Tokkaido Highway Independent Package

  • Destination: Japan
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Price: $1680

The Tokkaido Highway, built by the Tokugawa Shoguns in the early 17th century, connected the new military capital of Tokyo with the imperial, cultural capital of Kyoto. Follow in the steps of Daimyo (feudal lords) and Samurai as you visit the two greatest cities of Japan. Tokyo may seem like a whirlwind of people and traffic. Yet, behind the ordered chaos lie remnants of a very different past. You could easily spend a lifetime exploring Tokyo and never run out of places and things to discover.

Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

You lose a day flying to Japan due to crossing the International Dateline, and gain the day back when you fly home. You will be welcomed at Tokyo’s Narita airport representative who will purchase your limousine bus tickets into Tokyo and assist you with boarding the bus. They will also have your train tickets for the tour.

Day 2


The licensed, English-speaking guide will meet you in the lobby of your accommodations. You will start the day at the Tsukiji Fish Market. This market is the largest in the world, and it is estimated that 20% of all of the fish caught in the world passes through this market. Next, we will take the subway to Roppongi Hills, where we will visit the Tokyo City View. On a clear day you might even see Mt. Fuji. Afterwards, we travel by subway to the famous Ginza district, the most expensive real estate in the world where we will first stop for a lunch of Kushiage (fried meat and vegetables on bamboo skewers). After lunch, we will travel by taxi to the Hinode Pier to take a relaxing cruise on the Sumida River back to the Asakusa area. Here we will tour the Nakamise-dori, Senso-ji Buddhist Temple and the Asakusa Shrine where you will learn about Buddhist and Shinto Japanese religious practices.

Day 3


This day is free.

Day 4

Hakone, Travel to Kyoto

Before checking out you will transfer your luggage from Tokyo to Kyoto, and you will be traveling with an overnight bag only to Kyoto. Today, you will travel to Kyoto by Shinkansen (bullet train). On your way to Kyoto, you will visit the Hakone area. You can stop at Owakudani, which offers magnificent views of Mount Fuji in what is still an active volcanic region.

Day 5


This day is free.

Day 6


This day is free.

Day 7

Final departure

It’s time to say “sayonara” (goodbye) to Japan. You will take the express train to the Kansai International Airport, just outside Osaka.


Meeting Service at Tokyo’s Narita Airport upon arrivalAccommodations in 3 Star hotels including all taxes, fees and breakfast every morningTokyo  – Western-style hotel such as the Shinagawa Prince Hotel (Single in East Tower, Double in North Tower) or similar

  • Kyoto – Western-style hotel such as the Palace Side Hotel or similar

Addresses, Phone Numbers and Maps of Accommodations in both Japanese and English

Reserved seat tickets on the Narita Express train from Narita International Airport
Reserved seat tickets on the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Kyoto
Reserved seat tickets on the Haruka Express train from Kyoto to Kansai International Airport

SUICA card pre-charged with 2,500 Yen for the trains and subways in Tokyo and Kyoto

Baggage transfer forms (We will provide the necessary forms in Japanese to transfer your main baggage ahead, allowing you the freedom of traveling light. The service provided will only work overnight, so you will need to travel with an overnight bag. The actual transfer fees are not included and will be paid by you at the time of transfer. These fees normally run between 1,250 Yen and 1,750 Yen.)

8 Hours with a licensed, English-speaking Japanese guide on the first full day in Japan (Day 2 of the Itinerary)

Emergency contact number in Japan

Airport transfers

Detailed, easy-to-follow directions from city to city to take the worry out of travel in Japan

Suggested train schedules

Hakone Free Passes

A copy of our “Gaijin on Getas” tour .