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Japan Tour “Two Capitals”

On the "Two Capitals" tour, you will explore both the modern capital of Japan, Tokyo, and the old capital, Kyoto. The striking contrast between these two cities will leave a profound impression on you. Throughout the tour, you'll have the opportunity to visit major attractions, including the world-famous Shibuya Crossroads, Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa district, the Golden Pavilion, the Ryoanji Temple Rock Garden, the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and many other fascinating sites.

CUSTOMIZED ITINERARY FOR YOUR DATES

Dates

  • Multi-day Tour

Duration

  • 2 days / 1 nights

Price

  • On Request

Itinerary

  • Tokyo → Kyoto

Daily itinerary

1

Day 1

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby
Tokyo sightseeing: Asakusa district, Sensoji Buddhist Temple, Nakamise shopping street, Japanese garden, Shibuya district and Shibuya Sky observatory, stroll around Ginza
Back to the hotel
Hotel accommodation: Tokyo [Read more...]

Welcome to Tokyo, a city that seamlessly blends tradition and innovation! Let’s embark on an enchanting excursion to explore its diverse neighborhoods and iconic landmarks.
Our journey begins in the Asakusa area, where you’ll find the magnificent Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. Experience the charm of Nakamise Street, lined with traditional shops and delectable treats, as you approach the temple’s grand entrance.
Afterward, we will take a stroll through one of the Japanese Gardens and explore the intricacies of Japanese landscape design.
Then, we’ll experience the excitement of Shibuya, with its famous bustling crossroad. Watch as thousands of people cross the intersection in perfect harmony, creating a mesmerizing urban spectacle. For breathtaking views of Tokyo’s skyline, we’ll ascend to the observation deck Shibuya Sky. Marvel at the city’s vast expanse, from towering skyscrapers to iconic landmarks, all visible from this vantage point.
Finally, we’ll conclude our excursion in the prestigious Ginza area, known for its high-end shopping, elegant boutiques, and sophisticated ambiance. Take in the glitzy lights and indulge in some retail therapy before ending our adventure.
From ancient temples to futuristic streets, Tokyo’s diversity promises an unforgettable adventure. Enjoy your excursion and immerse yourself in the unique blend of past and present in this extraordinary city!

Shibuya Area

Shibuya scramble crossing is one of the busiest crossings in Tokyo. The green light comes on from four directions at once, and several hundred people (during peak hours, the number can reach 1,000) rush simultaneously in all directions, managing to dodge each other with ease built up over the years.

For its picturesque yet orderly crowds, the crossing is beloved by filmmakers, and people worldwide are familiar with it from TV series, movies, and commercial videos. The best spot to watch the hypnotic flow of people is the Starbucks coffee shop on the 2nd floor of the building on the north side of the crossing.

There is also a statue of the faithful dog Hachiko near Shibuya Station, where he used to meet his master, a professor at Tokyo University, every day. After the professor’s sudden death, the dog came to the station every day for nine years, waiting for his master to return. Hachiko became the symbol of loyalty.

Ginza District

Ginza is Tokyo’s most luxurious shopping district, home to prestigious department stores, world-famous designer boutiques, coffee shops, and traditional Japanese restaurants. People come here to learn about the latest high fashion trends and enjoy the creations of the best architects worldwide.

At the same time, Ginza is an art lover’s paradise. There are about 200 art galleries and Kabukiza Theater, which still regularly hosts Kabuki theater performances.

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Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
Move to Kyoto by Shinkansen bullet train
Meet your tour guide at the platform of Kyoto Station
Kyoto sightseeing: Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji, Ryoanji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Yasaka-no-to Pagoda, traditional streets of Kyoto
Check-in at the hotel, rest [Read more...]

Welcome to Kyoto, a city rich in history and culture! Our excursion begins with Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, boasting a stunning gold-leaf exterior amid lush gardens and a tranquil pond.
Next, we’ll visit Ryoan-ji Temple, famous for its enigmatic rock garden – a serene spot for meditation amidst 15 rocks arranged in white gravel.
Then, we’ll be amazed by Kiyomizu-dera Temple’s wooden stage offering breathtaking views without any nails used in its construction.
Lastly, we’ll explore the traditional charm of the Geisha-Gion quarter – cobbled streets, wooden houses, and the allure of Geisha and Maiko.
Get ready to be captivated by Kyoto’s beauty and grace, where ancient traditions and modernity harmoniously coexist for an unforgettable experience.

Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkaku-ji Temple, often called the Golden Temple, is one of Japan’s most famous temples and Kyoto’s main attractions. Built at the end of the 14th century, this complex, with its three-story pavilion covered with gold leaf, captivated the minds of its contemporaries. The famous Japanese writer Yukio Mishima captured its fate and glory in the novel “The Golden Temple.” Today Kinkaku-ji Temple is a must-see on any traveler’s itinerary in Japan. In addition to the famous pavilion, the UNESCO World Heritage Site also features a traditional walking garden, small waterfalls, and a tea house, representing the culture of the samurai era.

Ryoan-ji Temple

Ryōan-ji Temple, located in northern Kyoto, was founded in the mid-15th century. The famous rock garden was also established at the same time. The garden is now considered one of the best in Japan and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For centuries, the Ryōan-ji Temple garden has attracted visitors trying to solve its mystery: why can you see only 14 of the 15 stones? And what does the composition of sand and rocks represent?

Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Pure Water Temple)

The Pure Water Temple, or Kiyomizu-dera, is one of Kyoto’s most famous and most visited temples and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded on a mountainside near a spring. Its clear water is said to bestow health, longevity, and wisdom. The temple’s main attraction is its main hall, with an open veranda built on stilts over a cliff. The structure, assembled without a single nail, towers over Kyoto, offering a beautiful view of the old capital. Cafes and stores lining the road to the temple sell Kyoto sweets, ceramics, and souvenirs for all tastes.