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The Samurai

The Samurai

Our Samurai tour is a chance to get off the normal beaten path for travelers with only a week in Japan.  It includes a few days in exciting, dynamic Tokyo, a visit to a castle town in the Japanese Alps where you can see one of Japan’s authentic castles, and it ends in the home of tradition and culture, Kyoto with it’s rich history and wealth of activities. The path of the Samurai will give you a chance to visit special samurai related museums and activities as well as see the places where these warriors lived and fought.

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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The Samurai Itinerary - 7 Day
The Samurai Itinerary - 7 Day
Our Samurai tour is a chance to get off the normal beaten path for travelers with only a week in Japan. It includes a few days in exciting, dynamic Tokyo, a visit to a castle town in the Japanese Alps where you can see one of Japan’s authentic castles, and it ends in the home of tradition and culture, Kyoto with it’s rich history and wealth of activities. The path of the Samurai will give you a chance to visit special samurai related museums and activities as well as see the places where these warriors lived and fought. Tokyo-Matsumoto-Kyoto Get off the beaten path to see nature and history, while still spending time in two of Japan’s most important cities.
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.

Matsumoto

Matsumoto, at the base of the Japanese Alps in Nagano prefecture (home of the 2010 Winter Olympics!) is home to one of the few original castles in Japan, where you can experience the way the samurai lived and climb the steep inner steps to the top to survey the beautiful Kiso valley. The area is known for its apples, soba (buckwheat) noodles and is the birthplace of the famous Suzuki music method. Near the city are numerous onsen (hot spring) towns and ryokans where you can enjoy geothermally heated spring water and multi-course kaiseki meals.

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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 Matsumoto and Matsumoto to Kyoto including multiple options, routes and side-trips

Information on J-R Railpass use

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

Matsumoto Information:

  • 4 suggested and regularly inspected hotels and ryokans and resources for additional options
  • Local transportation information (mostly on foot in this town)
  • Sightseeing highlights including Top 5 things to do plus extras if you have time
  • Resources for finding and hiring a local guide (including volunteers)
  • Descriptions of areas of interest
  • Dining – local restaurants as well as dining at your ryokan
  • Activities to try including soba-noodle making, apple picking and interesting local museums
  • Suggested day-by-day itinerary to maximize your time in Matsumoto

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 The Samurai Itinerary Now

Download the PDFs Here – Click Add to Cart Below

The Samurai Itinerary - 7 Day
The Samurai Itinerary - 7 Day
Our Samurai tour is a chance to get off the normal beaten path for travelers with only a week in Japan. It includes a few days in exciting, dynamic Tokyo, a visit to a castle town in the Japanese Alps where you can see one of Japan’s authentic castles, and it ends in the home of tradition and culture, Kyoto with it’s rich history and wealth of activities. The path of the Samurai will give you a chance to visit special samurai related museums and activities as well as see the places where these warriors lived and fought. Tokyo-Matsumoto-Kyoto Get off the beaten path to see nature and history, while still spending time in two of Japan’s most important cities.
Price: $99.99

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