Culture in Kyoto
During the 2020 Summer Games

July 21-23, 2020
July 29-31, 2020
August 1-3, 2020
August 4-6, 2020
August 10-12, 2020

A 3-day culturally focused package that will give you a taste of the magical city of Kyoto. Arrive from Toyko by bullet train, stay in a centrally located hotel with easy access to local attractions, and enjoy a full-day excursion with our experienced local guide. Visit Kyoto’s historic districts, iconic temples and hidden gems while getting a taste of its fabulous cuisine and ancient traditions. Optional add-ons include an evening culinary tour and a Nara day trip. We also offer 7 and 10 day Tokyo packages through our partner Bucket List Events.

starting at $995 per person


  • Accommodations

    • Centrally located 3-star hotel

  • Transportation

    • Bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto with train station Meet & Greet

    • Shuttle service to hotel with private transfer upgrade option

    • Public transit card for our excursion day

  • Activities

    • Full day experiential tour with English-speaking local guide through historic districts, iconic temples and hidden gems

    • Entries to sites & temples included in day excursion

  • Meals

    • Daily breakfast with Japanese & Western options

    • Traditional Japanese lunch at a hidden spot chosen by our local guide

    • Optional curated evening culinary tour, including a visit to at least one Michelin star restaurant

  • Additional

    • Dedicated Traverse host throughout your stay

    • Small group experience, limited to 12 

    • Optional add-on day in Nara + extra night in Kyoto

    • Traverse representative assisting you from booking to departure


Day 1: welcome to kyoto!

Your bullet train ticket will be delivered to your concierge in Tokyo for your morning journey to Kyoto. Arrive early afternoon and receive a Meet & Greet at the train station where you’ll be directed to the ride to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome drink with your Traverse host, check in to your room, and receive a short orientation to enjoy evening plans on your own. Consider full-course traditional kyo kaiseki meal, or do a progressive dinner at the nearby izakayas for tasty bites and local cuisine. 

Meals: None

Day 2: best of kyoto

Today will be a full day of explorations with our experienced local guide who will show us some of Kyoto’s most iconic sites while also revealing its hidden gems.  We’ll make our way by foot and public transit to several of Kyoto’s historic districts, visiting shrines and sites as we go while learning all about the history and culture form our local guide. For lunch we’ll enjoy a traditional noodles at a family run restaurant before continuing the explorations in the afternoon. Enjoy free time in the evening, or opt for a guided visit to some of Kyoto’s best restaurants for an unforgettable culinary experience curated by our local guide.

Meals: B, L

Day 3: departure

Enjoy breakfast this morning before your shuttle to the Osaka International Airport (ITM). Flight departures can be any time today. Check out is 11 a.m. but you can store luggage with the concierge if you have a later flight. If you’re taking a train back to Tokyo for an evening flight out, bullet train tickets and shuttle to the Kyoto station can be arranged for you. 

Meals: B


You'll be paired with a roommate of your same gender unless you request your own room.

$995 per person - double occupancy

+$395 'My own room' option

+$395 'My own room' option

Add-on option:

Add-on options are available for after the trip with our fantastic, local guides. Please contact us for more info and with any additional questions.

+$195 private transfer service (per 1 or 2 people)

Bullet train back to Tokyo: Cost + 15% service fee 

$250 Evening culinary tour on Day 2 (per 1 or 2 people) (Excludes cost of food or drink.)

$400+ Curated Nara extension day trip on Day 3 (per 1 or 2 people)

$350 Extra night (per double room)

tokyo option:

Looking for options in Tokyo during the Summer Games? Our partner Bucket List Events has 7 and 10 day options that include 4-star accommodations, Tokyo excursions, viewing parties, daily on-site assistance and much more! Packages are fixed dates that coincide with our Kyoto and Mt. Fuji excursions. Get in touch today to learn more!


  • International airfare

  • Additional meals, excursions and activities not listed

  • Alcohol, unless specified

  • Required travel insurance


About Your Traverse host


Ashley Blake is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and Traverse Journeys founder with a background in tourism,  entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker with conversational Portuguese skills and is just starting to study Arabic. Ashley has worked and traveled in 45 countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has designed and led in Spain, Germany, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Morocco, Croatia and China.

Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement.

Ashley’s first Summer Games experience was in 2008 in Beijing where she worked in tourism hosting clients and sports fans as well as the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

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