Experience the unique culture and heritage in the Land of the Rising Sun! This private tour of Japan will have you travel from bustling Tokyo to tranquil Osaka, where sacred sites and breathtaking mountains await. Witness the erstwhile royal seat of Kyoto and meander past dazzling neon lights and the majestic castle of Osaka. Pay homage at ancient Buddhist shrines and the famed Peace Memorial of Hiroshima. Delicious cuisine and wonderful insights into the amazing traditions and culture of Japan are guaranteed.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 5TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to AsakusaPark Hotel Tokyo, Conrad Tokyo
5 - 7HakoneView of Mt Fuji volcano, enjoy the views from a pirate ship, Natural hot springs and Onsen, Ropeway over Volcanic plains, overlooking the sulphuric fumesSounkaku, Hakone Ginyu Spa Resort
7 - 11KyotoFushimi Inari Shrine, Buddha statue of Nara, Geisha district, Day trip to Uji tea plantationsRoyal Park Hotel The Kyoto, Hyatt Regency Kyoto
11 - 13OsakaThe grand Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building, Gourmet Street Food TourHotel Granvia Osaka, The St. Regis Osaka
13 - 16MiyajimaSacred island for Shintoism, The Floating Torii Gate, UNESCO World Heritage siteIwaso Miyajima, Iroha Ryokan Miyajima
16 - 17OkayamaOkayama Castle, Korakuen Garden, Kurashiki Art Village VisitHotel Granvia Okayama
17 - 17TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to Asakusa

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  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 5

International Arrival

Shared 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

An Afternoon In Old Tokyo: Walking Tour
Explore some of Tokyo’s best kept secrets on this delightful walking tour. Begin with the suburb of Yanaka in downtown Tokyo (Shitamachi) that unbelievably managed to survive the bombings of the Second World War. Visit one of Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist monuments, as well as several historic temples and shrines. Lose yourself in the city’s charming little traditional marketplaces. Wind up at one of Tokyo’s best known parks for cherry blossom viewings (hanami), Ueno Park. Originally part of the famous Kaneiji Temple during the Edo period, it is now home to a few of the city’s premier museums, including the Tokyo National Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Unwind with retail therapy and scrumptious nibbles at the unusual market beneath Tokyo’s train lines! (Half Day; 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).

Full Day Nikko World Heritage Excursion
A two hour train journey from Tokyo brings you to Nikko National Park. Dotted with historical and religious places, this full day tour packs in plenty of excitement. Irrespective of the season, there is beautiful natural scenery and a relaxing Japanese bath adds to the charm. Visit the complex of shrines and temples around Mount Futara to experience traditional spirituality. Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is thronged by local pilgrims and foreign visitors throughout the year. Step into the fascinating world of Nikko and embrace the history of Toshogu as the local guides share colorful tales. Walk over the Shinkyo Bridge to find peace and tranquility at the Takino-o Shrine, or embrace the beauty of the botanical garden of Kanmangafuchi. Your excursion concludes with a visit to Tamozawa Imperial Villa, which is a national cultural treasure and spans architectural styles across three periods of Japanese history – Edo, Meiji and Taisho. (Full Day; Duration: 10.5 hrs; Tamozawa Villa is closed on Tuesdays; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

Full Day Yokohama Excursion
Expect a mélange of experiences at Yokohama, one of Japan’s earliest international trading ports. Your walking tour takes you to Yamashita Park by the promenade, where you can witness the grand Hikamarawu moored alongside. This early 20th-century ocean liner boasting fine first class cabins once attracted Japanese royalty on its trans-Pacific cruises. Your walk along the waterfront will also take you to the famous Yokohama Marine Tower. Next up is a walk through one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world, where you can tuck into an authentic Chinese meal. After lunch, proceed to Motomachi shopping street, past high-end fashion stores and gourmet eateries. From here reach Yamate, a quaint residential area with several historical landmarks. The view from the Minato-no-Mieru Oka Park (Harbor View Park), is magical. Watch the magnificent Yokohama Bay Bridge rise up into the sky. End your day with a ride up the Landmark Tower, for spectacular 360-degree views of Yokohama. (Full Day; Lunch included; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options

Park Hotel Tokyo – Opt 1
RoomCity Room - City View
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Conrad Tokyo – Opt 2
RoomCity Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 5 - 7

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Tokyo to Odawara Hakone (30 Mins)

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

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. (Half Day, Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring warm clothing).

