Anime Japan Tour - Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Self-Guided Tour

Visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka with this 11 Day Self-Guided Anime Japan Tour, itinerary. All 3-star hotels, transportation, experiences, Wi-Fi, and goodies included.

  • Self-Guided Tour
  • 10 nights / 11 days
  • From $3,099pp
  • 5.0

Tour Highlights

  • Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
  • Experience Japan's iconic manga & anime culture.
  • Explore Tokyo's vibrant districts.
  • Cross Shibuya's famed pedestrian scramble.
  • Dive into Akihabara's manga and anime shops.
  • Visit Odaiba's life-sized Gundam Wing.
  • Experience teamLab's innovative exhibitions.
  • Explore the Miraikan Museum.
  • Discover Kyoto's cultural heritage and traditions.
  • Visit Kyoto's International Manga Museum.
  • Ride the high-speed Shinkansen.
  • Experience Universal Studio Japan in Osaka.
  • Stay connected with complimentary Pocket Wi-Fi.
  • Get all the insider tips with our Japan Journal

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Brief Tour Itinerary

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Tour Itinerary

  • Tokyo Shibuya crossing from Shibuya Hikarie

    Day 1: Arrival To Tokyo 東京

    • Arrival at Tokyo airport (Narita or Haneda).
    • Welcome to Japan! ようこそ日本へ
    • Clear customs and get your luggage.
    • Unaccompanied transfer from the airport to Tokyo (step by step details in your Japan Journal).
    • Your Pocket Wi-Fi will be waiting for you at the hotel reception.
    • Check-in at your hotel (rooms available from 3:00pm).
    • Explore the neighbourhood and try local cuisine for dinner.
  • Entrance to Tokyu Plaza Omotesando

    Day 2: Explore Modern Tokyo

    Check your Japan Journal for information on how to get to all points of interests, plus recommendations for shopping, restaurants and attractions along the way.

    • Start your day early at Meiji Jingu, one of the most famous Shinto Shrines in Tokyo.
    • Harajuku, a vibrant district famous for its fashion and youth culture.
    • From Harajuku, walk down Omotesando, Tokyo's Champs-Élysées.
    • Continue your day in Shibuya, one of Tokyo's busiest and most popular shopping districts.
    • Go up to the Shibuya Sky for a stunning panoramic view of the city from above.
    • Explore Centre Gai for souvenirs.
    • End your day by eating sushi at a sushi train restaurant.
  • Akihabara at night - self guided tour to Japan

    Day 3: Odaiba & Akihabara

    • Begin your day at the digital art museum, TeamLabs immersive and interactive installations
    • Visit the life-sized Gundam statue, a famous icon for fans of the anime series
    • Enjoy the Mirakai Museum (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
    • Head over to Tokyo's “Electric Town”, famous for its electronics shops and anime/manga stores
    • Shop at Mandarake one of the largest manga and anime stores in Akihabara
    • Find your favourite plushies and anime souvenirs in a 24/7 hours mega shop in Akihabara
  • Shinjuku kabukicho at night

    Day 4: Parks And Neon Lights

    • Start your day by visiting the Shinjuku Gyoen, a beautiful park that offers a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city
    • Head to Shinjuku's shopping district and explore the many stores and boutiques
    • Take a short walk to the Met Building, where you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Tokyo from the observation deck on the 45th floor
    • Head to Omoide Yokocho, a narrow alley filled with small bars and restaurants.
    • Visit the lively and colourful Kabukicho district, which is known for its neon lights, entertainment, and nightlife
    • End your day with a Guided Food Tour in Shinjuku (optional).
  • Geisha walking in Kyoto in the rain

    Day 5: Tokyo To Kyoto

    All details on how to get from Tokyo to Kyoto included in your Japan Journal, with instructions on how to pick up your Shinkansen train ticket and reserve your seat.

