Cultural Tokyo: 7 Day Private Touring

DAY 1: Welcome to Japan

At the airport arrivals area, after passing through customs, meet with your transfer driver. They will be holding a sign with your name on it.  Private transfer to your hotel in Tokyo City (about 1-1.5 hours).  After getting settled at your hotel, enjoy this first evening at leisure.

Recommended Optional Evening Activity: Tokyo Night Food Tour
Take to the streets with your guide, sampling from local eateries, street food vendors, and small restaurants, and be introduced to the wonderful world and eats of nighttime Tokyo.

DAY 2: Stylish and Innovative Tokyo

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby.  Make your way by public transportation to the classic sites of Tokyo.

Begin with a trip to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Outer Market. Tsukiji Outer Market boasts a long history mounting up to the popularity it has today. Today it is considered to be Japan’s kitchen, with a maze of food stalls and restaurants to explore and enjoy. The main merchandise is fresh fish and seafood, but there are all sorts of traditional and local delicacies such as sweets, vegetables, and meat to view and perhaps even sample.

After this visit, proceed towards an escape from the city. Hamarikyu Garden is perfect due to its calm atmosphere and evident connection to nature. The garden’s pond is attached to the sea through the Sumida river, and also undergoes the effects of the tide

After relaxing here, wander the mega metropolis together with your guide to witness the marvelous architecture, the history and eminence of the towering buildings around you in an area known as Ginza. Ginza remains the gem of Tokyo, demanding attention, and being a place of cultivation for stylish trends.

Recommended Japanese Dinner: Tokyo Ryotei Restaurant
This evening, treat yourself to a dinner at a fine traditional restaurant, which takes pride in both food and service. The Japanese call it omotenashi, which means the thoughtfulness, dedication and high attentiveness given to the guests needs. So treat yourself tonight to a tranquil ryotei restaurant where excellent food is served to you in the omotenashi way.

 
DAY 3: Classic Tokyo

Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby.  Make your way by public transportation to the classic sites of Tokyo.

Begin with a trip to Kiyosumi Gardens, the gorgeous garden which first belonged to a rich industrialist during the Edo Period, designed for relaxation.

From Kiyosumi Gardens make your way to Fukugawa Edo Museum, perhaps one of the most accurate recreations of pre-modern Tokyo. The Fukugawa Edo- Museum allows an understanding of the lifestyle of Japan during the Edo period (1608 -1868).

Continue your journey into classic Tokyo by going to Asakusa Kannon Temple, also known as Sensoji. Sensoji, along with the long and interesting Nakamise shopping street leading to the temple front is wonderful to explore on foot.

From this spiritual center, go onwards to Yanaka Old Town, said to be one of the only places of Tokyo which survived the WWII bombings and 1923 Kanto Earthquake. Due to its resilience, the spirit of its old downtown still lingers today, subtly revealing the culture and traditions of Japan.

Finally to commence your day of classic sightseeing in Tokyo, make your way to Akihabara, a district dedicated to anime, manga and video-games, the heart of Japanese pop-culture.

In the evening, enjoy a stroll in nighttime Tokyo, to visit the Tokyo Skytree.

Recommended Optional Activity: Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony
Today you could choose the option to enjoy a tea ceremony as led by a ceremony master. While sipping the rich flavor of matcha green tea, a master of the tea ceremony will give you an insider look into the small details that make the ceremony the serene moment of pure contemplation and togetherness that it is. Learn about the ceremony’s connections to Zen and Buddhism, and how so many elements of Japanese culture permeate through every step and motion.

 
DAY 4: Trendy and Quirky Tokyo

Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby.  Make your way by public transportation to the classic sites of Tokyo.

Today, begin your day by going to a Sumo Stable, to view a morning practice, getting a true insider look into the rituals and methods of sumo wrestler training.

