Explore Japan on foot
Discover the rich culture of Japan
|Open - Custom Tour|
|13 nights, 14 days|
|Minimum of 2 guests|
|Breakfasts: 13 Dinner: 1|
|Airport pick-up and Orientation in Tokyo on Day 1 Private Local Guide in Tokyo on Day 2 Private Local Guide in Kyoto on Day 10 For other days you will have detailed materials as well as support from our experts in Japan will be available for this independent tour. No tour leader is supplied.|
|- Private Local Guide in Tokyo for one day
- Kanazawa and Kenrokuen Garden
- Staying at a Hot Spring Ryokan in Gero
- Cycling from Osaka to Minoo
- Private Local Guide in Kyoto for one day
- Day Trip to Nara and Great Buddha
- Cycling around Lake Biwa.
|Age restrictions: Everyone younger than 20 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.|
our airport pick up will meet you at Narita or Haneda International Airport (assuming your flight arrives after 8:00am and before 21:30) and will take to your hotel by public transportation. They will answer any of your questions and hand you your pocket internet device to use during your trip. They will also hand you a rechargeable transportation card to use on non-JR trains with 2,000 yen initial credit for each traveler. Details directions will be included in your tour organizer send to you about 2 weeks before you depart for Japan. Once you are checked in and had time to rest, you will be free to enjoy dinner anywhere you'd like. Make sure to ask your airport pick-up to provide a few recommendations before parting ways.
Your private local guide will meet you at your hotel and will show you Tokyo. Your guide will not work from a predetermined itinerary but will show you sights that are interesting to you. They are also very flexible and can make on the fly changes to fit your style, mood, weather and crowds. Possible sights in Tokyo include Asakusa, Shibuya, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Omotesando, Roppongi, Akihabara, Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, and many others. Only the best local guides can offer this kind of flexibility. Due to the flexible nature of your sightseeing, we do not include transportation, entry fees or meals while you are with your guide. If you have any specific sights you want to visit with your guide please let us know.
Tokyo is a vibrant metropolis overflowing with many fascinating sights, sounds, and experiences for you to enjoy. During your trip, you may wish to visit some of the different neighborhoods like Akihabara, Shinjuku, Ginza, Harajuku, Shibuya and the like.
After breakfast at your hotel in Tokyo, you will head for the old town of Kanazawa using Japan's newest Shinkansen Bullet Train Line. The most famous sight in Kanazawa is Kenrokuen Garden which used to be the private garden of the local daimyo (warlord). Today the garden is considered one of the very best in Japan and well worth a few hours of exploration. We also recommend visiting the old old samurai neighborhood and geisha districts feeling history all around you. If time allows then you should add Ninjadera (ninja temple) to learn about ninja and how they protected themselves from capture. The bullet train from Tokyo Station to Kanazawa Station will take about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
After breakfast in Kanazawa, you will take a bus through the Hida mountains to Shirakawa-go in northwest Gifu Prefecture. This quiet village, surrounded by mountains and rice-fields is best known for its gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri is a traditional building style featuring steep thatched roofs designed to withstand heavy snow. In order to preserve these houses, the whole village of Shirakawa-go was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The bus ride from Kanazawa Station to Shirakawa-go will take approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Just a short train ride from Takayama is Gero Onsen (hot spring). In the poetry of Razan Hayashi, a Confusion master, Gero Hot Spring is mentioned as one of Japan's best three hot spring areas along with Arima and Kusatsu. It is located in the Masudagawa River valley and there are a few hot spring baths along the river that you can enjoy. The train from Takayama to Gero Station will take approximately 45 minutes.
Today you will head for Osaka. The people of Osaka are widely known for their outgoing spirit and friendliness and the local dialect has been adapted as the standard for stand-up comedians and actors. Osaka’s regional cuisine is thought to be the best in Japan. Dishes include okonomiyaki (a pancake-based dish containing vegetables, meat, and/or seafood), takoyaki (octopus dumplings) and udon noodles.
Today you will join a small cycling group tour for 4 to 4.5 hours total, around 70km (44 miles) of flat, hill climbs, downhill & river paths. This is a fantastic cycling route that will take you out of the city and into the beautiful hills of Minoh. The tour is for intermediate to advanced cyclists however beginners are also welcome. The main goal of the tour is to discover the amazing nature and cycling routes that are easily accessible from Osaka city. The route takes in a variety of cycling that will have you cruising along a river, crossing through a lovely park, seeing Minoo town, tackling climbs, taking in the beauty of the mountain forest, maybe seeing Japanese monkeys and having a well-deserved coffee break at a stunning temple in the mountain. The winding roads up the mountain are a cyclist's dream and not to be missed. Your tour includes bike rental but please bring your own gear including pedals and shoes if you have them.
Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, it is in this city that the traditional Japanese 'high arts' flourished. For those interested in tea ceremony, calligraphy, poetry, philosophy and religion, Kyoto is the number one place to visit. Numerous temples and shrines are located throughout the city and walking along canals, next to traditional wooden houses and through the small streets really gives you an idea of the ancient Japanese imperial culture. Kyoto is not just about the high arts, however, the city is also famous for its crafts: textile, kimono, and pottery.
Your private local guide will meet you at your hotel and will show you the ancient imperial capital of Kyoto. Your guide will not work from a predetermined itinerary and will show you sights that are interesting to you. They are also very flexible and can make on the fly changes to fit your style, mood, weather and crowds. Possible sights in Kyoto include Higashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Gion, Nishiki Market, Kimono Museum, National Museum, Manga Museum, and many other possible temples, gardens, museums and so on. Only the best local guides can offer this kind of flexibility. Due to the flexible nature of your sightseeing, we do not include transportation, entry fees or meals while you are with your guide. If you have any specific sights you want to visit with your guide please let us know.
Nara is located in the central west of Honshu. Formerly known as Heijo-kyo, this city occupies an important position in the history of Japan as the first capital from 710 until 784. During this period, a large number of shrines and temples were erected under the protection of the imperial family and aristocrats. However, when the monks in the surrounding hills started gaining too much influence and eventually tried to seize power, it was decided to move the capital to Heian-kyo, nowadays known as Kyoto. Many of the temples built at the height of Heijo-kyo, like the Todai-ji and Horyuji temples, are currently registered as World Heritage Sites. Both Japanese and foreign tourists visit the city to see these temples, to walk among the free-roaming deer of Nara park or to visit some of the beautiful scenic mountains surrounding the city. The train from Kyoto Station to Nara Station will take about 45 minutes.
Today after breakfast in Kyoto you will head to Maibara Station where you will enjoy cycling. Your Japan travel expert will give you a few sightseeing courses to choose from. This is excellent for families and let you move around at your own pace. It's also an excellent chance to escape from the city.
Today you will depart Kyoto and head past Mt Fuji back to Tokyo by Shinkansen Bullet train. The train from Kyoto Station to Tokyo Station will take approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Today will be your last day in Japan and your last chance for sightseeing and shopping. Please make sure you arrive at Narita Airport or Haneda Airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled flight.