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These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.
These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.
Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.
These tours allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.
The price is per person, based on twin or triple room occupancy
For single travelers, this tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room throughout the tour
Prices are excluding international flights
Single room types are rooms for
single room occupants.
One person will be occupying the hotel room throughout the tour.
Twin room types are rooms set for two people who will occupy one room, but will have two separate beds.
A double room is a room that has one bed for two people to share.
A triple room is one room where three people may share the same room. It has three separate beds.
Japanese Style Room
A Japanese-style room traditionally does not have a western-style bed, it is a tatami floor room with futon bedding. However, if you prefer a western-style bed, you may request one though we cannot guarantee it.
Please note: If you would like to request neighboring rooms next to your traveling companions, you and your traveling companions must have the same room types in order to be next to each other. For example, if you have requested a double room, but your traveling companions have requested a twin, or triple room, then neighboring rooms cannot be accommodated. However, if both you and your traveling companions match in room type, then neighboring rooms will likely be arranged for your convenience.
Anime is one of the greatest international phenomena Japan has ever produced. As the inspiration and setting for many anime, Japan is overflowing with colorful and engaging experiences that appeal to all the senses: with top anime locations in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka featured in the list - even the region around magnificent Mount Fuji are included. Come discover how the settings and characters of your favorite animes are influenced by the real Japan; this itinerary is specially crafted for... View More
Anime is one of the greatest international phenomena
Japan has ever produced. As the inspiration and
setting for many anime, Japan is overflowing with
colorful and engaging experiences that appeal to all
the senses: with top anime locations in Tokyo, Kyoto,
and Osaka featured in the list - even the region around
magnificent Mount Fuji are included. Come discover
how the settings and characters of your favorite
animes are influenced by the real Japan; this itinerary
is specially crafted for travelers with a taste for all
Take off to Tokyo, the Japan Anime capital of the world. After arriving and settling in, start your tour of anime's greatest city on the right foot, with a tour of the Ghibli Museum: a wondrous and imaginative collection of Studio Ghibli's finest animated films. Tokyo is where a lot of the slice-of-life animes take place, and we make sure to include the most popular locations, such as Tokyo One Piece Tower, Shibuya, Harajuku, Akihabara, and Asakusa.
Take a day trip to explore the region around Mount Fuji, with a special cruise over Lake Ashi in a pirate ship and a trip to the Yumoto Evangelion Shop. From Tokyo, experience the high speed transit of the Shinkansen bullet train as you transfer to Kyoto.
Then we arrive in Kyoto, an ideal vision of all that was once traditional Japan: heritage districts lined with wooden tea houses and shops, temples and shrines centuries old around every corner, and even the mysterious geisha walking the narrow stone-paved streets.. View Kyoto's most celebrated sites: Fushimi Inari, Golden Pavilion, and Kiyomizu Temple, but don't miss the Kyoto International Manga Museum, housing one of the largest collections of manga in Japan.
The tour winds down in Osaka, home to Osaka Castle - represented in many animes as one of Japan's most iconic, built by legendary samurai warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. While there, tour the Dotonbori canal district, Nipponbashi Den Den Town (The Akiba of Osaka), and Tsutenkaku Tower.
The tour includes a number of options so you can tailor it to your group's anime needs, such as a Sailor Moon Dinner Show, Pokemon Cafe, a Gundam Cafe, and Osaka's "Maidreamin" Maid Cafe. Connect with all the places in Japan you have only dreamed about while watching anime, with plenty of time included to find those one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Browse our detailed itinerary below for details. Please note that optional experiences/attractions mentioned below are not included in the cost. You must pay for your own transportation costs and entrance fees. Also, these attractions need advanced reservation. Please inform your travel agent if you're interested.
All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!
We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.
We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.
Travel by private coach between destinations. Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto.
For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) or Itami Airport (ITM).
Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.
Airport meet and greet and airport transfers are NOT included, but we will provide with full instructions in advance.
Airport transfer and meet-and-greet are not included, but we will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance.
