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This is a sample itinerary for the Tokyo Budget tour

Day 0
Departure from US (or other originating point), usually scheduled for midday.

Day 1
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. Brief gathering to get acquainted.

Day 2
Nakamose-doriVisit Honganji Temple, noteworthy for its untypical architecture; Tsukiji market - the world's busiest seafood and produce market (where we will sample some of the freshest sushi to be found); Hama Rikyu Garden, once the exclusive domain of samurai lords, now a peaceful haven in the heart of the city's bustle. Then we ride the Water Bus up the Sumida River to Asakusa, where we will join the throngs on Nakamise-dori shopping street which leads to Senso-ji Temple, the oldest and most famous in Tokyo.  After allowing time for lunch in Asakusa we'll rest briefly at our Hotel.  Then we are off to the glamorous Ginza for a walking tour. You will marvel at the fascinating design of Tokyo International Forum. Perhaps we will stop to raise at stein at the German-inspired Lion Beer Hall? We will finish the day with an Included Welcome Dinner (Yakitori).

Day 3
Japanese CultureWe will have a relaxed morning before heading over to quaint Yanaka Ginza (not to be confused with The Ginza) for some browsing and noshing.  Then it is time to examine "Electric City" – Akihabara, seeing how the Japanese lead the way with technological innovation.  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. 

Day 4
Hachiko StatueIn the morning we will visit Meiji Shrine in its wooded, peaceful setting (perhaps we will see a Shinto wedding in progress), Yoyogi Park, & Harajuku, one of Tokyo's most upscale neighborhoods.  After a break for lunch (you are welcome to join me for excellent Tonkatsu) we will continue exploring Omotesando-dori (likened to New York's Fifth Avenue), including the Oriental Bazaar, a great place for buying traditional Japanese craft and gift items.  A short subway ride will bring us to Shibuya, starting our walking tour at the famous statue of Hachiko, the loyal dog.  After allowing time for dinner we head back to our Hotel.

Day 5
Imperila Palace GardensWe begin the day with views of the public portion of the Imperial Palace grounds, including a walk through the East Garden.  Nearby Yasukuni Shrine reminds us of Japan's militaristic past.  Then, after a break for lunch, we discover many facets of Ueno Park before entering the bustling mazes of Ameyoko marketplace, which began as a black market after World War II. Riding on a cute neighborhood bus we will explore a part of "old Tokyo." This evening I guarantee you will see and hear about aspects of Tokyo very few tourists ever encounter.

Day 6
Japanese FoodWe will spend the morning steeped in history at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Reconstruction Museum. The afternoon and evening will be free, allowing you time to catch your breath, explore the neighborhood, shop, or ?

Day 7
The Great BuddhaA train ride takes us to the ancient seaside town of Kamakura where we see Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine; Hase-dera, with its unique nooks and crannies; and the iconic Great Buddha.  It's not too far to Yokohama to visit Chinatown and the Moto-machi District.  Back in Tokyo we will enjoy a tasty Included Farewell Dinner.

Day 8
The morning will be free for final shopping or sightseeing; then it is time to head to Narita Airport to catch your late afternoon flights back home.


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*Please note: this is a Land-only tour; you are responsible for getting to and from Japan.  Steve (or one of his associates) will meet you as you emerge from Customs at Narita Airport in Tokyo on the Tour Commencement Date.  Flights from North America always depart a day earlier, since you "lose a day" crossing the International Date Line.

If you are considering arriving at Haneda Airport, or have other plans for arriving in Tokyo, please discuss this with Steve as early as possible.  Some flights into Haneda arrive at very inconvenient times (which is probably one reason they are usually cheaper)