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7-Day Japan Adventure: Tokyo and Kyoto Tour

7-Day Japan Adventure: Tokyo and Kyoto Tour

By Mike HoUpdated Jan. 4, 2024
A Trip to Immersive Journey through Timeless Traditions and Cultural Marvels of Japan

Begin in Tokyo, a dynamic metropolis where modernity meets tradition. Delve into the bustling streets, immerse in diverse neighborhoods, and explore historic landmarks. Then, venture to Kyoto, a city steeped in ancient traditions, boasting stunning temples, serene gardens, and a profound cultural heritage. Witness the beauty of traditional geisha districts and experience the Zen ambiance. This thoughtfully curated itinerary offers the perfect blend of Japan's contemporary vibrancy in Tokyo and the serene, cultural richness of Kyoto, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking a concise yet immersive experience of Japan's two iconic cities. Book now for an unforgettable Japanese journey.

We can customize this trip by adding anything you're interested in and scheduling days to fit your pace. We would happily organize a unique theme or activities for birthdays, young children, anniversaries, etc.

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  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$3,199 p/p, (2 per room)*

*The price is based on a private tour for 2 people.

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Tour Route

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Learn about Japanese emperors by visiting the Imperial Palace and the Meiji Shrine.

the Imperial Palace of Japan

Journey through both contemporary and historic epochs of Japan to gather captivating tales of your own.

Sakura and the SkyTree

Understand Japan more deeply by visiting Kyoto's World Heritage Sites.

Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto

Take a walk through Arashiyama's famous bamboo groves and visit a great Zen temple, Tenryuji temple, one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

bamboo groves at Arashiyama

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

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Your preferences will shape the authentic journey. We are fully prepared to craft an tailor-made tour that fulfills your desires.

Day 1
Tokyo Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Tokyo. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Tokyo Discovery | Meiji Jingu Shrine and Shibuya

Meiji Jingu Shrine: Nestled amidst a serene forest, Meiji Jingu Shrine offers a peaceful escape in the heart of Tokyo. The shrine grounds provide scenic walking paths, perfect for a leisurely stroll. Here, you can partake in various Shinto rituals—making offerings at the main hall, purchasing charms and amulets, or writing wishes on ema tablets. Don't be surprised to catch a traditional wedding procession on Sunday mornings, a captivating sight with the bride in a white kimono and hood, accompanied by the groom in a formal black robe, under the guidance of Shinto priests.

Shibuya: A bustling epicenter for Tokyo's youthful energy, Shibuya is a must-visit spot for anyone exploring the city. With iconic attractions like the scramble crossing, this area is the epitome of trendy youth culture, promising an unforgettable experience for visitors.

ShibuyaShibuya area

Anime Cafe: No visit to Tokyo is complete without experiencing an anime-themed cafe! Even if you're not an avid fan, these cafes offer a unique and captivating experience that's hard to find anywhere else in the world. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy this immersive and quirky atmosphere—be ready for fun and be sure to capture memorable moments through photos!

Harajuku: An eclectic fashion district surrounding Harajuku Station, this area is a hotbed of style nestled between Shibuya and Shinjuku. Takeshita Street, the area's focal point, hosts a blend of boutiques flaunting the latest trends and photo-worthy food. Wander through blocks showcasing diverse styles—from Harajuku goth to candy-colored decora kei and punk fashion. Indulge in a variety of snacks, including classic crepes, rainbow grilled cheese, giant cotton candy, and Korean hattogu. Stroll down Cat Street towards Shibuya, exploring hipster cafes, vintage fashion stores, and international brands.

Day 3
Tokyo Discovery | Sensoji Asakusa

Sensoji Asakusa: Explore Tokyo's oldest temple, Sensoji, home to a sacred statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Wander through grand gates, a towering five-story pagoda, and Nakamise Dori's vibrant stalls. Discover the spiritual essence and bustling marketplace at this iconic destination, offering a glimpse into Tokyo's cultural heritage.

Tokyo Skytree: Towering over Tokyo's skyline, the Tokyo Skytree stands at an astounding 634 meters, granting breathtaking panoramic views of the city. On clear days, the vista includes glimpses of the majestic Mount Fuji, offering an unforgettable sight for visitors.

Tsukiji Fish Market: While the inner wholesale market has moved to Toyosu, the outer market of Tsukiji remains a lively area filled with diverse food stalls and shops. Known for its high-quality seafood, the market is a haven for fresh produce, seafood, and authentic Japanese delicacies. Explore the stalls and relish the opportunity to savor a variety of seafood delights, from sushi and sashimi to grilled fish and seafood bowls.

Sushi makingSushi-making Experience

Sushi-making Experience with Lunch: Dive into the art of sushi, from the ocean to your plate, with a sushi-making class and an enlightening visit to the fish market. Embark on a guided tour of one of the world's largest seafood markets, learning about the process of catching, distributing, and selling fish. Under the guidance of a sushi master, delve into the art of preparing nigiri sushi. Cap off your adventure by relishing your freshly made creations during a delightful sushi lunch.

Day 4
Tokyo to Kyoto | City Transfer by Bullet Train

Tokyo to Kyoto Express by Nozomi Train (Standard Class Ticket, Duration: 2 hours 21 minutes): Experience a swift journey from Tokyo to Kyoto aboard the Nozomi Train. This ticket provides a comfortable, direct trip without transfer or guided services. Please note that prices do not include additional transfer or guiding services.

Day 5
Kyoto Discovery | Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market in Kyoto is a renowned traditional food market known for its vast array of fresh, seasonal foods, and its unique and authentic atmosphere. This centuries-old market is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Visitors can enjoy a delightful variety of traditional Japanese foods and snacks, such as sushi, pickles, mochi, and matcha. Many vendors offer free samples, allowing visitors to savor different flavors and find their preferred treats.

Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the seven Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. This expansive site includes two concentric rings of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, and exquisitely designed gardens.

Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion, is a Zen temple located in northern Kyoto, featuring its top two floors completely covered in gold leaf. Originally the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu's retirement villa, the temple transformed into a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect following his passing in 1408. The striking structure overlooks a large pond and stands as the sole surviving building from Yoshimitsu's former complex, having faced destruction multiple times in history, notably during the Onin War and in 1950.

KinkakujiKinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion

Fushimi Inari Shrine, situated on the outskirts of Kyoto, is a sacred religious site recognizable from the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha". The path lined with red-painted toriis (memorial arches) provides a picturesque setting, ideal for capturing memorable photos.

Day 6
Kyoto Discovery | Gion District and Nonomiya Shrine

The Gion District is renowned for its association with the traditional geisha culture. Stroll through these charming streets and witness the captivating presence of geiko, referring to themselves as "women of art," adding an alluring touch to Kyoto's unique ambiance.

Gion DistrictGion District

Nonomiya Shrine: Tucked within the enchanting bamboo forest of Arashiyama in Kyoto, the Nonomiya Shrine holds historical significance as a former sanctuary for princesses. Long ago, it served as a preparatory residence where unmarried princesses underwent purification before they embarked on their service as high priestesses at the esteemed Ise Shrine.

Bamboo Grove: The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove stands as an iconic and unforgettable attraction in Kyoto. Located in the Sagano village on the city's west side, this short yet immersive pathway through the bamboo forest leaves a lasting impression. The play of dappled light filtering through the dense forest adds a touch of magic to the experience.

Day 7
Kyoto Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Kyoto Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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Private tour for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies based on program, travel date, number of people, chosen hotel. We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hand-picked star-rating accommodations
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
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