NOTE 1: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
After breakfast, the anime tour begins with a trip to the
Ghibli Museum is designed by Hayao Miyazaki as a
place of endless discovery, where adults and children
can enjoy wonderful displays and movies only shown
inside the museum. Head from there to Nakano
Broadway, an amazing indoor shopping center offering
visitors old school anime goods, idol fan stuff, and any
other related items. Then we travel to the Pokemon
center in Shibuya, which features the infamous
Mewtwo and adorable Mew. You can get the unique
graffiti-style Pikachus only available at this store. In
the same area, we pay a visit to Hachiko, is the famed
dog statue that is a popular public meeting place for
friends, and it is featured in a few anime series as the
typical meet-up spot.
Optional - cost not included
Free for leisure in the evening or join your tour guide to Shining Moon Tokyo. Here, you can enter the colorful world of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon for dinner and a stage show. You'll dine on cutesy Sailor Moon-themed foods while a host of enduring characters from the popular series, including the famed Sailor Scouts, anime dance and entertain live on-stage.
Start Day 3 with a visit to Asakusa Sensoji Temple is
an iconic landmark in Tokyo and is the oldest temple in
the city. It has appeared in numerous animes that
have school trips going to Tokyo. It also made an
appearance in Kimetsu no Yaiba during the Taisho
Period. After, we head over to Akihabara. Akihabara
"Electric Town" is otaku
central, filled with shops catering to the anime fan
culture. Next, explore One Piece Tokyo Tower
entertainment center. In 2015, the indoor One Piece
Theme park began its operations. It features various
games, entertainment rides, and a live show featuring
the cast from the beloved series.
Optional - cost not included
Free for leisure in the evening or join your tour guide to Pokemon Cafe. Experience the world of Pokemon in a fun new way as you enjoy delightful Pokemon- themed dishes in a cafe interior decorated with your favorite characters from the series.
The morning begins, weather permitting, with a drive
to the 5th station of Mount Fuji. Fuji is one of the most
sacred mountains in Japan it has appeared as a
backdrop to many series. Scenes of characters on the
bullet train often catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji in the
window, and the anime Laid-Back Camp features a
scenic view of the mountain. Then we travel to Lake
Ashi, located in Hakone where Evangelion took place.
The lake with a red torii gate standing in the water
appears in the anime. Take a special pirate cruise over
the lake, and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.
Nearby is Hakone Yumoto Evangelion Shop, which
celebrates the characters of the popular series.
Optional - cost not included
Free for leisure in the evening or join your tour guide to Robot Restaurant. Have dinner in a futuristic Japan setting at the Robot Restaurant, in Kabukicho - Tokyo's red-light district. Creatively constructed robots in many sizes, decked in a scintillating rainbow of flourescent lights, entertain guests who enter this vibrant and energizing vision of tomorrow.
You can spend another day exploring the array of sights in Tokyo on your own, then hop aboard the Shinkansen bullet train as you speed westwards to Kyoto using your included train ticket with full instructions provided in advance. If you would like to travel to Kyoto in the morning, there are many sites to see in Kyoto and can be broken down into Southern, Eastern, Central, Northern, and Arashiyama districts. No matter where you choose to visit, each site has its own priceless historical value that will leave you in awe. If you are not comfortable travelling on your own, you can follow your tour guide to visit the Shirohige Cream Puff Factory and Suginami Animation Museum by local train and subway (cost not included) before boarding the Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. Shirohige Cream Puff Factory is where you can purchase specialty snacks featuring characters from Studio Ghibli. The owner of this shop is a relative of Hayao Miyazaki. It is the only shop allowed to make Totoro shaped cream puffs. Suginami Animation Museum shows the history of anime and manga in Japan.
We start the tour of Kyoto with a trip to Kinkakuji - the Golden Pavilion. Kinkakuji was once the retirement home for Ashikaga Yoshmitsu. Covered in gold leaf, the monument is the most iconic in Kyoto. The Golden Pavilion is especially recognizeable to fans who have seen K-On. From there, the tour continues to Tenryuji Garden a tranquil temple setting to enjoy the seasonal flowers. The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is one of the most famous Instagram spots for cosplayers. It has appeared in different animes, but Rurouni Kenshin fans have the biggest nostalgia. Then we go to the Kyoto International Manga Museum, where there are thousands of volumes of comics stacked in the shelves. Its dedication to depicting the history of comics while making it an environment to enjoy reading manga is a must visit place for any anime fan. Finally, we make our way to Gion, a heritage district known for its vintage tea houses, where Geisha perform and can be seen walking to the appointments.
