Summer in the City 2018
July 24th, 2018 - August 3rd, 2018
$430/month - ($4,195 total with flight, or $2,995 land only)
Visit the very best of Japan's major cities.
If you're a first time traveler, are restricted to the summer due to work or school, or just want a good introduction to Japan, Summer in the City was built for you! Our journey will run through some of PacSet's most popular destinations as we criss-cross the country from shopping avenues and anime stores to temples and museums. We'll begin in Tokyo, where anime shopping in Akihabara, trend watching in Harajuku, the Ghibli Museum and much more all await. Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto are also part of the trip, so you'll be able to sample Kansai's amazing cuisine, take in fantastic bay views, and explore temples, shrines, and museums. Of course, it wouldn't be a PacSet tour without a few special extras - and we've got plenty of them! We'll be making PacSet's first trip to the metropolis of Nagoya, where we'll visit a full replica of the house from the Ghibli anime classic My Neighbor Totoro before checking out the city's trendy shopping avenues. You'll also get to ride down the famous river in Arashiyama after a stroll through Kyoto's famed bamboo forests. Want more? Customize your tour with special extras like a dinner cruise, visit to Tokyo Tower, or a relaxing dip at Spa World, Osaka's "hot spring theme park" - a PacSet first. An amazing summer vacation awaits - but space is limited, so sign up today!
  • Travel Style: One True Tour
    Anime-centric adventures for every fan
  • Pace: Walking and Shopping
    You can walk OR relax during shopping stops
  • Season: Summer
    Festivals and fiery, humid temperatures


We'll meet up at Los Angeles International Airport and board our flight to Japan.

Welcome Meeting and Tour Guidebook

We'll meet up at Los Angeles International Airport and board our flight to Japan! You'll be given the tour guidebook for review at this time.


The flight to Japan will take approximately 9 hours.

Be sure to read our tour pre-departure emails to be prepared for the trip

Day 2: Toward the Tower

Upon arrival in Tokyo, we’ll head to our hotel and get settled in. In the evening, you can chill at the hotel or join your guide for a visit to the observation deck of Tokyo Tower!
Optional: Tokyo Tower $15

Day 3: To Sail, To Soar, To the Store

We begin the day on the futuristic Hotaluna ferry boat, designed by anime legend Leiji Matsumoto, for a gorgeous ride across the bay to Odaiba! When we get there, you’ll have the chance to see the brand new Gundam UC robot and Gundam store, or hit Sega Joypolis, where you can play the latest arcade marvels and ride virtual 3D rides!

After lunch, we travel to the Sunshine City mall in Ikebukuro. Around here, you can visit theme parks for popular manga characters, chill at a local cat cafe, browse the fangirl-centric Otome Road (hi ladies!), or sample fancy desserts at countless cake shops near the station.

Day 4: Shrine, Shop, Sail

We begin our day at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo’s iconic forest shrine dedicated to the Meiji Emperor. After making wishes and taking in the sights, we’ll head to Harajuku, Tokyo’s center of counterculture. Shop for kitschy souvenirs, try on odd fashions, peruse art galleries, or just take it easy at some of Tokyo’s finest cafes. In the afternoon, you have a choice: join a guide for a trek to the anime merch closet that is Nakano Broadway, or check out the music stores and street art in Shibuya. If all this urban exploring has you feeling like a nice dinner out, join us for a special multi-course Tempura dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay, complete with bottomless drinks!

Optional: Yakatabune Dinner Cruise $105

Day 5: The Neon Forest

After a breakfast stop, we’ll begin our day at the Ghibli Museum, where you can explore the history of the iconic studio’s masterworks, see exclusive anime shorts, and even meet a giant robot! Then, it’s off to the mecca of all things Anime, Akihabara! Join the guides for shopping or go on your own – it’s up to you. You’ll also have the chance to join us for a visit to our favorite Maid Café for dessert!

Optional: Maid Café $45

Day 6: Free Day!

Today is a free day for you to explore Tokyo! Your guides will be on hand the night before to help you plan your day out on the town.

Day 7: The Land of Miso Katsu

It’s time to bid farewell to Tokyo, but our adventures are just beginning! Today we cross to the Tokai region’s main metropolis, Nagoya! The park for the 2005 World Expo is our first stop, where we’ll get to tour a full replica of Satsuki and Mei’s home from My Neighbor Totoro. After wandering among the trees, we’ll roar back into the city and the friendly Osu-dori area. Check out weird shops, nibble on street food, or play in the arcades before we find dinner and marvel at the station-front city lights.

Day 8: The Gold and the Wind

After leaving Nagoya, we get to Kyoto for our first day in Japan’s traditional capitol! You’ll visit the famed golden pavilion, Kinkakuji, before we ride a local tram up to Arashiyama. Renowned for its beauty and scenery, you’ll get to see the area from three angles: the calming tatami mat rooms of Tenryuji Temple, the famous bamboo forests, and finally a boat on the river in the center of town. Want to explore more? No worries – you’ll get plenty of exploring time before we head back to the hotel.

Day 9: A Tea by any other flavor

Our Kyoto adventure continues along the aqueduct that leads to one of the city’s underexplored gems, Nanzenji Temple. Venture inside the temple to try a little tea and experience the tranquility of a zen rock garden. Oh, and did we mention you can explore the inside of the temple’s massive gate?

After exploring, we cross Kansai to the city of Kobe! Check out the views from the city’s mountainside herb garden before we wind our way out of the mountains to Sannomiya, Kobe’s bustling market area where you’ll be able to finish any last minute shopping (or just take a break in one of the area’s famous cafes).

Day 10: Dive into Osaka 

Osaka is our last Kansai stop, and it’s a great one! Start with a visit to the reconstructed Osaka Castle to learn about the area’s history before we ride to the center of the city, Namba! Try the area’s famous okonomiyaki, eat the legendary fluffy cheesecakes and tarts, and check out the view from the Dotombori Bridge. Need to relax at the end of your journey? Join us for a visit to Osaka’s massive “onsen theme park”, Spa World!

Optional: Spa World $20

NO TATTOOS ARE ALLOWED AT SPA WORLD. Please notify us if you have a tattoo and want to sign up for this option.

Day 11: Return home 

Return home to tell your friends how much fun you had!!

What's Included
Kobe , Kyoto , Osaka , Tokyo
R/T airfare from LAX to Japan
All transportation within Japan
Train, ropeway, bus, shinkansen (bullet train)
Hotel accommodations: 5 nights Tokyo, 1 night Nagoya, 3 nights Kyoto/Osaka
Tour guide services
Professional, bilingual guide and onsite concierge services
Admission to all activities
Costs for all scheduled tour activities (temples, museums, boat rides, etc.) are covered!
Customized tour guidebook
Includes detailed itinerary, Japan travel basics, maps
Nightly turndown service
Local snacks and homemade sweets

Need a custom add-on?
We're more than happy to help you!

Let's make memories together
“When the tour guides say they want to make it feel as if you are on vacation with family and friends, they really do that. It feels like I’ve known them for years. There was absolutely nothing uncomfortable about any part of this tour. I will highly recommend it to friends, one friend who is most likely going to come on a tour soon.” -Animated Spring 2015, Carlos Flores   "Evan is a great tour guide, knows what he's doing, tries to tailor tour to each person. Great tour overall, well planned, memorable experience" -Animated Spring 2014, Anonymous
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