An ideal introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun, explore the best-loved highlights of Japan in just a short period of time. Discover an incredible blend of old world charm and modern innovation in Tokyo, walk past bustling street laden with the best street and gourmet cuisine that the city has to offer, and explore beautiful temples and busy markets. Zen temples and Shinto shrines of Kamakura along with pristine beaches weave breathe magic into your custom Japan trip. In Kyoto, soak in the incredible culture and heritage with visits to the many UNESCO World Heritage sites dotting the cityscape, eat your heart out at ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, and venture to Nara, where important cultural landmarks and heritage sites will take your breath away.
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights
Accommodation in one double room for 8 days / 7 nights
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Tokyo – Kyoto (Shinkansen Train)
Kyoto – Tokyo (Shinkansen Train)
Tokyo – Narita Airport (Train)
All activities as listed :
Tokyo: Highlights of Tokyo
Tokyo: Kamakura Excursion from Tokyo
Kyoto: Highlights of Kyoto
Kyoto: Excursion to Nara
Kyoto: Kyoto Fushimi & Sake Brewery Excursion
All airport and hotel transfers (either by shared public transport with an English-speaking assistant or private chauffeur driven vehicle with an English-speaking assistant) as discussed with your Travel Consultant
A high-quality air conditioned, safety-tested vehicle with private chauffeur and an English-speaking assistant as discussed with your Travel Consultant
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, when accompanied by our local, English-speaking tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
Day 1 - 4
Shared Transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo Hotel
Tokyo is a city like no other! Defined by cutting-edge design, quirky creativity and its own unique ancient culture, the city defines the best of both worlds.
Highlights Of Tokyo Discover one of the most fascinating global cities of our times on this day tour, accompanied by your local guide. Start off with a visit to Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional ceremonies. From your spiritual plane, you can now return to the material world with a stroll down the elegant tree-lined avenue of Omotesando – Tokyo’s shopping district. This is the city’s fashion equivalent to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris! Having had your fill of global fashion, you can cut across town to soak in the old-world atmosphere of Asakusa. Walk down to Tokyo’s oldest temple, Sensoji, before losing yourself in the delightful shopping street of Nakamise. Shop for souvenirs and sample traditional refreshments. Wind up your day with a peaceful boat ride along the lovely Sumida River, passing under a dozen bridges to reach Hamarikyu Garden. This is an anachronistic little oasis of tranquillity fringed by towering skyscrapers. Sip on steaming matcha at a genteel Japanese tea house, as you contemplate the beauty all around. (Full Day; Please wear comfortable shoes).
Kamakura Excursion From Tokyo A one hour train ride away from Tokyo, the historical city of Kamakura exudes a distinct charm. Steeped in remnants of the past, this prominent resort town is frequented by local and foreign visitors alike. Several Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines dot the entire town. Your full day Kamakura trip covers some of the most iconic temples in Japan, such as Kotokuin Temple, Hasedera Temple and the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, among many others. Known as the ‘Kyoto of Eastern Japan’, Kamakura’s white sandy beaches are especially inviting in the summer months. Make your trip expecially memorable by shopping for mementoes in the local market, and sampling eclectic food served up by street vendors. (Full day; Duration: 8 hours; Includes 1 hr return train ride; Please wear comfortable walking shoes)
Kyoto is to be seen to be believed. With no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the city encapsulates traditional Japanese culture and tradition.
Highlights Of Kyoto Revel in the traditional sights, smells and sounds of feudal Japan’s best preserved city, in the company of your local guide. Visit the many UNESCO World Heritage sites dotting Kyoto, beginning with the Kinkakuji Temple, originally built for the Shogun. At his request, the Shogun’s villa was converted into a Buddhist Temple after his death. Discover the magnificent 15th century Nijo Castle with its splendidly preserved medieval gardens from Japan’s Edo period. Admire the many details and typical architectural features of the old monument, before walking down to the bustling Nishiki Market. Eat your heart out at this food street, also known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, lined with innumerable restaurants and traditional eating houses! Try out typical local delicacies such as pickles, dried fish and sushi. Visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple which offers panoramic views of the city from its high veranda! (Full Day; Private activity & Public transport; Duration: 8 hrs. Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Excursion To Nara One of Japan’s most rewarding destinations, consider Nara for a half day trip from Kyoto. History aficionados will have an inspiring time exploring the cultural legacy of the city. Nara takes sightseeing to an exciting new level, thanks to the presence of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Given the compact size of the city, you can easily cover many popular attractions in half a day. Start with the impressive sight of Daibutsu (the Great Buddha). Proceed to catch glimpses of the marvelous Todai-ji Temple Complex and Kasuga Shrine. Second only to Kyoto’s repository of important ancient landmarks, Nara offers many enchanting experiences, such as feeding the wild deer that roam around in the Nara Park. Stop by for a Japanese-Western-style buffet, or indulge in some souvenir shopping before you head back to the hotel. (Half Day; Private activity & Public transport; Duration: 3.5 hrs. Please bring comfortable shoes. Please don’t carry food items in your bag.)
Kyoto Fushimi & Sake Brewery Excursion Head by train or car to Fushimi, located in th suburbs of Kyoto, with a local guide. Fushimi is alive with historical charm. Visit the spectacular Fushimi Inari Shrine, which is renowned due to its 10,000 red Tori Gates that line a path up a winding trail to a mountaintop temple, and was featured in the noteworthy movie, ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. All that walking will allow you to fully appreciate a visit to a traditional sake brewery. Learn about the finer points of crafting Japan’s national drink as you tour the brewery with an expert. Sample an entire selection of five types of sake! We highly recommend you eat before the sake tasting. If you wish, you can purchase your own sake at the brewery store so that you have a liquid memento of your Japan adventure! (Half Day, Morning Afternoon Tour; Duration: 4 hrs; Private activity & Public transport; Travel Time: 15 minutes from Kyoto; Shared activity in group of max. 7 people. Sake tasting only permitted for those aged 20 years and above; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable shoes)