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Japan Kansai

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2021
Tokyo, Lake Biwa, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka

Get to Know the Heart of Culture

Where untouched traditions inspire your soul.
Follow small alleyways to discover hidden elegance
Feel the breeze with Kyoto at your feet
Play with Nara's famous deer - "messengers of the gods"
Kansai is the origin of Japan

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Highlights

  • Shinkansen | High Speed Bullet Train. See the beautiful countryside from the comfort of your seat as we travel from Tokyo to Kyoto in just 2.5 hours
  • Kyoto | The heart of old tradition and culture
    • Kyoto is an intimate city best explored on foot! We've created a perfect walking tour to share hidden alleyways and local neighborhoods with you while avoiding crowds with our carefully-arranged itinerary
    • Tour two iconic UNESCO sites: Kinkaku-ji Temple and Kiyomizu Temple
    • Yuzen Dyeing Class: Learn about a traditional Kyoto artform
    • Ride the nostalgic Romantic Train to magical Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • Nara | Pay homage in the first capital. Visit World Heritage site Todai-ji Temple
  • Osaka | "Eat (or shop) till you drop" in the Dotonbori district, the "Kitchen of Japan"
  • Seasonal Highlights | Feel the beauty of different seasons
    • Mar 31-Apr 6: Cherry blossom viewing at Maruyama Park in Kyoto
    • Jul 17: Special arrangements included to watch the Gion Festival Parade in Kyoto! (+$ 350 USD due to high season)
    • Nov 6-22: Fall foliage special light-up viewing in Kyoto

Itinerary

Open All Days
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Japan
Arrive in Narita Airport (NRT) 2
46 mi
, 1 hr
45 mins
or
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12 mi
, 30 mins

Tokyo
Welcome to ! For guests within our pickup timeframe, a Supera representative will greet you at the arrival airport. Have a wonderful journey with us!
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Sushi Set
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Ginza, Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Shinjuku, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Tokyo 4
288 mi
, 2.5 hrs

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13 mi
, 1 hr

Lake Biwa
Board the bullet train from an iconic station
Board the bullet train from an iconic station
Explore distinctive architecture of Miho Museum
Explore distinctive architecture of Miho Museum
Tokyo
  • Bento (Japanese Lunch Box) Buying: 
    Before boarding the bullet train from Tokyo Station, enjoy a memorable experience by shopping for your own bento in a depachika (department store basement market). Use our suggestions or choose any exciting culinary delights which might catch your eye.
  • Shinkansen (Bullet Train): 
    Experience a true modern marvel by riding the bullet train to Kyoto Station (2.5 hours).

Lake Biwa

  • Miho Museum: 
    See an incredible collection of antiques from Asia and Europe at the Miho Museum, designed by I.M. Pei.
    *Tours depart on Jun 10, Jun 12, Jun 15, Jun 17, Jun 19, Jun 24, Jun 29, Jul 1, Jul 6, Jul 10, Aug 19, Sep 7, Sep 9, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 18, Dec 21, and Dec 24 will visit Nijo Castle or Sanjusangendo due to the closure of Miho Museum.
  • Ryokan (Japanese-Style Hotel) at Lake Biwa: 
    Unwind in an outdoor hot spring.
    Roll up your yukata sleeves and indulge in a traditional Kyoto-style kaiseki banquet dinner and karaoke!
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Yumotokan  (Ogoto Hot Spring)
Hanakaido  (Ogoto Hot Spring)
Biwako Hotel  (Ruri Hot Spring)
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33 mi
, 1 hr

Kyoto
Enjoy Arashiyama's fantastic view on train
Enjoy Arashiyama's fantastic view on train
See Golden Pavilion glitter under sunlight
See Golden Pavilion glitter under sunlight

