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A Private Japan Tour of Food & Fun- Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

8 Days / 7 Nights – Tour Code (JPE)

Land Only – Departs Daily

Fun, Foodies & Nightlife Japan Vacation Package - Private tour


For those mesmerized by Japan’s alluring mystique, eclectic culture, tantalizing cuisine, and cosmopolitan vibes, look no further than this incredible 8-day tour that boasts a fascinating spread of uncommon experiences, promising a lifetime of memories.

With a personalized itinerary meticulously crafted around food, fun and nightlife, we explore three of Japan’s most exhilarating cities, hitting the must-sees as well as hidden alleys and local hangouts, creating your very own version of Japan unlike no other. Starting with Tokyo, we visit the modern capital’s popular spots such as Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple and Tsukiji Fish Market. As the sun sets, a whole different Tokyo emerges. With our guide as your compass, relish a chance to immerse in Tokyo’s bustling nightlife choosing from a menu of hotspots famed for food, pop-culture and entertainment.

Next, embark on a time capsule aboard the speeding bullet train for Kyoto. Having served as the imperial Japanese capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto is revered by the world over for its awe-inspiring history, timeless culture and unsurpassed charm dotted with magnificent temples, stunning palaces and beautiful classical gardens casting an image of Old Japan. Here, visit two of the old capital’s numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, stroll through “Kyoto’s Kitchen” at Nishiki Market lined with rows of shops, eateries and seafood stalls, and take part in a fun-filled cooking lesson in a local Michiya home. Then, buckle up and take on the electrifying streets of Osaka, dubbed the food capital of Japan, where bright neon signs, colorful shopping arcades and fabulous eats abound.

Eat, drink or play your way through the bustling streets of Tokyo that offers something for everyone. Soak up Kyoto’s serene atmosphere temple hopping or strolling the tranquil cobblestone streets of Gion for an occasional Geisha sighting. Mingle with the locals at a Izakaya pub or shop till you drop on the teeming streets of Shibuya. They’re all here.

Your most unforgettable Japan Epicurean Adventure awaits.


TOUR OVERVIEW

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights Deluxe Hotel Accommodations
  • Hotel American Breakfasts Daily
  • Lunches as specified per itinerary
  • Private Sightseeing with services of English-speaking guides by public transportation

TOKYO (4 nights)

  • 4 nights at Cerulean Tower Hotel
  • Half day private tour of Tokyo City
  • Evening private tour of Tokyo’s popular local hangouts featuring Food, Pop Culture or Nightlife
  • One way Bullet Train Ride between Tokyo & Kyoto
  • Airport transfers by reserved private taxi upon arrival

KYOTO (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Hotel Okura | Royal Park Hotel
  • Half day private tour of Kyoto City including a visit of the Nishiki Food Market
  • Japanese Cooking Lesson at a local Michiya Townhouse (Join Session)
  • Evening “Foodies” Tour of Osaka, Japan’s Food Capital
  • Airport transfers to Osaka Airport (Itami or Kansai) by shared shuttle van

Tokyo, Japan Food Tour

Delicious street snacks with a smile – simply irresistible!


Tokyo Nightlife tour, Japan Vacation

The Bustling Streets of Tokyo

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival in Tokyo, be met and transferred to your hotel by reserved private taxi for your next 3 nights’ accommodations.

Day 2 Tokyo
Today, enjoy a morning walking tour of Tokyo accompanied by your private guide (using public transportation). First, take a tour of the world’s largest fish market, Tsukiji Market handles about 2,888 tons of marine products a day worth about $20M. Some 450 kinds of fish are received; from penny-per-piece sardines to giant tuna that go for well over $8,000. Take time to wander through this enormous market, exploring both the vegetable and fruit areas plus the impressive seafood section. Next is Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Take the subway across town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to eat, shop and explore Tokyo on your own. (B)

Day 3 Tokyo
Full day free at leisure. This evening, choose from one of the below 3 options that most suit your interest:

Option 1 (Japanese Pop Culture): Take in three of Tokyo’s centers of youth fashion and pop culture. Start in Shibuya, Tokyo’s main center for youth fashion and culture, whose streets are the birthplace to many of Japan’s fashion and entertainment trends. It is also home to the famous 5-way “scramble crossing”. Next is Harajuku, and the famous Takeshita dori (Cat Street). Whether you are a goth, punk or anything in between, there is a shop in Harajuku that caters for you. Known as Electric Town, Akihabara was originally famous for its many electronics shops. However in more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan’s otaku (diehard fan) culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district. You will end the afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea in one of Tokyo’s famous maid cafes where the waitresses dress up and act like maids. You will also have the opportunity to take a souvenir photo with one of the maids.

