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Japan in a Nutshell
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Japan in a Nutshell
jpJapan
3 cities
8 days, 7 nights
Day by day
Places you explore
Recommended hotels
Landmarks & Experiences
Day 1 Tokyo

Arrival
Welcome to Tokyo - the ultramodern and the traditional at the same time capital of Japan! Your driver meets you at the arrivals hall and transfer you 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.

Breakfast included
Park Hotel Tokyo
Park Hotel Tokyo
1-7-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Shiodome Media Tower, Tokyo, Tokyo, JP, 105-7227
Queen, Non Smoking, above 27F
1 room
Up to 2 guests
1 Queen Bed
22 m²
Breakfast not included
More amenities
Arrival: Private City Transfer Sedan
Day 2 Tokyo

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.

8h
Highlights of Tokyo
Highlights of Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo

Diverse Tokyo: Meiji Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya
Your first stop is Meiji Shrine. Located near Harajuku station and Yoyogi Park, this shrine is popular among travelers. In addition to its vast size, it includes a gorgeous, serene forest surrounding the sacred approach to the shrine. Meiji Jingu Shrine gives you the opportunity to experience a peaceful atmosphere in the heart of Tokyo, the largest city in the world. Then you visit Harajuku. Since Harajuku has its own charm, you can fully immerse yourself in the Japanese atmosphere and fully appreciate the surrounding.

The next stop on the itinerary is Shibuya, Tokyo's paradise for shoppers. Despite the abundance of stores, it's probably best known for its crosswalk. As soon as the traffic lights turn red, pedestrians are free to roam wherever they like. Moreover, it is a symbol of modern Japan and of Tokyo itself: action in all directions. People are constantly pouring across the street from all directions, three huge television screens mounted on the buildings flash all day, and the area is covered with lights. The intersection is a popular filming location for movies, and it has appeared in the films Lost in Translation and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, as well as numerous music videos and newscasts. Hence, this is one of the things that travelers can experience only in Japan. 

Before returning to your hotel, you explore Ginza, Japan's premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district, which has one of the most expensive real estate in all of Japan.

8h
Diverse Tokyo: Meiji Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya
Diverse Tokyo: Meiji Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya
Day 4 Tokyo

Departure from Tokyo
Today in the morning private guide/driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the train station to continue your amazing trip!

Park Hotel Tokyo
Address
1-7-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Shiodome Media Tower, Tokyo, Tokyo, JP, 105-7227
Departure: Private City Transfer Sedan
Train from Tokyo to Nagano
Departure
1 h 48 min
Arrival
Day 4 Nagano

Arrival
Welcome to Nagano City, the capital of Nagano Prefecture! Upon arrival, your private driver takes you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day you spend at leisure.

Breakfast included
Mercure Nagano Matsushiro Resort & Spa
Mercure Nagano Matsushiro Resort & Spa
1372-1 Nishiterao Matsushiro, Nagano, Nagano-ken, JP, 381-1215
Classic Room, 3 Twin Beds, Mountain View
1 room
Up to 5 guests
3 Twin Beds
Breakfast not included
More amenities
Arrival: Private City Transfer Sedan
Day 5 Nagano

Highlights of Nagano & Monkey Park
Would you like to see countryside of Japan which is rich in nature and traditions, and enjoy the local drinks?

On this tour, you will learn about the interesting Japanese history, traditions, art and culture.

In the morning we'll go meet world-famous snow monkeys in hot spring in beautiful forests. You can get to be very close to them. Being close to wild animals is a magical experience.

In the afternoon we will visit 1400yrs old Zenkoji temple which is one of the most important and popular temples in Japan. It was founded in the 7th century and stores the first Buddhist statue ever to be brought into Japan when Buddhism was first introduced in the 6th century.

After this amazing temple we will visit 200 years old Sake brewery for sampling.

8h
Highlights of Nagano & Monkey Park
Highlights of Nagano & Monkey Park
Day 6 Nagano

Departure
Following breakfast and check-out, you depart from Nagano.

Mercure Nagano Matsushiro Resort & Spa
Address
1372-1 Nishiterao Matsushiro, Nagano, Nagano-ken, JP, 381-1215
Departure: Private City Transfer Sedan
Train from Nagano to Kyoto
Departure
4 h
Arrival
Day 6 Kyoto

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

The rest of the day you can enjoy free time and some independent sightseeing or feel free to book any optional activities with us.

Breakfast included
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, JP, 600-8519
Standard Triple Room, Non Smoking, 2beds for 1-2 people (Gym Access,Shuttle from Kyoto Station)
1 room
Up to 5 guests
2 Twin Beds and 1 Twin Trundle Bed
28 m²
Breakfast not included
More amenities
Arrival: Private City Transfer Sedan
Day 7 Kyoto

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.  

6h
Kyoto Sightseeing Tour
Kyoto Sightseeing Tour
2h
Tea Ceremony and Kimono Experience
Tea Ceremony and Kimono Experience
Day 8 Kyoto

Departure
Today in the morning, you check out from the hotel and depart from Kyoto.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
Address
Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, JP, 600-8519
Departure: Private City Transfer Sedan

What's included

Exceptional downtown hotel accommodations
Guided sightseeing tours with expert English-speaking guides
Delicious breakfasts at your hotels
Entrances to Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo Sky Tree and more
Tickets and intercity transportation as per itinerary
Professional meeting services at the airport
Dedicated support team before and during your trip

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