City break - Tokyo tour

This city break tour allows you to visit Tokyo and its surroundings (Mount Fuji, Nikko) over 1 week.

From your centrally located hotel, discover the different districts of Tokyo:  historic Asakusa, electric Akihabara, cosmopolitan Shinjuku, trendy Ginza and nightlife in Shibuya !

Enjoy an inclusive guided tour and many optional activities.


1 week itinerary in Tokyo (8 days) 

Our suggestion for the trip :

  • Departure city/Airport : Tokyo (Narita : NRT or Haneda : HND)
  • Tokyo (7 nights + 1-day trip to Mount Fuji, Nikko or Kamakura)
  • Return city/Airport : Tokyo (Narita : NRT or Haneda : HND)

Please find below the itinerary details.

Tour length : 7 nights / 8 days (+ 1 day at the beginning if you leave from Europe)

PLEASE NOTE: The departure and end dates shown on this page only apply to your stay in Japan. You must therefore leave Europe the day before the first day of your tour. The date of your return flight and that of your return to Europe are identical due to the time difference.

Example : 

  • Departure from Europe : January 1st
  • Arrival in Tokyo (= the date to be selected in the calendar when booking) : January 2nd
  • Return flight from NRT or HND airport / Return to Europe : January 9th

Please note that flights are not included in the price of your tour.

This tour information was last updated on May 13, 2024.


Why this trip to Japan ?

  1. Welcomed at the airport by our team, you will be taken to your hotel in Tokyo by shuttle bus
  2. Settle in the heart of Tokyo in your 3* hotel chosen for its comfort and location
  3. Take advantage of 5 days of transport to visit Tokyo
  4. A guided tour of the lively Shinjuku district awaits you at nightfall
  5. With your tickets, climb to the top of the Tokyo Sky Tree, 634m high
  6. Enjoy unlimited internet access thanks to your pocket Wi-Fi
  7. If needed, contact our bilingual Japanese/English-speaking assistance team available 7/7
  8. Numerous guided days or other optional activities available
  9. Benefit from the expertise of Japan Experience, European leading travel agency in Japan

Your trip to Tokyo in detail

  • Day 1 : Wake up in Tokyo 東京

    Arrival at Tokyo airport (Narita NRT or Haneda HND).
    Welcome to Japan! Yokoso 日本へようこそ!

    Welcome through customs by our airport assistant, who will give you all your travel documents and your Pocket WiFi.
    Unaccompanied transfer from the airport to Tokyo (see details).

    The transfer is done in a shared shuttle or bus, with other guests departing for the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers depart between 1.5 and 3 hours after your scheduled flight arrival, and stops may be made before your hotel.

    If you would like a private, non-stop transfer directly after the arrival of your flight, feel free to take the "Private Taxi from the Airport" option.

    Check in at Hotel OMO3 Tokyo Akasaka by Hoshino Resorts or similar category 3* hotel (rooms available from 3pm).

  • Day 2 : First steps in the capital

    What to do in Tokyo on your first day

    We recommend that you start your visit to Tokyo slowly by visiting the following districts:
    - Harajuku, the avant-garde district ; 
    - Meiji Jingû, the imperial sanctuary ;
    - Takeshita-Dôri, a must-see street in the capital ; 
    - Omotesandô, Tokyo's Champs-Élysées ; 
    - Shibuya and its impressive crossroads.

    One of our many experienced English-speaking guides can also accompany you to visit the classic sights of Tokyo (optional, from 9am to 5pm).

    End your day in style with an evening stroll through Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's most important districts.
    Meet your guide at 7 p.m. for an unique walk lasting around 2 hours, during which you will pass through Kabukichô and the Golden Gai, among others. 
    More details on the exact day and meeting place in your travel diary.

  • Day 3 : The big loop

    For this second day of sightseeing in Tokyo, we recommend the following "loop".

    Start at Tokyo Central Station, with its original architecture, then head off to visit :
    - Ginza, Tokyo's chic district ;
    - Tsukiji, the small outdoor food market ;
    - Hama-rikyû, the Japanese garden between Tokyo's buildings ;
    - Asakusa, a traditional district and place of pilgrimage, accessible by cruise on the Sumida river ;
    - Sensô-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in the Japanese capital ;
    - Tokyo Sky Tree, 643 metres high, with its panoramic view of Tokyo at sunset.