Kyoto

  • Arashiyama: 
    Walk through the flourishing bamboo forest and discover the alluring beauty of the surroundings.
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple:
    Visit the icon of Kyoto, the "Golden Pavilion," covered with gold foil.
  • Yuzen Dyeing Class:
    Learn about an elegant traditional Kyoto artform and create your own keepsake.
  • Gion:
    With only a few geishas remaining, Gion is one of the few places you might catch a glimpse of these elusive figures in your evening free time.
  • Wagyu Beef Dinner: 
    Enjoy a delightful meal of authentic Wagyu, the most desirable breed of cattle raised in Japan, known worldwide for being more tender and flavorful.
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Wagyu Beef Steak or Sukiyaki
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Kyoto Hotel Okura
Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto
Kyoto
Stroll quaint alleyways of Kyoto
Stroll quaint alleyways of Kyoto
Explore Kyoto's kitchen - "Nishiki Market"
Explore Kyoto's kitchen - "Nishiki Market"
  • Kiyomizu Temple: 
    Avoid crowds and enjoy an early morning visit to Kiyomizu Temple for a bird's-eye view of Kyoto.
  • Kyoto Walking Tour:
    One of the most enjoyable ways to experience Kyoto's elegance is on foot. Join our guide to explore quaint alleyways of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka and appreciate historical neighborhoods and sites (In case of extreme hot or cold weather, seasonal adjustments may be made in order for you to have the best experience)
    • The first part of the walking tour covers a distance of about 1.5 miles on fairly flat ground over approximately 1 hour of time. We will take a break in a cafe near Maruyama Park for about 1 hour.
    • The second leg of our walking tour will end at the foot of the pilgrimage path to Kiyomizu Temple. This distance is 0.8 miles over fairly flat ground in about 45 minutes. The footpath up to Kiyomizu Temple is uphill.
  • Kyoto in Depth:
    We include free time to further enjoy the area. We encourage you to try the following suggestions:
    • A. Appreciate unique architecture and tour the Nishiki Market with our tour guide.
    • B. Take in more of Gion's unique character.
    • C. Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine independently either by train or taxi on own. Transportation and entrance fee will be at your own expense.
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Japanese Western Cuisine Handpicked Local Specialties
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Refund (Pork Cutlet Recommended)
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Kyoto Hotel Okura
Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto
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27 mi
, 1 hr

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20 mi
, 1 hr

Osaka
Say "Hello" to deer in Nara
Say "Hello" to deer in Nara
Visit Osaka's symbolic castle
Visit Osaka's symbolic castle
Nara
  • Todai-ji Temple: 
    Travel to Japan's first capital. Stand in awe in the presence of one of Japan's largest bronze Buddha statues. Interact with temple deer, known as messengers of the gods in Shinto belief.

Osaka

  • Osaka Castle Park: 
    Explore the castle filled with historical and cultural significance. Energetic travelers will want to climb to the top floor balcony for a panoramic view of Osaka.
  • Shinsaibashi:
    • We built in free time so you may freely roam through Osaka's largest shopping district and get to know the city at your own pace.
    • "Eat till you drop" in the Dotonbori restaurant district, known as the "Kitchen of Japan." For dinner, be sure to try local specialties such as Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Hakozushi, and Kitsune Udon. Our provided suggestions and maps will help you navigate the bustling district.
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Not included - Explore with our helpful maps & suggestions
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Imperial Hotel Osaka
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34 mi
, 50 mins
or
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10 mi
, 20 mins

