Day 1: Tokyo Arrival
Welcome to Japan!
When you arrive at Tokyo’s airport, our guide will meet you and take you to your hotel in Tokyo.
The rest of the day is for you to take a good rest or have a leisure walk around the hotel to get a glimpse of the capital of Japan.
Stay overnight in Tokyo.
There are two international airports in Tokyo, one is Haneda Airport and the other is Narita International Airport. Please confirm your arrival airport with us in advance.
Day 2: Tokyo City Tour
Today you’ll explore Tokyo and experience the traditional soul hidden under the fancy look. Starting with a visit to Tokyo Skytree
, the highest tower in this city, to get a panoramic view over the fascinating city. And then go into the Nakamise Shopping Street
and visit Sensoji Temple
Then drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza
, and you will enjoy a stroll through the tranquil Hamarikyu Gardens, an elegant Edo-period garden surrounded by modern high-rise buildings.
Tonight, you will have a leisure cruise on Tokyo Bay and enjoy a Japanese dinner together with the supercharged lights of Tokyo on a boat.
Stay overnight in Tokyo.
Nakamise is one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan.
Day 3: Tokyo to Mt.Fuji via Hakone
After breakfast, you will take our private coach to Hakone, a town famous for its onsens, or natural hot spring.
Upon arrival, you will first visit the Hakone-jinja Shrine
and then take a 20-minute cable car from Togendai to Owakudani
, where you can see the active volcanic zone that was created from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. You can experience the natural hot springs and bubbling pools
. If the weather is clear, you can also enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji.
After lunch, we will go to Oshino Hakkai Park
and Arakurayama Sengen Park
, from where you can enjoy a picturesque landscape with Mount Fuji.
After the tour, you will enjoy a relaxing hot tub and a traditional Japanese dinner at a Ryokan in Kofu.
Stay overnight in Kofu.
Enjoy a hot spring in Japan.
Day 4: Continue to Mastumoto and Takayama
Today’s tour starts with a trip to Matsumoto to visit Matsumoto Castle
, also known as Black Crow open Castle. This 400-year-old castle is one of the most complete and beautiful Japanese original castles.
You can see the beauty of traditional Japanese wooden structures up close, and also get a great view of Matsumoto city from the castle.
The city nestled between the Japanese Alps maintains a unique traditional atmosphere. As you explore the city, you can feel the reason why it is called ‘Little Kyoto’.
Then, you will continue the journey to Takayama Old Town
where many unique buildings from the Edo period are well preserved. You will pay a visit to the Takayama Showa-kan Museum, where you can find a celebration of pop culture from the turbulent period of Emperor Hirohito’s six-decade reign.
Stay overnight in Takayama.
Unique buildings from the Edo period in the old town of Takayama.
Day 5: Takaya to Kanazawa via Shirakawa-go
In the morning, you will first travel to the nearby village of Shirakawa-go
. Together with the neighboring Gokayama, Shirakawago was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. They are famous for the traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. You will visit the Gassho-zukuri Minkaen, an open-air museum of farms, and the other structures to learn more about the local farming life.
After that, you will visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple
. You will be amazed by the 13-meter high building that was built without using any nails or joiners. From the top of the temple, you can have a great view of Kyoto.
After having fun in the small village, you will travel to Kanazawa.
Stay overnight in Kanazawa.
Shirakawago is one of popular sightseeing destinations in Central Japan.
Day 6: Kanazawa to Kyoto
Today you will spend a full day in Kanazawa and visit Kenrokuen
, one of the ‘three most beautiful gardens’ in Japan.
Besides the famous Kenrokuen, there are also parts of the old castle town
that are well preserved, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and Chaya entertainment district.
After the tour, you will move on to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. Unlike the busy modern city of Tokyo, Kyoto has thousands of temples, shrines, and gardens, making it a great place to relax and experience the Zen path.
Your local guide will pick you up at Kyoto Station and take you to the Nishiki Market
, the ‘Kitchen of Kyoto’, where you can find many of Kotyo’s regional specialties.
Then you will go to Gion
, the most famous geisha district and cultural center of Kyoto. You can stroll along the traditional paths and perhaps catch a glimpse of an elegantly-attired geisha or maiko.
Stay overnight in Kyoto.
Kenroku-en is one of the three most famous gardens of Japan.
Day 7: Kyoto
Today’s tour starts with a visit to the magnificent Fushimi Inari Shrine
, the most important of several thousand dedicated to the god Inari. Follow the pathway through thousands of vermilion torii gates that lead through a complex of shrines spread over a peaceful, forested hillside.
After that, you will visit Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
. You will be amazed by the 13-meter-high building that was built without using any nails or joiners. From the top of the temple, you can have a great view of Kyoto.
At the end of today, you will enjoy a stroll along the busy streets of the Higashiyama district
by exploring the local stores, souvenir shops, small eateries, etc.
Stay overnight in Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Japan's best known Shinto shrines.
Day 8: Kyoto Departure
Say goodbye to Japan. You are free to arrange your time before taking the scheduled transfer to Kansai International Airport.
Private transfer and English-speaking tour guide
Bullet train (Shinkansen) tickets mentioned in the itinerary
All entrance ticket fees for sightseeings listed in the itinerary
Meals as specified in the itinerary
International flight to and out of Japan
Lunches and dinners as not listed in the itinerary
Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, etc.
Japan Travel Restriction
Japan tours have been reopened for international tourists on 10 June 2022. Overseas tourists can travel to Japan by taking a guided tour.
If you don’t have a re-entry permit, then you will need to apply for a new visa. You also need to register information such as quarantine, customs procedures, etc. on the official website in advance before arrival. You will need to provide an electronic certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before travel. After successful registration, a QR code will be generated for you to use when entering Japan.