We begin our morning with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple,
which has appeared in a few series like Love Hina,
Lucky Star, and Sword Art Onlline. The platform and
love stones has been the attraction for high school
based anime series during school trips. It is a historical
temple that is listed as one of the UNESCO World
Heritage Sites. We continue from there to Fushimi
Inari Shrine. Fushimi Inari Taisha is the grand shrine
for Inari - the Shinto god of agriculture and prosperity.
The gates have attained fame through Memoirs of a
Geisha, but the shrine has also appeared in the show
Konkon, Koi Iroha, and more. Then, we visit the small
town of Uji for an old-fashioned green tea ceremony
featured in many high school anime. Next, travel to
Nara to visit the magnificent temple of Todaiji and Nara
Deer Park. Todaiji is known for having the largest
bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Surrounding the
temple is Nara Deer Park. Animes with scenes of
school trips where hundreds of deer surrounding
people have imprinted in the mind of many fans.
Shikamaru Nara from the popular show Naruto is
another reason why visiting the Deer Park is a must.
After enjoying the beautiful park, we travel to Osaka.
Optional - cost not included
Free for leisure in the evening or join your tour guide to Maidreamin, a kawaii maid-themed cafe where you can go to enjoy the entertaining antics of a cast of adorable maids. The maid cast joke and laugh with customers in addition to serving cutesy food and drinks.
In the morning, take a sightseeing tour of the famous
Osaka Castle. Osaka Castle is a reconstructed
building that is very iconic of Osaka. Toyotomi
Hideyoshi, founder of the castle, has been a historical
character featured in various games and anime series
either as a hero or villain. Then, we head to
Tsutenkaku Tower. The 103 meter-high tower was
reconstructed in 1956 and is located in Shinsekai, an
area famous for kushikatsu (battered, deep fried food).
On the 2nd floor of the tower, there is Kinnikuman
Museum (the creator of the series is from Osaka). We
also visit Nipponbashi Den Den Town, which is known
as the Akihabara of Osaka. Here, the street is filled
with various shops and makes for a great place to buy
Our final stop of the day will be the picturesque
Dotonbori district. Dotonbori is the center of the food
culture in Osaka. Here, you can enjoy your choice of
the delicious comfort food the city has to offer.
Optional - cost not included
Free for leisure in the evening or join your tour guide to Gundam Cafe. This is a trendy cafe themed to the exciting world of Gundam, with seasonally changing dishes and brightly-colored drinks, as well as flashy decor and merchandise to delight any fan of the series.
After breakfast, our tour officially ends.
Return airport transfer is not included, but we will provide with full instructions to get to the airport in advance.
NOTE 2: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
Tokyo is the number one destination for tourist bound for Japan. It is the number one most populated, the biggest city, and is the capital of Japan. From shopping to sightseeing, this city offers everything that tourist want to see. There are a number of places to see the entire city, tourist can visit the Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Tower to get a breathtaking view of the city. For shopping, visitors can head to the most popular areas such as Ginza, Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City, or Shinjuku. There are also many museums available such as the Edo Tokyo Museum or the Tokyo National Museum. This modern city still has many parks, temples, and shines for anyone interested in a cultural experience.
See all things Studio Ghibli related at the intricately detailed Ghibli Museum.
The Ghibli Museum is a thorough exhibit showcasing films and art by Studio Ghibli, one of Japan’s largest animation studios. It is renowned as a must see site for all Miyazaki Hayao fans, the creator of celebrated films such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, and many more.
Nakano Broadway is a shopping complex in Tokyo known for numerous shops selling anime and pop culture merchandise.
Nakano Broadway is a shopping mall in the Nakano ward of Tokyo. Opening in 1966, it developed over time into one of the top shopping spots to buy various otaku merchandise, especially anime, manga and video game-related merchandise. Three full floors of the shopping center are dedicated to these kinds of cultural goods, which include popular figurines, pop idol CDs, and other collectables. Stores of note include the Mandarake otaku goods chain, which operates no less than twenty-seven different shops in Nakano Broadway alone, with each store focusing on a different category of merchandise, such as a separate store for cosplay costumes, toy robots, and doujinshi books.
