Classic Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto Self-Guided Tour

Visit Tokyo and Kyoto with this 7 Day Self-Guided Tour, itinerary, 3-star hotels, transportation, experiences, Wi-Fi, and goodies included.

  • Self-Guided Tour
  • 6 nights / 7 days
  • From $2,350pp
  • 5.0

Tour Highlights

  • Tokyo, Kyoto
  • Immerse in Japan's vibrant fusion of tradition and modernity.
  • Explore Tokyo's diverse neighbourhoods and electric atmosphere.
  • Experience Kyoto's cultural heartbeat through its temples and traditions.
  • Ride the iconic Shinkansen for a high-speed Japanese adventure.
  • Savour traditional Japanese culinary delights.
  • Wear a kimono and participate in a classic Japanese tea ceremony.
  • Witness Japan's breathtaking landscapes and historic architecture.
  • 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.
  • People crossing the famed Shibuya Crossing at night

    Day 2: 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 (Optional).
    • Explore Centre Gai for souvenirs.
    • End your day in Shinjuku.
  • Senso-ji temple in Asakusa Tokyo

    Day 3: Traditional Tokyo

    • Start your day at Asakusa Senso-ji, one of Tokyo's most famous and historic Buddhist temples.
    • Walk along Nakamise-Dori.
    • Discover the district for unique Japanese products.
    • Stroll in Ueno Park.
    • Continue your day in Akihabara, Tokyo's electronic town.
    • Visit some of the many anime and manga shops in the area.
    • End your day in Ginza.
  • Geisha walking in Kyoto in the rain

    Day 4: 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
  • Self guided tour of Japan Bamboo forest Kyoto

    Day 5: Serene Kyoto

    • 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 6: Traditional Kyoto

    • Start your day with a Traditional Kimono experience.
    • Followed by a Traditional Tea Ceremony.
    • Get a glimpse into Japanese culture and tradition, and learn about the preparation and serving of matcha tea.
    • After the tea ceremony, 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 7: Departure from Japan

    • Check out of your hotel in Kyoto and make your way to Kyoto Station.
    • Take the train to Kansai International Airport. The train takes approximately 75 minutes.
    • Be sure to arrive at the airport with plenty of time before your flight to allow for check-in and security procedures.
    • Check with your airline for recommended arrival times.

    Note: The Haruka Express train runs approximately every 30 minutes from Kyoto Station to Kansai International Airport. Be sure to check the train schedule ahead of time to ensure you arrive at the airport on time.


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.

Included in your Self-Guided Tour


  • 3 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

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
  • Prepaid 72 hours Tokyo Metro transport card
  • Kansai Thru Pass (public transport card for Kyoto)
  • Haruka express from Kyoto station to Kansai Airport (KIX)
  • Shinkansen Tickets Tokyo to Kyoto

Experiences (per person)

  • Traditional Kimono wearing and Tea Ceremony
  • Tickets to Tokyo Skytree

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.