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10-Day Japan Tour: Tokyo, Yokohama, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka

A Trip to Embrace Japan's Tradition, Culture, and Urban Marvels

Begin in Tokyo, a bustling metropolis, and discover the vibrant culture of Yokohama. Enjoy the serene landscapes of Hakone and delve into the ancient traditions of Kyoto. Visit Nara, known for its historic temples and friendly deer, and experience the contemporary vibe of Osaka. This thoughtfully curated itinerary provides a perfect blend of historical exploration, cultural immersion, and modern city life. Ideal for travelers eager to experience the diverse facets of Japan, from the dynamic streets of Tokyo and Yokohama to the ancient treasures of Kyoto, Nara's serenity, and Osaka's urban energy. Book now for an unforgettable journey through Japan.

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.

  • Days:10±
  • Best For:Families with ACG lovers
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:On request

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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:

Delight in the captivating panorama of Tokyo city from the heights of the renowned Sky Tree Tower.

Tokyo Sky Tree
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Experience the breathtaking scenery of Hakone from multiple perspectives.

view of Mt. Fuji in Hakone

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

Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto

Take a leisurely stroll through Nara Park and interact with over 1,200 tame deer.

feeding the deer at Nara Park
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Tour Route

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Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

The itinerary serves as a mere example of a personalized tour, designed exclusively for you.
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 Sensoji Asakusa

Meiji Jingu Shrine: Tranquility in the Heart of Tokyo. Meiji Jingu Shrine boasts serene walking paths amidst a forested oasis within bustling Tokyo. Participate in traditional Shinto activities, from offering prayers at the main hall to purchasing charms or writing wishes on an ema. Sunday mornings offer a charming sight with traditional wedding processions. Don't miss the chance to enjoy a picnic in Yoyogi Park after your shrine visit. Note that during the New Year (1st to 3rd Jan), the shrine gets busy due to its significance as the most worshiped shrine in Tokyo.

Sensoji Asakusa: Tokyo's Iconic Spiritual Haven. Explore Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest temple, housing the sacred statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The vibrant Nakamise Dori market, alongside the impressive gates and the five-story pagoda, forms an essential part of your Japan trip, offering a lively marketplace and spiritual experiences.

Day 3
Tokyo Discovery | Tokyo Skytree and Harajuku

Tokyo Skytree: A Panoramic Vista of Tokyo. Rising 634 meters high, Tokyo Skytree offers stunning panoramic views of Tokyo, providing a glimpse of Mt. Fuji on clear days. It stands as a distinctive spot to witness the city's grandeur.

Tokyo Skytree

Harajuku: Trendsetting Mecca. Harajuku, located between Shibuya and Shinjuku, is the pulse of contemporary fashion and culture in Tokyo. Wander through Takeshita Street to witness the latest trends, from eclectic boutique styles to photo-worthy food spots. The area offers an array of fashion styles, from goth and decora to punk, alongside delightful snack stops serving everything from classic crepes to innovative rainbow grilled cheese and oversized cotton candy. Venture further to Cat Street for a fusion of hip cafes, vintage fashion, and international brands.

Day 4
Tokyo to Yokohama | Pokemon Center and Shibuya

Pokemon Center: Discover the World of Pokemon. Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Pokemon at the official Pokemon Center. These renowned stores are a hub for Pokemon enthusiasts, offering an extensive range of products and exclusive items that go beyond what standard Pokemon shops provide.

Shibuya: Tokyo's Dynamic Epicenter. Shibuya, the energetic heart of Tokyo, is an essential stop for experiencing the city's trendy youth culture. Don't miss the iconic scramble crossing and the lively atmosphere that defines this bustling district.

Nintendo Tokyo: Gamer's Paradise in Shibuya. Located within Shibuya Parco's Cyberspace floor, Nintendo Tokyo is a haven for all Nintendo fans. From the latest games to unique merchandise, this outlet offers an array of items, including exclusive 'Animal Crossing' inspired products and a variety of character-themed clothing and everyday items. Experience the gaming corner, complete with TVs and consoles to try out the newest titles.

Nintendo Tokyo

GUNDAM Factory Yokohama: Where Anime Comes to Life. Yokohama, with its historical buildings and stunning scenery, presents a cityscape brimming with culture. GUNDAM Factory Yokohama is where the world of "Mobile Suit Gundam" is brought to life. Experience the marvel of Japanese manufacturing and the iconic animated character in various motions, invoking famous scenes from the series.

Day 5
Tokyo Discovery | MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM

Explore Tokyo's Technological Marvels: A Journey through Innovation. Begin your day at the MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless. Step into a world where art and technology converge, offering a mesmerizing experience with its immersive projection mapping and interactive illusions, igniting the imagination.

Continue your adventure at the Museum of Emerging Science, a treasure trove of exhibits showcasing the forefront of innovation. Delve into topics such as environmental issues, robotics, and more, unveiling the latest advancements in science and technology.

Conclude your day with a ride on Tokyo's monorail, whisking you back to the heart of the city. Embrace the vibrant pulse of Akihabara, Tokyo's Electric Town. Discover the district's renowned electronic shops, where a dazzling array of cutting-edge gadgets awaits, making it a haven for tech enthusiasts.

