BEST OF JAPAN - 7 Days

BEST OF JAPAN

7 Day Package from Tokyo to Kyoto

You Only Live Twice…at least, that’s the title of the James Bond movie filmed in Japan. What if that’s true? What if you only live twice—or even just once? Well, then you shouldn’t waste your time dealing with the hassles of planning your vacation. Instead, let Monograms handle the details and logistics, so your time is spent planning what to pack, bragging to your friends about your vacation, and enjoying yourself! On this 7-day vacation, we’ve arranged hotel accommodations for three nights each in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as private guided sightseeing in each city, breakfast daily, and a bullet train ride from Tokyo to Kyoto. Plus, in each city, an expert Local Host® is on hand and at your service to ensure your trip runs smoothly, to answer your questions, and to help you put your own personal stamp on your vacation.

Upon arrival, check into your hotel and say, “Konnichiwa” to your Local Host, who will greet you and provide valuable tools to help introduce you to Tokyo. A “prefecture” and capital of Japan, this is the world’s most populous metro area and home to unlimited choices—shopping, dining, entertainment, historic temples and sites, peaceful gardens, and excellent museums. After a restful night, rise and shine over a hearty breakfast. Afterward, embark on a private guided sightseeing tour using Tokyo’s famous subway system. You will see the Meiji Shrine, a 20th-century Shinto monument built within a man-made forest; the Samurai Museum, where you can learn about Japanese history and see authentic swords and armor; stop at Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, dating back to the 1600s; visit the bustling Nakamise Shopping Arcade; and one of the city’s most colorful temples, the Asakusa Kannon Temple.

Enjoy the evening and the following day at your leisure. Your Local Host will have suggestions about what to see and do during your stay. Perhaps take an excursion out of the city to Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the country’s most iconic landmarks. Here, you will cruise on Lake Ashi and take a cable-car ride for spectacular views of the Owakudani volcanic valley and majestic Mount Fuji. Or maybe do a bit of exploring on your own. For an unforgettable view, ascend the 2,080-foot-tall Tokyo Skytree tower and if you’re a tech enthusiast, spend some time in the Akihabara electronics district.

A highlight of the vacation is the Shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo to Kyoto. Between the nearly 200-mile-per-hour speeds and niceties like heated toilet seats, this is, by far, the most entertaining way to travel between cities. The “cradle” of Japan’s cultural heritage, Kyoto, the “City of Ten-Thousand Shrines,” was the country’s capital and residence of the emperor from the 8th until the 19th centuries. Monograms take you on a guided sightseeing tour that includes visits to Sanjusangendo Temple and the beautiful Temple of the Gold Pavilion. Built on a lake and surrounded by a thick forest, the image of the temple’s reflection in the water is a must-take photo. You’ll also walk through Gion and explore the thousands of Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine. In your free time, hop aboard a rickshaw for a ride through the Old Town, visit nearby Nara, join a Japanese cooking class, attend a sake tasting, or indulge in some of the country’s finest Japanese cuisine.

Between the transportation we’ve arranged, sightseeing we’ve included, and the hotels we’ve booked, the only thing left for you to do is pack your bags and enjoy! With all the time and hassles saved and the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host to help you during your vacation, you’ve got one fantastic vacation!

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* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms). IAJ

Day 01:
ARRIVE IN TOKYO, JAPAN

Welcome to Tokyo! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 02:
TOKYO

Today, hop on Tokyo’s subway system for a PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of the city. Start at MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, stop at the SAMURAI MUSEUM to learn about their history and see authentic period-specific swords, armor, and helmets (kabuto). You will even have the chance to have your picture taken wearing a helmet and armor! You’ll also stop at SHINJUKU GYOEN GARDEN which dates back to the early 1600s. Lastly, visit bustling NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE and ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE, the oldest of their kind in Tokyo. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities.

NOTE:
Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is closed on Mondays and some holidays. In these instances, Koishikawa Gardens will be visited.

Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel
Day 03:
TOKYO

Today, enjoy a full day at your leisure to explore the city.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 04:
TOKYO–KYOTO

Today, transfer to the train station and board your BULLET TRAIN to historic Kyoto, former capital of Japan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 05:
KYOTO

This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at stunning Kinkakuji, TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered with shimmering gold leaf. Next, take a WALKING TOUR through Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, which is also known for its high concentration of machiya-style merchant houses. Continue on to SANJUSANGENDO TEMPLE, famous for 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds. Finish with a visit to FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates.

Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel
Day 06:
KYOTO

A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 07:
KYOTO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not depart prior to 11 am.

Breakfast

What's Included

  • Meals - American breakfast daily; 2 lunches
  • Sightseeing & Activities - Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits.
  • Transportation - High-speed train from Tokyo to Kyoto; transfers to/from train stations.
  • Choice of hotels - We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

TOKYO, JAPAN

SHIBA PARK HOTEL

Feel relaxed as if at home at the Shiba Park Hotel. Located near the Tokyo Tower, this hotel offers modern comfort with access to the city’s main sites.


HOTEL OPTION

PARK HOTEL TOKYO

The luxurious Park Hotel Tokyo is the perfect base for exploring the energetic city of Tokyo. Located on the 25th floor, the hotel offers stunning views of the city. One of the largest atriums in Tokyo, spreading through ten floors, rises above the main lobby, decorated with modern artwork and several eateries featuring various International cuisines.


HILTON TOKYO

The Hilton Tokyo is the the perfect base for exploring the vibrant, energetic city of Tokyo. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Lobby and Marble Lounge. Rejuvenate in the 24-hour health club within the hotel and relax in the sauna or soothing whirlpool spa. Choose from seven tempting restaurants offering a range of delicious cuisine. Favorites include Dynasty authentic Chinese restaurant, and Musashino, featuring sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. For a relaxing evening drink, visit St. George’s Bar.


KYOTO, JAPAN

INCLUDED HOTEL: KARASUMA KYOTO HOTEL

Located in the heart of Kyoto’s downtown, the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel welcomes you with friendly service. Their restaurants serve a variety of cuisine. Bar Anchor features seasonal cocktails and single malt Scotches. Amenities include currency exchange, a grocery/convenience store, a gift shop/newsstand and laundry facilities. A safe deposit box is provided at the front desk.

INCLUDED HOTEL: ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KYOTO

The ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto looks almost out of place with its modern exterior nestled amongst the sublime beauty and historic grandeur of Japan’s old capital. This however belies the traditional hospitality and classic atmosphere you will experience during your stay.

Hotel Option

KYOTO HOTEL OKU

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Hotel Okura features spectacular views of the city and the Higashiyama Mountains in the distance. Comfortable and contemporary public spaces and guestrooms feature modern amenities and stylish décor.

Local Host in each city.

MEET ONE OF YOUR LOCAL HOSTS

Rumi
Hi everyone! I’m Rumi and am proud to work as a tour guide in Tokyo, the coolest city in the world. I’m excited to help you discover all there is to this incredible city. I am quite confident that you will enjoy traveling in Tokyo.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A LOCAL HOST?
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Tokyo. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Tokyo and you’ll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Tokyo insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

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