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    Places visited:

  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Hakone
  • 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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What our specialists say...

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.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Hakone
  • Tokyo

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Day 1 Tokyo

Tokyo

An airport guide will be waiting for you at the arrival area after collecting your bags. He/she will help you with obtaining your Japan rail passes, tickets, and Pasmo card. You will also be directed to your transfer vehicle en route to your hotel. Once you arrive at your hotel feel free to relax after your long journey.

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Day 2 Tokyo

Tokyo

This morning you will have a private tour of Tokyo with a local guide. The tour can be designed around your interests or it can be an introduction to some of the main sites of Tokyo. This is a great opportunity to get your bearings in a new country and city since the guide will have lots of good information and tips for you!

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Day 3 Tokyo

Tokyo

Today can be open at leisure for you to explore Tokyo as you please. We can provide sightseeing information for you or you can do as you please!

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Day 4 Kyoto

Tokyo , Kyoto

This morning you will embark on your first journey by high-speed bullet train; an experience in itself. On arrival in Kyoto, freshen up at your well-located hotel before visiting the immediate surroundings.

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Day 5 Kyoto

Kyoto

You can have leisure time in Kyoto today. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto Shrines, Kyoto is one of the world's most culturally rich cities.

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Day 6 Kyoto

Kyoto

This morning you'll embark on a walking tour through Kyoto to familiarise yourself with traditional cuisine, culminating in a private cookery lesson. The rest of the day you have at leisure.

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Day 7 Kyoto

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 utilise the convenient Japan Rail Pass that you have for the duration of your trip.

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Day 8 Hakone

Kyoto , Hakone

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.

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Day 9 Hakone

Hakone

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!

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Day 10 Tokyo

Hakone , 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!

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Day 11 Return home

Tokyo

You'll take a shared transfer from your hotel to the airport today in time for your return flight home.

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