Day 6
Tokyo to Hakone and Kyoto | The National Park

Hakone Exploration: Unveiling Nature's Wonders. Explore the wonders of the National Park through a variety of exciting transport options. Ascend Mt. Owakudani via the world's second-longest cable car, offering spectacular views of sulfurous fumes, natural hot springs, and the volcanic landscape. Don't miss the opportunity to savor a hard-boiled egg cooked in the famed sulfuric hot springs, said to add seven years to your life!

Hakone

Embark on a journey aboard a majestic replica pirate ship, gracefully gliding across Lake Ashinoko, a serene body of water born from a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago. For a unique experience, hop on the Hakone Tozan "switchback train" as it winds through the mountains, treating you to breathtaking vistas of the lush valleys that surround you.

Day 7
Kyoto Discovery | Nijo Castle

Embark on an enriching 8-hour tour accompanied by a dedicated English-speaking guide and a skilled local driver committed to catering to your preferences.

Nijo Castle: A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the historic Nijo Castle, an emblem of Kyoto's heritage. Roam through the intricately designed fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, and the captivating gardens of this monumental site.

Nishiki Market: Culinary Delights Await. Delve into the vibrant Nishiki Market, an iconic food haven in Kyoto. Sample a rich variety of authentic Japanese foods and snacks like sushi, pickles, mochi, and matcha offered by numerous local vendors.

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion): A Gilded Marvel. Marvel at the Kinkakuji, a stunning Zen temple adorned with gold leaf. This architectural wonder, once the retirement villa of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, has endured a storied history.

Kinkakuji Temple

Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple): Panoramic Vistas. Ascend the small mountain to Kiyomizudera, offering breathtaking views of Kyoto. The iconic stage and the temple's surroundings will offer a profound experience of Japan's cultural heritage.

Kimono Wearing Experience: Immerse in Tradition. Enhance your visit by renting a kimono, a quintessential experience to embrace the elegance of traditional Japanese clothing. Our professional dressers ensure a perfect fit, providing a delightful exploration of Gion and its revered

Day 8
Kyoto to Nara and Osaka | Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine: A Movie-Esque Experience. Fushimi Inari Shrine, a sacred site nestled on Kyoto's outskirts, offers an elegant and iconic path of red-painted torii gates, famously featured in "Memoirs of a Geisha". Stroll through this visually captivating lane, perfect for memorable photos.

Nara Park: A Nature Haven with Playful Deer. Nara Park, situated at the base of Mt. Wakakusa, boasts a sprawling landscape hosting friendly deer amid unspoiled woodlands, serene temples, and a picturesque lake brimming with turtles and carp. The park's ancient temples offer a unique charm distinct from Kyoto.

Nara Park

Todaiji Temple: A Historical Landmark. Discover Todaiji Temple, a historically significant site established in 752, once the paramount Buddhist temple in Japan. It holds the world-renowned Daibutsuden, which houses a colossal bronze statue of Buddha, representing Vairocana. Though rebuilt, the temple stands as a testament to Japan's cultural heritage.

Mount Wakakusa: Spectacular Panoramas of Nara. Ascend the summit of Mount Wakakusa for awe-inspiring vistas showcasing Todai-ji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. This mountain hosts the famed "yamayaki," an annual event involving the controlled burning of part of the mountainside brush, a striking sight to behold.

Day 9
Osaka Discovery | Osaka Castle Park

Dotonbori Adventures: Begin your day in the lively district of Dotonbori. As you explore the bustling streets, you'll encounter towering neon signs and a vibrant atmosphere. Dotonbori is a mecca for locals and tourists alike, offering a blend of clubs, bars, and eateries serving up Osaka's beloved street food. Sample the city's renowned culinary delights and soak in its energetic ambiance.

Osaka Castle Park: Next, head to the iconic Osaka Castle, a symbol of the city's rich heritage. Although its roots date back to 1583, the present main tower was reconstructed in 1931. The castle's adjacent history museum provides a glimpse into its storied past, chronicling the struggles leading to the Edo era of 1603. Osaka Castle Park is a green oasis and a favorite spot for locals to jog, cycle, and unwind. Immerse yourself in the lush surroundings and the city's history.

Osaka Castle Park

Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum: Step into the world of traditional Japanese art at the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum. This unique institution is the sole museum globally to feature a permanent exhibition of Kamigata Ukiyoe, a regional style of woodblock prints. Explore the captivating artistry produced in the Osaka-Kyoto region during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Distinguished by their realism, these prints particularly showcase the era's great Kabuki actors. Delve into this unique art form through the museum's collection of around 50 works.

My Cupnoodles Factory Experience: Conclude your day with a delightful visit to the CupNoodles Museum in Osaka's Ikeda district. Delve into the intriguing history of instant noodles and the inventive mind of Momofuku Ando, their creator. A highlight of the museum is the "My Cupnoodles Factory" workshop, where you can craft your own personalized cup noodles. Start by selecting a cup and using markers to create a unique design on its surface. Then, pick your preferred soup flavor and toppings from a variety of options. Your personalized creation is professionally sealed and packaged in an inflatable air package, serving as a one-of-a-kind memento of your visit.

Day 10
Osaka Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Osaka 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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