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Luxury Tailor Made Travel

Signature Japan 2020


9 days from $15,995

Private Journey

Immerse yourself in Japan’s diverse culture, as you stroll a seafood market in Tokyo, stay at a ryokan (traditional inn) in Hakone, savor a foodie tour in Osaka, visit a venerated temple and shrine in Nara, and experience a Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto, on this revealing independent journey.

A&K Advantages

Explore the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, where you receive a lesson in sushi-making

Travel at 175 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 Kyoto’s meticulously manicured Golden Pavilion

Capture the spirit of Japan with the art of the tea ceremony in Kyoto

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Day 2
Tokyo | An Emperor & the Samurai
Day 3
Tokyo | Design Your Day
Day 4
Hakone | Stay at a Traditional Ryokan
Day 5
Osaka | Bullet Train & Dotonbori Delicacies
Day 6
Nara | Insights into a Profoundly Spiritual Heritage
Day 7
Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Bamboo Grove
Day 8
Kyoto | Traditional Home of a Beloved Artist
Day 9
Depart Osaka
Day 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan

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

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Day 2
Tokyo | An Emperor & the Samurai

Today, visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular Buddhist temples. Next, stop by a Japanese drum shop in Asakusa, where you learn about Japanese drums and try your hand playing the taiko. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and then proceed to the Meiji Shrine, which is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Pass under its large cypress torii gates to enjoy the peaceful, park-like atmosphere of its expansive 175-acre grounds. Then, round out your afternoon with a trip to 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. Afterward, return to your hotel with the remainder of your day at leisure.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Tokyo | Design Your Day

Start your day at Tsukiji Fish Market, a bustling hub of Japanese daily life and the source of most Tokyo inhabitants’ seafood, where you receive a lesson in sushi-making followed by lunch. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:

Explore the MORI Digital Art Museum, facilitated by the assistant curator, to witness its genuinely dazzling displays.

Visit the Edo Tokyo Museum, arriving via Tokyo’s famous subway system, to tour this amazing institution, established to preserve the historic heritage of the city of Tokyo, and its precursor Edo, over the last 400 years.

Set out on a Japanese Saké Tasting Adventure, exploring the city by its world-renowned subway system and sampling the subtle and delicate flavor profiles of traditional Japanese alcohols while learning about their cultural importance.

Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Hakone | Stay at a 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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant 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, enjoy unparalleled service at Gôra Kadan, an exclusive ryokan (traditional inn).

Gôra Kadan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Osaka | Bullet Train & Dotonbori Delicacies

After breakfast at your ryokan, head to 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, enjoy a wonderful foodie tour in the Dotonbori district, sampling dishes from the brilliantly lighted and culinarily creative restaurants that line the street.

The St. Regis Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
Nara | Insights into a Profoundly Spiritual Heritage

Travel early this morning to ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. Visit Todai-ji, a temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Continue to Nara Park, home to hundreds of tame deer, venerated here as divine spirits, which you have the opportunity feed by hand. Complete your Nara excursion with a visit to celebrated Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine.

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

Travel to Kyoto 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 tranquil pond beside it, the temple exhibits three different styles of architecture — shinden, samurai and zen — one on each floor. After lunch, explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, strolling along a winding path as sunlight filters down through towering bamboo shoots, considered by many a healing experience. Proceed to nearby Tenryuji Temple and its wonderful gardens before continuing to your hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Kyoto | Traditional Home of a Beloved Artist

This morning, visit Shogunzaka Temple for stunning views of Kyoto, and then continue to the home and studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s most famous potters. In Kanjiro’s beautiful home, view his own creations as well as his personal collection of ceramics, sculptures and wood carvings. 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.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9
Depart Osaka

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

Meals: Breakfast


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