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Sample Itinerary: 7 Amazing Days in Tokyo

Based on our may years of conducting tours in Japan we have put together a sample itinerary for seven amazing days in Tokyo. This tour itinerary would alow you to experience Tokyo’s energy and excitement by traveling on Tokyo’s subways, trains, and buses to explore this enticing maze of paradoxes: fascinating ancient traditions colliding with a future going full tilt.

 

Day 1
Arrive Narita Airport, usually late in the afternoon; met by Steve or one of our associates as you exit Customs. Train ride into Tokyo; check in to Hotel. Brief gathering to get acquainted.

Day 2
Nakamose-doriVisit Honganji Temple, noteworthy for its untypical architecture; Tsukiji market - the world's busiest seafood and produce market (where we will sample some of the freshest Sushi to be found); Hama Rikyu Garden, once the exclusive domain of samurai lords, now a peaceful haven in the heart of the city's bustle. Then we ride the Water Bus up the Sumida River to Asakusa, where we will join the throngs on Nakamise-dori shopping street which leads to Senso-ji Temple, the oldest and most famous in Tokyo. After allowing time for lunch in Asakusa we'll rest briefly at our Hotel. Then we discover many facets of Ueno Park before entering the bustling mazes of Ameyoko marketplace, which began as a black market after World War II. Riding on a cute neighborhood bus we will come to a part of "old Tokyo" rarely visited by outsiders. I will treat you to an Included Welcome Dinner (Yakitori) in a tiny, very delightful eating place. This evening I guarantee you will see and hear about aspects of Tokyo very few tourists have ever encountered.

Day 3
Imperila Palace GardensWe begin the day with views of the public portion of the Imperial Palace grounds, including a walk through the East Garden. Nearby Yasukuni Shrine reminds us of Japan's militaristic past. Then, after a break for lunch at our hotel, we will spend the afternoon steeped in history at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Reconstruction Museum.

Day 4
Hachiko StatueIn the morning we will visit Meiji Shrine in its wooded, peaceful setting (perhaps we will see a Shinto wedding in progress); Yoyogi Park; and Harajuku, one of Tokyo's most upscale neighborhoods. After a break for lunch (you are welcome to join me for excellent Tonkatsu) we will continue exploring Omotesando-dori (likened to New York's Fifth Avenue), including the Oriental Bazaar, a great place for buying traditional Japanese craft and gift items. A short subway ride will bring us to Shibuya, starting our walking tour at the famous statue of Hachiko, the loyal dog.

Day 5
The Great BuddhaA train ride takes us to the ancient seaside town of Kamakura where we see Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine; Hase-dera, with its unique nooks and crannies; and the iconic Great Buddha. It's not too far to Yokohama to visit Chinatown and the Moto-machi District. Overnight back in Tokyo.

Day 6
Japanese CultureWe will have a relaxed morning before heading over to quaint Yanaka Ginza (not to be confused with The Ginza) for some browsing and noshing. A train ride across town brings us to legendary Shinjuku throbbing with its wide variety of modern Japanese energies. From the observation deck of the Metropolitan Government Building through the neon jungle and pricey department stores to the tiny back alleys of Kabuki-cho, we will observe the gamut.

Day 7
Japanese FoodThe day will start in "Electric City" — Akihabara, seeing how the Japanese lead the way with technological innovation. The world-renowned Ginza is not far away. Tokyo International Forum never fails to impress. Perhaps we will raise a stein at the Lion Beer Hall, with its classic German design. Then we head back to our Hotel, allowing some free time before we go out for a lovely included Farewell Dinner.

 

Estimated pricing for this Land-only tour:

2 persons $3,925/person
4 persons $2,395/person
6 persons $1,895/person
8 or more persons $1,665/person

Pricing includes:

  • An English-speaking guide to travel with you throughout your visit
  • Lodging for seven nights
  • Fees for included attractions
  • All transportation required within Japan*
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners**

*Pricing is for a Land-only tour; you are responsible for getting to and from Japan.

**Note regarding meals: This sample itinerary could include breakfast each morning, plus other optional meals. If you wish to enjoy a thorough and excellent exposure to Japanese cuisine we suggest you budget about $35 - $50 US per day for non-included meals.

 

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