Japan vacations and hotels from $288

/ Source: Sherman's Travel

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Through Dec. 28

The deal
From bustling Tokyo to ancient Kyoto, with its gorgeous temples and shrines, a trip to Japan is sure to impress. Explore this fascinating country and save up to $800/couple with these exciting low-priced travel specials starting from as little as $288!

Offering magnificent views of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi, the Hakone Prince Hotel is the place to come for a sampling of Japan’s natural beauty.

Guests can discover the remnants of 400,000-year-old volcanic lava flows inside the nearby Owakudani Ravine, explore the botanical gardens around Hakone Gora Park, or simply unwind with a soak in the hotel’s new lakefront onsen. Japanican.com, a leading online booking site, is currently offering a special three-night stay at the upscale hotel, including round-trip bullet train tickets from Tokyo, for the low price of 27,900 JPY (about $288). Booked separately, this itinerary would cost you approximately 64,520 JPY (or $667). Valid for stays through December 28, 2009, you’ll save about $379 with this deal.

Explore the Land of the Rising Sun with this ten-night guided excursion currently on offer from SmarTours. This itinerary begins in Tokyo, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Imperial Palace district, dating back to the 15th century.

Next up, you’ll visit the surrounding countryside around Mt. Fuji and Hakone National Park, a pristine natural area revered by poets for thousands of years. Other package highlights include the historic thatched-roof village of Shirakawago, a UNESCO world heritage site, and more than 2,000 ancient temples and shrines in Kyoto. This comprehensive tour includes round-trip airfare from L.A. and all local transportation and transfers, plus daily breakfast and guided sightseeing.

Book by May 28 (for various departures dates through November 2009) to save up to $800 per couple. Package rates start from $2,899.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Sushi not included.

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