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Japan's three best-known cities, Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, will certainly leave you with unforgettable memories as you explore each and travel between skyscrapers and shrines by speedy bullet train on this independent, private tour
Our Japan Impressions itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading guides whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of
Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. Depending on
your time of arrival the rest of the day is
yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Tokyo, meaning ‘Eastern Capital’, was
originally a small fishing village called Edo.
Today it is one of the world’s most bustling
and exciting metropolises.
Enjoy a full-day tour with a local guide
utilising Tokyo’s public transport system.
Visit Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most famous
shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo’s youth mecca,
Omotesando, referred to as Tokyo’s
‘Champs-élysées’ and Ginza, Tokyo’s
famous upmarket district. You will also
visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens (the
palace itself is not open to the public).
Finally visit Asakusa, home to Nakamise
shopping street and Senso-ji Temple,
Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. (B)
Early this morning you will begin a half-day
tour travelling by subway to the Tsukiji Fish
Market, where you will explore the vegetable
and fruit areas. After buying ingredients, you
will learn to make various forms of sushi.
The afternoon is at your leisure. (B,L)
Make your own way to Tokyo station and
travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto.
Upon arrival, make your own way to your
hotel. Once the imperial capital of Japan,
Kyoto is another city with a diverse past.
The city is home to over 2,000 places
of worship, including Buddhist temples
and Shinto shrines. This afternoon visit a
traditional tea house in the Gion geisha
district. Enjoy green tea and Japanese
cake in the company of a geisha or maiko
(apprentice geisha). Watch a traditional
dance performance by the geisha or maiko,
before returning to your hotel. (B)
Enjoy a full-day tour exploring Kyoto with
a local guide utilising the public transport
system. Visit Kinkaku-ji, known as the
Golden Pavilion and continue to Ryoan-ji
temple with its famous rock garden, and
finally Nijo Castle. (B)
Make your own way to Kyoto station
and travel by local train to Osaka for an
overnight stay. Upon arrival, make your own
way to your hotel. Osaka is Japan’s third
largest city and was established as a major
industrial and cultural centre in 1889. This
afternoon explore Osaka with a local guide
utilising the public transport system. Visit
Osaka Castle, originally built in 1593, and
take a cruise along the Yodogawa River. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to the
UK, arriving home the same or following
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