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From London: 10 nights in Japan, inc central, good rated hotels & rail pass £993.52pp @ hotels.com
From London: 10 nights in Japan, inc central, good rated hotels & rail pass £993.52pp @ hotels.com

From London: 10 nights in Japan, inc central, good rated hotels & rail pass £993.52pp @ hotels.com

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I've just been planning my own trip to Japan and thought I'd put together a similar deal. I've chosen some good rated hotels that are near stations and also included a 7 day rail pass for Japan so the majority of the train travel outside of Tokyo (for which you can use the metro) is included. This is just an example, for a longer itinerary you can include the alps, Mt Koyasan and longer in Kyoto.

This is for March 2017 and based on 2 people.

20th March
You'll leave London and fly with the Italian airline Altalia arrive in Rome later that evening. You don't leave Rome until the following afternoon so you can have an evening and morning exploring Rome. I've included the Aurelis Art Gallery Hotel as this is centrally located for metro lines and also for a quick morning of sightseeing.

21st March
Leaving Rome you'll fly to Tokyo arriving on 22nd March.

22nd-24th March
Once in Tokyo you will stay at the Shinjunku New City. It's near the JR station and the hotel also offers a free shuttle. I've picked this hotel for my October holiday as it had good reviews and is also a good price. You can easily access many places from the station but you will also return to this hotel at the end of your stay so whether it's shopping, food, or Tokyo Disneyland you'll have plenty to keep you occupied.

24th-26th March
Activating your railpass today you can head to Takayama where you will stay at the Country Hotel. Takayama is more rural and scenic and a good place to base yourself for visiting the alps, onsens, views of Fuji and getting out to the countryside.

26th-27th March
You'll head by train to Hiroshima today. With plenty of history you can visit the peace memorial and also take the ferry over to Miyajima (included with your railcard). You will stay at the highly rated Parkside Hotel which is ideal for public transport access.

27th-30th March
You'll take the short train journey to Kyoto today. This is one place I'm really excited to visit. Kyoto, with its old town, temples, geishas and if you have time a visit to the castle enroute from Hiroshima to Kyoto but you could easily spend a week in Kyoto. I've picked the Urban Hotel Kyoto as it is again centrally located and near public transport access.

30th March to 1st April
You'll return back to Tokyo for a final 2 nights at the Shinjunku New City again. You can easily move around the city or if you didn't want to stay in the same place you could choose another hotel.

You fly back to London with a short stop in Rome on 1st April.

Breakdown

Long haul flights book at Omega Flight Store £797.26 for 2

1 night in Rome Aurelis Art Gallery £58 @ hotels.com

2 nights in Shinjunku New City £173 @ hotels.com

2 nights Takayama Country Hotel £95 @ booking.com

1 night at Parkside Hotel Hiroshima £45 book via TripAdvisor/Raukuten

3 nights Urban Hotel Kyoto £211.79 book via TripAdvisor/hoteltravel.com

2 nights back in Tokyo £173 @ hotels.com

Book 2 x 7 day Japan Railpasses £434 @ jrpass.com

Total £1987.05/£993.52pp

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Original Poster

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Tokyo is amazing. The most helpful people ever without even knowing any English.
If you're the type to complain nobody speaks English or are one to speak English loud and slowly to locals, stay at home and go to margate.
Edited by: "K0YS" 22nd Aug 2016

love tokyo

Fantastic deal. We'll done ☺️

For those on a budget and can sleep overnight on a coach on intercity trips, I suggest checking out
http://willerexpress.com/st/3/en/mb/bus/

Website is in English and they do a similar pass to JR. Everything can be booked online too. Coaches are comparable to national express standard..


Edited by: "ChineseFatBoy" 22nd Aug 2016

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ChineseFatBoy

For those on a budget and can sleep overnight on a coach I suggest … For those on a budget and can sleep overnight on a coach I suggest checking out http://willerexpress.com/st/3/en/mb/bus/Website is in English and they do a similar pass to JR. Everything can be booked online too. Coaches are comparable to national express standard..



I am using them for part of my trip when I go to Mt Koyasan as the journey seems far simpler and cheaper than using the train.

Hyperdia is a good website for planning journeys although I sometimes found it allowed only a few minutes for changing trains when it may be a bit ambitious.
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 22nd Aug 2016

I thought tokyo overated and boring , i spent most of my time in hotel waiting for time to hurry up so i could go home!

