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Tour Overview

Embark on the Best Japan Tour, an 11-day journey through Japan's cultural wonders. Start in Tokyo, where neon-lit districts and historic temples merge seamlessly. Experience hands-on sushi making, explore ancient towns in Takayama and Shirakawa-go, and discover Kanazawa's artistic heritage. Immerse yourself in Kyoto's timeless elegance, and craft pottery, and visit iconic landmarks. Enjoy scenic train rides, delve into tea culture in Uji, and savor personalized art experiences. This journey promises an immersive, diverse, and enriching exploration of Japan's rich traditions and natural beauty.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore Tokyo's Enchanting Districts: Immerse yourself in Shinjuku's neon lights and Ginza's luxury, unveiling Tokyo's diverse charm.
  • Sacred Moments at Meiji Shrine: Experience tranquility amidst Tokyo's bustle, exploring the serene Meiji Shrine, a sanctuary of peace.
  • Savor Homemade Sushi: Dive into Tokyo's culinary heart, crafting sushi with a local family, relishing your homemade delicacies.
  • Discover Takayama's Heritage: Roam Takayama's ancient streets, marveling at historic Jinya and savoring sake in picturesque Shirakawa-go.
  • Kanazawa's Artistic Essence: Delight in Kenrokuen's beauty, create ceramics, and explore samurai history, immersing in Kanazawa's cultural tapestry.
  • Kyoto's Timeless Beauty: Craft pottery, explore Nijo Castle, wander Nishiki Market, and embrace Gion's geisha mystique in Kyoto's elegance.
  • Arashiyama's Natural Grace: Walk through bamboo groves, visit serene shrines, and indulge in vegetarian cuisine amidst Arashiyama's tranquil nature.
  • Uji's Tea Wonderland: Learn tea cultivation secrets, stroll Uji's picturesque streets, and explore Fushimi Inari Shrine, immersing in Japan's tea culture.
  • Spectacular Scenic Train Rides: Marvel at changing landscapes aboard the Shinkansen, witnessing Japan's countryside unfold through your window.
  • Personalized Art and Craft Experiences: Create ceramic masterpieces, delve into yuzen dyeing, and brew your tea, fostering unique connections with Japan's rich traditions.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Arrive in Tokyo and meet your friendly guide and driver at the airport. They will assist you with your transfer to the hotel, ensuring a smooth start to your journey.

    Check into your hotel and unwind after your journey. Take some time to freshen up and relax.

    Evening: Embark on a leisurely stroll around Shinjuku District, Tokyo's vibrant and bustling neighborhood. Immerse yourself in the neon lights, trendy shops, and lively atmosphere, giving you a taste of Tokyo's energetic nightlife.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

  2. Begin your day with a visit to the serene Meiji Shrine, nestled amidst lush greenery. Experience the tranquility of this Shinto shrine, set in the heart of the bustling city.

    Japan Meiji Shrine
    Meiji Shrine

    Explore Omotesando Street, renowned for its architectural wonders and high-end fashion boutiques. Marvel at the unique designs and immerse yourself in Tokyo's modern elegance.

    Continue your journey to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo's oldest temple. Walk down Nakamise Shopping Street, lined with traditional stalls selling souvenirs and local treats.

    Indulge in the serenity of Hamarikyu Gardens, savoring a steaming cup of matcha and Japanese desserts amidst picturesque landscapes. Your guide will assist you in redeeming your Japan Rail Pass, ensuring you're ready for the adventures ahead.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

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

  3. Dive into Tokyo's culinary scene by exploring a bustling local market. Witness the vibrant colors and fresh produce, gaining insights into Japanese cooking.

    Visit a warm and welcoming Japanese family, offering you a glimpse into their daily life. Participate in a sushi-making session, learning the art of crafting this iconic Japanese dish. Enjoy the fruits of your labor with a homemade sushi feast.

    Japan Sushi-making
    Participate in a sushi-making session

    The rest of the time is free for you to explore the upscale district of Ginza, known for its luxury shopping and gourmet dining. Alternatively, visit the majestic Imperial Palace, surrounded by beautiful gardens and historical landmarks.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

  4. Embark on a scenic journey to Takayama via the Shinkansen, Japan's high-speed train. Witness the picturesque countryside unfold before your eyes during the approximately 5-hour ride.

    Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel. Unwind in the soothing hot springs, allowing the calming waters to rejuvenate your senses. Enjoy a relaxing swim, immersing yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Takayama.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Takayama

  5. Immerse yourself in Takayama's rich heritage at the Miyagawa Morning Market. Stroll through the quaint Sanmachi Suji, lined with beautifully preserved Edo-period buildings.

    Japan Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market
    Miyagawa Morning Market

    Visit Takayama Jinya, a historic government house, and indulge your taste buds at a local sake brewery, sampling Japan's renowned national wine.

    In the afternoon, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go, known for its traditional thatched-roof houses. Your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the village's unique architecture and cultural significance.

    After the tour, travel independently to Kanazawa and settle into your hotel, anticipating the adventures awaiting you in this charming city.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kanazawa

    Japan Kanazawa Shirakawa-go
    Shirakawa-go in Winter

  6. Admire the enchanting beauty of Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan's most celebrated gardens. Explore the nearby Kanazawa Castle, steeped in history and architectural splendor.

    Japan Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden
    Admire the enchanting beauty of Kenrokuen Garden

    Visit Kaga Yuzen Kaikan to learn about the art of yuzen silk painting, a traditional Japanese textile craft. Immerse yourself in the elegance of Nagamachi Samurai District, showcasing the city's samurai heritage.

    Wander through the charming streets of Higashi Chaya District, famous for its teahouses and gold foil products. Savor a cup of exquisite local tea, immersing yourself in Kanazawa's cultural tapestry.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kanazawa

    Japan Kanazawa Yuzen Silk Painting
    Learn about the art of yuzen silk painting

  7. Travel to Kyoto via a Japan Rail Pass express train, enjoying the scenic journey through picturesque landscapes. Arrive in Kyoto and check into your hotel. Take some time to relax and unwind, preparing for the upcoming exploration of Kyoto's rich cultural heritage.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  8. Embark on a creative adventure in a ceramic art district, where you'll have the opportunity to craft your own masterpieces. Feel the clay between your fingers as you shape unique artworks under the guidance of skilled artisans.

    Explore a Yuzen Gallery, delving into the intricate world of yuzen dyeing, a traditional Japanese textile art. Participate in a hands-on session, creating your own beautifully dyed fabric.

    After lunch, step back in time at Nijo Castle, an architectural marvel showcasing the grandeur of the Edo period. Wander through its historic halls and beautiful gardens.

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

    Discover the vibrant atmosphere of Nishiki Market, a paradise for food enthusiasts. Sample local delicacies, fresh produce, and traditional sweets, immersing yourself in Kyoto's culinary delights.

    Wander through the enchanting streets of Gion, Kyoto's iconic geisha district. Admire the well-preserved machiya houses and immerse yourself in the allure of this cultural gem.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  9. Explore the natural beauty of Arashiyama, starting your day at Okochi Mountain Villa. Wander through lush gardens, reveling in the serenity of this mountain retreat.

    Walk through the enchanting bamboo groves, where sunlight filters through the tall bamboo stalks, creating a magical ambiance.

    Japan Arashiyama Bamboo Groves
    Shooting beautiful bamboo groves

    Visit Nonomiya Shrine, nestled amidst the scenic Arashiyama hills. Feel the spiritual energy as you explore this ancient Shinto shrine.

    Explore Tenryuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its exquisite Zen gardens and historic structures. Conclude your visit with a delightful vegetarian Japanese cuisine experience in a traditional temple setting.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  10. Embark on a short train journey to Uji, the birthplace of matcha tea. Visit a local tea garden, where you'll learn the art of tea cultivation, from kneading to drying leaves. Experience the joy of brewing your own tea, savoring its rich flavors.

    Japan Uji Tea Garden
    A local tea garden in Uji

    Stroll through the picturesque town of Uji, renowned for its tea-related heritage and scenic landscapes. Enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings as you explore the charming streets and traditional tea houses.

    Free time: Venture to Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vibrant red torii gates forming mesmerizing pathways. Take a leisurely stroll along the Philosopher's Path, lined with cherry blossoms and serene canals, providing a perfect ending to your Kyoto experience.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

    Japan Fushimi Inari Shrine
    Fushimi Inari Shrine

  11. Enjoy your remaining free time, perhaps indulging in some last-minute shopping or savoring local delicacies.

    Your private driver will escort you to the airport, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free journey as you head to your next destination or back home, carrying cherished memories of your enriching Japanese adventure. Safe travels!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $3949 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

  • 10 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;
  • Japan Rail Pass;
  • 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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