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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Classic Japan 2018


9 days from $10,495

Limited to 18 guests

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.

A&K Advantages

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)

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan
DAY 2
Tokyo | Tsukiji Fish Market & Asakusa Kannon Temple
DAY 3
Tokyo | Life of a Samurai
DAY 4
Hakone | Traditional Ryokan
DAY 5
Osaka | Bullet Train Ride
DAY 6
Nara | Gardens & Temples
DAY 7
Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Bamboo Grove
DAY 8
Kyoto | Japanese Mingei Folk Art
DAY 9
Depart Kyoto

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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.

The 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 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. After having lunch at a local restaurant, 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. Enjoy a brief visit to the Imperial Palace Plaza before returning to your hotel. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. 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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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).

Gôra Kadan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
Osaka | Bullet Train Ride

After breakfast at your ryokan, head to the Okada Museum of Art to see the exquisite ceramics, lacquerware and paintings on display, and stroll its tranquil gardens. Then 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 evening, enjoy a scenic sundowner followed by a wonderful foodie tour in the Dotonbori district, sampling dishes from the brilliantly lighted and culinarily creative restaurants that line the street.

St. Regis, Osaka
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
Nara | Gardens & Temples

Travel early this morning to visit ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. En route, pause for a photo opportunity of Osaka Castle and its lovely grounds. On arrival in Nara, visit Todai-ji, a temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Continue to Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer before visiting Kasuga Taisha Shrine, dedicated to the deity tasked with protection of the city. On your way back to Osaka in the afternoon, 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. Afterward, return to your hotel in Osaka.

St. Regis, Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. Proceed to nearby Tenryuji Temple and its wonderful gardens before continuing to your hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8
Kyoto | Japanese Mingei Folk Art

This morning, begin sightseeing with a visit to Shogunzuka, home to a Buddhist temple with stunning views over Kyoto. Continue 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. Proceed to 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. Tonight, toast your journey with an exquisite kaiseki banquet, where an attending geiko (as a geisha is known in Kyoto) and maiko dance, sing, pour sake and converse about their fascinating lives.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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: Breakfast

Post-Tour Extension: Hiroshima

Post-Tour Extension: Hiroshima

4 days from $4,395

DAYS 1-2:

Arrive in Hiroshima from Kyoto by bullet train. Enjoy lunch, tour Peace Memorial Park and Museum, and check in to your hotel. The next day, take a ferry to Miyajima Island to see Itsukushima Shrine and its famous red Torii gate.

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
Meals: Lunch, Breakfast
DAY 3:

Tour Iwakuni Town, cross Kintaikyo Bridge to Iwakuni Castle and White Snake Shrine. Return to Hiroshima; board a bullet train to Osaka. Tonight, join your fellow guests for dinner.

St. Regis, Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4:

Transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Sep 14 - Sep 22
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  • Sep 28 - Oct 06
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  • Oct 01 - Oct 09
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  • Oct 08 - Oct 16
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  • Oct 15 - Oct 23
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  • Oct 19 - Oct 27
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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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