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Tailor Made Japan: Shrines & Skyscrapers


8 days from $17,995

Private Journey

Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests.

Experience the best of Japan, exploring vibrant Tokyo, from its glittering skyscrapers to its fascinating temples, and tradition-steeped Hakone, where you stay at an exclusive ryokan (traditional inn); and then travel by bullet train to discover the delicate beauty of timeless Kyoto.

A&K Advantages

Explore the many sides of Japan, from Tokyo's soaring high-rises to Kyoto's traditional temples

Enjoy a night in one of the country's most exclusive ryokans (traditional inns) in Hakone

Cruise on Lake Ashi, taking in spectacular views of Mount Fuji

Travel like a local between Hakone and Kyoto on one of Japan's famed bullet trains

Wander through Ginza, modern Tokyo's famed neon-lit shopping district

Marvel at Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji Temple, the Golden Pavilion, completely covered in gold leaf

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
ARRIVE TOKYO, JAPAN
Day 2
TOKYO | Tsukiji Fish Market
Day 3
TOKYO | Imperial History
Day 4
HAKONE | STAY AT A TRADITIONAL RYOKAN
Day 5
KYOTO | BULLET TRAIN RIDE & BREWERY VISIT
Day 6
NARA | JAPAN’S SPIRITUAL HERITAGE
Day 7
KYOTO | THE GOLDEN PAVILION & BAMBOO GROVE
Day 8
DEPART OSAKA

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.

Day 1
ARRIVE TOKYO, JAPAN

Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting capital. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the expansive views over the city.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Day 2
TOKYO | Tsukiji Fish Market

Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market, a bustling hub of daily life and the main source of Tokyo’s seafood. At the Shitamachi Museum, view historical reproductions of living spaces occupied by Tokyo’s artisans and merchants. After lunch at a local restaurant, pass by Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s frenetic answer to Times Square. Continue to Tokyo’s vibrant Harajuku district, where the city’s youth gather to see and be seen sporting colorful, eclectic fashions. Next, stroll Omotesando Street, another fashion hub of the local youth culture. Finish your day 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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3
TOKYO | Imperial History

Today, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, also known as Sensō-ji, to admire its pagoda-style architecture and learn about its history, which dates to the seventh century. Later, pause 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. After a photo stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza, return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4
HAKONE | STAY AT A 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 Komagatake Ropeway and soar through the clouds on this inspiring aerial tramway. Weather permitting, you are treated to spectacular views of Mount Fuji. Stroll the grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open Air Museum, taking in 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, Dinner
Day 5
KYOTO | BULLET TRAIN RIDE & BREWERY VISIT

This morning after breakfast, ride like a local 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. Next, proceed to Kyoto’s sake district to tour a sake brewery and sample the elixir brewed using the clean, soft water drawn up from underground springs. After a relaxing time, check in to your luxurious hotel.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6
NARA | JAPAN’S SPIRITUAL HERITAGE

Begin your day with a visit to Nara, where Japan’s first permanent capital was established in 710. Tour Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most historically significant Buddhist temples in Japan. Enter its spacious main hall to behold the Daibutsu — the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world. Stroll the grounds of Nara Park, which surround the temple, watching for the deer that roam free there. Next, visit Kasuga Shrine, a renowned Shinto shrine noted for its architecture and the distinctive style of its hanging lamps. Proceed to Kiyomizu Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating to 780. Enjoy vistas from the main hall, looking out from its mountain cliff-side perch, and visit the smaller shrines and temples on site, stopping at one to take part in a traditional tea ceremony.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7
KYOTO | THE GOLDEN PAVILION & BAMBOO GROVE

Today, discover the glittering Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), covered with gold leaf; surrounded by finely manicured green gardens; and set on a lovely, tranquil pond. Later, explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a lush oasis home to monkeys and towering stalks of bamboo. Bask in the magical atmosphere here, peacefully walking a winding path, as sunlight filters down through bamboo gently swaying in the breeze. Later, visit Togetsu Bridge, a picturesque span in keeping with 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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8
DEPART OSAKA

After breakfast, transfer to Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Enhance Your Journey

Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.

Learn the Local Traditions of Kimonos & Calligraphy

Proceed to a local Kyoto temple where you take part in a traditional kimono-wearing ceremony and an expertly led calligraphy or origami lesson.


Priced from $17,995

Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published for 2019 travel. Supplements may apply over holidays, festivals and special events. Subject to availability. International air not included.

 

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