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Our ‘Japan In Luxury’ itinerary is a glorious independent 11 night itinerary which includes visits to Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Hakone.
It’s quite straight forward to travel independently in Japan as so much of the signage is in English. Our independent itineraries are available for any departure date (with a few exclusions which coincide with Japanese National Holidays and some weekends). We’ll do all the work for you and provide you with an information pack to make your trip run as smoothly as possible. You can also add guided tours as indicated and if you do want your own personal guide we can arrange this too.
Home to over 12 million people, the vast metropolis of Japan’s capital must be seen to be believed. Tokyo embraces the modern and ancient like no other city on earth and offers something for everyone who wants to delve into the Japanese phenomenon: the towering skyscrapers and frenzied neon of Shinjuku, the pop culture and gadget paradise of Akihabara, the sophisticated chic of Ginza, the biggest and liveliest fish market in the world, the old downtown area of Asakusa, and the tranquil, understated beauty of Meiji Shrine. Not to mention superb restaurants and great bars as well as fabulous shopping and museums befitting the capital of the world’s second-largest economy.
Kanazawa, meaning “Golden Marsh”, was originally built around Kanazawa castle and the beautiful garden Kenrokuen. Today, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture continues to cultivate the arts and contains attractive areas of well-preserved samurai and geisha teahouses. Is modern face is ably represented by the impressive 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. This is the one place you should not miss on the Sea of Japan coast.
Kyoto is where you will find the Japan of silent temples nestling in bamboo groves, gardens of finely raked sand and bewitching geisha. The city is home to over 2,000 temples and shrines, exquisite crafts and some of the best cuisine in the country. In short, Kyoto is the heartbeat of traditional Japan.
Not to be missed are Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji and Kiyomizu temples, although be aware that these do become crowded. For a more peaceful, intimate temple experience we recommend the temple complex of Daitoku-ji, in particular Daisen-in sub-temple, and the Arashiyama area to the west of the city.
The beautiful resort of Hakone is set in the foothills of Mt Fuji. The proximity to Tokyo means that this is a popular spot for weekenders to visit to enjoy the majestic scenery and to luxuriate in the natural hot springs in this volcanic region. Whilst here you can wander the peaceful surroundings and visit such attractions such as the Open Air Sculpture Park, Lake Ashi and Owakudani (literally ‘Great Boiling Valley’).
Day 1: Arrival in Japan, Meet & Greet at Narita Airport (Tokyo)
Welcome to Japan! Our friendly Meet & Greet service representative will be waiting in the Arrivals lobby and holding a sign with your name on. The Meet & Greet will direct you to the Narita Express train or limousine bus bound for Tokyo. Check in to a Deluxe room at the stunning 5* Peninsula Tokyo Hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2: Tokyo
Your options are unlimited in this incredible city. Explore Tokyo’s past in the bustling, traditional Asakusa district, visit the world’s largest fish market at Tsukiji, shop in the fashionable districts of Shibuya and Harajuku and dine on Japan’s finest cuisine.
Optional Guided Excursion: Tokyo 1 Day Tour
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing by taxi in Tokyo. Your private English speaking Guide will show you the highlights of this vast metropolis, from the Imperial Palace and serene Meiji Shrine to the ‘Electric City’ of Akihabara.
Day 3: Tokyo
Enjoy a further day of exploring in Tokyo.
Day 4: Tokyo to Kanazawa
Depart Tokyo and make your way to Kanazawa located on the Sea of Japan coast. After arriving early afternoon, you can start enjoying the sights of this wonderful city, from the well-preserved Nagamachi samurai district to Kenroku-en, one of Japan’s top three gardens. Check in to a Deluxe room at the superb Nikko Kanazawa Hotel for 2 nights.
Day 5: Kanazawa
Spend further time exploring Kanazawa which is home to some of Japan’s finest pottery and lacquerware, or venture up the lovely Noto Peninsula today.
Optional guided excursion
Full Day Tour of Kanazawa with Private English-speaking Guide by taxi.
Day 6: Kanazawa to Kyoto
Board the Bullet Train again and head to Kyoto which is blessed with many temples and shrines. The journey takes less than 3 hours, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon in Kyoto, where we recommend a strolling around the lovely side streets. You will stay in a Deluxe room in the wonderful 5* Kyoto Okura Hotel in the heart of Kyoto for 3 nights.
Day 7: Kyoto
A rich history of religion, art and craft have combined to make this glorious city a spiritual home for the Japanese. For temples we recommend Kiyomizu-dera and Ginkaku-ji in the hills to the east of the city. Nijo Castle is also well worth a visit, and make sure you allow yourself plenty of time for the wonderful craft shops and delightful streets of Gion, the old geisha quarter.
Optional guided excursion
Full Day Tour of Kyoto with Private English-speaking Guide by taxi.
Day 8: Nara at leisure
Whilst smaller than Kyoto, Nara is no less rich in attractions, with 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sights. The most outstanding of these is Todai-ji temple, the largest wooden building in the world and home to the Great Buddha statue – Japan’s biggest. Other essential sights include Yakushi-ji and Horyu-ji temple, whose buildings include some of the world’s oldest wooden structures.
Day 9: Kyoto to Hakone
It’s time to say goodbye to Kyoto as you speed on the Bullet Train to Hakone, a beautiful resort set in the foothills of Mt Fuji. For the next two nights you will stay in either the superb 5* Gora Tensui ryokan or the 5* Hakone Ginyu ryokan with its own private hot spring baths where a delicious dinner is included each night.
Day 10: Hakone
Hakone is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Today you can enjoy wandering in the peaceful, beautiful surroundings of this resort town. You might like to visit some of the surrounding attractions such as the Open Air Sculpture Park, Lake Ashi and Owakudani (literally ‘Great Boiling Valley’).
Day 11: Tokyo
After breakfast take the train back to Tokyo and stay at the Peninsula Tokyo again for your final night in Japan.
Day 12: Depart Japan
Transfer from your hotel to Narita International Airport (Tokyo).
Examples of some Ritz C Tokyoof the accommodation we use in Tokyo include The Peninsula, The Palace Hotel, The Ritz Carlton and The Cerulean Tower.
In Kanazawa we use the Nikko Hotel Kanazawa.
Examples of some of the accommodation we use in Kyoto include The Okura Kyoto, The Ritz Carlton and the Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Examples of some of the accommodation we use in Hakone include Gora Kadan, Kai Hakone, Gora Tensui and Hakone Ginyu.
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Price: from £4,975 per person on a sharing basis
Single Room Supplement: Please ask us about this
Optional Private Guided Tours:
1 Day Private tour of Tokyo with Guide (8 hours): £500.00 (in total for 2 persons)
1 Day Private tour of Kanazawa with Guide (8 hours): £625.00 (in total for 2 persons)
1 Day Private tour of Kyoto with Guide (8 hours): £500.00 (in total for 2 persons)
To make a booking, a deposit of £498 per person is required.
The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange and are subject to availability.
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