Tokyo Tour – Old & New Tokyo Self-Guided Tour – 8 Days

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

  • 7 nights / 8 days
  • From $2,450pp
  • 5.0

Tour Highlights

  • 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
  • Stay connected with unlimited Pocket Wi-Fi.
  • Get all the insider tips with our Japan Journal

Brief Tour Itinerary

1Arrival to Tokyo 東京Tokyo
2Harajuku & ShibuyaTokyo
3Asakusa & AkihabaraTokyo
4Ginza and Central TokyoTokyo
5Day trip to HakoneTokyo
6Shinjuku DistrictTokyo
7Yanaka GinzaTokyo
8Departure from Tokyo

📖 Japan Journal – Sample Day

If you want to see an example of how the Self-Guided Itinerary we provide looks like, download this Sample Day PDF here: Download the sample.

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Tour Itinerary

Tokyo Shibuya crossing from Shibuya Hikarie
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
  • Private or shared transfer to your hotel
  • Your Pocket Wi-Fi will be waiting for you at the hotel reception.
  • Explore the neighbourhood and try local cuisine for dinner.
People crossing the famed Shibuya Crossing at night
People crossing the famed Shibuya Crossing at night

Day 2: Modern Tokyo

  • 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.
Kaminarimon at Senso-ji temple in Asakusa Tokyo
Kaminarimon at 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.
Tokyo Ginza at night
Tokyo Ginza at night

Day 4: Ginza & Central Tokyo

  • Start your day at 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.
  • Try Japanese food at the depachikas (food markets).
  • 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.
The night view of the approach to the Hakone shrine in a cedar forest. With many red lantern lighted up and a great red torii gate
The night view of the approach to the Hakone shrine in a cedar forest. With many red lantern lighted up and a great red torii gate.

Day 5: Day Trip To Hakone

  • Take a train from Tokyo to 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.
Outside the Shinjuku station at night, surrounded by skyscrapers and neon lights
Outside the Shinjuku Station at night, surrounded by skyscrapers and neon lights

Day 6: Parks And Neon Lights

  • Visit Shinjuku Gyoen Park.
  • Head to Shinjuku’s shopping district and explore the stores and boutiques.
  • Take a short walk to the MET Building, enjoy stunning views of Tokyo from the observation deck.
  • 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.
Walking in Yanaka Ginza
Yanaka Ginza, the old school shopping street in Tokyo

Day 7: Old School Tokyo

  • Visit the 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.
Views from Omohara Forest Tokyu Plaza Omotesando
Views from Omohara Forest Tokyu Plaza Omotesando

Day 8: Departure From Tokyo

The last day of your tour. Depending on your departure flight, you may have half a day to spend in Tokyo.

Included In Your Self-Guided Tour


We offer a range of hotel options from 3-star to 5-star via our partners in Japan. We also have a wide range of traditional ryokans that have private, hot spring bath in the room, with access to communal onsen.

Based on your preference, we will work with you to find the best accommodation for you.

Transport (Per Person)

  • Shared or Private Airport Transfers based on your preference
  • Prepaid 72 hours Tokyo Metro transport card
  • Hakone Free Pass 2 days

Experiences (Per Person)

  • Tickets to Tokyo SkyTree
  • Tickets to Shibuya Sky
  • Food tour in Shinjuku
  • Hakone Day Trip

Additional Services Included

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

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

What Will You Get Before The Tour?

Your detailed itinerary, the “Japan Journal” will be sent to you one month before your trip. The itinerary contains detailed recommendations for activities, places to visit, places to eat, and interesting attractions. It also gives you useful detailed instructions on how to get around, including transportation options, schedules.

Download the Sample Day PDF here: Download the sample.

Before your tour, you will also 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.

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.

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 is your refund policy?

If you cancel your trip 56 days or more before your departure date, you will receive a 100% refund.

If you cancel your trip between 55 and 30 days before your departure date, you will receive a 50% refund.

No refunds will be given if you cancel your trip 29 days or less before your departure date.

Please read the full Terms & Conditions.

What if I have 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 have to cancel or transfer my booking?

If you have 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.

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