This is the ultimate white gloved, VIP tour of Japan. With the finest cars at your disposal, lavish accommodation in some of Japan’s most opulent hotels, and a superior VIP service delivered by our team of local experts, you can uncover the glorious secrets of Japan in complete and utter luxury.

Experience only the very best on your luxury Japan vacation. Navigate the historic old districts and swanky Michelin star-ridden streets of Tokyo, Nikko and Osaka, embrace the history as you hear colorful tales from your private local experts, and let the ubiquitous cherry blossoms charm you at every turn. Cultural delights await you in Kyoto – whether you spend time mastering the art of calligraphy or learn the art of conversation over dinner with a Japanese geisha. Set out on the street food trail in Osaka with a culinary expert to help you pick out the best delicacies, and top it off with a bite of Hakone’s famous hard boiled, smoked eggs that are cooked over the hot vapors! From hot spa experiences to luxuriating in the choicest accommodation, incredible hiking opportunities amid iconic landscapes and private sake-tasting sessions, your tailor-made luxury Japan vacation will leave you spellbound!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 5TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to AsakusaMandarin Oriental Tokyo, Aman Tokyo
5 - 9KyotoFushimi Inari Shrine, Buddha statue of Nara, Geisha district, Day trip to Uji tea plantationsThe Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
9 - 11OsakaThe grand Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building, Gourmet Street Food TourThe Ritz-Carlton Osaka, The St. Regis Osaka
11 - 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 Ginyu Spa Resort, Gora Kadan
14 - 14TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to Asakusa

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  • Wine & Food
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 5

International Arrival

Private Transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo Hotel

Tokyo

4 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 With Private Car
Take a ride 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; Travel time to Activity: 1.5 hrs each way; Activity Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Moderate; Please note that 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).

Kamakura Excursion From Tokyo
A one hour train ride away from Tokyo, the historical city of Kamakura exudes a distinct charm. Steeped in remnants of the past, this prominent resort town is frequented by local and foreign visitors alike. Several Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines dot the entire town. Your full day Kamakura trip covers some of the most iconic temples in Japan, such as Kotokuin Temple, Hasedera Temple and the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, among many others. Known as the ‘Kyoto of Eastern Japan’, Kamakura’s white sandy beaches are especially inviting in the summer months. Make your trip especially memorable by shopping for mementos in the local market, and sampling eclectic food served up by street vendors. (Full day; Private Activity & transfers; Duration: 8 hours; Please wear comfortable walking shoes)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Aman Tokyo – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 5 - 9

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Tokyo to Kyoto (2.5 hrs)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel

Kyoto

4 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

Calligraphy Class At Local Master’s House
Learn the fascinating art of calligraphy with a local master. Discover the journey of the beautiful Kanji—or traditional Chinese script—from ancient China to Japan. Learn all about the three parallel Japanese scripts of Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana from your master who will gently guide you and explain the cultural significance of this artform, before you try your hand at this ancient art for yourself. Attempt a few tentative brush strokes under the master’s expert supervision, and learn the secrets of how to hold the calligraphy brush in the proper manner. Finally, find the confidence within to draw out bold lines, before you carry your best work back home! (Duration: 1.5hrs; All materials provided; Some traditional houses have steep, narrow stairs)

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 & transfers; 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. (Full Day; Private activity & transfers; Duration: 8 hrs. Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

The World Of A Traditional Geisha
Explore the fascinating and genteel world of a traditional Japanese geisha, with Peter Macintosh, an academic and an expert on geisha studies. Go on a walking tour of Kyoto’s old geisha districts with Peter, picking up interesting bits on this almost dying form of traditional Japanese entertainment. You may even spot a geisha and her apprentice (maiko) along the way. Spend the rest of your evening at the private room of a traditional restaurant, in the genteel company of geishas and Peter, who will act as your translator. Enjoy a sumptuous Japanese meal with a free flow of sake, engaging conversation and artistic entertainment. Admire traditional dance and shamisen (Japanese string instrument) performances by the geishas. Play traditional drinking games, and experience a charming, bygone era. (Half Day, Evening Tour; Meals included: Dinner & Drinks; Fitness Level: Easy; Dress code: Smart Casuals, No tanktops or shorts, Please wear easy to remove shoes but absolutely no flip flops or sandals and cameras).

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 9 - 11

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).

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). Try out some of Japan’s best ramen noodles from street stalls and scrumptious wagyu beef from high-end eating houses, followed by cheese cakes for dessert, all of which can be washed down with cups of sake or 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).

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomGrand Deluxe King
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 11 - 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

3 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
RoomSora Room with Open Air Bath
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
StyleResort
Gora Kadan – Opt 2
RoomJapanese Room with Big Stone Open Air Bath
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 $ 17,767 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 20,339 /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 – Kyoto (Shinkansen Train-Green Class)
      • Shin Osaka – Odawara Hakone (Shinkansen Train-Green Class)
      • Odawara Hakone – Tokyo (Shinkansen Train-Green Class)
      • Tokyo – Narita Airport (Train-Green Class)
    • All activities as listed :
      • Tokyo: Nikko World Heritage Excursion with Private Car
      • Tokyo: Highlights of Tokyo
      • Tokyo: Kamakura Excursion from Tokyo
      • Kyoto: Calligraphy Class at Local Master’s House
      • Kyoto: Excursion to Nara
      • Kyoto: Highlights of Kyoto
      • Kyoto: The World of a Traditional Geisha
      • Osaka: Highlights of Osaka
      • Osaka: Osaka Evening Street Food Trail
      • 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
    • Train journeys 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
What our guests say about this trip

This trip was the same quality as my previous Enchanting Travels trip. I think everything was amazing – the people, the culture, the temples. Japan in my favorite place in the world now, and i have been to many countries.

– Maria Moscoso
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14 days $ 17,767 / person

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