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. Then venture north into the forested hills of Nikko, and spend a day exploring the exquisite shrines and temples of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Itinerary - 4 Days
Day 1 — Hiroshima/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, and delve into its 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. Settle into our hotel late this afternoon, and enjoy an evening at leisure. Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (B,L)
Day 2 — Tokyo
Explore the Nezu Museum, which features over 7,000 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. After lunch, try your hand at the art of shodo, a form of Japanese calligraphy, during an interactive class. Later, walk through Tokyo’s fashion-forward Harajuku neighborhood where unorthodox, creative style reigns supreme.
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (B,L)
Day 3 — Tokyo
Begin the day at 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 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”). Visit the Akihibara neighborhood, famous for electronics, neon signs, and a center for fans of anime and mango animation. 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. This evening enjoy a festive farewell dinner.
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Tokyo/U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)