Buzzing Tokyo, ornate temples, tranquil gardens and China’s compelling capital await on this unforgettable 8-night journey to Japan and Beijing. Be swept up by the energy of neon-bright Tokyo before discovering snow-tipped, sacred Mt Fuji and the historic and cultural jewel of Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. Then, fly to Beijing to lay eyes on must-sees such as Tiananmen Square and step out along the astonishing Great Wall of China, one of the great wonders of the world.
Board an international flight bound for Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Upon arrival in Tokyo you will be greeted by our friendly ground crew and guided to our coach bus or the airport shuttle bus to transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the evening as your wish. Recharge your batteries at the hotel or make your first foray into Japan's dazzling capital to get your first taste of its hi-tech shopping, bustling markets, parks and 21st-century architecture.
Relax over breakfast and enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of energetic Tokyo. After time at the Imperial Palace Plaza, the residence of Japan's imperial family; walk along vibrant Nakamise Street, an old shopping arcade crammed with souvenir stalls. Continue on to the most famous Buddhist temple - the Senso-Ji Temple. Admire this 7th-century temple before continuing to Ginza, one of the world's classiest shopping areas. Dive into the high-end boutiques and stores before you return to the hotel, or choose to stay on and enjoy this fabulous shopping mecca. This evening, join us for an optional Kaiseki Dinner, a traditional multi-course Japanese meal based on precision-blended flavors, textures, and colors, and made using only the freshest ingredients.
Travel to Hakone, the gateway to Mt Fuji, Japan's most revered and famous mountain. Enjoy tales of Mt Fuji's spiritual significance as you travel and weather permitting, ascend to Fuji's 5th station, 7,550 feet above sea level. Drink in the jaw-dropping views and absorb more bird's-eye panoramas as you ride the Komagatake Ropeway cable car above the Lake Ashi region. Next, enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Ashi, a crater lake commanding panoramic views of snow-tipped Mt Fuji. On your travels today, enjoy lunch independently at one of the roadside rest stops, choosing from their varied delicious foods. Later, check in to to your Lake Kawaguchi region hotel for an included dinner this evening. Admissions Included: Komagatake Ropeway, and Lake Ashi Cruise.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner
This morning, enjoy a coach journey to Kyoto, Japan's former capital, and cultural and artistic jewel. Visit two of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage sites: Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as home to the Tokugawa Shoguns, and the Golden Pavilion, whose top two floors are coated in gold leaf. Conclude with time at the Kiyomizu Temple, or “Clear Water Temple” located on the eastern part of Kyoto that was founded in 778 and reconstructed in 1633 without the use of a single nail. After your tour, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch will be on your own along one of the many rest stops or service areas on the highways where you can enjoy some local shopping and an abundance of unique eats and snacks. Admissions Included: Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), and Kiyomizu Temple
Today is free to spend as you wish, perhaps exploring more of Kyoto's highlights or relaxing in the city's immaculate gardens. Alternatively, join our optional full-day excursion to Nara and Osaka. Journey to the historic city of Nara and admire the Todaiji Temple, home to the world's largest bronze sculpture of Buddha, the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and Nara Park, where more Sika deer roam freely. Then, continue to Osaka and visit the Osaka Castle, a 1,400-year old Shitennjo-ji Temple. Back in Kyoto this evening, don't miss our optional Kyoto Cultural Show and Dinner at the city's Gion Corner centre.
Today, transfer to Osaka to board your international flight to Beijing, China's fascinating capital. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day free.
After breakfast, embark on a morning city tour of Beijing, where glass high-rise buildings tower over alleyways and Maoist buildings. Stroll along restored Qianmen Street, one of Beijing's oldest shopping streets, and take in world-famous Tiananmen Square, once the main gate of the Imperial Palace. Next, drive by the city's Olympic site to view the iconic Bird's Nest Stadium, Water Cube, and National Center for the Performing Arts. This afternoon, join our optional tour of the Forbidden City, the massive UNESCO-listed ensemble of some 800 buildings where China's Ming and Qing emperors once resided.
**For those purchasing the Forbidden City optional tour - your passport is required for entry. Please note if your passport does not match the passport on file for your reservation, you will be denied entry at the Forbidden City and your ticket will be nonrefundable**
Included: American Breakfast
Enjoy today free to explore or relax independently, or join our optional trip to the magnificent Great Wall. Extending for over 3,700 miles, this massive defensive wall was build to prevent incursions and begun in 200 B.C. Absorb the far-reaching views as you walk along its ancient path and experience part of China's fascinating history. Afterwards, head to the Sacred Way leading the the Ming Tombs. It was believed that the Emperor, the Son of Heaven, would return to Heaven through this road.
