Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene

10 days from $9,790 per person*
  • Take in the sights of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka on privately guided tours.
  • Delve deep into Japanese pop culture in Tokyo’s Shibuya, Harajuku, and Akihabara districts.
  • Visit the Ghibli Museum, home to anime director Miyazaki Hayao’s beloved Studio Ghibli.
  • Study samurai swords, traditional calligraphy, and the ways of the ninja in Kyoto.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations and ryokans.
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A cultural phenomenon since the 1950s (and with roots stretching even further back in history), anime rivals only sushi and Godzilla as Japan’s most universally beloved cultural export. Those who love Japanese pop culture really love it, and it’s for those dedicated Japanophiles and otaku that we’ve developed this eye-popping love-letter of a trip.

The adventure begins in the only place it can: fascinating and futuristic Tokyo. First, witness the curious dichotomy of ancient and modern on a private half-day tour with stops at the Imperial Palace, the seventh-century Senso Temple, and the forested Meiji Shrine, as well as the stylish Omotesando high street and the Asakusa district – a living time capsule of pre-World War II Tokyo – before visiting the Ghibli Museum, a mecca for Japanese anime. Later, lose yourself in the colorful world of manga on private tours of J World and the Pokémon Center (travel advisory: Here be pocket monsters!) before spending an afternoon in the famous Shibuya, Harajuku, Akihabara districts, ground-zero for Japan’s youth culture and street-style scenes. Before departing Tokyo, you’ll also get to try your hand at the ancient arts of laido (swordsmanship) and shodo (calligraphy), visit the Shinjuku Samurai Museum, and dine out at the outlandish Robot Restaurant.

After a day spent exploring the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and unwinding for the night at a traditional ryokan, you’ll arrive in the heartland of traditional Japanese culture: Kyoto. After taking in the sites, including the serene Kinkaku-ji , also known as the "Golden Pavilion", Shinto shrines, and the elegant Nijo Castle, spend a full day studying the blade in the village of Iga, where some of the first shinobi were trained in the art of ninjitsu. After a visit to Kyoto’s International Manga Museum, the tour continues to its last stop: Osaka, where you’ll sample some of the country’s top street food on an evening tour before discovering the city’s urban highlights – Osaka Castle, the foodie haven of Dotombori, and the Kuchu Teien Observatory high atop the city’s tallest building.
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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Japan - Welcome
    • Activity - Airport Meet & Assist - Meet & Greet-Narita 9:00-20:55
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Narita Airport
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private Tour - Half Day Tokyo Highlights Tour (4 hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    • Private Tour - Half Day Ghibli Museum Tour (4 hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private Tour - Half Day Tokyo Anime Tour (5 hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Pop Culture in Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara (4 hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private Tour - Full Day Calligraphy & Swords (8 hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    • Robot Restaurant Ticket - Ticket
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Tokyo to Hakone
    Tokyo to Hakone
    • Private Transfer - Tokyo - Hakone [Full Day Hakone Mt. Fuji National Park Tour by Private Transportation (9 hrs)] - Guide/Vehicle
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 Hakone to Kyoto
    Hakone to Kyoto
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Hakone - Kyoto [(2hrs)] - 1st Class
    • Walk - Granvia Arrival from Train Station with Assistant - Assistant
    • Private Tour - Half Day Kyoto Highlights by Taxi (4 hrs) - Guide/Taxi
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Private Tour - Full Day Iga Ninja Excursion by Private Transportation (8.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Kyoto to Osaka
    Kyoto to Osaka
    • Private Tour - Half Day Manga & Railway Museum Tour by Taxi (4 hrs) - Guide/Taxi
    • Private Transfer - Kyoto - Osaka [(1 hr)] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Evening Osaka Street Food Tour (2 hrs) - Guide/Public Transportation
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Osaka
    Osaka
    • Private Tour - Full Day Osaka Highlights Tour (8 hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Osaka
    Osaka
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Tokyo

Welcome to Japan!

For your added comfort, you will be welcomed by an English speaking assistant who will assist you upon arrival at the airport. Your assistant will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it.

