This grand journey is the ideal way to discover the historic highlights of Japan. Austere shinto shrines of Tokyo, iconic mountain landscapes and hot springs of Hakone, conversations with geishas over a steaming cup of matcha – experience it all. Discover tranquility amid sacred mountains, samurai castles and mouthwatering dishes as you travel through incredible Japan. Last on your list is the spectacular Floating Torii Gate at Miyajima, before you head to the silken sands of Koh Samui in Thailand.


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to AsakusaPark Hotel Tokyo, Conrad Tokyo
4 - 6HakoneView of Mt Fuji volcano, enjoy the views from a pirate ship, Natural hot springs and Onsen, Ropeway over Volcanic plains, overlooking the sulphuric fumesHakone Kowakien Tenyu
6 - 9KyotoFushimi Inari Shrine, Buddha statue of Nara, Geisha district, Day trip to Uji tea plantationsRoyal Park Hotel The Kyoto, Hyatt Regency Kyoto
9 - 10KōyasanUNESCO World Heritage site Mount Koya, Graves in Okunoin Cemetery,  Zen Buddhist MeditationMt. Koya Sojiin Shukubo
10 - 12OsakaThe grand Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building, Gourmet Street Food TourHotel Granvia Osaka, The St. Regis Osaka
12 - 14MiyajimaSacred island for Shintoism, The Floating Torii Gate, UNESCO World Heritage siteIwaso Miyajima, Iroha Ryokan Miyajima
14 - 20Koh SamuiEast Coast, White Sandy Beaches, Coconut Trees, Crystal Clear WaterAnantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, Six Senses Hideaway

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Train from Narita Airport to Tokyo (1 hr)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel


3 Days

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.

Included Activities

Nikko World Heritage Excursion
A two hour train journey from Tokyo brings you to Nikko National Park where you will visit the Toshogu Shrine complex. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Toshogu Shrine was originally built as a mausoleum for the founder of Tokugawa Shogunate which held sway over Japan for more than 250 years! Thronged by local pilgrims and foreign visitors alike, this lavish complex boasts several Buddhist and Shinto structures set amid a lush green forest. This is the ideal opportunity to embrace the history of Toshogu as the local guides share colorful tales. Continue on to Tamozawa Imperial Villa, which is a national cultural treasure and spans architectural styles across three periods of Japanese history – Edo, Meiji and Taisho. Your excursion concludes with a visit to a beautiful botanical garden. (Full Day; Duration: 10.5 hrs; Tamozawa Villa is closed on Tuesdays; Please wear comfortable walking shoes)

Highlights Of Tokyo
Discover one of the most fascinating global cities of our times on this day tour, accompanied by your local guide. Start off with a visit to Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional ceremonies. From your spiritual plane, you can now return to the material world with a stroll down the elegant tree-lined avenue of Omotesando – Tokyo’s shopping district. This is the city’s fashion equivalent to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris! Having had your fill of global fashion, you can cut across town to soak in the old-world atmosphere of Asakusa. Walk down to Tokyo’s oldest temple, Sensoji, before losing yourself in the delightful shopping street of Nakamise. Shop for souvenirs and sample traditional refreshments. Wind up your day with a peaceful boat ride along the lovely Sumida River, passing under a dozen bridges to reach Hamarikyu Garden. This is an anachronistic little oasis of tranquillity fringed by towering skyscrapers. Sip on steaming matcha at a genteel Japanese tea house, as you contemplate the beauty all around. (Full Day; Please wear comfortable shoes).

Hotel Options
Park Hotel Tokyo – Opt 1
RoomCity Room - City View
Conrad Tokyo – Opt 2
RoomCity Room
Day 4 - 6

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Tokyo to Odawara Hakone (30 Mins)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel


2 Days

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).

Included Activities

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.

Visit To Mount Fuji National Park
Take a trip to Mount Fuji National Park for Japan’s most iconic destination. Choose from any of the numerous transport options to reach Mount Owakudani for the most breathtaking view of this majestic volcanic mountain peak. You could ride the world’s second longest cable car, passing over hot springs and simmering rivers of volcanic landscapes. As per local beliefs—you could add seven years to your life by eating Hakone’s famous hard boiled, smoked eggs that are cooked over the hot vapours! Take the Hakone Tozan ‘switchback train’ that winds its way through the mountains, offering amazing views of the surrounding highland valleys. Or better still, ride a splendid replica of a pirate ship that will sweep you across the 3,000 year old, volcanic Lake Ashinoko, right up to the sacred Hakone shrine. You may also wish to visit one of Hakone’s public Yunessun or hot spa facilities. (Full Day, Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring warm clothing).

Hotel Options
RoomWestern Room
Day 6 - 9

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Odawara Hakone to Kyoto (1.45 hrs)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel


3 Days

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.

