Just Japan - 8 days

FROM USD $2,399

Private Tour: Take in the buzz of Japan’s capital city, learn how to prepare Japanese cuisine in a local home, explore the mountainous landscapes of Hakone National Park, discover Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto and feed the deer at Nara Park on this classic private tour in Japan.

Day 1: Welcome to Japan!
Welcome to Tokyo! You will be met upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport and escorted by shuttle bus to your hotel in the city. Look out for some great views as you ride the elevated highways into town, and spend the rest of the day exploring the city at your own leisure. Overnight - Tokyo
Day 2: Sightseeing in Tokyo
Enjoy a full day of guided sightseeing in Tokyo led by a local guide, offering a perfect introduction to the city. Travelling by public transport, as Tokyoites do, you will get a real feel for city life and your guide will help you discover aspects of Tokyo that you would not be able to find on your own. Rather than a fixed itinerary, you can enjoy the flexibility of seeing and doing exactly what you want.

You can start the day by visiting Asakusa, Tokyo's historic district. Here you can browse the bustling market place of Nakamise Dori, visit the famous Senso-ji Temple and explore the backstreets lined with Kabuki theatres, rustic bars and restaurants. From Asakusa you can take a river cruise on the Sumida River to the Hamarikyu Gardens, a peaceful oasis of greenery and exquisite Japanese aesthetics in the heart of a bustling city.

A short train journey from here can take you to Harajuku, the focal point for Tokyo's teen culture where you will find teenagers hanging out wearing quirky and extreme fashions. Nearby you can also find Meiji Jingu, one of the most famous and important shrines in Tokyo. Then why not end the day surrounded by the bright lights of Shinjuku, Tokyo's main business and entertainment district. Spend the rest of the evening discovering the city on your own. Overnight - Tokyo (B)
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Day 3: Home Cooking Class
Today try your hand at preparing Japanese cuisine with the help of a local person, who will open up their home and kitchen to you! You can choose from either the "Basic Japanese Home Cooked Meal" where you will be making three dishes or a "Japanese Character Lunch Box" where you will be making three toppings. This is a great chance to learn about typical Japanese cooking techniques and ingredients and also to meet a Japanese person and experience something of home life. Overnight - Tokyo (B)
Day 4: Tokyo to Hakone
Tokyo – Hakone- breakfast. This morning make your way to Tokyo station where you will get the train to Odawara station, the access point for the Hakone National Park. Bus routes, railway lines and cable cars criss cross this mountainous region making it easy to explore and enjoy the surroundings as well as some of the many top quality art museums. Spend the day taking in the highlights of the region at your own leisure, and if you are lucky with the weather, you may even be rewarded with stunning views of Mount Fuji. Overnight - Hakone (B, D)
Day 5: Hakone to Kyoto
Hakone - Kyoto - breakfast. This morning you will travel by train to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital and the cultural centre of the nation. From Odawara the journey to Kyoto will see you racing down Japan's eastern seaboard by high-speed railway. Kyoto is one of the most culturally rich cities in Asia. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, this ancient city showcases the heart and soul of traditional Japan. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure exploring the city. Overnight - Kyoto (B)
Day 6: Sightseeing in Kyoto
Today enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Kyoto, again travelling by public transport with a private guide. With no fixed itinerary and a knowledgeable local at your side, you will be set for a great day in this amazing city and are sure to discover things you might otherwise miss.

You may want to start your day at Kinkakuji - Kyoto's famous Golden Pavilion zen temple which is decorated with gold leaf and stands over a tranquil pond. From Kikakuji in the north of the city you can then head to Kiyomizu Dera Temple in the east. This impressive wooden structure is perched on a hillside surrounded by woodland and looks out across the city.

The afternoon could be spent at Fushimi Inari Shrine in the south of the city. This shrine's appeal is the thousands of red torii gates which create a network of pathways through the wooded forests of Mt Inari, linking the various buildings of the shrine together. You may want your guide to finish the day of sightseeing by taking you to the Gion Geisha District where if you are lucky you will be able to see a Geisha shuffling through the streets between appointments. Spend the evening at your own leisure. Overnight - Kyoto (B)
Day 7: Kyoto to Nara
Kyoto - Nara - breakfast. This morning take the train to Nara, renowned for the wealth of its Buddhist and Shinto Heritage. Nara was formerly the end of the Silk Road and was for this reason the area which first saw Buddhist teaching making the transition across the ocean from China. The myriad of shrines and temples are all set against the backdrop of the low lying mountains and in the midst of Nara Park, which is famously home to a vast population of pesky deer. Return to Kyoto in the evening. Overnight - Kyoto (B)
Day 8: Goodbye Japan!
Today your adventure in Japan comes to an end. We've reserved tickets on the Haruka Express train direct to Kansai Airport for your onward travel. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Tokyo / Ends in: Osaka
  • Departs: Any day of the year
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:7, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 1
  • Hotel Rating: Standard (3 star)
  • Tour Guide: Yes (for scheduled sightseeing)
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