An ideal trip for the first-time visitor to Japan, including time in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hakone with some private guiding and a rail pass which covers all your high-speed bullet train journeys. You'll begin with time to fully explore the exciting Tokyo, both with a guide to help you learn more of the city's history, and by yourself. Travelling onto Kyoto by bullet train, you'll experience a more relaxed side of Japan, visiting beautiful gardens and temples and immersing yourself in Japanese culture with a local guide. The trip ends in Hakone National Park, where you can get a taste of Japanese mountain scenery and its popular hot springs.
Take a cuisine walking tour through Kyoto.
Travel by high-speed bullet train.
Experience traditional Japanese hospitality with a ryokan stay.
Explore the exciting Tokyo with a private guide.
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Day 1 Tokyo
After passing through customs and luggage collection, you're met by an airport guide who will give you your trip documents and direct you to the shared shuttle service which takes you to your hotel. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure, resting and relaxing after your flight. If you do feel like starting exploring, you may wish to walk around the Imperial Gardens.
Day 2 Tokyo
Your guide will meet you today in the hotel lobby to run through your trip and offer any local advice to you so you can enjoy the country with confidence. In the first section the guide will explain your itinerary in more detail and answer any questions you might have. They can also assist with validating your Japan rail pass if needed. This can take up to two hours so afterwards head out with your guide to see some of the highlights of the city. In the evening, head out with a guide to sample some of the local Tokyo cuisine in the vibrant district of Ebisu.
Day 3 Tokyo
Day 4 Kyoto
Day 5 Kyoto
Day 6 Kyoto
Head out to the neighbouring prefecture of Shiga which is home to the expansive lake Biwa. Here you can join a local family and make mochi (traditional rice cakes) in a truly unforgettable unique experience of Japan off the beaten tourist track. Enjoy some Sukiyaki lunch before returning to Kyoto. Spend some time exploring the city before meeting a local geisha expert for an exclusive tour of the Geisha quarter. Another chance to gain a fascinating insight into a rarely seen aspect of Japanese life.
Day 7 Kyoto
Today is at leisure and you could visit another town or city for a day-trip such as nearby Arashiyama, Hiroshima, or Nara. You can decide which is most appealing for you. You'll be provided with sightseeing information for the particular place you'll visit. This is great chance to see more of the country while you're there and utilize the convenient Japan Rail Pass that you have for the duration of your trip.
Day 8 Hakone and Mt Fuji
You will make your way to Hakone today by bullet train. Enjoy the atmosphere of this quieter town. This will give you a nice contrast to the busy big cities in Japan. You will also have the opportunity to stay in a traditional ryokan accommodation. Ryokan are Japanese inns that are famous for their service and incredible food they serve. You usually sleep on tatami-mat floors in a Japanese-style room. The Hakone area is famous for ryokans having hot spring onsen baths too given its location near the iconic Mount Fuji.
Day 9 Hakone and Mt Fuji
Today you can enjoy the area and towns of the Hakone National Park. The village of Hakone-machi sits right on the lake nestled in the hills near Mt. Fuji. You can also take the ferry ship across the lake and enjoy the scenery and vistas around Hakone. If the weather is clear you may catch a glimpse of the very conical Mt. Fuji!
Day 10 Tokyo
You will return to Tokyo by private line train today for your last night in Japan. Definitely take the opportunity to see any sights of the city you may have missed at the beginning of the trip. This is also a good chance to do any last minute shopping or eat some more amazing food in Japan's capital city!
Day 11 Return home
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