The Real Deal: Eight nights' accommodations in traditional inns (two nights in Tokyo, three nights in Nikko, two nights in Hakone, and one night in Kyoto); a Japan rail pass; sightseeing tours with an English-speaking guide, including a tour of the shrines and temples of Nikko, a visit to the hot springs (onsen) of Hakone, and a cooking demonstration of okonomiyaki (a savory pancake); and all taxes and fees; from $1,508 per person.
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When: June 5, 19, 2010; add $377 for Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 16, 30.
The fine print: All taxes and fees are included. Based on single or double occupancy; solo travelers will be paired with someone of the same sex. Maximum group size is 12 people. Allow $250 for meals. The selection of inns used for accommodations will depend on travel dates. Airfare is not included. Use promo code JRB. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Intrepid Travel, 800/970-7299, intrepidtravel.com.
Why it's a deal: The trip price breaks down to about $189 per person per night, and that includes all accommodations, a Japan rail pass for travel between cities, and sightseeing tours, all booked in one sitting.
It can be a hassle to book a rail pass from abroad; allow Intrepid Travel to do it for you with this package. Note that the June 5 and June 19 departures are 20 percent off the regular trip price.
More: Add nights in Tokyo from $100 per room per night and in Kyoto from $92 per room per night, both based on double occupancy.
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