Meet your driver for an enjoyable airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Keio Plaza Tokyo

The Keio Plaza Hotel is situated in the heart of Tokyo, located within walking distance of numerous restaurants, bakeries, and shops. Visitors revel in the amenities offered in each other 1440 rooms. Besides exceptional hospitality from the staff, enjoy special features such as Japanese bathrobes, wide picture windows, and a host of bathroom amenities. Whether looking for a quick eat or a fancy sit down experience, guests will have no problem finding a meal at the Keio. Choose from a huge variety of restaurants, each possessing its own specialty. Try international and local dishes as prepared by local chefs. Facilities at the hotel include a fitness room and business center, and complimentary shuttle service to Tokyo Disney and Tokyo Disney Sea.

Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tokyo
Tokyo
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo
Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

Spend a half day discovering Tokyo’s fascinating sites that juxtapose traditional temples and gardens with futuristic skyscrapers. With the help of your local guide, set out on the city’s comprehensive and user-friendly public transport system. Begin with a visit to the outside of the Imperial Palace, home of Japan’s Imperial Family. Head to Asakusa, the city’s old town area. Soak up the atmosphere of traditional Tokyo of yesteryear, exploring Tokyo’s oldest and most popular temple, Sensoji Temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple. Sensoji backs onto Nakamise, a shopping street that has provided temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and souvenirs for centuries.

Hop on the subway for a journey across the city to the Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Japan’s feudal era came to an end during the Meiji period, and the country found itself modernizing and westernizing during this time. If time permits, stroll along Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree-lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands. brands. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Please note that this tour includes a private guide. However, rather than traveling by private vehicle, you will explore Tokyo by making use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.

The Ghibli Museum is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao's Studio Ghibli, one of Japan's most famous animation studios. They have produced many feature length films with worldwide distribution such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Located in Mitaka, just outside of central Tokyo, the museum is a must-see for fans of the films. The museum itself is whimsically designed in the distinct style of the studio's films, and many of their famous characters are there, including a life-sized robot from Castle in the Sky on the rooftop garden. The first floor of the museum exhibits the history and techniques of animation and has as a small theater which shows short movies by Studio Ghibli that are exclusive to the museum and are rotated monthly. The second floor houses special temporary exhibitions. The museum further has a café, children's play area, a rooftop garden and a gift shop. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Please note that with this tour, you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.

Accommodation: Keio Plaza Tokyo
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sensoji Temple
Sensoji Temple

Day 3: Tokyo

Anime (Japanese animation) and manga (comics) are loved throughout the world and are just as important a piece of Japanese culture as the more traditional arts. On this day tour a local guide will take you around to discover all about manga and anime. Your first stop today is the Tokyo One Piece Tower. This theme park is a homage to the hit series "One Piece", which are among the most published comics in the World. Step into this colorful universe and enjoy a number of attractions themed around your favorite characters, as well as exciting live shows on the hour. Continue on to the Pokemon Center where you will be able to find all sorts of features related to your beloved pocket monsters. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Please note that with this tour, you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Tokyo's efficient local transit system.

This afternoon, explore three of Tokyo's vibrant centers of youth fashion and pop culture with your private local guide. Begin in Shibuya, Tokyo's main center for youth fashion and culture. Its streets are the birthplace of many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends and the area is also home to the famous five-way "scramble crossing". The Shibuya Crossing is rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world. Next, travel to Harajuku and Takeshita-Dori (Cat Street). This famous street is lined with quirky fashion boutiques, cafes, and restaurants for your enjoyment. Harajuku caters to every imaginable style and is the epicenter of Japanese “kawaii”, the culture of cuteness. Continue to Akihabara, also known as Electric Town, an area that was originally famous for its many electronics shops. Akihabara is renowned as the center of Japan’s otaku culture, a culture of diehard fans in anime and manga fandom. Many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district. The last stop at one of Tokyo’s famous pet cafes. Here you can enjoy a beverage and dessert and befriend a few of Tokyo’s cuddly creatures. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Rather than traveling by private vehicle, you will explore Tokyo by making use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.

Accommodation: Keio Plaza Tokyo
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Anime Animation Manga Cartoon
Anime Animation Manga Cartoon
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing

Day 4: Tokyo

A long and rich cultural heritage defines Japan’s history, including a fascinating practice of swordsmanship called Iaido and the skilled precision of shodo, Japanese calligraphy. Experience a captivating day combining the finer elements of Samurai history and a private lesson in writing kanji with your private guide, making use of public transportation. Start with a lesson in Iaido, a traditional form of highly skilled Japanese martial arts swordsmanship, dating back to the mid-1500s. Iaido’s emphasis is on precise, controlled, fluid motion, and is sometimes referred to as ‘moving Zen’. During the lesson, there is an opportunity to practice actual cutting techniques on bamboo or straw blocks using real Iaido swords.

