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Signature Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Luxury Ryokan

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,877

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto on this custom journey through Japan. Explore the temples of Tokyo and delve into the neon-soaked nightlife of Shinjuku before relaxing in a luxury ryokan in Hakone near Mt. Fuji. Cap off the trip in Kyoto, where you’ll stroll through bamboo groves and discover Japanese culinary classics.


This 9-day Japanese vacation takes you to Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto. It features first-class accommodations, including a stay in a luxury ryokan, private and shared tours, and is a relaxing journey through Japan. 

Your journey begins in Tokyo, the nation’s capital and one of the world’s great megacities. Head on a morning half day Cityrama tour to see a few of its most celebrated landmarks. Start at Meiji Jingu Shrine, which is dedicated to the former emperor of Japan that opened up the country to the West, continue to Asakusa and Senso-ji, the city’s largest Buddhist temple, and finish off in ritzy Ginza, where you can do some designer shopping. The next evening, enjoy a taste of Tokyo’s famous nightlife on a tour through Shinjuku. Pass through Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world, during the heart of rush hour. Then head to an izakaya within the neon-soaked streets of Shinjuku and cap off the evening with a nightcap at a speakeasy. 

Leave Tokyo behind and ride the train to Hakone, a resort town to the east of Mt. Fuji. In Hakone, you’ll stay in a luxury ryokan located on the grounds of a former imperial villa. This beautiful property blends traditional and modern elements for a relaxing stay in an enviable location. Enjoy kaiseki cuisine and stunning views of the countryside and mountains. While in Hakone, you’ll head on a full day tour of Hakone National Park. Stop by the temple of Choan-ji, cruise across Lake Ashi to enjoy views of Mt. Fuji, and walk along the Komagatake Ropeway before ending up in Sekisho-Ato, a former part of Hakone’s old town. The next day is at leisure to do as you wish within the beautiful town and surrounds.

Ride the train to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and Japan’s most beautiful city. Kyoto is full of temples, gardens, and stunning greenery, making it one of the country’s most beloved locations. One day, you’ll delve into Kyoto’s food culture at the Nishiki Market, learning about Japanese culinary traditions and tasting local variations of tofu, dashi, and sake. The next day, explore the famous district of Arashiyama, where you’ll see Tenryu-ji, a UNESCO-listed temple, before strolling through the bamboo grove of Sagano. Stop by Jojakko Temple before enjoying the views of the district from Togetsu kyo Bridge. Cap off the tour with a lunch cruise on a Yakatabune Boat. 

At the end of your time in Kyoto, you’ll connect to the airport in Osaka and return home. 


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,877

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Day 1

Tokyo Haneda Airport to Tokyo Hotel by Taxi with Meet and Greet

Duration1 Hour

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho

Kioicho is a town embraced in luscious greenery and a rich history, where Japanese traditions and Western culture intertwine. It is here, in Tokyo's most dignified neighborhood,
that The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho welcomes the guests.
It is a hotel that marries lush nature and artistic designs with cutting-edge functions in a sophisticated manner, accompanied by the top floor views as magnificent as paintings.
One step inside and you're enveloped in euphoria and sensory stimulation.
The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho offers a personalized environment like never before, delivering comfort that is customized to the needs of each guest in an exquisite atmosphere via the latest and seamless services.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho

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    The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho



    Kioicho is a town embraced in luscious greenery and a rich history, where Japanese traditions and Western culture intertwine. It is here, in Tokyo's most dignified neighborhood, that The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho welcomes the guests. It is a hotel that marries lush nature and …

    Kioicho is a town embraced in luscious greenery and a rich history, where Japanese traditions and Western culture intertwine. It is here, in Tokyo's most dignified neighborhood,
    that The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho welcomes the guests.
    It is a hotel that marries lush nature and artistic designs with cutting-edge functions in a sophisticated manner, accompanied by the top floor views as magnificent as paintings.
    One step inside and you're enveloped in euphoria and sensory stimulation.
    The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho offers a personalized environment like never before, delivering comfort that is customized to the needs of each guest in an exquisite atmosphere via the latest and seamless services.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Half Day Tokyo Edo Private Guided Walking Tour

