2 Week May Japan Holiday Inc Flights, Hotels & Railcard £1038.08pp @ Ebookers
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2 Week May Japan Holiday Inc Flights, Hotels & Railcard £1038.08pp @ Ebookers

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Found 25th Feb
Japan has got to be one of my favourite places. I went one October and the stunning leaves and hiking was amazing. This trip is for May and you may even catch some of the cherry blossom if you head towards the Alps area.

I've included all rooms with private bathrooms but the hostels and shared bathrooms I experienced in Japan were spotless. I've never experienced a country as clean and as efficient as Japan. You could reduce your cost of this trip significantly if you shared a bathroom but I know a lot of people don't like this, but many accommodation options below do have cheaper rooms with shared bathrooms if you wanted to adjust this a bit. All accommodation is rated good or higher and some rooms are traditional Japanese style, which means it's a futon style padding on a mat floor. It sounds really uncomfortable but surprisingly I slept better on them than normal beds!

Also included is the price of a two week Japan Rail Pass. I believe you could save around £40pp by booking individual regional passes but for flexibility I think you'd be better with the pass. These don't come cheap at £300pp, however they are good to allow you to really get out and explore.

2 May
You'll leave London and fly to Osaka, arriving on 3rd May.

3-5 May
You will spend 2 nights in Osaka, a great place to start your Japan journey. I was glad to start in Osaka rather than Tokyo as after 2 weeks I was fully immersed into the Japanese way of life and I didn't find Tokyo as overwhelming at the end! In Osaka you'll spend 2 nights at the Hotel Duo which is centrally located and has good reviews.

5-7 May
You'll travel by train to Hiroshima. You'll spend 2 nights here. It's an amazing city, I'd suggest a day to take the ferry over to Miyajima to see the floating gate and the deer that will stalk you. There is also some great hiking too. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is also worth a visit. A few months earlier I'd been to Hawaii and it was very interesting visiting and reading history from both countries.

7-10 May
You'll head to Kyoto where you will spend 3 nights at the Smile Hotel. Some of my favourite things in Kyoto included a side trip to Himeji castle, the amazing Fushimi Inari-taisha, the gold temple of Kinkaku and the bamboo forest Arashiyama and nearby Katsura gardens. Foodies will also love Nishiki Market and head to Gion in the evening and you may be lucky to see a Geisha.

10-12 May
Takayama is next and this is the gateway to the Alps. I stayed here and also Kamikochi for hiking and it's a great place to visit for day trips and stunning scenery. You'll stay for 2 nights.

12-13 May
You'll make your way to Kanazawa bit I'd make a brief stop at Shirakawago, a lovely traditional village which is worth visiting en route. Highlights in Kanazawa are Kenrokuen Garden and the lovely old town.

13-16 May
From Kanazawa you'll make your way to Tokyo. You could break up this journey by stopping around the Lakes area for Fuji and add in an overnight if you wanted to cut down your time elsewhere, or visit the Fuji area from Tokyo. In Tokyo you'll stay in the Shinju area. It's a great base and close to the government buildings where you can go for views of the city. Don't forget the nightlife of Tokyo, great food and the bizarre Takeshita Street.

On 16 May you leave to head back to the UK but I've picked a flight with a huge layover in Shanghai allowing you a night in Shanghai. Now unless the rules of changed you may be eligible for a free visa - do check though as this may have changed. If you don't want to visit Shanghai you can just pick a flight with less of a layover. You'll stay for one night at the Fish Inn

Details:

All hotels book on ebookers.com using code LETSGO13

Long haul flights book on opodo.com £828.28

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2 nights in Osaka £99.49

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2 nights in Hiroshima £119.56

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3 nights in Kyoto £91.85

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2 nights in Takayama £83.50

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1 night in Kanazawa £50.88

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3 nights in Tokyo £164.65

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2 X 14 day Japanese Rail Pass book on jrpass.co.uk £600

1 night in Shanghai £39.96

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How I love, love, love Japan.
thewilder29 m ago

Terrible price, I go every year for a month, and …Terrible price, I go every year for a month, and ticket+lodging+travel+food expenses never exceeded £1500~.


Rather than whinging, why not be constructive and list where you stay, flights & trains you take, towns you stay in and so on?
This was Mt Fuji area in October.

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And I'm sure someone mentioned Kamikochi and the Alps. Some amazing hiking.


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Though some of the hikes involved some very dodgy ladders on edges of steep drops. This was just one of them. Nearly got stuck trying to come down, not for the faint hearted, bit like Wayna Picchu in Peru.

