This 4 days/3 nights trip is an opportunity to explore the vibrant capital city of Japan. This trip is full of art and culture, shopping and dining, history and adventure, palaces and temples. You have enough flexibility in this trip to discover Japan on your own terms.
Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo
Once you arrive at the Tokyo Airport, you will be met by our representative who will direct you to the best transportation option to your hotel - a train or a bus. Once you check in to your hotel, you are free to spend the remaining day as you wish. You will be spending the night in your hotel.
Day 2: Tokyo
Your guide will meet you in the morning and take you to the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens at the mouth of the Sumida River. These landscaped gardens have the Shioiri Pond, and are surrounded by moat. There is a teahouse located in the middle of the pond where you can sip matcha (green tea) and taste Japanese sweets. Here you will also see a peony garden, plum tree grove and cosmos fields full of blossoms. After that, for a novel experience, you will take a cruise along the river.
After your cruise, you will head to Asakusa in the old town. Asakusa is a famous Geisha district and houses the revered Senso-ji Temple. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in the city. Outside the temple, there are many shops where you can pick up beautiful handicraft and souvenirs from.
After paying your respects at the temple, it's time for some fun at Omotesando: a beautiful Zelkova tree-lined avenue. It is one of the best architectural showcase streets in the world. There are numerous fashion flagship stores here such as the Louis Vuitton store, the Prada building, Dior and other boutique designer outlets.
You will also visit the Meiji Shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. Construction of the shrine began in 1915, after the Japanese Diet passed a resolution to commemorate the emperor's role in the Meiji Restoration. The shrine is located in a large forest spanning 70 hectares and containing over 120,000 trees of 365 different species. The Japanese people donated these trees when the shrine was established.
You will use the efficient metro of Tokyo for your travels today but remember that the order of your visits may change depending upon where you are staying. At the end of the day you will head back to your hotel where you will spend the night.
Day 3: Tokyo, Optional Day Tours
Today is a self-guided day. A suggested itinerary is given below.
If you wish to spend another day exploring Tokyo, you can visit its Tsukji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. You should go here early in the morning. Later you can go to Akihabara: an otaku cultural center and a shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods. Don't miss out on the many museums/ theatres/ art galleries in Tokyo. The Tokyo National Museum, in Ueno Park, is the country's largest museum. You can also go to the National Museum of Western Art and Ueno Zoo. Enjoy Tokyo's internationally acclaimed cuisine as well. You could also visit Odaiba: a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay which is a major commercial and leisure area.
If you wish to step out of the city, you can enjoy a day trip to Kamakura by train, which will take about an hour. Kamakura is a beautiful seaside town hardly an hour away that houses some historically significant Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Don't miss the massive bronze statue of Amida Buddha that remains even after a 15th-century tsunami destroyed the temple it was once built in. For about two months in the year, the statue is covered for maintenance work, so find out in advance whether such is the case. The Five Great Zen Temples are also in this town.
Alternatively, you can spend the day at Nikko: a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful botanical gardens, Shogun mausoleums, shrines and temples. It is in a mountainous region and two rivers pass through it. It is two hours away by train.
You will have to tell us in advance if you wish to make any of these trips so that we can arrange for the tickets for which you will have to pay separately. After these trips, you will return to your hotel for the night.
Day 4: Departure from Tokyo
Today you will be transferred to Tokyo Airport. Before that you are free to do as you please.