After the practice, enjoy your breakfast at Meiji Shrine and Park, a densely forested, cut with a winding walking path leading up to a hundred-meter-high torii gate made of thousand-year-old cypress trees. This is the grand Meiji Shrine, located in the midst of Tokyo’s hustle bustle urban jungle, dedicated to the souls of Emperor Mutsuhito and Empress Shoken.

 

From here, a walkable distance away, lies Harajuku: Tokyo’s zenith of young colors and attitude, Harajuku is the cat-walk street of fashionistas. Built with contemporary architecture, boutiques, cool cafes, extreme teenage culture, fast food it beats to a whole other street rhythm.

Towards the latter half of the day, visit Shibuya, Tokyo’s rapid-beating heart. Shibuya: the sure sign that you are indeed in Tokyo, Japan. Neon lights glowing through the day and night, larger than life tv screen in the public streets and its core, the iconic scramble crossing, where three thousand people cross streets at once.

 
DAY 5: Tokyo Less Traveled

Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby.  Make your way by public transportation to the less traveled sites of Tokyo.

Begin by visiting a Confucuian temple in the midst of Tokyo City, dating back to the Edo times, destroyed by fire three times, stand the world’s largest Confucian temple. Yushima Seido holds important elements in Japan’s history, religion and philosophy.

From here, continue to one of the oldest gardens in Tokyo: Koshikawa Korakuen Gardens. This jewel amongst gardens was complete during the Edo period and was created by the feudal lord Yorifusa and completed by a Chinese scholar Shu Shunsui. There tastes in gardens are reflected in the blend of Japanese and Chinese scenery throughout the garden.

From here, next to another gem, dedicated to providing support to its local community, Akagi Shrine, once was an important place for the political elite of Tokyo.

Finally, last but not least on your itinerary is attractive Zojoji Temple, a shogun family’s temple which truly stands out in the midst of Tokyo, by Shiba Park with Tokyo Tower in its background.

Recommended Optional Evening Activity: Ukiyo-e Painting Demonstration Experience
Today you may choose to take a private ukiyo-e painting class by a master and learn about one of Japan’s most famous forms of painting. Ukiyo-e, the 17th century art of woodblock printing, was popularized as an art form to express the beauty of the Edo period’s kabuki actors and courtesans.

 
DAY 6: Crafts and Style of Tokyo’s Modern Areas

Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby.  Make your way by private car to explore the craft and culture of Tokyo City.

This morning, begin the day at Kabukiza Theatre, the central classical and best theater for all things Kabuki. Kabuki is the dramatic form most known for its opulent dress, stark facial decoration, and robust wild gestural acting.

Next, visit the Tokyo International Forum for its unique architecture. The Tokyo International Forum has taken the place of Tokyo’s old city hall in a most impressive manner. With its construction completed in 1996, the main purpose of the forum is to be a convention and arts center, making it host to a variety of events to be enjoyed by local and traveler alike.

From here, visit the Toyama Antenna Shop, for an informal sake tasting.

 

And from here, discover the Nihon Mitsukoshi Depachika, filled with various kinds of Japanese foods all beautiful wrapped and presented. Being in the stylish Nihonbashi district of Tokyo, the Mitsukoshi flagship is worth a stop to enjoy its outward appearance, and inner goods (especially the market floor with gourmet and fresh foods) while appreciating its long history.

Conclude your day by visiting the historic Nihonbashi, a bridge, constructed in the Meiji period, and true landmark, marking the trade of a former period and a historic highway network since the Edo-times.

Recommended Guided Activity: Ikebana Flower Arrangement Lesson

Ikebana in Japanese culture is a lot more than a simple flower arrangement; it is connected to Japanese aesthetics and Zen philosophy. Join in discovering the tools to create a truly Ikebana style flower arrangement.

 
DAY 7: Sayonara and Safe Travels

A driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you by private transfer to Narita Airport (about 1-1.5 hours).

Starting from:

$9100

When To Go:

April to September

Currency:

Japanese Yen

Language:

Japanese

Flight Time:

12 hours

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