What is Included?
- ALL accommodation (7 nights)
- The support of your Tour Leader for the entirety of the tour
- ALL Entrance fees to Museums, Temples, Shrines and Gardens when with the guide following the itinerary. Visiting alternative / additional sites at personal expense
- ALL city to city transportation including the shinkansen bullet train
- Meet & greet at the airport in Tokyo (either Narita or Haneda) on arrival and transfer (guided) to the tour hotel up to one week before the starting date of the tour
- All local transportation is covered while with the guide following the itinerary. Visiting alternative / additional locations at personal expense
- Suica card - An electronic travel card for your convenience (saves fiddling around with tickets especially while in Tokyo!)
- Baggage forwarding for one bag per person
- Breakfast every morning
- Group meal on Day 1 in Tokyo (Alcoholic drinks included!)
- Dinner at Kurobe on Day 3 (Kaiseki - traditional meal with lots of tasty dishes!)
- Dinner on Day 5 (Traditional Teishoku) at farmhouse in Shirakawa-go
- Tour Info-Pack
- 100% payment protection through the TTA (our membership number is U6165)
What's not included?
- Meals, except for the ones mentioned above
- Any coin lockers that you may use
- Airport transfer at the end of the tour / or back to Tokyo / or Osaka. Please contact us regarding the cost of this.
- Travel Insurance. You must take out travel insurance before travelling to Japan, we suggest this is done soon after a booking has been made.
- Flights to and from Japan!
After a booking request has been made through the “Make a Booking” section of this website, your booking will be processed. We’ll email you back to confirm it along with your invoice and payment details, we accept payments by card or bank transfer. The deposit of GBP 300 / USD 400 per person is requested within 7 days to confirm your booking. The balance is due by 12 weeks prior to the tour departure date. All payment made to us are protected by the TTA (Travel Trust Association). Our membership number is U6165.
The itineraries in our tours are flexible, and do vary occasionally, sometimes due to weather or on-going events such as festivals which guests may want to see. In addition if there is something else you’d like to do or see on your trip please mention this to your tour leader and we’ll try our best to ensure you can do it.
Age / Requirements / Fitness
The Northern Route Tour is suitable for ages of around 12 and upwards, and is ideal for families, couples, and singles alike.
Our only requirements are English speaking ability (all tours are conducted in English) and a zest for life! While Olympic levels of fitness are not necessary, on average we walk around 3 to 5 kilometres per day, steps are involved at some of the tourist sites we visit as are slopes. Most stations do have escalators but not all and an extended time is spent on the feet each day. If you have any questions about this, please just let us know.
Having said all that, walking is done at an easy pace, with plenty of stops for ice cream and to absorb the sights. In the unlikely event that an excursion is going to be too taxing or if you have another preference, you are welcome to break away from the group at any time. No part of the itinerary is compulsory; we like to keep things as fun and flexible as possible!
As with all our Small Group Tours in Japan we use the extremely efficient, clean, safe and reliable public transportation network. - It's the most efficient way to get around, and by far it's the best way to experience the country and its people. This is not a tour bus holiday with fixed tourist trap set lunches and carpet sales in the afternoon! At times, particularly in Kyoto when using the city bus it might not always be possible to sit. For longer journeys we use the bullet train and seats are reserved in advance.
Some of the accommodation on the tour is more basic than our other tours.
We do at times forward your main cases ahead from one hotel to another (one case per person) allowing you to travel light and easy keeping things as fun as possible. If you bring too much luggage with you, or buy too many souvenirs during the tour and require additional use of the service, this can easily be arranged.
The minimum number of passengers on the Northern Route Tour is two.
Because we keep the group size to a maximum of 8, unfortunately we have to charge a single supplement of £ 250 if travelling alone. For this you'll be ensured to have a room to yourself for the entirety of the tour, except for when staying at the traditional ryokan, here we may ask you to share a room with another member of the group of the same sex. If you have any questions about this, please drop us a line.
If the Northern Route Tour to Kyoto isn't for you, have a look at our other tours to Japan, we have a fantastic selection of tours for all tastes and budgets.