Super Value Tours - Japan Kanto- 6 Days_Tokyo, Lake Kawaguchiko, Fuji-Hakone National Park, Kamakura, Asakusa

Japan Kanto- 6 Days

2018

Land Only from US $1499-$1599

Tokyo, Lake Kawaguchiko, Fuji-Hakone National Park, Kamakura, Asakusa

Departs January-December

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THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE 

A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. Our tours are designed to balance sightseeing & free time while avoiding crowds and tourist traps.

HIGHLIGHTS OF KANTO (TOKYO, KAMAKURA, & FUJI-HAKONE IZU NATIONAL PARK):

  • Rickshaw through the ancient historical town of Kamakura

  • Overnight Hot Spring Hotel in Fuji Five Lakes

    • Mt. Fuji is usually shy, but our specially-arranged itinerary of the Kawaguchi area gives us ample time and more opportunity to get a good view of this majestic UNESCO landmark while escaping the crowds.

    • Iyashi no Sato Village. See Mt. Fuji against a beautiful backdrop of traditional thatched roof houses. Dress in a simple Kimono or Samurai Armor for a fun and unique photo op!

    • Visit the Kubota collection, a 3-star Michelin art museum, highly rated for its unique painted kimono on display.

  • 3 nights in Tokyo: a more relaxed pace to take in the sights, cuisine, & culture of this world-class city.

    • Sail the Sumida River on a water bus and experience local waterfront scenery.

    • Explore Tokyo’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Shibuya, Asakusa, Harajuku, Ginza and the Imperial Palace East Garden.

SPECIAL SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS 

    3/30-4/8 cherry blossom viewing in Chidori Ga Fuchi, Meguro River, or Ueno Park 
  4/15-4/20 enjoy the Lake Kawaguchi Cherry Tree Festival
  4/20-5/15 we visit “Mt. Fuji Shiba-Sakura (moss blossom) Festival” instead of Imperial Palace East Garden

 

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Mt. Fuji: Fuji View Hot Spring Spa Hotel

    • Soak in traditional indoor or open air hot springs

    • Dress in Yukata robes during our Kaiseki banquet and karaoke

    • Rooms available: Standard or upgrade to Fuji View (+$100, limited availability, inquire for details)

  • Tokyo: Imperial Hotel Tokyo- Iconic, luxurious, and walking distance to the famous Ginza district and Imperial Palace. 

CULINARY EXPERIENCES

  • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Before a restaurant is selected for our itinerary, our development team spends countless hours sampling dozens of restaurants for comparison. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste Japanese delicacies, including Shabu Shabu, Kamameshi, Sashimi, and traditional Kaiseki banquet dinner.

SUPER VALUE STANDARD

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable Super Value trained guides.

  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details  

  • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.

  • Porterage service is provided at most hotels (where available).

Tour Map
Itinerary
Day1

 Depart North America for Tokyo, Japan

  • Depart from your home airport, have a great flight!
Day2

Arrive in Narita (NRT)  smiley(46 miles, 1.5 hrs) or Haneda (HND) smiley(12 miles, 30 mins), Tokyo【Dinner】

  • "Yokoso" or "Welcome" to Japan! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you to the hotel via limousine bus. Airport pickup is available for flights arriving Narita (NRT) from 12:30P-6:00P or Haneda (HND) from 1:00P-2:55P.
    • We're sorry - airport pickup not included for arrivals in NRT Terminal 3 or HND Terminal 1 or 2. Please take the airport limousine bus directly to our hotel. Our group will meet in the hotel for dinner.
    • Narita T3 details available on the Narita Airport website.
  • If you arrive early, take the rest of the day to rest up. Or, if you’re up for it, take advantage of our centrally-located hotel and explore the local area on foot. For guests arriving after 6pm, we will refund 2,000 JPY per person for dinner.
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DinnerLocal specialties HotelImperial Hotel Tokyo (Ginza District) or Keio Plaza hotel (Shinjuku District)

Day3

Tokyo smiley(70 miles, 1.5 hrs) Lake Kawaguchi smiley(4 miles, 15 mins) Hot Spring Hotel【3 meals】

