Arrival in Tokyo
You’ll be picked up from one of the city’s two main airports and transferred to your hotel near the heart of the city. After you’ve checked in the evening is free for you to do whatever you fancy, but if you’re feeling a little jaded from the flight then there are plenty of places on your doorstep where you’ll be able to have a little drink and get your first taste of real Japanese cuisine, before turning in for the night.
Explore the City
This morning you can explore at your own pace – find a nice spot for a traditional Japanese breakfast, take a stroll through the tight alleyways of the old Shitamachi area, get a glimpse of the impressive Imperial Palace, or watch the fashionistas in Harajuku. Tokyo’s hi-tech public transport system is an experience in itself and makes it easy and quick to navigate around the various contrasting areas of the city.
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In the evening, you’ll join a small group for a guided tour of the vibrant and atmospheric Shinjuku district. Your local guide will show you the sights, including the panoramic views of from the observation deck of the Government Building, the post-war eating alleys of Omoide-Yokocho where you’ll sample some local food at a traditional Izakaya.
Next up, you’ll stop to take in the neon streets of Kabukicho and then it’s time to rest your feet in a tiny, ramshackled bar in the famous Golden Gai. The tour ends at Hanazono Shinto Shrine, one of Japan’s most historical shrines. You’ll leave your guide around 7.30pm, leaving the rest of the night free to experience Tokyo’s famous nightlife…karaoke, anyone?
Unless you choose to extend your stay, today it’s time to leave Tokyo and travel to the next stop on your Japanese journey. You may well be returning at the end of your trip too, so if you’d like to spend a couple more days in this unique metropolis then just speak to your Travel Specialist so that we can make the arrangements for you.
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In this version of the trip you’ll visit the vast, iconic Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, and get a real feeling for the daily life of the working people of Tokyo. Experience the buzz of the morning’s trading, and gawk at the sheer variety and volume of the produce bought and sold here, before making your own deliciously fresh sushi lunch – taught by a local sushi expert.
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