Option 2 (Locals’ favorite nightspots):Some say that Tokyo truly comes alive at night, and nowhere is this truer than Shinjuku. Almost a city within a city, Shinjuku is full of tens of thousands of bars, restaurants and clubs. It is the “bright lights big city” neon wonderland Tokyo that you see in the movies. Tonight, your local guide will take you on a walk through Shinjuku’s entertainment district of Kabuki-cho. Stop for a drink in a local bar, many of which are only large enough to fit 4 or 5 people, and have a chance to interact with the local Tokyoites, relaxing after a hard day in the office. Finish the evening how the Japanese do, with an hour in a private karaoke booth.

Option 3 (All About Food): Japanese cuisine is not only the refined sushi and tempura, but it has a wide range of equally delicious, more casual dishes that the locals love. Discover these delicacies with a local guide. First, head to Yurakucho and mix with the “salarymen” (office workers) who relax with a beer and a grilled chicken skewer (“yakitori”) in the so called yakitori alley. You will enjoy two yakitori of your liking and a drink in a typical yakitori establishment. Hop on the underground and head to Tsukishima, a “shitamachi” (popular) neighbourhood just across the river from Tsukiji market. You will see that many of the retro restaurants that line its street offer a dish called “monjayaki”. It is a tasty dish consisting of a flour and vegetables batter with different toppings cooked right on the table on a hot plate and eaten with small iron spatulas. At the end of the dinner, your guide can drop you off at an izakaya (Japanese pub) in central Tokyo (you will then be on own and all orders will be on you – the guide will explain how to go back to your hotel) or take you back to your hotel.

Day 4 Tokyo
Full day free at leisure to explore Tokyo and nearby areas on your own. A day trip to Kawagoe, Kamakura, Hakone and Yokohama is highly recommended. (B)

Day 5 Tokyo / Kyoto
Today, travel on a 3-hour fascinating ride by bullet train for Kyoto. Upon arrival, proceed to your hotel on your own by taxi (10-15 minutes from Kyoto Station) for your next 3 nights’ accommodations. (B)

Day 6 Kyoto
This morning, visit two of Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites beginning with Kinkakuji Temple (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. Next is Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle that was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. The main building was completed in 1603, and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors. Finish the day with a visit to Nishiki Market. Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, Nishiki is a narrow shopping street lined more than 100 shops, selling fresh seafood and vegetables, pickles, Japanese sweets and sushi. This afternoon, enjoy a cooking lesson featuring “Kappo” cuisine. In Japanese, “kappo” means to cut ingredients with a knife and cook them over a fire. At a kappo style restaurant, fine seasonal cuisine is served over a counter where you sit face to face with a chef. Return to your hotel on your own. (B)

Day 7 Kyoto (Osaka)
This evening, take a short train ride to Osaka’s Dotonbori district for a tour of Japan’s Food Capital. Dotonbori, a popular shopping and entertainment district is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanized signs, including the famous Glico Running Man sign and Kani Doraku crab sign. After enjoying the atmosphere and the shops, stroll through the hundreds of dining outlets featuring all kinds of local delights including Osaka’s famous takoyaki (octopus dumplings), okonomiyaki savoury pancakes, ramen noodles, kushikatsu fried skewers, and even Fugu (blowfish). ***food at passengers’ own expense***

Day 8 Return Home
Transfer to the Kansai or Itami Airport in Osaka by SHARED shuttle van for your departure flight home. (B)

****END OF PROGRAM****

PRICE CHART

 

2017 Price Chart (Prices valid through December 20th, 2017)

Hotel

Twin Sharing Single Supplement
LS HS LS HS
As listed above 3,375 3,525 1,325 1,475
Tour requires 2 passengers to operate



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Price is per person, based on double occupancy and minimum of 2 passengers
  • LS (Low Season): Jan-Feb; Jun-Sep; Dec. 7-28
  • HS (High Season): Mar-May; Oct-Dec 06
  • Price includes entrance fees, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes all airfares, personal expenses and beverages
  • Tour commences in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto.
  • Add $80 per person/night to HS price for stays in Kyoto during Mar.26-Apr.16. 1-15; Nov. 12-Dec.3, 2016
  • Blackout dates apply during Japan Golden Week (Apr. 29-May 6), December Holiday period and other Japan National holidays
  • Tour prices are based on travel completing within the above said period. Due to hotel rate differences, proration of tour price may be required for travel spanning two calendar months. Contact us for details.
  • All services are subject to availability at time of reservation

 


ACCOMMODATIONS

Tokyo Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

Tokyo Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

Kyoto - Hotel Okura

Kyoto – Hotel Okura

Kyoto Royal Park Hotel

Kyoto – Royal Park Hotel

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private Tokyo Tour including a visit to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market
  • Choice of Tokyo Night Tour featuring Food, Nightlife or Pop-Culture
  • Private Kyoto Tour visiting Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & “Kyoto’s Kitchen”
  • Japanese Kappo Cooking Lesson at a local home (join session)
  • Private Foodie’s night tour of Osaka’s famous Namba & Dotonburi District

Price Starting From: $3,375


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TESTIMONIALS

“Just wanted to let you know I had a great time, thanks for putting together an awesome program for me. Colin ”

Chef Colin Pearmund - Minnesota

October 2015 (Eclectic Japan Tour)