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Best of Japan

10 days4 cities
Japan1 country
Tour rating: 4.9 / 5, Based on 21 Reviews
Private tour to Japan

Experience the best of Japan during your eventful 10-day private tour. Discover the vibrant local lifestyle of Tokyo, enjoy the fascinating architecture in Kyoto, try the most delicious Osaka delicacies, and let yourself be enchanted by the magnificent nature of Hakone. Enjoy private airport transfers, stays at top-notch hotels, and guided sightseeing tours with local pros, introducing you to the rich history waiting to be explored.

10 days4 cities
Japan1 country
From
 $5,363 
Tokyo, Japan
3
days
Japan

Being one of the most graceful and charming Asian cities, Tokio will steal your heart for sure. Always changing and full of surprises, the city attracts millions of tourists from all over the world who immediately become its passionate admirers.

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Day-by-day program
1
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Arrival to Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo - the ultramodern and the traditional at the same time capital of Japan! A private driver meets you at the arrivals hall and takes you to your hotel.

Upon arrival to the hotel, you check in and have the rest of the day at leisure to relax after your trip or start exploring the vibrant city on your own.

2
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Highlights of Tokyo

In the morning, after breakfast, you meet your private guide and start your first full-day tour of Tokyo. During the tour, you use the convenient Tokyo public train transportation to travel around the city.

First, you see the incredible Imperial Palace to get a taste of Japanese culture and glance at the precious building. Notably, The Imperial Palace has served as the residential place of the successive Emperors since 1868. It contains the Imperial Residence and the Imperial Palace Complex, where His Majesty the Emperor undertakes official duties. Moreover, various ceremonies and public activities are held there too.
After relishing this marvelous Palace, you will walk through the Nihonbashi district which is a business district that grew up around the bridge of the same name, which has linked two sides of the Nihonbashi River at this site since the 17th century. After enjoying the atmosphere of the Nihonbashi district, you will have lunch.

Then you have a visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree by metro, a television broadcasting tower, and the tallest structure in Japan. Its observation decks offering spectacular views over Tokyo are the highlights of the tower. You visit the deck located at the height of 350 meters (1148 feet), so make sure to have your camera and phone charged!

After that, you will visit Asakusa Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, and learn the legend of how this temple was built. The temple is known to bring good luck in almost anything, so make sure to make a wish! Here you can feel the traditional Japanese culture the moment you step onto the temple grounds. A shopping street called Nakamise leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate; here, you can find a great selection of souvenirs as well as local confectionaries that the locals admire so much.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

3
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Diverse Tokyo: Meiji Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya

Your first stop is Meiji Shrine. Located near Harajuku station and Yoyogi Park, this shrine is popular among travelers. In addition to its vast size, it includes a gorgeous, serene forest surrounding the sacred approach to the shrine. Meiji Jingu Shrine gives you the opportunity to experience a peaceful atmosphere in the heart of Tokyo, the largest city in the world. Then you visit Harajuku. Since Harajuku has its own charm, you can fully immerse yourself in the Japanese atmosphere and fully appreciate the surrounding.

The next stop on the itinerary is Shibuya, Tokyo's paradise for shoppers. Despite the abundance of stores, it's probably best known for its crosswalk. As soon as the traffic lights turn red, pedestrians are free to roam wherever they like. Moreover, it is a symbol of modern Japan and of Tokyo itself: action in all directions. People are constantly pouring across the street from all directions, three huge television screens mounted on the buildings flash all day, and the area is covered with lights. The intersection is a popular filming location for movies, and it has appeared in the films Lost in Translation and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, as well as numerous music videos and newscasts. Hence, this is one of the things that travelers can experience only in Japan. 

Before returning to your hotel, you explore Ginza, Japan's premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district, which has one of the most expensive real estate in all of Japan.

The next day, after breakfast and check-out you meet your private driver and take a public train to the train station to catch your bullet train.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

The Kitano Hotel Tokyo

A picturesque town is known for its warm hospitality and traditional atmosphere, Tokyo is home to the luxurious 4-star Kitano Hotel.

train
Tokyo
Hakone
1 hr 10 min

Spend an enjoyable time on board a comfortable Japanese bullet train. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes passing by outside the train window.

