View of Tokyo skyline at sunset
Tokyo skyline at night
Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto
Mt Fuji - view from Hakone
Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto
Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto
Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto

Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto

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Independent Holiday
Regular Sightseeing Tours with English speaking local guides
6 Days Tokyo to Kyoto
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Experience the best of Japan's cultural treasures on a 6-day journey combining Tokyo and Kyoto. Marvel at Tokyo's modern wonders like the Skytree and Odaiba, encounter tradition at Meiji Shrine and Asakusa. Enjoy a scenic Tokyo Bay cruise before boarding the bullet train to Kyoto. There, explore historic sites such as Kiyomizu Temple, Fushimi Inari, and the iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. This adventure blends Japan's past and present seamlessly.
  • Explore the serene Meiji Shrine and the historic Imperial Palace in Tokyo
  • Visit Asakusa to catch a glimpse of traditional geisha culture
  • Admire panoramic views from the Tokyo Skytree and unwind in the futuristic Odaiba district
  • Enjoy a scenic boat cruise on Tokyo Bay
  • Take a picturesque journey to Lake Ashi, Hakone Ropeway, and Owakudani
  • Travel between Tokyo and Kyoto on the iconic bullet train
  • Discover Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple, Sanjusanjen-Do Temple, and Kinkaku-Ji
  • Stroll through the enchanting Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and visit the historic Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari Shrine

Day 1: Tokyo

Welcome to Japan. On arrival at Tokyo Haneda Airport, you will be met and transferred to your Tokyo Hotel, your base for the next three nights.

Day 2: Tokyo (B)

This morning make your own way to the day tour coach meeting point at Shinjuku Love Statue at 7.50am.   Meet your guide and join the group for a full day tour travelling via coach and including some walking around key sites. Begin at the historic Meiji Shrine, then continue to the Imperial Palace, where the royal family are in residence, view from the exterior. Visit the historic era of Asakusa, dating back over 1,000 years where the geisha may also be seen. Continue to the Sky Tree which is the tallest tower in Japan and ascend to the Tembo Deck floor at 350 metres. Drive through Tokyo’s entertainment district, Odaiba - this man-made island is home to restaurants, theme parks and architecture. See Tokyo from the water, aboard a boat cruise of Tokyo Bay. Your final stop is at Tokyo Mode Gakuen, near Shinjuku Station at 5.50pm.   Upon conclusion of the tour, make your own way back to your hotel.

Day 3: Tokyo (B)

This morning after breakfast make your own way to the meeting point at 08:30. Meet your guide and join the group at Shinjuku Centre Building.
Today you will visit Lake Ashi, located in the centre of the Hakone area, this is an historic site with famous temples, next you will visit the Hakone Ropeway (cable car) to a higher level providing spectacular views of Hakone and Mt Fiji along the way. Continue to Owakudani famous for its volcanic structures and scenic views.   Lastly stop at Mt Fuji 5th Station a popular sightseeing stop with views of Mt Fuji. Finish your day at Shinjuku and make your own way back to your hotel.

Day 4: Tokyo - Kyoto (B) 

After breakfast check out of your hotel and make your way to Tokyo Train Station in time for your bullet train to Kyoto. The station itself is an attraction with multiple shops and restaurants. We recommend arriving at least one hour prior to allow time to explore and locate your correct departure point. Board the bullet train, renowned for its fast speeds. On arrival at Kyoto Station, make your way to your nearby hotel, and check in. (Check in normally after 3pm). The remainder of the day at leisure to explore Kyoto.  

Day 5: Kyoto (B)

This morning after breakfast make your own way to the meeting point at 7.50am. Meet your guide and join the group near Kyoto Station. This morning you will visit the Kiyomizu and Sanjusanjen-Do temples, both historic Buddhist temples. Next visit Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, stroll paths lined with endless rows of towering bamboo. Explore the Kinkaku-Ji – the temple of Golden Pavilion, a UNESCO Heritage site dating back to 1397. Explore Nijo Castle a wooden castle surrounded by a stone fortress and moats. See Fushimi Inari, a shrine of the Thousand Torii Gates, with massive red beams with black footings. The tour concludes back at Kyoto station. Make your own way back to your hotel.

Day 6: Kyoto (B) 

Check-out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to either Kyoto Station or Kyoto Airport for your onward flight.  


  • Arrival transfer Haneda Airport to Tokyo Hotel
  • 5 nights’ accommodation with private facilities in centrally located hotels
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 3 x regular full day coach tours with licensed guides including Tokyo, Mt Fuji/Hakone, Kyoto
  • Bullet Train Ticket: Tokyo/Kyoto
  • Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Entrance to sites as specified in itinerary
  • Departure transfer from Kyoto hotel to Kyoto Station or Airport
  • Japan Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel


  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Porterage
  • Local city taxes
  • Forward luggage fees if required, for the bullet train, this can be arranged locally via the Tokyo hotel 24 hours in advance
  • Tipping/Gratuities for local guides (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Accommodation based on the following (or similar):
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only.


Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Located right in the heart of Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district. Centrally located and only a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. The area is known for its robot restaurants, night like and sci-fi dinner shows. The Samuri Museum is also nearby.   Facilities include free WIFI, convenience store, Japanese and Italian restaurants, and coffee shop.


Via Inn Prime Kyotoeki Hachijoguchi
Located right in the heart of Kyoto. Only a 2-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Facilities include free WIFI, convenience store, a restaurant and massage room.

The hotels specified offer the facilities you need to feel at home, even when you're away from it. In some provincial areas, facilities may be more limited. Where possible, hotels are chosen for local history, style, and charm, and always for location.
Double rooms can be requested however on occasions this may not be possible and a twin room will be provided.  
Hotel room sizes in Japan (especially single rooms) are relatively small by international standards.
Some tours include a stay at a traditional 'ryokan' inn. In this style of accommodation, you will sleep on a futon mattress on a tatami mat floor, however you will still have basic private bathroom facilities.
Dress Code
There is no strict dress code for visiting Japanese temples and shrines however modest/conservative clothing (to show respect at a place of worship) is recommended. Men: long pants. Women: skirt of long pants and shoulders covered.
Hats are to be removed and you may be required to take off your shoes when entering temple buildings.  
You will be required to carry your own luggage at times as porters are not available - you should also be capable of carrying your own bags on and off transport, and up and down stairs. It is strongly recommended that you travel with luggage with wheels and a handle for your comfort.
Luggage courier services are used because most Japanese trains (with the exceptions of the Narita Airport Express servicing Tokyo's Narita Airport, and the Haruka Express servicing Kansai Airport) do not have luggage compartments. Your day-by-day itinerary will note when your main piece of luggage is couriered to an advance destination. Please make sure to bring a smaller luggage bag for over-nighting on nights when you will be separate from your main piece of luggage.
Rail travel is a significant feature of Japan Independent Tours. Japan has one of the most efficient and comfortable rail systems in the world. Trains run on time, almost all the time, and attendant service standards are immaculate. Japan is home of course to the famous shinkansen ‘bullet trains’ which can travel over 300 kilometres per hour (186 miles per hour) and you may travel on some of these. For all these reasons trains are used to cover longer distances in Japan.
All sightseeing tours require a moderate amount of walking around historical / cultural sites. A good level of fitness will ensure you get a maximum enjoyment from your visit.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. All featured tour itineraries and offers may be subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are available in some destinations for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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