  • Imperial Palace: Stroll through the East Garden; one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful palace grounds by avoiding the crowds.
  • Get acquainted with Tokyo with an introductory tour of this vibrant city!
  • Take a walking tour of Shibuya, Harajuku, and nearby Omotesando: Some of Tokyo's most vibrant neighborhoods
  • Itchiku Kubota Museum: A small yet profound museum, this site summarizes Japanese elegance perfectly. The "Symphony of Light" kimono display is not to be missed, but even the building and gardens are attractions themselves. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon tea in the beautiful setting.
  • Finish the day with a true cultural experience in our hot spring hotel with panoramic views of Mt. Fuji on the observatory deck. Dress in Yukata robes and enjoy a traditional Kaiseki dinner and karaoke. 
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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchHoto Noodles (Fuji Five Lakes area specialty) DinnerKaiseki Banquet and Karaoke! HotelFuji View Hot Spring Spa Hotel OR Equivalent

Day4

Hot Spring Hotel smiley(4 miles, 20 mins) Lake Saiko smiley(73 miles, 2.5 hrs) Kamakura smiley(40 miles, 1.5 hrs) Tokyo【3 meals】

  • Free time: Take the morning to relax and stroll through the hotel's extensive garden. In spring time, more than 300 cherry trees bloom! It is also recommended to wake early and watch the sunrise from the Fuji View hotel lounge. 
  • Iyashi no Sato Healing Village:
    • Escape the crowds for intimate views of Mt. Fuji.
    • Explore the local farmtown atmosphere of the Healing Village set against a beautiful backdrop of traditional thatched roof houses.
    • Try on a kimono or samurai armor for a fun and unique photo op!
  • Kamakura: Discover Kamakura's treasures as you rickshaw through Japan's first shogunate capital.
  • Take in a beautiful evening view of the Tokyo cityscape from Tokyo Tower.
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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerAll-You-Can-Eat Japanese Shabu Shabu HotelImperial Hotel Tokyo (Ginza District) or Keio Plaza Hotel (Shinjuku District)

Day5

Tokyo 【2 meals】

  • Sightseeing bus tour of: Old Tokyo - Ningyocho, Akihabara, Ueno, and Ryogoku.
  • Tokyo Mizube Line: Cruise down Sumida River on a water bus. Along the way, take in a spectacular view of the Tokyo skyline.
  • Asakusa: Free time to explore this vivacious old Edo district filled with unique Japanese delicacies. Don't forget to see the famous Senso-ji temple, Tokyo's oldest and most festive temple.
  • See Tokyo like a local! Explore the exciting city on your own. Plan your own route or take one of several suggested courses for you to enjoy as a guideline. Whether your interest is in relaxation, culture, dining, or shopping, the city has a boundless array of fun and different things for everyone.
  • Dinner is not included tonight so you may take advantage of unlimited dining options in the area.
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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchKamameshi (Rice Pot) or Sashimi Set at a Century-Old Restaurant DinnerNot Included-Explore Tokyo with Our Helpful Maps and Suggestions HotelImperial Hotel Tokyo (Ginza District) or Keio Plaza Hotel (Shinjuku District)

Day6

Narita (NRT) sad Next Destination【Breakfast】

  • "Sayonara!" or "Goodbye!" Based on your departure time, our tour guide will direct you to take the airport shuttle bus.

 *Airport send off available from 12:30pm-8:30pm.

BreakfastWestern and Japanese Buffet

Health & Safety 

  • This tour involves standing and walking for up to 1 hour at a time over inclined or uneven streets.
  • Guests in wheelchairs may be accommodated, but please understand some historic sites in Japan are not wheelchair accessible.
  • In traditional ryokan hotels, we will overnight in tatami rooms and sleep on futons on the floor.

Upgrades

  • You have the choice of upgrading our stay in the Fuji View hotel for a room facing Mt. Fuji for $100USD per room. Availability is limited, so please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to upgrade.
  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no options are sold on tour.

 Dietary Restrictions

  • It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no sashimi, no lamb, etc), please let us know. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

  • Porterage service included in all hotels where available (most ryokan hotels do not offer porterage).

