel accommodations: 5 Nights Hotel in Tokyo, 5 Nights Hotel in Kobe
- Stops in Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto and points between
- All transportation (train, ropeway, bus, shinkansen/”bullet train”, etc.) within Japan
- Professional bilingual guide services
- Admission to all activities
- Customized tour guidebook
- Nightly turndown service with local snacks and homemade sweets
- Much, much more!
BASIC PACKAGE: The tour without additional options | $3,595 total / $2,795 Land Only (without flight)
PERFECT PACKAGE: The tour plus all of the starred (*) options listed below | $3,795 total / $2,995 Land Only (without flight)
OPTIONAL PAID ADD ONS: (*starred options included with Perfect Package)
*Maid Café Visit: $45
*Tokyo Tower: $15
*Disney Sea OR Mt. Nokogiri: $85
Single Room Supplement: $800
ONSEN TATTOO NOTE:Guests with large, visible tattoos may be denied entry to the baths at Arima Onsen. PacSet cannot offer any compensation if you are denied entry.
Day 1: Departure!
We meet at LAX and depart for Tokyo!
Day 2: Arrival and rest
We arrive and rest. If you brought a large bag, you’ll store it tonight in Tokyo.
Day 3: Welcome to Kobe!
Today, we’ll board the Shinkansen “bullet train” to our first destination: the historic trading port of Kobe! Spend the afternoon exploring the city’s Sannomiya shopping arcade, which also includes one of Western Japan’s biggest centers for anime and manga goods. Then, take a break to fight jetlag and explore the city’s iconic waterfront with us after a bit of shopping. In the evening, we’ll gather to walk under the thousands of lights in Kobe’s holiday light display (and memorial to victims of the 1995 earthquake here), the Kobe Luminarie.
Day 4: Exploring Osaka and Kobe
We begin our day with a little history in the city of Osaka as we cross moats and park lands to reach the foot of Osaka Castle. After checking out the castle, we’ll venture to Shinsaibashi and Namba, the wild cultural center of Osaka that is home to countless game centers, neon light displays, and some of the best local cuisine that Japan has to offer. After getting back to Kobe, we’ll visit the waterfront and the memorials there before dinnertime. After that, you have a choice: turn in early, or take another stroll through the Luminarie!
Day 5: Hot Springs and High Altitudes
All this traveling can make one tired, so we’ll begin this day with a trip up the mountainside to Kansai’s most legendary hot spring resort, Arima Onsen. That afternoon, we’ll hang out on the outskirts of Kobe and take a ropeway car over a waterfall to the scenic Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden, where you’ll be treated to one of the finest views of the bay the area has to offer. Explore the gardens, or just relax and take it in – the choice is yours!
Day 6: Historical Kyoto
If you’re looking to get an up-close and personal peek into Japan’s past, there’s no better place to do it than Kyoto! We’ll spend the whole day here, visiting the city’s scenic Kiyomizu Temple before going across town to see the shogunate’s old digs, Nijo Castle. After walking along the nightingale flooring in the castle, we’ll take a trip to the Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji. On our way home, we’ll have a pit stop at Kyoto’s massive Kyoto Station Complex to have dinner and see the annual holiday lights display in the station center.
Day 7: Freedom!
Today is a free day! Go check out the Luminarie again, check out Himeji Castle or Nara, or just relax on the balcony of your hotel room – it’s up to you!
Day 8: Off to Akiba!
We’ll begin the day by getting bento for the train ride to Tokyo. After taking the shinkansen back to Tokyo and checking in at our hotel, it’s off to the otaku mecca of Akihabara. Shop for rare doujinshi, flip virtual tables in giant video arcades, and see the latest in electronic gadgetry. Feeling adventurous? A visit to the Maid Cafe is a good way to experience Japan’s idol culture (and consume a sundae that looks like an animal XD).
Option: Maid Cafe $45
Day 9: Ghibli and Good Times
Today we take another step into Tokyo’s pop culture universe! A morning sojurn to the Ghibli Museum will give you the chance to see limited edition films by the famed animation studio, as well as see giant statues and exhibits dedicated to all things Ghibli. Then it’s off to Nakano Broadway, the closet of anime fandom, to search for everything from anime cels to out-of-print manga and indie CDs. Shinjuku will be our last stop of the day, where the holiday lights on the Southern Terrace will light our way to clubs, cafes, game centers, and stores stocked with tons of weird souvenirs you can buy to scare your friends. In the evening, take it easy or join us for an optional excursion to Tokyo Tower.
Option: Tokyo Tower $15
Day 10: Happy Hagoita!
In the morning we’ll begin in Harajuku, where we’ll take in a little culture at Meiji Jingu Shrine before joining the shoppers and fashion mavens of Takeshita Street. Visit the famous Kiddy Land Toy Shop, check out what’s next in trends at Laforet and the Design Festa Gallery, or just kick back and consume some delicious crepes. From there, we’ll head to Asakusa for their annual Hagoita Ichi Festival! Here you can pick up some charms that are only sold here at this time of year, in preparation for the New Year’s holiday (so save room in your bag!). In the evening, you can relax or join us for a tempura and hot pot dinner on a Yakatabune longboat in Tokyo Bay!
Options: Yakatabune Dinner $100
Day 11: Free day, Disney, or Mt. Nokogiri!
It’s a free day! Take time to explore the areas you missed, go back to places where you didn’t have enough time, or just relax. Your guide will be on hand to help you get where you need to go. Or, take an optional extension! You can choose to visit Tokyo Disney Sea, the Japan-exclusive Disney theme park on Tokyo Bay, or Mt. Nokogiri, a temple beloved among our alumni where giant buddha statues and hair-raising overlooks await you.
Options: Disney Sea OR Mt. Nokogiri + Lunch $85
Day 12: Departure
After a free morning, it’s off to the airport and back to the USA to tell your friends all about your adventures.
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