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17 Days Classic Japan and China tour

Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto-Nara-Osaka-Beijing-Xi'an-Guilin-Shanghai

Tour Code: TAT-Japan-03

Tour Type: Private Tour

Price from: US$4122 Free Inquiry

Tour Feature

  • Handpicked private tour covering Japan and China
  • Exciting experience of Shinkansen and hi-speed train trips in Japan and China
  • Explore the world heritages like Mt. Fuji and The Great Wall
  • Go through the culture differences between Japan and China

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Day 1Arrival Tokyo

Transfer service to hotel on sharing basis.

Meal: No meals
Hotel: In Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo! Our local representative will wait for you at the NRT/HRD airport and help you to get on the sharing shuttle bus and our driver will transfer you to hotel. Check in hotel and enjoy your leisure time.
 

Notes:

1. Transfer service: on sharing basis
2. Pick up service: 30 minutes after passengers’ flight’s actual arrival time. The maximum waiting time is one hour.
3. Airport arrival time should be between 08:00-20:00


Tokyo City View
Tokyo City View

Day 2Tokyo

Group tour: Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden ( if closed, imperial palace plaza, double bridge instead), Hama Rikyu Garden, Sumida River Cruise, Asakusa

Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: In Tokyo

Today is your time to explore the Tokyo city. After your early breakfast at hotel, start for a full day to explore Tokyo city in a group.

The first stop is Tokyo Tower (approx. 30 mins), from which you could enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the main observation platform. Then the group moves to Meiji Shrine (approx. 40 mins). It takes a fine example of Japanese shrine architecture. It is nestled in a peaceful and picturesque area. Passing by the Akasaka Guest House and National Diet Building, we will go to visit Imperial Palace East Garden (approx. 40 mins), enjoy a pleasant walk through the garden, which is a place of historical interest and scenic beauty. Then drive through Ginza Shopping District and leave you about 1 hour to enjoy a typical Japanese style lunch.

In the afternoon, the group will visit Hama-rikyu Garden (approx. 40 mins), which is a typical daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond. Then we will enjoy a boat ride on Sumida River from Hinode Pier to Asakusa to see a harmonious blend of old and new Tokyo. In Asakusa area, we will visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street, which is the famous cultural landmark in Tokyo.

Then the group will drive through Kappabashi and arrive in Ueno and Akihabara about 17:45-18:00. Return service is available to the hotel where you were picked up.
 

Notes:

1. The group pick up time is between 07:30 and 08:50 in the morning, but the pick-up service depends on hotel. If your hotel is not at pick-up point, you may need to go to the nearest pick up point by yourself.
2. The Imperial Palace East Garden is often closed on Monday and Friday. Whenever, it is closed, the group will be arranged to visit Imperial Palace Plaza, Double Bridge instead, seeing the inner moat, 15-foot thick walls and pine trees surrounding the 250-acre fortress, home of the Emperor and Empress.
3. The return service is only available to the hotel where you are picked up. The Return service is arranged between around 18:00 and 20:00.

Asakusa Kannon Temple
Asakusa Kannon Temple

Day 3Tokyo

Free day

Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: In Tokyo

Free day for leisure today. You could explore the city by yourselves

Ginza
Ginza

Day 4Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto

Group tour: Mt. Fuji 5th station (depends on condition), Hakone Sky Gondara, Owkudani Valley, Cruise at Lake Ashi

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: In Kyoto

After breakfast in your hotel, you will start a full day group tour to visit Mt. Fuji & Hakone. The motor- coach rides for about 150 minutes, and we arrive at Mt. Fuji 2th Station, from which we could enjoy a panoramic view for about half an hour and tourists will be amazed by the spectacular and breathtaking views from above the clouds. Then tourist will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Gotemba.

After lunch, we will ride the Hakone Sky Gondola and visit Owakudani Valley. You will also have chance to have a boat cruise on Lake Ashi, which is a crater lake along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mt. Hakone, formed by a powerful volcanic eruption about 3,000 years ago. It provides a postcard views of Mt. Fuji.

Then you will be dropped off at Odawara Station, where you will take bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, move to your hotel by yourself.

