Travel Dates: November 15, 2018 to February 15, 2019
Book this vacation by July 31, 2018 to avail a special price of USD $ 6,830 (option 1) or USD $ 7,190 (option 2), i.e. USD $ 175 (option 1) or USD $ 184 (option 2) per person off this trip price.

From the glitzy streets of Tokyo framed by dizzying skyscrapers, to the charming vistas of Hakone set against majestic Mount Fujiyama, this private Japan tour is a connoisseurs delight! Discover incredible UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto, soak in the country’s unique brand of mysticism, and sample delicious Japanese matcha at traditional tearooms with Japan’s iconic geishas for company.


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to AsakusaShiba Park 151 Hotel
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, Yama No Chaya
6 - 10KyotoFushimi Inari Shrine, Buddha statue of Nara, Geisha district, Day trip to Uji tea plantationsGranvia Kyoto
10 - 10TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to Asakusa

Ideal For

  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Shared Transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo 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

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. (Full Day; Travel time to Activity: 2 hrs each way; Activity Duration: 7 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate; Please note that Tamozawa Villa is closed on Tuesdays; Please wear comfortable walking shoes.)

Hotel Options
RoomComfort Twin
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

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).

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.

Hotel Options
RoomWestern Room (Double)
MealsHalf Board
Yama No Chaya – Opt 2
RoomAjisai or Nadeshiko (Double)
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 6 - 10

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Odawara Hakone to Kyoto (1.45 hrs)

Private Transfer from Train Station to Hotel


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)

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).

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).

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.)

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
Granvia Kyoto – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room with View
Day 10 - 10

Private Transfer from Hotel to Train Station

Shinkansen Train from Kyoto to Tokyo (2.5 hrs)

Train from Tokyo to Narita (1 Hr)


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 $ 7,005 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 7,374 /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 10 days / 9 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Tokyo – Odawara Hakone (Shinkansen Train)
    • Odawara Hakone – Kyoto (Shinkansen Train)
    • Kyoto – 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
    • Hakone: Leisure for Onsen
    • Hakone: Visit to Mount Fuji National Park
    • Kyoto: Calligraphy Class at Local Master’s House
    • Kyoto: Highlights of Kyoto
    • Kyoto: Full Day Kyoto Fushimi & Sake Brewery Excursion
    • Kyoto: Half Day Excursion to Nara
    • Kyoto: Half Day Uji Tea Experience
  • 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

Book this vacation by July 31, 2018 to avail a special price of USD $ 6,830 (option 1) or USD $ 7,190 (option 2), i.e. USD $ 175 (option 1) or USD $ 184 (option 2) per person off this trip price.

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Highlights of Japan

10 days $ 7,005 / person

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