Japan at a Glance 6 Nights/ 7 Days
Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo
On arrival in Tokyo, our representative will meet you and help you transfer to the hotel by shared shuttle. (Optional: transfer by train or private vehicle depending on your choice and your expenses) Time to relax or walk around Japanese-style restaurants in the area of your hotel, if you’re still full of energy! Try local sake, Japanese beers, sashimi, dried fish and fried foods in a traditional atmosphere that has persisted for three hundred years.
Optional excursion: Evening foodie tour: our professional and friendly guide will take you to non-touristy Izakaya in Ginza where you can feel like a local. This is a perfect opportunity to learn local tradition, culture, and food,
and will definitely be an unforgettable experience. Includes: Airport transfer on shared shuttle
Day 2: Tokyo – Full Day City Tour (B)
After a traditional Japanese breakfast, your private guide takes you on a tour using the inner-city public transit system to visit the magnificent Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Meiji Emperor, and the most popular place in the city for weddings and end-of-year “Hatsu-mode.” And then stroll at the peaceful Hamariyku garden, the former private garden of an Edo Period Lord. Here you will stop for a Japanese green tea. What a way to start the day and relaxing ride on the Sumida river bus to have a different view of Tokyo and its futuristic buildings, including an 18-meter tall Gundam robot statue. Followed by a journey to Harajuku and Omote-Sando, also known as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree lined avenue features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance End of the day by visiting Asakusa – home of the grand temple of Senso-ji. This bright red temple is central to an area famous for kimono, geisha, performing arts and old-fashioned souvenirs for more than 300 years
Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of your hotel and city traffic.
Day 3: Tokyo – Free Day
Self-guided day. Explore the city on your own.
Suggested program: Visit the Tsukji Fish Market and surrounding restaurants in Tsukushima. Visit the Kabuki-za Theatre in Ginza, and see a performance while there – a must-see for any visitor to Japan Visit the electronics district of Akihabara Discover Tokyo’s world-class museums and art galleries. Optional day tour: 1 day Nikko world heritage tour: This tour takes you to the highlights of Nikko, including World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu Shrine, beautiful Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Enjoy experiencing the nature and long history of Nikko. 1 day hidden Kamakura & Enoshima Bay Drive Tour: Visit famous sights of hidden Kamakura such as the Great Buddha statue at Kotoku-in Temple, and take in the beautiful ocean scenery of Enoshima on this bus tour.
Day 4: Tokyo – Kyoto (B)
After breakfast, take a short shinkansen bullet-train ride to Kyoto, the ancient capital city of Japan. This city stands as it did for hundreds of years, and the older part of town is actually protected to prevent it from turning into another shrine to modernity. Make your own way from train station to the hotel. Our company representative meets you at your hotel to provide you with the information about your tour in Kyoto and how to make most out of your stay during self-guided days. In the afternoon, join a tea ceremony at “machiya,” a restored traditional wooden house that is typical to Kyoto and many parts of Japan. If you wish, try on Japanese traditional dress, kimono (on your expense). There are many styles and colors, and see how the outfit works on you Free evening to enjoy at your leisure to walk through Gion, where you may get a glimpse of Geisha, walking through the narrow alley. With 17 Unesco World Heritage sights to be seen, the town is still quaint and walkable enough to be explored at leisure. Includes: Bullet train Tokyo – Kyoto English speaking assistant at the train station help to board the right train/bus to hotel and provide
necessary information. joined tea ceremony
Day 5: Kyoto – Full Day City Tour (B)
After breakfast, the guide will pick you up at the hotel for a full day city tour using the public transportation. You start with the grand Nijo Castle, a sprawling, breath-taking example of comfortable luxury in Japanese nature. History has changed the face of this complex many times – see the footprints of each of its iconic owners, and walk the “chirping” nightingale floors that were so popular in construction during this building’s heyday. We then visit Ryoanji, famous for its UNESCO-protected World Heritage zen gardens. You may find it nostalgic, as it has been featured in many movies and cited often for inspiration by creators and entrepreneurs alike. The Zen rock gardens are quintessential for posters and calendars of Japan – you may even feel a sense of nostalgia as you view it while sipping green tea. We then take you to Kinkakuji. The location of many films and novels, this pavilion which is completely coated in gold was originally built as a summer house for a shogun. It has become a symbol of luxury, beauty, and excess in literature and films throughout the ages. Finally, visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, a location considered so powerful that people flock from all over the country to visit when they have worries they need to resolve. See the cliff of conviction that symbolizes a literary “point of no return” in Japanese media culture – figuratively and literally speaking. See incredible views of Kyoto from the top of the city, all in a building containing no nails or fasteners that has been standing since long before the city was ever capital. On your way back to town, walk through the Higashiyama District, full of old-style crafts and artisans. These quaint alleyways are lined with real homes and adorable gardens into which you can peer, and do drop into a peaceful teahouse on your way down the path!
Day 6: Kyoto, Free Day. Optional Tour to Nara (B)
Optional half day trip to Nara: Afternoon, you can visit the very nearby Nara, which is a capital of Japan even older than Kyoto. This 8th century town is filled with wabi-sabi and quiet streets that lead from shrine to shrine. Visit the outstanding Todaiji – a “power spot” claiming responsibility for inciting many of historical figures to action. It’s the largest wooden building in the world, and is quite an impressive site. Also visit KasugaTaisha, Nara’s most celebrated shinto shrine, which is populated by pretty, friendly deer whose presence only improves the tranquility of the area.
Optional join in day trip to Bamboo Grove, and Arashiyama. The guide meets you at the meeting point to take a bus tour to famous sightseeing spots that makes for a really nice day trip from Kyoto such as the World Heritage Site Tenryu-ji Temple, Bamboo Grove, and Arashiyama. You have a chance to try your hand at sutra copying in Daikaku-ji Temple, where participants can also appreciate ancient architecture. Experience writing some Japanese characters!
Enjoy your lunch with a Buddhist vegetarian meal inside the Tenryu-ji Temple grounds. afternoon is great time to take a rickshaw ride near the Togetsu-kyo Bridge. End of tour, you visit the Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine, one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. It is said that the guardian deity of sake is enshrined here.
Day 7: Kyoto – Departure (B)
Free time to go shopping for souvenirs until transfer to Kansai Airport for your departure flight.