Included Activities

Kyoto Fushimi & Sake Brewery Excursion
Head by train or car to Fushimi, located in th suburbs of Kyoto, with a local guide. Fushimi is alive with historical charm. Visit the spectacular Fushimi Inari Shrine, which is renowned due to its 10,000 red Tori Gates that line a path up a winding trail to a mountaintop temple, and was featured in the noteworthy movie, ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. All that walking will allow you to fully appreciate a visit to a traditional sake brewery. Learn about the finer points of crafting Japan’s national drink as you tour the brewery with an expert. Sample an entire selection of five types of sake! We highly recommend you eat before the sake tasting. If you wish, you can purchase your own sake at the brewery store so that you have a liquid memento of your Japan adventure! (Half Day, Time of the day: Morning/Afternoon; Duration: 4 hrs; Private activity; Public transfers; Travel Time: Travel time: 15 minutes from Kyoto; Shared activity in group of max. 7 people. Sake tasting only permitted for those aged 20 years and above; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable shoes)

Highlights Of Kyoto
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, 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. Visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple which offers panoramic views of the city from its high veranda! (Full Day; Private activity & Public transport; Duration: 8 hrs. Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

Uji Tea Experience
Compact but captivating, Uji is famous for its high quality green tea. Located a short distance from Kyoto by train, take a half day tour of this historical city, which offers great sightseeing experiences. More importantly, you will love sipping delicious tea at the traditional tea ceremony conducted in Uji’s many teahouses. Of great cultural significance, some of the finest Japanese teas are produced in the city. With your guide as translator, discover the intricacies of kneading and drying tea leaves from local experts. Afterwards, stroll down Uji’s scenic streets to sample tea from local vendors. Ancient temples and marvelous gardens add to the charm of this picturesque destination. Enjoy a midday meal at one of several Japanese restaurants. You may wish to take back some exquisite green tea as a memento, before taking the train back to Kyoto! (Half day; Group Activity of up to 5 people; Includes a 20 minute return train ride from Kyoto to Uji)

Japanese Cooking Class In A Machiya
Learn the secret tips for creating some of the most loved Japanese dishes in a morning cooking lesson at one of Kyoto’s typical Maichyas (traditional wooden townhouses). Japanese cuisine has been declared a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage for good reason, cooked as it is with the freshest ingredients and masterful techniques. Get an overall idea about Japanese cooking styles from your chef in this cooking class designed for a small, intimate group. Learn how to prepare Bento style boxed meals under the expert guidance of your host chef. Cook Kyoto’s signature Shokado bento, a delicious spread that includes delectable bites of tempura, miso soup, egg roll, chicken teriyaki, sesame spinach salad and sushi. The greatest treat awaits you at the end of the class, when you get to taste your own Bento box! (Half Day, Shared Activity & Shared Transfer; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy; Please inform about any dietary restrictions in advance).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Double
RoomGuest Room
Day 9 - 10

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Train from Kyoto to Koyasan via Osaka. Later cable car to Mt Koya and bus to Buddhist temple lodging.


1 Day

Kōyasan, 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.

Included Activities

Mount Koya Monastery Retreat
Immerse yourself in the soul rejuvenating and tranquil experience of a two day retreat at a Japanese monastery. A pleasant and scenic train ride will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mount Koya. Accompanied by your local guide from the train station, a short cable car ride will take you atop the 900 meter Mount Koya. Marvel at the magnificent sight of over one hundred temples surrounding the mountain top. This sacred site has been the center of a key Buddhist sect for over a century! Visit Kongobunji Temple, the main monastery of Shingon Buddhism, which is also home to Japan’s largest rock garden. Stop by the Garan Temple Complex and Okunoin. The latter is Japan’s largest cemetery, housing the mausoleum of the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi. Imagine walking past 200,000 tombstones of Japan’s feudal lords, prominent monks and well known dignitaries. Retire to your comfortable but simple Buddhist temple lodging (shukubo) after dusk. Stayat the lodge, which is well equipped with your own private bathing area. Enjoy a traditional vegetarian meal served with the compliments of your gentle hosts. The following morning, wake up to Buddhist chants and the morning prayers of the monks. After a refreshing and healthy typical shojin ryori breakfast, take a leisurely walk to explore the area at your own pace, before boarding the train back to Kyoto. (Duration: 2 days, 1 night, Journey time: 2.5 hrs by local train; Meals included; Drinks are extra)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Grade Accommodation
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 10 - 12

Train from Koyasan to Osaka

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel


2 Days

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.

Included Activities

Osaka Evening Street Food Trail
Eat your heart out on this evening food trail at Osaka’s street food paradise – Dotonbori – in the company of your local guide. This pedestrian-only food street in the boisterous Namba District, is lined with causal eateries and hole-in-the-wall establishments, dishing out local favorites and delicious Kansai delicacies. Cross the Dotonbori Bridge and settle down to the joys of sampling delectable takoyaki dumplings (or “octopus balls” as they are more popularly called) and kushikatsu (skewered meat and vegetables). All of which can be washed down with cups of tea. The experience is made richer by the cultural explanations offered by your guide. All in all, this is a most satisfying evening spent out on the town! (Half Day, Evening Tour; Fitness Level: Easy; Meal included: Street food samplings; Please inform your guide about any food allergies and strict dietary restrictions in advance).