Mountain Fuji
1
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Japan

Prepare your cameras as we are heading to one of the most scenic spots in the land of the rising sun, the breathtaking city of Hakone. Believe us, this Japanese gem with its picture-perfect nature, volcanic hot springs, and world-class art-museums is an ideal choice for a blissful escape from the rush of Tokyo.

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4
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Hakone Shrine & Ashi Lake Cruise

Upon arrival at Odawara Station, together with your guide, you get to the hotel in Hakone and continue your exploration of Hakone Shrine. This day is full of amazing scenery and iconic views, so make sure to have your cameras and phones charged.

One of the classic images of Japan is the red shrine gates floating on the water with Mt. Fuji in the background. This is the Hakone Shrine, which you have a chance to see today, a place of history, culture, and tradition.

The high peaks of Hakone have been worshipped for thousands of years as a place where the souls of the dead would go to travel to the next world, for this reason, several shrines were established on the surrounding peaks and later combined at the Hakone Shrine, founded over a century ago. Hakone Shrine played an important role in the history of Japan, which you have a chance to discover during your visit. 

Then you enjoy a cruise on Ashi Lake. The lake was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone. The cruise gives you an opportunity to take in the best views of Mount Fuji and the lake.

After the tour, you take a public bus and arrive at your traditional Ryokan hotel overnight.

The next day, in the morning after breakfast you have some leisure time to enjoy the hot spring baths at your ryokan hotel. Later you meet your private driver for the transfer and take a public bus to the train station to catch your bullet train.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Ryokan Hotel Hatsuhana

Located in the picturesque setting of Hakone, Ryokan Hotel Hatsuhana offers warm hospitality and a traditional atmosphere with four stars.

train
Hakone
Kyoto
4 hrs 30 min

One of the most convenient ways to travel from Hakone to the picturesque city of Kyoto is taking a train. During the journey, you will travel across some truly authentic sights and towns, so make sure to sit by the window to enjoy the breathtaking views.

Osaka, Japan
3
days
Japan

Having previously served as the capital of the country before 1868, the charming city of Kyoto is one of the ten largest cities in Japan with a population of 1.5 million people. The city is famous for hundreds of its gorgeous Buddhist temples and shrines, scattered along its territory, and is often called Japan’s spiritual heart.

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5
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Departure to Kyoto, Visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple

Upon arrival at Kyoto, your private driver takes you to the hotel. 

After check-in you have a half day tour to explore Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangendo. You will reach these sights by the convenient system of public trains. 

Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of red torii gates, which stand astride a network of trails. The trails lead into the forest of the sacred Mount Inari. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. You can take a hike on these trails and learn how the thousands of the torrid gates appeared here. 

Then you proceed to the Sanjusangendo Temple, famous for its 1001 human sized statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Once inside, you see a large wooden statue composition of the Kannon, equipped with numerous heads and arms, the goddess of mercy can better witness the suffering of humans and better help them fight the suffering.

After the tour you return to your hotel in Kyoto and have the evening at leisure.

6
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Kyoto City Tour & Tea Ceremony

In the morning after breakfast you meet your private guide and start your full day exploration of Kyoto.

You start with the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Imperial Family's residence from 794 until 1868, during the times when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Here you have a chance to explore the palace buildings (from the outside) and the gardens, which was just recently opened to the public.

Head to Arashiyama, the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto that is filled with temples and shrines. The highlight of the district is the famed Bamboo Forest, one of the most photographed sights in Kyoto. Standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove is like being in another world, it has a sense of otherness that is very much unlike that of any other forest. This is an experience that is not to be missed!

Your tour continues with visiting Kinkakuji, one of the top UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most remarkable Buddhist temples, and a gorgeous golden must-see attraction! So welcome to one of the most luxurious temples in Japan, also known worldwide, reflecting its fame in traditional arts and modern media. Here you will find peace, tranquility, and spiritual renewal.