The Pokémon Center Shibuya is a stylish store in downtown Tokyo that sells assorted Pokémon merchandise, including apparel, accessories, and toys.
The Pokémon Center opened in the Shibuya district of Tokyo in 2019, the 5th in a series of Tokyo stores officially licensed by Nintendo to sell Pokémon-themed merchandise. Unlike previous Pokémon Centers, the Shibuya Pokémon Center aims for a more modern, cool atmosphere to its store to fit the Shibuya area’s stylish aesthetic. Instead of the common Pikachu as its mascot Pokémon, the store has chosen Mewtwo to represent the store’s image, even suspending a life- size statue of the legendary psychic-type in a sleek water tank out in front of the shop. Pokémon merchandise of all kinds are available for purchase – apparel, accessories, and plush toys, including next- generation Pokémon from its latest titles.
The statue of Hachiko stands outside Shibuya station in Tokyo; a memorial to commemorate the story of an adorable dog’s constant faithfulness.
One of Tokyo’s most beloved, albeit unofficial landmarks, the Hachiko statue tells the tale of an especially faithful Akita dog named Hachiko. This dog famously went to Shibuya station every day to await the return of his master, a professor at Tokyo University. Hachiko continued to wait, even 10 years following the professor’s untimely passing. The story has since passed into legend, commemorated with the statue near Shibuya station. The statue has become a popular meeting place for local residents, conveniently located just outside one of the station’s main exits, now known as the Hachiko exit.
Shibuya Crossing is a landmark intersection near Shibuya Station. Residents walking from all directions at once meet in one of the most energetic displays of bustling Tokyo.
The Shibuya Crossing is a street intersection located near Shibuya Station’s Hachiko exit in Tokyo. The crossing has five major crosswalks covering the immense diamond intersection. The crossing is comparable to New York’s Times Square in terms of foot traffic, having almost 3,000 people crossing at its peak periods. The Shibuya Crossing is also known as the Scramble Crossing, since every crossing light turns green at the same time, leading to a leisurely rush of human traffic. The crosswalk becomes party central for the city on New Year’s Eve. The adjacent Starbucks, offering prime viewing of the crosswalk action from its windows, is one of Japan’s most popular.
Enjoy a Sailor Moon Dinner Show at Shining Moon Tokyo, where you can enjoy an adorable meal during an entertaining dance show featuring characters from the Sailor Moon Series.
The Shining Moon Tokyo is a combination restaurant and theater in the Azabujuban ward of Tokyo. The theater features daily performances involving characters from the acclaimed magical girl anime “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon”. Opening in 2019, the Shining Moon gives fans of the classic anime an entertaining dance and song spectacle, with a live- action Sailor Moon herself at center stage, backed up by her friends the Sailor Guardians. The restaurant offers a menu of cutesy food and drinks on dishware that shares the theme, and the store sells an assortment of related Sailor Moon Show apparel and accessories.
Buddhist temple with souvenir shopping street, an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
The Sensoji Temple located in Asakusa is one of the most popular Buddhist temples to visit. The temple was built and completed in the year 645 and is Tokyo’s oldest temple. The surrounding area offers shopping for souvenirs and food. The Sanja Festival is one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals and is held every May at Asakusa Temple.
Akihabara is an area of Tokyo celebrated among anime fans as the otaku culture capital of the world. The Electric Town offers a number of anime and game merchandise stores, arcades, and themed cafes.
Akihabara is a special district of Tokyo, well known in Japan as the nation’s cultural heart of anime, manga, and gamer-geek fandom. The famed Electric Town is marked by eye-popping storefront signs lining the streets surrounding Akihabara Station. These stores sell various merchandise appealing to the anime fan collector, such as detailed figurines, assorted apparel, accessories, artwork, toys, games, CDs, DVDs, and other amusements. Tucked between these shops are a vast assortment of themed cafes – not only anime/game refreshment spots like Gundam Café and Square-Enix Cafe, but also maid cafes, cat cafes, even owl cafes.
Tokyo One Piece Tower is a theme park starring the beloved characters from the popular One-Piece anime and manga, with a stage show, arcade, restaurants and other attractions.
