Discover the highlights of Northern and Southern Japan on this private tour. Beginning at bustling Tokyo, your journey takes you to the snow monkey park of Nagano and historic Kanazawa in the north. Turn your footsteps towards beautiful Kyoto in the South and continue on to colorful Osaka, which is brimming with character and life! After a day at the hot springs in Hakone, it’s time to return to Tokyo.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to AsakusaHotel Gracery Shinjuku, Park Hotel Tokyo
4 - 5NaganoJigokudani Yaen-Koen (Snow Monkey Park), Zenkoji Temple, Togakushi ShrineMetropolitan Nagano
5 - 7KanazawaKenrokuen: Japan’s most celebrated landscape garden, Higashi Chaya district (where Geisha’s perform tea ceremonies), Samurai districtKanazawa Sainoniwa Hotel, Tokyu Kanazawa Hotel
7 - 10KyotoFushimi Inari Shrine, Buddha statue of Nara, Geisha district, Day trip to Uji tea plantationsKyoto Tokyu Hotel, Granvia Kyoto
10 - 12OsakaThe grand Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building, Gourmet Street Food TourHotel Granvia Osaka, The St. Regis Osaka
12 - 14HakoneView 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, Sounkaku
14 - 14TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to Asakusa

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Private Transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo Hotel

Tokyo

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

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).

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)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Twin Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Park Hotel Tokyo – Opt 2
RoomCity Room - City View
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 5

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Tokyo to Nagano (1.5 hrs)

Nagano

1 Day

Nagano is the capital city of Nagano Prefecture, and is a treasure trove of nature, history and culture. Surrounded on all four sides by tall mountains, it is also referred to as ‘The Roof of Japan.’ Breathtaking mountains make Nagano a hiker’s delight.

Included Activities

Visit To Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Snow Monkey Park)
Take a refreshing day trip to Jigokudani Yaen-Koen – Snow Monkey Park – to watch the fascinating Japanese Macaques in their natural habitat. Walk through a lovely pine tree forest to reach the Park. ‘Jigokudani’, which literally means ‘Hell’s Valley’ in Japanese, is so called because of the boiling hot springs that bubble and steam up from the frozen landscape. Watch the Park’s resident snow monkeys as they soak and bathe in the hot waters in large groups. Completely nonchalant to the presence of human guests, it is a great treat to witness them interacting with one another. Although winter is the best season to spot large groups of Macaques, it is possible to encounter them at the park all year round. If you’re lucky, you could even spot spiky haired baby macaques! (Full Day, Self-guided Activity; Public transport with pick up from & drop off at hotel; Fitness Level: Moderate due to the steep walkways to reach the park; Please bring comfortable walking shoes in summer, and snow boots in winter, along with warm and waterproof clothing).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 5 - 7

Shinkansen Train from Nagona to Kanazawa (1 hr)

Private Transfer from Station to Hotel

Kanazawa

2 Days

Kanazawa is perhaps best known for its 17th century castle garden Kenroku-en. It is equally well known as the neighbor of the quintessential Japanese feudal fortress, Kanazawa Castle.

Included Activities

Highlights Of Kanazawa
Discover traditional Japanese culture during your full day tour of Kanazawa. Start off at Kanazawa’s best known 17th century castle garden—Kenroku-en. Admire the garden as well as the beauty of its equally well known neighbor, the quintessential Japanese feudal fortress, Kanazawa Castle. Catch demonstrations of the centuries-old Yuzen silk painting technique at the Kaga Yuzen Kaikan nearby, before heading off to Nagamachi Samurai District. Drop by a traditional Nomura Samurai House, complete with a tea ceremony room, an interior courtyard garden and artefacts from the Edo period. Also discover the Higashi Chaya District, which is Kanazawa’s primary geisha district. Many of the buildings along the central street now house cafés and shops. One such shop sells gold leaf products, a specialty of Kanazawa, and displays a kura warehouse-style room completely covered in gold leaf! End a perfect day with a visit to the Shima teahouse for a refreshing cup of green tea. (Full day; Private Activity with Public transport; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes)

Shirakawa-Gō Village Excursion
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawa-gō and its neighboring Gokayama region on this full day excursion. Set along the Shogawa River Valley among remote mountains stretching from Gifu to the Toyama Prefectures, this picturesque region of Japan is to be seen to be believed. Visit the traditional gassho-zukuri (vernacular farmhouses), some of which are over 250 years old! In Japanese, the term “Gassho-zukuri” means, ‘constructed like hands in prayer’, as the steep thatched roofs of these farmhouses resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. Admire the centuries-old architectural style of these farmhouses, developed over many generations. They were first designed to withstand the heavy snow fall of the bitter winters that this winter wonderland region faces. The roofs, constructed without nails, also provided farmers with a large attic space where silkworms could be cultivated.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
Meals
StyleInternational
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 7 - 10

Private Transfer from Hotel to Station

Train from Kanazawa to Kyoto (2 hrs)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel

Kyoto

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

Excursion To Nara
One of Japan’s most rewarding destinations, consider Nara for a half day trip from Kyoto. History aficionados will have an inspiring time exploring the cultural legacy of the city. Nara takes sightseeing to an exciting new level, thanks to the presence of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Given the compact size of the city, you can easily cover many popular attractions in half a day. Start with the impressive sight of Daibutsu (the Great Buddha). Proceed to catch glimpses of the marvelous Todai-ji Temple Complex and Kasuga Shrine. Second only to Kyoto’s repository of important ancient landmarks, Nara offers many enchanting experiences, such as feeding the wild deer that roam around in the Nara Park. Stop by for a Japanese-Western-style buffet, or indulge in some souvenir shopping before you head back to the hotel. (Half Day; Private activity & Public transport; Duration: 5 hrs. Please bring comfortable shoes. Please don’t carry food items in your bag.)

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 & transfers; Duration: 8 hrs. Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

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 Twin Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Granvia Kyoto – Opt 2
RoomStandard Room with View
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 10 - 12

Private transfer from Kyoto hotel to Osaka hotel

Osaka

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

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
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomGrand Deluxe King
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 12 - 14

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Shin Osaka to Odawara Hakone (2.5 hrs)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel

Hakone

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
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Sounkaku – Opt 2
RoomStandard Japanese Room
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
StyleBoutique
Day 14 - 14

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Odawara Hakone to Tokyo (30 Mins)

Train from Tokyo to Narita (1 Hr)

Tokyo

0 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.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 9,274 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 11,011 /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 14 days / 13 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Tokyo – Nagano (Shinkansen Train)
    • Nagano – Kanazawa (Shinkansen Train)
    • Kanazawa – Kyoto (Train)
    • Shin Osaka – Odawara Hakone (Shinkansen Train)
    • Odawara Hakone – Tokyo (Shinkansen Train)
    • Tokyo – Narita Airport (Train)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Tokyo: Highlights of Tokyo
    • Tokyo: Nikko World Heritage Excursion
    • Nagano: Visit to Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Snow Monkey Park)
    • Kanazawa: Highlights of Kanazawa
    • Kanazawa: Shirakawa-gō Village Excursion
    • Kyoto: Excursion to Nara
    • Kyoto: Highlights of Kyoto
    • Kyoto: Japanese Cooking Class in a Machiya
    • Osaka: Highlights of Osaka
    • Hakone: Onsen: Japanese Hot Spring Baths
    • Hakone: Visit to Mount Fuji National Park
  • 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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Japan: From North to South

14 days $ 9,274 / person

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