Set aside the sword in favor of the pen for your next lesson in shodo, the traditional Japanese calligraphy. When writing kanji (Japanese logographic characters), each stroke has its proper way to begin and end, with a specific order and path to follow. The slightest lapse in concentration will show in one’s work. After your lesson, continue to Shinjuku’s Samurai Museum. The Samurai warriors were members of the country’s military nobility in medieval Japan and remain an important figure in Japanese popular culture today. The museum is located in a traditional Japanese building, a noticeable contrast to the neon jungle of Shinjuku. The museum hosts an incredible collection of Samurai armor, swords, and personal artifacts throughout history. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than traveling by private vehicle, you will make use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.

Enjoy Tokyo's theme restaurant featuring a pop-culture show with robotic monsters, dancers and lasers.

Accommodation: Keio Plaza Tokyo
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Japanese Calligraphy
Japanese Calligraphy
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Robot
Robot

Day 5: Tokyo - Hakone

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Tokyo in favor of a day in Hakone, the gateway to Japan’s tallest mountain Mt. Fuji and the surrounding national park. Your local guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and accompany you on your private drive from Tokyo. Spend the day exploring Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, making use of your private vehicle as well as Hakone’s experiential forms of transport. Ride the world’s second longest cable car up Mt. Owakudani, passing over sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers in this active volcanic area. Sample Hakone’s famous local treat, the black eggs of Owakudani. The eggs are hard boiled in Hakone’s well known sulfuric hot springs, and local legend has it that eating one of these eggs will add seven years to your life. Board a majestic pirate ship and sail across Lake Ashinoko, a lake formed by a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago. Throughout the day there is a chance to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji, however, please keep in mind that she is a notoriously shy mountain and it needs to be a clear day.  

Accommodation: Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu

Welcome to Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu, a true sanctuary facing magnificent mountain in Hakone, away from your bustling city life. Our ryokan's concept is the harmony of authentic Japanese hospitality and nature. You can watch the sunrise while bathing in our enormous open-air onsen with infinite horizon view. In addition, all rooms come with their own private open-air bath. In the evening, relish the beautifully presented delicious Japanese cuisine at your table. Enjoy the heavenly experience of the true Japanese service throughout your stay. Breakfast options include a choice of Western or Japanese menu.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Gora Park are only a 6-minute bus ride from Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu. Chisuji Falls is a 13-minute walk away, and Owakudani Valley is 1.4 miles away.

Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lake Ashinoko
Lake Ashinoko
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hakone
Hakone

Day 6: Hakone - Kyoto

Meet your driver for a train station transfer with a private vehicle.

Relax on the scenic train from Hakone's Odawara station to Kyoto. The train ride is approximately 2 hours.

The Hotel Granvia Kyoto is located directly above the Japan Rail Kyoto Station. The walk from the train to your hotel is quite short and simple, but for your added comfort, an assistant will greet you at the station and help you find the entrance to the hotel.

When using the Shinkansen bullet train: Exit via the Shinkansen Main Exit, turn right and walk straight through Nanboku-Jiyu-Tsuro (North-to-South main corridor) until you reach the escalator to the hotel entrance on your right.

When using the Haruka Express from Kansai International Airport: Exit via the JR Chuo Main Exit and take the escalator on your right to the Lobby on the 2nd floor of the hotel.

Kyoto is home to an impressive 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and two of the most memorable ones are Kinkakuji Temple and Nijo Castle. Meet your local guide in your hotel lobby for a half day tour of Kyoto, traveling by taxi.  Start with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death in 1408, it became a Buddhist Temple as per the Shogun’s final wishes and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples.

Next is Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle that was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. The main building was completed in 1603 and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors. The castle served as an imperial palace briefly during the 19th century. Next, take a walk through Nishiki Market, a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood, and sushi. You may wish to stop for lunch in this area (not included). At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Granvia Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan. With its elegant accommodations, including beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The Hotel Granvia Kyoto features 12 restaurants and bars, and key fitness facilities that deem this hotel a premier destination for international travelers.

Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kyoto
Kyoto

Day 7: Kyoto

With a private guide, you will take the 1.5 hour private vehicle journey to Iga Village. Iga is known as the birthplace of the Iga-ryu ninja, one of Japan’s leading schools of ninjutsu (the art of stealth). Ninjutsu developed here and Iga ninja historically played important roles as intelligence all through Japan. It was a castle town developed in the early 17th century, inhabited at that time by samurai warriors. The historic buildings and streetscapes were developed more than 100 years ago still remain. Ueno Park, which once formed the grounds of Ueno Castle, is located in the central area of the city. It is home to Iga’s most popular attraction: the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum. It is the reassembly of a ‘dogo’ residence (the house of an influential local person) that has been relocated here. Guides in ninja costumes will show you a wide range of clever tricks hidden in this residence. Ninja weapons including ninja stars and many other ninja tools such as protective gears and those for intrusion are on display. You will try your hand at throwing ninja stars under the guidance of a ninja guide, and you will attend of thrilling show of Ninja combat performed with real weapons by Ashra, the Iga ninja group. Afterwards, you will then take a private vehicle journey back to Kyoto.

IMPORTANT: The show is performed daily but irregularly some days the show will not be available.

Accommodation: Granvia Kyoto
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ninja
Ninja

Day 8: Kyoto - Osaka

Visit two of the most exciting non-art museums in Kyoto today. The Kyoto International Manga Museum was opened in November of 2006. It consists of three floors and a basement, and most of its walls are lined with shelves of manga. Browsing this massive collection of manga is one of the museum's main attractions. A small section of the books is dedicated to foreign and translated manga, but the vast majority is in Japanese. The museum also focuses on both the adoption and development of manga internationally. In addition to its permanent collection, the Manga Museum also features temporary exhibitions on various themes. The building, which now acts as the Manga Museum, was previously an elementary school. Some relics of the former school are on display for visitors. You will then visit nearby Railway Museum. Advanced railway technology is a source of pride for the country that invented the bullet train; you don't have to be a train fan to enjoy the huge museum, which exhibits 53 retired trains, from steam locomotives to more recent electric trains and shinkansen. Visitors can also walk underneath and observe the inner workings of a retired freight locomotive. The museum displays railway uniforms, tools and dioramas; there are also a variety of interactive exhibitions where visitors can perform the duties of a train conductor or drive a train simulator. The museum's restaurant is on the second floor directly below an observation deck. Both offer nice views of the passing trains along the JR Kyoto Line and Tokaido Shinkansen.
At the museum's exit stands the Nijo Station Building, a picturesque, old-fashioned building relocated from nearby Nijo Station in 1997. The building was originally erected in 1904, making it the oldest of its kind in Japan. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Enjoy a transfer with a private driver from Kyoto to Osaka. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour.

Osaka is one of Japan’s most vibrant cities, and especially known for its lively people - and its food. Your guide will introduce you to the splendors of Osaka’s casual cuisine, venturing into the epicenter of street food culture in Osaka: Dotonbori. Dotonbori is a famous pedestrian-only restaurant street in Osaka’s boisterous Namba district. Famous for its vast array of culinary options, Dotonbori is known as a food paradise throughout Japan. This is where Kansai people come to celebrate! Colorful eateries and bars line the neon-filled streets: hole-in-the-wall takoyaki stands and street side ramen bars rub shoulders with upscale eateries serving the finest wagyu beef – and everywhere, people – young and old – out to enjoy the culinary pleasures of the nation’s most famous restaurant district. You’ll have the chance to sample a variety of local foods, including the famous and ubiquitous takoyaki (commonly known as “octopus balls”) and kushikatsu (skewered meats and vegetables). The cost of these - and one drink a piece - is included. Your guide can also take you to a huge variety of other establishments, from ramen noodles to izakaya bars. The cost for your orders here will be on you. Afterwards, your guide will take you back to your hotel, or direct you to elsewhere nearby if you prefer to keep eating and drinking! Tour ends in Dotonbori area.

Please note that with this tour, you will have a private guide, but rather than traveling by private vehicle, you will make use of Osaka's efficient local transit system.

