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1 Morning Tokyo City Tour
Morning Tokyo City Tour

Wake up to Tokyo fr £36pp

There is so much to see and do in the wonderful capital city of Japan and this morning tour of the city is a great way to get to know some of the main sights and makes a superb introduction to any visit to the country. Travelling around in a comfortable coach, among the places you visit are the Tokyo Tower, Meji Shrine, Akasaka Guest House and Imperial Palace East Garden.

See the imposing Japanese Capital (the House of Parliament) which is dominated by a massive central tower and take in the finest examples of Japanese shrine architecture, nestled in a peaceful, picturesque area. You also enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the observation platform of Asia's tallest tower, then make the most of a walk through the East Garden of the Imperial Palace which is a place of historical interest and scenic beauty.

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1 Morning Tokyo City Tour

Morning Tokyo City Tour

2 Kyoto Back Street Bike Ride
Kyoto Back Street Bike Ride

Go for a ride fr £77pp

With your local guide, cycle through the Miyagawacho and Gion geisha districts, hoping to see a geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha) as they dash between appointments. Then continue along the Shirakawa canal which is lined with weeping willow trees, past traditional Kyoto style tea houses for your next stop at the Imperial Palace Park with its beautiful gardens.

Cycle back to Kyoto station along the Kamogawa River, whose banks are popular with locals for strolling. Cherry blossoms bloom along the banks of the river in spring, and in summer restaurants have open balconies with lovely views. If you wish to carry on sightseeing in Kyoto on your bike after the tour has finished, you can arrange to keep the bike until 19:00 at no extra charge.

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2 Kyoto Back Street Bike Ride

Kyoto Back Street Bike Ride

3 Mt Fuji & Hakone Tour
Mt Fuji & Hakone Tour

Fantastic Fuji fr £103pp

No trip to Japan is complete without seeing the iconic snow capped Mount Fuji and on this superb coach tour you will see lots of other sights as well. After stopping at the fifth station of Mount Fuji you also have time at the Hakone Ropeway, Owaqkudani Boiling Valley and enjoy a fun Pirate Boat cruise on Lake Ashi which includes a sumptuous lunch.

Enjoy the scenery of rural Japan on the way to Mount Fuji and also get a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean
and grand mountains from an altitude of 8,000 feet. Then you are whisked up in the latest double-wired gondola with a 360 degree panorama for breathtaking views of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and see the steam escaping from the rugged mountains of Owakudani.

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3 Mt Fuji & Hakone Tour

Mt Fuji & Hakone Tour

4 Tsukiji Outer Fish Market Sushi Workshop
Tsukiji Outer Fish Market Sushi Workshop

Suss out the sushi fr £109pp

On this fascinating and fun trip you will first be collected from your Tokyo hotel early in the morning and taken by minibus to the city's Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. From here you join all the office workers and take the metro for your journey to Tsukiji Station for your guided tour of the Outer Tsukiji fish market, where your culinary knowledge will be put to the test during a sushi workshop.

Walk around and see the bustle of life in this buzzing market and after working out what ingredients you will need you have the chance to make your own sushi and then enjoy the fruits of your labour for lunch. The tour ends back at Tsukiji Station in the early afternoon and you will return to your hotel having sussed out the best way to make that perfect sushi.

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4 Tsukiji Outer Fish Market Sushi Workshop

Tsukiji Outer Fish Market Sushi Workshop

5 Full Day Kyoto Tour
Full Day Kyoto Tour

See Kyoto's highlights fr £111pp

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for a great day touring Kyoto. Begin with a visit to Nijo-jo Castle, which was completed in 1626 and built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. Then stop at Kinkaku-ji Temple, visit the Golden Pavillion, which has two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles.

When you arrive at Kyoto Imperial Palace you will be given exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan, which oversaw many important functions until the capital moved to Tokyo in 1869. Later view the city of Kyoto from a beautiful hilltop temple and take a sip from the Otowa waterfall flowing from beneath the main hall, known to grant wishes to those who drink its waters.

