|Days 1-3 Tokyo
From imperial gardens to towering skyscrapers, the contrasts are
endless in this bustling city. Wander the world's largest fish market,
immerse yourself in youth culture in Harajuku or shop till you drop in
the electronic capital of the world – Akihabara. Beneath all the neon
and glitz there is another side to Tokyo, the traditional
neighbourhoods of the historical downtown – explore rough and
ready Asakusa or rumble with the Sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku.
Days 4-5 Nikko
Nestled amongst the ancient cedar trees is the resting place of the
first Tokugawa shogun, a lavish complex brightly painted and
covered in gold leaf in which no expense was spared. Nearby, the
area surrounding Lake Chuzenji is full of natural beauty and has
some great hikes past waterfalls and through ash filled meadows.
Days 6-7 Hakone
Famous for views of Mt Fuji reflected in the waters of Mt Ashi, this
scenic mountain area has plenty of onsens if you want to spend your
time here relaxing in the warm thermal water. Also significant as a
check point on the 400 year old Tokaido Highway, parts of which are
still walkable today. Otherwise check out some of the many galleries
and museums in the area.
Days 8-9 Kyoto
The imperial capital for over 1,000 years, Kyoto has a wealth of
cultural and historic sights. Long captivating visitors the city has
plenty of beautiful backstreets and corners to get ‘lost’ in. Visit a few
of the 2,000 temples and shrines, spot geisha in traditional of Gion,
hike the 10,000 tori gates of Fushimi Inari or do some last minute
9 days Tokyo to Kyoto
min 4, max 12
no meals included
1. You will not be required to purchase a Japan Rail pass for this trip.
However it is recommended that you obtain a rail pass before you
leave home if you wish to travel in Japan before or after your trip ends.
2. Some accommodation will have shared bathroom facilities.
3. Some accommodation may be multishare
Metro, local train, bullet train, express train, bus, walking
Traditional inns (8 nights)