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Tour Overview

Experience the perfect fusion of ancient traditions and modern marvels on this 16-day journey through China and Japan. Explore Tokyo's vibrant cityscape and Kyoto's historic charm, encountering serene gardens and geisha culture. Immerse yourself in China's imperial past in Beijing, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, and indulge in Shanghai's modern wonders. From tranquil hot springs in Hakone to bustling markets in Nara, this adventure blends cultural immersion, culinary delights, and breathtaking views, creating unforgettable memories across diverse landscapes and rich heritage.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore Tokyo's Fusion: Dive into Tokyo's blend of ancient shrines and modern skyscrapers, experiencing the city's vibrant energy and rich culture.
  • Scenic Hakone Getaway: Immerse in Hakone's serene hot springs, art museums, and stunning views of Mount Fuji, creating memories in a tranquil setting.
  • Historical Kyoto Charm: Wander through Kyoto's historic streets, adorned with temples, traditional tea houses, and the elegance of geisha culture.
  • Nature in Nara: Encounter friendly deer in Nara Park, discovering ancient temples and serene gardens, immersing yourself in Japan's natural beauty.
  • Beijing's Grandeur: Marvel at Beijing's grandeur in Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, and the majestic Great Wall, delving into China's imperial past.
  • Terracotta Warriors Wonder: Stand in awe before the Terracotta Warriors, witnessing ancient craftsmanship and historical marvels in Xi'an's archaeological site.
  • Shanghai's Modern Marvels: Ascend Shanghai Tower for breathtaking city views, explore the Bund's historic charm, and indulge in vibrant street markets, capturing Shanghai's modern essence.
  • Culinary Delights: Savor Beijing Roast Duck, Kyoto's kaiseki cuisine, and Shanghai's delectable dumplings, embarking on a culinary journey through diverse flavors.
  • Cultural Immersion: Wear traditional Japanese attire, participate in tea ceremonies, and experience hutong life, connecting deeply with local customs and traditions.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Tokyo, your guide and driver will warmly welcome you at the airport and smoothly transfer you to your hotel. After settling in, take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood. Discover the fusion of modern skyscrapers and traditional Japanese architecture, sampling local cuisine along the way.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

  2. At Meiji Jingu Shrine, experience the serene ambiance, where the tranquil forest contrasts the bustling city. Learn about Shinto rituals and perhaps witness a traditional wedding ceremony.

    Japan Tokyo Meiji Jingu Shrine
    Meiji Jingu Shrine

    Explore Omotesando Street, a fashion-forward district with cutting-edge boutiques, trendy cafes, and contemporary architecture.

    Indulge in Senso-ji Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. Marvel at the Thunder Gate and Nakamise-dori, a bustling shopping street leading to the temple.

    Ascend the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest tower, for a panoramic view of the city. Then, dive into the vibrant chaos of Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest pedestrian crossings globally, and explore the surrounding entertainment and shopping district.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

    Japan Tokyo Asakusa Sensoji Temple
    Asakusa Sensoji Temple

  3. In the morning, take a guided tour of Tsukiji Fish Market, witness the frenzied auction of fresh seafood, and taste exquisite sushi prepared by skilled chefs.

    Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Hama Rikyu Gardens, a traditional Japanese garden with tidal ponds and teahouses, offering a respite from the city.

    Japan Tokyo Hama Rikyu Garden
    Immerse in the tranquility of Hama Rikyu Gardens

    Visit a charming coffee shop with an anime-themed decor. Experience Tokyo's pop culture and savor a cup of Japanese matcha latte while surrounded by iconic anime characters.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

  4. Embark on a scenic journey to Hakone, taking in the picturesque landscapes from the comfort of your express train. In Hakone, explore the charming town known for its hot springs. Visit a local onsen, indulge in the relaxing waters, or explore Hakone Open-Air Museum, an outdoor museum featuring art and sculptures against the backdrop of nature.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hakone

  5. Utilize your Hakone Freepass to visit iconic attractions. Take the Hakone Ropeway for breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji, cruise on Lake Ashi, and visit Hakone Shrine with its iconic red torii gate against the lake's scenic beauty. Relax in an onsen to unwind after a day of exploration.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hakone

    Japan Hakone Ropeway
    Take the Hakone Ropeway for breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji

  6. After breakfast, board the Shinkansen to Kyoto, appreciating the high-speed train experience that Japan is renowned for. Arriving in Kyoto, take in the traditional atmosphere and check into your accommodation. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Gion district, famous for its historic wooden machiya houses and traditional tea houses. If you're lucky, you might spot a geisha or maiko.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  7. Explore the resplendent Kinkakuji Temple, covered in gold leaf, set amidst beautiful gardens and reflecting ponds. Visit Nijo Castle, an architectural marvel with "nightingale floors" that chirp when walked upon, serving as a security measure against intruders.

    Japan Kyoto Nijo Castle
    Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Relish Kyoto's delicacies at Nishiki Market, a culinary paradise offering fresh produce, traditional sweets, and street food.

