The Perfect 7-Day Tour of Japan: Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo

Author: Nidhi Sood on Feb 08,2023

Embark on a 7-day journey through the mesmerizing land of Japan and be swept away by the beauty of cherry blossom season. From the historic temples of Kyoto to the vibrant buzz of Tokyo, this itinerary is a symphony of culture, adventure, and wonder. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of exquisite sights, sounds, and experiences as you discover the soul of Japan. As you wander through picturesque landscapes, visit ancient temples and shrines, and indulge in the country's rich culinary traditions, you'll be left with memories that will last a lifetime. 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo and Exploring the City

Welcome to Tokyo! You will meet your private guide on arrival, escorting you to your hotel. Later, go on an introductory city tour with your private guide. First, you will head to Shibuya Crossing, a bustling intersection considered one of the busiest in the world. Get a feel for Tokyo's energetic atmosphere as you watch people crossing the street from all directions. Next, explore the trendy neighborhood of Harajuku, famous for its street fashion and unique boutiques. Take a leisurely walk through Yoyogi Park, where you can see the first signs of cherry blossoms. The park is perfect for relaxing and soaking in the city's vibe.

Day 2: A Day Trip to Mount Fuji and Tokyo's Highlights

After breakfast, take a day trip to Mount Fuji (a two hours private drive), the tallest mountain in Japan. Admire the stunning views of the surrounding nature and appreciate the peaceful atmosphere. Then, visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, showcasing works of art in a beautiful outdoor setting. Enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the many Japanese cafes. After a day of exploring the great outdoors, return to Tokyo and visit the Meiji Shrine, a famous shrine dedicated to the emperor Meiji. End the day with an evening stroll through Ueno Park, famous for its large cherry blossom trees. Return to your hotel for dinner. 

Day 3: Discovering the Best of Tokyo

Start the day with a visit to the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world. Take in the breathtaking views of the city from the observation deck. Then, explore the Asakusa neighborhood and visit the Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Walk along the Sumida River and take in the beautiful cherry blossom views. In the afternoon, visit the Tsukiji Fish Market and try some of the freshest sushi in the world. Get a taste of the local culture and indulge in the delicious cuisine.

Day 4: Exploring Kyoto's History and Culture

Embark on a two-hour and forty-minute journey via the famous bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, Japan's cultural heart. Check in to your hotel and get ready to explore the city. Visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji Temple), one of the most famous temples in Japan. Then, explore the bamboo grove at Arashiyama Park and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. In the afternoon, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the god of rice and sake. End the day with a relaxing evening in Kyoto. Check into a luxury hotel and have a splendid dinner.

Day 5: Discovering Kyoto's Temples and Culture

Visit the Nijo Castle with a rich history and stunning gardens. Next, head to the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its beautiful wooden stage that overlooks the city. After exploring the temple, stroll through the Philosopher's Path, a peaceful walking path lined with cherry blossom trees. In the evening, attend a traditional tea ceremony and learn about the culture and history of tea in Japan. Return to your hotel.

Day 6: A Day Trip to Nara and Its Historic Sites

After breakfast, hop on an hour's drive and take a day trip to Nara, the first capital of Japan and home to many historic temples and shrines. Visit the Todai-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most significant wooden buildings in the world. Then, visit the Kasuga-Taisha Shrine, a beautiful shrine surrounded by over 3,000 stone lanterns. Have a delicious lunch before heading for a walk through Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer, and take in the stunning cherry blossom views. Return to your hotel for dinner. 

Day 7: Departure from Kyoto

Enjoy some last-minute shopping and grab a bite to eat before your private guide drives you to the Kyoto International airport for your departure flight. Sayonara!

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