On this tailor-made Japan tour, experience its ancient legends, traditions and customs firsthand. Beginning in Tokyo, explore the famed Sensoji Temple and the vibrant Arakusa cultural district on a privately guided tour. At the Shitaya Jinja shrine, witness age old religious rituals firsthand and discuss the Shinto faith with a priest. In Hakone, experience the healing properties of a typical Japanese onsen bath amid a beautiful mountain landscape. Discover Kyoto in-depth on a personalized excursion, from the Golden Temple to the haunting Bamboo Forests and busy markets. Next in the sacred Mount Koya, meditate, relax and learn the tenets of Shingon Buddhism while you rest in the Mount Koya Monastery. End your tour amid the cherry blossoms of Osaka, famed for its historic landmarks and vibrant cultural scene.
Abundantly tempered with opportunities to relax and unwind, and soak in unique sights and sounds at leisure, this tour of Japan will nurture and rejuvenate your body and soul. Customize this Japanese art and culture tour further to match all your interests with advice from our experts!
Tokyo is a city like no other! Defined by cutting-edge design, quirky creativity and its own unique ancient culture, the city defines the best of both worlds.
Tokyo’s Finest by Day Discover Tokyo with your local guide, stopping by some of its best known landmarks. The Asakusa area, with its many traditional buildings standing alongside the new, is your first stop. Witness the Sensoji Buddhist temple, believed to be Tokyo’s oldest. Discover the temple and the adjacent Nakamise street as well, where you will find rows of old shops selling food and curios of all kinds. After this you will be in for a novel experience as you travel by the Tokyo Water Bus on the Sumidagawa (meaning Sumida River), to reach the Hamarikyu Garden. Walk around the beautiful Edo-era garden and stop for some matcha (powdered green) tea and sweets at the charming little tea house within its precincts. Once done with the refreshments, make your way to the famous Meiji shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji and also a popular wedding venue. End your tour at dusk with a stroll around the Omotesando shopping street, a tree-lined boulevard with contemporary architecture and fashionable stores stocking some of the world’s finest brands. (Full Day; Private Activity; Transfers by public transport; Meal included: Tea and sweets; Fitness Level: Moderate)
Shitaya Jinja: Spiritual Shrine Excursion Accompanied by your local guide, head to Shitaya Jinja, a shrine nestled between Tokyo’s popular sightseeing districts of Ueno and Asakusa. Hidden from the hustle and bustle around, soak in the spiritual atmosphere at this ancient temple complex dedicated to Inari, the goddess of fertility and fortune. Passing under a Torii gate, purify your hands with water from a small reservoir at the entrance. Once inside, perform a ritual that includes ringing a bell followed by alternating bows and claps, to attract the deity’s attention. Say your prayers at the main building as you lay down your offerings. Sit and enjoy some quiet and peaceful time admiring the traditional wood architecture and religious stone figurines. Later, interacting with the priest during this exclusive experience, feel free to ask for any questions you might have about the Shinto faith. After a brief traditional gesture, receive blessings for your safe travels across Japan and your journey back home! (Half Day; Duration: 1 – 2 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness level: Easy)
Hakone defines the iconic image of Japan— with the majestic backdrop of Mount Fujiyama as it rises out of coniferous forest covered mountainsides, lakes and hot springs (onsen).
Onsen: Japanese Hot Spring Baths When in Japan, you can hardly miss out on experiencing the traditional, hot spring water baths with their healing properties. Enjoy the complementary facility of taking an Onsen soak in your own private outdoor tub of natural hot spring waters. Feel all your stress melt away from your tired muscles. Make the best use of all the other traditional hot tub options available at the property, each bathtub with its own particular temperature and mineral combination. A sumptuous dinner, followed right after by a hot soak comes highly recommend by your hosts. As per tradition, these other hot tubs are gender-segregated, shared bath facilities.
Hakone Free Pass (without travel guide, without entrance fees) The pass provides unlimited access to 8 different transportation systems in the area, such as the Hakone Tozan Line and the Hakone Ropeway, allowing you the freedom to thoroughly explore Hakone. Enjoy your trip to Hakone with the convenient and economical Hakone Freepass. For an extra charge and with seat reservation, you can also use the e-Romance Car panorama train. The pass is excluding tour guide and entrance fees.
Kyoto is to be seen to be believed. With no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the city encapsulates traditional Japanese culture and tradition.
