Unique experiences and fascinating insights await you as you journey through the “Land of the Rising Sun.” You’ll stay in the finest hotels, dine at exclusive restaurants and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Japan. See all the sights and enjoy the VIP privileges of traveling in a small group. Learn about the ancient art of the geisha during a special, private evening performance. Travel first class on the famed Bullet Train, which reaches speeds of up to 186 miles per hour on your journey to Kyoto. While in this 1,100-year-old city, be welcomed into a private home to participate in the most Japanese of rituals: a traditional tea ceremony. From imperial capitals to striking landscapes, the colorful pageantry of Japan will enchant you. Fall under its spell on this splendid journey.
DAYS 1 & 2
Upon arrival on Day 2, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury hotel to rest after your flight. The Peninsula Hotel, your home for the next three nights, is located across the avenue from the Imperial Palace, and just a couple minutes walk from the vibrant Ginza.
The Peninsula, Tokyo
DAYS 3 & 4
Tokyo & Nikko
Explore Tokyo, one of the world’s largest cities, with a brief stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza to view the Emperor’s home and grounds. Drive by the imposing National Diet Building and visit the Garden of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most magnificent Shinto shrine. Continue on to the entertainment district of Asakusa and savor a delicious barbeque lunch. Also see the Nihombashi and Ginza shopping districts. Enjoy a full-day excursion to Nikko beginning on the Tobu Express Train. Visit the thundering Kegon Falls, known for its rainbow displays.
The Peninsula, Tokyo
Stop in Kamakura to visit the Kotokuin Temple, which houses Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha). Visit the Hakone Open Air Museum and enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi. The reflection of Mt. Fuji across the lake is exceptionally beautiful. Also visit the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, cherished for its relaxing and beautiful atmosphere.
Hakone Hotel, Hakone
DAY 6 – 8
Mt. Fuji, Kyoto & Nara
The morning of Day 6 depart for Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and continue to Kyoto via the world-famous Bullet Train. Begin your tour of Kyoto with a visit to Nijo Castle, and then the famed Kinkakuji Temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion). Your final stop is at the Heian Shrine, established in 1893 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto.
On Day 8 enjoy a visit to a private home for a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and origami demonstration. In the afternoon drive to Nara, the imperial capital during the 8th century. Visit the lovely Deer Park, surrounding the magnificent Todaiji Temple, and enjoy feeding the deer.
Westin Miyako Hotel, Kyoto
Travel this morning via the express train to Kurashiki, meaning the “warehouse village.” Explore the traditional architecture and beautiful canals of this picturesque city. Visit the Ohara Museum of Art, the first museum of western art in Japan.
Hotel Nikko, Kurashiki
DAYS 10 – 12
Hiroshima & Miyajima Island & Depart for Home
Begin your tour of Hiroshima with a visit to Peace Memorial Park. On Day 11, take a trip to Miyajima Island, perhaps best known for the floating torii gate to the Itsukushima Shrine, reflected in Hiroshima Bay. This is one of the most photographed spots in all of Japan. On your afternoon excursion, journey to the Shukkeien Garden and the Hiroshima Castle. On Day 12 you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.
Rihga Royal Hotel, Hiroshima
Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Intra-tour air pricing is subject to change. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.