There are so many cultural sights, historical points, and modern culture to explore.
Whether it’s your first trip to Nippon or your latest adventures in the wards of Tokyo, the Japan Bullet Train adventure can give you the guidance and freedom to maximize your time without being too overwhelmed.
What brings you to Japan? Are you broadening your horizons with any port in the storm? Do you have a love of Japanese culture, or are you revisiting old friends on a much-deserved exploration?
Here are a few details of the Japan Bullet Train service. Think of how you can fit your personal itinerary within the helpful tours and destinations to make the most of your adventure.
Day 1: Departing from Los Angeles
Begin your adventure in Los Angeles via Singapore Airlines. The trans-Pacific flight to Tokyo will cross the International Date Line, and gives first-time travelers a marvelous view of just how vast and powerful the Pacific expanse can be from the sky.
Day 2: Arriving in Tokyo
Arriving in Tokyo is a burst of Japanese culture and a uniquely international feel. Narita airport itself is a beacon of the Japanese take on welcoming the world, and the area is full of unique experiences to help you absorb the city.
The Narita airport area of Japan isn’t the end all, be all of Japanese culture. The hustle and bustle that touches the eastern world’s answer to prosperity and leads into the best that World Class Tokyo has to offer for visitors.
Day 3: Tokyo City Tour
Experience the beauty and modern balance that Tokyo has to office. Day 3 includes a tour of Tokyo’s iconic features. Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace plaza, and the Asakusa and Ginza historical shopping districts.
The tour will disband within Ginza, and you’re free to explore and adventure within Tokyo for the rest of the day. Take the time to make notes of your tour and jot down anything you would want to explore after the tour.
Day 4: Tokyo Independent Exploration
After getting your bearing through the day 3 tour, feel free to explore what you’ve missed or what you wanted to see more of on day 4.
Early morning venues, areas that are too small for full tours, and unique experiences that may have been closed at the end of day 3’s tour can be enjoyed here.
Day 5: The Train to Kyoto
Wave farewell to Tokyo and prepare to greet Kyoko. In the morning, you leave the hotel and head to the railways station for the bullet train to Kyoto.
In the afternoon, you can explore the resplendent Heian Jingu Shrine, the ancient Sanjusangendo Temple and the Kiyomizu Temple.
Days 6 and 7: Kyoto Exploration and Optional Tour
Day 5 is a tour of Kyoto with more freedom to explore than the Tokyo tour. You can explore on your own, or join an optional tour to the neighboring town of Nara.
The former capital of Imperial Japan for over a thousand years, Kyoto is a seat of deep Japanese history that holds massive Japanese and world-wide cultural treasures.
Nara was once a capital of Imperial Japan during the reign of Empress Genmei that became an old world sightseeing destination—and still is to this day. A long history of cultivating the image and vibrant history of the region is part of the modern world, and the city celebrates ancient Japanese history with events such as the Kemari festival and Neri-Kuyo Eshiki.
A reservation is needed 34 hours in advance for your bus transfer to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport on the final day of your adventure.