Highlights of Tokyo & Kyoto

This seven-day tour of Japan includes the cultural highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto. Visit geisha in Gion, explore the Tsukiji Fish Market and pass by Mt Fuji.

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Discover hidden treasures of Japan between Tokyo and Kyoto.

Japan is a kaleidoscope of contrasts and few other cities fuse ancient and modern worlds in the way that Tokyo and Kyoto do. Discover the best of sprawling Tokyo from downtown Asakusa to the neon metropolis Harajuku. Shop in opulent department stores and visit a sumo stable. Rush past the majestic Mt Fuji on the bullet train to Kyoto, where you'll visit a local market, participate in a traditional tea ceremony and admire elegantly attired Gion geisha. Experience Japan's collision of ancient and modern culture, and discover hidden treasures around every turn.

  • Experience old world traditions in Kyoto
  • Ride the bullet train past Mt Fuji
  • Sample sashimi at the world's largest fish market
  • See geisha in Gion
  • Stay in a traditional ryokan
  • Take part in a traditional tea ceremony
  • Visit a sumo stable in Tokyo
  • Visit the fascinating Nishiki-koji food market

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Finish:

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Group size:

    Min 1
  • Ages:

    Min 5
  • Meals:

    6 breakfasts, 0 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Ryokan (6 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Ferry, Metro
  • Included activities:

    Hamarikyu Garden, Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto - Gion district walk, Kyoto - Nishiki-Koji Market, Kyoto - Ryoanji Zen Garden, Meiji Shrine, Philosopher’s path, Ryoan-ji Temple, Sumida river cruise, Sumo stables (if accessible), Tokyo - Tsukiji Fish Market

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    350kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    This is a private itinerary.

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Day 1 Arrive Tokyo

Tokyo city is full of fascinating contradictions, and a private guided tour is a great way to explore this enthralling place. See towering skyscrapers alongside Zen gardens, shrines and temples. Try delicate Japanese cuisine, cruise the Sumida River and enjoy the hospitality of a ryokan (traditional inn). Visit a sumo stable, explore the ornate Hamarikyu Garden and sample fresh sashimi at the Tsukiji Fish Market.

Days 2-3 Tokyo

Spend the next two days enjoying a thorough tour of Tokyo - a place where bright lights and big buildings compete for space with tranquil Zen gardens and temples from bygone eras. Try delicate Japanese cuisine, enjoy a boat cruise on the Sumida River and delve into the city's high-tech underbelly while travelling on its world-class public transport system. Experience Japanese culture past and present - visit a sumo stable, explore ornate gardens and be sure to sample some of the freshest sashimi on the planet at the Tsukiji Fish Market. Also enjoy the opportunity to spend free time doing some personal sightseeing in Tokyo - the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park in springtime are not to be missed!

Days 4-6 Kyoto

Glimpse Mt Fuji while travelling on the bullet train to journey to Kyoto. Temples such as Kiyomizu-dera and Kinkaku-ji are a real highlight, as is Nishiki-koji Market. Walk along Tetsugaku-no-Michi (the Philosopher's Path), participate in a tea ceremony and learn about mysterious geisha in Gion. Kyoto's fusion of old and new is magical, and perfectly embodies Japan's ability to combine ancient traditions with modern living.

Day 7 Depart Kyoto

Be sure to fill up on traditional cuisine before bidding farewell to this charming city.
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