DAY 1: TOKYO ARRIVAL
Meet your assistant at Narita Airport and transfer your hotel. Relax at the hotel before walk out for dinner at Japanese-style restaurants in the nearby area.
DAY 2: TOKYO
Wake up to a tasty breakfast before beginning your adventure. Journey to Hamarikyu garden, the former private garden of an Edo Period Lord. Stopover for sampling Japanese green tea, followed by a short cruise along Sumida River. Later on, travel to Asakusa for a visit to the renowned Sensoji! The colorful, popular temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple.
In the afternoon, we will visit magnificent Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji. The shrine is crowded in the first day of the year because of hatsumode (first prayers). For the rest of the year, if in luck, you may witness solemn procession of Shinto weddings. Continue the journey to Harajuku and Omotesando. This tree-lined avenue features a multitude of dazzling architecturally ambitious buildings of global haute couture brands. Finish the day with Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s tallest and most distinctive skyscrapers for a panoramic view of the city if time permits.
DAY 3: TOKYO – EXPLORE YOUR OWN WAY!
Let’s make your own way exploring the metropolitan. Going back to visited fascinating valleys for an insight? Use our information packet to discover new places? A visit to Tsukiji Fish Market and surrounding restaurants in Tsukishima is strongly recommended.
Interested in Japanese technology? Odaiba – a unique island of gaming and multimedia – is perfect for you! If traditional art is your interest, come to the Kabukiza Theatre in Ginza and watch a performance. Akihabara is recommended for electronic gadgets’ lovers.
Travel further from Tokyo? An optional one day trip to nearby Nikko to visit UNESCO World Heritage Toshogu Shrine, or to Kamakura to admire the giant Buddha statue is available. Tell us what’s your plan?
DAY 4: TOKYO – HAKONE
Wake up early and prepare for an adventure day to Hakone National Park. Travel to Mount Fuji – the symbol of Japan all around the world in the masterpiece of Hokusai. Enroute visit the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, where offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes. Cruise on Lake Ashi with a replica pirate ship. Embark on a ropeway ride to enjoy the view of active sulfuric hot springs and many other scenic landscape. Tonight, enjoy comfortable stay in hotel/ryokan.
DAY 5: HAKONE – KYOTO
Wake up to a hearty breakfast and head to train station for your bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, join a tea ceremony at “machiya” – a restored traditional wooden house that is typical to Kyoto and many parts of Japan. If you wish, combine this experience with kimono fitting! The traditional dress comes with many colors, ranging from colorful style to quite plain and simple.
Free evening to enjoy at your leisure to walk through Gion, where you may get a glimpse of Geisha, walking through the narrow alley.
DAY 6: KYOTO – SAGANO & ARASHIYAMA
We start with the sprawling, breath-taking Nijo Castle, followed by Ryoanji – the UNESCO World Heritage zen temple with famous rock garden. This unique garden has no plant, apart from little patches of moss around the stones. Afterward, visit Kinkakuji, the shining pavilion completely covered by gold leaf that was originally built as a shogun’s summer house.
Transfer to the outskirt of Kyoto for a gentle walk through Sagano lush bamboo groove. The sunlight filters through the densely packed grove, projecting thin slashes of light onto this enchanting forest. Head to Tenryuji temple, which survived centuries maintaining its original design. Then continue to Jojakkoji Temple nestled in the quiet and understated wooded hill. Crossing over the iconic landmark Togetsukyo Bridge for stunning views of adjacent cherry forest.
DAY 7: KYOTO – NARA (OPTIONAL)
Enjoy today at your leisure. You can choose to visit the neighboring city, Nara. The city is second only to Kyoto as the richest collection of cultural sites in Japan. Meet the semi-wild deer at Nara Park, admire the structure of Todaiji Temple, Kasuga-Taisha Shrine is recommended.
DAY 8: KYOTO DEPARTURE
Spend your final day exploring several sights which you hadn’t had chances to peek into during the tour. Perhaps shopping for souvenir? Or enjoy some local snacks before you head off to Kansai Airport. Sayounara!
Tour Length: 8 Days
Tour Type: GIT & FIT
Tour Price: Upon request
Accommodation at hotels/ryokans/minshuku
Check-in time is 3.00PM and check-out time is 10.00AM. Early or late service is subject to availability with surcharge.
Free pass ticket(s), bus ticket(s) as mentioned in the final itinerary
Meals as mentioned in the final itinerary
Activities as stated in the program
Entrance fee during guided sightseeing days
Service charge and current government VAT tax
Personal expenses like drinks, tippings, souvenirs, meals
Optional excursions with entrance fees as indicated in the program
Baggage forwarding fee (unless mentioned in the inclusion section)
Others – as mentioned in the program
1. 30% deposit during the time of booking confirmation. Out of this 10% is NON-REFUNDABLE.
2. 70% of the tour amount to be deposited 30 days prior to the start of the tour.
3. Train ticket, JR Pass are Non Refundable in case of cancellation.
More information upon request.