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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Be captivated by the beauty and traditions of Japan during this 11-day guided tour. Travel to Kyoto, a cultural hub for the country, where you can bask in the serenity surrounding the iconic Golden Pavilion. See the Giouji Temple — a Buddhist place of worship set amidst a moss-covered forest — and feast on a traditional Kyo-Kaiseki lunch as you watch an apprentice geisha perform beside you. In Tokyo, choose to make decadent sushi rolls using the finest quality fish during a private cooking class or join a Local Expert and explore the fashionable Omotesando and Harajuku neighborhoods before sampling a local lunch. Then discover the river valley of the Oirase Gorge, walking along its crystal-clear waters while marveling at the amber leaves that surround you. Later, journey to a local brewery for a private sake tasting and behind-the-scenes tour, led by a sake brew master.The Activity Level of this tour is Dynamic, meaning this journey features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills.

Countries Visited

Japan

Cities Visited

Hiroshima , Kyoto , Mt Fuji , Osaka , Sendai , Tokyo

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Osaka, Japan
    Enjoy a private transfer to your five-star hotel to begin your Japan luxury tour. Tonight, awaken your tastebuds with tempura and sushi over stunning views over Osaka’s skylineAccommodation: Imperial Hotel, Osaka.
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Highlights of Osaka Relaxed Start
    Take in 360-degree city views from the Floating Garden Observatory in the skyscraper, Umeda Sky. Continue your exploration of striking architecture at Osaka Castle, one of Japan's most famous landmarks and pivotal in the reunification of Japan during the 16th century.Accommodation: Imperial Hotel, Osaka.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    A Local Perspective on Hiroshima
    Arriving in Hiroshima by Shinkansen (bullet train), explore Peace Memorial Park and Museum and meet a survivor who will share moving insights. Indulge in okonomiyaki pancakes before arriving in Kyoto.Accommodation: The Thousands, Kyoto.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    The Temples and Geisha of Kyoto Relaxed Start
    Marvel at the Zen Buddhist temple Kinkakuji’s famed Golden Pavilion, Giouji Temple and take a quiet stroll through a grove of bamboo and maple trees. In the Gion district, dine on classic Kyo-Kaiseki cuisine and appreciate the talents of a Maiko, an apprentice geisha.Accommodation: The Thousands, Kyoto.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Mt. Fuji and on to Tokyo
    Board the bullet train to Mishima for spectacular views of Mount Fuji and admire its reflection in Lake Kawaguchi. Visit Itchiku Kubota Art Museum or revel in mountain views from the Kachi-Kachi Ropeway cable car.Accommodation: Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  6. Day 6
    Explore Traditional Tokyo Relaxed Start
    Visit the Tokyo National Museum and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Learn to make sushi with a Master Sushi Chef or explore Omotesando and Harajuku. Tailor your evening at a restaurant specialising in Shabu-shabu or Teppanyaki.Accommodation: Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Journey to Sendai
    Hear insights into island life in Sendai, joining the owner of a local inn for a fresh seafood lunch. A private cruise shows off the impressive views of Matsushima Bay before a traditional tea ceremony.Accommodation: The Westin, Sendai.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  8. Day 8
    Tsugaru and Hirosaki Castle
    At Hirosaki Castle, meet a cherry blossom doctor. Explore the Tsugaru-han Neputa Village and watch skilled craftsman. Enjoy a private performance of traditional Tsugaru Shamisen guitar and Taiko drumming.Accommodation: Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel, Oirase Gorge.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Exploring Oirase Relaxed Start
    Discover Japan’s nature haven of Oirase Gorge’s, admiring its waterfalls and crystal-clear streams. Enjoy a soothing Onsen bath in the nearby forest before ending the day with a visit to Miurashuzo family-run sake brewery for a private VIP tasting and tour.Accommodation: Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel, Oirase Gorge.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    The Highlights of Tokyo
    Explore the Senso-ji Buddhist Temple, visit Nakamise Street and Kappabashi, Tokyo’s foodie hub. Celebrate your travels over fine dining at Hoshinonaruki.Accommodation: Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Farewell Japan
    Your Osaka to Tokyo luxury tour ends with your private car to Narita or Haneda International Airport for your onward journey.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 10 Breakfast (B)
  • 7 Lunch (L)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Mt Fuji: Visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, where you’ll enjoy its unique architecture, wander the serene gardens and marvel at its collection of beautiful kimonos.
  • Mt Fuji: Ride the Kachi-Kachi Ropeway cable car to fully embrace the breathtaking views of the lake and the mountain.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Tokyo: Participate in a private sushi-making class in Tokyo and discover why it takes ten years to perfect this 2000-year-old Japanese art from a master sushi chef. Afterwards, enjoy a freshly prepared Highlight Lunch where you can marvel at his culinary brilliance.
  • Tokyo: Join a Local Expert and head to the Omotesando and Harajuku neighborhoods known for their fashion, art and design before indulging in lunch.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level. ?
  • Included at all hotels.
  • Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.?
  • Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.
  • Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
  • Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Curated Experiences

  • Hiroshima: Experience a truly poignant travel moment, as you meet a survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bomb, which destroyed most of the city during World War II and changed world history forever.
  • Oirase Gorge: Take a gentle walk along the Oirase Gorge in the Hachimantai National Park. Each season brings its own color palette while unique rock formations and the burbling river is a pleasure to follow.