Your Next Destination
Osaka
  • Guests with morning flights:
    You will be directed to take the limousine bus bound for Kansai or Itami Airport after breakfast.
  • Guests with afternoon flights:
    Your morning is free and our guide will provide directions for you to explore Osaka city for last-minute shopping or sightseeing. Based on your departure time, the tour guide will direct you to take the airport limousine bus.
A great journey always feels short, let’s look forward to seeing each other again!
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  • Deposit:A deposit of per person is due within 7 days of reservation confirmation to secure your space on tour.
  • Balance:Due days before tour departure.
  • Flights: We are happy to arrange air tickets with the best balance between price and flight quality. You may also book your own flights based on the following times to match our airport transfer schedule. If arriving or leaving outside these timeframes, please meet us at the designated place on your own expense or call us for transfer pricing. We're sorry, but missed activities will not be made up.
    • Pre/post hotels: We can help arrange hotels matching our tour schedule. For prices and availability, please contact our team.
    • Please review the Terms & Conditions before you book.
    • Is This Trip Right for Me?
      • Please see the Itinerary for activity levels and details.
      • Wheelchairs Accessible: Guests in wheelchairs welcome, but please understand some sites are not accessible. A companion to help with the wheelchair must accompany the guest.
      • Age Limit: For quality concerns, guests should be 2 years or older to join this tour
      • Dietary Restrictions: It is important everyone has a great dining experience with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e., fatal allergies, no sashimi, no lamb, etc.), please let us know 30 days before tour date. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.
    • Accommodations:
      • Our rooms for this tour are reserved with twin rooms (2 beds/room), but hotels may have different configurations. Please refer to the Hotels section for details.
      • If you have special requirements, please inform us at time of booking so we may make arrangements as soon as possible.
      • For guest privacy and security considerations, we do not have single sharing arrangements.
    • Visas:
      • Japan allows US or Canada passport holders to stay 90 days visa-free. If you are holding a passport from a different country, please check with your local consulate.
      • Please be aware once a visa is processed by Supera, we will not be able to provide a refund under any circumstances.
    • Passports:
      • Please provide a copy of your passport at sign up; we recommend having a copy of your passport with you in case of emergencies.
      • Your passport must have at least 6 months of validity remaining and two blank “Visa” pages.
    • Flights and Luggage:
      • Some airlines charge a fee for pre-assigned seats. If so, we will let you know the details at time of booking.
      • For travelers who have booked your own tickets, we recommend reserving at least 3 hours connecting time between international airports.
      • Luggage allowances will vary based on the rules for each airline. Excess baggage fees are the responsibility of the traveler.

    Stays of a Lifetime

    Don't be too tired to remember your trip!
    A hotel is not merely a place to rest your head. We hand-pick each one to give you comfort, great views, unique experiences, and above all, memorability. We carefully consider locations to let your mind, body, and spirit wander freely while feeling at home.


    Tokyo :

    Ginza, Imperial Hotel Tokyo

    The choice of world leaders, diplomats, and foreign dignitaries, this iconic and prestigious five-star hotel features an impressive setting overlooking the lush Imperial Palace Gardens and is walking distance to Tokyo's most affluent Ginza and Marunouchi neighborhoods. This hotel has been awarded the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for luxury and service several years in a row and Travel + Leisure's Worlds Best Awards.

    Tower Building Standard Room    
    31 m² (334 ft²)
    110 x 205 cm * 2 Bed    
    170 x 205 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Tower Building Standard Room + Rollaway Bed (100 x 195 cm)

    Tokyo :

    Shinjuku, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

    A sleek upscale hotel enveloped by skyscrapers and the vibrant Shinjuku district. Find yourself just a short walk from the world's busiest rail hub, densely dotted with depachikas, underground shopping arcades, and the most popular restaurants, shops, and attractions in the heart of Tokyo.

    Plaza Superior South Tower Room    
    30 m² (323 ft²)
    120 x 203 cm * 2 Bed    
    152 x 203 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Plaza Superior South Tower Room + Rollaway Bed (120 x 188 cm)

    Shiga :

    Yumotokan

    Surrounded by tranquil mountains, the Yumotokan is a Ryokan (Japanese-style hotel) featuring hot springs baths and stunning views of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Ogoto Onsen, the local hot springs for the hotel, has been supplying natural mineral-rich water for 1200 years.

    Japanese Room    
    8 tatami mats
    100 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Japanese Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)
    Arranged with Futon in Japanese Room

    Shiga :

    Hanakaido

    The Hanakaido is famous for embodying the elegance Kyoto. Featuring hot spring baths and lakeside views of Lake Biwa, enjoy their indoor bath, outdoor hot springs and a beautiful Kaiseki dinner in traditional Kyoto style.

