Explore a world of bright neon lights, fragrant pink blossom and captivating Asian heritage on luxury journeys in Japan. From geisha and samurai to Bullet Train and Hiroshima Peace Park, Japan luxury tours are a mesmerizing mix of old and new with traditional tea ceremonies and origami crafts, offering a glimpse under a cultural shroud. Japan luxury vacations envelope snow-capped mountains, ancient shrines and Imperial temples with Nikko, Hakone, Miyajima Island and Mount Fujji instilling a sense of never-ceasing national pride and respect.
Captivating history and impressive sights abound on this journey through the Land of the Rising Sun. Explore vibrant Tokyo—its parks, temples and historical landmarks, including Nikko National Park and its UNESCO World Heritage Site-designated Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Drive along the Shonan Pacific Coast to Hakone, where you’ll cruise scenic Lake Ashi, a crater lake formed over 400,000 years ago. Next, travel first-class aboard the famed bullet train bound for Kyoto to explore this 1,100-year-old city. Discover its renowned Geisha District, and enjoy an excursion to Nara, with a visit to the enchanting Deer Park.
Journey Pace: Active
- Discover the highlights, history & traditions of Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto
- Take a cruise on Lake Ashi, a 400,000 year-old crater lake
- Experience first-class comfort on the famous Bullet Train
- Explore Nara’s distinguished temples & shrines
Upon arrival you will be escorted to your luxury hotel located aside the Imperial Palace. On Day 2, begin your full-day city tour with a visit to the massive Tsukiji Fish Market, then travel by river boat to the ancient Asakusa district. Stroll ancient Nakamise Street, and view the huge lantern at the Sensōji Temple. Learn about Japanese culture at a private Japanese calligraphy class or tea ceremony before exploring the prestigious Ginza district.
On Day 3, visit serene Meiji Shrine set in a lush 53-acre evergreen forest, then, in contrast, visit the fashionable shopping areas of Harajuku and Takeshita Dori, centers of Japanese sub-culture. (2B)
- The Palace Hotel, Tokyo
Drive south to Hakone. Visit the unique Hakone Open-Air Museum where the sculptures pose harmoniously against the picturesque mountain backdrop. Take an exciting cable car ride to the Ōwakudani Valley, then a scenic cruise on placid Lake Ashi, a crater lake with picture-perfect reflections of Mt. Fuji. Tonight savor a gourmet kaiseki-ryōri, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. (B, D)
- Yoshimatsu Ryokan, Hakone
Day 5 – 8Kyoto, Nara & Depart for Home
The morning of Day 5, take your first-class seat aboard the Bullet Train for a memorable ride to Kyoto. In the afternoon, tour Nijo- Castle, residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, and Kinkaku-ji Temple, originally built as a shogun home. Then, explore the mysterious Rock Garden of Ryōan-ji Temple.
On Day 6, visit Kyoto’s 8th-century Kiyomizudera Temple, before strolling the cobblestoned Sannen-zaka pilgrimage route to explore sacred shrines. See the Zen Buddhist Kōdai-ji Temple and Yasaka-jinja, Kyoto’s most famous shrine. Tour the geisha district of Gion, then the 12th-century Sanjūsangen-dō Hall, famed for its 1,001 statues of Guanyin (goddess of mercy).
Enjoy an excursion to the 8th-century imperial capital of Nara on Day 7. See the free-roaming deer in Nara (Deer) Park, and explore the Kasuga-taisha shrine displaying 3,000 hanging bronze and stone lanterns. Visit the magnificent wooden Tōdai-ji Temple, housing the giant statue of Buddha Vairocana, and the ancient merchant district of Nara-machi.
On Day 8, you will be transferred to Osaka for your flight home or on to your next destination. (4B)
- Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Kyoto
Meeting PointTokyo, JapanDeparture PointOsaka, JapanTour Includes
- Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- Emergency evacuation insurance and assistance plan
Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.
The Palace Hotel, Tokyo
A haven of hospitality, serene and refined, the new Palace Hotel embodies the very best of Japan. Palace Hotel Tokyo is the newest addition to the city’s luxury scene and is set to redefine hospitality with its continued commitment to preserving its independence and delivering the finest home-grown hospitality. With leafy carpet motifs and earthy color palettes throughout, the luxuriously cozy and contemporary interiors of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s 290 guestrooms take inspiration from their proximity to the capital’s much loved natural splendor – the 3.5 square kilometres in the heart of the city that is the Imperial Palace gardens.
Yoshimatsu Ryokan, Hakone
The Yoshimatsu Ryokan is an intimate traditonal luxury Japanese inn. With only 19 rooms, you are sure to enjoy quality relaxation while keeping your privacy. Yoshimatsu is located on a hill surrounded by trees and bamboo groves. It is also located near the famous Lake Ashi in Hakonee. This peaceful resort features a private open-air hot-spring bath and traditional gourmet Japanese food.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Kyoto
Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a stylish design hotel located in the traditional and historic area of Higashiyama Shichijo, in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. Located just a few minutes away from JR Kyoto Train Station, the hotel features spacious rooms & luxury suites suitable for business and leisure travelers alike. Hyatt Regency Kyoto hotel hosts The Grill serving French cuisine, casual Italian restaurant Trattoria Sette and Touzan Japanese Restaurant & Bar. RIRAKU Spa offers body and facial treatments based on Eastern and Western traditional techniques which give relaxation in body and soul. This fine hotel in Kyoto is close to the main city landmarks including the National Museum, Chishakuin, Sanjusangendo and Yogenin Temples. Gion district, a traditional neighborhood famous for geishas, has numerous shopping and entertainment options, with Shijo street and Nishiki market within short distance.