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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Classic Japan 2021-22


9 days from $11,695 per person

Limited to 18 guests

Discover the incredible breadth of Japan’s culture and history, from the contemporary flair of Tokyo to the charms of traditional Kyoto, visiting historic temples, overnighting at a sought-after ryokan and sampling its culinary treasures.

A&K Advantages

  • Behold the exalted flowering cherry trees, known locally as sakura, or view the vivid red leaves of autumn
  • Experience neon-lit Tokyo, learning its humble origins at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and feel the vitality of this buzzy world capital, playing taiko drums and visiting a seafood market
  • Stay at Gôra Kadan, one of the country’s most exclusive ryokans (traditional inns), thanks to A&K’s small group size
  • Zoom by bullet train along the classic stretch past majestic Mount Fuji to Osaka, where you savor a foodie experience in the renowned Dotonbori district
  • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Kyoto as you discover the art of the tea ceremony, witness sumo wrestling and take part in a special geisha dinner

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan
DAY 2
Tokyo | Spirit of Edo
DAY 3
Tokyo | Design Your Day
DAY 4
Hakone | Traditional Ryokan
DAY 5
Osaka | Dotonbori District Delicacies
DAY 6
Nara | Insights into a Profoundly Spiritual Heritage
DAY 7
Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Bamboo Grove
DAY 8
Kyoto | Hillside Views & Tea Traditions
DAY 9
Depart Kyoto

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Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature Japan. 

Cherry Blossoms & Red Leaves | Springtime in Japan is glorious, with the iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) on full display. Likewise, fall’s red maple leaves are inspiring to behold. Choose from select departures for the chance to set eyes on them.

DAY 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting and modern capital. Transfer to your hotel and take in the expansive views over Tokyo’s skyline.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
DAY 2
Tokyo | Spirit of Edo

Today, explore the Edo-Tokyo Museum, which was established to preserve the historic heritage of the city of Tokyo and its precursor Edo, over the past 400 years. Continue to a family-owned workshop that specializes in Japanese drum making, and try your hand at playing the taiko, on an A&K-exclusive experience. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then visit Asakusa Kannon Temple. This colorful pagoda-style temple was completed in 645 and is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy in several East Asian spiritual traditions. Continue to Meiji Shrine, a Shinto complex dedicated to an emperor that was rebuilt after World War II. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
Tokyo | Design Your Day

Start your day at the Tsukiji Fish Market, a bustling hub of Japanese daily life, where a dizzying array of seafood can be found. Then, receive a lesson in sushi making, followed by lunch, during a Chef’s Table experience. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

Explore the Mori Art Museum to take in local contemporary art.

Experience Tokyo’s Samurai Museum, learning about the customs of this elite-warrior class and participating in a sword demonstration.

Indulge in a Sake Tasting, sampling some of Japan’s finest sake and learning about its cultural importance.

Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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. Savor a lunch of Japan’s famed Kobe beef 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, experience unparalleled service and traditional Japanese cuisine at Gôra Kadan, a top-rated ryokan (traditional inn), which is also your authentic accommodation for the night.

Gôra Kadan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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, take in city views, refreshing drink in hand, on a Scenic Sundowner, before you 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.

The St. Regis Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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 to 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.

The St. Regis Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Bamboo Grove

Travel into Kyoto 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 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.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8
Kyoto | Hillside Views & Tea Traditions

Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple for stunning views of Kyoto. Proceed to a local 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, savor traditional Japanese cuisine, while an attending geiko (as a geisha is known in Kyoto) and maiko (apprentice geisha) dance, sing, pour sake and share stories about life in modern Kyoto.

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 begin a post-tour extension to Hiroshima.

Meals: Breakfast

Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature Japan. 

Cherry Blossoms & Red Leaves | Springtime in Japan is glorious, with the iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) on full display. Likewise, fall’s red maple leaves are inspiring to behold. Choose from select departures for the chance to set eyes on them.

Hiroshima Post-Tour Extension

Journey from Kyoto to the historic town of Uji, and visit the Byodoin Omotesando and Tale of Genji Museum. Proceed to Osaka for an overnight stay. Ride by bullet train to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, and see the Itsukushima Shrine. Return to Osaka to depart.

Post-Tour Extension: Hiroshima

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DAY 1

Following a morning at leisure in Kyoto, embark on an afternoon exploration of the historic town of Uji, including The Tale of Genji Museum and the Byodoin Omotesando. Travel to Osaka and check in to your hotel this evening.

The St. Regis Osaka
DAY 2

Go by bullet train to Hiroshima. Spend the day visiting the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. See the iconic Itsukushima Shrine before returning to Osaka by train.

The St. Regis Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3

Transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • 2021
  • Mar 01 - Mar 09
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  • Mar 19 - Mar 27
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    $13,495
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    $6,295
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    This departure offers the best opportunity to see the cherry blossoms of spring. Yearly timing varies slightly.

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  • Mar 22 - Mar 30
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  • Mar 26 - Apr 03
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  • Apr 02 - Apr 10
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  • Apr 09 - Apr 17
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  • May 07 - May 15
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  • May 14 - May 22
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  • Sep 10 - Sep 18
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  • Oct 15 - Oct 23
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  • Nov 05 - Nov 13
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  • 2022
  • Mar 04 - Mar 12
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  • Mar 18 - Mar 26
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    This departure offers the best opportunity to see the cherry blossoms of spring. Yearly timing varies slightly.

  • Mar 21 - Mar 29
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    This departure offers the best opportunity to see the cherry blossoms of spring. Yearly timing varies slightly.

  • Mar 25 - Apr 02
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    This departure offers the best opportunity to see the cherry blossoms of spring. Yearly timing varies slightly.

  • Mar 28 - Apr 05
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    This departure offers the best opportunity to see the cherry blossoms of spring. Yearly timing varies slightly.

  • Apr 01 - Apr 09
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    This departure offers the best opportunity to see the cherry blossoms of spring. Yearly timing varies slightly.

  • Apr 08 - Apr 16
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  • May 06 - May 14
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  • May 09 - May 17
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  • May 13 - May 21
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  • Sep 09 - Sep 17
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  • Sep 16 - Sep 24
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  • Oct 07 - Oct 15
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  • Oct 10 - Oct 18
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  • Oct 14 - Oct 22
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  • Oct 21 - Oct 29
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  • Nov 04 - Nov 12
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    Reserve your 2022 date now with a fully-refundable deposit. You will have seven days after the final 2022 itinerary and pricing is published to confirm your reservation. Any refunds for payments made by Money in House travel credit will be reissued as such.

    This departure offers the best opportunity to view the red leaves of fall. Yearly timing varies slightly.

  • Nov 11 - Nov 19
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    Reserve your 2022 date now with a fully-refundable deposit. You will have seven days after the final 2022 itinerary and pricing is published to confirm your reservation. Any refunds for payments made by Money in House travel credit will be reissued as such.

    This departure offers the best opportunity to view the red leaves of fall. Yearly timing varies slightly.

Journey Details

This journey includes 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.

Travel Privately with A&K | This itinerary is available as a private journey, Signature Japan. 

Cherry Blossoms & Red Leaves | Springtime in Japan is glorious, with the iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) on full display. Likewise, fall’s red maple leaves are inspiring to behold. Choose from select departures for the chance to set eyes on them.


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