    Please note that your tickets grant you access to both the Tembo Deck and Tembo Galleria, offering stunning panoramic views of Tokyo from two different heights within the Tokyo Sky Tree tower!

    Between Hama-rikyû Garden and Asakusa, why not enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River ?

  • Day 4 : Back to the future

    Travel back in time for this 4th day in Japan :

    - Immerse yourself in old Tokyo's charm at Yanaka Ginza, a maze of narrow lanes lined with traditional shops ;
    - Explore Ueno Park, a tranquil oasis with museums, shrines, and a beautiful lake. Learn about the last stand of the samurai warriors here ;
    - Akihabara, or "Electric Town," is a paradise for electronics enthusiasts and anime fans. Explore towering buildings filled with gadgets, video games, and anime merchandise. Don't miss the character cafes and specialty shops ;
    - Escape to Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. This entertainment hub boasts a life-size Gundam statue, a giant Ferris wheel, malls, and restaurants.

  • Day 5 : Follow the guide

    For this fifth day, explore more! Tokyo offers endless possibilities depending on your interests.

    Don't hesitate to book an English-speaking guide for the day (optional) to visit Tokyo's less well-known areas!

    Don't forget to Join us for the "Sushi Making in Asakusa" class, where you'll step into the world of sushi, an integral part of Tokyo's renowned culinary scene. This workshop, set in Asakusa, offers a unique opportunity to learn the art of making two of the most iconic sushi types: Nigiri and Gunkan.

  • Day 6 : Now for some activity...

    Today is your final day to explore Tokyo, but your adventure doesn't have to end there! We offer a variety of exciting optional activities, including :
    - Are you looking for fun? Ghibli Museum, Disneyland or Hello Kitty Park await you!
    - If you're more into themed activities, book a tour of architecture, gardens, home cooking or Noh theatre.
    - Chasing thrills? Try a helicopter ride or watch a sumo tournament (in season)!

    Tempted by a day trip? Just a 45-minute train ride from Tokyo (no reservations needed) lies Kamakura, a charming coastal town brimming with history. Once a powerful shogun capital, Kamakura boasts iconic landmarks like the Great Buddha statue, a symbol of the city. For those seeking a deeper dive, our friendly English-speaking guides are available to help you uncover the town's hidden treasures.

  • Day 7 : On the way to visit the emblem of Japan: Mount Fuji!

    For your last day in Japan, consider a captivating day trip to Hakone, nestled within the majestic Mount Fuji region (transport optional). Lake Ashi offers stunning views of Mount Fuji (weather permitting!), and the volcanic Owakudani Valley is accessible by cable car. 

    English-speaking guides can unveil the region's secrets, making it a perfect choice for a guided tour (optional).

    Or,

    - Nikko: Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of Nikko's temples and shrines, nestled amidst a lush forest (approximately 2 hours each way) ;
    - Kawaguchiko Five Lakes: For the most dramatic views of Mount Fuji, head to the Kawaguchiko Five Lakes region. Please not that this option requires more travel time compared to Hakone.

    Choose the adventure that best suits your interests and time constraints!

  • Day 8 : Sayonara, and see you next time!

    Transfer to Haneda or Narita Airport (included but not accompanied).

    This transfer is by shuttle or shared bus, with other customers departing from the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers arrive between 3 hours and 1.5 hours before the actual departure of your flight, and stops can be made before you arrive at the airport.

    If you prefer a private transfer at a time of your choice, direct to the airport and with no intermediate stops, select the "Private Taxi to Airport" option.

    Return flight to Europe, North America, Australia.

    Don't hesitate to extend your trip by a few days, in the Kanto area or elsewhere... Get in touch and we would be happy to advise you!

    Included in your self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    - 7 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of the city, close to the metro.

    The basic rate includes a twin room for two people.