Notes:

1. The group pick up time is between 07:30 and 08:50 in the morning, but the pick-up service depends on hotel. If your hotel is not at pick-up point, you may need to go to the nearest pick up point by yourself.
2. Hakone Sky Gondola, Owakudani Valley or Pirate Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi may be omitted or substituted due to weather conditions, heavy traffic, or other operational reasons. In such cases, a tour guide shall take you to one or two locations from among the following alternative sightseeing spots. Please note, however that the tours may not be canceled and the tour fare shall not be refunded. Alternative sightseeing spots: Hakone Komagatake Ropeway, the summit of Komagatake, Hakone Ashinoko (Lake Ashi) Boat Cruise, Hakone Shrine, Hakone Check Point, Hakone GeoMuseum, Narukawa Museum in Hakone, Boat Cruise on Lake Kawaguchi or Kawaguchi Ropeway. The tour guide shall finalize the best alternative under the circumstance.
3. You will drive up to the highest possible point when the road up to Mt.Fuji 5th station is closed due to snow or other reasons, if heavy traffic is expected or the tour is running late. Even under these circumstances, the tours may not be canceled and the tour fare shall not be refunded.


Mt. Fuji
 Mt. Fuji

Day 5Kyoto

Group tour: Nijo-jo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: In Kyoto

Breakfast at hotel, we will start a full day Kyoto tour. You will need to meet the tour guide at Kyoto Avanti Sunrise tours desk by meeting time by yourselves. The departure time from Avanti’s Sunrise Tours Desk (Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit) at 08:30. Then take the motor-coach to visit Nijo-jo Castle (50 min), once Kyoto imperial castle with stunning Tamami rooms in which there are many beautiful paintings of the Edo period. Then visit Kinkaku-ji Temple (45 min), the most well-known temple in Japan, which is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next stop is Kyoto Imperial Palace (40 min) before a Japanese style lunch is arranged at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, the group move to visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (30 min), the head shrine of about 30,000 Inari shrines across Japan and Sanjusangen-do Temple (30 min) first, Sanjusangendo is a unique and impressive temple in Kyoto. It dates back to 1164 and is famous for its 1001 golden statues of Kannon, goddess of mercy. Before transfer back, we will visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple (70 min), which is the oldest temple in Kyoto, known for "stage of the Kiyomizu". It was listed as one of the world cultural heritage sites in 1994.

Tourists will be dropped off at Kyoto Station and need to go back to hotel by yourselves.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Day 6Kyoto

Free morning time Group tour: Todaiji Temple or Nara Park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara Nagomikan (Gift shop)

Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: In Kyoto

Have a leisure breakfast in the hotel and you will have a free morning to explore the city by yourself. Then a half day group tour departs at 13:45 from Avanti’s Sunrise Tours Desk ( Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit). Then take a motor-coach to visit Todaiji Temple through Nara Garden. Kasuga Tasha Shrine is another highlight in Nara, famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshipers. After a stop at Nara Nagomikan (a gift shop), the group will bedriven back to Kyoto and dropped off at Kyoto Station. Tourists back to hotel on their own.

Todaiji
Todaiji

Day 7Kyoto-Osaka-Beijing

Transfer service to Kansai airport on sharing basis, Fly to Beijing

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Citadines Ritan Beijing or similar ★★★★

After hotel breakfast, free at leisure before transfer to Kansai International Airport on sharing basis for your flight to Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be greeted by our local guide at the airport with TCT signboard. Then our guide will transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day for you to get over the jet lag.

Beijing City View
Beijing City View

Day 8Beijing

Temple of Heaven, Hutong, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Accommodation: Citadines Ritan Beijing or similar ★★★★

TCT local guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time. It will be an exciting day as we will explore the world well-known wonders today. The 1st stop is Temple of Heaven, the existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven and a place where the emperors prayed for a year of abundance. In the visit of Temple of Heaven, you will be astonished by the exquisite ancient Chinese architectures. Besides, you will see local seniors doing morning exercises in the square and full of vigor. You will have chance to watch Chinese Kongfu, Taichi, square dancing, playing cards, playing chess etc.

Then our group will move to a less commercial Hutong nearby. A short walking along the authentic Beijing Hutong will give you a deep impression of the local residents’ live. A la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant to have a taste of the authentic Chinese food at noon time and have a break at the restaurant.

