-7 day tour throughout Tokyo
-Visit Hakone – a natural wonderland with famous hot springs
-Tour Meiji Shrine
-See gorgeous views of Mt. Fuji
-Enjoy a free day to explore Tokyo at your own pace
-Kyoto Explorer Tour included
-Shinjuku and Kabukic Ho evening walking tour
Tokyo, Kyoto and more…
You’ll explore the best of Japan on this 7-day tour
See Mount Fuji, Kyoto, and all of the highlights in Tokyo
Arrival in Tokyo, where you will be met by your private driver and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy. As one of the World’s most cutting-edge capitals, Tokyo is a city of contrasts. Famous for its cutting edge modernity, neon-lit landscape and towering skyscrapers, it is also home to sprawling parkland, peaceful shrines and temples and lovingly tended gardens. Despite its love affair with manga pop culture, fashion, high-tech trends and conspicuous consumption, below the surface is a city that has its roots in an ancient heritage. Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples stand close to skyscrapers as a reminder of a more contemplative time and at the heart of the hyperactive center lies the serene Imperial Palace, the home of the ruling emperor that provides a tangible link to the city’s historical past. Behind the shopping, entertainment and commercial emporia can be found quaint wooden houses, private gardens with meticulously clipped bonsai trees and the Zen-like calm of the Hamarikyu Gardens. The city’s reputation as a mega-expensive metropolis is ill conceived and visitors can take advantage of inexpensive izakaya bars and neighborhood cafes that serve delicious noodles and rice dishes. Optional dinner at Gonpachi. Your 5 star deluxe hotel, the Conrad Tokyo, is conveniently suited so that you can wander around the city.
Take a day tour of this fascinating city with a local guide, making use of Tokyo’s comprehensive and user friendly public transport system. The day begins with a visit to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Take a walk down Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands. Head across town to Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Take a boat cruise on the Sumida River passing under 12 bridges. Disembark in Hamarikyu garden, an Edo Period Japanese garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts, where you will stop for a cup of steaming matcha and Japanese sweets in a tea house on a small island in the park’s lake.
Hakone is a natural wonderland and is famous for its hot springs, outdoor pursuits and the view of the nearby Mount Fuji. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is less than 100-km from Tokyo, thereby providing a popular weekend destination for city residents keen to escape the frenzy of the capital. Beautiful Hakone has about everything a vacationer could wish for. Besides the towering mountains, lakes and views of Mount Fuji, it is also blessed with interesting historical sites.
Travel by train to Hakone with your guide, the gateway to the Mt Fuji region. Armed with your Hakone Pass, take advantage of the extensive local transport network to explore this stunning region. Ride the world’s second longest cable car to the top of Mt Owakudani, passing over the pools of boiling hot water belching steam which give the mountain its name “Hells Valley”. At the top you can sample a black egg, cooked in the hot springs and said to add 7 years to your life. A majestic replica pirate ship will sweep you across the volcanic Lake Ashi, so deep that it never freezes over in the winter. You can also ride switchback trains, ropeways and buses to get around to explore some of the museums, shrines, and shops scattered around the area.
Today is a free day for you to wander around the city and enjoy a relaxing day.
This is a must see destination in Japan. Kyoto is the nation’s former capital and was the residence of the emperor from 794 until 1868. It is Japan’s seventh largest metropolis with a population of around 1.4 million and a city of culture that offers a plethora of temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures that still survive today. With 2,000 religious buildings, including 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and associated architecture, it is one of the best preserved cities in Japan and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Kyoto represents the “Japan of old” and beyond the high rise skyscrapers built as a monument to progress, the real monument to Japan’s historical and cultural past can be found in the city’s narrow alleyways where tea houses abound and kimono-clad geisha hurry from elegant function to function. This is a place to go back in time to Japan’s mysterious past where echoes of the court nobility resonate at the Imperial Palace and the search for contemplation can be found in Ryoanji’s Zen rock gardens.
In the morning, take a taxi to t he station with your guide, then you will ride Japan’s world famous Shinkansen bullet train t o Kyoto. Capable of speeds of up to 185mph (360km/h), the Shinkansen takes 2.5 hours to re ach Kyoto. In Kyoto, you will visit Heian shrine, Sanjusangendo Hall with its 1,001 impressive im ages of Buddha and Kiyomizu Temple, famous for its wooden veranda. Upon completion of yo ur visits, you will return to your hotel in Tokyo via the bullet train and taxi with your guide.
Some say that Tokyo truly comes alive at night, and nowhere is this truer than Shinjuku. Almost a city within a city, Shinjuku is full of tens of thousands of bars, restaurants and clubs. It is the “bright lights big city” neon wonderland Tokyo that you see in the movies. Tonight, your local guide will take you on a walk through Shinjuku’s entertainment district of Kabuki-cho. Stop for a drink in a local bar, many of which are only large enough to fit 4 or 5 people, and have a chance to interact with the local Tokyoites, relaxing after a hard day in the office. Finish the evening how the Japanese do, with an hour in a private karaoke booth!
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport to board your flight back home. Sayonara!
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Tokyo – The Conrad Hotel or similar
Located among the skyscrapers of Shiodome, Conrad Tokyo features 2 Michelin-starred restaurants and a 29th-floor spa with beautiful city views. Shiodome subway station is right next to the hotel, and Hamarikyu Garden and JR Shinbashi Train Station are both a 5-minute walk away.
Rooms at the Conrad are among the largest in Tokyo, and feature panoramic views of Hamarikyu. The spacious rooms include a bathroom with rain shower, stylish decor, minibar, a flat-screen TV with a VOD system and a DVD player.
Guests can swim laps in the picturesque indoor pool or work out to views of Tokyo in the spacious fitness center. Mizuki Spa offers private treatment rooms and a variety of relaxing massages.
Tokyo Conrad is a 25-minute monorail ride from Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre and a 15-minute drive from the Imperial Palace. The Ginza shopping area and Tsukiji Fish Market are a 5-minute drive away.
Note: Limited Availability, some hotels may not be available. Prices are per person.
Tours can be customized for any number of travelers, on any date.