Meet up in Tokyo, the biggest and craziest city in the world. We collect our first impressions people watching while savoring ramen and sake.
Rise and shine as today we’re breakfasting at Tsukiji – world’s largest fish market. From grilled oysters and jellyfish, steamed crab and battered shrimps to the probably best sushi you’ve ever tasted… take your pick and you can’t go wrong – the markets are a feast to the senses. Afterwords we board a one hour cruise along the Sumida river, marveling at the sights of this gargantuan metropolis, and then tour Asakusa – closest thing to the old town that Tokyo’s got. After some chill time in the afternoon, meet your leader again this evening if you’re up for it and finish this awesome day on the top of Tokyo Metropolitan Building, an architectural masterpiece in its own right with the views from the top that are just breathtaking.
Prepare for a bit of walking as today we’re about to explore Tokyo’s coolest neighborhoods. Shibuya with its legendary crossroad made famous by the movie “Lost in translation”; Harajuku, known for hipsters and crazy dressed teenagers but also for the notable Meiji temple placed inside a calming Yoyogi park; Shinjuku with trendy, fashionable streets and a beautiful garden where we marvel at the sight of cherry blossoms; Yanaka-Ginza, classical Tokyo from Edo period with traditional architecture and an old eerie cemetery; Ueno with a huge park and temples spread around the National museum, and finally Akihabara – electro city of the 22nd century with quirky and bizarre things to see and do. A fabulous day which you’ll never ever forget.
We travel to Kanazawa, a beautifully preserved castle town with an easy-going atmosphere that will make you want to stay here forever. After touring the Kanazawa castle and Kenrakuen – Japan’s most celebrated landscape garden – we end this day in Higashi Chaya district, full of traditional tea houses and, if you’re lucky, perhaps a chance encounter with a real Geisha.
In the morning a bustling Omicho market awaits! It’s never to early for a feast, as Kanazawa is known for being one of the best seafood destinations in the country. Afterwords we stroll around Nagamachi, Kanazawa’s former samurai district. The rest of the day is free with a recommended visit to 21st century museum – exhibiting works from acclaimed contemporary artists both from Japan and all over the world. If you’re up for it, join your leader for an late afternoon hike to nearby Okudai hill, with breathtaking sunset views from the top.
We board our bullet train and land in Hiroshima: after touring the Memorial museum and strolling around Peace park we take a look at a marvelously restored Hiroshima castle, which in the evening produces a truly enchanting atmosphere. We end our day with a famous Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki – probably one of the beast meals you’ll have on this trip!
We catch a ferry to the island of Miyajima having a whole day to explore this fascinating island. After an included visit to the Itsukushima temple, famous for it’s “floating” torii gates, there is an option to take a cable car or climb to the top of the island where spectacular views await.
Again we board our bullet train and land in Kyoto – but before that we take a few hours for an essential stop at Himeji, visiting Japan’s most spectacular castle. Afternoon and evening is reserved for exploring Kyoto’s old neighborhood of Gion.
We take our bicycles and on we go! Riding along the Kamo river, with an included visits to Nijo castle and Golden Pavilion temple, is really an experience you’ll never forget!
Day trip to Nara, ancient capital of Japan. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of old temples and beautiful parks surrounded by hundreds of free-roaming deer. We use the afternoon to visit another famous city: Osaka, “belly of Japan”, home of the delicious udon noodles, as well as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. Does having a nightcap in the legendary Blade Runner neighborhood of Dotombori, before catching a train ride back to Kyoto sound like a good idea?
We have a relaxed morning stroll around the mystical bamboo forest and the beautiful Katsura river. From there you can take the Romantic Sagano Railway and return to Arashiyama on a bamboo raft (optional & weather depending). Rest of the day is free for further exploration but there is a possibility to join your leader on a Fushimi Inari temple sunset hike.
We return to Tokyo to the supercool Odaiba district and an included visit to Miraikan – a fantastic museum of emerging science and innovation. To properly finish our tour, how about returning to Shinjuku in the evening for an essential karaoke experience !?
The tour ends after breakfast but those who have visited Japan once are destined to come back.
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