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Sample itineraries

7 DAYS

DAY 1
Arrive at Tokyo
DAY 2
Tokyo / Asakusa District / Tsukiji Market, Ginza
DAY 3
Kanazawa / Kenrokuen Garden, Higashi Chaya District, Ryokan Stay
DAY 4
Kyoto / Golden Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple
DAY 5
Kyoto / Hands On Experience Tours
DAY 6
Nara / Kasuga Shrine, Todaiji Temple, Nara Park
DAY 7
Depart Tokyo

OVERVIEW

This suggested 1 week exploration of Japan allows you to see 4 cities at their best with Tokyo and Kyoto main destinations. Enjoy the state-of-the-art metropolitan city of Tokyo, the delectable seafood of Kanazawa, the epitome of refined tradition of Kyoto, and the down-to-earth old capital of Nara. Enjoy the longest stay in Kyoto, where we have established strong relationship with local artisans, chefs, monks, and entrepreneurs over the years. An array of exclusive experiences awaits there so you can touch the authentic Japan.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY1 Arrive at Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, be met by your tour guide and transferred to hotel. (fully guided)
Accommodation: Conrad Tokyo
Transportation: TOYOTA Alphard
Meal: D (teppanyaki grill)
DAY 2 Tokyo / Asakusa District / Tsukiji Market, Ginza
Enjoy a fully guided Tokyo sightseeing for today by private van. Visit Tsukiji Market, the world’s largest fish market, where more than 2,000 tons of seafood are handled each day. Move on to Ginza, the city’s most upscale district featuring high-profile cloth stores, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs, and cafes. Continue to the Asakusa district in the morning, one of the most iconic places in the capital. Complete the first visit to a Buddhist temple in Japan at Sensoji Temple and check out the impressive Nakamise shopping street. (fully guided)
Accommodation: Conrad Tokyo
Transportation: TOYOTA Alphard
Meal: B (at hotel) / L (chicken and egg rice bowl) / D (tonkatsu pork cutlet)
DAY 3 Kanazawa / Kenrokuen Garden, Higashi Chaya District, Ryokan Stay
Transfer to Kanazawa city of Ishikawa Prefecture by bullet train, during which eat a beautiful Japanese lunch box. Upon arrival, start a guided sightseeing tour to visit Kenrokuen Garden, designated as one of three beautiful gardens in Japan, and Higashi Chaya district lined with preserved wooden architectures. (fully guided)
Accommodation: Ryokan Kinjorou
Transportation: Shinkansen (bullet train, Green Car) & TOYOTA Alphard
Meal: B (at hotel) / L (bento lunch box on train) / D (kaiseki multi course at ryokan)
DAY 4 Kyoto / Golden Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizudera Temple
Transfer by express train to Kyoto. Kyoto is an ancient capital for over 1,000 years. Enjoy a classic Kyoto sightseeing tour with your guide. For first-timers, it’s highly recommended to see a golden pavilion in Kinkakuji Temple, countless red shrine gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine, a 13m high wooden stage in Kiyomizudera Temple, lavish interiors in Nijo Castle, and ever green bamboo forest in the Arashiyama district during your stay in the old capital of Japan. (fully guided)
Accommodation: Four Seasons Kyoto
Transportation: Express train (Green Car) & TOYOTA Alphard
Meal: B (at ryokan) / L (bento lunch box on train) / D (tempura)
DAY 5 Kyoto / Hands on Experience Tours
Continue your exploration of Kyoto with your guide. It is a great idea to combine visits to major sites with a privileged dinner with a maiko, a solemn Zen meditation with a monk, a peaceful tea ceremony with a tea master, a cultural hands-on experience with an artisan. In this way, you can get a deeper insight of what Kyoto has to offer. We have prepared a number of choices you can pick from. See the “Activity” page for inspiration. (fully guided)
Accommodation: Four Seasons Kyoto
Transportation: TOYOTA Alphard
Meal: B (at hotel) / L (to be decided)/ D (maiko dinner)
DAY 6 Nara / Kasuga Shrine, Todaiji Temple, Nara Park
Take 1 hour drive south from Kyoto and you’ll reach Nara. It had been briefly an ancient capital of Japan from 710 prior to the long reign of Kyoto. Nevertheless, the historical heritages of what had been the political and cultural center of the country have remained clearly to be seen as well as good old Japanese townscape. Visit Todaiji Temple, Nara Park, Kofukuji Temple, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Transfer to Tokyo by bullet train in the evening.(fully guided)
Accommodation: Four Seasons Kyoto
Shinkansen (bullet train, Green Car) & TOYOTA Alphard
Meal: B (at hotel) / L (in Nara)/ D (sukiyaki)
DAY 7 Depart Tokyo
Free time until your flight and we escort you to Narita International Airport.
Transportation: TOYOTA Alphard
Meal: B (at hotel)

Note:
Please use this itinerary as a sample to plan your own trip to Japan. We will build a complete personalized itinerary in accordance with your preferred travel length, destinations, accommodation type, meal selection, transportation means, activities and other specific requirements.

Sample itineraries