Cultural Getaway to Kyoto

Friday, December 6 - Saturday, December 7

Depart Tokyo and embark on the Shinkansen, Japan’s famed bullet train, to the Kansai region for a cultural getaway to Kyoto. As Japan’s capital city for more than 1,000 years until 1868, Kyoto has protected much of the history and traditional landmarks that once made it the epicentre for Japan. This very full trip will give you the chance to explore cultural landmarks and to learn more about this enchanting ancient capital city.


Sugimoto Residence
This trip includes an extremely special and exclusive visit to Sugimoto Residence, a private home and one of the largest machiya (traditional townhouses) in Kyoto. Visitors will have the chance to experience what life has like in Kyoto during the 18th and 19th centuries, a life closer to nature and the beauty of everyday items. The visit will also include a traditional breakfast with the family.

Our guide will be the present and 10th head of the family, Setsuko Sugimoto. She is very involved in preserving the lifestyle of the Sugimoto family, as well as preserving Kyoto's machiya and the culture and traditions of Kyoto’s burghers. Through writing and media appearances, she actively promotes the spirit of simplicity and thrift recorded in her book Saichū-oboe, by teaching Kyoto home cooking (obanzai) and other traditional Japanese cooking styles.

The Sugimoto Residence is a jewel of Kyoto, designated a Tangible Cultural Asset by Kyoto, as well as a National Important Property, and its garden is a National Site of Scenic Beauty. This exclusive event is supported by NHK.

Jpn Kyoto Historic
Jpn Kyoto Sagano
Jpn Kyoto Night
Jpn Kyoto Nishiki
Jpn Kyoto Train
Jpn Kyoto Kiyomizu Dera

Day 1: Friday, December 6

9:00 AM: Depart from Grand Nikko Hotel and walk to Daiba Station
9:20 AM: Public Transportation - Yurikamome Monorail to Shinagawa Station
10:00 AM: Bullet Train (317 Nozomi, reserved coach seats)
12:15 PM: Arrive Kyoto Station
12:30 PM: Private Bus to lunch venue (Yoshiya)
1:00–3:00 PM: Lunch and exploration of Arashiyama and Sagano District
3:00 PM: Private Bus transfer to Kiyomizu-dera Temple
3:30–5:00 PM: Exploration of Kiyomizu-dera Temples
6:00 PM: Dinner at Kiyomizu Kyoto Higashiyama Garden
8:30 PM: Check in at Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Day 2: Saturday, December 7

8:00 AM: Depart Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (Luggage will be stored at the hotel front desk until JTB tour attendants load them on the shuttle bus during lunch)
8:00–8:30 AM: Exploration of traditional architecture and old town houses in the former capital city
8:30–10:30 AM: Exclusive traditional Japanese breakfast served at the Sugimoto Residence the private home of a traditional Kimono Master (This exclusive event is supported by NHK)
10:30–10:50 AM: Depart for Nishiki Market
10:50 AM – NOON: Explore Nishiki Market
12:05 PM: Lunch at Matsui Honka
2:00 PM: Pickup and departure for Kyoto Station (Luggage loaded from hotel by JTB attendants during lunch)
3:02 PM: Arrive Kyoto Station, Bullet train return to Tokyo (372 Nozomi, reserved coach seats)
5:12 PM: Arrive Shinagawa Station, meet JTB guides at Shinagawa Station to return via public transportation to hotel
5:30 PM: Arrival at Grand Nikko Hotel, tour ends

Itinerary subject to change.


  • Accommodation (Kyoto Tokyu Hotel)
  • Round Trip Bullet Train Ticket (reserved Seat)
  • Public transportation in Tokyo
  • Guides between Grand Nikko Hotel and Shinagawa Station
  • 1 x JTB Tour attendant
  • Tour Bus in Kyoto
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple Entrance Fee
  • Meals: 1 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner

Not Included:

  • Beverages (alcoholic and soft drinks)
  • National Government Licensed Interpreter

Room Types:
Standard Twin (Bed size – 110 x 195 cm) OR Superior Double (Bed size – 160 x 203 cm), single use

Cost: Cost: 102,000 JPY/person


This tour is offered by JTB in collaboration with NHK.