Accommodation: New Otani Osaka

The New Otani Hotel Osaka is located in a business district, just across the river and offering stunning views of Osaka Castle. It is within a short subway ride to the city centre as well as main shopping and entertainment districts. The hotel features an excellent range of facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym and has spacious, luxurious and well maintained guestrooms. The New Otani Hotel Osaka is a modern, high standard property, that provides outstanding, friendly service.

Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Manga Cosplay
Manga Cosplay
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Takoyaki
Takoyaki

Day 9: Osaka

Your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you on a tour of Osaka. First visit Osaka Castle, the largest castle in Japan when first built in 1583. This impressive castle is surrounded by impressive stone walls and moats, and sits in Osaka Castle Park,covering an area of two square kilometers. Take a walking tour of the Dotonbori,a popular shopping and entertainment district and is also known as a food destination. At night it is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanized signs, including the famous Glico Running Man sign and Kani Doraku crab sign. Here you will sample some of Osaka’s famous takoyaki (Octopus dumplings).A few minutes’ walk away you’ll find the Kamigata Ukiyoe museum, to admire the famed Japanese prints from the 18th century. You’ll have the chance to make your own woodblock print, too! (The Museum is closed on Mondays and will not be visited) The Umeda Sky Building is a spectacular high rise building in the Kita district of Osaka, near Osaka and Umeda Stations. The 173 meter tall building has an observatory on the 40th floor, and offers a great view of the city.

Please note that with this tour, you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Osaka's efficient local transit system.

 

Accommodation: New Otani Osaka
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Osaka Skyline
Osaka Skyline

Day 10: Osaka

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
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Keio Plaza Tokyo: Tokyo

The Keio Plaza Hotel is situated in the heart of Tokyo, located within walking distance of numerous restaurants, bakeries, and shops. Visitors revel in the amenities offered in each other 1440 rooms. Besides exceptional hospitality from the staff, enjoy special features such as Japanese bathrobes, wide picture windows, and a host of bathroom amenities. Whether looking for a quick eat or a fancy sit down experience, guests will have no problem finding a meal at the Keio. Choose from a huge variety of restaurants, each possessing its own specialty. Try international and local dishes as prepared by local chefs. Facilities at the hotel include a fitness room and business center, and complimentary shuttle service to Tokyo Disney and Tokyo Disney Sea.

Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo
Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo
Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo

Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu: Hakone

Welcome to Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu, a true sanctuary facing magnificent mountain in Hakone, away from your bustling city life. Our ryokan's concept is the harmony of authentic Japanese hospitality and nature. You can watch the sunrise while bathing in our enormous open-air onsen with infinite horizon view. In addition, all rooms come with their own private open-air bath. In the evening, relish the beautifully presented delicious Japanese cuisine at your table. Enjoy the heavenly experience of the true Japanese service throughout your stay. Breakfast options include a choice of Western or Japanese menu.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Gora Park are only a 6-minute bus ride from Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu. Chisuji Falls is a 13-minute walk away, and Owakudani Valley is 1.4 miles away.

Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu Exterior
Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu Exterior
Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu
Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu

Granvia Kyoto: Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan. With its elegant accommodations, including beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The Hotel Granvia Kyoto features 12 restaurants and bars, and key fitness facilities that deem this hotel a premier destination for international travelers.

Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto

New Otani Osaka: Osaka

The New Otani Hotel Osaka is located in a business district, just across the river and offering stunning views of Osaka Castle. It is within a short subway ride to the city centre as well as main shopping and entertainment districts. The hotel features an excellent range of facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym and has spacious, luxurious and well maintained guestrooms. The New Otani Hotel Osaka is a modern, high standard property, that provides outstanding, friendly service.

Japan's Pop Culture, Anime & Art Scene Tours 2019 - 2020 -  New Otani Osaka
New Otani Osaka

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Tin T — June 22, 2019 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic, well planned, great tour guys. That was a trip of a lifetime and Kensington Tours had done an exceptional well in organizing from the fly to Japan, Hong Kong, Bali & Singapore to the hotels, daily tours with the level of details and places we wouldn't have known where to go. Can't wait for Kensington Tours to organize our 3rd trip in the near future!