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5 Full Day Kyoto Tour

Full Day Kyoto Tour

6 Market Visit, Sake Brewery and Cooking Lesson
Market Visit, Sake Brewery and Cooking Lesson

Take a cook's tour fr £121pp

Together with a local guide you take a walk along the mile-long Nishiki covered food markets, where there are many interesting food stores to explore as you help your guide buy the ingredients for your Japanese cooking class. This is a great opportunity to learn about local Japanese produce and after visiting the markets, you'll travel through the back streets and lanes of Kyoto, and visit a former sake brewery for a tour and sake tasting.

Finish the walk at a traditional wooden townhouse for your Japanese cooking class. Here you will learn how to make rolled sushi, miso soup and cooked salad with seasonal fruit for dessert, and then enjoy the results of your labour by sitting down to a memorable dinner. This fun tour will give you a great insight into the mysterious and exotic world of Japanese cuisine.

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6 Market Visit, Sake Brewery and Cooking Lesson

Market Visit, Sake Brewery and Cooking Lesson

7 Mt Fuji Tour with Bullet Train
Mt Fuji Tour with Bullet Train

Two top trips in one fr £125pp

No trip to Japan is complete without seeing the iconic snow capped Mount Fuji and on this superb coach tour you will see lots of other sights as well including the Hakone Ropeway, Owaqkudani Boiling Valley and enjoy a fun Pirate Boat cruise on Lake Ashi which includes a sumptuous lunch. Then to round off the day in style, you return to Tokyo by bullet train.

Enjoy the scenery of rural Japan as you drive along to Mount Fuji getting a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean
and grand mountains from an altitude of 8,000 feet. Then take the latest double-wired gondola with a 360 degree panorama for breathtaking views of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and see steam escaping from the rugged mountains of Owakudani. Then's its back to the station for a memorable return trip on the legendary Bullet Train.

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7 Mt Fuji Tour with Bullet Train

Mt Fuji Tour with Bullet Train

8 Learn How to Make Sushi
Learn How to Make Sushi

Know sushi like they know sushi fr £132pp

The nation's famous dish Sushi is a staple of the Japanese diet and is often made in the typical Japanese home. And during this hands-on experience you will get to enjoy learning and making various types of Sushi so when you return home you can impress your family and friends with your new culinary skills – making this the perfect Japanese souvenir!

During a fun and informative lesson you will learn to prepare "maki sushi" (rolled sushi), "gunkan maki" (sushi rice wrapped with a strip of seaweed and topped with soft ingredients), and "nigiri sushi" (sushi rice topped with a slice of raw fish). Using basic utensils, you will soon discover how easy sushi is to make and you will then be able to eat you creations to round off the experience.

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8 Learn How to Make Sushi

Learn How to Make Sushi

9 Higashiyama Half Day Walking Tour
Higashiyama Half Day Walking Tour

Walking wonders fr £138pp

The Higashiyama District along the lower slopes of Kyoto's eastern mountains is one of the city's best preserved historic districts, and a great place to experience traditional old Kyoto. The streets are lined by small shops, cafes and restaurants which have been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries. These businesses retain their traditional design and sell local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets, pickles, crafts and souvenirs.

Start the day with a visit to Kodaiji Temple with its halls, gravel and landscape gardens, teahouses and a bamboo grove. Yasaka Pagoda, the last remnant of Hokanji Temple, is one of the most visible and recognizable landmarks in the area and you can climb up inside the five story pagoda. Then visit the Yasaka Shrine and the temple at Chionin whose entrance gate is the largest wooden gate in Japan and was featured in the movie Last Samurai.

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9 Higashiyama Half Day Walking Tour

Higashiyama Half Day Walking Tour

10 Old Tokyo Afternoon Walking Tour
Old Tokyo Afternoon Walking Tour

Walk back in time fr £160pp

This afternoon explore Tokyo’s shitamachi (downtown). Your image of Tokyo is usually that of a super-modern metropolis but suburbs like Yanaka still preserve a nostalgic atmosphere. Part of its charm today lies in this sense of being hidden and here you can visit old temples and shrines and one of Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist cemeteries as well as traditional shops selling Japanese paper and sweets. Soak in the atmosphere of pre-war Tokyo.

