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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable 9-day journey through the cultural wonders of Japan. Begin in Tokyo, where ancient traditions meet modern marvels, exploring historic shrines, bustling markets, and unique culinary delights. Travel to Hakone for scenic landscapes and relaxing hot springs. Discover Kyoto's architectural treasures, from the gilded Kinkakuji Temple to Nijo Castle. Encounter friendly deer in Nara Park and indulge in sake tasting. Immerse yourself in tea culture in Uji. This tour promises a rich tapestry of experiences, blending tradition, natural beauty, and authentic encounters across Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, and Nara.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Immerse in Tokyo's ancient shrines, vibrant markets, and modern allure, discovering a perfect blend of tradition and innovation.
  • Indulge your taste buds in Tsukiji's seafood, sushi-making adventures, and Kyoto's matcha, experiencing Japan's diverse and exquisite cuisine.
  • Embark on a picturesque train ride to Hakone, enjoying breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and serene landscapes, setting the stage for tranquil exploration.
  • Unwind in Hakone's rejuvenating hot spring baths, surrounded by nature, embracing the soothing waters and embracing ultimate relaxation.
  • Witness Kyoto's architectural marvels, from the gilded Kinkakuji Temple to the historic Nijo Castle, embodying Japan's profound cultural heritage.
  • Encounter Nara's friendly deer in the park, marvel at Todaiji Temple's grandeur, and delve into sake-making traditions, unveiling unique local experiences.
  • Walk through the mesmerizing vermillion torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, embarking on a spiritual journey amidst the forested mountainside.
  • Engage in an authentic matcha tea ceremony in Uji, savoring the elegance of Japanese tea culture, a moment steeped in history and tranquility.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival at Narita International Airport, your guide and driver will warmly welcome you. They will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your hotel in Tokyo. Once you've settled in, take some time to relax and recover from your journey. If you're feeling up to it, explore the immediate surroundings of your hotel, perhaps discovering local restaurants or shops.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

    Japan Tokyo Nights
    Busy Nights in Tokyo

  2. Begin your day with a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, an oasis of calm in the bustling city. As you walk through the towering torii gates and lush forest, you'll experience the tranquility of this Shinto shrine. Next, venture to Omotesando Street, a fashionable avenue lined with trendy boutiques, cafes, and architectural marvels.

    Japan Tokyo Omotesando Street
    A fashionable avenue in Tokyo - Omotesando Street

    Afterwards, head to Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo's oldest temple located in the historic Asakusa district. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Nakamise Street, lined with traditional stalls selling souvenirs and street food. The day will immerse you in Tokyo's rich cultural heritage and modern charm.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

    Japan Tokyo Asakusa Sensoji Temple
    Asakusa Sensoji Temple

  3. In the morning, your senses will come alive at Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world's largest and busiest seafood markets. Engage in a hands-on sushi-making experience, where skilled chefs will teach you the art of crafting delectable sushi.

    Japan Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market
    Fresh fish in Tsukiji Fish Market

    Afterwards, bask in the tranquility of Hama-rikyu Gardens, an oasis in the heart of the city. Marvel at the beautiful landscapes, teahouses, and tidal ponds. To add a touch of pop culture to your day, visit a coffee shop with anime-themed decor, where you can enjoy themed drinks while surrounded by your favorite characters.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Tokyo

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

  4. Embark on a scenic journey to Hakone via an express train. As you travel, enjoy picturesque views of the Japanese countryside and Mt. Fuji in the distance. Upon arrival, explore the enchanting Gora Park, a garden blending traditional Japanese and French aesthetics. Take leisurely strolls amidst blooming flowers and art installations.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hakone

  5. Today, your adventure continues with the versatile Hakone Freepass on your own. Utilize the pass to ascend Mt. Owakudani via a thrilling cable car ride. As you soar over sulfurous fumes, indulge in the local specialty – hot spring boiled eggs.

    Japan Hakone Mt. Owakudani
    Ascend Mt. Owakudani via a thrilling cable car ride

    Alternatively, unwind at your hotel and indulge in the soothing waters of the hotel's hot spring baths. The day is yours to explore Hakone's wonders at your own pace.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hakone

  6. Board the high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto, a city renowned for its historical landmarks and cultural treasures. As you journey on your own, relish the speed and efficiency of Japan’s world-class rail system. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and take the evening to relax or venture out to sample Kyoto's local cuisine.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  7. Marvel at the resplendent Kinkakuji Temple, covered in gold leaf, and discover the history behind this iconic structure. Explore the serene grounds of Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its architectural grandeur and beautiful gardens. Dive into the heart of Kyoto's culinary scene at Nishiki Market, where you can not only taste but also don traditional Japanese clothing.

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

    Cap off the day with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, perched on a hill offering breathtaking panoramic views of Kyoto. The evening allows for relaxation and reflection on the day’s adventures.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

  8. Immerse yourself in the world of matcha tea in Uji, the birthplace of this revered beverage. Engage in a traditional tea ceremony, savoring the nuanced flavors of matcha while learning about its cultural significance.

    Japan Uji Matcha Tea
    Matcha Tea in Uji

    Continue your exploration in Nara, where Todaiji Temple stands tall, housing a colossal Buddha statue. Experience the unique charm of Nara Park, where friendly deer roam freely. Delve into the art of sake-making with a visit to a local sake brewery, where you can sample a variety of Japan's finest sake.

    Cap your day at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an awe-inspiring site featuring thousands of vermillion torii gates forming scenic pathways through the forested mountainside.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Kyoto

    Japan Nara Park
    Relax in Nara Park with your family

  9. Your journey in Japan comes to a close. Enjoy your final moments in Kyoto, perhaps revisiting a favorite spot or indulging in one last Japanese meal. When you're ready, your driver will escort you to the airport, marking the end of your unforgettable adventure in Japan. Safe travels as you head to your next destination or return home, cherishing the memories of your delightful Japanese sojourn.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $3114 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

  • 8 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;
  • 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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