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


Highlights
  • Experience the distinctive culture and history of Japan, from fast-paced, neon-lit Tokyo to serene, traditional Kyoto
  • View the exalted flowering cherry trees, or sakura, which bloom every spring; or the red leaves of autumn
  • 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), with access made possible by A&K’s hallmark small group size.
  • Capture the spirit of Japan with the art of the tea ceremony Savour Kyoto’s unique cuisine and traditions during an exclusive Shabushabu dinner, with entertainment by a geiko (a geisha from Kyoto) and a maiko (apprentice geisha)

Delightful in both spring and autumn, Japan is as impressive in the season of cherry blossom as it is when the blazing autumnal foliage appears. On this journey, marvel at some of the country’s most impressive gardens and glimpse magnificent mountain landscapes as you travel by bullet train. Be introduced to the ancient Samurai traditions and visit sacred Shinto shrines. Take the opportunity to appreciate Japan’s myriad arts and crafts, and meet a local artist and collector, and savour its extraordinary cuisine in local eateries, fine restaurants and street food stalls. Be amazed at a sumo wrestling bout, find respite in a classic onsen and rest up in a traditional ryokan – just a handful of Japan’s cultural highlights.


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. Continue 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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, pausing in the tiny shops of Nakamise-dori. The colourful pagoda-style temple was completed in 645 and is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy in several East Asian spiritual traditions. Finish your day with a photo stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza. 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, start 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 armour and weaponry. Then, pass by Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s answer to Times Square, to watch the mesmerising multidirectional foot traffic. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to Tokyo’s vibrant Harajuku district, where the city’s youth gather to see and be seen, sporting colourful, eclectic fashions. Also visit Omotesando Street, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysées. This broad, tree lined avenue in Harajuku features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects, upmarket shopping complexes, elegant restaurants and fashionable coffee shops. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

 

Day 4

Hakone | Traditional Ryokan

Travel to Hakone, among Japan’s most popular hot-spring destinations, and view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park, an area encompassing coastlines, mountains, lakes and more than 1,000 volcanic islands. Board an aerial tram rising above the wooded slopes for inspiring views of Mount Fuji. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before strolling the grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open Air Museum. Admire the impressive contemporary sculptures and artwork on display, including masterpieces by Henry Moore and Rodin. The museum also features one of the world’s finest Picasso exhibits, presenting visitors with some 300 works by the cubist master. Tonight, enjoy unparalleled service and traditional Japanese cuisine at Gôra Kadan, a top-rated ryokan (traditional inn), which is also your elegant and authentic accommodation for the night.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Gôra Kadan

 

Day 5

Osaka | Dotonbori District Delicacies

After breakfast at your ryokan, visit the Okada Museum of Art to view its stunning collection of paintings, ceramics, lacquerware and bronzes from Japan, Korea and China. Then, Ride like a Local by bullet train to Osaka. Historically known as a merchant city, it is today renowned as Japan’s undisputed culinary 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 evening, set out on a foodie tour in the popular Dotonbori district, sampling dishes from the brilliantly lighted and gastronomically creative restaurants that line the street.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: St. Regis Osaka

 

Day 6

Nara | Insights Into a Profoundly Spiritual Heritage

Travel to Nara, Japan’s first capital, to visit Todai-ji, a temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Proceed to Nara Park, home to hundreds of deer, venerated here as divine spirits, which you have the opportunity feed by hand. Complete your Nara excursion with a visit to celebrated Kasuga Taisha Shrine and experience a Shinto ceremony firsthand. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to the Kehaya-za Sumo Pavilion, where you observe a demonstration of this fabled Japanese sport by two sumo wrestlers. Return to your hotel, where you enjoy dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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 moment, and discover the glittering Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — covered with gold leaf, surrounded by green gardens and casting its delicate reflection in the tranquil pond beside it. After a traditional bento box lunch, explore the Arashiyama neighborhood, including the garden of Tenryu-ji Temple. Later, bask in the magical atmosphere of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, strolling along a winding path as sunlight filters down through towering bamboo shoots — considered by many a healing experience.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

 

Day 8

Kyoto | In the Traditional Home of a Beloved Artist

Visit Shogunzaka Temple for stunning views of Kyoto, and then continue to the home and studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s most famous potters. In Kanjiro’s beautiful home, view his own creations as well as his personal collection of ceramics, sculptures and wood carvings. Proceed to a temple, where you experience the art of the tea ceremony, noting its refined sense of hospitality and etiquette, which date to the time of the samurai. Tonight, savour traditional Japanese cuisine, while an attending geiko (as a geisha is known in Kyoto) and maiko (apprentice geisha) 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 begin a post-tour extension to Hiroshima.
Meals Included: Breakfast


Departure Date Price Per Person Twin Share
04Mar19 Sold Out
11Mar19 $17,850
18Mar19 $18,565
22Mar19 Sold Out
25Mar19 Sold Out
29Mar19 $18,565
01Apr19 $18,565
05Apr19 $18,565
08Apr19 $18,565
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06May19 $17,850
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13Sep19 $17,850
30Sep19 $17,850
07Oct19 $17,850
11Oct19 $17,850
14Oct19 $17,850
18Oct19 $17,850
21Oct19 $17,850
04Nov19 $17,850
11Nov19 $17,850

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Journey Details

This journey includes some long walks.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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