  • Transport

    - Return airport transfers <> Tokyo HND or NRT

    - Prepaid public transport card

    - Tokyo Metro Pass 3 days

  • Experiences

    Airport welcome

    - Night guided tour of Shinjuku, Tokyo

    - Tokyo Sky Tree entry tickets for both the Tembo Deck (350m) and Tembo Galleria (450m)

    - Sushi Making class in Asakusa, Tokyo

  • Additional services

    - Unlimited internet access with Pocket WiFi

    - Complete digital travel guide sent before your departure

    - Telephone assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in English and Japanese bilingual. The number will be given to you in your travel pack. This phone number is valid for telephone calls and also for Whatsapp.

  • Not included in the price of your trip

    - Flights Europe <> Japan

    - Optional insurance

    - Personal expenses, including meals (breakfasts can sometimes be added as an option at your hotel reception, see details). For other meals, you will find addresses selected by us in your travel pack.

    - Public transport once your transport cards have run out (see details)

    - Everything not mentioned in the section "Included in your tour".

More about your trip

Your tour :

  • The prices displayed on this page may vary according to the exchange rate of the Japanese ¥.
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Children and babies accepted. From 3 to 11 years old a child rate is offered. In each accommodation, a standard adult bed will be offered to them, and a standard seat will be allocated to them in transport. From 0 to 2 years old inclusive, a "baby" rate is offered. This price corresponds to the allocation of a cot in the majority of the accommodation of the chosen circuit. However, we cannot guarantee a baby cot in each accommodation.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • This programme is subject to change due to circumstances such as weather conditions or any other case of force majeure. Please note that due to the current circumstances, any information mentioned is subject to change or modification.
  • Your travel documents will be given to you as follows:
    • Travel diary by email 3 weeks before departure, and other electronic documents (TokyoSkyTree e-voucher)
    • Paper documents (airport transfer ticket, transportation card, Japan Rail Pass voucher) and Pocket WiFi upon arrival at the airport by our airport assistant.

Your accommodation :

  • Some hotels may ask you to pay a tourist tax on arrival. This depends on the city and even the hotel, as some do not include it in the booking price. Normally, it is 200¥/night/person (about £1.37/1.93$) but can be slightly higher in 4* hotels. It must be paid in cash at the hotel reception. For traditional Japan Experience accommodations, it is included in the initial tour price.
  • Room size: in Japan, a densely populated country where everything is compact, 3-star luxury hotels are of very good quality but the rooms are often quite narrow (12 to 20m2/129 sq ft to 215 sq ft) depending on the hotel. Please note the size of the single room, between 10 and 16m2 (107sq ft and 172 fq ft). For more comfort, you can choose our luxury 4* accommodation upgrade option. 
  • Double room: Rooms for two people in western hotels have 2 single beds (twin rooms) by default, which can usually be joined together. As an option, you can select a double room instead of a twin if you prefer a double bed.
  • Single room: People travelling alone and wishing to book a single room must pay a supplement at the time of booking. The single room supplement is compulsory for orders with an odd number of participants.
  • 3-person room: If there are 3, 5 or more of you and you do not select the single supplement, a triple room will be allocated to you.
  • In the case of a group order (> 5 people), it is possible, depending on hotel availability, that not all members of the group will be accommodated in the same hotel. Nevertheless, we aim to keep you close.
  • Names of the hotels : The names given on the site are for information only. In the event of unavailability, an establishment of equivalent standing will be scheduled. Hotels, corresponding to local standards, are given as an indication and may be changed on site for hotels of a similar category.

Your transport :

