Best of Japan

7 Day Package from Tokyo to Kyoto

You Only Live Twice...at least, that's the title of the James Bond movie filmed in Japan. What if that's true? What if you only live twice—or even just once? Well, then you shouldn’t waste your time dealing with the hassles of planning your vacation. Instead, let Monograms handle the details and logistics, so your time is spent planning what to pack, bragging to your friends about your vacation, and enjoying yourself! On this 7-day vacation, we’ve arranged hotel accommodations for three nights each in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as private guided sightseeing in each city, breakfast daily, and bullet train ride from Tokyo to Kyoto. Plus, in each city, an expert Local Host® is on hand and at your service to ensure your trip runs smoothly, to answer your questions, and to help you put your own personal stamp on your vacation.

Upon arrival, check into your hotel and say, “Konnichiwa” to your Local Host, who will greet you and provide valuable tools to help introduce you to Tokyo. A “prefecture” and capital of Japan, this is the world’s most populous metro area and home to unlimited choices—shopping, dining, entertainment, historic temples and sites, peaceful gardens, and excellent museums. After a restful night, rise and shine over a hearty breakfast. Afterward, embark on a private guided sightseeing tour using Tokyo’s famous subway system. You will see the Meiji Shrine, a 20th century Shinto monument built within a man-made forest, the Samurai Museum where you can learn about Japanese history and see authentic swords and armor, visit the bustling Nakamise Shopping Arcade, and one of the city’s most colorful temples, the Asakusa Kannon Temple.

Enjoy the afternoon and the following day at your leisure. Your Local Host will have suggestions about what to see and do during your stay. Perhaps take an excursion out of the city to Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the country’s most iconic landmarks. Here you will cruise on Lake Ashi and take a cable-car ride for spectacular views of the Owakudani volcanic valley and majestic Mount Fuji. Or maybe do a bit of exploring on your own. For an unforgettable view, ascend the 2,080-foot-tall Tokyo Skytree tower and if you’re a tech enthusiast, spend some time in the Akihabara electronics district.

A highlight of the vacation is the Shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo to Kyoto. Between the nearly 200-mile-per-hour speeds and niceties like heated toilet seats, this is, by far, the most entertaining way to travel between cities. The “cradle” of Japan’s cultural heritage, Kyoto, the “City of Ten-Thousand Shrines,” was the country’s capital and residence of the emperor from the 8th until the 19th centuries. Monograms take you on a guided sightseeing tour that includes a visit to Nijo Castle, home to the Tokugawa Shogun. Also visit Sanjusagendo Temple and the beautiful Temple of the Gold Pavilion. Built on a lake and surrounded by a thick forest, the image of the temple’s reflection in the water is a must-take photo. In your free time, hop aboard a rickshaw for a ride through the Old Town, visit nearby Nara, join a Japanese cooking class, attend a sake tasting, or indulge in some of the country’s finest Japanese cuisine.

Between the transportation we’ve arranged, sightseeing we’ve included, and the hotels we’ve booked, the only thing left for you to do is pack your bags and enjoy! With all the time and hassles saved and the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host to help you during your vacation, you’ve got one fantastic vacation!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In each city

Meals Included

American breakfast daily2 lunches

Sightseeing & Activities

Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

At Monograms, we know you can’t truly experience Japan without riding a bullet train, so we include your transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto on one. It makes getting from one place to another half the fun!

DAY
1
Arrive in Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to Japan! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY
2
Tokyo

Today, hop on Tokyo’s subway system for a PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of the city. First, stop at MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, stop at the SAMURAI MUSEUM to learn about their history and see authentic period-specific swords, armor, and helmets (kabuto). You will even have the chance to have your picture taken wearing a helmet and armor! Lastly, visit bustling NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE and ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE, the oldest of their kind in Tokyo. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities.

DAY
3
Tokyo

Today, enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host will have suggestions.