    • Check out of your hotel in Tokyo
    • Take a Shinkansen to Kyoto
    • Check-in at your hotel
    • Walk around Gion district
    • See the Yasaka Shrine
    • Walk around Maruyama Park
    • Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    • Walk through Higashiyama District
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Trail (Cory Varga)

    Day 6: Bamboo Forest & Temples

    • Start your day at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
    • Visit the Okochi Sanso Garden for matcha and wagashi (optional).
    • Walk towards Saga Toriimoto Preserved Street and visit the temples along the way.
    • Visit Tenryu-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Get the public transport back to Higashiyama Ward.
    • Walk along Shijo-Dori for delicious food.
    • Explore Hanamikoji Street in the evening.
  • Geisha walking along Fushimi Inari Shrine

    Day 7: Manga Museum, Street Food & Fushimi Inari Shrine

    • Start your day with a trip to the Kyoto International Manga Museum (open days can vary).
    • Head to Nishiki Market, also known as Kyoto's kitchen.
    • Next, visit Nijō Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Kyoto's most important landmarks.
    • Head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Japan. Take a hike up the mountainous path through thousands of vermilion torii gates and enjoy the stunning views of the city below.
    • We recommend ending your day with a Kaiseki dinner serving traditional Kyoto cuisine.
  • Backstreets of Kita neighbourhood in Osaka

    Day 8: Kyoto To Osaka

    • Check out of your hotel in Kyoto and make your way to Kyoto Station.
    • Once you arrive at Kyoto Station, take a train to Osaka.
    • After you arrive in Osaka, check-in at your hotel and drop off your luggage.
    • Visit the famous Osaka castle, one of the most iconic landmarks in the city.
    • Explore the vibrant Dotonbori district and try local street food.
    • Try some of the local specialities like takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (a savory pancake).
    • Do some shopping in the area, which is home to many stores and malls.
    • End your day by visiting the Umeda Sky Building.
  • Universal studios in Osaka part of the self guided manga tour

    Day 9: Universal Studio in Osaka

    • Make your way to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.
    • Use the Universal Express Pass to skip long lines at popular attractions (included in your tour).
    • Grab lunch at one of the many themed restaurants.
    • Explore more attractions and have lots of fun with your favourite characters.
    • The schedule can vary based on personal interests, crowd levels, and showtimes, so it's a good idea to grab a park map and schedule when you arrive.
  • Ikebukuro at night with its neon lights

    Day 10: Back To Tokyo

    • Check out of your hotel and head to the train station to catch a train to Tokyo.
    • Arrive in Tokyo and check-in at your hotel. Drop off your bags and get ready to explore the city.
    • Enjoy some time exploring Otome Road in Ikebukuro, a major shopping centre for anime and manga.
    • Explore Animate Ikebukuro, for anime stationary.
    • End the day with a visit to Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO.
    • Return to your hotel to rest and recharge before your flight back home the next day.
  • Red Store Shibuya Tokyo

    Day 11: Departure from Tokyo

    • Check out of your hotel in Tokyo
    • Transfer to Tokyo Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) Airport.


3-star Hotel in central Tokyo

This 3-star hotel is in Ginza, close to public transport. The air-conditioned room offers a flat-screen TV, soundproof walls, an electric kettle, a carpeted floor and city views. The room includes a private bathroom, fitted with a bath and shower, hairdryer and slippers.

This is just one of the many hotels we offer accommodation in Tokyo. Depending on your selected tour and the time of travel, we find you the best deals and locations.

3-star Hotel in central Kyoto

This lovely 3-star hotel is in central Kyoto, just a short walk away from the Gion Shijo Station. The spacious twin room offers air conditioning, tatami, a wardrobe, an electric kettle, and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath and a shower, a hairdryer, and slippers.

This is just one of the many hotels we offer accommodation in Kyoto. Depending on your selected tour and the time of travel, we find you the best deals and locations.

3-star Hotel in central Osaka

This 3-star hotel is just a few minutes walk from the famous Dotonbori Street. The air-conditioned room offers a flat-screen TV, a desk, a carpeted floor and city views. The room includes a private bathroom, fitted with a bath and shower, a hairdryer and slippers and free toiletries.

This is just one of the many hotels we offer accommodation in Osaka. Depending on your selected tour and the time of travel, we find you the best deals and locations.