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bigworlds

I thought tokyo overated and boring , i spent most of my time in hotel … I thought tokyo overated and boring , i spent most of my time in hotel waiting for time to hurry up so i could go home!



Really? Why not head out of Tokyo then rather than waste time in your hotel? Until I've been I can't say whether it is boring or not but I'd rather have explored than spent time in a hotel wishing my holiday away!

Be careful with omega flight store previously omega travel....i have heard lots of horror stories about last minute cancellation of flight tickets.

rachelandgromit

Really? Why not head out of Tokyo then rather than waste time in your … Really? Why not head out of Tokyo then rather than waste time in your hotel? Until I've been I can't say whether it is boring or not but I'd rather have explored than spent time in a hotel wishing my holiday away!


Personally there are so many different districts to experience but you do have to leave your hotel

Next time i go back i want to climb mt fuji at dawn
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Heat for effort

Great timing for the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) which really is a sight to behold; not only the blossom but also all the locals promenading and enjoying the blossoms, picnicking, it's a national celebration.

You need to book ahead for hotels in late March and April as they really get booked up and what is left is expensive. The prices stated are pretty good for that time of year.

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The blossoms may be slightly later in April. Yes, hotels can sell out for the blossom season. I'm going for the Autumn colours in October and in the alps area hotels were selling out even 6 months ago for October.

Heat for the deal and effort. Would love to go just need to get time off work, and save up, and persuade the wife ....

bigworlds

I thought tokyo overated and boring , i spent most of my time in hotel … I thought tokyo overated and boring , i spent most of my time in hotel waiting for time to hurry up so i could go home!



"Spent most of my time in hotel"

What did you expect then? Should've stayed home if you planned sitting around on your ass.

If you can book the hotels with Expedia then you could get 12.6% through Topcashback.

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carthur

If you can book the hotels with Expedia then you could get 12.6% through … If you can book the hotels with Expedia then you could get 12.6% through Topcashback.



The hotels with hotels.com should in theory be the same price with Expedia and Venere as they are all part of the same group.

bigworlds

I thought tokyo overated and boring , i spent most of my time in hotel … I thought tokyo overated and boring , i spent most of my time in hotel waiting for time to hurry up so i could go home!


you should have your passport revoked.

Rachelandgromit! very well put together! heat for effort!

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Aah the Shinjuku new city hotel. Stayed there some years ago. Always amused us how it's pronounced with a Japanese accent. Quite a contradiction really. :-)

Thank you very much for sharing with us this itinerary, the time and effort you put into this is obvious.
I may not stick to your schedule but it has motivated me to put my own trip to Japan together.

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Laura Palmer

Aah the Shinjuku new city hotel. Stayed there some years ago. Always … Aah the Shinjuku new city hotel. Stayed there some years ago. Always amused us how it's pronounced with a Japanese accent. Quite a contradiction really. :-)



X) I've booked this hotel for myself, hoping it is better than the pronunciation!

plunet

Great timing for the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) which really is a sight to … Great timing for the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) which really is a sight to behold; not only the blossom but also all the locals promenading and enjoying the blossoms, picnicking, it's a national celebration. You need to book ahead for hotels in late March and April as they really get booked up and what is left is expensive. The prices stated are pretty good for that time of year.


What you mean to say is they all get drunk while pretending to admire cherry blossom :-)

bigworlds

I thought tokyo overated and boring , i spent most of my time in hotel … I thought tokyo overated and boring , i spent most of my time in hotel waiting for time to hurry up so i could go home!


Wasn't a fan of Tokyo myself, it seemed to be a place you exist rather than live. Loved Kyoto on the other hand, wish that we had spent more time there than being based in Tokyo. The rail pass is valid on the Narita express, so folks should consider if they want to activate it from there and spend more time outside Tokyo at the beginning of their ten day break.

Wish I had the confidence to do all this with my partner.

anthony69

Wish I had the confidence to do all this with my partner.



You only live once for certain - no one wants to look back on their life and say 'I wish'.
Do it!

I'm going in November for 3 weeks, haven't really planned much yet so it's good to see how others do it. I'll be looking at hostels as well as hotels to keep costs down. I'll be getting the longer rail pass obviously.

jumpinoffthbed

I'm going in November for 3 weeks, haven't really planned much yet so … I'm going in November for 3 weeks, haven't really planned much yet so it's good to see how others do it. I'll be looking at hostels as well as hotels to keep costs down. I'll be getting the longer rail pass obviously.