  2018 Schedule Adjustments

  • Kubota Itchiku Museum
    • When Kubota Itchiku Museum is closed, we will visit Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center or Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center instead.
    • Departures affected by closure: Jun 16, Dec 22
Lake Saiko

Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lakes) refers to the five lakes around the northern foot of Mt. Fuji: Yamanaka-ko, Kawaguchi-ko, Sai-ko, Shoji-ko, and Motosu-ko. In ancient times, lava flow from volcanic eruption of Mt. Fuji spread across the area, damming up rivers and resulting in the formation of these lakes.

Of the Five Lakes, Saiko Lake is the most quiet and remains the most unspoiled and is considered one of the best areas to observe Mt. Fuji.

Iyashi no Sato Healing Village

Once a small farming village, Iyashi no Sato Healing Village was destroyed by natural disaster in 1966. Reconstructed with techniques to preserve the original atmosphere, the village now stands as a living exhibition of edo period Japan.

Today, more than twenty thatch-roofed houses have been converted into art gallerys, mini museums, and handicraft shops and give visitors a chance to have a fun way of experiencing traditional artforms. You can even try on a kimono or samurai armor for a fun and unique photo op!

Itchiku Kubota Museum

Itchiku Kubota Museum is a small gallery dedicated to the intricate works of the textile artist of the same name. At an early age, Kubota was deeply inspired by the ancient tsujigahana (1300-1600AD) style of textile decoration and made it his life's mission to recreate this lost artform. 

The "Symphony of Light" kimono display is not to be missed, but even the building and gardens are attractions themselves. Enjoying a refreshing afternoon tea in the beautiful setting is a great way to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Itchiku Kubota Museum has been honored with a 3-star Michelin award 

Harajuku

Harajuku is known internationally as a center of Japanese youth culture and fashion. Shopping and dining options include quaint cafes and independent boutiques. The area is also home to Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Shibuya

A center for youth fashion and culture, Shibuya's streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers. If you're in this district of Tokyo, make sure not to miss famous & exciting landmarks such as the Hachiko Dog Statue and the intensely busy Shibuya Crossing.

Shinjuku

Shinjuku is an area otherwise known as Tokyo’s playground where we can explore the nightlife of the magical city. This district exemplifies modern Tokyo and boasts countless movie theaters, department stores, fashion boutiques, shopping plazas, neon signs, restaurants, and a dizzying array of most everything Tokyo has to offer. At Shinjuku Station, Tokyo’s busiest station, an estimated 3.3 million people pass by per day, making it the busiest station in the world.

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is the current home to the Emperor and his family. Surrounded by public parks, the palace is immersed within a sea of majestic bonsai trees, creating a quintessential oasis engulfed within the city. Though public entrance is only permitted twice a year, the castle itself is a relevant cultural symbol and regarded as a must-see site for visitors.

Sumida River Cruise

We make our way to Asakusa by a scenic cruise boat on the Sumida River. Down at water level, the short cruise not only gives you fresh air, but also great views of Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree and brings you closer to Tokyo’s riverborne heritage.

Asakusa

Asakusa is the well-preserved and still vivacious old Edo district. It is best known for the Sensoji Temple, the oldest and most popular temple in the city where yearly festivals are held. Thousands of locals celebrate here every year to commemorate the life of Buddha. Through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) leading to the temple is the famous Nakamise Dori, an area that has won itself a festive reputation, attracting many local specialists who sell unique Japanese delicacies within its crowded streets.

Ginza

In Ginza, set your soles on some of the most expensive real estate on our planet. This part of Tokyo is the quintessential, high-end shopping mecca for people to see and be seen. In Ginza not everything (or anything) is affordable, but for the same reason people visit Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or Fifth Avenue in New York, the intrigue is the essence of the surroundings. So whether you’re browsing the extravagant department stores and towering, glossy retail shops or simply lounging with a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy as you watch Tokyo’s high society pass by.

Fuji View Hot Spring Spa Hotel

Founded in 1936, this traditional Japanese inn is in a class of its own. The hotel offers unrestricted views of Mt. Fuji and boasts a vast garden area with over 300 cherry blossom trees. The hot spring waters can be enjoyed in both indoor and open air settings.

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 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. 

Keio Plaza

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.  

