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. In Hakone, experience the healing properties of a typical Japanese onsen bath amid a beautiful mountain landscape. Afterward, discover Kyoto in-depth on a personalized excursion, from the Golden Pavilion to the Nijo Castle 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. Get in touch with us and personalize this Japan culture and heritage tour further to match all your preferences with 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.
Traditional Tokyo by Day For a day well spent, visit some of Tokyo’s best known landmarks with your local expert! Begin with a trip to the Asakusa locality, well-known for its “shitamachi” or old-world vibe. You can visit the Sensoji temple, a Buddhist temple believed to be Tokyo’s oldest. Adjacent to the temple you will find the Nakamise “dori” or street, where you can taste some traditional snacks if you like. Travel across town to Omotesando and after exploring the ritzy flagship stores and spectacular architecture on the main boulevard. Next, make your last stop at the famous Meiji shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. Surrounded by a forested area with 365 species of trees, the shrine is also a popular wedding venue, so don’t be surprised if you come across a bride and groom all dressed up for their big day! (Half Day; 0900 or 1400 hrs; Private Activity; Transfers by public transport; Fitness Level: Moderate)
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.
Kyoto Highlights: Half Day Tour Discover a slice of traditional Japan on this tour of a selection of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the famous Golden Pavilion or the Buddhist Kinkakuji Temple, which was originally built as the retirement home of the 14th Century Shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The lovely villa was turned into a temple after his death. Stop by the grand, 16th Century Nijo Castle with its imposing ramparts and spectacular gardens. Reflective of the power and grandeur of the Edo Shogunate, marvel at the castle’s architecture and building features like its intricate sliding doors, ‘chirping’ nightingale floors and secret chambers. Wind up your day tour by fortifying yourself at Nishiki Market, also known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”. This street food district is lined with innumerable little noodle shops and food stalls selling deliciously fresh seafood, delectable sushi, traditional pickles and sweets. [Half Day, Time of the Day: 0930 or 1430 hrs; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes].
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.
Osaka Castle and Abeno Harukas Tour Set out on this fascinating discovery of the iconic attractions of this sprawling metropolis. Stroll around the stately Osaka Castle with its majestic stone walls and moats as your guide narrates interesting anecdotes. Soak in the historic ambiance of this famous castle that has been wholly rebuilt after World War II to include modern amenities while retaining its original facade. After exploring the castle and its grounds to your heart’s content, head to Abeno Harukas skyscraper, Japan’s tallest building at a height of 984 feet (300 m). Savor 360 degree views of the city from the observation decks that are spread across the top three floors of the building. Wind up your tour and head back to your hotel. (Half Day; Time: 0930/1330 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Shared Transfer from Osaka Hotel to Kansai Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 3,790 /person
Option 2 From $ 4,690 /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: Traditional Tokyo by Day
Hakone: Onsen: Japanese Hot Spring Baths
Hakone: Hakone Free Pass (without travel guide, without entrance fees)
Kyoto: Kyoto Highlights: Half Day Tour
Koyasan: Overnight Stay at Mount Koya Monastery
Osaka: Osaka Castle and Abeno Harukas Tour
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
Enchanting Travels is a professional organisation who provided us with a well planned holiday tailored to our requirements. Our experiences in Japan were memorable thanks to efficient, knowledgeable guides who led us through many varied attractions.