Ancient and Modern Japan

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10 Days

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Japan

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Private

OVERVIEW

A country of contrasts, Japan is steeped in time-honoured tradition yet home to a thriving hi-tech industry in its urban metropolises. It boasts extraordinary natural beauty from the pristine landscapes and hot springs in the Mt Fuji area to the waterfalls and cedars of the Nikko National Park. Its historic and cultural attractions are many with ancient shrines, temples and the geisha tradition complementing dazzling shop fronts, neon-lit skyscrapers and minimalist eateries. This journey takes in all the country’s most important attractions.

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Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

Arrive into the Japanese capital and transfer privately to the hotel.
Conrad Tokyo (City view Room)

Day 2: Tokyo

Travel with your guide like a local on Tokyo’s super-efficient rail system. Touring starts at Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s old town, where the Sensoji Temple is the main attraction. Continue to the Edo Tokyo museum and then a cruise down the Sumida River to see Tokyo from a different angle. This afternoon continue to the Imperial Palace and the Meiji shrine with time to visit the shops and galleries of Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs- Elysées (B).
Conrad Tokyo (City view Room)

Day 3: Tokyo - Nikko National Park - Tokyo

Venture out of the city to the mountainous Nikko National Park where there is a fine collection of World Heritage listed gilded shrines and temples set amidst lush woodland. Look out for the lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and visit scenic Lake Chuzenji in the mountains. On returning to Tokyo stop at a Bonsai Village to understand a little of the traditional art of miniaturising trees (B).
Conrad Tokyo (City view Room)

Days 4: Tokyo - Kamakura - Hakone

Leave the bustle of Tokyo behind travelling to Hakone via Kamakura, the 12th century capital, famous for its Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, walking trails and hot springs. After visiting the main temples continue on to the Fuji Hakone National Park, where you will stay in one of Japan’s top ryokan. This evening, dine on a sumptuous kaiseki multi course meal and enjoy an onsen (hot spring bath) before retiring (B,D).
Gora Kadan (Japanese Room)

Day 5: Hakone

Enjoy marvellous views of Mt. Fuji and a day of outdoor activities. There is a ropeway ride at Mt. Komagatake, a cruise on Lake Achi, visits to the Owakudani crater and volcanic hot water springs and the Samurai Art Museum (B,D).
Gora Kadan (Japanese Room)

DAY 6: Hakone - Kyoto

A morning bullet train ride to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, with the afternoon at leisure (B).
The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto (Deluxe Room)

DAY 7: Kyoto

Today’s half day sightseeing includes the atmospheric Higashiyama district whose lanes lead to the Kiyomizu Temple and are filled with quaint shops selling traditional souvenirs. From the temple enjoy breathtaking views of the city before walking the forested Philosophers’ path between the temples and a private tea ceremony (B).
The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto (Deluxe Room)

DAY 8: Kyoto

Visit the ornamental Nijo Castle including the gardens and Golden Pavilion, one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. Continue to Ryoan-ji, the famous Zen rock garden temple. After lunch, visit the Sanjusangendo, famous for its 1,000 kanon statues, and the Nishiki Food market (B).
The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto (Deluxe Room)

DAY 9: Kyoto

A full day at leisure (B).
The Ritz- Carlton Kyoto (Deluxe Room)

DAY 10: Depart Kyoto

Transfer to Osaka Airport where your journey ends (B).

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking. Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Inclusions and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our consultants for the most up to date itinerary, prices and availability.