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8 Days
Best of Japan

Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 – Arrival in Japan

    After being welcomed by our private  guide, you will travel to your accommodation in Tokyo by private vehicle. Settle in, adjust to your new environment and get ready for your upcoming adventures. 

    Night in Tokyo

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Private Guide, Transportation and Fees.

    Day 2 – Tokyo guided tour

    Today is your first full day visiting Tokyo. Start your day with a walking tour of the renowned Tsukiji Fish Market. Then head to Asakusa, one of the last remaining traditional districts in Tokyo. The area is anchored by the famous Sensoji Temple. Tour the temples and traditional streets in the area.

    Take a break and join an “Amezaiku” workshop. Amezaiku is a millennia-old traditional candy craft art using special sugar to create your own edible Koi fish.

    In the afternoon, take a leisurely cruise on the Sumida River to the Hamarikyu Gardens.

    Finish the day at Odaiba, the man-made island in Tokyo Bay. Enjoy the night view of Tokyo’s skyline before returning to your hotel.

    Night in Tokyo

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Private Guide, Transportation and Fees.

    Day 3 – Transfer from Tokyo to Hakone (Mt. Fuji)

    After check-out, take your first Bullet train ride and head to Hakone near Mt Fuji.

    A fun way to explore Hakone is along its famous sightseeing loop, which traverses this beautifully scenic region via the Hakone Tozan Railway (the oldest mountain train in Japan), a funicular railway, the Hakone Ropeway (a gondola offering panoramic views) and a scenic cruise across Lake Aishi.

    Tonight, you will stay at a ‘Ryokan’ (traditional inn), savour a Kaiseki (multi-course) dinner and relax in your private onsen (hotspring).

    Night: in Hakone.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Private Guide, Transportation and Fees.

    Day 4 – Transfer from Hakone to Kyoto

    After breakfast, head back to the station and board the bullet train and arrive at Japan’s cultural capital of Kyoto.

    You will be picked-up at the station and brought directly to Arashiyama. Located in the northern part of Kyoto, here you can see the Togetsukyo Bridge (literally means the bridge that crosses to the moon), as well as the famous Bamboo Forest. You will also visit two World Heritage sites: The Tenryu-ji temple and the Golden Pavilion before heading to your accommodation in central Kyoto.

    Night in Kyoto

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Private Guide, Transportation and Fees.

    Day 5 – Day trip to Nara and Osaka

    In the morning, head to Nara by private car. Owing to its past as the first permanent capital, the city remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples. Visit the imposing Todai-ji Temple, home of the tallest Buddha statue in Japan, and play with the sacred deer at Nara Park.

    For lunch, head to Osaka, the second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. Osaka is regarded as the “food capital of Japan.” First, visit the Osaka Castle and learn the history of the city before heading to the Kuromon food market and glitzy Dotonbori area for a street food tour.

    Finally, the guide will take you back to your accommodation in Kyoto.

    Night in Kyoto

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Private Guide, Transportation and Fees.

    Day 6 – Kyoto sightseeing

    Enjoy a tour of Kyoto highlights. Start with the imposing Fushimi-Inari shrine. Walk the grounds and see the thousands of Red Torii Gates before heading to the Kiyomizu temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below and its sacred waterfall. After the temple, walk down the traditional streets of Ninnenzaka and Sannenzaka, Kyoto best-preserved historic districts. Finish the promenade at Gion District. Gion is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geisha and maiko (geisha apprentices) entertain.

    For dinner tonight: enjoy a traditional Kyoto dinner with a real Geisha. Learn about their history and play games with them.

    Night in Kyoto

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Maiko dinner, Private Guide, Transportation and Fees.

    Day 7 – Transfer back to Tokyo

    After breakfast, head to the station and take the bullet train one last time and return to Tokyo. After check-in at your accommodation, you will be free to explore the city at your leisure for this final full day in Japan.

    Night in Tokyo

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast and Transportation.

    Day 8 – Departure

    You’ll be free until departure. Depending on your flight, you may have time for some last-minute explorations – shopping or eating. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation for the comfortable private transfer to your departure airport.

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Private, English-speaking driver.

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