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With its intriguing intersection of ultra-modernity and time-honored tradition, Tokyo is a fascinating place to explore. Experience the city’s contrasts as you discover celebrated museums, temples, and historic neighborhoods. Sample the local cuisine, and get immersed in the colorful bustle of one of the world’s largest fish markets.
Itinerary - 4 Days
Day 1 — Tokyo
Travel to Tokyo via the high-speed train from Hiroshima. Upon arrival, get acquainted with the city’s celebrated landmarks, including the Imperial Palace. Explore Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s oldest neighborhoods, and the Senso-ji temple, built in the 7th century and now a sizeable complex of shrines, temples, and a pagoda. Continue on a photo walk of nearby Kappabashi-dori, also known as “Kitchen Town.” The shops here supply the city’s restaurants with many interesting items, including the plastic display food (sampuru, derived from the English word "sample"). Settle into our hotel late this afternoon, and enjoy an evening at leisure. Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (B,L)
Day 2 — Tokyo
Begin the day photographing the famous wrestlers of Tokyo's sumo stables. After viewing their practice session, delve into Tokyo's cultural heritage at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. The museum brings to life Tokyo’s 400-year history, with exhibits illustrating subjects ranging from Kabuki theater and traditional arts to politics and architecture. Visit the Akihibara neighborhood, famous for electronics, neon signs and a center for fans of anime and manga animation. Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (B,L)
Day 3 — Tokyo
This morning, explore the sprawling Tsukiji fish market, one of the world’s largest. Browse the stalls where over 2,000 tons of seafood is sold daily, and take in the lively bustle. Continue to the newly-renovated Nezu Museum, which features works of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Visit the museum’s collections and traditional gardens dotted with waterfalls, ponds, and teahouses. Then jump forward in time with a guided tour of the cutting-edge architecture of Tokyo’s Aoyama district. This evening, photograph Tokyo’s skyline at dusk from the top of a skyscraper before enjoying a special farewell evening in dynamic Ginza, Japan’s most famous shopping and entertainment district, lit by multitudes of neon signs. Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Tokyo
Transfer to the Tokyo airport for flights home. (B)
This extension is available on the following dates:
Apr 24 - 27, 2017
Apr 14 - 24, 2017
Nov 06 - 09, 2017
Oct 27 - Nov 06, 2017
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $600.
Please note: this extension is designed as a cultural program and does not incorporate special photography inclusions to the same extent as the main expedition.
The National Geographic Photographer's participation in the extension is subject to a minimum of seven bookings and his or her availability. Otherwise, the extension will be accompanied by the local Expedition Leader.