Take a look at what life in this area used to be like in the Shitamachi Museum, located in Ueno Park, one of the most popular parks for hanami (cherry blossom parties) in Tokyo. Your guide will take you on a stroll to show you the many attractions that enrich this large park then the last stop of the day is Ueno’s Ameyoko-cho, a busy market street underneath the train lines. This bustling market is the last of its kind in Tokyo and is full of shops and stalls.

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10 Old Tokyo Afternoon Walking Tour

Old Tokyo Afternoon Walking Tour

11 Pop Culture! Tokyo Afternoon Tour
Pop Culture! Tokyo Afternoon Tour

Pop out for culture fr £168pp

On this tour you take in three of Tokyo’s centres of youth fashion and pop culture. Start in Shibuya, the city's main centre for youth fashion and culture, whose streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. It is also home to the famous five-way “scramble crossing”. Next is Harajuku, and the famous Takeshita dori (Cat Street). Whether you are a goth, punk or anything in between, there is a shop in Harajuku that caters for you.

Next stop is Akihabara, known as Electric Town, originally famous for its many electronics shops but nowadays the centre of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture, with many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga. You end the afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea in one of Tokyo’s famous maid cafes where the waitresses dress up and act like maids, and you can have a souvenir photo with one of them.

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11 Pop Culture! Tokyo Afternoon Tour

Pop Culture! Tokyo Afternoon Tour

12 Tokyo Evening Gourmet Tour
Tokyo Evening Gourmet Tour

Food for thought fr £194pp

Japanese cuisine is not only the refined sushi and tempura, but it has a wide range of equally delicious, more casual dishes that the locals love. And on this tour you will discover these delicacies with a local guide. First, head to Yurakucho and mix with the office workers who relax with a beer and a grilled chicken skewer (yakitori) in the so called yakitori alley. You will enjoy two yakitori of your liking and a drink in a typical yakitori establishment.

Then hop on the underground and head to Tsukishima, a neighbourhood just across the river from Tsukiji market. Here the retro restaurants offer a dish called “monjayaki”. It is a tasty meal consisting of a flour and vegetable batter with different toppings cooked right on the table on a hot plate and eaten with small iron spatulas. At the end of the dinner, your guide can drop you off at an izakaya (Japanese pub) or take you back to your hotel.

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12 Tokyo Evening Gourmet Tour

Tokyo Evening Gourmet Tour

13 Private Half Day Tokyo Tour
Private Half Day Tokyo Tour

Fresh take on Tokyo fr £236pp

You will be collected from your hotel for your private tour of Tokyo during which you will see lots of attractions and iconic sights. Visit the Tokyo Tower, the former broadcasting tower, to enjoy panoramic views and the Imperial Palace Plaza, the official resident of the Emperor, which was once called Edo (former name of Tokyo) Castle and the seat of Tokugawa Shogunate government until 1868.

You also visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Deity of Mercy (or Kannon) with a history that dates back to 628. Nakamise Street, the main approach to the temple, is lined on both sides with many souvenir shops, selling a wide variety of goods such as Japanese dolls, kimono, happi-coats, antiques, papier-mache figures and kites making it a great place to buy presents for friends and family.

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13 Private Half Day Tokyo Tour

Private Half Day Tokyo Tour

14 Mt Takao Hike
Mt Takao Hike

Take on Takao fr £244pp

Located less than an hour from central Tokyo, the densely wooded Mount Takao is one of the closest natural recreation areas to the city, offering beautiful scenery, an interesting temple and attractive hiking opportunities.
Considered a sacred mountain, Takaosan has been a centre of mountain worship for more than 1,000 years and the attractive temple Yakuoin, which you visit, stands near the mountain top.

A network of numbered and well-marked hiking trails, ranging from the broad and paved to narrow nature trails, lead up the slopes and through the valleys of Takaosan. The peak offers views of Tokyo, Mount Fuji and as far as Yokohama on clear days. On the way up you pass by forests of beech and 100 year-old cedars, as well as wild flowers and mischievous monkeys. There is also a cable car and chair lift if you're not feeling energetic.


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14 Mt Takao Hike

Mt Takao Hike