Bullet Trains and Shoguns in Japan

Globotours • Kyoto, Japan

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Escape Kit

  • An Eight-Day Trip to Japan ($2,299 to $2,499 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights from LAX to Tokyo via Singapore Airlines
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation from Airport to Hotels and Round-Trip Bullet Train Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Three Nights at the Hilton Tokyo Hotel and Three Nights at the New Miyako Hotel or RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
  • Half-Day City Tour of Tokyo and Half-Day City Tour of Kyoto
  • Hotel Taxes and Service Charges Included
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destinations
To the unacquainted palate, Japanese cuisine—raw fish wrapped in seaweed!?—seems exotic. The same applies to its capital, Tokyo. Its compact districts teem with a sharply dressed populace, bouquets of fragrances, and of course, garish lights everywhere, like Times Square on New Year's Eve. But beneath these bold eye snares are centuries-old traditions distilled from calmer times. Such is Tokyo.

While Tokyo always seems to have one foot in the future, Kyoto does its best to hold onto the past. A millenium as the capital of imperial Japan—spanning three shogunates and ending in 1869—certainly explains it. Here you'll find the Shinto shrines, swooping-gabled temples, and rock gardens of archetypal Japan, not to mention the geishas and Kabuki actors carrying its cultural legacy into the present. Paris, Rome, London, Kyoto—it's truly a must-see.

You'll get to experience Japan's present and past with this eight-day trip to Tokyo and Kyoto, courtesy of Globotours.*

The Itinerary
day 1: Board an overnight flight from LAX to Tokyo. You'll lose a calendar day traveling west across the International Date Line, but gain it back on your return flight.

day 2: Touch down at the Tokyo Airport and catch a shuttle transfer to the Hilton Tokyo Hotel, your home for the next two nights. The balance of the day is yours to spend as you please.

day 3: The morning starts by taking in the panoramic cityscape from the main observation platform of the Tokyo Tower—Japan's version of the Eiffel Tower. From there, you'll head to the Meiji Shrine, a shinto shrine built in the old style of all-wood construction amid a peaceful forest. Drive by the Akasaka Palace and the National Diet Building—the Diet being Japan's legislative system—on the way to the Imperial Palace and its fabled East Garden. An inner moat, pine trees, and 15-foot thick walls surround the 250-acre fortress—originally the Edo Castle—that the Emperor and Empress call home. The day's tour ends at the Times Square-like Ginza shopping district, where you'll be free to explore on your own.

day 4: The hotel's shuttle bus will bring you to the Shinjuku Station in the morning. From here, you'll take a quick train to the Tokyo Station, where you'll board a bullet train to Kyoto. Once you arrive at the Kyoto Station, you will either take the five-minute walk to the New Miyako Hotel or a shuttle to the RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto. Your next three nights will be spent in either of the Kyoto hotels.

day 5: A Kyoto city tour begins at the legendary Nijō Castle—once home of the powerful Tokugawa shogunate—where the interiors are decorated with Kanō school screen paintings. You'll move onto the Kinkaku-ji Temple, called the Golden Pavilion because its top two stories are completely covered in gold leaf, with eaves stretching out like the wings of a phoenix and sparkling on the surface of its reflecting pond. Then, you're off to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, where you'll gain exclusive access to the residence of Japanese emperors until the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869. The palace closes on weekends and national holidays, in which case you'll visit the Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine instead. The remainder of the day is yours to spend scouting around Kyoto.

day 6: You'll have the whole day free to see the sights of Kyoto as you choose.

day 7: In the morning, return to the Kyoto Station to catch a bullet train to the Tokyo Station. Here, you'll pick up a quick train to the Shinjuku Station, where a shuttle bus will transfer you back to the Hilton Tokyo Hotel for one evening.

day 8: Your time in Japan comes to an end as you take a shuttle back to the Tokyo airport, then board your overnight return flight to Los Angeles.

The Dates
LAX departures: April 10 to 20, May 6 to June 9, August 20 to September 30, October 1 to 31, November 1 to 30 ($2,499 per person); September 9 ($2,299 per person)
*Priced per person based on double-occupancy (see fine print)

  • "Kyoto is the storehouse of Japan’s traditional culture and the stage on which much of Japanese history was played out, with 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples, and over 400 Shinto shrines."

    -- Lonely Planet

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability; must be booked by April 20, 2013
  • Not valid on group or existing reservations
  • Merchants cancellation policy applies. For more information, please see globotours.net/Terms.aspx
  • Upon confirmation of your reservation, vouchers will be considered used and 100% non-refundable 

  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $685

  • $60 per person weekend air surcharge applies for departures Fridays-Sundays; subject to availability
  • Voucher includes round-trip Bullet Train transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto double-occupancy accommodations for three nights at the Hilton Tokyo Hotel, three nights at the New Miyako Hotel or RRIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto, half-day city tour of Tokyo, half-day city tour of Kyoto, hotel taxes and service charges Included
  • Voucher does not include passport and visa fees (if applicable), all passengers must have a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the completion of travel (review the State Department's website for all requirements prior to travel), meals and beverages other than specified, personal and baggage insurance, gratuities to drivers, local guides, and costs for anything not specified on the deal
  • Nights must be used consecutively
  • All deal components must be redeemed during one stay
  • Stays must be completed within date range purchased
  • The deal is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • PROMOTIONAL VALUE VALID ONLY FOR THE DATE RANGE SELECTED AT TIME OF PURCHASE
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON November 30, 2013 • Enjoy By November 30, 2013
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