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Heat for the price and effort.
Nice one Rachel
How I love, love, love Japan.
Heat, great price and great detail.... now,how to hide this from my husband...
Keep it up! Great work, really!
Sorry to hijack thread a bit. I've booked Japan for Jun/Jul and need ideas for 5 nights. I'm spending 5 nights in Osaka and 8 nights in Tokyo. I just can't decide what to do between Osaka and Tokyo and have those 5 days to book. I would like it to be more of rural Japan but I'm not one for spending too much time travelling when I arrive in an area so those 5 days would ideally be in an area that has enough to do and see without the need for hours worth of travelling each day.
Edited by: "OllieSt" 25th Feb
Very good inventory; you covered what took me 5 returns and 2 years living there in 2 weeks - and time in each is about right to seal some beautiful memories - have a lovely time!
OllieSt15 m ago

Sorry to hijack thread a bit. I've booked Japan for Jun/Jul and need ideas …Sorry to hijack thread a bit. I've booked Japan for Jun/Jul and need ideas for 5 nights. I'm spending 5 nights in Osaka and 8 nights in Tokyo. I just can't decide what to do between Osaka and Tokyo and have those 5 days to book. I would like it to be more of rural Japan but I'm not one for spending too much time travelling when I arrive in an area so those 5 days would ideally be in an area that has enough to do and see without the need for hours worth of travelling each day.


Spending 5 nights in Osaka seems a bit much. I'd definitely spend time in Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan, and if you have the railcard Hiroshima. Hiroshima is probably the best place in Japan. Wonderful city. There are also some great Samurai towns in the North and spas in the south.

Accommodation wise I'd avoid hostels, tend to be too far out the way, and hotels as they lack the charm. I'd try stay in Japanese inns. Kind of like b&bs
Edited by: "dungavel" 25th Feb
Thanks so much for this. I got the £244 return flights to Tokyo on here last year and I'm starting to look at my itinerary for when I go in June /July. Great tips. Thanks OP.
Amazing value heat heat heat
Unbelievable price for such a trip!!
OllieSt38 m ago

Sorry to hijack thread a bit. I've booked Japan for Jun/Jul and need ideas …Sorry to hijack thread a bit. I've booked Japan for Jun/Jul and need ideas for 5 nights. I'm spending 5 nights in Osaka and 8 nights in Tokyo. I just can't decide what to do between Osaka and Tokyo and have those 5 days to book. I would like it to be more of rural Japan but I'm not one for spending too much time travelling when I arrive in an area so those 5 days would ideally be in an area that has enough to do and see without the need for hours worth of travelling each day.


As per another post, definitely too many nights in Osaka. Kyoto, I could have spent much longer than I did. Amazing place, we did side trips from Kyoto to Himeji Castle. It's a good base.

We stayed in mainly hostels, centrally located and all clean and welcoming. Japan can be expensive for accomodation and places we stayed were basic but I love the traditional style rooms, and the toilets of course!
What voucher had you applied in those screenshots? Account specific or public? Thanks for sharing the deal, well researched.
abx33 s ago

What voucher had you applied in those screenshots? Account specific or …What voucher had you applied in those screenshots? Account specific or public? Thanks for sharing the deal, well researched.


LETSGO13 is the code
Check which part of Japan you are going to to see if it is the rainy season!
rachelandgromit18 m ago

LETSGO13 is the code


Ah, sorry about that, you had actually posted it in the description. Thank you.
OllieSt1 h, 2 m ago

Sorry to hijack thread a bit. I've booked Japan for Jun/Jul and need ideas …Sorry to hijack thread a bit. I've booked Japan for Jun/Jul and need ideas for 5 nights. I'm spending 5 nights in Osaka and 8 nights in Tokyo. I just can't decide what to do between Osaka and Tokyo and have those 5 days to book. I would like it to be more of rural Japan but I'm not one for spending too much time travelling when I arrive in an area so those 5 days would ideally be in an area that has enough to do and see without the need for hours worth of travelling each day.


I'm going for two and a half weeks, the same time as this deal, starting and finishing in Tokyo doing loop to the north and then out to Hiroshima/Miyajima and back to Tokyo. Not the same as you granted but i spent a lot of time researching and putting together my itinerary as follows;

1-2 Tokyo, w/day trip to Nikko Shrines
3-4 Matsumoto w/ day trip to Kamikochi
5 - Kanazawa
6-10 Kyoto w/ trip to Nara and Himeji (& maybe Osaka en route)
11 - Hiroshima
12 - Miyajima
13-17 Tokyo w/trip to Hakone to see Fuji, and maybe Kamakura.
Edited by: "A13" 25th Feb
dungavel58 m ago

