Toka

Short but sweet! That is the motto of this travel, that will bring you to the most popular hotspots, and give you an impression of the modern cities and the countryside of Japan. Visit the dynamic neighborhoods of Tokyo, explore the history of cultural capital Kyoto, and enjoy the nightlife and shopping paradise of Osaka. This travel is an excellent starting point for creating your own itinerary. Of course we can arrange extras to your travel, such as tours, tickets and activities, to make it even more authentic or exciting. Every aspect can be adjusted to your preferences.

Itinerary Overview:

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Tokyo
  • Day 2: Tokyo
  • Day 3: Tokyo
  • Day 4: Hakone
  • Day 5: Kyoto
  • Day 6: Kyoto
  • Day 7: Kyoto
  • Day 8: Kyoto
  • Day 9: Osaka
  • Day 10: Departure Osaka
DEPARTURE/RETURN:

Departure: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Narita Airport (Tokyo).
Please note that the flight to Japan usually arrives on the day after the day of departure.

Return: Kansai International Airport (Osaka) to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

BASED ON:

2 Travelers
Prices vary depending on season, availability of accommodations and exchange rates.

INCLUDED:

Accommodation
Meals (for remote areas only)
Japan Rail Pass 7-days
Transfer Narita-Tokyo
Fuji & Hakone day tour
Attend Sumo training
Kyoto cycling tour

OPTIONAL:

Flights
Meals
Activities
Extra transport
Extensions
Pocket-WiFi router (1x)
Nature & beach extension

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival Tokyo

You arrive in the sprawling capital of Japan: Tokyo! On your first day in the country you can explore the older areas of Tokyo:

  • Asakusa: charming district with the oldest temple in Tokyo: Senso-ji.
  • Ueno: home to Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, and various museums.

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Day 2: Tokyo

In the morning you will have the option to attend a Sumo training match where you can take a picture with the sumo wrestlers after the match, or experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. In the afternoon you will visit the modern part of Tokyo by train and/or subway. For example:

  • Shibuya: with the famous Shibuya Crossing and the statue of the loyal dog Hachiko.
  • Shinjuku: a bustling district with plenty of shopping and eating opportunities.
  • Harajuku: thé area to experience Japan’s youth culture. You can find many colorful shops in Takeshitadori street, or take a break in the huge Yoyogi Park close by. Don’t miss out on visiting the beautiful Meiji Jingu Shrine, an peaceful oasis in the middle of busy Harajuku.
  • Akihabara: also known as ‘electric town’, and thé place to find anything and everything related to electronics, manga and anime.

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Day 3: Tokyo

Today you can take your time and visit the places you have not been able to visit yet, or take a day trip to one of the nearby places of interest:

  • Nikko: in the nearby Nikko National Park you can not only find beautiful nature landscapes including the Kegon Waterfall, it is also the location of UNESCO listed Toshogu Shrine and the mausoleum of the famous Tokugawa Shogun (warlord) Tokugawa Ieyasu.
  • Kamakura: a coastal town south of Tokyo, famous for the large Buddha statue, and several temples worth visiting (such as the Hokokuji Temple and its bamboo garden).
  • Mount Fuji: the iconic Mt. Fuji and its surrounding areas can be visited on a day trip. Of special interest are the lake at the foot of the mountain (Fujigoko Lake), Kawaguchiko and Hakone. In July and August, it is also possible to climb the mountain.

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Day 4: Hakone

In Hakone you get the opportunity to relax after your stay in the lively Tokyo. Hakone is predominantly known for its beautiful onsen. You will be staying at a lovely Ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn), where you also get the chance to bathe in a onsen. The ideal moment to relax and take a breath and absorb the Japanese ambiance of peace.

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Day 5: Kyoto

After travelling for about 2 hours by train, you will arrive in the historical city of Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. Areas such as the famous Gion will take you back to this time, and if you’re lucky you will see a Maiko, or Geisha, hurrying off to an appointment in the early evening. Visit the awe-inspiring Kiyomizudera Temple and wander around the surrounding little streets leading up to it to experience more of Kyoto’s traditional atmosphere. In the evening, the Kawaramachi and Sanjo areas are the best place to find a multitude of local bars and restaurants, as well as plenty of Karaoke opportunities and Gamecenters.

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Day 6: Kyoto

Today you have the option to choose between 2 trips. First, you can choose for a cycling tour through the picturesque streets of Kyoto. You will cycle through the streets of Kyoto with the guidance of an English guide and experience the nice authentic atmosphere of Kyoto. Second, you can choose for a half a day tour through Kyoto, where you will visit all kinds of sights with a guide who will tell you all kinds of stories and facts.

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Day 7: Kyoto

There are many places worth a visit in Kyoto, such as:

  • Kinkakuji (the Gold Pavilion): the famously beautiful temple entirely inlaid with gold, and surrounded by a peaceful garden.
  • Ryoanji Temple: famous for its Zen style garden. The temple itself was built in the Heian period, originally as the residence of a wealthy aristocrat.
  • Philosopher’s Path: the path is named for the philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who was said to meditate on the path while on his way to school. The path is particularly beautiful in spring, when the cherry blossom trees lining it are in full bloom. At the start of the path the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji) can also be found. Though it was never finished in silver as planned, the temple features a charming garden.
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine: this shrine has become more popular recently, and with good reason! It features over 100 so-called Torii gates winding their way up the mountain, interspersed with several small shrines.
  • Nijo Castle: a small castle and grounds in the southern part of Kyoto

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Day 8: Kyoto

Make a day trip to one of the following places of interest in the area:

  • Nara: another former capital city of Japan, and home to many beautiful temples (including one of the oldest temples in Japan, naturally on the UNESCO World Heritage list). Be sure to buy some deer crackers to feed to one of the many deer freely wandering around Nara.
  • Arashiyama: located just outside Kyoto, this area is famous for its bamboo forest. There are also several temples and historic villa’s worth visiting. A trip to Arashiyama can also be done in half a day.

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Day 9: Osaka

On your last day in Japan, you travel to Osaka in just half an hour by train. Here you can walk through the bustling Shinsaibashi district, and admire the neon light billboards, shops with flashy signs and plenty of restaurants with local delicacies such as Okonomiyaki (savoury pancake). The most famous place in this area is Dotonbori, where the giant neon Glico Man advertisement provides a great photo spot.
Another must-see place is Osaka’s castle. Though it has been rebuilt, the exterior has been faithfully reconstructed, and is that of a classic Japanese castle. The interior has been made into a museum, and you can go all the way to the top of the castle for an incredible view of the surroundings.

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Day 10: Osaka departure

On this final day of your journey, you will fly back home from Osaka’s nearby Kansai International Airport.

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Seasonality and Prices

Prices depend on the season in which you would like to travel. Prices in the low season (December, January, February) will be different from prices in the high season (March, April, August, Holidays).

Low season from €1699,- p.p.
Mid-high season from €1899,- p.p.
High season from €1999,- p.p.
1,699.00