EF Tours for Graduating Seniors: Tokyo & Beyond
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EF Tours for Graduating Seniors: Explore Japan

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Why Go?

Future. Past. Present. Between the infinite bright lights of Ginza, trains that go 200 miles per hour, and the most mind-blowing feats of human engineering; you will see the future in Tokyo. In Kyoto, the past is alive and well, where Tokugawa-era traditions and ancient shrines meet modernity. All the while, live in the moment as you have your mind blown by cutting-edge fashion trends, monkeys, and sushi. Say “sayonara” to who you are today, Japan is about to change your life.

What are the top highlights?

  • Walk across the world’s busiest crosswalk at Shibuya, the Times Square of Tokyo
  • Visit the trendy Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo
  • Align your inner Zen in the countryside
  • Gorge on ramen, sushi, sashimi, and other less well-known adventurous foods

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 7 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Daily breakfast & dinner included
  • Metro passes in each major city

Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for our travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

Flights

  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight to Tokyo, the capital of Japan, and the most populated metropolitan area in the world.

Day 2: Arrive in Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, where there are vending machines for everything, bright neon lights everywhere, and more Michelin-starred restaurants than the entire rest of the world combined. Soak it all in.

Today's Highlights:

  • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
  • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
  • Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.

Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of Tokyo

As you take a bus tour of the city—with some walking sprinkled in—it might feel like Tokyo is New York City on steroids. Because it is. But this concrete jungle is more than your typical office space and apartment buildings. You can still find relics of ancient Tokyo sprinkled throughout the city, and a pop culture community that’s off the charts. (The giant plushie standing in the street should be a clear giveaway.) And today, you get to explore it all.

Today's Highlights:

  • Check out the latest fashion trends as you walk through the Harajuku neighborhood.
  • Keep pure thoughts as you enter the Sensoji Temple and Shrine.
  • Buy your way through the Nakamise shopping street.
  • Make a pit stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza.
  • Practice your Frogger skills in Shibuya crossing, the world’s busiest crosswalk.

Day 4: Hakone Day Trip

Get to know its many bustling neighborhoods, or spend the day in tranquil Hakone. Ride to the peak of Mt. Komagatake via skyway cable car for immaculate views of Mt. Fuji, Odawara, Yokohama, Ohshima Island, and Sagami Bay. Then take a cruise around Lake Ashi for more Mt. Fuji action.

Day 5: Free Day in Tokyo + Optional Sushi Making Experience

Today is your day to do as you wish. And if that includes being on the lookout for the unique Kit Kat flavors Japan is known for—from sweet potato to cinnamon to soy sauce to pancake—so be it.

Free Time Suggestions
Time for Tokyo: When it comes to all things Tokyo, the Tokyo National Museum has you covered. Japanese art. Antiques. History. (It’s the oldest museum in the country after all.) This is the place for you.
Park it here: The Shinjuku Gyoen park is one of Tokyo’s largest parks, and is very popular with Japanese families on a day out. It’s also a great day to see the cherry blossoms (when in season).

Tokyo Sushi Experience(extra cost)

Visit the the world's largest fish market to see firsthand how sushi chefs select their ingredients. Learn how to assemble three types of traditional sushi (Nigiri, Temari, and Maki) before washing it down with a Sake tasting.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 6: Travel to Kyoto

Your trip continues to Kyoto. For you Japanese purists, Kyoto is traditional Japan, with the kimonos, tea ceremonies, geishas, and Zen temples to prove it. Learn all about Kyoto's past and present with a local guide. There are castles, shrines, temples, and one famous zen garden waiting for you.

Today's Highlights:

  • Travel to Kyoto, this is old-world Japan as you imagine in your head.
  • Enter warp speed as you blast through the countryside on a bullet train—up to 200 mph and never late.
  • Walk two steps, stop, take a picture, and repeat as you meander through the ancient city.
  • Visit the Kiyomizu Temple, dating back to 798 (and you thought things in the U.S. were old).

Day 7: Nijo Castle + Optional Explore Nishiki Market

The day is yours to continue getting to know Kyoto on your own. If you’re feeling like you’ve stepped back in time, it’s because you basically have. This is one of the best-preserved cities in Japan—prepare for a truly authentic experience.

Today's Highlights:

  • Visit the Nijo Castle with a guided tour by your Tour Director.
  • Free time to explore on your own or join the optional excursion to Nishiki Market

Explore Nishiki Market(extra cost)

Blink and 400 years goes by like THAT. That’s how long vendors have been perfecting delicacies for hungry customers in Nishiki Market. Take a guided deep dive into local treats and see why chefs call it Kyoto’s Kitchen.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 8: Sightseeing in Osaka + Farewell Dinner

You’re off to Osaka, the second-largest metropolitan area in Japan. Say goodbye to the tranquil Kyoto, and hello to the bright lights of Osaka. If you’re missing home, be sure to swing by Amerika-mura AKA America Town AKA where the Statue of Liberty goes for shrimp tempura.

Today's Highlights:

  • Sample octo-pops (a well-known street food that is exactly what it sounds like) on your way through Dotonbori, Nanba, and Hozenji Yokocho with your Tour Director.
  • Decide once and for all if ramen or sushi would win in a fight for your taste buds’ heart.
  • Make the moat of your trip with a visit to iconic Osaka Castle built in 1583 (get it? Moat?)
  • Enjoy an included farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Farewell Dinner
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

Day 9: Fly Home

Sayonara, tomodachi
Translation: Goodbye friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

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