TOKYO AND KYOTO OF ONE MIND: 8 Days, 6 Nights, from $1799

Byodoin
Nijo Castle
Kinkakuji
Arashiyama
Sensoji
Tokyo
Byodoin
Nijo Castle
Kinkakuji
Arashiyama
Sensoji
Tokyo

TOKYO AND KYOTO OF ONE MIND: 8 Days, 6 Nights, from $1799

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Discover how age-old Japanese customs blend flawlessly into contemporary life as you journey through the sophisticated whirlwind of Tokyo and Kyoto. You will visit Japan’s most significant sites, including imperial pagodas and palaces, gleaming towers and ancient temples and shrines.

*Starting price listed is an example of Los Angeles departure.
*Prices may change depending on season and departing city.
*Weekend surcharge may apply on hotels.

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INCLUDED:

• Round-trip economy class airfare on Singapore Airlines
• 3 nights in a Standard Room at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo
• 3 nights in a Standard Room at the New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto or similar
• Transfers, meals and sightseeing tours as specified
• All taxes, fees and carrier imposed surcharges

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 DEPART HOMETOWN/TOKYO

Board your flight to Tokyo.

DAY 2 ARRIVE TOKYO

Upon arrival in Narita Airport, present your airport limousine bus coupons to the airport limousine bus counter for your transfer to your hotel for check in.

DAY 3 TOKYO CITY TOUR

Enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo from the main observation platform of the Tokyo Tower. Then advance to the Meiji Shrine take in a fine example of Japanese shrine architecture nestled in a peaceful, picturesque area. Drive by the Akasaka guest house, National diet building. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, a place of historical interest and scenic beauty. Visit the inner moat, 15 foot thick walls and pine trees surrounding the 250 acre fortress, home of the Emperor and Empress. The tour concludes at one of the most prestigious shopping, dining and entertainment districts of the world, Ginza.

DAY 4 TOKYO/KYOTO

Take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle bus to Shinjuku Train Station for JR Chuo-train Rapid service to Tokyo Train Station for your bullet train ride to Kyoto. Board the HIKARI shinkansen for Kyoto as indicated on your ticket. Arrive at Kyoto station, take a 5-minute walk to the New Miyako Hotel or if staying at the Rihga Royal Hotel, take shuttle service that leaves every 15 minutes. (Remarks: One day before, your train tickets to Kyoto will be delivered at the hotel in Tokyo. You may leave your luggage at the bell desk and bring a light carry-on to Kyoto for your convenience). Enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure in Kyoto.

DAY 5 KYOTO CITY TOUR

A morning Kyoto city tour shows the historical Nijo Castle, once the home to the Tokugawa Shogun. Wandering such grounds will not only give you a greater appreciation for the Japanese approach to aesthetics. Visit the magnificent Kinkakuji Temple, built in 1397 as a shogun residence. The structure is completely covered in gold leaf, earning it the name Golden Pavilion. Continue to Kyoto Imperial Palace where you will gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, which oversaw many important functions until the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869 (Imperial Palace closes on Saturday, Sunday & National Holidays. We will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrine instead during these times). The afternoon is free to explore the city at your own pace. For those who are intrigued by the charm of geisha, visit Gion district a collection of streets defined by its old wooden buildings, teahouses and exclusive Japanese restaurants. Spend an hour wandering the area and chances are you’ll glimpse a geisha or two shuffling between teahouses in their cumbersome zori sandals and exquisite kimono.

DAY 6 KYOTO

Today is free to plan your own activities, perhaps visit department stores, restaurants, shopping arcades or theaters for a more modern feel. Old temples like Higashi-Hongan-ji, Nishi-Hongan-ji and To-ji, also dot the area, providing an oasis in the city that is perfect for a day of exploration. We also offer an optional excursion to Saga-Arashiyama. With Mt. Arashiyama as the backdrop, take a morning walk through the Sagano Bamboo Grove, visiting Zen temples along the way. One of them, Tenryuji, is considered Kyoto’s best Zen temple. Marvel at Togetsu Bridge, Saga-Arashiyama’s landmark, and visit the many shops and cafes in the area.

DAY 7 KYOTO/TOKYO

Take a 5-minute walk (New Miyako Hotel) or take the hotel shuttle bus from your hotel (Rihga Royal Hotel) to Kyoto train station for your bullet train to Tokyo. Upon arrival at Tokyo station, transfer by JR Chuo-train Rapid service train to Shinjuku station. Complimentary shuttle bus service is available from Shinjuku station to the Hyatt Regency. Reserve your departure airport limousine bus transfer at your hotel bell desk.

DAY 8 TOKYO DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: No meals included

 

Special notes: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability and season. Single supplement +$600.  Fares for outbound travel on weekends (Fri-Sun) are $60 higher. Tour prices include all taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges. We can only accept credit cards issued in the USA or Japan. This tour is operated by Globotours.