Travel around Tokyo using the cities sophisticated and efficient subway and train lines together with your private guide visiting some of Tokyo`s main sites. Meet you guide in the lobby of your hotel and then walk to the train station to begin your adventure. Start the day with a visit to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo`s oldest Buddhist temple. After visiting the temple grounds take time to stroll along Nakamise shopping street to look for souvenirs or maybe purchase a snack. Then travel to the Imperial Palace East Gardens, a part of the inner palace area. The palace itself is not open to the public as it is the residence of the emperor, but you can walk through the garden grounds to see the moats, remains of Edo castle and gardens. Next, travel to either Ginza or Tsukiji Outer Fish Market. Your guide will either say goodbye so you can continue exploring or escort you back to your hotel.

Duration6 Hours
Day 3

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 4

Tokyo to Odawara (Hakone) - 2nd class Hikari or Kodama

Duration1 Hour

Gora Kadan

Gora Kadan is located on the grounds of Kan'in-no-miya Villa, the former summer villa of a member of the Imperial Family in the town of Gora in Hakone. In this villa, which blends Japanese tradition along with modern design elements, the hotel offer hot spring waters that flow freely from the source and an authentic kaiseki cuisine prepared with strictly selected seasonal ingredients. Guests will enjoy a blissful moment in a traditional Japanese atmosphere at Gora Kadan.

Meal Plan Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Gora Kadan

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    Gora Kadan



    Gora Kadan is located on the grounds of Kan'in-no-miya Villa, the former summer villa of a member of the Imperial Family in the town of Gora in Hakone. In this villa, which blends Japanese tradition along with modern design elements, the hotel offer hot spring …

    Gora Kadan is located on the grounds of Kan'in-no-miya Villa, the former summer villa of a member of the Imperial Family in the town of Gora in Hakone. In this villa, which blends Japanese tradition along with modern design elements, the hotel offer hot spring waters that flow freely from the source and an authentic kaiseki cuisine prepared with strictly selected seasonal ingredients. Guests will enjoy a blissful moment in a traditional Japanese atmosphere at Gora Kadan.

    Facilities

    • Pool
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Private Full Day Hakone Highlights Tour

Today you will enjoy a fully guided tour of Hakone National Park. To explore the National Park, you will first make your way by local transit to Choanji Temple. This quiet, little-known corner of the area has a history stretching back to the 14th Century and features pleasant walking trails with over two hundred statues of 'rakan' (Buddhist disciples). It is one of the most extensive and unique collections of rakan in Japan. Next, you will glide across Lake Ashi on a stylish cruise boat where you might catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji. You'll next make your way up the Komagatake Ropeway, to the summit of Mt Komagatake, from which you can see amazing panoramic views of Lake Ashi, Hakone and Mt. Fuji, weather permitting. Heading down the ropeway, you will pick up a cruise again across to Sekisho-Ato, once part of Hakone's old town. After lunch (not included) and a stop by a local craft shop selling puzzle boxes, a local speciality, you will explore the area as those hundreds of years ago will have done - on foot. You and your guide will head to one of the few original stretches of the Tokaido Road that ran from Tokyo to Kyoto. This 500 meter stretch preserves the original tall cedar trees and some of the old paving stones. The walk is very flat and takes just about 20 - 30 minutes to complete depending on your fitness level.

