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Ancient Highway Tour

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  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Small group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 10+ years old
  • max group size 10
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Footprint carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit famous World Heritage Sites and Hiroshima Peace Memorial
  • See iconic Mount Fuji and explore the stunning area
  • Relax in a Kamakura Zen Garden and hot springs in Edo
  • Participate in a Japanese tea ceremony and watch maiko (apprentice geisha) dance
Our Japan Ancient Highway Tour is a relaxing but comprehensive trip that takes in four of the most popular places in Japan.

The tour starts in the neon and glitz of Tokyo which makes a neat contrast with the next stop, the somewhat more traditional old capital, Kamakura. From there we move west to Hakone, home to the iconic Mount Fuji. Over a couple of days in the area you can walk along the ancient Tokaido trail, the old main passageway for shogun and merchants alike. The route takes in the once feared highway checkpoint that monitored the passage of people and goods in and out of Edo (the old name for Tokyo). These days you'll get a more friendly welcome and the numerous hot springs in the area make it the perfect place to heal and relax.

From there we follow the trail the modern way - by bullet train - to Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital with a national treasure around every corner. You'll have the chance to participate in sado (the Japanese tea ceremony), watch maiko (apprentice geisha) dance, and see some of the best sights in the land.

The last leg of the tour is spent in Hiroshima and Miyajima where the poignant peace park and museum stand out in this vibrant, open city before heading to back in Tokyo with lifelong memories of this intriguing country.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Tokyo
  • Day 2: Tokyo: Fish market and Kamakura day trip
  • Day 3: Hakone (Mount Fuji)
  • Day 4: Hakone (Mount Fuji)
  • Day 5: Kyoto
  • Day 6: Kyoto
  • Day 7: Kyoto
  • Day 8: Kyoto Free Day
  • Day 9: Hiroshima (Miyajima)
  • Day 10: Hiroshima (Miyajima)
  • Day 11: Tokyo (stopping at Himeji Castle on the way)
  • Day 12: Journey's end
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 10 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners
  • ALL accommodation (11 nights)
  • Dinners include: Group meal on Day 1 in Tokyo (alcoholic drinks included!), traditional Teishoku on Days 3 and 4 at Hakone, traditional Kaiseki Ryori on Days 9 and 10 at Miyajima
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Airport transfer at the end of the tour from the tour hotel (this is non-guided)
  • Authentic Tea Ceremony at a tea house in Kyoto
  • Baggage forwarding for one bag per person, two times (from Tokyo to Kyoto and from Kyoto back to Tokyo)
  • Tour Info-Pack
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Meals, other than ones mentioned as included
  • 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!
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CANCELLATION

10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.

     

  • How to plan an Asia tour?

    Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country. 

    After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.

     

  • Which countries should I visit in Asia?

    Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience. 

    Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. 

     

  • What country in Asia is fluent in English?

    English is a widely spoken language in Asia, which means that you would not have much difficulty conversing with locals during your trip. Singapore ranks the highest in terms of its proficiency in the English language. The Philippines comes second, followed by Malaysia. Other countries where you will not face much trouble if you can speak English are South Korea, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. 

    You will find that English is part of life of a section of the population in all these countries. They have road signs in English (along with those in their native languages) as well as English newspapers. Public announcements are often translated into English in these countries, and it is not difficult to come across store banners and product labels written in the language. In addition to all this, locals are also accustomed to tourists, which means they can at least carry out basic conversations in the language. 

    However, please keep in mind that it is the urban population in the continent that has had the most exposure to the language and is better at communicating in it. The more you travel to the countryside, the fewer English speakers you will meet.  

     

  • How much does an Asia tour cost? What is the cheapest country to travel to in Asia?

    There are several factors that determine the amount of money you will spend during your Asia tour. These include the countries you wish to visit, the length of your trip, the type of tour you have chosen (group, private, luxury and budget) as well as other expenses like insurance, visas, and transportation. 

    Laos is probably the cheapest destination in Asia, with an average daily expense of USD 23 per person. India is yet another budget-friendly destination in the region when it comes to foreigners. Expect to spend between USD 35 to USD 40 per person, per day if you are a mid-range traveler. The average daily expense in Cambodia is slightly higher, at USD 50 per person. Japan and Singapore, on the other hand, are some of the most expensive destinations on the planet. On average, travelers should expect to shell out USD 130 dollars per person, per day while in these countries.    

     

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