Included: American Breakfast
Bid farewell to our Asia trip as you board your flight back home filled with memories to last a lifetime.
Included: American Breakfast
*Subject to availability
Enjoy a "kaiseki" dinner, a traditional Japanese meal consisting of approximately 7 to 8 small courses. A multi course banquet of seasonal delicacies, "kaiseki" meals appeal to all sense.
**Please note this is a set menu and will include dishes that contain meat and/or fish. We apologize but special meal requests cannot be accommodated.**
A Japanese dinner will be arranged and hosted at a local restaurant in Kyoto. The evening’s entertainment will be a unique visit to the Gion Corner to experience the traditional performing arts that solidify Kyoto as the origins of Geishas and Maikos. Seven types of performance arts will be shown to visitors which include Kyo-mai
Enjoy a full day of excursion to Nara and Osaka. Visit the famous Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple) in Nara and see the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha, enjoy the scenic beauty of Nara Park where over 1,200 wild Sika deer freely roam, and check out the impressive architecture of Kasuga Taisha Shrine before venturing into Japan’s most famous Osaka Castle where the famous Shoguns once reigned. Lunch at local restaurant is included.
Turn back time to the days of China’s great emperors on a 4-hour optional tour of Beijing’s historical showpiece: the UNESCO-protected Forbidden City. Located on the northern edge of Tiananmen Square in the heart of China’s vast capital, this gargantuan walled palace was the residence and political base of 24 emperors of the Ming and
Stride along the Great Wall of China and visit the Sacred Way of China’s past emperors on this fascinating 8-hour optional day trip from Beijing.
After pickup from your hotel in the city, soak in views of Beijing’s suburbs and rural China as you travel north to one of the most scenic sections of
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This was an exceptional tour. The tour provided everything for us. I was pleased that our hotels were grand and regal. I just want to express my gratefulness and appreciation for our ardent tour guide Ichiro. He was truly number one. He really made us feel welcomed and validated. The restaurants reserved for us was an excellent experience. Kanpai! The tour members sure knew how to party! I will never forget heart-warming Japan - Osaka, Kyoto, Mount Fuji and Beijing, ...
My kids and I had an amazing time in Japan and visiting the Great Wall in Beijing. We loved everything in Japan. Tokyo was great. The subway system was easy to use. Mt. Fuji was breathtaking and the people of Japan are incredibly warm. Beijing was a very different experience. The people were not as welcoming as Japan. Although visiting the Great Wall was totally worth it. I would recommend that Affordable World change this trip to begin in Beijing ...
Very good trip in Japan, every thing is perfect, I plan an another trip for whole family next year again, but Japan only, not recommended in Beijing.thank you affordableworld
We were skeptical when we booked out tickets about going to China. It turned out to be great. Our tour started on Air China. TVs did not work on the plane and noticed some torn carpet. Food was served after take off and no other snacks till meal just before we were about to land in Beijing. For 14 hours flight one would think they would serve some kind of snacks in between meals. Air attendants did not ...
Coming into this vacation, we have set our expectations really low but we came out of it really wowed and amazed at how the whole experience turned out to be. We had a fantastic tour group in Japan. Could not ask for a better group of people to explore this beautiful country. But what really set the bar high up was our tour guide IZUMI. She is the most mazing tour guide anyone could ask for. She is very professional ...
Lovely trip. Guides were great and hotels very nice. Can't imagine getting better value for the money.
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I really enjoyed my Affordable World Tour of Japan and China. I was impressed by the efficiency of the entire trip The hotels were beautiful and Tom, our tour guide for China was so knowledgeable and took great care of our group from the beginning to the end. I loved Japan but felt rushed especially when seeing the sights on the first day before our arrival to the hotel. I suggest that during the Japan/China Tour ...
Our tour of Japan was fantastic! I enjoyed the sights, the hotels, the tour guide Yuki, and all the other people on the tour with us. We went to Beijing. Our tour guide Tom was fantastic, and we really enjoyed seeing the Great Wall, but that was about all I liked in China. The pollution was horrible, and the locals were incredibly rude (both which were not the tours fault). I will not be going back ...
Our guide Rumi, went above and beyond to help us, educate us, entertain us and keep us safe. I've traveled with several tour companies and have gone to many places in the world. No guide has ever come close to how Rumi took care of us all. The very best in my experience. I felt very blessed having her as our guide.
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