Spending 5 nights in Osaka seems a bit much. I'd definitely spend time in …Spending 5 nights in Osaka seems a bit much. I'd definitely spend time in Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan, and if you have the railcard Hiroshima. Hiroshima is probably the best place in Japan. Wonderful city. There are also some great Samurai towns in the North and spas in the south.Accommodation wise I'd avoid hostels, tend to be too far out the way, and hotels as they lack the charm. I'd try stay in Japanese inns. Kind of like b&bs


rachelandgromit32 m ago

As per another post, definitely too many nights in Osaka. Kyoto, I could …As per another post, definitely too many nights in Osaka. Kyoto, I could have spent much longer than I did. Amazing place, we did side trips from Kyoto to Himeji Castle. It's a good base.We stayed in mainly hostels, centrally located and all clean and welcoming. Japan can be expensive for accomodation and places we stayed were basic but I love the traditional style rooms, and the toilets of course!



I went to Kyoto/Tokyo last year. I spent 1 day in Osaka and preferred it. For me I've seen Kyoto during Cherry blossom season, and whilst it was nice, I don't feel the need to go back this time. I like cities, hence Osaka and Tokyo. I have my accommodation sorted in those 2 cities, and I'm actually staying in the same hotel in Tokyo as last year.

I chose 5 nights in Osaka because after a long haul flight to Tokyo then connection to Osaka I'll be tired, last year I did the same but for 4 nights in Kyoto taking bullet train from Tokyo. An extra day would have been nice before travelling to Tokyo where I could spend weeks given the time.

My intention (I think) is to fly from Tokyo to Osaka on day 1 then use train pass for 7 days starting from day 3 in Osaka so I can Gert back to Tokyo by Tain



Giving a bit back here. If anyone visiting Kyoto wants to buy kitchen knives try here. The longest running continuous family business in Kyoto
Edited by: "OllieSt" 25th Feb
Sorry as I am also hijacking a bit here. I really appreciate this thread. My brother in law lives and works in Tokyo and we’ve been meaning to go with two adults and two children next year now. The kids will be 12 and 7 and I think that’ll be good ages to appreciate something of Japan. Can you advise which time (bearing school hols in mind) would be a great time to go and where to concentrate on if we are limited with how long we can stay?
Indebt16 m ago

Sorry as I am also hijacking a bit here. I really appreciate this thread. …Sorry as I am also hijacking a bit here. I really appreciate this thread. My brother in law lives and works in Tokyo and we’ve been meaning to go with two adults and two children next year now. The kids will be 12 and 7 and I think that’ll be good ages to appreciate something of Japan. Can you advise which time (bearing school hols in mind) would be a great time to go and where to concentrate on if we are limited with how long we can stay?


I went March/April last year and it was exceptionally cold, much colder than you would expect here. Although I've been told that it's usually the best time to visit. Our early summer months in Japan are their rainy season with highish humid temps becoming unbearable in Aug. I'm going in Jun/Jul and expect a bit of rain and 25 degree humid temps. I just don't really care too much about these things as Tokyo is not that kind of place. pre-book Studio Ghibli museum if that's your thing because you can't just turn up. link here
Indebt16 m ago

Sorry as I am also hijacking a bit here. I really appreciate this thread. …Sorry as I am also hijacking a bit here. I really appreciate this thread. My brother in law lives and works in Tokyo and we’ve been meaning to go with two adults and two children next year now. The kids will be 12 and 7 and I think that’ll be good ages to appreciate something of Japan. Can you advise which time (bearing school hols in mind) would be a great time to go and where to concentrate on if we are limited with how long we can stay?


I went in October and I thought this was a great time. We had nice sunny weather too and rates in hotels were cheaper.
OllieSt1 h, 25 m ago

Sorry to hijack thread a bit. I've booked Japan for Jun/Jul and need ideas …Sorry to hijack thread a bit. I've booked Japan for Jun/Jul and need ideas for 5 nights. I'm spending 5 nights in Osaka and 8 nights in Tokyo. I just can't decide what to do between Osaka and Tokyo and have those 5 days to book. I would like it to be more of rural Japan but I'm not one for spending too much time travelling when I arrive in an area so those 5 days would ideally be in an area that has enough to do and see without the need for hours worth of travelling each day.


Personally I wouldn't want to spend 8 nights in Tokyo, as colourful and vibrant the place is, you'll be sick of it by day 3, unless you intend to go out clubbing and drinking(and even then Osaka's night life is better). Its fine to use it as a 'base of operations' as from there, you can train it up to Nikko national park, or head a few minutes south into Yokohama.