Highlights of Kyoto – Golden Temple, Bamboo Forest and Markets Revel in the traditional sights, smells and sounds of feudal Japan’s best preserved city, in the company of your local guide. Visit the many UNESCO World Heritage sites dotting Kyoto, beginning with the Kinkakuji Temple, originally built for the Shogun. At his request, the Shogun’s villa was converted into a Buddhist Temple after his death. Discover the magnificent 15th century Nijo Castle with its splendidly preserved medieval gardens from Japan’s Edo period. Admire the many details and typical architectural features of the old monument, before walking down to the bustling Nishiki Market. Eat your heart out at this food street payable on spot, also known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, lined with innumerable restaurants and traditional eating houses! Try out typical local delicacies such as pickles, dried fish and sushi. Also visit the beautiful Arashiyama bamboo grove. (Full Day; Private activity & Public transport; Duration: 8 hrs. Please wear comfortable walking shoes; Fitness level- Moderate; Food tasting to be paid by the guests on spot).
Koyasan, also known as Mount Koya, and its surrounds, is a delightful destination to delve into the ancient culture of Japan, and a marvelous UNESCO World Heritage site.
Overnight Stay at Mount Koya Monastery Journey from Kyoto on your own in trains and a cable car to reach the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mount Koya. Spend the day exploring your surroundings before returning to your simple yet comfortable accommodations at a shukubo or Buddhist temple lodging. Dine on a traditional vegetarian Buddhist meal before enjoying a good night’s rest. Early the next day, head out on a private tour accompanied by a monk or a professional local guide. Know all about the legends and history of the mountain as you stroll around the historical sites in Okunoin cemetery. Witness the ritual ceremony of Shojingu where monks bring food to their departed master and founder of the Koyasan temples, Kobo Daishi. Follow your expert guide through a secret and easy forest trail known as Women Pilgrims’ Route to reach a private terrace that offers stunning views of the surroundings. Relish a local sushi lunch and afterward, choose to further explore the Koyasan area on your own before heading to your next destination. (2 Days/1 Night; Breakfast and One Meal Included; Fitness Level: Moderate. The hotels are religious facilities where rooms are simple with shared bathrooms and toilets.)
Osaka is third largest city of Japan and has been the home of traders and merchants. It is also well-known for Japan’s oldest temple, the Shinto Sumiyoshi-taisha, and the majestic 16th century Osaka Castle.
Food Trails of Osaka Embark on an exciting food adventure in Osaka as you explore the famous Kuromon Market and visit traditional family businesses and local favorite food stores with your guide. See the ingredients used to make miso soup, wasabi, bonito flakes, and Konyaku “jelly-potato”. Taste historical Japanese sweets “Wagashi”, modern desserts, and even fresh seafood, straight from early morning auctions. Drop into Okonomiyaki joint, a local favorite, to tuck in Oden stew and grilled Wagyu beef skewers. Continue to “Doguyasuji” – the city’s kitchenware street – and stroll through the 150m long shopping arcade observing family-run kitchen knife makers, artificial food displays and other quirky Japanese restaurant tools. Grill your Takoyaki with three different fillings and toppings. Ask your guide to show you the secret takoyaki flavor called “Ponzu”, a citrus vinaigrette sauce. Don the attire of a Takoyaki chef before your leave for Osaka with time to enjoy more of the city at your own pace. (Time: 0900 hrs; Group size: Max 4 guests; Meal included; Please inform of any dietary requirements).
Shared Transfer from Osaka Hotel to Kansai Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 4,290 /person
Option 2 From $ 5,490 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Tokyo (Shinjuku) – Hakone (Yumoto) (Limited Express Romancecar Train)
Odawara Hakone – Kyoto 1.45 h (Shinkansen Train-Standard Class)
Kyoto – Koyasan via Osaka (Express Train)
Koyasan – Osaka (Express Train)
All activities as listed :
Tokyo: Tokyo’s Finest by Day
Tokyo: Shitaya Jinja: Spiritual Shrine Excursion
Hakone: Onsen: Japanese Hot Spring Baths
Hakone: Hakone Free Pass (without travel guide, without entrance fees)
Kyoto: Highlights of Kyoto – Golden Temple, Bamboo Forest and Markets
Koyasan: Overnight Stay at Mount Koya Monastery
Osaka: Food Trails of Osaka
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
All airport, train station and hotel transfers as indicated. For private transfers our representative will meet you at the airport or the station and accompany you to your vehicle (and vice versa).
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
What our guests say about this trip
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