Leisure For Onsen

Hotel Options

Sounkaku – Opt 1
RoomStandard Japanese Room
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
StyleBoutique
Hakone Ginyu Spa Resort – Opt 2
RoomSora Room with Open Air Bath
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
StyleResort
Day 7 - 11

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Odawara Hakone to Kyoto (1.45 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

Full Day 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, Morning Afternoon Tour; Duration: 4 hrs; Both public transport & private transfer options; 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 & 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).

Half Day 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: 3.5 hrs. Please bring comfortable shoes. Please don’t carry food items in your bag.)

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)

Half Day 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)

Hotel Options

Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto – Opt 1
RoomStandard Double
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Hyatt Regency Kyoto – Opt 2
RoomGuest Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 11 - 13

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Kyoto to Shin Osaka (15 Mins)

Private Transfer from Train Station to 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

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).

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 onwards 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

Hotel Granvia Osaka – Opt 1
RoomStudio Twin
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
The St. Regis Osaka – Opt 2
RoomGrand Deluxe King
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 13 - 16

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Shin Osaka to Hiroshima (1.5 hrs)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel

Miyajima

3 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, if you are lucky, you may 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)
StyleBoutique
Iroha Ryokan Miyajima – Opt 2
RoomStandard Japanese Room
Meals
StyleBoutique
Day 16 - 17

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Hiroshima to Okayama (45 Mins)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel

Included Activities

Highlights Of Kurashiki
Discover the lovely town of Kurashiki, en route from Hiroshima to Osaka. This major trading town dating back to Japan’s Edo period, is today a prosperous amalgamation of traditional Japanese and modern global influences. A one hour ride from Hiroshima on the Shinkansen bullet train will take you to Kurashiki, which is reminiscent of Italy’s Venice with its small boats sailing on the Kurashiki River. Visit the Bikan Quarters, marked by an old canal lined with willows and old warehouses in the center of town. Most of the town’s old feudal trading houses have been converted into museums, cafés and shops. Interact with local artisans and learn more about their works of art. Drop by the Ohara Museum of Art, which is the oldest private collection of Western art in Japan, and also displays contemporary Japanese art, before taking the train back to Hiroshima. (Full Day, Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options

Hotel Granvia Okayama – Opt 1
RoomConcept Double
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 17 - 17

Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Okayama to Tokyo (3.5 Hr)

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 $ 11,265 /person
  • Option 2 $ 14,430 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 17 days / 16 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Tokyo – Odawara Hakone (Shinkansen Train)
    • Odawara Hakone – Kyoto (Shinkansen Train)
    • Kyoto – Shin Osaka (Shinkansen Train)
    • Shin Osaka – Hiroshima (Shinkansen Train)
    • Hiroshima – Okayama (Shinkansen Train)
    • Okayama – Tokyo (Shinkansen Train)
    • Tokyo – Narita Airport (Train)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Tokyo: An Afternoon in Old Tokyo: Walking Tour
    • Tokyo: Highlights of Tokyo
    • Tokyo: Full Day Nikko World Heritage Excursion
    • Tokyo: Full Day Yokohama Excursion
    • Hakone: Visit to Mount Fuji National Park
    • Hakone: Leisure for Onsen
    • Kyoto: Full Day Kyoto Fushimi & Sake Brewery Excursion
    • Kyoto: Highlights of Kyoto
    • Kyoto: Japanese Cooking Class in a Machiya
    • Kyoto: 09 Oct: Half Day Excursion to Nara
    • Kyoto: Calligraphy Class at Local Master’s House
    • Kyoto: Half Day Uji Tea Experience
    • 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
    • Okayama: Highlights of Kurashiki
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned, safety-tested vehicle with an English-speaking Chauffeur Guide except during your stay at the beach
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, when accompanied by our 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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Culture & Heritage in Japan

17 days $ 11,265 / person

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