  • Kamameshi

    The name of this dish translates to 'kettle rice'. The dish consists of rice directly cooked in a kettle, served alongside a garnish of fish, meat, and vegetables. The ingredients cook at the same time as the rice, thus infusing their flavor into the rice itself.

  • Shabu Shabu

    Shabu Shabu is thinly sliced beef cooked quickly in pot of boiling water along with vegetables, served with a variety of dipping sauces. The onomatopoeic name comes from the sizzling sound of dipping beef twice into the hot water: "shabu shabu~"

  • Sashimi Set

    Sashimi is a traditional Japanese method for preparing and serving fresh fish. Sliced into bite-sized pieces and served raw, sashimi is the best way to experience Japan’s bounty of incredible fresh seafood

  • Kaiseki Banquet

    Traditionally only served to royalty, a Kaiseki banquet is a multi course dinner of many small plates. The banquet is considered an art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colors of food.

Cherry G.( Apr 24, 2018 )

We just finished a Japan Classics tour with Colin Wu, and he's the best.  We had taken the Kansai tour in 2015 covering some of the same ground and enjoyed it, but Colin managed to make this one fresh and different as we traveled with family members who were in Japan for the first time.  He was hardworking, considerate of everyone's needs and funny too.


Irene S.( Nov 27, 2017 )

My trip went exceptionally well and was grateful to spend Thanksgiving with at least one of my daughters. I worry a lot but Eriko gave me perfect instructions for getting to my hotel after the tour and eventually to the airport. I love my experience with your company and I am hoping the dates for the Kansai tour will work for my older daughter. The cities included are exactly the ones both my younger daughter and I are excited about visiting. I will let you know what our decision is as soon as we know. 


I will send photos under separate email...of course, they don’t do just for the beautiful scenery but I loved every minute of the tour and treasured time I was able to spend with my daughter. 


Jeady Chen( Sep 25, 2017 )

Thank you for your email, we had a wonderful trip to Japan. The tour was the best we have ever joined. The tour guide was so nice and knowledgeable. The food was so authentic and delicious! The tour bus was very comfortable and the driver was just so nice and helpful. And the hotel was superior especially the last two night at the Imperial hotel, we love its room services. Just the weather was really hot, otherwise, it was the perfect tour for us.

Gil H.( Nov 18, 2017 )

We had wonderful time,this was our first tour experience and it was surprisingly wonderful from the booking to the hotel, food,tour places.excellent tour guide HUI.Overall we rate it a 5 star positive experience.


Murari M.( Jul 22, 2017 )

First I have to Thank Super value tours for the offer without them I wouldn't have such great experience in Kanto trip. Usually, we do 1 or 2 foreign vacations each year,  we plan our trips by referring TripAdvisor/internet portals and through friends. We leverage tour operations for day trips during such trips.  The reason is to have independence and get more local experience and enjoy the trip leisurely. But this trip experience gave me new ideas. This was my first solo trip since my wife had a job change and she couldn't get time off.  


From super value tours perspective, it was above and beyond my expectation.  The whole tour was well managed and Eriko is an exceptional guide. The entire event was well planned and efficiently managed, I didn't expect such smooth and professional planning and execution. There are lots and lots of great things to highlight about this tour. I can understand there is a lot of planning and teamwork happening behind.


I haven't downloaded photos from my iPad, I will send them very soon. And I will contact your company for my next Japan tour, this time it will be with my family.  Again I express my gratitude and Thanks to Super Value Tours for such a great opportunity.

James S.( Jul 07, 2017 )

This trip went by so fast; we should have chosen a longer one.    Everyone really enjoyed it and even the grandkids are ready to return to Japan. Our guide, Miki, was excellent--charismatic, informative, patient. As usual, the food & hotels were top "SuperValue" standards. Thank you again.  

