7 Day Tour of Japan
Make the very best of 7 days in Japan.
This customisable short holiday in Japan was designed to run any time of the year. Ideal for a group of friends, it provides guests with a ‘taste’ of Japan. The 7-day tour of Japan can easily be expanded to suit your needs. The tour includes private guides to help you get to the attractions without losing valuable time as well as adding an in-depth background to your visits. This 7-day tour covers many of the must-see sites, however, our expert tour designers can also offer you a totally personalised unique itinerary. For short holiday in Japan, this tour offers it all.
Fly out from Kansai International or Tokyo.
Places visited: Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto
Group size: Min 2, Max 10
Transport: Train, public bus, taxi
Accommodation: 4 star hotels in Tokyo & Kyoto, Japanese style inn in Hakone
Fitness level: Moderate (please refer to FAQ)
Best experiences of the culture, history and life in modern Japan
Wide choice of places to experience the variety of Japanese food
High quality, well located accommodation
Private guides commended for their knowledge & care
Experience a traditional Japanese inn & onsen spa
Everything planned for you - just relax & go with the flow
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to your 7 Day Tour of Japan. Today you arrive in Japan and transfer to your hotel in Tokyo. A Journey to the East escort will greet you at the International Airport on your arrival and assist with your transfer to your hotel in Tokyo.
Note: Depending on your arrival time, you can take your guided tour of Tokyo on this day instead of the second day.
Day 2: Life in Downtown Tokyo
This morning, there will be a brief orientation by our Tokyo guide and you are ready to embark on your adventure in Japan. Firstly, an ‘experience of the life in downtown Tokyo’. A guided walk will take you to environs that still retain the charms of a bygone era. It is a world away from the images of the advanced technology and modern cities. You will be visiting traditional gardens through to the high fashion of modern Tokyo.
From lunchtime, you can take in some personal interests, perhaps start with an Okonomiyaki restaurant (a popular dish, Japanese answer to pizza!). Tokyo is a massive city with everything, wonderful museums, unique street fashion, manga and anime, river cruise, architecture and more.
Day 3: Mt Fuji & More
Today you check out of your hotel in Tokyo and head for Hakone with your private guide for the day. Hakone is a fascinating mix of history, nature, art and scenery. You will see the Hakone Open-air Museum of Art, traverse the Owakudani volcano by ropeway and ride on a ‘Viking’ ship on Lake Ashi. Then it is time to visit the historic Hakone Checkpoint Museum and learn about the difficult journey people made passing by this range hundreds of years ago. Next, off to the delightful Narukawa Japanese Art Gallery. You will be treated with wonderful views of Mt Fuji from the Onshi Hakone Koen, a former summer house of the imperial family.
Tonight you will experience a traditional Japanese inn with onsen spa (hot mineral spring) and enjoy a kaiseki dinner.
Day 4: Historic Kyoto
After breakfast in Hakone , a couple of hour bullet train ride will take you to a beautiful old capital of Kyoto. Your Kyoto guide will meet you as you arrive. Firstly a little orientation, then your private guide will take you to the must-see places which millions of people from all over the world come to see. Among them are the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Nijojo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple.
The guide will take you to a favourite local restaurant for lunch. After lunch you are free to walk the streets leading up to the Kiyomizu Temple that are packed with delightful little cafes and shops selling tasteful Kyoto memorabilia. They also offer magnificent Japanese pottery and silk goods.
Day 5: Arashiyama (a suburb of Kyoto)
Today you will be provided with detailed maps and instructions and head off on a self-guided excursion to Arashiyama and Sagano. This area abounds in natural beauty complimented by pristine rivers and mountains. Arashiyama and Sagano are also the famous origin of many of the Japanese romantic legends. Why not enjoy a typical Kyoto lunch on the way. These areas are best enjoyed by meandering at your own pace through many of the Japanese gardens, bamboo groves, temples and other attractions that are commonly seen in images of Kyoto and its surrounds.
Day 6: Free Day in Kyoto
Today is a free day in Kyoto. There is so much to see. Talk to us about this day and we will provide you with a list of things to see with maps and instructions to help you get to your destinations. Don’t forget to check out some of the great places to eat while in Kyoto. We can also arrange for you to attend a Japanese tea ceremony or additional private guide should you prefer.
Day 7: Goodbye
This morning you will check out of the hotel after breakfast and your 7 day tour of Japan concludes. You can use your JR Pass that is included in your tour on your last day to travel to Kansai International Airport (about 1 hour) or return to Tokyo on the bullet train for your flight out of Tokyo’s International Airport.
The itinerary is indicative only. It is designed to be customised to meet your desires.
Does not include:
- International or domestic airfares
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Entry fees unless specifically stated
- Tips and gratuities (not routinely expected in Japan)
- Luggage transfer