  • Ann M — June 20, 2019 — Asia

    Asia Expert Yuki Ng did an amazing job of setting up our trip. She totally understood what we wanted to see and do. My husband, 17-year-old grandson and I spent a week in Seoul in June of 2019. Miriam, also known as CJ, our local guide in Seoul, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. We totally enjoyed our time with her. We learned so much about the history and culture of Korea and with her expert guidance, we were introduced to many different and delicious Korean foods. Our lunches with her were memorable not only for the variety of restaurants and dishes that we sampled but also for the stimulating and pleasant conversations we shared while eating. She also made several suggestions for things to do in the evening that added to our enjoyment of the city. We were truly fortunate to have Miriam as our guide. Our driver Mr. Jo was also great. He calmly and expertly navigated the congested streets of Seoul and always greeted us with a smile and a pleasant ‘good morning.’ We had not been to Seoul before this trip. We found it to be vibrant, beautiful, and very clean. The people were friendly and helpful. Our accommodations were beyond what we expected. We had a wonderful time in Seoul. We could not have been more pleased.

  • Anne H — May 28, 2019 — Asia

    My trip was a dream come true! From the time I landed in Beijing to the time I landed back to the US, everything was perfect. I traveled alone, but felt very safe and very well taken care of by the guides and drivers I had in the different cities and countries I visited. I learned so much about the culture and heritage of the Chinese, Tibetan and the Nepalese people. It was worth every penny I spend and much more!

  • Jackie M — March 30, 2019 — Asia

    I loved it all. Thanks especially to our guide Abit, in Kathmandu, Norenda, in Pokhara, and Min, in the Annapurna region, for being fabulous people. Thanks again for also referring us to Bahari Lodge in Chitwan National park. By far, that was the best place I've ever stayed in all of my international travels: they always had a surprise in store for us, that was awesome. They let us spend as much time as we wanted with the elephants, no rush, and sent elephants to come and play with us when we merely mentioned that we loved them. A great thank you to our naturalis Krishna at Bahari Lodge in Chitwan. All fantastic people who were great with tourists like us. We also enjoyed Temple Tree Resort very much.

  • Reginald B — April 14, 2019 — Asia

    This was a GREAT tour to Thailand! It exceeded my expectations in many ways (ie. itinerary, flexibility, and customer service). I would recommend this tour and Kensington Tours to family and friends. I will definitely use Kensington Tours for my future travel plans. My destination expert was Ms. Forkan. She expertly tailored my experience to my needs and wants. She filled in all the "unknowns" and ensured a safe, smooth trip/tour. Her professionalism and support was a 10/10. Thank you Ms. Forkan for designing this trip of a lifetime!

  • Ann L — June 05, 2019 — Asia

    Our guides made our whole trip - we will remember them as much as China itself. Jerry immediately put us at ease and made us feel like his best friends - he was sincere and authentic and open. Katy (in Chengdu) had great energy and showed us how people really live. Even though she must see the pandas every other day of her life, she still seemed to genuinely LOVE seeing them. (And, later, when we discovered we'd left valuables in the safe at our hotel, she went WAY above and beyond to take care of things - even after we were already in Shanghai!). Nancy (in Shanghai) was amazing - we truly enjoyed our time with her and she took us to markets and encouraged us to take our time at the places that interested us most. When we'd seen enough temples, our guides communicated with each other to rearrange our tours in coming destinations. We felt like we were on the food tour of China - the meals were wonderful, and it was - really - TOO MUCH FOOD! No part of our day was wasted, but if we wanted to start later or call it a night sooner, plans were easily rearranged. We would absolutely go with Kensington again!

  • Sandra S — February 09, 2019 — Asia

    We had a really interesting trip and your team made it all so easy. Our guides were not only informative, but they took very good care of us. They kept us on schedule with all the city transfers, made the Visa process so quick and introduced us to some of the things they loved about their cities as well as the scheduled sites. There were so many highlights on this trip, but I was especially wowed by the cruise on Ha Long Bay. Our guide in Hanoi went above and beyond on my birthday and arrived to pick us up with some beautiful orchids and a lovely gift. We were very happy with all our accommodations as well.

  • Daryl H. — January 26, 2019 — Asia

    I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the superb attention to detail in fulfilling my requests and my dreams

  • Laura E. — January 08, 2019 — Asia

    One of the benefits was that the guides were very flexible and suggested and accommodated changes to plans based on the weather and other circumstances. They all said they could do this when working with Kensington because Kensington supported it and empowered them with this flexibility. A big advantage in making the trip perfect!

  • Ajitkumar P. — January 04, 2019 — Asia

    The whole trip was well organized and we have recommended using Kensington to our friends.

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