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Best of Tokyo and Beyond Self Guided

To the uninitiated, Tokyo may seem like a whirlwind of people and traffic. Yet, behind the ordered chaos lie remnants of a very different past.

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Tokyo is not just a destination, but an experience. You could easily spend a lifetime exploring Tokyo and never run out of places and things to discover. From “funky” old Ueno and nearby Yanaka, to the ultra-modern Ginza, you can explore fine parks, museums, old houses and endless department stores. The sheer energy level of Tokyo will sweep you away.

By night, Tokyo really comes to life. With its blazing neon-filled neighborhoods and its contrasting historic alleyways, you can dine and drink in Tokyo’s old and new alike.

You will have the opportunity to learn the ancient religious traditions of the Japanese, visit the famous “Daibutsu” in Kamakura, explore Tokyo’s largest Shinto Shrine, and see the icon of Japan, Mt. Fuji (weather-permitting).

Combine this tour with the Best of Kyoto and Beyond tour for a more complete Japanese experience. Or, if you only want to spend a few days in Kyoto either before or after the tour, we can arrange this for you. Contact us for details.


  • Ginza
  • Akihabara
  • Hakone
  • Nikko
  • Kamakura
  • Meeting service at the arrival airport
  • Electronic version of Tour Handbook and Japanese History
  • Bi-lingual maps, addresses and phone numbers for all your lodging
  • English-speaking emergency contact number in Japan
  • International airfare is NOT included.
  • A printed itinerary is not included
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and desserts are NOT included
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Tour Destinations
  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kamakura
  • Hakone
Itinerary
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Day 1Arrive in Tokyo

You will be welcomed at Tokyo’s Narita Airport by a Samurai Tours representative who will help you obtain your limousine bus ticket into Tokyo and assist with boarding the bus to your hotel in Tokyo.

Travel: TBD

Day 2 Tour Tokyo with a Guide

After breakfast, the licensed, English-speaking guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. The guided tour will start with traveling to Tokyo Tower. The Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the center of Tokyo. At 332.9 meters (1,092 ft) high, it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower, with a main observatory at 150 meters that is reached via elevator or a 600-step staircase. Thanks to the tower’s central location, the observatory offers an interesting view of the city despite being only at a relatively moderate height. Afterwards, we will travel to the famous Ginza district, the most expensive real estate in the world. Ginza is recognized by many as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world, attracting visitors and regulars alike from across the globe. Before continuing we will stop for a Kushiage lunch (fried meat and vegetables on bamboo skewers). Next we will travel to the nearby 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. We will then return to the hotel where we will go through the train tickets for the rest of the tour. Breakfast at the hotel and lunch at a local restaurant included.

Travel: 1 Hour

Day 3Tokyo

After breakfast we suggest starting your day with a visit to Ueno Park, Tokyo’s largest public park with numerous temples, shrines and museums. But in 1868, it was the site of a large, bloody battle between forces loyal to the Shogun and the Imperial army. Next, you can visit the Yanaka District. Here you will find the old sprit of Tokyo is still alive and thriving. There are buildings dating back more than 150 years here that were not damaged during the huge Kanto earthquake in 1923 or during bombing in World War II. You can also visit a cemetery where the final Tokugawa Shogun is buried. We recommend finishing the day with a visit to Rikiguen Garden. Rikugien is one of Tokyo’s most beautiful, Japanese style landscape gardens built around 1700 by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, a high-ranking advisor in the Tokugawa Shogunate. Rikugien literally means “six poems garden” and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems. Breakfast at the hotel included.

Travel: N/A

Day 4Tokyo

Today we recommend exploring the Akihabara, or “Electric Town” area of Tokyo. Clustered around the Akihabara train station, it is estimated there are over 600 multilevel stores, shops and stalls, and that about 10% of all the electronic equipment sold in Japan is sold here. Akihabara is also becoming known as a wacky fetish district where the Japanese hang out in kinky cafes, shop for anime and manga, and participate in cosplay (short for costume play). You may also want to spend some of your day in the Harajuku/Shibuya area of Tokyo, the mecca of Tokyo’s younger generation. Here, you will find Omotesando-dori, known as the Japanese Champs-Elysees. This street is flanked by just about every well-known fashion designer store you can think of, and some you can’t. With its alfresco cafes and trendy boutiques, it’s as close as Tokyo gets to Paris. Shibuya, immediately south of Harajuku, is the birthplace of many fashion trends for the younger crowd in Japan. Shibuya Crossing, as featured in the movie “Lost in Translation”, is said to be the busiest pedestrian crossing in Japan, if not the world. Breakfast at the hotel included.

Travel: N/A

Day 5Travel to Hakone; Tour Hakone; Return to Tokyo

After breakfast you can take a day trip to Hakone Yumoto Onsen. Hakone is famous for its natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji (weather permitting). You can take many different forms of transportation (electric train, funicular, gondola, and bus) around Hakone including the Hakone Sightseeing Boats on Lake Ashi. In good weather passengers aboard the sightseeing cruise can get a fine view of Japan’s most famous peak, Mount Fuji, and enjoy Hakone’s rich scenery reflected on the lake’s calm surface. Breakfast at the hotel included.