Exceptional Dining

  • Osaka: Discover why Osaka is known as the kitchen of Japan on a stroll through Donburi street with a Local Expert. Taste local specialties such as rounds of ground octopus wrapped in batter, called Takoyaki.
  • Hiroshima: Indulge in the local favorite of okonomiyaki, a savory pancake dish consisting of wheat flour batter and other ingredients cooked on a teppan.
  • Kyoto: Enjoy a performance by a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, skilled in the art of classical dance and entertainment, as you savor a Highlight Lunch of traditional Kyo-Kaiseki cuisine. Admire the balance of taste, texture and color in this Kyoto specialty.
  • Tokyo: During a Your Choice Evening, choose from two hand-picked restaurants, each specialising in local delicacies. Try Shabu-shabu, sizzling hotpots of meat and vegetables, or Teppan-yaki, where rice, meats and vegetables are freshly cooked on the grill in front of you.
  • Sendai: Experience a truly Japanese tradition when you enjoy a tea ceremony at a traditional tea house. Learn the art of making the perfect matcha green tea as you follow the custom.
  • Oirase: Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet a brewmaster, Takumi Sato, and learn about the essence of sake in a special guided visit of his brewery. Share some of the sacred drink of Japan in the stunning surroundings of Oirase.
  • Tokyo: Tradition meets innovation as you enjoy a fine dining experience with new friends at Hoshinonaruki. Using age-old Japanese culinary techniques and seasonal ingredients, this is a dining experience that truly brings the flavor of the country to life.

Magnificent Stays

  • Oirase Gorge: Ideally situated moments away from the serene Oirase Keiryua stream, the Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel is a luxurious resort hotel and offers spacious bedrooms, five-star facilities and easy access to natural hot springs situated in the nearby forest.

Passport Moments

  • Osaka: Explore the fascinating Osaka Castle, a famous landmark that was pivotal in the reunification of Japan during the 16th century. Marvel at the variety of cultural artefacts showcasing the history of Osaka.
  • Osaka: Visit the top of the Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building for incredible city views.
  • : Experience traveling like a local as you ride the high-speed bullet train. Catch views of snow capped mountains and quaint Japanese towns as you journey between each city. This feat of modern engineering brings new joy to train rides.
  • Hiroshima: Spend some quiet moments in the emotive Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and see the A-Bomb Dome, the only structure left standing.
  • Kyoto: Wander around the famous Giouji Temple, where the bamboo trees and green groves inspire relaxation. This tiny temple with the thatched roof entrance is a sanctuary and one of the most scenic temples you’ll see in the city.
  • Kyoto: Join your Travel Concierge for an orientation of Gion neighborhood, known as Kyoto's geisha district. See well-preserved wooden machiya houses and perhaps experience the electric ambiance of a local bar or restaurant.
  • Kyoto: Visit the stunning Zen Buddhist temple of Kinkaku-ji, with its glittering Golden Pavilion and hear about its intriguing history. Then, explore the vibrant Gion neighborhood, where you may spot a Geisha or two.
  • Tokyo: Take a sightseeing tour of Tokyo with your Travel Concierge to spot many places of interest in this bustling capital city.
  • Matsushima Bay: Take in views of the many pine clad islets in Matsushima Bay on a private cruise. Hear about the many haikus featuring the bay describing it as a place of love and wonder.
  • Matsushima Bay: Meet the owner of a traditional Japanese inn set in the dazzling Matsushima Bay, which has inspired poetry over the centuries. Hear more about her life and local traditions in the pine covered islands as you cruise between them.
  • Hirosaki: Learn about the meticulous care and nurturing of cherry blossom trees from a specialized cherry blossom doctor who ensures that each one, from sapling to mature tree, is healthy and thriving during the beautiful season each April.
  • Tsugaru han Neputa Village: See the colorful decorations, which take a year to create, being prepared for the summer Neputa Festival by local craftsmen. Witness a private musical performance of Tsugaru Shamisen and Taiko, a traditional style of Japanese guitar and drumming.
  • Tokyo: Pay a visit to the Sens?-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo and the site of a large late spring festival, which many international visitors attend. This significant place of worship is dedicated to Kannon Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of compassion.
  • Tokyo: Wander down one of Japan's oldest shopping streets, Nakamise Street, which dates back to the 17th century. If you're feeling peckish, visit Kappabashi, the back street that is also known as the foodie hub of Tokyo.

Personalise your day

  • Mt Fuji: Visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, where you’ll enjoy its unique architecture, wander the serene gardens and marvel at its collection of beautiful kimonos.
  • Mt Fuji: Ride the Kachi-Kachi Ropeway cable car to fully embrace the breathtaking views of the lake and the mountain.
  • Tokyo: Participate in a private sushi-making class in Tokyo and discover why it takes ten years to perfect this 2000-year-old Japanese art from a master sushi chef. Afterwards, enjoy a freshly prepared Highlight Lunch where you can marvel at his culinary brilliance.
  • Tokyo: Join a Local Expert and head to the Omotesando and Harajuku neighborhoods known for their fashion, art and design before indulging in lunch.

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Questions & Answers

Question: What is the activity level on this tour?

There will be light walking on this tour but nothing too strenuous.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Luxury Gold Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
3.9

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