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Date: Choose your dates (12 Days/11 Nights)
Host: Local expert guide / self-guided
Cost: Starting at US$ 6,400 per person
Trip Type: Custom Civilized Adventure 



  • Private guided tour of Tokyo
  • Visit the Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple
  • Dive into the lively street food scene of Tokyo with the assistance of your English speaking guide
  • Visit the Ninja Temple, Myoryji Temple
  • Take a train and cable car to the top of Mount Koya (Koyasan)
  • Stop in at DisneySea to visit your favorite characters


Photos Courtesy of EXO Travel

Brief Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Tokyo, Japan 

Arrive in Tokyo, transfer on your own to the hotel.

At 18.30 you will meet our representative at the lobby to go through the program with her.

Day 2 - Tokya

AT 09.30 am you will meet your guide for a 6 hr private tour of Tokyo using public transportations. (6 hour guided tour)

Hama-Rikyu  Teien, the former private garden of an Edo Period lord. After strolling around the garden, you will take a break in the tea house known as ‘Nakajima No Chaya’ which stands elegantly in the park’s lake. Here, you will have the chance to get a taste of matcha, or Japanese green tea, paired with a Japanese sweet.

Afterwards, you will heading to Asakusa, a part of Tokyo’s shitamachi or old town. Asakusa is the city’s oldest Geisha district and also the home to Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Senso-ji feature many traditional shops that sell Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through. Asakusa is also famous for tempura, so you will stop by one of the area’s local restaurants for a set course lunch.

From Asakusa, a short walk will take you to Kappabashi, also known as the ‘Kitchenware Town’. Lined with dozens of stores selling everything that restaurateurs need, you will find specialized stores for dishes, pots, pans, cooking utensils, stoves, tables, chairs, signs, lanterns, and much more. This is also the place where you will find on sale the plastic food models that you see in restaurants.

Last stop for the day is Ueno’s Ameyoko-cho, a busy market street underneath the train lines. Formerly the site of a black market after World War II, this bustling market is now filled with shops and stalls selling various products such as fresh fish, dried food and spices, and is a great place to try some local snacks. 

Day 3 - Tokyo

Day at your leisure.

At 06.00PM an English speaking assistant will take you inside the lively street food scene of Tokyo: an exciting trip  across some of the hidden pearls that can only be found with the help of a local, wandering around the city’s narrow streets. Your local English speaking food expert will take you to tiny izakayas (Japanese style pubs) and small traditional restaurants and bars – with their distinctive atmosphere these are the heart of the traditional Japanese entertainment districts.

Day 4 - Tokyo

Today, make your way to Tokyo Disney Sea.

Day 5 - Tokya - Kanazawa  

Morning at your leisure to explore Tokyo.

This afternoon you will take the train to Kanazawa on the newly opened Shinkansen (bullet train).

Check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Day 6 - Kanazawa on your own

Kanazawa on your own.

We suggest you to visit:

Kenroku-en Garden. Ranked one of the top three in Japan, its breath-taking beauty shines through in any season. 

Kanazawa Castle, the former home of the powerful Maeda clan who ruled  the area for 300 years.

Omicho Market, known throughout Japan for its fresh seafood and fine sushi. Your guide will introduce you to a local restaurant where you can sample the local wares.

Myoryji Temple, or Ninja Temple.

Reserved at 2.00pm, please arrive 10 minutes in advance

Nomura House, (located in the old Samurai district), is a restored residence of a high ranked samurai family. Also in the area are many other historical buildings, including a pharmacy and old homes turned into museums.

Day 7 - Kanazawa – Shirgawago - Kanazawa

Day at your leisure. We suggest you to visit Shirakawago.

Shirakawago, and its neighboring Gokayama region, lines the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that  stretch from Gifu all the way to Toyama Prefecture. Both of these prefectures are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. They were also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer," as the farmhouses' steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style developed over many generations, intricately designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs, which were constructed without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.

In the afternoon, make your way back to Kanazawa

Day 8 - Kanazawa - Kyoto

Today is a self-guided day.

Today travel by shinkansen to Kyoto.

Afternoon at your leisure.

We recommend you to visit the “Studios” where Samurai movies are shot.

Day 9 - Kyoto

0930AM Private guided tour: 8 hours
Spend the day exploring the former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus and subway system to visit some of the area’s spectacular sites.

Start the day with a visit to Nijo Castle. This ornamental castle, surrounded by stunning gardens, was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence. The main building was completed in 1603 and is well-known for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors, and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors.

Then visit Kinkaku-ji, or the Golden Pavilion, which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death, it became a Buddhist Temple at his request and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples.

The final stop is Fushimi Inari Shrine, also known as “10,000 Torii Gates,” located in the southern part of Kyoto. This enchanting place was also featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha.

Day 10 - Kyoto - Koyasan

Make an early start today for the scenic journey to holy Mt. Koya (Koyasan). The 3-hour train journey is one of the  best in Japan, as the local train winds its way up into the mountains of Wakayama Prefecture. The final ascent to the top of Koya is via cable car.

Mt. Koya is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi. Since then, over 100 temples have sprung up along the streets of Koyasan. The most important among them are Kongobuji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism, and Okunoin, the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum. Koyasan, together with its entire vicinity, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 11 - Koyasan - Osaka 

Today is a self-guided day. *No guide included. Travel by train to Osaka.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 12 - Depart Osaka

Today, take the shuttle bus to Osaka airport on time to board your flight home.



Arriving Tokyo/Departing Osaka

  • Starting at US$ 6,400 per person (based on twin-share)

All quoted prices effective at time of publication (May. 8 '17). Prices vary by date. While not expected, itinerary and prices are subject to change.



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