One Piece Tokyo Tower is a popular amusement park found inside Tokyo Tower. The park is made up of themed areas connected to the characters from One Piece, with kid-friendly experiences like “Luffy’s Endless Adventure”, “Zoro’s Soul of Edge”, “Nami’s Casino House”, and “Brook’s Horror House”. Re- created sections of the Pirate Ship “Thousand Sunny” may be explored on a Chopper-guided walkthrough. A theater presents a live-action stage show starring Luffy and the other Straw Hat Pirates, with a new adventure exclusive to the park and a story that changes depending on season. Tokyo One Piece Tower also includes restaurants and stores selling official One- Piece merchandise.
Pokémon Café Tokyo is a playful café in the Ginza district of Tokyo themed to the long-running Pokémon game franchise, with décor and a menu featuring Pikachu and other iconic characters.
The Pokémon Café Is located in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district, and presents an appealing take on the popular pocket monsters. Loveable statues of the top starter Pokémon accent a spacious and friendly interior design, and a larger-than-life Pikachu can be seen wandering the guest areas. Pikachu dominates the menu; his face is drawn into various foods and tableware including hamburger buns, omelets, and parfaits, but other favorites, such as Eevee, are also represented. The café also includes an exclusive shop that sells official Pokémon merchandise that can’t be found anywhere else, with specialty keychains, plushies, and of course, dishes.
The Robot Restaurant is a futuristic entertainment experience that presents a neon-illuminated world full of robots, ninjas, princesses, and other whimsical elements in a choreographed color explosion.
The Robot Restaurant is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and is unlike any other show performance you’ll find in the city. A chaotic choreography with neon flashing illumination and fun, wacky characters, the performances at Robot Restaurant is an eccentric and playful fusion of skilled performance and fighting robots with a techno-fantasy twist that keeps the senses overloaded throughout the whole experience. It isn’t something recommended for people with epilepsy or similar conditions. The Robot Restaurant is a 90-minute variety show that’s almost impossible to predict, walking in feels like such a wild disconnect from reality, and the best response is to relax and enjoy the ride.
The highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters above sea level, and is located more or less in the center of Japan, stretching over Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. Its elegant conical form has frequently been depicted in many paintings and literary works since ancient times. Many artists have been captivated by the diverse expressions shown by this mountain depending on the season, or depending on the time of the day, whether in the morning or early evening. It is widely believed that Mt. Fuji is unparalleled worldwide as a mountain that has so frequently been narrated, sung in verse, and drawn.
Great view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below.
Mt. Fuji is a widely-known symbol of Japan. At 3,773 meters, Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain. “Station (gome)” is the unit representing one tenth of the length from the trail entrance to the top.The fifth station Mt. Fuji is the fifth point from the base at the height of 2,305 meter. Being the end of the Fuji Subaru Line toll road and the highest point that general cars can reach. From the observatory you can see below Komitake Shrine, an ancient place for prayer that has been visited by worshippers and disciplinant, and Yamanaka-ko, the largest lake among the five Fuji lakes.
Hakone is located in Kanagawa Prefecture and is only about two hours away from Tokyo. Hakone is park of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is a popular destination for tourist. Hakone is famous in Japan for its hot springs and beautiful natural views. Visitors can go to the many hot spring resorts to relax and unwind or visit the many museums and shrines available. Guests that would appreciate nature more could go to the parks and trails to experience the natural beauty.
Famous for having Mount Fuji in the background and the lake as its inspirational canvas.
Lake Ashinoko along with Mount Fuji in the background is the proud symbol of Hakone. One of the best views with the lake and Mount Fuji could be seen from one of the many sightseeing boats. There are a few boat cruises available, but the main two are ran by Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats. The best time to come is during the cherry blossom season and when the autumn colors are at its peak.
The Hakone-Yumoto Evangelion Shop is a store that sells high-quality merchandise based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, in addition to various Eva-affiliated concessions.