  • Flights are not included in this tour. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to include flights in your order: Flights in economy class with stopovers or direct flights, eco-premium or business air upgrades, provincial departures or abroad: we will be able to advise you.
  • The tour departure and end dates presented on this page relate to your stay in Japan. You will arrive in Japan via Tokyo (Narita or Haneda airports) and will also leave from Tokyo. You will have to leave Europe the day before and land at 6:30pm at the latest to make the most of the airport services of your tour (welcome and transfer to Tokyo). The return flight is on the same day due to the time difference, with a departure time of 9am at the earliest. Please do not hesitate to consult us for any uncertainty or need for precision in the choice of international flights.
  • If the flights have been purchased by your care without the intervention of Japan Experience, it is necessary to send us by mail 1 month before your departure your flight information (flight number, airport, date and time of arrival) to allow us organize your welcome and airport transfer.
  • Airport Transfers: The shared limousine bus leaves from the airport and stops either in front of your hotel or at a stop within 1-15 minutes walk from your hotel. Our airport assistant in Tokyo will drive you to the platform to pick up the airport transfer. The transfer to the hotel is unassisted. If you wish to be accompanied from the airport to your hotel reception, please choose the option "Accompanied Airport Transfer". This transfer is done in a shared shuttle or bus, with other clients leaving for the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers leave between 1.5 and 3 hours after your flight's scheduled arrival and stops can be made before your hotel. If you would like a private, non-stop transfer directly after the actual arrival of your flight, feel free to take the "Private Taxi from the Airport" option. Please note: due to the many changes in flight schedules by the airlines, if the airline notifies you of a change in arrival time less than 72 hours before your departure, and if it exceeds 45 minutes, we cannot guarantee your airport shuttle. You will then have to take a taxi at your own expense, requesting a refund from your airline for abusive schedule changes. The same applies to your return journey: 72 hours before your return flight, we cannot change the shuttle schedule. Similarly, you will have to take a taxi booked with the hotel, at your own expense, with reimbursement procedures with the airline company being the only solution. Japan Experience is not responsible for last minute schedule changes.
  • Included in your tour is a pre-paid transport card with 1500¥ loaded in advance (about £10.30 / 14.54$) (Suica or Pasmo brand); and a 3 day metro pass. These 2 cards should cover a large amount of your journeys in Tokyo. Please note: The metro pass is valid for 72 hours after the first use, until the expiry date printed on the back of the pass on this first use. This pass allows you to use all 13 of Tokyo's underground lines (Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway). The JR regional train lines are only accessible with the pre-payment card, where the journey is charged to you. When the 3-day metro pass and the 1,500¥ pre-paid transport card expire, you will have to pay for all your journeys by reloading your pre-paid transport card (in the ticket machines at all stations and metro stations. A metro ticket in Tokyo costs around  £1.71 / 2.42$, depending on the length of the journey).

Your trips :

  • Airport reception is in English. Your airport assistant will be waiting for you at the customs exit holding a sign with the name of the reservation. They will give you your travel documents and take you to your airport transfer. They will not accompany you to Tokyo (this is possible, but optional).
  • The Shinjuku tour is a guided group tour lasting around 2 hours and departing at 7pm. Please note that the tour will be conducted in English if your group is made up of travellers of different nationalities. More details on the meeting point in your travel pack. Dinner is not included, but your guide will be able to recommend the best places to eat.
  • The Sushi Making workshop in Asakusa is designed for both beginners and sushi enthusiasts. Under the guidance of skilled instructors, you'll learn the techniques of shaping Nigiri and assembling Gunkan sushi, skills that you can take home and impress friends and family. This class is not just a cooking lesson ; it’s an introduction to the fundamentals of sushi, a beloved staple in Japanese cuisine.

Your meals :

  • No meals are included in your package. Breakfasts, which are not included in your package, can be added at the reception when you arrive at the hotel. However, you will find many cafés near your hotel serving copious breakfasts, often tastier than those in the hotels, which sometimes have tight schedules and are predominantly savoury. However, if you would like to add breakfast to your offer when you make your reservation, you can select it as an option.

Your additional services:

  • A pocket wifi is included in your tour. It allows unlimited high-speed internet access. Your Pocket WiFi will be given to you at the airport of arrival.
  • It comes with a small booklet to operate your device (don't panic: simple operation) and a prepaid envelope to return your device at the end of your stay. Your pocket wifi will work naturally until the last day of your trip to Japan.
  • A maximum of 5 devices can be connected to a pocket wifi (phone, tablet, computer).
  • A single pocket wifi is provided for a circuit order of 1 to 5 people. For an order of 6 people or more, a second pocket wifi will be added automatically and at no extra cost to your reservation.

When you buy, Japan Experience offers you 2 types of protection:

Japan Experience Flex : 
Cancellation insurance before departure under conditions.

Japan Experience Protect :
Pre-departure cancellation insurance under conditions and on-site assistance under conditions. 

 

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