Travel: 2 Hours

Day 6Nikko

Today you can take a day trip to Nikko, a small city located in the mountains just north of Tokyo. Nikko is home to the Toshogu Shrine that was established in 1617 to commemorate Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founding ruler of the Tokugawa shogunate. You can also visit the Nikko National Park that offers scenic mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys, and hiking trails. Breakfast at the hotel included.

Travel: 4 Hours

Day 7Kamakura

Today you will travel to the ancient city of Kamakura, the former capital of Japan in the 13th century. We suggest starting your adventure at Hase-dera. This temple, originally established in the 8th century, houses a famous Kannon statue made from wood and gold leaf, and also has a commanding view of the nearby ocean. Next you can visit Kotokuin, the home of the famous Kamakura Great Buddha. This 40-foot tall bronze statue of Buddha was built in the 13th century and is an icon of Japan. We also recommend visiting Hokokuin Temple, known as the “Bamboo Temple”. Here you will be able to relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the bamboo garden while savoring tea and sweets. Breakfast at the hotel included.

Travel: 3 Hours

Day 8Sayonara

It’s time to say “sayonara” (goodbye) to Japan. You will take the express train to Narita Airport where you will fly home. Breakfast at the hotel included.

Travel: 1 Hour

Dates & Pricing

Low Season-
$1,852.00 (per person, based on double occupancy)
January 6 – February 28
June 16 – August 5
August 18 – August 31
November 16 – December 24

Regular Season-
$1,999.00 (per person, based on double occupancy)
March 1 – March 14
May 7 – June 15
September 1 – October 14

Peak Season- 
$2,161.00 (per person, based on double occupancy)
March 15 – May 6 (Cherry Blossom & Golden Week)
August 6 – August 17 (Obon Holiday)
October 15 – November 15 (Fall Foliage)
December 25 – January 5 (New Years)

Adjustments for 2020 Tours

  • There will be an additional 5% charge for 2020 tours
  • The following dates will also be peak season due to the 2020 Olympics
    • July 10th – Aug 23rd
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Inclusions
  • Accommodations in a 3 Star hotel including all taxes, fees and breakfast every morning (click the upgrades tab to view available upgrade options)
    • Tokyo: Western-style hotel such as Shinagawa Prince Hotel
  • Detailed, easy-to-follow directions on how to travel between cities
  • Bi-lingual maps, addresses and phone numbers for all your lodging
  • Reserved seat train tickets on the following segments:
    • Shinkansen to and from Odawara
    • Shinkansen to and from Utsunomiya
    • Express train from Shinagawa to Narita Airport
  • English-speaking emergency contact number in Japan
  • Meeting service at the airport
  • Airport transfers
  • 8 Hours of guiding service from a licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Lodging each night
  • Suggested train schedules including train schedules for 2 hours prior and 2 hours after the suggested time to allow you to choose your own times
  • SUCIA card pre-charged with 2,500 Yen to be used on the local trains and subways in Tokyo, and for the train to and from Kamakura
  • Hakone Free Passes for travel in and around Hakone Yumoto Onsen
  • Breakfast every day
  • Electronic version of itinerary
  • A copy of our “Gaijin on Getas” tour handbook (this is the same popular handbook our escorted tour members receive) which contains 180 pages of Japan travel tips, Japanese language tips, Japanese customs and etiquette and Japanese history to prepare you properly for your trip and allow you to enjoy Japan even more after you arrive.
  • 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.)

What’s Not Included

  • Local transportation (subways, buses, taxis, etc.)
  • All admission fees
  • Lunches and dinners (except where noted)
  • Desserts at any included meals (except where noted)
  • Drinks other than water and tea at any included meals (except where noted)
  • A printed itinerary is not included
3 Reviews

Celeste Brown

We were very impressed with the organization and implementation of our trip. It was convenient, trouble-free and memorable. We can\’t wait to return for a longer tour.

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Thank you so much for your kind comments and high ratings of our tours! We are so happy that you had a good time. We do try very hard to make each tour member’s trip very special. We’re looking forward to seeing you again in Japan!

~ Samurai Tours Staff

Tour Date: Jul 9th, 2019

Martha Pine

We had a lovely time in Tokyo, thanks in good measure to the arrangements that Samurai Tours had made for us and the meeting hostess and guide provided.

Tour Date: Nov 30th, -0001

Allison Nishimoto

The independent tour worked out perfectly for me. I enjoyed the flexibilty to do what I wanted yet still learn culture and history of Japan through day tours. Tammy Ota was very helpful with the emergency contact line. Whatever I needed she was very willing to help. I was happy to meet her on my last days in Japan.

Tour Date: Nov 30th, -0001