The Hakone Yumoto Evangelion Shop is located in Hakone, in Kanagawa Prefecture. This region of Japan is known for beautiful landscape and onsen hot springs, and recognizable by fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion as the real-life setting of Tokyo-3. The shop has a traditional Japanese look to it, with Japan- style decoration connected to the anime, including a statue of Rei in a stylish kimono. The appeal of the shop is not only in the setting and design; Hakone Yumoto EVA Shop sells a wide range of Evangelion merchandise featuring Rei, Asuka, Shinji, and other characters from the anime. Specialty items include hand-crafted tableware, figurines, and apparel. The shop also sells NERV-stamped baked goods, sweets, and drinks.
Japan's main islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido are served by a network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the country's major cities. Japan's high speed trains (bullet trains) are called shinkansen and are operated by Japan Railways (JR). The shinkansen network consists of multiple lines, among which the Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokyo - Nagoya - Kyoto - Osaka) is the oldest and most popular. All shinkansen lines (except the Akita and Yamagata Shinkansen) run on tracks that are exclusively built for and used by shinkansen trains. Most lines are served by multiple train categories, ranging from the fastest category that stops only at major stations to the slowest category that stops at every station along the way.
High-speed railway at speeds up to 300 km/hr.
The shinkansen (or Japan’s bullet train) is a high speed train that travel between most of the major cities in Japan. Travelers can reserve seats on either ordinary or green car seats for an added cost. The shinkansen can run up to 320 kilometers per hour (close to 200 miles per hour), and are known to always be on time, comfortable and safe.
Kyoto was once the old capital of Japan and is filled with historic temples, shrines, buildings, and other structures. Kyoto is filled with many temples and shrines such as the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Golden Pavilion. It is also home of the Gion Festival, which is the most famous festival in Japan. Kyoto is the number two destination for tourist bound for Japan, and is the number one destination for tourist looking for a full Japanese cultural experience.
Temple building covered in gold (National Special Historic Site).
The famous Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temple is located in northern Kyoto and is most known for the building covered in gold leaf. This famous building is the number one most popular destination for tourist visiting Kyoto. The Golden Pavilion sits overlooking a large pond and various small attractions and shops are available for visitors.
Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto.
Arashiyama is located on the western outskirts of Kyoto and is a well-known destination for both the cherry blossoms and fall colors seasons. North of the famous Togetsukyo Bridge is Sagano, and together they make this place a nice little getaway from temples and shrines to enjoy nature. Popular destinations include the Togetsukyo Bridge and the Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama.
Zen Temple in the Arashiyama district (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Located in the Arashiyama district in Kyoto, the Tenryu- Ji Temple is Arashiyama’s most popular temple. The temple is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The original buildings of Tenryu-Ji Temple was lost many times throughout its history, except for Tenryu-Ji’s garden. The Tenryu-Ji Temple Zen Garden that visitors see today is the original garden and landscape.
One of the most popular and well-known spots for visitors in Arashiyama.
One of the most popular and well-known spots for visitors is the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. A nice walking path takes visitors through the groves of bamboos. The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is also one of the most famous and photographed places in all of Kyoto and brings many visitors every year during the autumn color season.
The Kyoto International Manga Museum is Japan’s first museum entirely devoted to manga comics, and is a combination museum and library, with catalogued works from all over the world.
The Kyoto International Manga Museum is in Kyoto city, and is the first museum in Japan dedicated to the history of Japanese manga. Formerly an elementary school, the Manga Museum opened in 2006 and now boasts a catalogue of over 300,000 titles. The facility features a number of large exhibit rooms, even a “Wall of Manga” with preserved titles from as far back as the 1970s. The collection includes translated items in English and other languages. A reference room allows access to archives of even older manga, and children’s library has fun selections for kids to enjoy. Part exhibit space and library, the Kyoto Manga Museum has plenty of comfortable reading spaces to browse manga that catch your eye.
Kyoto's most famous geisha district.
Located only 20 minutes away by bus from Kyoto Station, is the Gion Geisha District. The Gion Geisha District is one of the most famous and popular destinations for tourist visiting Kyoto. This area is filled with restaurants, teahouses, shops, and other attractions to entertain guests. The machiya merchant houses along with river and the occasional geisha walking around, brings visitors from everywhere to experience everything that this area has to offer.
