Sightseeing Tour of Two Capital Cities with Ancient Marvels and Modern City Centers
Beijing and Tokyo effortlessly blend the past and the present, with neon city centers interspersed with temples, shrines, and gardens dating back thousands of years. On this 10-day, 8-night tour of Beijing and Tokyo from Friendly Planet Travel, you’ll discover both new marvels and ancient monuments as you visit the Great Wall of China, Tokyo Tower, and Tokyo’s stylish shopping districts. The tour includes roundtrip airfare and transfers in Tokyo and Beijing from Los Angeles or San Francisco, as well as luxury accommodations, guided tours, and daily breakfast.
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Days 1–5: Beijing, China
After arriving in Beijing, you’ll transfer to the 4.5-star Kempinski Hotel Beijing to rest up after the long journey. The next morning, the group takes a full-day guided tour, including a provided lunch, of the Great Wall of China. The wall, which took more than 2,000 years to build, zigzags across approximately 3,750 miles of hills and mountains.
Explore Beijing at your leisure for the next two days. You can also sign up for an optional excursion (extra fees) to a nearby attraction, such as the Temple of Heaven, the sacred grounds where Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvests, the Summer Palace, a collection of pavilions, temples, and palaces surrounding Kunming Lake, or the Forbidden City, the ancient seat of power for the Ming and Qing dynasties. See the full list of excursions here.
Days 6–10: Tokyo, Japan
You’ll board a flight to Tokyo in the morning and then check in to the 4-star Keio Plaza Hotel upon arrival. The following day, take a guided city tour that visits the Tokyo Tower—a red and white tower modeled after the Eiffel Tower. You’ll also see a Japanese shrine and the Imperial Palace’s gardens, where the current emperor of Japan keeps his video-game collection. The final stop of the day is Ginza, an entertainment district lined with boutiques, restaurants, and the famous Kabuki Theater.
Spend the next few days sightseeing on your own—your hotel is just a few minutes from Shinjuku Station, where you can catch a train to many of Tokyo’s major attractions. Alternatively, take an optional excursion (extra fees). These include a tour around the stylish Shinjuku ward or a trip to Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak and a major influence on its artwork. For more information on each excursion, click here.
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