Horses competing in the Japan Cup in Tokyo

Japan Cup

12 Night Package from £5,250

TOKYO, KYOTO AND HAKONE/FUJI NATIONAL PARK
Thursday 14th November to Tuesday 26th November 2024

Venatour Racing Social are delighted to be offering the Japan Cup Tour in 2024 including a wide range of excursions enabling all of our guests to embrace the Japanese culture. The Japan Cup is one of the most prestigious races in the world, highlighted by Equinox winning the race in 2023, the highest rated horse in the world. Held at Tokyo Racecourse in Fichu, the atmosphere is electric and it will be one of the most memorable race days you will have ever encountered.

Stunning picture of avenue of trees in Kyoto

In partnership with our Japanese colleagues, we have put together a fantastic itinerary that not only includes 3 days racing (Kyoto and Tokyo Racecourses) but also a wonderful opportunity to experience Kyoto, one of the most spectacular cities in Japan, with its rich history, numerous temples, the Geisha culture in Gion and the beautiful blossoms. There is more, we are also taking you to Hakone located in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, staying in a hotel on the banks of Lake Ashi with a variety of activities.

The tour will be accompanied by a Venatour Tour Manager along with a Japanese speaking tour guide throughout the tour. All hotels and restaurants have been handpicked by our colleagues in Japan, who we have used on many occasions.

We can arrange your international flights if required. Tour Limited to 30 Guests.

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Wednesday 13th November
  • Flight from the UK to Tokyo, Japan (if flights included).
Thursday 14th November
  • Arrival in Tokyo for your private transfer to the Hotel Metropolitan Edmond Ikebukuro, where we will assist you with check in for your two-night stay.
  • A chance to relax and freshen up before meeting for the Welcome Dinner with the rest of the group.
Friday 15th November
  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Coach tour of Ueno (Tokyo National Museum) followed by a visit to Sensoji in Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest and most significant Buddhist Temple.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Saturday 16th November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Transfer to train station for the Bullet Train to the beautiful city of Kyoto.
  • Check In at the Park Hotel Kyoto for a three-night stay.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Afternoon visit to to Arashiyama district of Kyoto offering an array of temples, shrines and the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
  • Evening at leisure.
Sunday 17th November
  • Breakfast at hotel and an early start
  • Today is the first race day of our Japan Tour.
  • A morning at leisure before lunch at a local restaurant and then head to Kyoto Racecourse
  • An afternoon of racing with a Group 1 race on the card… it should be a lively atmosphere!
  • Evening at leisure.
Monday 18th November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Lunch at a restaurant in Gion, famous for the being geisha district
  • An afternoon and evening to explore Gion and its wonderful traditions.
Tuesday 19th November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • We are on the move via the Bullet Train to Odawara today.
  • On arrival we will transfer to the Hotel de Yama in Hakone for a two-night stay. This lovely hotel sits on the banks of Lake Ashi and has Mount Fuji as the back drop.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Afternoon visit to the renowned Hakone Openair Museum.
  • Evening at leisure.
Wednesday 20th November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • A morning of sightseeing with a ride on the ropeway from Hakone-en to Komagadake offering stunning views of Mount Fuji and the Pacific Ocean followed by a visit to the Hakone Shrine on the banks of Lake Ashi.
  • Afternoon boat tour on Lake Ashi.
  • Dinner in a local restaurant or hotel.
Thursday 21st November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Private coach transfer to Tokyo and a check in at the Hotel Metropolitan Edmond Ikebukuro for the five-night stay.
  • Visit to the upmarket district of Ginza, with its boutique shopping, ritzy cocktail and sushi bars and a trip to the East Garden of the Imperial Palace.
  • Lunch in Ginza.
  • Evening at leisure.
Friday 22nd November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Tour of Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku, each offering different elements of Japanese culture.
  • Lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Afternoon and evening at leisure, giving you a chance to take in the city.
Saturday 23rd November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • A leisurely morning before we have our second days racing of the tour.
  • Private transfer to Tokyo Racecourse for the warm up event, not so busy today!
  • Dinner at a local restaurant and a chance to find the winner of the Japan Cup.
Sunday 24th November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • It’s the day everybody has been waiting for, its Japan Cup Day! 200,000 people will be descending on Tokyo Racecourse and the atmosphere will be electric. Our private transfer will take us to the course nice and early to soak up the atmosphere and find our reserved seats, enjoy the day and hope you find a winner or two.
  • Transfers back to the hotel to unwind after a busy day.
Monday 25th November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Our final day and we are off to Tsukiji, the famous fish market, and Hamarikyu Garden. An ideal way to finish the tour, the hustle and bustle of the fish market to the urban oasis that allows for tranquility within Tokyo.
  • Lunch at a renowned sushi restaurant.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Farewell Dinner at a Tokyo Restaurant.
Tuesday 26th November
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Transfers to the airport.
  • Afternoon flight back to the UK (if flights included).
  • Twelve-nights accommodation in a 4-star Hotel on bed and breakfast basis as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All transfers included.
  • Official Race Day tickets including 2 Days Racing at Tokyo Racecourse including The Japan Cup and 1 Days Racing at Kyoto Racecourse.
  • Ueno (Tokyo’s National Museum).
  • Sensoji in Asakusa (Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist Temple).
  • Visits to East Garden of the Imperial Palace, Ginza, Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Tsukiji Fish Market, Hamarikyu Garden, Arashiyama and Gion.
  • Hakone Openair Museum and Ropeway.
  • Hakone Shrine visit and Boat Trip on Lake Ashi.
  • 12x lunch or dinner in selected restaurants.
  • Private Luggage Transfers will be supplied throughout the tour.
  • An experienced Venatour Tour Manager accompanied by a Japanese speaking guide.
  • DOES NOT INCLUDE Travel Insurance or international flights.
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