Then continue this Beijing city treasure city by a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest city center square, the locality of numerous major political and historical events. It is the witness of Chinese development. It is only a walking distance from Tian'anmen Square to Forbidden City, the world's existing largest and most complete ancient wooden structure buildings. You will explore the glorious palace halls and gardens for more than 2 hours in Forbidden City, learning the legendary story of the emperors and how the royal family lived there. You will be stunned by the numerous old art treasures exhibited in halls. Drive back to hotel, we will have a stop at pearl store en route. Please feel free to consult with your local guide about the evening activities in Beijing, such as the night shows of Beijing.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 9Beijing

Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird Nest and Water Cube

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A la Carte Lunch
Accommodation: Citadines Ritan Beijing or similar ★★★★

It will be an exciting day today. In the early morning, guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby. Today we will visit the must-visit spot in Beijing--- Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the famous sections of China Great Wall. It takes about 2 hours driving from the downtown of Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section. (***Cable car and slideway are available at Mutianyu Great Wall. It is optional and excluded from our price***)

A la carte lunch is arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of Mutianyu. Drive back to downtown of Beijing. We will have a stop at a tea store en route. When we reach Beijing, we will have a photo stop outside the Bird Nest and Water Cube, which were the famous sites constructed for 2008 Beijing Olympic. The tour finishes by dropping off at your hotel. If you would like to try local specialty tonight, you could ask for some suggestion about Peking Roast Duck Restaurant.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 10Beijing-Xi'an

Summer Palace, High speed train to Xi'an

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: Somerset Xindicheng Xi'an or similar ★★★★

In the morning, check out from hotel and start to visit the last spots in Beijing --- Summer Palace, the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. The Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are regarded as the representative of Summer Palace. In the park, you could choose to take a boating trip on the lake, enjoying the beautiful royal garden view. Walk along the Long Corridor--- the longest corridor in the world, admiring the extremely rich and prestigious paintings on the beams of the corridor.

A la carte lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant on the way to Beijing West Railway Station to take high speed train (2nd class seat, duration: about 5-5.5 hours) from Beijing to Xi'an. TCT guide will wait at the exit of Xi'an train station with our signboard and transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the time.

Summer Palace
Summer Palace

Day 11Xi'an

Ancient City Wall, Taichiquan Course, Terracotta Worriors

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: Somerset Xindicheng Xi'an or similar ★★★★

Today we will have a full day to explore this historical and cultural city in China. Pick up from hotel in the morning, and then have a visit to the landmark of Xi'an---Xian City Wall. You could choose to have a bicycle riding on the city wall (***Bicycle riding is optional and excluded from our price***). An impressive Tai Chi Chuan course is arranged at the City Wall for you. Originating from the roots of classical Chinese culture, Tai Chi Chuan absorbed a variety of sources including the Book of Changes, Taoism and Buddhism. With a professional Tai Chi Master's teaching, you will understand Chinese culture better.

After that, we will drive to the highlights in Xi’an ---the Terracotta Warriors. On the way to Terracotta Warriors, we will have a stop at a pottery workshop, where you will have chance to learn how to make a pottery figure.  A la carte lunch is arranged at a local restaurant nearby Terracotta Warriors. In the afternoon, we will have enough time to visit this world wonder --- Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation.

The tour finishes by dropping-off at the hotel lobby. You could ask your local guide for some information about evening entertainment or night show, such as Tang Dynasty Show.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Day 12Xi'an-Guilin

Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Fly to Guilin

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar ★★★★

You will have a leisure morning for your to walk around. We will check out at noon time and drive to have lunch directly. In the afternoon, Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda,  one of the most well-preserved Tang Dynasty buddha temples. It is  reputed as the Tang Dynasty elaborate and valuable Buddhist architectural heritage. While visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you will have chance to watch the traditional shadow play, visit Jianfu Temple as well as Xi'an Museum.

Take a flight to Guilin, the local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to check in the hotel.

Guilin City View
Guilin City View

Day 13Guilin

Longji Rice Terraces, Ping'an Zhuang Village

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar ★★★★

We will have an exciting day to visit the ethnic group villages and the stunning rice terraces today. The local tour guide picks you up from hotel lobby in the morning. It takes about 2 hours driving from downtown of Guilin to Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Area (Dragon's Back). The magnificent terraces are built into the hillsides and look like great steps cut into the slopes as they wind around the mountainsides.

Lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant in Ping'an Zhuang Village, which is just located in the rice terraces. You will have chance to try the local food cooked in bamboo, such as bamboo rice, chicken, ect. It tastes with the light fragrance of bamboo, quite different from which we eat in downtown.

After lunch, you will have enough free time to explore the ethnic villages, where the Yao and Zhuang people have been dwelling for generations in wooden houses. You will understand how the locals' life is, and you will see the locals working in the paddy fields, the women in their national costumes doing needlework by the village path or beneath her roof, ect. We will drive back to downtown of Guilin from Longji at around 15:00 and you may arrive at hotel about 17:00. A Four Lakes Night Cruise is recommended as an optional activity in Guilin.

Longji Rice Terraces
Longji Rice Terraces

Day 14Guilin-Yangshuo-Guilin

Li River Cruise, West Street

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch-box
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar ★★★★ 

In the morning you will be driven to the Zhujiang Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours from Guilin to Yangshuo). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, you can have a walk along the famous West Street and enjoy the free leisure time there before driving back to overnight in Guilin. If you would like to stay in Yangshuo longer and know more about the night show or evening entertainment, do not hesitate to ask your local guide, who'd be very willing to help you. The Show of Impression Liusanjie is highly recommended as an optional activity in Yangshuo if you are interested in.

Li River Cruise
Li River Cruise

Day 15Guilin-Shanghai

Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave

Meals: Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund or similar ★★★★

After breakfast, start to visit the Elephant Trunk Hill (1 hour) – the symbol of Guilin. After that, have a trip to Reed Flute Cave (1 hour) - the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After a la carte lunch at local restaurant, transfer to airport to catch the flight for Shanghai.

The Shanghai local guide will meet you at Shanghai airport and transfer you to check in the hotel.

Elephant Trunk Hill
Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 16Shanghai

Shikumen, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Old Street, the Bund

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund or similar ★★★★

The last day but still an inspiring day to explore the city of Shanghai,the largest and most modern city in mainland China. We will start the tour by walking into Nong Tang, the alleys in Shikumen, where you could witness the locals' relaxing and plain life. You will also find the unique architectural feature of Shanghai.

Then continue the day trip to Yuyuan Garden which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then continue to explore the Yuyuan Bazaar (Chenghuangmiao Old Street) nearby.

After a la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant, we continue our trip to Shanghai Silk Museum before moving to the foot of The Oriental Pearl TV Tower to visit Shanghai City History Museum(The Former Shanghai Wax Museum), where you will know more about the history and development of Shanghai. Then take the elevator up to the 2nd ball of the TV tower, from which you will have a bird-eye view of Shanghai. Go on driving through Lujiazui, the finance & trade zone in Pudong of Shanghai, where you will find many skyscrapers. We will have a view of the modern skyline of Shanghai.

Then back to the Bund, admire the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River. From the Bund, you could see the landmark of Shanghai--- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower as well as other high-rised buildings, just on the opposite of Huangpu River. 

The Bund
The Bund

Day 17Departure Shanghai

Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

After a leiusre breakfast this morning and check out, we will transfer you directly to airport for the flight to your next destination or home. Thanks for traveling with us, hope to see you again soon.

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Remark:
1. Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2020 to Dec 29, 2020, except Japan public holidays, local fairs or events, Spring Sakura season, Autumn Maple season.
2. Prices subject to change without any further notice;
3. Accommodation and tour itineraries are subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control;
4. Child rate : Please consulte with us separately.

Price includes:
Sharing transfer service in Japan as specified in the itinerary
Private transfer service in China as specified in the itinerary
English-speaking guides 
Hotel accommodation
Meals as as specified in the itinerary
Entrance fee as specified in the itinerary

Price excludes:
International Airfare to enter China and depart Japan 
China and Japan Entry Visa Fees
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Personal Expenses such as visa costs, insurance, Beverages, Portrage
Gratuities are not included, Current rate for guide is US$ & driver 10.00 per person per day
Personal comprehensive travel insurance 

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