Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
ARRIVE TOKYO, JAPAN
Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting capital. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the expansive views over the city.
TOKYO | THE SHRINE OF MEIJI-JINGU
Meet your private guide and visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll the grounds of Meiji-Jingu, the most popular Shinto shrine in Japan. Established in 1920 and dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, the shrine stands surrounded by more than 100,000 trees that have been donated by people from all over Japan. Proceed to 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. Next, stop in Ginza for the opportunity to browse its many luxury shops.
Tokyo | EXPLORING CUSTOMS BOTH OLD & NEW
Immerse yourself in Japanese culture today. First, learn about the traditional dress, techniques and weapons of the ninja at a local training room. Next, explore the honorable code of the warrior at Tokyo's Samurai Museum. Continue on to discover a more recent cultural phenomenon at a local cat café. Cap off your excursion with a hands-on taiko drumming lesson, followed by a demonstration.
KYOTO | BULLET TRAIN RIDE & BREWERY VISIT
This morning, travel by bullet train to Kyoto, moving at speeds approaching 175 miles per hour. Upon arrival in Kyoto, set out with your private guide, first visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine, situated at the base of the mountain of the same name, and see many sculptural depictions on site of kitusune (foxes), considered spiritual messengers and worshipped in the Shinto religion. After a relaxing time, check in to your luxurious hotel.
KYOTO | GOLDEN PAVILION & BAMBOO GROVE
Today, discover the glittering Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), an iconic structure covered with gold leaf, surrounded by finely manicured green gardens and set on a lovely tranquil pond. Later, explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, observing the resident monkeys from as they flit among towering stalks of bamboo. Later, visit Togetsu Bridge, a picturesque span embodying the Japanese aesthetic. Then, stop by the centuries-old Nishiki Market, strolling its five-block-long stretch of shops and restaurants frequented by locals and visitors alike.
KYOTO | Aquarium & Cooking Class
Start your day in Maruyama Park, home to a magnificent weeping cherry tree and a hub of local New Year celebrations. Next, take in the diverse specimens of the Kyoto Aquarium. Then, pause for a bit of culture and lunch with a family-friendly bento-making class. Finally, browse exhibits spanning historic engines and rolling stock at the Kyoto Steam Locomotive Museum.
After breakfast, transfer to Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your flight home.