We know you can’t truly experience Japan without riding a bullet train, so we include your transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto on one. It makes getting from one place to another half the fun!
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN TOKYO, JAPAN
Welcome to Japan! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
DAY 2 TOKYO (B/L)
Today, hop on Tokyo’s subway system for a PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of the city. First, stop at MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, stop at the SAMURAI MUSEUM to learn about their history and see authentic period-specific swords, armor, and helmets (kabuto). You will even have the chance to have your picture taken wearing a helmet and armor! You’ll also stop at SHINJUKU GYOEN GARDEN which dates back to the early 1600s. Lastly, visit bustling NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE and ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE, the oldest of their kind in Tokyo. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 3 TOKYO (B)
Today, enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host will have suggestions
DAY 4: TOKYO –KYOTO (B)
Today, transfer to the train station and board your Bullet Train to historic Kyoto, former capital of Japan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
DAY 5 KYOTO (B/L)
This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at stunning Kinkakuji, TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered with shimmering gold leaf. Next, take a WALKING TOUR through Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, which is also known for its high concentration of machiya-style merchant houses. Continue on to SANJUSAGENDO TEMPLE, famous for 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds. Finish with a visit to FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates.
DAY 6 KYOTO (B)
A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines.
DAY 7 KYOTO (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not depart prior to 11 am.