Taste of Japan

8 Days / 7 Nights

  Tokyo - Hakone - Kyoto

8 Days / 7 Nights

Taste of Japan

  Tokyo - Hakone - Kyoto

Tokyo - Hakone - From the ultra-modern centre of downtown Tokyo to the ancient streets and vast temples of Kyoto, get a taste for Japan on this week-long adventure. With a stop on the famous bullet trains in Hakone, to take in the views of Mount Fuji, this is the perfect highlights tour.

 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit the eclectic sights of Tokyo, from the ancient temples to the buzzing shopping districts
  • Experience an old-fashioned ryokan inn and a soak in onsen hot springs, in the shadow of Mount Fuji
  • Explore the quaint historical charms of Kyoto and marvel at the Edo period architecture

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrive Tokyo

DAY 1 - Arrive Tokyo

Arrive and be transferred by shared shuttle to your hotel in Tokyo. Check in, and spend the rest of the day exploring this famous mega-city at your leisure.

On arrival at your hotel in Tokyo, you will be provided with a welcome pack, including an IC card to be used for buses and trains with 1500Y value already loaded, the perfect aid to exploring the city.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Full Day Tokyo Tour

Take a day tour of this fascinating city with a local guide, making use of Tokyo’s comprehensive and user friendly public transit system.

Start the day with a visit to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Then, take a stroll 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 and soak in the atmosphere of the city when it was once called Edo. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a centuries old shopping street, home to a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs.

After, take a cruise down Sumida River passing under 12 bridges before disembarking in Hamarikyu garden. An Edo Period Japanese garden, its surrounding of Shiodome district's futuristic skyscrapers, is a fascinating example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. Stop for a cup of steaming matcha and Japanese sweets in a tea house on a small island in the park's lake before returning to your hotel.

**Please note: order of the itinerary may be changed according to accommodation location**

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Tokyo to Hakone

Leave the frenzy of Tokyo behind and take the Odakyu Limited Express train from Shinjuku into the mountainous of Hakone National Park.

Spend the day exploring the park with your included Hakone Transport Pass. From drifting on a pirate ship across the three thousand year-old Lake Ashi or catching a glimpse of Mt. Fuji as you ride the ropeway above the boiling valley of Owakudani, Hakone National Park will astound and delight.

Finally, return to your traditional ryokan inn, for a relaxing soak in your traditional onsen, or hot spring bath. Get transported to the Edo period by the sliding screen doors and tatami mats before tucking into your traditional Japanese dinner.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Hakone to Kyoto

Take one last soak in the onsen before continuing your journey to the ancient capital of Kyoto. Kick back as you travel by Shinkansen, or Bullet Train, at up to 300km/hr covering your 430km journey in approximately 2 hours. Arrive in Kyoto, home to an array of World Heritage Sites, spectacular gardens and beautiful vistas.

DAY 5

DAY 5 - Kyoto

Explore the former imperial capital of Japan with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of the city’s famous World Heritage Sites. Start your day with a visit to the stunning Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun it became a Buddhist Temple at his request after his death and is now one of the most popular destinations in Japan.

Next, journey to Nijo, an ornamental castle built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate surrounded by dazzling gardens. Famous for its unparalleled architecture, immerse yourself in the castle’s atmosphere, from decorated sliding doors to its ‘chirping’ nightingale floors.

Next, pass through an immense and impressive torii gate into Heian Shrine. Built on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the capital's foundation in Kyoto, this hundred year old temple is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who reigned from this ancient city, Emperor Kammu and Emperor Komei.

Finally, visit Kiyomizu Temple (Pure Water Temple) enjoying panoramic views of Kyoto from the 13 metre high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall. Learn about the building’s fascinating history and how both the Main Hall and Veranda were built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners.

DAY 6

DAY 6 - Kyoto

Meet your guide at your hotel and take advantage of Kyoto’s efficient public transport to get to Sanjusangendo temple.

Japan’s longest wooden structure, Sanjusangendo is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. In the centre of the main hall marvel at the large, wooden statue of a 1000-armed Kannon flanked by 500 statues of human sized Kannon. Spreading through the room in ten orderly rows, they make a truly extraordinary sight.

Saunter down a quick 3 minute walk from the temple to the Kyoto National Museum where you will find a collection of Buddhist paintings and sculptures from the Heian and Kamakura Periods. Buddhism and Taoism were significant influences in the Heian period, while the Kamakura period saw the introduction of the Samurai warrior, profoundly effecting arts and culture at these times.

After the museum take another brief stroll to Chishakuin Temple, which sits at the edge of the Higashiyama mountains in a dense forest. Wander around the 20 temple halls, nestled between the trees, and discover the long history of this beautiful 16th century complex.

The temple storage houses the National Treasure murals, claimed to be the best in Japan. Painted by Tohaku Hasegawa and his disciples in the Momoyama period, they depict Japan’s stunning natural landscape and flora. The paintings were originally displayed in the Daihoin room which faces the temple’s Zen garden, and the view from the room is spectacular. Soak up the serenity of the temple and its lush gardens before heading back to your hotel with your guide.

DAY 7

DAY 7 - Kyoto to Tokyo

Return to Tokyo for one last night in one of the world's greatest cities. Hop on the Shinkansen as you wiz through over 500km arriving in Tokyo in just over 2 hours.

If there is anything you didn't get around to seeing during your first few nights in Tokyo, now is your chance to fit it in! 

DAY 8

DAY 8 - Depart Tokyo

Bid farewell to the bustling metropolis as you head to the airport to continue on to your next destination.

The bus will arrive just in front of the departure lobby and transfer you to Narita Airport for your onward flight. 

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