Stephen S.( May 18, 2017 )

To put it simply, this journey went well beyond my expectations. It was the most fun I've ever had in my entire life - Colin, our guide, was extremely charming and pleasant to be around, and the group was just as pleasant to be with. From the temples to the hot springs, shabu-shabu to kaiseki banquets, and world-class service everywhere, along with the opportunity to practice my conversational Japanese, it was truly the best vacation and the best birthday I've ever experienced. I couldn't have asked for more, and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to travel with your group. I'm also extremely grateful to both your fine company and the Imperial Tokyo Hotel in Ginza for their thoughtful birthday gifts (a Tokyo t-shirt and a commemorative picture frame). Once I have the opportunity to save up again, I'll be sure to book another trip with you. It was truly one for the history books, and I cannot thank you enough for all your help in getting it arranged (in spite of my admittedly constant questions). You've been extremely helpful in getting it all taken care of and making it all happen, and for that, I'm forever indebted to you and the company for this. ども ありがとう ごあざいます!


Carolynne N.( Apr 30, 2017 )

Returned from the Kanto 6 day tour. Hotels were great, hotel staff very attentive to every need. Food was delicious and a good sample of specialties from each area. Coach very comfortable - your home for the day between sights. Our guide was excellent. His knowledge enhanced the tour and his personality made this trip one of the best we have ever experienced. Most meals were included and the last night Colin walked the group to a nearby area with many dining options. Many experiences were packed into the short trip with little time wasted standing in lines or paying entrance fees. Upon returning home, many friends were impressed and surprised with all that was included in the tour. We are thinking of another tour next year.


JS K.( Apr 09, 2017 )

Just came from 6 days Kanto tour, short, but they made the itineraries compact, a good introduction of Tokyo , Mt. fuji and temples in japan. Food are amazing! And accommodation is first class! I'm planning to do the Vietnam tour next year:) of course with SVT.


Pedro C.( Jun 07, 2016 )

My wife and I wanted to book a trip to Japan for our 10 year anniversary. We started doing research last fall and stumbled on Super Value Tours. The reviews were great so we figured this might be the place to go. We met with someone on staff and book our Kanto 5 day trip. We decided to book our trip with Super Value Tours as well as extend our stay in Japan on our own. From the first time we met with Super Value Tours, their staff have been very friendly and answered all of our questions. We looked forward to our tour.


Well, we just arrived from our trip this past Saturday and I must say Super Value Tours provided 5-star service! Our pick up from the airport was smooth, and our Tour Guide was waiting for us at the hotel. After some instructions and dinner, we began our tour the next day. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The locations we visited were wonderful and we got to do a lot in such a short amount of time. All of the hotels, ESPECIALLY the Tokyo Imperial Hotel were great. The food was also great. Although we had a large group, our guide was able to effectively tour us. I couldn't help to think about the amount of value we got for this tour. 

Although we were on our own for a few days after the tour ended, the tour company gave us advice and help on extending our stay which went smoothly. 

Overall I would recommend super value tours for their professionalism, courtesy, and friendly atmosphere.


Rick C.( May 05, 2015 )

I usually only review restaurants, however, this business was so good I just had to leave a review. First off my wife and I went to the travel show and talked to a lot of agents, apparently, we had entered a contest and I won a free trip with Super Value Tours to Japan, with the Kanto tour. So with my free trip we went ahead and booked my wife on her trip so this was all done through this office, everything and I mean everything was handled perfectly. We travel a lot, however, we usually travel on our own, never use agents and had never used a tour. Boy were we missing out, every contingency was seemingly handled by the company.                                                  From the flight on April 25th on Singapore Airlines to the meeting of our tour guide at Narita to the hotels to the bus driver to the best guide (Maiko) you would ever hope to have, everything was first rate. The itinerary was followed to a tee and everything was so organized. We had a large group (25 or so) and even with that large group, things went perfectly. Every email I sent to our agent was returned promptly I encourage anyone thinking about using a tour to go to Japan to confidently hire this operation, they are the first rate.


Billy B.( Oct 21, 2012 )

Very nice staff, great tour packages, reasonable price, and best Quality vs Cost ratio.  Really great company.  Went to the Tokyo tour and it was great.


Douglas L.( Sep 29, 2012 )

DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

The staff, tour guides, and vehicles were all excellent!!!!
The booking staff arranged an extended week in Japan for us.  On our own, we went to Kyoto and Kanazawa, by Shinkansen and rented a car.  Everything went smooth, no problems.

Thanks, Liz in the US and Maiko in Japan.  

We'll do it again.


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