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Luxury Tailor Made Travel

Tailor Made Japan: Iconic Cities of the Mainland


11 days from $17,495 per person

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 and traditional Hakone, where you stay at an exclusive ryokan (traditional inn); encounter the legacies of feudal Japan in Takayama and Kanazawa; and discover the delicate beauty of timeless Kyoto.

A&K Advantages

  • Wander through two of Tokyo's famed, vibrant districts, Harajuku and Omotesando
  • Enjoy a night in one of the country's most exclusive ryokans in Hakone
  • Stroll through Takayama's well-preserved Old Town, filled with beautiful wooden buildings dating from the Edo period and located in the heart of the scenic Japanese Alps
  • Immerse yourself in the history and lifestyles of the legendary samurai warriors, with a visit to the Nagamachi Samurai District in Kanazawa
  • Marvel at Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji Temple, called the Golden Pavilion, completely covered in gold leaf
  • Ride Like a Local on Japan's famed bullet train

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
ARRIVE TOKYO, JAPAN
Day 2
TOKYO | Imperial History
Day 3
TOKYO | Vibrant Neighborhoods
Day 4
HAKONE | STAY AT A TRADITIONAL RYOKAN
Day 5
TAKAYAMA | BULLET TRAIN RIDE & OLD TOWN
Day 6
TAKAYAMA & SHIRAKAWA-GO | MORNING MARKET VISIT
Day 7
KANAZAWA | LIFE OF THE SAMURAI
Day 8
KYOTO | CITY OF CULTURAL TREASURES
Day 9
NARA | JAPAN’S SPIRITUAL HERITAGE
Day 10
KYOTO | THE GOLDEN PAVILION & BAMBOO GROVE
Day 11
Kyoto | DEPART OSAKA

Enhance Your Journey

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

TOKYO TAIKO DRUMMING EXPERIENCE

Journey to Asakusa for an insider-access opportunity to visit a historic family-owned drum shop, where you learn about Japanese drums and try your hand at the taiko. Learn the ropes from the shopkeepers, whose family members designed the musical instruments for traditional and worldwide events, including the emperor ceremonies and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

SAKE TASTING

Set out on a Japanese sake-tasting adventure, exploring the city and sampling the subtle and delicate flavor profiles of traditional Japanese alcohols while learning about their cultural importance.

Take in Kyoto’s Rural Scenery

Venture aboard the Sagano Scenic Railway, which follows the course of a twisting, luxuriantly forested gorge. Then, disembark in Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood, where you continue your day’s sightseeing.

Enjoy a Family-Friendly Day of Cultural Exploration

Begin with a lesson in playing traditional wadaiko (Japanese drums) as part of a taiko drum experience. Continue to the Samurai Museum to learn about the customs of this elite-warrior class while viewing samurai swords, armor and weaponry. Then, head to the top of the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest broadcast tower in the world. Finally, explore the Akihabara district, a center for Japanese youth culture abuzz with anime and electronic shops.


Mar–Apr; Priced from $23,695
Jan–Feb, May, Sep; Priced from $17,495

Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published for 2021 travel, and subject to availability.
Pricing reflects A&K's recommended months of travel of this itinerary. Supplements may apply over holiday periods, festivals and special events. International air not included.

 

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