Included In Your Self-Guided Tour


  • 5 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Tokyo, close to public transport
  • 3 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Kyoto, close to public transport
  • 2 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Osaka, close to public transport
  • The basic rate includes a twin room for two people. Please contact us if you wish to travel solo. We can create a dedicated package for you.

Transport (Per Person)

  • Shared Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) Airport Transfers
  • 2 x Prepaid 72 hours Tokyo Metro transport cards
  • Kansai 3 day Thru Pass (public transport card for Kyoto/Osaka)
  • Osaka 2 day Pass
  • Shinkansen tickets Tokyo to Kyoto
  • Shinkansen tickets Kyoto to Osaka
  • Shinkansen tickets Osaka to Tokyo

Experiences (Per Person)

  • Entry tickets to teamLabs
  • Entry tickets to Shibuya Sky
  • Entry tickets to Miraikan Museum
  • Osaka 2 day pass (Admission to attractions in Osaka such as Umeda Sky Building Observatory)
  • Tickets to Universal Studio
  • Universal Studios Japan Express Pass 7

Additional services

  • Unlimited Wi-Fi access with pocket Wi-Fi
  • Guides to Japan sent before departure
  • Book on Japanese customs and manners
  • Complete Japan Journal sent before your departure

Not included in the price of your trip

  • Flights to Japan
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal expenses including meals
  • Optional experiences
  • Anything not included in the “included in your tour” section

Important information about tour dates

To ensure that you can join the tour on the correct day, please make sure to organize your flights in such a way that your arrival date in Japan corresponds with the start of the tour. It's important to note that due to time differences, you may need to leave one day earlier than expected to arrive in Japan on time.

For example, if the tour starts on May 2nd, please double-check your arrival date when booking your flights to make sure that you arrive in Japan on May 2nd. You may need to fly one day earlier to account for time differences, so please make sure to do so to avoid any scheduling conflicts.

What will you get before the tour?

Before your tour, you will receive a series of digital guides to help you prepare for your trip to Japan. These guides are designed to ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable experience while in Japan.

You will receive guides covering a range of topics, including what to pack for Japan, what to wear in Japan, and a guide on customs and manners that was created in partnership with a Japanese illustrator. These guides will help you understand Japanese customs and culture, which is important for respecting local traditions.

Additionally, you will receive a digital guide to the most useful Japanese phrases to familiarize yourself with the language. This will help you communicate effectively with locals and get around more easily.

You will also receive a list of all the apps to download before the trip to Japan. This will include apps for navigation, translation, and local services, which will help you stay connected and make the most of your trip.

Finally, you will receive a digital Japan Journal to ensure you have all your itinerary handy, along with recommendations for activities, places to visit, places to eat, and interesting attractions. This guide will also describe useful information on how to get around, including transportation options and travel tips.

Overall, you will have everything you need to prepare for your trip to Japan, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I need to change my booking?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking amendment fee of £40 ($50) per change, and additional costs may apply depending on the nature of the amendment. Please note that changing hotels or tickets (transportation, experiences) may not always be possible. We will make every effort to fulfil your request.

  • What if I need to cancel or transfer my booking?

    If you need to cancel your booking, please let us know as soon as possible. This is required in writing, and you should refer to the Terms & Conditions regarding any cancellation charges that may apply. Normally, if you cancel before the final balance is due, the deposit is 100% refundable. Once your final balance has been paid, there is a sliding scale of charges, outlined in the Terms & Conditions.

    If you wish to transfer your booking to a different holiday or traveller, you should contact us before the final balance is due for your existing tour. There is a £40 ($50) fee to do so. Any changes are also subject to any additional fees charged by local suppliers. Transfers after the final balance is due are classed as a cancellation and re-booking. For cancellations or transfers, please contact Customer Support.

  • Can the tour be personalised?

    Yes! All our Self-Guided Tours can be personalised free of charge to fit your requirements. Contact your advisor now and get started!

  • What currency is the tour price listed in?

    All our prices are in US Dollar (USD).
    We can process payments in the following currencies: USD, GBP, EUR, CAD, AUD.
    Please contact us, and we will provide you with a payment link in the currency you prefer.