DAY
4
Tokyo–Kyoto

Today, transfer to the train station and board your BULLET TRAIN to historic Kyoto, former capital of Japan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY
5
Kyoto

This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts at NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Then, visit stunning Kinkakuji, TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION, covered with shimmering gold leaf. Continue on to SANJUSAGENDO TEMPLE, famous for 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

NOTE:
The Nijo Castle will be closed on Tuesdays in January, July, August & December. Guests will visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine instead.

DAY
6
Kyoto

A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s historic temples and shrines.

DAY
7
Kyoto

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not depart prior to 11 am.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on May 26, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Kyoto

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

Karasuma-Shijo, Shimogyo-ku
Kyoto, Japan

Check-in - 12:00
Check-out - 11:00

Located in the heart of Kyoto's downtown, the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel welcomes you wtih friendly service. Their restaurants serve a variety of cuisine. Bar Anchor features seasonal cocktails and single malt Scotches. Amenities include currency exchange, a grocery/convenience store, a gift shop/newsstand and laundry facilities. A safe deposit box is provided at the front desk.

Location & Highlights

This central Kyoto hotel is a two minute walk from a subway station and a bus stop. Attractions within 1 mile include Kyoto International Manga Museum, Higashi Honganji Temple, Gion Corner, Nijo Castle, and Kyoto Tower.

Room Amenities

  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
Clean and simple rooms include high-speed Internet access, flat panel cable TV, and air-conditioning.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

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Hilton Tokyo

6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku 6 Chome
Tokyo, Japan

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Hilton Tokyo is the the perfect base for exploring the vibrant, energetic city of Tokyo. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Lobby and Marble Lounge. Rejuvenate in the 24-hour health club within the hotel and relax in the sauna or soothing whirlpool spa. Choose from seven tempting restaurants offering a range of delicious cuisine. Favorites include Dynasty authentic Chinese restaurant, and Musashino, featuring sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. For a relaxing evening drink, visit St. George's Bar.

Location & Highlights

This hotel is in Tokyo's bustling Shinjuku neighborhood a short distance from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and within one mile of Studio Alta.

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
Feel at home in a Hilton Guest Room, located on the higher floors, with traditional Japanese touches.

Conrad Tokyo

1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minatoku
Tokyo, Japan

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

The Conrad Tokyo is located on floors 28 through 37 in a high rise building in the Shiodome area of Tokyo. With an interior illuminated by glowing light boxes and floor to ceiling wood paneling, the decor of the hotel is decidedly modern but with warm and traditional touches. The 28th floor bar and its nightly jazz band make it a perfect place for you to enjoy a nice evening.

Location & Highlights

In Tokyo's Shiodome district and only five minutes from the bustling Ginza shopping district.

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
Spacious rooms have high ceilings and views of the city. Beds include down duvets and a choice of down, soba, or foam pillows. Other features include separate bath and show and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

New Miyako Hotel

17 Nishikujou-inmachi Minami-ku
Kyoto, Japan

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

New Miyako Hotel boasts a prime location near the Kyoto Station with convenient access to nearby attractions. Toast an exciting day of sightseeing with a drink at the bar/lounge or on-site restaurant.

Location & Highlights

Centrally located across the street from Kyoto Station with easy access to the city and all its historic sites.

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Pay Movies
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
Relax in the comfort of one of the 986 contemporary guestrooms. Each room features warm tones, air conditioning, cable television, and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

Kyoto Hotel Okura

Kawaramachi-Oike, Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto, Japan

Check-in - 13:00
Check-out - 11:00

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Hotel Okura features spectacular views of the city and the Higashiyama Mountains in the distance. Comfortable and contemporary public spaces and guestrooms feature modern amenities and stylish décor.

Location & Highlights

Situated in the heart of Kyoto with easy access to the city's best attractions, including Nijo Castle and the Gion District.