Temple famous for its large wooden terrace (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The Kiyomizu-Dera Temple is located only 15 minutes away by bus from Kyoto Station to the eastern side of Kyoto. This temple is one of the most popular temples in Kyoto and is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple features a large wooden terrace that offers a fantastic view of the cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn colors during the fall season with the city of Kyoto in the background.
One of the most famous and visited shrines in Kyoto.
The Fushimi Inari-Taisha Grand Shrine is located in southern Kyoto and is one of the most famous and visited shrines in Kyoto. This shrine is only five minutes away from Kyoto Station by train, and features over a thousand vermillion colored torii gates that brings many tourist to this shrine every year.
Uji is a small city located between Kyoto and Nara, which are two of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations. Uji is the second-biggest tea-growing region in Japan and the area’s tea leaves have supplied Kyoto’s tea culture since the fourteenth century. Eisai, the Zen priest who imported Zen Buddhism to Japan from China, introduced the benefits of the beverage in a book and advised the Uji priests in tea plant cultivation and preparation. Tea drinking later became popular among the masses, and Uji earned a reputation for excellent tea production as one of the first places to engage in tea cultivation. Today, Uji's tea is still regarded to be of superior quality.
Traditional way of preparing and drinking tea.
Green tea has a rich history in Japan and has been the most popular non-alcoholic beverage for years. A green tea ceremony is the ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea that has been practiced for hundreds of years. The ceremony is full of many rituals and has a strong Zen Buddhism influence. The tea is prepared by the host for the guests and is usually green tea made from powdered tea leaves.
The city of Nara was once known as the first capital established in Japan. Nara is located only less than an hour away from both Kyoto and Osaka. Nara is home to some of Japan’s oldest, largest, and historic temples. The landmark and symbol of Nara is the Todaiji Temple, which was built in the 7th century. One the most popular attractions is Nara Park where visitors come every day to see the wild deer that roam free throughout the park.
One of Japan’s most historic and famous temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Located north of Nara Park is one of Japan’s most historic and famous temple called the Todai-Ji Temple. This temple is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple’s main hall named Daibutsuden, is the largest wooden building in the world. It is home to one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha siting at fifteen meters tall.
Over 1,000 Sika deer roam free.
Located in central Nara is Nara Park, it is one of the most famous and popular parks in Japan. The park is famous and popular because it is home to over one thousand deer. The deer roam freely throughout the park and visitors are able to get up close and feed the deer as well. This park is conveniently located near most of Nara’s main tourist destinations, which include Todai-Ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofuku-Ji Temple, and the Nara National Museum.
Osaka is the second largest city in Japan in terms of size located not too far from Kyoto. This city is one of the top three destinations for tourist visiting Japan after Tokyo and Kyoto. Osaka is the location of the popular Universal Studios Japan, Osaka castle, and Namba. There is plenty to experience in Osaka, from shopping to visiting temples and shrines, Osaka has plenty of destinations to experience Japan.
Maidreamin Osaka is a trendy maid café. The restaurant is decorated like an adorable dollhouse, staffed by smiling maids serving coffee, tea, and cute snacks.
Maidreamin is a maid café in Osaka’s Namba ward. It is one of the most popular maid cafes in Japan, with over fifteen different maid cafes in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and even Thailand. Adorable young ladies in maid outfits serve guests with sweet smiles, first directing guests outside toward the café entrance, and then entertaining with song, dance, and tasty drinks. The café décor is designed for maximized cuteness; walking in you feel almost like you have stepped into a life-sized dollhouse. The Kawaii foods are also adorably presented with predominately bright colors, fluffy textures and sweet tastes across the menu.
One of Japan's most famous landmarks.
Located in the center of the city of Osaka lies Osaka Castle Park which holds the city’s most popular attraction, Osaka Castle. This castle was originally built in the 16th century, but has been destroyed and rebuilt many times before. Visitors will have to go through Osaka Castle Park to reach the castle, which including walking through impressive gates, and walking up on stone stairs. This area is also one of the most popular cherry blossom season location in the city.
Tsutenkaku Tower is one of the most popular of Osaka’s modern landmarks, where visitors can get a fantastic view of the city being a prominent symbol of Osaka’s rise toward the future.
