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Signature Japan 2021


9 days from $15,995 per person

Private Journey

Discover the incredible breadth of Japan’s culture and history, from the contemporary flair of Tokyo to the charms of traditional Kyoto, visiting historic temples, overnighting at a sought-after ryokan, and sampling its culinary treasures.

A&K Advantages

  • Behold the exalted flowering cherry trees, known locally as sakura, or view the vivid red leaves of autumn
  • Experience neon-lit Tokyo, learning about its humble origins at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and feel the vitality of this buzzy world capital, playing taiko drums and visiting a seafood market
  • Be among the few to stay at Gôra Kadan, one of the country’s most exclusive ryokans (traditional inns), access made possible by A&K’s local relationships
  • Zoom by bullet train along the classic stretch past majestic Mount Fuji to Osaka, where you savor a foodie experience in the renowned Dotonbori District
  • Embrace the tranquil spirit of Kyoto, exploring the traditional Zen rock gardens at Ryoan-ji and contemplating the gold leaf detailing at the glittering Kinkaku-ji Temple

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Day 2
Tokyo | Spirit of Edo
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 | Hillside Views and Tea
Day 9
Depart Kyoto
Day 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan

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

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
Day 2
Tokyo | Spirit of Edo

Today explore the Edo-Tokyo Museum, which was established to preserve the historic heritage of the city of Tokyo, and its precursor Edo, over the last 400 years. Then, visit 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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then continue to an exclusive local workshop that specializes in Japanese drum-making, and try your hand at playing the taiko. Afterward, return to your hotel with the remainder of your day at leisure.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
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 Art Museum to take in local contemporary art.

Experience Tokyo’s Samurai Museum, learning about the customs of this elite-warrior class and participating in a sword demonstration.

Indulge in a Sake Tasting, sampling some of Japan’s finest sake and learning about its cultural importance.

Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
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 The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Admire the impressive contemporary sculptures and artwork on display, including masterpieces by Henry Moore and Auguste 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 lit 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 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 to feed by hand. Next visit the celebrated Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Conclude your Nara excursion with an exploration of the Naramachi District, comprised of winding Japanese streets and modernized merchant houses.

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 Temple (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 Tenryu-ji Temple and its wonderful gardens before continuing to your hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Kyoto | Hillside Views and Tea

This morning, visit Kiyomizu Temple, a celebrated Buddhist temple known for its stunning views of Kyoto. Marvel at the city from afar and enjoy the panorama of cherry and maple trees that come into color in the spring and fall. 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. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9
Depart Kyoto

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

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • 2021
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