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
Spacious rooms feature a sophisticated and elegant design, with large windows that overlook the city of Kyoto. Amenities include plush linens, premium bedding, sitting area with sofa, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

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Kyoto

Tokyo

Mount Fuji & Hakone with lunch

Enjoy a full-day Mount Fuji sightseeing excursion, including a cruise on Lake Ashi.

Price Range: $$$$

Kyoto

Kyoto Maiko Dinner

An elegant evening of culture, entertainment, and delectable food awaits at Kacho in Chion-in Temple.

Price Range: $$$

Nara Afternoon Tour

We'll introduce you to some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples and most ancient treasures when you travel to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan during the 8th century, on this wonderful afternoon excursion.

Price Range: $$

Kyoto Afternoon Tour

The imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, Kyoto is celebrated today as the "City of Ten-Thousand Shrines." In the company of an expert Local Guide, head out to explore and photograph some of the city's most iconic landmarks.

Price Range: $$

Insider

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Kyoto

Tokyo

Meet Nobuko, one of your Local Hosts in TokyoMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Tokyo. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Tokyo and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Tokyo insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Hi everyone! I'm Rumi and am proud to work as a tour guide in Tokyo, the coolest city in the world. I'm excited to help you discover all there is to this incredible city. I am quite confident that you will enjoy traveling in Tokyo.

Sensoji Temple

Founded in 628, Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest temple. According to legend, two brothers found a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, while fishing. They returned the statue to the river, but it in turn kept returning to them, so they built the temple for the worship of Kannon. Consult the oracle inside the temple to have any question answered!

Edo-Tokyo Museum

The Edo-Museum celebrates the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo and creates a vision of the city and life in the future. The permanent exhibition, showcasing original objects and replicas, offers visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo.

Tokyo Fish Market

This massive market may have meats and flowers, but the main attraction is the estimated 2,000 tons of seafood handled each day. Arrive early (around 5 am) to see restaurant purveyors and chefs engage in the tuna auction, which ends at 6:15 am. Make sure you try some of the freshest sushi you’ll ever find at one of the on-site restaurants. The fish market is scheduled to open in its new location in Nov. 2016.

Ginza

Shopping the Ginza is a unique experience—massive department stores, futuristic products, and gracious service are all trademarks. It’s worth a half-day’s stroll around this eye-opening area, even if you don’t plan to buy —particularly on weekends, when a large section is closed to cars.

Shinjuku

One of the 23 wards that make up Tokyo, Shinjuku thrives around Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world. This large entertainment, shopping, and business area is a great place to walk around and soak in the atmosphere, do some shopping, or get a birds-eye view of Tokyo at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Center. Here you can ascend to the 45th floor of either the North or South observatory for sweeping views of the city, for free!

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Wandering (or lying on a blanket) in a Japanese landscaped garden is a unique experience. From the rush of modernism in mostly urban Tokyo, you’ll suddenly find yourself in a tranquil area filled with countless trees and carefully manicured gardens. In the spring, flowers abound, and you might even catch the short blooming season of the cherry trees.

Akihabara

Akihabara or “Akiba” is known for the hundreds of electronic stores around Akihabara Station and lining Chuo Dori. From large shops on the main drag to small shops on the side streets selling anything from the newest camera’s to secondhand electronic junk, this is a fascinating area to visit, especially for techies! Although many shops offer goods that will only work in Japan, you can find English-speaking shops that offer goods for use overseas. If you do plan to buy, bring your passport and shop duty free for larger purchases.

Kabuki

The traditional Japanese theater form called kabuki began in 1603 and continues to this day. While you may not speak the language, the themes—such as love and revenge—are usually universal enough to understand. You’ll want to see the elaborate costumes and the skill of the performers, who often sing and dance. Shinbashi Enbojyo is the perfect theater to witness this fascinating art form.

Sekirei

With an expansive beer garden that feels more like a backyard, this bar is the perfect place to relax after a long day. Sekirei is popular with the happy hour crowd, and you may want to join them to escape the throngs of the city. Enjoy a drink beneath a pine tree as dancers in kimonos perform on the lawn. Prices are very reasonable, especially considering the upscale atmosphere.