You might want to look at airbnb, Only problem is that you would need googlemaps to find the place as sometimes the rooms can be located on the outskirts but you do get lots of value for money.

Went for 12 days last september, did all the bits i wanted to see, whole vacation except tokyo was brilliant, loved Kyoto and Narita. Stayed in a airbnb in Kyoto right out by the big temple, being a private villa living among the local people was really good, way better than hotel, the houses inside are quite different from ours, i wasnt expecting it to be so basic in some respects , but very comfortable. We travelled on buses fine, a lot of instructions were in english. Saw geishas in the d

Saw geisha in gion. Would 100% want to go back, i guess thats why i felt Tokyo was overated, its just a big city like anywhere, plus the hotel room was a postage stamp ,we were only there 1 day before catching train to airport.

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MrZippo

You might want to look at airbnb, Only problem is that you would need … You might want to look at airbnb, Only problem is that you would need googlemaps to find the place as sometimes the rooms can be located on the outskirts but you do get lots of value for money.



Check out Tokyo Inn hotels as they can represent good value too. We did look at Airbnb but actually found private rooms/apartments quite expensive in comparison to hotels as we found quite a few good deals/hotel codes and the locations of the hotels was generally better.

That's just made me streetview around Hiroshima again. Really enjoyed my visit there, nice atmosphere and a place I'd go back to. The short trip down the coast and across to Miyajima is worth it too.

Unfortunately I doubt this will be around for the Olympics in 2020! (_;):(

Seems really expensive There are plenty of amazing hostels in Japan at really decent prices with awesome staff who treat you like family so I've never bothered with a hotel as they're just too expensive. Also that flight is a little expensive - in 10 years that's the maximum I've ever paid (minimum £400ish but that was a while back and to Nagoya not Tokyo). Worth looking around if you're flexible with dates (Y) Hostels are Sakura (Asakusa), J-Hoppers (Kyoto/Takayama/Osaka/Hiroshima) and Khaosan (Fukuoka) that are all pretty good

rachelandgromit

I am using them for part of my trip when I go to Mt Koyasan as the … I am using them for part of my trip when I go to Mt Koyasan as the journey seems far simpler and cheaper than using the train.Hyperdia is a good website for planning journeys although I sometimes found it allowed only a few minutes for changing trains when it may be a bit ambitious.



​thanks

ChineseFatBoy

For those on a budget and can sleep overnight on a coach on intercity … For those on a budget and can sleep overnight on a coach on intercity trips, I suggest checking out http://willerexpress.com/st/3/en/mb/bus/Website is in English and they do a similar pass to JR. Everything can be booked online too. Coaches are comparable to national express standard..



​thanks

thanks for the info, you have put alot of thought into that cheers.

bigworlds

Saw geisha in gion. Would 100% want to go back, i guess thats why i felt … Saw geisha in gion. Would 100% want to go back, i guess thats why i felt Tokyo was overated, its just a big city like anywhere, plus the hotel room was a postage stamp ,we were only there 1 day before catching train to airport.



​thanks

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otherside27

Seems really expensive There are plenty of amazing hostels in Japan at … Seems really expensive There are plenty of amazing hostels in Japan at really decent prices with awesome staff who treat you like family so I've never bothered with a hotel as they're just too expensive. Also that flight is a little expensive - in 10 years that's the maximum I've ever paid (minimum £400ish but that was a while back and to Nagoya not Tokyo). Worth looking around if you're flexible with dates (Y) Hostels are Sakura (Asakusa), J-Hoppers (Kyoto/Takayama/Osaka/Hiroshima) and Khaosan (Fukuoka) that are all pretty good



The flight prices are under £400pp? I agree, there is cheaper if you are willing to use hostels and stay in ryokans that have shared bathrooms. Occasionally though when I put deals together with hostels or shared bathrooms people complain so I've picked good rated but cheap hotels. I'm using a mixture of hostels and hotels for my trip and some do have shared bathrooms but I know that isn't for everyone. In some cases I was getting hotels for around £60 a night when a private room with a shared bathroom on airbnb or in hostels was priced the same or more expensive! If you can get 10% off codes for hotels sometimes, but not always, you can get bargains. As always it's worth comparing once you know dates.
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