Start off your first day in Tokyo with a half-day city tour. The four-hour tour begins with opportunities to take in panoramic city views from the main observation deck of the Tokyo Tower. Back on the tour bus, you'll also pass the Meiji Shrine, and the Akasaka Guest House, a baroque-style palace. Other highlights include the Imperial Palace, where you have time to stroll through the grounds. The tour finishes in the Ginza neighborhood, where you can shop for high-end international brands and browse its many art galleries. The rest of the trip is up to you -- it's an independent vacation.
These prices reflect departures now through mid-March, so you have to act fast. Average temperatures in February are in the upper 40s; March averages about 53°F. You'll likely need a light coat or sweater.
Why is this a deal? According to a Kayak search, nonstop Singapore Airlines flights start at $857 per person for a mid-week departure in early March. Five nights at the Tokyo Hilton comes to about $1,755 (with taxes), or $877.50 per person. If you booked the airfare and hotel separately, expect to pay at least $1,734.50 per person. Booking the Sayang Holidays package saves you $335.50 per person -- and the deal includes a half-day city tour at no extra cost.
Trip Type: Independent; air-inclusive; 24/7 phone support
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Tokyo; five nights at the Tokyo Hilton; a half-day city tour by motorcoach; and all taxes and fuel surcharges.
What Else You Will Have to Pay: Nothing; prices include all taxes and fuel surcharges.
Book By: Feb. 15, 2012
When: Daily departures Mondays-Thursdays through March 14 (from $1,399 per person); Friday, Saturday and Sunday departures (from $1,459 per person) through March 14
Other Departures: San Francisco (from $1,499); Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego (from $1,584); Dallas, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City (from $1,678); Boston, New York, Chicago, D.C. (from $1,744); Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Detroit (from $1,824)
Other Details: The starting price of this trip goes up to $1,599 for travel March 15 through May 15. (Cherry blossoms in Tokyo typically bloom in late March to mid-April.) Sayang Holidays CEO Pannir Murugesu says the company offers 24/7 support with the company's land operator, Adda Tours, should you need assistance or have questions during your trip.
All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.