Kyoto

Meet Kyoko, one of your Local Hosts in KyotoMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Kyoto. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Kyoto and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Kyoto insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

My name is Kyoko, and I am a Local Host in Kyoto. I have almost 30 years of experience showing visitors all this wonderful city has to offer. As your Local Host I would like to show you the most charming points of the city and some of Japan’s greatest treasures.

Gion

This is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district and is highlighted by traditional machiya-style merchant houses, which are narrow and long. The area is infused with ochaya (teahouses where geisha entertain), shops, and restaurants—making it the perfect place for shoppers and foodies to explore. One of the highlights is a stroll along the Shirakawa Canal by night. The canal is lined with willow trees, and when illuminated, it is a beautiful sight. Keep in mind that the chances of seeing a geisha walking around increases at night, but it is still a rare occurrence. Your best bet is to take in a show or visit an ochaya for tea.

Higashiyama

Located in the eastern part of Kyoto, Higashiyama is one of Kyoto’s eleven wards featuring charming restaurants and shops. It is a great place to buy local pottery, candy, or regular souvenir items. The highlight of the area is Kiyomizudera “Pure Water” Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 780 AD, by one of the oldest Buddhist sects in Japan. Taste the spring water that gives the temple its name and enjoy sweeping views of Kyoto from the famous wooden terrace.

Zen state of mind

Kyoto is famous for its Japanese Rock “Zen” Gardens. The most famous is the karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden at Ryoanji Temple. Here the simple use of moss-covered boulders representing waterfalls and raked gravel representing waves make for a calm space to lose your mind in thought. Lesser known but equally impressive is the garden at Saihoji Temple, also known as Kokedera (Moss Temple). This UNESCO World Heritage site is a fine display of the other Japanese garden-style called tsukiyama “hill garden,” which typically consists of a hill with a stream and pond. Here you can meander through the paths and admire the beauty surrounding you.

Nishiki-Koji Market

This covered street market is where the local residents, restaurants, and hotels buy their food. Here you will find traditional Japanese cooking ingredients such as pickled daikon, mushrooms, and octopus as well as savory foods to eat like baby squid, fish cakes, and sushi. You will also find other items for sale, including dishes, cooking utensils, and clothing. It is best to go in the morning before things pick up and the locals do their shopping. Hours of operation vary, but shops are typically open from 9 am to 6 pm and closed on either Wednesday or Sunday.

Mount Hieizan

Located to the northeast of Kyoto, Mount Hieizan is home to Enryakuji Temple, one of the most important religious sites in Japan. Originally built by Buddhist monks of the Tendai sect in 788 to protect Kyoto from evil spirits, it eventually grew into a monastery complex with both size and power. In fact, it had so much power that in 1571, the mountain was invaded, and every building was burned to the ground. The complex was rebuilt in the 17th century when new rulers came to power. Ride a cable car up the mountain and explore the temple and other buildings in a beautiful mountain setting.

Ginkakuji Temple

This “Temple of the Silver Pavilion” was built by the grandson of the man who built the “Temple of the Gold Pavilion” with the intention of covering it in silver leaf. Don’t expect to see the glimmer though as unfortunately his plans were never carried out. Nonetheless the temple stands as a monument of simplistic Japanese design and has lovely gardens so it is definitely worth a stop.

Kiyomizudera Temple

The “Pure Water Temple” is the most popular Buddhist temple in the city. For over 1200 years, pilgrims have climbed the slope to pray to the temple’s 11-headed Kannon image and drink from the sacred spring. The main hall which is a Japanese architectural marvel is made with no nails and offers wonderful views of Kyoto.

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*The "STARTING AT" price is based on May 26, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Prices based on double room occupancy and a minimum of two travelers. For singles traveling alone, a supplement will be quoted at the time of booking. Single rooms are available at a supplement; triple rooms are available at some hotels.

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2017.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).