Private Tour: 4-Day Best Of Tokyo And Kyoto Including Tsukiji Market, Gion And Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Overview

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture on a private four-day tour of Japans greatest cities Tokyo and Kyoto! Visit both modern and ancient attractions with a knowledgeable guide, exploring each city for two days by bike and on foot. In Tokyo, feast Izakaya-style, enjoy beer tasting, try fresh sushi at Tsukiji Market and bicycle to the sumo area of Ryogoku. Then travel one-way by Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto, where youll view gorgeous temples and shrines as well as discover the highlights of Gion Kyotos famous geisha district.

Highlights

  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere
  • Small group ensures personal service

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Day 1: Tokyo (D)
When you arrive in Tokyo, check in to your hotel any time before your group meeting at 4pm. Your guide will lead your small group on a two-hour night tour of Tokyo on foot. Walk to the popular Shinjuku and Shibuya neighborhoods to find Tokyos young people enjoying the lively atmosphere and local nightlife. Head to some great bars where you can sample tasty snacks and beer (own expense) before taking in the panorama of Tokyo at night from the 45th floor of the Shinjuku Skyscraper.

Next, head to the Karaoke Kan, a local karaoke bar (venue may change, subject to availability) for a chance to sing your favorite tunes in a private room with your companion(s). Stay for an hour, or longer at your request, enjoying your choice of songs and a set number of beverages (karaoke and drinks at own expense).

Your night in Tokyo concludes with dinner at the local restaurant Wara Wara (restaurant may change, subject to availability). Dine as the Japanese do seated on tatami mats at low tables and share a delectable selection of Izakaya-style dishes from the following sample menu:
Yakitori grilled chicken skewersKushiyaki grilled meat or vegetable skewers
Sashimi slices of raw fishKaraage bite-sized fried chicken
Edamame boiled and salted soybean pods
Hiyayakko chilled silken tofu with toppings
Agedashitofu deep-fried tofu in broth
Tsukemono pickles

Overnight: Sunroute Asakusa or similar accommodation

Day 2: Tokyo (B, L)
Take a private food tour of Tsukiji Market the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and watch fishmongers selling the morning catch, following sushi breakfast. Before your exploration, seat yourself at a counter and observe expert chefs prepare mouthwatering local sushi likemaguro(yellowfin tuna),ikura(salmon roe),ika(squid) and more! When youve had your fill, follow your guide through a maze of some 1,700 stalls and learn about Japans fascinating market culture as you watch shoppers inspect row upon row of seafood.

Then continue on a tour of Tokyo's highlights, passing Hamarikyu garden, Ginza walk, Meiji Shrine, and Harajuku.

Afterward, try your hand at Japanese calligraphy during an informal private lesson offered by your guide.

After returning to your ryokan for a rest, head out again to Shinjuku or Shibuya for ayatai(street-food style) dinner.

Overnight:Sunroute Asakusa or similar accommodation

Inclusions for Private Tour: 4-Day Best Of Tokyo And Kyoto Including Tsukiji Market, Gion And Fushimi Inari Shrine

  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Calligraphy lesson
  • Sake tasting
  • Bike tour
  • Transport as per itinerary (cycling, bullet train, and subway)

Exclusions for Private Tour: 4-Day Best Of Tokyo And Kyoto Including Tsukiji Market, Gion And Fushimi Inari Shrine

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional activities

Itinerary:

Day 3: Tokyo – Kyoto (B, D)
Head to Tokyo Station and board the Shinkansen bullet train at 9am for a 2.5-hour ride with your guide. Enjoy a bento box breakfast aboard the train and take in gorgeous views of Mt Fuji en route to Kyoto (weather permitting). 

When you arrive in Kyoto, embark on a unique, 3.5-hour guided walking tour of the city, exploring the temples, shrines and gardens that make Kyoto Japan’s cultural capital. Founded more than 1,200 years ago, Kyoto developed as a center of aristocratic culture and remains famous for its Zen gardens and geisha traditions.

On the outskirts of the city, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, home to a seemingly endless stretch of torii (gates) that spread across a thickly wooded mountain. Walk through snaking corridors of red gates, made famous in the film Memoirs of a Geisha, and stop to admire the shrines and many fox statues.

After an afternoon spent on the mountain, head to another of Kyoto’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional but modern Zen-style garden, Tofukuji is a great place to soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the city. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and hear about its significance to the Buddhist monks who continue to live and study here. Afterward, your guide will accompany you to a sake brewery called Fushimi-yumehyakushu for three or four tastings, followed by a picnic lunch. 

In the early evening, leave the tranquil gardens behind and head to Gion, famously known as Kyoto’s geisha district – also a model for Memoirs of a Geisha. As the area comes alive with people and lights, stroll past the charming restaurants and teahouses, many of which have been exclusive establishments for geisha entertainment since the 17th-century. See the theaters and traditional shops, and enjoy the ambiance of this historical quarter.

Enjoy a Kyoto-style okonomiyaki dinner followed by a night walk with your guide, taking to the backstreets of Gion for approximately 1.5 hours. View lovely old houses, geisha homes and cherry tree-lined streams as you stroll, and then go for round two of karaoke at a local bar before retiring at your ryokan.

Overnight: Heianbo ryokan or similar accommodation

Day 4: Kyoto (B)
Hop on a bike in the morning and see the best sites of Kyoto on a four-hour bicycle tour through the city. Discover the real Kyoto while coasting along the streets and relax over a picnic breakfast at a riverside garden with great views. Cycle along the Kamo River, taking in the views of the city’s downtown and passing a wealth of traditional riverside restaurants. Stop by the Heian Shrine, built in 1894 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the capital’s founding.

Next, weave your way along the quaint canals to reach the impressive Nanzenji Temple, one of Japan’s most important Zen temples. Admire the temple’s spacious grounds and gardens, with the Higashiyama Mountains as their impressive backdrop. Delight in the surrounds before jumping back on your bike and heading off down the Path of Philosophy.

Arguably the most popular walking path in Kyoto, the Path of Philosophy is shaded by hundreds of cherry trees that bloom each spring. A great place to contemplate the tranquility and beauty of the area, the path was named by Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan's most famous philosophers, who walked the route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.

Finally, follow your guide to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shimogamo Shrine in a unique forested setting that was preserved during the modernization of Kyoto. End your cycling tour of the city back at the Kyoto Station around 4pm.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 30 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

 Minimum age is 12 years. Passengers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Appropriate footwear and clothing for walking and cycling are recommended

Please be advised to bring modest clothing for entry to temples and shrines; knees and shoulders must be covered

You must have a good level of fitness for carrying your own bags and for all activities in itinerary

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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