Best of Tokyo

Overseas adventure in Japan

The cherry blossom is the national symbol of Japan. These trees flower for one or two weeks a year starting in April. This period is known as Hanami, the long standing tradition of welcoming spring. This festival is about appreciating the temporary beauty of nature.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Itinerary

Once arriving in the city and getting settled in your hotel, start your adventure by exploring the heart of modern Tokyo, Shibuya. Wander the streets in awe of the excitement of this highly popular shopping and entertainment district. Alive with glowing video screens, packed with shopping and dining, and swarming with visitors from all over the world, Shibuya is the epitome of the Japanese young generation and will dazzle you with its energy.

Start day 2 at one of Tokyo’s most famous landmarks, the Imperial Palace. Take a guided tour of the palace grounds and stroll through the adjacent East Gardens, the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost defense circles. Walk to the nearby Ginza district and enjoy a lunch of fresh sushi at one of the many restaurants and cafes of the flourishing shopping district.

From there, make your way to the iconic Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in Japan. Ride the tower’s high-speed elevator to the top for a stunning bird’s eye view of the city. Afterwards, take a short city train ride to Tokyo’s Akihabara district and spend the rest of the day exploring the “Electric City.” Stroll in and out of the district’s many electronics stores, ranging from tiny shops to massive outlets that spread across several floors.

Begin your day in Shinjuku, the center of Tokyo’s government. Gawk at the magnitude of Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world, with over 200 exits and more than 3.6 million passengers traveling through it each day. Take a walking tour through the streets of Shinjuku to take in the sheer enormity of the district. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the hectic, nonstop pace, duck into the tranquil gardens of Shinjuku Gyoen for a quick escape right in the middle of the city. Enjoy a decadent bowl of Ramen for a late lunch, then head back to the train station to catch a ride to Harajuku.

A trip to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Harajuku, one of the world’s leading fashion centers and the hub for the street fashion-crazed youth of Tokyo. Walk amongst the cosplayers on Takeshita Street, strolling in and out of tightly packed boutiques and used clothing stores. Take a break from the chaos with a quick visit to Meiji Jingu, one of Tokyo’s most beautiful shrines, located in lush Yoyogi Park. Before returning to your hotel for the night, be sure to sample from the hundreds of dining options in Harajuku – from candy stores and creperies to sushi counters and fine dining restaurants.

Discover the more traditional side of Tokyo, starting with a visit to Asakusa. Grab an iconic photo of the striking red Thunder Gate as you enter Senso-ji, Tokyo’s most visited temple and the oldest shrine in Japan. Take a stroll down Nakamise-dori Street, one of Japan’s oldest shopping streets, full of traditional souvenir shops and a great opportunity to try some authentic Japanese street food.

Then hop a train to the cultural heart of Tokyo, Ueno. Spend a couple hours leisurely exploring the Tokyo National Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Japanese art, including intricate samurai swords, gorgeous kimonos and ancient pottery. Stroll through the district’s large central park and end your day with dinner in a charming Ueno cafe.

Wake early for a full-day tour to Mt. Fuji as well as nearby Lake Ashi and Mt. Komagatake. Enjoy a comfortable bus ride to Mt. Fuji, taking in the spectacular scenery of Japan along the way. Stop at Mt. Fuji 5th Station and enjoy its breathtaking views of the Fuji Five Lakes below. Continue to Lake Ashi in nearby Hakone National Park to take a short cruise across the lake while enjoying incredible scenery and unrivaled views of Mt Fuji. From there, continue your adventure at Mt. Komagatake. Board the unique Mt. Komagatake Ropeway aerial tram and glide to the summit. where you’ll enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area. When evening falls, return to Tokyo via Japan’s famous bullet train.

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Experience the best of the past and present of Japan’s capital as you spend five exciting days in the electric metropolis of Tokyo. Walk along the neon-lit city streets of Shibuya and Akihabara and catch the latest offbeat trends bubbling out of Harajuku. Immerse yourself in the timeless culture of Japan, exploring ancient temples and shrines and trekking along the trails of majestic Mt. Fuji. Explore lush gardens and fascinating museums, and sample the exceptional variety of food options the city offers on every corner. You’ll never want to leave!

Value

3-6 Day
Group Trips

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • 2.5 - 3-Star Accommodations
  • Daily Activities & Excursions
  • 2 Meals Per Day
  • Tours & Entrance Fees
  • Daytime & Self-Guided Tour Director
  • 1 Impact Project

Classic

7-12 Day
Group Trips

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • 2.5 - 3-Star Accommodations
  • Daily Activities & Excursions
  • 2 Meals Per Day
  • Tours & Entrance Fees
  • Daytime Guided Tour Director
  • Up to 2 Impact Projects

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7-14 Day
Group Trips

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • 3.5 - 4-Star Accommodations
  • Daily Activities & Excursions
  • 2 Meals Per Day
  • Tours & Entrance Fees
  • 24/7 Guided Tour Director
  • Up to 3 Impact Projects
  • Final Night Celebration Dinner

Interested in adding or modifying activities? No problem! All Worldwide Navigator itineraries can be customized to your liking!

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