Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan

A Seven Days Japan Itinerary: Kyoto, Hakone & Tokyo

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Kyoto, Hakone, Tokyo

Suggested Duration

7 Days

At home and work, a week flies by in an instant. Our lives get caught up in a seemingly never-ending routine. Redefine what can happen in seven days, as you tour Japan’s largest cities and absorb its beautiful, scenic nature. Exploring at your own pace, Japan’s endless possibilities make you both the director and star of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Trip Highlights

  • Indulge in a private cooking class in Kyoto, discovering the intricacies of Japanese cuisine
  • Ride the famous Shinkansen; the fastest bullet train in the world
  • Spend your nights in a traditional Japanese ryokan in Hakone
  • Enjoy an outdoor picnic under the falling cherry blossoms
  • Experience a farewell dinner at a Michelin star restaurant in Tokyo
  • Visit the 14th-century Zen Temple, the Golden Pavilion,  which was once the centerpiece of a garden belonging to a powerful statesman
  • Discover a popular sake brewery and museum to see how the famous beverage is made from rice grains before partaking in a tasting

Detailed Description

Japan presents many faces to the modern traveler. From its ancient shrines to modern skyscrapers, this complex country is a jewel to explore for any length of time. In this 7-day tour, have the adventure of a lifetime as you experience the best of what Japan has to offer.

Your journey begins in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital and home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Walk in the footsteps of emperors and get to know the locals during a private cooking class. Dine on Kyoto’s most well-known cuisine, perfected after centuries of refinement.

From Kyoto, you are off to Hakone, a resort town with splendid national parks, sparking lakes, and the country’s best views of Mt. Fuji. Take a lake cruise or ropeway ride to soak in the sights before trekking through fields of steaming volcanic rock. In the evening, indulge in an onsen bath at your traditional Japanese inn before dining on meat and vegetables from around the region.

Your last two days in Japan are in Tokyo, Japan’s capital and the largest city in the world. Make Tokyo your playground as you rub shoulders with commuters in Tokyo’s packed subway cars and picnic under the cherry blossoms on a fine spring day. Your final dinner is at one of Tokyo’s best restaurants, the capstone of your journey.

Suitable for friends or couples of all ages, this 7-day tour is best taken in late March or early April when Japan’s cherry blossoms are in full bloom. October is another excellent month to travel to Japan, as the mild weather and the colorful foliage adds another stunning layer to Japan’s already beautiful countryside.

Starting Price

$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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