3 Japan Package Trips for an Unforgettable Vacation
See the best of what Japan has to offer through these top rated Japan package tours.
Japan is a very lucky country. I visit this country at least once every year and each visit was able to give me a totally different experience. You could go indulge in some wintertime activities in Hokkaido, or bum around in a secluded island in Okinawa—the land is so diverse and the possibilities are endless!
For someone visiting the country for the first time, it can be a bit difficult to decide what you want to do out of numerous possibilities. Would you rather play it safe and go for the “Big Three” (Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto)? Or would you rather visit the places where locals go (Hakone, Kyushu, Gifu etc.)?
Here are a few package tours you might want to check out to help you decide.
1. 1-Day Mt. Fuji Tour with visits to Gotemba Premium Outlets and Lake Yamanaka Onsen
The natural beauty of Mt. Fuji has inspired religious worship and aesthetic admiration among people for generations, making it a must-visit for tourists.
My personal favorite Fuji package tour is a 1-day Fuji Tour, coupled with a visit to Gotemba Premium Outlets and Lake Yamanaka Onsen. I absolutely loved this tour because of how it allows visitors to do a range of activities in just one day. Participants are picked up at Shinjuku, Keio Plaza Hotel and are whisked away to Mt. Fuji 5th Station to view the iconic volcano 7,546 ft. above sea level. The tour is then followed by a Japanese-style lunch at Fujisanroku and an after meal soak at Lake Yamanaka Onsen.
After an excellent meal and a nice relaxing soak, it’s time to stretch out your legs and do some hard-core shopping! Gotemba Premium Outlets is Japan’s largest outlet mall right at the foot of Mt. Fuji. It carries a wide variety of local and foreign brands selling items for very reasonable prices.
The tour ends at around 7:30pm, as the tour bus arrives in Shinjuku station in Tokyo. Tour reservations can be made through www.japanican.com.
2. 2-Day Kyoto and Tokyo Shinkansen Package Tour
Besides being a really convenient and fast way to travel, many would consider the bullet train to be an attraction in itself. It’s one of the fastest trains in the world, travelling at maximum speeds of 320 km/h.
If you’re landing and departing in Tokyo and would like to give the historic city of Kyoto a visit, this package tour is the most time efficient option. It only takes around 3 ½ to 4 hours on average to get from Tokyo to Kyoto via Shinkansen. As an added bonus, travelers taking the Shinkansen to travel between Kyoto and Tokyo will get the chance to see Mt. Fuji as the train passes by (Don’t worry, the train slows down at this point to give passengers a better view).
This package tour is offered by Japanican in cooperation with JR-Central and would typically cost somewhere between 25,300 yen to 26,000 yen per passenger. The package includes round-trip tickets to Kyoto from Tokyo and overnight accommodations. With this package, you’ll be able save as much as 50% on transportation and accommodation costs, given that a one-way bullet train ticket could already cost you 13,700 yen at the very least.
This package is definitely a time and money saver but I wouldn’t recommend it to those who have a bit more time on their hands. If you’re staying for at least seven days in Japan and would like to visit more than one city, I’d highly recommend you get the 7-Day JR Pass instead. A basic 7-Day pass costs a little over 29,000 yen and would grant you unlimited 7-Day use of all JR Lines in the country including a few bullet train lines and ferries. Tour reservations can be made through www.japanican.com.
3. 6-Day Extensive Japan Package Tour
As I’ve mentioned earlier, a JR Pass is an excellent option for those looking to tour Japan from end-to-end. The plus side of going with that option is that you control your itinerary, budget, and time. The downside, however, is that it’ll require you to do quite a bit of research and planning. For first-time visitors, that may be too much of a hassle.
This 6-day tour starts at Tokyo and visits Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Kyoto, and Osaka. The package is inclusive of transportation fees, an English-speaking guide, accommodations, and other admission fees. The price starts at 110,000 yen and goes up depending on the kind of accommodation and other add-ons you want to include. For more details about this package, see www.japanican.com.
Package tours are an excellent way to explore the best of what a country or city has to offer at a discounted price. Most of the packages on this list are heavily discounted so be sure to check them out.
Personally, I think planning a trip is just as exciting as going on one. So be sure to do your research before you go. Happy trip!
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