Note regarding meals: For an additional $200 you may elect to include three lunches and dinners, giving an excellent exposure to Japanese cuisine. These meals are identified below as "[optional]."
Departure from US (or other originating point), usually scheduled for midday.
Arrive Narita Airport, usually late in the afternoon; met by Steve or one of our associates as you exit Customs. Train ride into Tokyo; check in to Hotel; included light Welcome Dinner.
Visit Honganji Temple, Tsukiji market, Hama Rikyu Garden, ride the Waterbus to Asakusa, see Nakamise-dori shopping street and Senso-ji Temple. We’ll rest briefly at our Hotel after Lunch [optional] (Unagi) in Asakusa. Then we are off to the Ginza for a walking tour, including time for Dinner [optional] (Yakitori).
We will have a relaxed morning before heading over to quaint Yanaka Ginza for some browsing and noshing. Then it is time to examine “Electric City” – Akihabara. A train ride across town brings us to legendary Shinjuku throbbing with its wide variety of modern Japanese energies. From the observation deck of the Metropolitan Government Building through the neon jungle and pricey department stores to the tiny back alleys of Kabuki-cho, we will observe the gamut. Then it is time for Dinner [optional] (Tempura).
We begin the day with views of the Imperial Palace grounds, including a walk through the East Garden. Two shrines – Yasukuni and Yushima – will reveal their contrasting emphases. Then we discover many facets of Ueno Park before entering the bustling mazes of Ameyoko marketplace.
We will spend the morning steeped in history at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Reconstruction Museum; then we head over to Ebisu, allowing time for Lunch [optional] before riding the Yurikamome Line to explore the unique range of entertainment on Odaiba.
We will visit Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, & Harajuku. After Lunch [optional] (Tonkatsu) we will continue exploring Omotesando-dori, including the Oriental Bazaar, and Aoyama-dori. This will bring us to Shibuya, starting our walking tour at the famous statue of Hachiko, the loyal dog. Dinner [optional] (Osaka-style Okonomiyaki), then back to our Hotel.
A train takes us to ancient Kamakura where we see the Great Buddha, plus Hase-dera, with its unique nooks and crannies, and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. It’s not too far to Yokohama to visit Chinatown and the Moto-machi District. Back in Tokyo we will celebrate with an included Farewell Dinner.
Free morning; return to Narita Airport to catch late afternoon flights back home.