    Japanese Room    
    8 tatami mats
    100 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Japanese Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)
    Arranged with Futon in Japanese Room

    Shiga :

    Biwako Hotel

    This hot spring hotel is known for its comfortable fusion-style rooms, each offering a private lakeside balcony view of Lake Biwa. Enjoy an expertly-prepared Kyoto-style banquet dinner and fabulous service. 

    Lake View Deluxe Floor Lumina Room    
    30 m² (323 ft²)
    120 x 203 cm * 2 Bed    
    160 x 203 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Lake View Deluxe Floor Lumina Room + Rollaway Bed (110 x 188 cm)

    Kyoto :

    Kyoto Hotel Okura

    Centrally-located in Kyoto city, the Okura is within walking distance from Gion, popular restaurants, and exciting shopping areas. It is a Kyoto icon and has long been regarded by locals as one of the best places to stay in the city.

    Standard Room    
    37 m² (398 ft²)
    120 x 210 cm * 2 Bed    
    180 x 210 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Standard Room + Rollaway Bed (100 x 210 cm)

    Kyoto :

    Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto

    Near Shijo-karasuma, the heart of Kyoto, this luxury hotel is conveniently situated for sightseeing and shopping activities. In addition, all hotel rooms and banquet rooms feature free broadband internet access.

    Superior Room    
    36 m² (388 ft²)
    120 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    160 x 200 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Superior Room + Sofa Bed (100 x 190 cm)

    Osaka :

    Imperial Hotel Osaka

    Known as one of Osaka's best luxury hotels, the Imperial Osaka is located near Osaka Castle on the cherry tree-lined Okawa River in a relaxing, resort-like setting. Free shuttle service to Osaka Station is available as well as complimentary bikes to explore the area (10-min. ride to Osaka Castle).

    Standard Room    
    30 m² (323 ft²)
    105 x 205 cm * 2 Bed    
    160 x 205 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Standard Room + Rollaway Bed (97 x 195 cm)
    Herman R.
    (11/25/2019) Herman R.

    Great itinerary with some unexpected goodies. Eriko is very knowledgeable and accommodating. She went above and beyond in taking care of us. Would recommend this tour with Eriko for anyone traveling to Japan. Eriko, thank you so much with our travel plans after the tours end. You saved us a lot of time, trouble and money. We wish you the very best!

    Lily L.
    (05/18/2019) Lily L.

    This is our first visit to Japan and we selected Super Value due to high recommendations from a family friend, and am so glad we did. We travel a lot and this is the best tour we ever had. No enforced shopping. No rushing. We stayed in superb hotels and even a ryokan with hot springs. The itinerary was very well-planned; we could not have done it on our own. We especially thank Hui, our superb tour guide, who is a wonderful, patient lady...One of the members unfortunately got sick, and she did her best to take care of that person while guiding the entire group, even using her personal time to secure a doctor's appointment for that person within the day. At the end of the tour, she showed up at the airport to make sure our family had no problem with our return flight. Hui is a very professional, patient, and caring lady who treats EVERYONE in the group very well...I highly recommend Super Value Tour [now Supera Tours]!

    Irene S.
    (04/03/2019) Irene S.

    ...From the time I first contacted Super Value [now Supera Tours] to my flight home, this company is first rate and should be the standard all tour companies should strive to achieve. The sights, food and hotels were first class and exceeded my expectations. Sachi, the person I contacted to book the tours provided the best service...EVER!!!!...My tour guides were also first rate. Having gone on 2 tours, it was obvious to me every guide is thoroughly vetted and focused on taking care of their "guests"...The food, both quality and quantity, was superior and far better than other food I've had with other tour companies. I had extended my stay on one of the tours and they gave me cash (yen) to compensate me for the ride to the airport that I did not use at the end of the tour. I can't say enough positive things about this tour company...