Japan on a Shoestring – Tokyo to Kyoto
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Get a taste of both old and new Japan with this six-day tour. We’ve kept it simple with an itinerary of the country's most iconic cities. Experience everything from the bustling energy of Tokyo’s city centre to the rolling countryside of Takayama. And don’t forget Kyoto, a city of peaceful gardens and stunning temples. This trip is a quick and affordable one, so you can tack on more time to go deeper into Japan. Because after this tour, we know you'll want to.

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: AJTK/201018
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Tokyo, Japan
  • Finishes: Kyoto, Japan
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Tokyo
  • Takayama
  • Kyoto



Day 1: Tokyo

Arrive at any time.
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this metropolis.


Day 2: Tokyo

Get your bearings with an orientation walk before enjoying free time to explore buzzing Tokyo. Opt to check out Yoyogi Park, Asakusa shrine, quirky Harajuku, Shibuya Crossing, or explore the city's myriad shops and cafés.
Experience the true art of sushi making and pre-book the Tokyo Sushi Insider Experience on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.


Day 3: Tokyo/Takayama

Travel to picturesque Takayama and take in the quaint streets of the old town – lined with sake breweries and craft shops – on a CEO-led orientation walk. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area. In the evening, kick back and relax in a traditional inn – complete with tatami floors and Japanese futons.


Day 4: Takayama/Kyoto

Board a train to Japan's imperial capital. Arrive in Kyoto and spend the rest of the day discovering this historic city. In the evening, opt to pick up a local brew and chill out riverside or check out one of Kyoto's many bars.


Day 5: Kyoto

Explore this culturally-rich city with a free day. Opt to visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, or take a calligraphy class.
Want to feel like a real Samurai? Pre-book the Samurai Spirit Full Kembu Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.


Day 6: Kyoto

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this iconic city.

    • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Kyoto
    • Orientation walks in Tokyo and Takayama
    • Overnight stay in a traditional inn (Takayama)
    • Free time in Tokyo, Takayama, and Kyoto
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hostels (4 nts, multi-share), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities)
    • No meals included
    • Train, bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout
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