Tokyo Tour - Old & New Tokyo Self-Guided Tour

Visit Tokyo, the incredible Japanese capital city on this 8 Day Self-Guided Tour, itinerary, 3-star hotels, transportation, experiences, Wi-Fi, and goodies included.

  • Self-Guided Tour
  • 7 nights / 8 days
  • From $2,450pp
  • 5.0

Tour Highlights

  • Tokyo
  • Experience both modern and traditional Tokyo
  • Visit Tokyo, Japan's bustling capital with its unique districts and vibrant atmosphere
  • See Tokyo's most important temples and shrines
  • Discover Tokyo's coolest districts
  • See Tokyo from above at day and night
  • Enjoy traditional food and discover the joys of street food
  • Wander through traditional yokochos
  • See the neon-lit streets Tokyo is famed for
  • Take advantage of unlimited internet access with the provided 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

  • Shibuya as seen from above

    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 with dinner at a sushi train restaurant.
  • 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.
  • Day 4: Ginza & Central Tokyo

    • Start your day appreciating the Imperial Palace and East Gardens.
    • Explore the Marunouchi area with its many malls and shops.
    • Photograph the Tokyo Station from a viewing platform.
    • Explore the Tokyo Station for an incredible lunch.
    • Purchase souvenirs from depachikas (food markets).
    • Enjoy shopping in the Ginza district.
    • See the famous Wako Building in Ginza.
    • Take a short coffee break at Ginza Six.
    • Explore the rooftop gardens in Giza for astounding views.
    • Try a traditional Okinawan snack in one of Ginza's specialised shops.
    • End the evening with dinner in one of Ginza's high-end restaurants. (recommendations in your Japan Journal)
  • Tours to Japan Hakone Shrine

    Day 5: Day trip to Hakone

    • Take a train from Tokyo to Hakone.
    • Once you arrive in Hakone, head to the Hakone Open-Air Museum.
    • Visit the Hakone Shrine and enjoy a Lake Ashi cruise.
    • After the cruise, take the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Valley.
    • Try the black eggs, boiled in the hot springs and said to extend one's life by seven years.
    • Return to Tokyo in the evening.
    • Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Tokyo. (recommendations in your Japan Journal)
  • Explore Shinjuku at night and see all the cool skyscrappers and neon lights

    Day 6: 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 with a local guide (included).
  • Walking in Yanaka Ginza

    Day 7: Old School Tokyo

    • Start your day at the nostalgic Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street.
    • Ascend the scenic Yuyake Dandan Stairs.
    • Visit the historic Yanaka Cemetery.
    • Drop by Scai the Bathhouse, a unique art gallery in an early 20th-century public bathhouse.
    • Enjoy locally brewed beer and a light meal in a historic beer hall.
    • Head to a special coffee shop in a traditional Japanese house.
    • Take a photo by the symbolic Himalayan Cedar Tree.
    • Explore the tranquil Nezu Shrine and streets.
  • 5 days in Tokyo itinerary - beautiful Tokyo from above as seen from Omohara Garden at sunset

    Day 8: 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.

Included In Your Self-Guided Tour


  • 7 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Tokyo, 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 Return Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) Airport Transfers
  • 3 x Prepaid 72 hours Tokyo Metro transport cards to cover all your days in Tokyo
  • Hakone Free Pass 2 days (unlimited rides to 8 transportation systems in the area, including the Hakone Tozan Line, Hakone Ropeway, and more)

Experiences (Per Person)

  • Tickets to Tokyo Skytree
  • Tickets to Shibuya Sky
  • Food tour in Shinjuku
  • Hakone Free Pass (Hakone Sightseeing Cruise pirate ship, discounts to 70+ attractions)

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
  • Flights to Japan
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal expenses including meals
  • Optional experiences
  • Public transport outside the offered passes
  • Train tickets between cities (This is a Tokyo only tour)
  • 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.