JAPAN

Japan Tour

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

    Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, clear customs with your luggage and exit to the Arrivals Lobby. Present your transfer coupon at the Limousine Bus Counter and then board the next available transfer from the airport to your accommodation at the Hotel. (90 min) .Your accommodation at the hotel is directly across the road from Shinagawa Station. The Shinagawa area is the ideal place to stay in Tokyo for its convenient location and access to a wide range of restaurants and shops. After check in, commence exploring the sights of Tokyo and board a Yamanote Line train for Tokyo Station. Visit the Imperial Palace & East Gardens. The Imperial Palace now stands on the site once occupied by Edo Castle from which the Tokugawa Shogunate ruled Japan. Now, it is the residence of the Imperial Family. The Higashi Goen (East Garden) is graced with flowers and blossoms each season; an ideal place for relaxation. (Open 9:00am-16:00pm / Closed Monday & Friday & New Year holidays / Admission free.) The Imperial Palace is a 15 minute walk from the west side of JR Tokyo Station.
  • Day 2: Tokyo - Harajuku - Shinjuku - Shibuya

    Commence your sightseeing of Tokyo and board a Yamanote Line train from Shinagawa to Harajuku. Walk through the park to the Meiji Shrine, Japan's most famous Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji. Return to the station and walk next door to Yoyogi Park. Every weekend this Tokyo's talented sub-culture meets and perform. Regular acts include Elvis impersonators, magicians, dancers and rock bands.Across the road from Harajuku Station is Takashita Street. A lively street that prides itself as the front of new teenage Tokyo street fashion. From Harajuku Station, travel one stop to Shibuya Station. Use the Hachiko-Guchi Exit to access a busy shopping district. Shibuya is very popular among young people and is surrounded by cinemas, cafes, restaurants, department stores, fashion-store buildings and boutiques. Later in the day, make your way to JR Shinjuku Station, the largest and busiest train station in Japan. From the West Exit walk 10 minutes through the high-rise business district to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building to enjoy the commanding view of the city from its 45th story observation deck. The night view is breathtaking! (9:30am-10:30pm / entry is free). In the evening return to JR Shinagawa Station on the Yamanote Line local train.
  • Day 3: Tokyo - Ueno - Akihabara

    Continue your exploration of Tokyo by boarding a JR Yamanote Line train to Ueno Station. Use the Central Exit to access the start of the Ameyoko Ueno Markets that run from Ueno Station through to JR Okachimachi Station. This area has over 500 shops that sells everything from basic foods to high-class imported goods at reasonable prices, and is always crowded with shoppers. Next walk to the nearby Ueno Park, one of Tokyo's small number of parks where you will find Ueno Zoo, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the National Science Museum. Next board a subway from Ueno Station to Asakusa Subway Station and walk to the nearby Sensoji Temple also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple - Tokyo's oldest and most impressive temple founded in the 7th century. Explore Nakamise Street, a colorful shopping promenade that stretches from the Kaminarimon Gate to Hozomon Gate. Positioned across the road from Kaminarimon Gate are the Asakusa Rickshaws for an opportunity to be guided around the area by rickshaw.Return to Ueno by subway and then take the Yamanote Line two stops to Akihabara, Tokyo's world famous district selling the latest in electronics.
  • Day 4: Tokyo - Odaiba

    Take a day trip to Odaiba, Tokyo's modern amusement development where you can enjoy shopping, delicious food, entertainment and a view of Tokyo Bay. From Shinagawa Station board a Yamanote Line train three stations to Shimbashi Station. At Shimbashi Station, take Yurikamome Line unmanned monorail across the 918 metre span Rainbow (suspension) Bridge to Daiba Station (14 min).Odaiba was built on the reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay in the southeast of Tokyo. This ultra-modern island is home to the Fuji TV Studio, Toyota Motor Company show room, Palette Town giant Ferris wheel, Venus Fort Shopping Complex. Luxuriate in open air, foot, sand and steam baths with massage services also available. The hot water spouts up naturally from 1400 meters below. (JPY 2,700 adult / tatoos must be covered).
  • Day 5: Depart Tokyo

    Spend your last day in Tokyo completing any final sightseeing or shopping. Check out of your hotel and leave your luggage in storage at the porter's desk for your later return. Using your transfer coupon board the Limousine Bus from the Shinagawa Prince Hotel to Narita International Airport. (90 min).Be sure to check in for your scheduled flight at least 2 hours prior to its departure.

Overview

Japan is a world apart – a cultural Galápagos where a unique civilisation blossomed, and thrives today in delicious contrasts of traditional and modern. The Japanese spirit is strong, warm and welcoming. Japan hits the travel sweet spot. It’s unique enough to give you regular doses of ‘Wow!’ without any downside. Indeed, travelling in Japan is remarkably comfortable, even with the language barrier thrown in – but it’s never familiar. Staying in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) is marvelously different from staying in a chain hotel. Sitting in a robe on tatami mats eating raw fish and mountain vegetables may not be how you dine back home, but it is unforgettably delicious. Perhaps more than any country on earth, Japan makes you think. It is a country that took a good, hard look at the West and said ‘We’ll take your technology, but we’re keeping our culture’. It was never extensively missionised or colonised. It practices an ancient animist/pantheist religion while pushing the boundaries of modern technology. It is a country where tens of millions of people can cram into crowded cities without ever losing their temper.

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