West is where you want to concentrate most of your visits, as long as weather permits, Kyoto is a fabulous place to be base at. As well as all the delights the old city has to offer, its relatively near Nara. You can't visit Japan without popping into Nara for a day...one of the worlds biggest wooden structure...housing a massive budha.

Once you're done with Kyoto and surrounds, Osaka is your next stop as from there, you are quick train ride to Himeji castle...restored and reopened to public(not just courtyard, I believe inside castle too). Kobe is small town you can visit to sample their beef

Lets not forget further west is Hiroshima and if you're adventurous enough...Okinawa
A1331 m ago

I'm going for two and a half weeks, the same time as this deal, starting …I'm going for two and a half weeks, the same time as this deal, starting and finishing in Tokyo doing loop to the north and then out to Hiroshima/Miyajima and back to Tokyo. Not the same as you granted but i spent a lot of time researching and putting together my itinerary as follows;1-2 Tokyo, w/day trip to Nikko Shrines3-4 Matsumoto w/ day trip to Kamikochi5 - Kanazawa6-10 Kyoto w/ trip to Nara and Himeji (& maybe Osaka en route)11 - Hiroshima12 - Miyajima13-17 Tokyo w/trip to Hakone to see Fuji, and maybe Kamakura.


That's far too much itinerary for me. Years ago I spent 4 days in Hong Kong on stop to Bangkok. By the time I knew my way around HK it was time to leave.

I'm looking at Wakayama prefecture as my in-between Osaka and Tokyo destination, but I'm unsure about it.
Edited by: "OllieSt" 25th Feb
mecheekymonkey13 m ago

Personally I wouldn't want to spend 8 nights in Tokyo, as colourful and …Personally I wouldn't want to spend 8 nights in Tokyo, as colourful and vibrant the place is, you'll be sick of it by day 3, unless you intend to go out clubbing and drinking(and even then Osaka's night life is better). Its fine to use it as a 'base of operations' as from there, you can train it up to Nikko national park, or head a few minutes south into Yokohama.West is where you want to concentrate most of your visits, as long as weather permits, Kyoto is a fabulous place to be base at. As well as all the delights the old city has to offer, its relatively near Nara. You can't visit Japan without popping into Nara for a day...one of the worlds biggest wooden structure...housing a massive budha.Once you're done with Kyoto and surrounds, Osaka is your next stop as from there, you are quick train ride to Himeji castle...restored and reopened to public(not just courtyard, I believe inside castle too). Kobe is small town you can visit to sample their beef Lets not forget further west is Hiroshima and if you're adventurous enough...Okinawa


I spent 10 days last year and loved it. Each to their own I suppose. I must get to the fish market this time, but boy is it an early start.
Edited by: "OllieSt" 25th Feb
I love my kids, but wish I could give them to the grandparents for 2 weeks! This sounds amazing
Amazing work!
I would recommend Japan to anyone (well anyone I liked) visited a few years back and really loved it. We had some friends that lived in Hino (they were teaching English) we stayed with and what a place. Had two weeks in and around Tokyo, we walked up Fuji, give two days for this as you can then get to the top for sunrise; at the time there were two places that branded your walking stick at the top, one with a hot iron and one with ink so ask to make sure you get what you prefer. Went to the Studio Ghibli museum, temples, restaurants, I'm a vegetarian and was told before I went I might find it difficult but didn't have any problems. It seems strangely familiar as they drive on the left but then, not. There are Coke machines on virtually every corner which came in handy in the heat.
OllieSt22 m ago

That's far too much itinerary for me. Years ago I spent 4 days in Hong …That's far too much itinerary for me. Years ago I spent 4 days in Hong Kong on stop to Bangkok. By the time I knew my way around HK it was time to leave. I'm looking at Wakayama prefecture as my in-between Osaka and Tokyo destination, but I'm unsure about it.


I know, packing a lot in, but making sure we have an extended stint in Kyoto and in Tokyo at the end. Trying to make the most of the JR Pass too. Can't wait.
A132 h, 14 m ago

I know, packing a lot in, but making sure we have an extended stint in …I know, packing a lot in, but making sure we have an extended stint in Kyoto and in Tokyo at the end. Trying to make the most of the JR Pass too. Can't wait.