    Experience wearing authentic Japanese kimono or yukata and capture beautiful moments amidst Kyoto's historic scenery. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, perched on a hillside, offering panoramic views of Kyoto. Experience the magic of the city as it lights up in the evening.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  8. Delve into the art of matcha at a traditional tea house in Uji, renowned for its high-quality green tea. Participate in a traditional tea ceremony, savoring the elegance of this ancient ritual. Journey to Nara Park, where friendly deer roam freely. Interact with these gentle creatures, a symbol of the city.

    Japan Nara Park
    Deer in Nara Park

    Explore Todaiji Temple, housing a colossal statue of Buddha. Marvel at the grandeur of this ancient site. Visit a local sake brewery, learning about the sake-making process and indulging in tasting sessions featuring a variety of sake types.

    Explore the mystical Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vibrant red torii gates forming enchanting pathways through the forested Mount Inari.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

    Japan Fushimi Inari Shrine
    Fushimi Inari Shrine

  9. Explore the vibrant city of Osaka at your own pace. Visit Osaka Castle, indulge in street food at Dotonbori, or shop at Shinsaibashi.

    Bid farewell to Japan as you board your flight to Beijing, China. Upon arrival, a local guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  10. Begin your day at the iconic Tian'anmen Square, a symbol of China's political and cultural heritage. Explore the magnificent Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and unravel the mysteries of ancient Chinese dynasties.

    China Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    Delight your taste buds with an exquisite meal featuring the renowned Beijing Roast Duck, a culinary masterpiece.

    In the afternoon, embark on a journey through Beijing's history in the hutongs, ancient narrow alleys lined with traditional courtyard residences. Immerse yourself in the local culture, perhaps by taking a rickshaw ride or simply wandering through the labyrinthine streets.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  11. Visit the Temple of Heaven, an architectural marvel where ancient emperors once prayed for good harvests and prosperity.

    After lunch, journey to Mutianyu Great Wall, a well-preserved section of the Great Wall of China. Take a cable car to the top and marvel at the awe-inspiring views. Hike along the wall, absorbing its historical significance and breathtaking scenery.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Beijing

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

  12. Explore the opulent Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Wander through the pavilions, halls, and bridges, marveling at the harmonious blend of nature and architecture.

    Board a high-speed train to Xi'an, known for its ancient city walls and the Terra-cotta Army. Enjoy the comfort of modern travel as you journey to your next destination.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

    China Beijing Summer Palace Boat Trip
    Take a boat trip on Kunming Lake in Summer Palace

  13. Discover the remarkable Terracotta Warriors and Horses, an archaeological wonder featuring thousands of life-sized statues crafted over 2,000 years ago. Engage in a hands-on experience by creating your own miniature Terracotta Warrior, connecting with China's rich cultural heritage.

    Xian Terracotta Warriors and Horses
    The spectacular Terracotta Warriors

    Visit the Ancient City Wall, a well-preserved fortification that encircles the historic heart of Xi'an. Rent a bicycle and ride along the ancient walls, enjoying panoramic views of the city below. This unique experience offers a glimpse into Xi'an's rich past and modern present.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Xi'an

  14. Begin your day at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, an elegant Buddhist pagoda dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Explore the nearby Xi'an Museum, which houses a vast collection of artifacts showcasing the region's cultural heritage.

    China Xi'an Museum
    Exhibits of Xi'an Museum

    Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a symbol of Xi'an, known for its impressive architecture and historical significance in Chinese Buddhism.

    Explore the bustling Muslim Quarter, a vibrant area renowned for its street food, traditional crafts, and historic mosques. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and savor local delicacies.

    Board a flight to Shanghai, China's bustling metropolis. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and rest after a day filled with exploration.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  15. Visit the Bund, a picturesque waterfront area along the Huangpu River. Learn about its history as a financial and trading center, admiring the blend of architectural styles from different eras.

    China Shanghai The Bund
    Panorama of the Bund

    Ascend the towering Shanghai Tower, one of the world's tallest buildings. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Shanghai's skyline, a testament to the city's modernity and ambition.

    Indulge in a delectable meal featuring Shanghai's renowned dumplings, showcasing the city's culinary artistry.

    In the evening, you can take a leisurely walk along Nanjing Road (on your own), one of the world's busiest shopping streets. Experience the vibrant energy of Shanghai as you shop for souvenirs and immerse yourself in the city's dynamic nightlife.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai Nanjing Road
    Take a leisurely walk along Nanjing Road in the evening

  16. Enjoy your final moments in Shanghai at your own pace. Take a relaxing stroll, visit a local market, or savor a cup of traditional Chinese tea in a serene teahouse.

    Your driver will escort you to the airport, ensuring a smooth transition for your onward journey. Depart from Shanghai with cherished memories of your unforgettable adventure through Japan and China, taking with you the rich cultural experiences, historic wonders, and the warm hospitality of these remarkable nations. Safe travels!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $5694 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 15 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day;
  • Train tickets and air tickets mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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