The Photographer

The Photographer

Our Photographer route puts together three of Japan’s most scenic destinations.  It includes a few days in exciting, dynamic Tokyo where you can exercise your most creative skills with it’s wide range of architectural wonders, then goes to Kurashiki, one of Japan’s most picturesque locations (and favorite site for wedding photographs), and ends in the traditional city of Kyoto with gardens, temples, geisha and so much more to catch the eye of the shutterbug.

We have curated the internet to bring together all the information you need to plan your trip in one handy page. You can easily arrange this entire tour on your own using our simple, do-it-yourself instructions and links to transportation, hotels, train information and more!

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7 Day Itinerary Product Bundle
7 Day Itinerary Product Bundle
Three 7-day itineraries in one bundle for the price of one! The Golden Route: Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto – 7-nights The Samurai: Tokyo-Matsumoto-Kyoto – 7-nights The Photographer: Tokyo-Kurashiki-Kyoto – 7-nights
Price: $99.99
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Tokyo

Tokyo is an extraordinary city—both a large and sprawling metropolis as well as a collection of small neighborhoods bound together both by excellent public transport and centuries of tradition, and it is the capitol of Japan today. This incredible city is also known for its many museums, theaters, gardens, and the world’s most famous fish market. Tokyo holds vast and incredibly lit shopping districts, stunning architectural buildings, and the sprawling Meiji Shinto Shrine, known for its towering gate and surrounding woods in the middle of downtown Tokyo. It is a mixture of the ultramodern and traditional, from the neon-lit skyscrapers to the historic temples.

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Kurashiki

Kurashiki is a small town and one of Japan’s most picturesque, with interesting shops and museums located in the Bikan district, along an old reserved canal. Tourists can enjoy rides on the canal in traditional hand-oared boats. Kurashiki has become known for its history, art and museums. Most of the town’s current museums, boutiques and cafes are former storehouses, known as kura, which are built with distinctive grey walls with white cross-hatch patterns. The town is also located near the Bizen pottery centers and many area shops feature works of the distinct Bizen unglazed style.

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Kyoto

Kyoto is the former capital of Japan, famous for its temples, shrines, Geisha, textiles, festivals, and traditional stone streets. It is home to seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple (the famed “Golden Pavillion”), Ryoan-ji Temple, and Nijo Castle. After the sun sets, you can sometimes see a geisha dressed in a colorful kimono, silently walking from one tea house to the next in the Gion district. Several times a year Kyoto is the home to festivals that showcase the history of the city and region with parades featuring stunning costumes and elaborate floats.

Your Daily Itinerary Includes

Complete PDF (over 50 pages!) with hundreds of links to resources

Planning and preparation information

Curated Japan Signature information – insider knowledge from travelers who go to Japan regularly as tourists

Arrival Logistics Information with links to book in advance

Departure Logistics Information with links to book in advance

Detailed travel instructions for Tokyo to Kurashiki and Kurashiki to Kyoto, including multiple options and routes

Tokyo Information:

  • 11 suggested and regularly inspected hotels and ryokans and resources for additional options
  • Details on trains, subways and taxis, with some information (and words of caution) about buses and rental cars
  • Sightseeing highlights including Top 5 things to do plus 8 more interesting places to visit in your 3-day visit
  • Resources for finding and hiring a guide (including volunteers)
  • Descriptions of 18 of Tokyo’s neighborhoods
  • Dining with links to lists of restaurants
  • Activities to try including cooking and sword and ninja classes
  • Suggested day-by-day itinerary to maximize your time in Tokyo

Kurashiki Information:

  • 4 suggested and regularly inspected hotels and ryokans and resources for additional options
  • Local transportation information
  • Sightseeing highlights including Top 5 things to do plus extras if you have time
  • Resources for finding and hiring a guide (including volunteers)
  • Five main areas to explore
  • Dining suggestions and information on dining at your ryokan
  • Activities to try including making jeans, pottery and suggested small museums
  • Festivals and events unique to the area
  • Suggested day-by-day itinerary to maximize your time in Kurashiki

Kyoto Information:

  • 13 suggested and regularly inspected hotels and ryokans and resources for additional options
  • Details on trains, subways and taxis, with some information (and words of caution) about buses
  • Sightseeing highlights including Top 5 things to do, 5 hidden gems, plus details about places that require an advance reservation
  • Resources for finding and hiring a guide (including volunteers)
  • Descriptions of 6 main areas for sightseeing in Kyoto
  • Dining with links to lists of restaurants
  • Activities to try including cooking classes, taiko drum lessons, kimono dressing and more
  • Suggested day-by-day itinerary to maximize your time in Kyoto

Buy Photographer Itinerary Now

Download the PDF Here

7 Day Itinerary Product Bundle
7 Day Itinerary Product Bundle
Three 7-day itineraries in one bundle for the price of one! The Golden Route: Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto – 7-nights The Samurai: Tokyo-Matsumoto-Kyoto – 7-nights The Photographer: Tokyo-Kurashiki-Kyoto – 7-nights
Price: $99.99

Other 7-Night Options

The Samurai: 7-night

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The Golden Route: 7-nights

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