Cultural Voyage of Japan

8 Days / 7 Nights

  Tokyo - Kyoto - Osaka

8 Days / 7 Nights

Cultural Voyage of Japan

  Tokyo - Kyoto - Osaka

Be mesmerised by Japan’s multifaceted culture, peeling back one fascinating layer at a time. On this eight-day journey through the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, visit three of the country’s most celebrated cities and explore the many highlights, from ancient temples to funky pop culture. Aboard the high-speed Shinkansen train travel effortlessly from energetic Tokyo to spiritual Kyoto to cosmopolitan Osaka and take in panoramic views, mind-blowing sights and delectable tastes along the way.

 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover Tokyo’s hubs and immerse in the pulsating energy of the world’s largest metropolis  
  • Watch real Sumo wrestlers during their training session
  • Travel aboard the famous Shinkansen, Japan’s high-speed bullet train
  • Enter the world of tea and experience a traditional tea ceremony
  • Explore Japan’s spiritual capital and visit some of Kyoto’s most impressive landmarks

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • All transportation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation with breakfast as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sumo stable visit
  • Tea ceremony experience
  • PASMO IC Card (with 1500JPY credit)
    English-speaking guide

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Tokyo

DAY 1 - Tokyo

Welcome to Japan – a country that manages to seamlessly blend the ultra-modern and traditional like no other nation! Touch down in Tokyo and transfer to the hotel in the world’s most populous metropolis. Check-in and spend the rest of day relaxing and getting ready for a cultural voyage through the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Tokyo – City Tour & Shinjuku

Start the day in the Japanese capital with breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a laid-back morning, recovering from potential jet-lag, before heading out in the afternoon to explore this sprawling metropolis.

Embark on a captivating tour of the city’s highlights and take in unobstructed views of the Tokyo skyline from the Seaside Top Observatory. Stop by the Sakashita-mon Gate of the Imperial Palace, the residence of the Emperor of Japan’s family, before driving through the upmarket Ginza district, a neighbourhood brimming with luxury shops, bars and restaurants.

Next, head to Asakusa district and explore Sensoji Temple, one of the city’s most popular Buddhist temples. Stroll along the colourful Nakamise shopping street and browse through an array of traditional snacks and souvenirs before swapping the busy streets for Tokyo’s convenient water bus. Travel along the Sumida River, famous for its many differently designed bridges, and marvel at this fascinating city from a different perspective.

In the evening, discover the city’s largest ward (borough) on a walking tour of Shinjuku. Home to the world’s busiest railway station, be dazzled by the soaring skyscrapers, lively atmosphere and vibrant neon signs that light up at night. Sample local Japanese food at an ‘Izakaya’ (Japanese pub) in Omoide-Yokocho, also known as ‘Memory Lane’ or ‘Piss Alley’, and witness the iconic roaring Godzilla in Kabukicho area, the city’s largest entertainment district. Continue walking to a narrow alley with tiny bars and experience the atmospheric nightlife in this area known as ‘Golden Gai’. End this fun night at Hanazono Shinto Shrine, one of Japan’s most historical shrines, and head back to the hotel.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Tokyo – Sumo Wrestling & Shibuya

After breakfast at the hotel, get ready to enter the world of Sumo wrestling. Steeped in history, the sport has preserved many ancient traditions and is practiced professionally only in Japan. Learn about the heritage of this fascinating sport and closely watch a training session at a Sumo stable. Don’t forget to take a photo together with wrestlers after the practice!

After this unique experience, visit Meiji Shrine. Dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, it’s one of the most famous Shinto shrines in the country. Enter through an enormous 12-metre-high Torri gate and explore the spacious grounds; observe prayers, take part in traditional Shinto rituals and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this unique place.

From the past to the present, walk through the ultra-hip district of Harajuku. Internationally known as the centre of Japanese pop culture and fashion, explore the colourful streets, teeming with vintage boutiques, cosplay stores and unique cafés, and be wowed by the many people in outstanding outfits and extraordinary costumes. Stroll along Omotesando, a broad and leafy boulevard, lined with luxury brand shops, which is often referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees. Continue through Shibuya and explore the ward’s buzzing shopping, restaurant and entertainment scene. Take in the energetic atmosphere and join hundreds of other people trying to traverse the famous five-way ‘scramble’ crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world.

End this extraordinary day with spectacular views from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Travel up to the 200-metre-high observation deck and be rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramas of this enormous city; weather permitting, it might even be possible to spot Mount Fuji in the distance.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Tokyo to Kyoto – Tea experience

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before boarding the famous Shinkansen, Japan's high-speed train. With speed levels of up to 300 km/h, whizz through the scenic Japanese countryside and arrive in Kyoto about two-and-a-half hours and 513 kilometres later.

After checking into the hotel and freshening up, spend the afternoon delving into the art of tea. Under the guidance of a professional instructor, follow the steps and carefully prepare a cup of tea, a traditional ritual that is as much about aesthetics as it is about the taste, and learn about Japanese tea culture.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Kyoto – UNESCO World Heritage Sites

After breakfast, get ready to explore Kyoto, often called the cultural and spiritual heart of Japan. Home to some 2000 temples and shrines, tranquil Yen gardens and graceful Geisha, get introduced to this historic city by visiting three UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as some of the city’s most interesting cultural centres in one day.

First stop is the imposing Nijo Castle. Explore the complex’s remarkable palaces, ruins and gardens before heading to Kinkaku-ji Temple. One of Kyoto’s most iconic sights, the Zen temple’s two top floors are completely covered in gold and also known as the ‘Temple of the Golden Pavilion’. Marvel at this beautiful structure, standing tall at the edge of a tranquil pond. Next, travel to the Kyoto Imperial Palace and hear about the city’s rich history as the former capital and centre of political power for more than a millennium.  

After a morning of sightseeing, sit down and enjoy a well-deserved lunch. Sated and rested, continue the tour at the vermillion Heinan Shrine and stop by the Sanjusangendo Temple, featuring a large main hall and a vast collection of statues. Lastly, end this day on a high note and visit one of Japan’s most celebrated temples, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Translating to ‘Pure Water Temple’, one of its most distinct features is its large wooden veranda, protruding from its main hall and offering gorgeous vistas of the lush hillside and city in the distance.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Kyoto

Spend the day at leisure, independently exploring the temples, gardens and teahouses of this picturesque town. And, if luck strikes, glimpse a geisha scurrying across the street.

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Kyoto – Osaka

After breakfast, hop aboard the express train and travel to Osaka. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and spend the afternoon independently. Known for its eclectic street food scene, friendly locals as well as the impressive Osaka Castle, there’s plenty to do in Japan’s third largest city.

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Osaka

Depending on flight time, travel by train to Kansai Airport and board an onward flight. 

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