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Classic Japan Tour

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Classic Japan – 10 Days Tokyo to Kyoto with A&K


Highlights
  • Experience the singular culture and history of Japan, from fast-paced, neon-lit Tokyo to serene, traditional Kyoto, on a journey that reveals its distinctive appeal
  • View the exalted flowering cherry trees or sakura, which bloom every spring
  • Ride Like a Local on a bullet train along the classic stretch past majestic Mount Fuji
  • Be among the few to stay at Gôra Kadan, one of the country’s most exclusive ryokans (traditional inns)
  • Capture the spirit of Japan through the art of the tea ceremony.
  • Savor Kyoto’s unique cuisine and traditions during an exclusive kaiseki banquet, with entertainment by a geiko (as a geisha is called in Kyoto) and a maiko (apprentice geisha)

Important Terms
  • * This product is priced in United States Dollars (USD), AUD rates can fluctuate depending on exchange rates, final rates in AUD will be confirmed by your consultant at time of booking.

Immerse yourself in Japan’s diverse culture, as you stroll a seafood market in Tokyo, stay at a ryokan (traditional inn) in Hakone, savor a foodie tour in Osaka, witness sumo wrestling in Nara, and enjoy entertainment by a geiko (geisha) in Kyoto.


Day 1

Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting and modern capital. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the expansive views over Tokyo’s Skyline.
Accommodation: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

 

Day 2

Tokyo | Tsukiji Fish Market & Asakusa Kannon Temple

After your welcome briefing, proceed to Tsukiji Fish Market, a bustling hub of Japanese daily life and the source of most Tokyo inhabitants’ seafood. Next, visit the Imperial Palace Plaza before continuing to the Shitamachi Museum to view historical reproductions of the living spaces of artisans and merchants who once occupied Tokyo’s lowlands, and learn about their remarkable culture. Afterward, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, pausing in the tiny shops of Nakamise-dori. The colorful pagoda-style temple was completed in 645 and is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy in several East Asian spiritual traditions. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

 

Day 3

Tokyo | Life of a Samurai

Today, increase your understanding of Japan’s past and present, starting at the Samurai Museum, where you learn about the customs of this elite-warrior class and get an up-close look at an authentic collection of their exotic armor and weaponry. Then, pass by Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s answer to Times Square, to watch the downright mesmerizing multi-directional foot traffic. Stop at the Nezu Museum to view the exquisite porcelain, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and paintings on display, and stroll its tranquil gardens. Proceed to Tokyo’s vibrant Harajuku district, where the city’s youth gather to see and be seen, sporting colorful, eclectic fashions. Also visit Omotesando Street, an elegant row of upscale shops offering chic ambience and dazzling façades. 
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

 

Day 4

Hakone | Traditional Ryokan

Travel to Hakone, among Japan’s most popular hot-spring resorts, and view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park, an area encompassing coastlines, mountains, lakes and more than 1,000 volcanic islands. Embark on a scenic cruise of Lake Ashi, gliding past the wooded mountain slopes that enclose it. Then, board the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway and soar through the clouds on this inspiring aerial tramway, taking in spectacular views of Mount Fuji. Next, stroll the grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open Air Museum, admiring sculptures and artwork from the likes of Picasso and Henry Moore. Tonight, enjoy unparalleled service and traditional Japanese cuisine at Gôra Kadan, a top-rated ryokan (traditional inn).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Gôra Kadan

 

Day 5

Osaka | Bullet Train Ride & Medieval Castle

After breakfast at your ryokan and a morning at leisure, Ride Like a Local by bullet train to Osaka. Historically known as a merchant city, today this center of commerce is renowned as Japan’s undisputed foodie capital, where diners indulge in everything from octopus dumplings to Okonomi-yaki — a battered, grilled concoction of chopped cabbage, meat or seafood, and seaweed, topped with mayonnaise. This afternoon, stroll through the lovely grounds of Osaka Castle, which played a key role in the unification of Japan in the 16th century. This evening, enjoy a wonderful foodie tour in the Dotonbori district, sampling dishes from the brilliantly lighted and culinarily creative restaurants that line the street. Later, check in to your hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: St. Regis Osaka

 

Day 6

Nara | Gardens & Temples

Travel early this morning to visit ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. En route, stop at the Kehaya-za Sumo Pavilion, where you observe a demonstration of this fabled Japanese sport that culminates in a match between two professional sumo wrestlers. Continue to Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer, and stop at Todai-ji, a temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Complete your excursion with a visit to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Nara’s most celebrated shrine, it is dedicated to the deity tasked with protection of the city. Afterward, return to your hotel in Osaka.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: St. Regis Osaka

 

Day 7

Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Bamboo Grove

Travel early this morning to contemplate the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji, the perfect spot for a meditative walk, and discover the glittering Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — covered with gold leaf, surrounded by green gardens and set on a lovely, tranquil pond. Later, bask in the magical atmosphere of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, strolling along a winding path as sunlight filters down through towering bamboo shoots gently swaying in the breeze.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

 

Day 8

Kyoto | Japanese Mingei Folk Art

This morning, begin at a temple, where you experience the art of the tea ceremony, noting its refined sense of hospitality and etiquette that date to the time of the samurai. Next, visit Kiyomizu Temple and stand on its massive veranda for stunning city views. Then, stroll through Gojozaka Hills, an area known for its many pottery studios, on your way to the home and studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s most famous potters. Kanjiro’s beautiful, unusual home — redesigned to resemble a country house — is filled with his own creations and his personal collection, including ceramics, sculptures and wood carvings. Tonight, toast your journey with a Scenic Sundowner followed by an exquisite kaisekibanquet, where an attending geiko (as a geisha is known in Kyoto) and maiko dance, sing, pour sake and converse about their fascinating lives.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

 

Day 9

Depart Kyoto

After breakfast, transfer to Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your flight home or to begin a post-tour extension in Hiroshima.
Meals Included: Breakfast


Departure Date Price Per Person Twin Share
07May18 Sold Out
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08Oct18 US$10,495
15Oct18 US$10,495
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