It’s a great place, do not be tempted to go Western on the food at all. It’s expensive (£60 for 2 pizzas 1 beer and a coke). If you like sushi you’ll never eat it in the UK again. The stand up sushi bars are Supberb. The food vending machines (they don’t vend the food, just the ticket for your order) is a great way to eat cheaply. Near my hotel in Tokyo there’s a guy that sets up an outside portable restaurant that sits 8 people and serves food to the early hours. It’s that kind of experience I like, not the upmarket places that cost a fortune.
Edited by: "OllieSt" 25th Feb
I went in April and the cherry blossoms bloomed a little early. May is sumo season! Missed that so might go again for that
Can't believe Mishima by Hakone hasn't been mentioned. I went last September for 2 weeks, we stayed in Tokyo, and then Mishima at the foothills of mount Fuji and back to Tokyo over 2 weeks. What an amazing efficient and clean place. Lovely lovely people. You can get a 2 day pass in Mishima for all the transport including the ferry and sky cars which take you across beautiful islands and up accross the mountains, breathtaking. There's a place in the mountains famous for boiled eggs in the volcanic water, pop in white pop out black. I went with friends I so want to take my kids back to show them what a cultural difference exists in the world. You can talk till the cows come home but if you never go you will never know. Don't think just book Japan is what l say. I really could live and work there, although whilst I was there north Korea launched a missile over Japan and typhoon Tamil created a storm, so it does have it flip side, I guess its the world we live in now. We paid £600 flights and in total between 3 on average £10 per person per night staying in really nice air bnb accommodation. Love love how clean and how much they value space and how well behave the children are. In Mishima impeccable dress school children every morning walking to school orderely fashion nice and quiet and peaceful even on the trains,its a different world, i drop my kids to school and I can hear so much effin and jeffin from other school kids walking to school, makes me realise his totally messed up things are here, you don't realise till you see the complete opposite for yourself
Edited by: "f2raf" 25th Feb
This is a great itinerary. Bravo.
Excellent effort. I have always wanted to goto Japan but didn't know where to start.
I have done this itinerary at April 2014! My fav country so far! Must see also "sumo wrestling" and ryokan hostel!
Edited by: "royemi" 25th Feb
This is amazing! We recently did the Kiruna trip you posted, absolutely loved it.

Thanks for all the effort!
Great stuff. Went last year dreading how expensive it would be but with a bit of research it was not. Adding the JR Pass is amazing alone that thing is so pricey and you can really see Japan. I usd the bus £20 one way. Even that is worth a look.
OllieSt2 h, 36 m ago

I went to Kyoto/Tokyo last year. I spent 1 day in Osaka and preferred it. …I went to Kyoto/Tokyo last year. I spent 1 day in Osaka and preferred it. For me I've seen Kyoto during Cherry blossom season, and whilst it was nice, I don't feel the need to go back this time. I like cities, hence Osaka and Tokyo. I have my accommodation sorted in those 2 cities, and I'm actually staying in the same hotel in Tokyo as last year.I chose 5 nights in Osaka because after a long haul flight to Tokyo then connection to Osaka I'll be tired, last year I did the same but for 4 nights in Kyoto taking bullet train from Tokyo. An extra day would have been nice before travelling to Tokyo where I could spend weeks given the time.My intention (I think) is to fly from Tokyo to Osaka on day 1 then use train pass for 7 days starting from day 3 in Osaka so I can Gert back to Tokyo by Tain Giving a bit back here. If anyone visiting Kyoto wants to buy kitchen knives try here. The longest running continuous family business in Kyoto



OllieSt2 h, 36 m ago

I went to Kyoto/Tokyo last year. I spent 1 day in Osaka and preferred it. …I went to Kyoto/Tokyo last year. I spent 1 day in Osaka and preferred it. For me I've seen Kyoto during Cherry blossom season, and whilst it was nice, I don't feel the need to go back this time. I like cities, hence Osaka and Tokyo. I have my accommodation sorted in those 2 cities, and I'm actually staying in the same hotel in Tokyo as last year.I chose 5 nights in Osaka because after a long haul flight to Tokyo then connection to Osaka I'll be tired, last year I did the same but for 4 nights in Kyoto taking bullet train from Tokyo. An extra day would have been nice before travelling to Tokyo where I could spend weeks given the time.My intention (I think) is to fly from Tokyo to Osaka on day 1 then use train pass for 7 days starting from day 3 in Osaka so I can Gert back to Tokyo by Tain Giving a bit back here. If anyone visiting Kyoto wants to buy kitchen knives try here. The longest running continuous family business in Kyoto


Ah cool. I was assuming it was your first time. I didn't really like Osaka, but I guess if you prefer the city feel then it is good. It is probably the friendliest city. If you haven't been to Hiroshima then I do recommend it. Its my go to place in Japan. It is a nice city and has access to some really cool places for hiking.

Have you looked into Aizu Wakamatsu? Really cool history to it. I enjoyed it although it can shut down in evenings.
If you want portable wifi (spring lack of public wifi in Japan) try this company. Pickup at the airport and on your return just drop off in designated postboxes around the country in the supplied envelope. Flawless operation
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