Conclude your day with a Japanese tea ceremony experience, that provides an engaging induction to the traditional tea ceremony. This activity dates back hundreds of years and is the most idealistic pastime of ancient Japan. In this ceremony you will have an opportunity to wear traditional kimono robes, taste the green matcha tea and eat unique Japanese sweets specifically made to match the tea's flavour.

After the ceremony you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.  

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Departure

In the morning after breakfast and check-out, your driver transfers you to the train station to catch a train to Osaka. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei is located in a picturesque town known for its warm hospitality and traditional atmosphere.

train
Kyoto
Osaka
35 min

Enjoy a fast and scenic train ride through some of the most scenic landscapes in Japan. Providing all the necessary amenities, such as power sockets and luggage compartments, it is one of the best ways to travel from Kyoto to Osaka. 

Osaka Castle
3
days
Japan

With its lively urban atmosphere, delicious street food, and numerous dazzling neon billboards, colorful Osaka is the third-largest city in the country and an ideal destination to enrich your Japan itinerary.

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8
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Osaka City Tour

In the morning after breakfast you meet your private guide and to explore Osaka on a full day tour of the city. During the tour you use public transportation, just like a local. 

First you visit the Umeda Sky Building, a high rise building that consists of two towers connected with each other by the "Floating Garden Observatory" on the 39th floor. The observatory offers great views of the city through its windows and from its open-air deck.

Then you have a chance to see the Osaka Castle. The construction of the original castle, that was intended to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule, started in 1583. It was the largest castle at the time. Your guide will share with you the history of the castle, that was destroyed and rebuilt since then.

After some time for lunch, you proceed to the Shinsaibashi shopping area, the best-known shopping area in Osaka, and a symbol of the city that has its own history of nearly 400 years. Among the numerous shops you can find here local specialties and great cafes and restaurants.

After having some free time at the Shinsaibashi, you return to your hotel.

  

9
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Day Trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima

In the morning after breakfast you meet your private guide and embark on a full day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima.

Together with your guide you take a bullet train to Hiroshima, a city that was mostly destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. 

Here you visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park located in the area that used to be the political and commercial heart of the city, before the bomb. The main site at the park is the Peace Memorial Museum that focuses on the events of August 6: the dropping of the bomb and its outcome in human suffering. The exposition serves as a reminder that peace should not be taken for granted.

The A-Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, it was one of the few buildings to remain standing when the bomb exploded. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the A-Bomb Dome today is a tangible link to Hiroshima's unique past.

After some time for lunch, together with your guide you take a ferry to Miyajima Island. The island is officially named Itsukushima, but more popularly known as "Miyajima", literally "shrine island" in Japanese, thanks to its most important attraction - the centuries-old Itsukushima Shrine. The shrine and its torii gate are unique for being built over water, as if floating in the sea during high tide.

Please note: Renovation works on the floating torii gate started on June 3, 2019. During the renovation works, the torii gate will be covered up by scaffolding. It is not known yet exactly how long the renovations will take, but they are expected to take at least around one year.

After the tour you return to Osaka by bullet train and have the evening at leisure.

10
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Departure from Osaka

This is the final day of your amazing exploration of Japan. After breakfast and check-out your private driver transfers you to the Osaka airport in time for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier

Stay at the renowned Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier and enjoy the convenience of being near all the top landmarks, top-notch amenities, and excellent quality service.

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, and a ryokan hotel in Hakone;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels, other meals as per itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with a professional English-speaking guide;
  • Ashi Lake cruise;
  • Tea Ceremony at Maikoya Kyoto;
  • Regular class bullet train tickets Tokyo - Odawara, Odawara - Kyoto, Kyoto - Osaka, Osaka - Hiroshima - Osaka;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Note: Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • A panoramic cruise across the Ashi Lake;
  • Dinner at a Sumo Restaurant in Tokyo;
  • Experiencing traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto;
  • Exploring Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple;
  • Enjoying breathtaking bird-eye views from the Tokyo Sky Tree and Umeda Sky Building;
  • Traveling to the Nara National Park;
  • Visiting Hiroshima and Miyajima.

What To Know

  • It's always best to bring some cash in local currency for your trip. You will need Japanese yen for your time in Japan
  • You will be walking quite a bit during your sightseeing tours, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes