Stroll through Tokyo's Meiji Jingu Shrine, meet a maiko or geisha in Kyoto, marvel at Osaka Castle and travel by bullet train.
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.
Enjoy a full-day tour with a Local Guide utilising Tokyo's public transport system. Visit Meiji Jingu 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 Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. (B)
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. (B,L)
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 more than 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 and make your own way back to your hotel. (B)
Enjoy a full-day tour exploring Kyoto with a Local Guide utilising the public transport system. Visit Kinkakuji, known as the Golden Pavilion and then continue to Ryoanji temple with its famous Zen rock garden, and finally see majestic Nijo Castle. (B)
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. (B)
Your arrangements end after checkout this morning. (B)
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