Japan is a kaleidoscope of contrasts and few other cities fuse ancient and modern worlds in the way Tokyo and Kyoto do. Discover the best of sprawling Tokyo from downtown Asakusa to the neon metropolis Harajuku. Shop in opulent department stores and visit a sumo stable. Rush past the majestic Mt Fuji on the bullet train to Kyoto, where you'll visit a local market, participate in a traditional tea ceremony and admire elegantly attired Gion geisha. Experience the collision of ancient and modern culture and discover hidden treasures around every turn.
Days 1-3 Tokyo
Tokyo is full of fascinating contradictions, and a private guided tour is a great way to explore this enthralling city. See towering skyscrapers alongside Zen gardens, shrines and temples. Try delicate Japanese cuisine, cruise the Sumida River and enjoy the hospitality of a ryokan (traditional inn). Visit a sumo stable, explore the ornate Hamarikyu Garden and sample fresh sashimi at the Tsukiji Fish Market.
Days 4-7 Kyoto
Glimpse Mt Fuji from the bullet train on the journey to Kyoto. Explore temples such as Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji and Nishiki-koji Market. Walk along Tetsugaku-no-Michi (the Philosopher's Path), participate in a tea ceremony and learn about mysterious geisha in Gion. Kyoto's fusion of old and new is magical, and perfectly embodies Japan's ability to combine ancient traditions with modern living.