Ancient Capitals of Japan

Discover Japan's ancient and modern capitals, including Tokyo, Kamakura, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka

Ancient Capitals of Japan

Delve into Japan’s rich and engaging history on this 9-day traversal of the country’s ancient and modern capitals, taking in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kamakura.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

    Our airport representative will be waiting to greet you on arrival in Tokyo. They’ll escort you to the train/shuttle bus that will take you to your hotel in the city centre.

  2. Day 2: Tokyo

    Your guide will meet you at your hotel after breakfast to begin your guided tour of Tokyo. Start the tour with a stroll through Hama-Rikyu Teien.

  3. Day 3: Day trip to Kamakura

    Embark on a day trip to Kamakura. Former political capital of Japan under the Kamakura Shogunate (1185-1333) – now a practical suburb of Tokyo owing to urban sprawl – the coastal enclave of Kamakura is rich in history and medieval Japanese culture, housing a staggering number of temples and shrines, both Shinto and Zen Buddhist.

  4. Day 4: Tokyo to Kyoto

    Depart Tokyo this morning on the world-famous bullet train (Shinkansen) to Japan’s traditional capital, Kyoto. The Shinkansen is able to complete the 500km journey in just over two and a half hours! On arrival into Kyoto, check into a centrally-located hotel.

  5. Day 5: Arashiyama, Kyoto

    Explore Japan’s former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, taking advantage of Kyoto’s first-class bus and subway system to visit several of the city’s most famous World Heritage Sites.

  6. Day 6: Higashiyama, Kyoto

    Your guide will meet you at the hotel after breakfast for your second day of sightseeing. Today’s tour will focus on Higashiyama district, in the east of Kyoto.

  7. Day 7: Day trip to Nara

    Leave Kyoto early this morning on the train to Nara (45 mins). Nara is small and relatively compact, with most of the major attractions concentrated around the Nara Deer Park, making it easy to explore independently and on foot.

  8. Day 8: Osaka

    Check-out of your Kyoto hotel this morning and catch the train to Osaka (30 mins). Japan’s third biggest city, Osaka is a brash, boisterous city that poses a stark contrast to the prim propriety of neighbouring Kyoto. In place of Kyoto’s innumerable gardens and temples, Osaka offers neon lights, high-end shopping, and amazing food!

  9. Day 9: Departure

    Today is at leisure until your shuttle bus transfer to Kansai Airport.

Price guide

The price shown is based on two travellers in twin/double accommodation. Please see full itinerary for inclusions & exclusions. This is a private itinerary and can be tailored to your interests, and priced for families and larger group sizes.

9 days from £2670pp


9 days from £2670pp

Sakura season in Japan

A wonderful trip. We have travelled extensively in Asia and this is one of our favourites.

Peter and Avis

Hottest Classroom Special Schools Group

Just a quick note to say thank you for one of the most memorable expeditions I have ever been on.

Al Chambers MBE