Tsutenkaku Tower is one of Osaka’s premier landmarks, located in the Shinsekai district of Osaka. At 103 meters tall, Tsutenkaku (literally, The Tower Reaching Heaven), is the perfect place for a grand view of Osaka city. The original tower was burned down in the 1940s and the remaining steel was used during World War 2, and later the people of Osaka rebuilt the tower as a symbol of Japan’s reconstruction. On the observation deck is enshrined a wooden statue of Billiken, an American good luck charm doll that became a “god of happiness and good fortune”, attracting thousands over the years to make a wish near the doll. The tower is also splendid to see at night, resplendent in neon lighting.
Nipponbashi Den Den Town is Osaka’s premier anime, gamer, and Japan pop culture hub. Stores around the neighborhood sell a broad array of related merchandise near cafes staffed by adorable maids.
Nipponbashi Den Den Town is a special shopping district of Osaka city known for catering to various anime, gaming, and otaku interests – Osaka’s answer to Tokyo’s Akihabara. The name of the town comes from its many low-price electronics shops, although popular anime/gamer merchandise outlets such as Super Potato and Animate also have shops there. There are also excellent hobby stores, especially for those who enjoy making models. Many visitors prefer Den Den Town to Akihabara as it is often less crowded and, on the whole, easier to navigate. Like Akihabara, they also include some excellent themed cafes – especially maid cafes – for visitors to immerse themselves in cuteness.
Dotonbori is the entertainment district of Osaka. Running along the Dotonbori Canal, the area is known as the center of Osaka’s foodie culture, with a collection of chic and outlandish restaurants.
Dotonbori is a district of Osaka, popular among locals and visiting tourists as the best place to go for food. The street runs parallel to the Dotonbori Canals, and is lined with some of the city’s top eateries. The district is the perfect representation of the Osaka motto of “Kuidaore”, a proverb which means to “ruin oneself with extravagant food”. Visitors touring the district should be on the lookout for Kinryu Ramen – a notable restaurant chain known for a massive golden dragon on their storefront signage, as well as Kani Doraku – a crab seafood restaurant with a moving king crab billboard. The top landmark of the area, however, is the enormous Glico “Running Man” sign, which advertises the Glico candy brand.
Gundam Café Dotonbori is a Gundam-themed restaurant in Osaka with character-themed meals and drinks, including tea and lattes with character art drawn in the foam.
Gundam Café Dotonbori is located in Dotonbori: Osaka’s foodie district. A futuristic café with a sleek, spacey interior design, the Gundam Café features the popular characters and iconic mobile mecha suits from the Mobile Suit Gundam media franchise. The decorations and food themes span across the whole franchise from 1979 up to the present, with limited time menus celebrating particular seasons, such as Gundam SEED. The coffee latte is an especially popular item; the practiced hand of the barista can be seen drawing caricatures of the mobile suits, such as the classic White Mobile Suit and the Zaku II-type, on top of the foam. The café also has a Gundam store selling limited-edition figurines and mug cups.
Tokyo (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 & Day 4)
Western Style Accommodation
Conveniently located a minute walk from Shiomi Train Station, APA Hotel Tokyo Shiomi Ekimae offers western-style rooms with free wired internet and WiFi access. A spacious public bath is available to all guests, free of charge. Rooms include an original mattress optimizing weight distribution, a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. Bathrooms are equipped with amenities.
Kyoto (Day 5 & Day 6)
Western Style Accommodation
Hotel Keihan Kyoto is directly connected to JR Kyoto Train Station by an underground passage. It offers massage services and a 24-hour front desk. The modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi access. Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room has an electric kettle, a fridge and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Bath amenities including a toothbrush set, hairdryers and slippers are provided. Kyoto Keihan Hotel is a 10-minute walk from Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and a 15-minute walk from To-ji Temple. Kansai International Airport is a 2-hour ride and Itami Airport is a 1-hour ride away on the limousine bus. The limousine bus stop is located right in front of the hotel.
Osaka (Day 7 & Day 8)
Western Style Accommodation
Located conveniently in the Yodogawa Ward district of Osaka, Comfort Hotel Shin-Osaka is located a 6- minute walk from Yamaguchi Honcho Park, 0.4 miles from Shin-Osaka Marunouchi Building Annex and a 10-minute walk from Sainoki Shrine. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property has a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage for guests.
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