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Imperial Capitals of Japan with Kanazawa

9 days3 cities
Japan1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 21 Reviews
Small group tour to Japan

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9 days3 cities
Japan1 country
From
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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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1
day
Arrival

Welcome to Tokyo - the ultramodern and the traditional at the same time capital of Japan! An English-speaking assistant meets you at the arrivals hall and takes you to your private driver for the transfer to your hotel.

Upon arrival at 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
day
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
day
Day trip to Mt. Fuji & Ashi Lake Cruise

Today in the morning a private guide and driver meet you at the hotel lobby and take you on a full-day tour to Ashi Lake and Mt. Fuji. 

Throughout this tour, you will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of Japanese nature and landscapes. Located in Japan's Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in the country. Since Mount Fuji is a sacred mountain, it is surrounded by temples and shrines, even at the crater's edge. The atmosphere of this place is reminiscent of Japanese culture. Finish your splendid tour by admiring Ashi Lake, which was formed by volcanic activity 3,000 years ago.

Your choice of hotels

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

Park Hotel Tokyo

If you're looking for a modern hotel in Tokyo, look no further than Park Hotel Tokyo. It's centrally located and the perfect option for travelers that appreciate the comfort, exceptional service, and outstanding amenities.

train
Tokyo
Kyoto
2hrs 18min

Experience the fantastic way to travel from dazzling Tokyo to authentic Kyoto by train! Admire the breathtaking view you will pass by train, enjoy modern facilities, and relax in your comfortable and cozy seat!

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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4
day
Arrival in Kyoto

Upon arrival in Kyoto, a private driver meets you at the train station and takes you to the hotel.

The evening is free for some optional activities or exploring the city on your own.

5
day
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.  

6
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Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple

Today 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 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.

Your choice of hotels

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

Hotel Kanra Kyoto

Situated in the picturesque setting of Kyoto, Hotel Kanra is a luxurious 4-star hotel specializing in warm hospitality and a traditional atmosphere.

train
Kyoto
Kanazawa
2h 15min

The Kyoto-Kanazawa train route seamlessly connects two of Japan's cultural gems, offering passengers a scenic journey through picturesque landscapes and historical landmarks. As the train glides through verdant countryside and alongside rushing rivers, travelers can anticipate immersing themselves in the rich heritage and beauty of both Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Kanazawa
3
days
Japan

In addition to being one of the most graceful and charming Asian cities, Kanazawa will surely capture your heart. With its constant change and surprises, the city draws millions of tourists worldwide who instantly become passionate admirers.

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7
day
Arrival & Exploring Kanazawa

Welcome to the Japanese capital of culture and science! Upon arrival, your private driver takes you to the hotel for check-in. 

Later, your private guide meets you at the hotel lobby and you head for the city tour.

Historically, Kanazawa was in competition with the most powerful hubs of ancient Japan: Kyoto and Tokyo (then Edo). That resulted in the rich heritage that attracts lots of tourists from Japan and the outer world. Your guide will show you Kenrokuen garden with an iconic stone bridge, then you will discover Higashi Chaya district, have a stroll through Omicho market. You finalize the tour with Oyama Shrine, Kanazawa Castle and a beautiful park that surrounds them. 

After the tour, you have free time.

8
day
Trip to Takayama

In the morning after breakfast, take a train to Takayama.

Upon arrival, enjoy a walking guided tour through Takayama with your guide, where you will use taste to distinguish the town. Traditional Japanese sweets, or rakugan, will energize you for the day. A tofu maker will then explain the process and why this food is so important to Takayama. Following a street of wooden shutters, you soon reach a sake brewery, where a variety of tastings helps you distinguish the fine from the everyday. And then it is onwards with sloping roofs greeting you in the village of Shirakawa-go. This village was so isolated and high in the mountains it came up with its own architectural style. Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer” and the steep thatched is ideal for balancing and removing the weight of snow in winter.

Look more closely, and you will see that every single roof has been built without nails or mortar. Several houses are open to the public and can be visited on your private tour of Shirakawa-go, with Wado the grandest and most impressive. 

After your tour, you take a train back to Kanazawa.

9
day
Departure

In the morning you have breakfast and check-out from your hotel. Then your private driver takes you to the airport or train station depending on where you travel next. 

Your choice of hotels

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

Hotel Forza Kanazawa

Located in the heart of Kanazawa, Hotel Forza Kanazawa is a modern and stylish hotel that offers exceptional comfort, contemporary amenities, and convenient access to the city's top attractions, making it a perfect choice for travelers seeking a luxurious stay in this vibrant cultural hub.

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

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.

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

Note: Сity taxes are not included in the price. This is a small tax (1-5 EUR per person per night) collected by many European cities. You will need to pay it at the hotel on checkout.

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

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Day trip to Mt. Fuji & Ashi Lake Cruise;
  • Trip to Takayama;
  • Experiencing traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto;
  • Exploring Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple;
  • Enjoying breathtaking bird-eye views from the Tokyo Sky Tree.

What To Know

  • Stress-free Booking Book your journey without stress and at convenient pace. You can pay a deposit of 20% to book any tour in any major currency; the final balance will be due 90 days before start date. In event if you decide to change or postpone your trip, you can transfer your deposit to any other packages we offer. Cruise bookings and special offers may be subject to different booking terms.
  • Trip Assurance If you need our assistance during your trip, you can call our support line available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CET) on weekdays and weekends.