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DAY 1: ARRIVE in TOKYO
Make your own way to your Tokyo hotel for a three-night stay. Tokyo, meaning ‘Eastern Capital’, was originally a small fishing village called Edo. Today it is one of the world’s most bustling and exciting metropolises.
DAY 2: TOKYO
Enjoy a full-day tour with a Local Guide utilising Tokyo’s public transport system. Visit Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most famous shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo’s youth mecca, Omotesando, referred to as Tokyo’s ‘Champs-Elysées’ and Ginza, Tokyo’s famous upmarket district. You will also visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens (the palace itself is not open to the public). Finally visit Asakusa, home to Nakamise shopping street and Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. (Breakfast)
DAY 3: TOKYO
Early this morning you will begin a half-day tour travelling by subway to the Tsukiji Fish Market, where you will explore the vegetable and fruit areas. After buying ingredients, you will learn to make various forms of sushi. The afternoon is at your leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 4: TOKYO TO KYOTO
Make your own way to Tokyo station and travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel. Once the imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is another city with a diverse past. The city is home to over 2,000 places of worship, including Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. This afternoon visit a traditional tea house in the Gion geisha district. Enjoy green tea and Japanese cake in the company of a geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha). Watch a traditional dance performance by the geisha, before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast)
DAY 5: KYOTO
Enjoy a full-day tour exploring Kyoto with a Local Guide utilising the public transport system. Visit Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion and continue to Ryoan-ji temple with its famous rock garden, and finally Nijo Castle. (Breakfast)
DAY 6: KYOTO TO OSAKA
Make your own way to Kyoto station and travel by local train to Osaka for an overnight stay. Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel. Osaka is Japan’s third largest city and was established as a major industrial and cultural centre in 1889. This afternoon explore Osaka with a Local Guide utilising the public transport system. Visit Osaka Castle, originally built in 1593, and take a cruise along the Yodogawa River. (Breakfast)
DAY 7: DEPART OSAKA
Your arrangements end after check-out this morning. (Breakfast)