Highlights Of Osaka
Explore the charms of Osaka on this full day tour, beginning with the majestic 16th century Osaka Castle. Apart from its importance in the history of Japan, it also serves as a museum tracing Osaka’s history through the centuries. Head onward to the city’s former pleasure district of Dotonbori, which has now transformed into a street food mecca where you can feast on delicious takoyaki and octopus dumplings. Afterwards, walk down to the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum where you can admire a curated collection of 18th century Japanese prints, and create your own woodblock prints. End this perfect day out with a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline, as captured in your mind’s eye from the iconic Umeda Sky Building in the Kita District. Walk up to the ‘Floating Garden Observatory’ on the 39th floor for the best views. (Full Day; Fitness Level: Easy; Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum is closed on Mondays; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
RoomStudio Twin
RoomGrand Deluxe King
Day 12 - 14

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Shin Osaka to Hiroshima (1.5 hrs)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel


2 Days

Miyajima is a small sacred island tucked away in the Island Sea. This has been a holy place of Shintoism, one of the earliest Japanese faiths.

Included Activities

Half Day Trip To Miyajima Island
Experience mystic Japan on this day trip to Miyajima Island, which used to be closed to visitors. Take a short ferry ride to this shrine island, and feel the distinct aura surrounding the sacred site. The mystical architecture of an ancient shrine, the sacred Torii Gate, and the sea waters lashing the stones in waves makes your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site a spiritual experience. If your island visit coincides with the high tide, you will be lucky to experience the illusion of watching the mighty Torii Gate as it appears to float on water! This breathtaking sight has been ranked as one of Japan’s best experiences. Be mesmerized by the famous Itsukushima Shrine that stands tall above the surrounding waters. Explore the island’s many shrines and temples; you might even witness a traditional wedding! Take quiet strolls and you will encounter herds of wild deer who inhabit the island. Do give the delicious local sweetmeats a try before heading back to the mainland. (Half Day; Includes a one hour return ferry cruise from Hiroshima; Do not carry food)

Half Day Peace Memorial Tour
Appreciate the resilient spirit of the Japanese people during your day trip to the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. While the visit helps you relive one of mankind’s darkest hour, the park also stands as a symbol of the hope that underlines the indomitable spirit of the human race to this day. Ground zero of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, is dedicated to all the lives lost in the Second World War. Stroll through the park and discover the many memorials, monuments and statues, leading up to a museum. You can also walk up to the 17th century Shukkeien Garden, or “”shrunken-scenery garden””, where valleys, mountains, and forests are landscaped in miniature form. Enjoy the traditional aesthetics of this Japanese garden, while relaxing over fragrant cups of tea at one of the charming traditional tea houses that surround the central water body. (Half Day; Fitness Level: Easy; Some guests can find the historic representations upsetting)

Hotel Options
Iwaso Miyajima – Opt 1
RoomStandard Japanese Room
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
RoomStandard Japanese Room
Day 14 - 20

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Hiroshima to Shin Osaka (1.5 hrs)

Train from Osaka to Kansai Airport (1.15 hrs)

Flight from Osaka to Bangkok

Flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui

Transfer from Koh Samui Hotel to Mae Nam Pier

Transfer from Koh Samui Pier to Hotel

Koh Samui

6 Days

Koh Samui, located off Thailand’s eastern coast, is an island oasis of natural beauty with its white sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Plunge Pool
StyleBeach Resort
RoomHideaway Villa
StyleBeach Resort

Transfer from Hotel to Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 13,540 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 16,410 /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.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 20 days / 19 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
    • Osaka – Bangkok (Flight)
    • Bangkok – Koh Samui
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Narita Airport – Tokyo (Train)
    • Tokyo – Odawara Hakone (Shinkansen Train)
    • Odawara Hakone – Kyoto (Shinkansen Train)
    • Kyoto – Koyasan via Osaka (Train)
    • Koyasan – Osaka (Train)
    • Shin Osaka – Hiroshima (Shinkansen Train)
    • Hiroshima – Shin Osaka (Shinkansen Train)
    • Osaka – Kansai Airport (Train)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Tokyo: Nikko World Heritage Excursion
    • Tokyo: Highlights of Tokyo
    • Hakone: Onsen: Japanese Hot Spring Baths
    • Hakone: Visit to Mount Fuji National Park
    • Kyoto: Kyoto Fushimi & Sake Brewery Excursion
    • Kyoto: Highlights of Kyoto
    • Kyoto: Uji Tea Experience
    • Kyoto: Japanese Cooking Class in a Machiya
    • Koyasan: Mount Koya Monastery Retreat
    • Osaka: Osaka Evening Street Food Trail
    • Osaka: Highlights of Osaka
    • Miyajima, Hiroshima: Half Day Trip to Miyajima Island
    • Miyajima, Hiroshima: Half Day Peace Memorial Tour
  • All airport and hotel transfers (either by shared public transport with an English-speaking assistant or private chauffeur driven vehicle with an English-speaking assistant) as discussed with your Travel Consultant
  • A high-quality air conditioned, safety-tested vehicle with private chauffeur and an English-speaking assistant as discussed with your Travel Consultant
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, when accompanied by our local, English-speaking tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
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Historic Japan and Koh Samui Beach Escape

20 days $ 13,540 / person

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