Duration6 Hours
Day 5

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 6

Odawara (Hakone) to Kyoto - 2nd class Hikari or Kodama

Duration2 Hours

The Thousand Kyoto

The Thousand Kyoto is situated 1.2 km from Sanjusangen-do Temple and 2.3 km from Tofuku-ji Temple. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The accommodation features a concierge service, luggage storage space and currency exchange for guests.
All rooms at the hotel have air conditioning, TV and a private bathroom with a bath, a hairdryer and free toiletries. The units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

The Thousand Kyoto

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    The Thousand Kyoto



    The Thousand Kyoto is situated 1.2 km from Sanjusangen-do Temple and 2.3 km from Tofuku-ji Temple. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The accommodation features a concierge service, luggage storage space …

    The Thousand Kyoto is situated 1.2 km from Sanjusangen-do Temple and 2.3 km from Tofuku-ji Temple. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The accommodation features a concierge service, luggage storage space and currency exchange for guests.
    All rooms at the hotel have air conditioning, TV and a private bathroom with a bath, a hairdryer and free toiletries. The units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 7

Full Day Kyoto Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

The is the perfect introduction to Kyoto, visiting some of the cities most iconic sites. Meet your guide in the morning in the lobby of your hotel and then begin your walking tour using public transit (subway and bus). Your first stop is the renowned Kinkakuji temple, better known as the Golden Pavilion, one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage sites. Walk through the temple grounds to admire the gold leaf decorated temple and visit the teahouse for a matcha green tea tasting and Japanese sweet. Afterwards, choose to visit either Nijo Castle, one of the best examples of castle palace architecture from Japan's feudal era or Kyoto's Imperial Palace, the once residence of Japan's Imperial family. Your guide will then escort you to a restaurant for lunch as you will have surely worked up an appetite from all the morning explorations. The type of cuisine you have for lunch will depend on your preferences, but your guide will be able to make some recommendations. After lunch, travel to the Southern Higashiyama district to visit another one of Kyoto's most famous sites, Kiyomizu-dera temple, located on a hillside overlooking the city and also a UNESCO site. Explore the temple grounds and see Otowa Waterfall. Then you may decide to explore the souvenir shops in Higashiyama (time permitting). Your guide will escort you back to your hotel at the end of the tour or you may choose to end the tour in the Gion district, the historical geisha district of Kyoto.

Duration8 Hours
Day 8

Sagano Bamboo Grove & Arashiyama Walking Tour with Yakatabune Lunch Cruise

Today you will meet your guide at the New Miyako Hotel at 8:30am and walk to Kyoto station. You will be boarding a local train to Saga-Arashiyama Station. On arrival your first stop will be a 30 min stop at the Tenryu ji Temple, which is a World Heritage site. The Japanese garden is complemented by the beautiful landscapes of Arashiyama, and has been registered as a special place of scenic beauty. Next enjoy a relaxing walk through the Sagano Bamboo grove. You will then proceed for a stop at the Jojakko ji Temple. This temple overlooks the town of Sagano and the city of Kyoto. The area is famous for its beautiful scenery when the colored leaves cover the mountain in autumn. The last stop before boarding your cruise for lunch is the Togetsu kyo Bridge which is a famous 250-meter-long bridge in Arashiyama, and offers a spectacular location for viewing cherry blossoms or colored autumn leaves. For lunch you will board the Yakatabune Boat for a Japanese style lunch to enjoy while cruising. At the end of your lunch cruise, you will receive a train ticket for your return journey as your disembark at the pier.

Duration4 Hours
Day 9

Kyoto Hotel to Osaka Kansai Airport by Airport Bus

Duration2 Hours

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

*the Arashiyama group tour has set departure dates but we can include a private tour instead to offer more flexibility. 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Taxi arrival airport transfer from Haneda airport
  • Shared departure airport transfer to Kansai airport
  • 3 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Tokyo
  • 2 nights deluxe ryokan accommodations in Hakone with private outdoor onsen hot spring bath
  • 3 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Kyoto
  • Private-guided Tokyo Edo tour
  • Private-guided Hakone tour
  • Private-guided Kyoto Highlights tour
  • Small group Arashiyama tour of Kyoto (max 16 guests)
  • Tokyo to Hakone to Kyoto bullet train tickets (2nd class Nozomi)
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 2 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Luggage transfer

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire

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