2019 Tour Details
Experience the distinct flavor of Japan without the crowds or higher prices of the busy travel season with an escorted vacation in Japan. Your 7-day escape to Tokyo and Kyoto shows you Japan’s amazing sights with 3 nights in each legendary city. You’ll enjoy sightseeing and ample free time in each city, with included transportation between the two destinations via bullet train. Explore Tokyo’s highlights including Asakusa Kannon Temple and Meiji Shrine, a magnificent Shinto monument set in a man-made garden. In Kyoto, you’ll see the Fushimi Inari Shrine and serene temples, including a visit the exquisite Temple of the Golden Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf and poised on the picturesque Kyōko-chi (mirror pond) that reflects the pavilion and gardens. Serenity and scenic wonders await you in Kyoto and Tokyo, made even more of a peaceful escape when enjoyed in the off-season with fewer crowds and lower prices. Enjoy your 7-day guided tour of two of Japan’s favorite destinations to enjoy the graceful beauty and fascinating traditions behind the beautiful culture of Japan.
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TOKYOVisit Meiji Shrine, Shinjuku Gyeon Garden, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcadeKYOTOVisit the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Kyomizu Temple
American breakfast daily
American breakfast daily
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
TOKYO, JAPAN Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
TOKYO Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour starts with a visit to MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, visit SHINJUKU GYOEN GARDEN. Originally dating from the early 1600s, the garden was destroyed in World War II and reopened in 1949 as a public park. Today, it remains a very popular stop for locals and visitors alike. Last stop is the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the bustling NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.
TOKYO Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps consider an optional excursion to see Mount Fuji. Your Tour Director will be on hand should you need any suggestions.
TOKYO–KYOTO This morning, board one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the evening.
KYOTO Your day begins with a visit to stunning Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered in shimmering gold leaf. Continue on to FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for its thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. Lastly, stop in the Higashiyama District to explore KIYOMIZU TEMPLE, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries. The evening is at your leisure.
KYOTO A free day for independent exploration in this historic city. Perhaps explore a local market, visit more of the cities famed temples, or stroll through Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. Your Tour Director will have plenty of recommendations.
KYOTO Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.