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Signature Series

Signature Japan 2017


9 Days from TBA

Private Journey

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Japan, as you ride a bullet train past majestic Mount Fuji and experience life in a traditional ryokan before arriving in picturesque Kyoto, where you visit the home and studio of a famous potter, on this revealing independent journey.

A&K Advantages

Gain an in-depth perspective on Japanese culture with stays in Tokyo, Hakone, Osaka and Kyoto, exploring diverse neighborhoods and bustling markets on foot

Travel at 186 mph on a bullet train along the classic stretch past majestic Mount Fuji

Experience the beauty of the flowering cherry tree, or sakura, when you travel in late March or early April

Be among the few to stay at Gôra Kadan, one of the country's most exclusive ryokans (traditional inns)

Visit the meticulously manicured Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

Visit the home and studio of one of Kyoto's most famous potters and view the collections on display

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan
DAY 2
Tokyo | The Shrine of Meiji-Jingu
DAY 3
Tokyo | Wonderful Nikko National Park
DAY 4
Hakone | Traditional Ryokan
DAY 5
Osaka | Bullet Train Ride and Medieval Castle
DAY 6
Nara | Bronze Buddha
DAY 7
Kyoto | Gardens, Pavilions & Temples
DAY 8
Kyoto | Japanese Mingei Folk Art
DAY 9
Kyoto

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.

DAY 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting capital. Transfer to your hotel, located in the upscale Ginza district.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
DAY 2
Tokyo | The Shrine of Meiji-Jingu

Visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll the grounds of Meiji-Jingu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife. Proceed to 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 Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3
Tokyo | Wonderful Nikko National Park

The Japanese have a saying: “Don’t say kekko (wonderful) without seeing Nikko.” Today, travel overland to Nikko National Park in the mountains north of Tokyo and discover this lovely region. Visit the magnificently carved 17th-century Toshogu Shrine. Then, explore the beauty of Lake Chuzenji in the mountains above Nikko, before proceeding to Kegon Waterfall.

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. Cruise Lake Ashi and board a cable car on the Komagatake Ropeway for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. Tonight, enjoy unparalleled service at Gôra Kadan, an exclusive ryokan (traditional inn).

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

Board a 186-mph bullet train to Osaka, the second-largest city in Japan. This afternoon, stroll through the lovely grounds of Osaka Castle, which played a key role in the unification of Japan in the 16th century. Travel to the top of the 40-story Umeda Sky Building for breathtaking views of the city from an open-air observation deck.

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
Nara | Bronze Buddha

Travel early this morning to visit ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. Wander through Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer. Continue to eighth-century Todai-ji, a temple complex that contains the world’s largest wooden structure and the largest bronze Buddha in Japan. Known as a Daibutsu in Japanese, the giant Buddha is nearly 50 feet high. Later, return to Osaka.

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
Kyoto | Gardens, Pavilions & Temples

Start early this morning to contemplate the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji and glittering Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). Covered in gold leaf that casts a shimmering reflection in the pond before it, the temple exhibits three different styles of architecture — shinden, samurai and zen — one on each floor. Later, explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a lush oasis formed from towering stalks of bamboo. Transfer to your hotel this afternoon for an evening at leisure.

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

This morning, visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and stand on its massive veranda for stunning city views. Then, stroll along Gojozaka Hills, an area known for its many pottery studios, on your way to the home and studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s most famous potters, and one of the first to combine modern manufacturing methods with traditional Japanese and English designs. Kanjiro’s beautiful, unusual home — redesigned to resemble a country house — is filled with his own creations and his personal collection.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
Kyoto

Transfer to Kansai or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.


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

Journey Details

No minimum age.

Solo traveller prices are available upon request.

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.


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