Discover Japan on this 8-Day/7-Night Journey through Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, and Osaka!
Japan has long intrigued us, as it is an archipelago of 6,852 islands, of which approximately 260 are inhabited. I couldn’t believe the number of islands, myself! This tour, from Kensington Tours, will allow you to Discover Japan over 8 days. Explore Tokyo, the capital and most populous metropolitan area in the WORLD, from ancient shrines to ultramodern architecture. You can also take a dip in a private hot spring in the foothills of Mount Fuji. Then, enjoy a formal welcome to the country through a private tea ceremony. As well as the chance to get lost among Arashiyama’s towering bamboo groves.
Kensington Tours are fully customizable. This is just a sample of what is available to you! They are ready to customized to suit your interests, tastes, and budget!
You will start in Tokyo, where you will get a private tour of Imperial Tokyo. See the Meiji Shrine, considered one of the most famous shrines in Japan, and the Imperial Palace, the official residence of Japan’s Imperial family. Then, enjoy traditional shopping in the Nihonbashi District. Finally, shop til you drop in Ginza! Take time in Tokyo to adjust to the differences in culture and time!
Leave Tokyo, and transfer to Hakone National Park for a day of fresh air and sightseeing in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Take a cable car to Hakone Ropeway and enter iconic Japan. Soar above the active volcanic site, Owakudani, (Great Boiling Valley). Descend the mountain via ropeway, where you’ll board a pirate ship and sail across famous Lake Ashi. You’ll be able to see red torii gates, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, and even Mt. Fuji on a clear day!
Board a train from Odawara Station to Kyoto, Take a stroll through Miyagana-cho, one of the “geisha districts.” Enjoy the aroma from the many traditional restaurants and Japanese tea rooms. Although elusive, you may spot a Geisha or a Maiko whilst walking around this historical area – your local guide knows where to look!
Reach Kennin-ji temple and visit the city’s oldest Zen temple, founded in 1202. Explore its beautiful Japanese rock garden, and admire the famous artwork of Fujin-Raijin-zu. End this tour of Gion at the venerated Yasaka Shrine. Established over 1350 years ago, the Shinto shrine connects the Geisha District of Gion and the beautiful, elevated Higashiyama District.
Discover the charm and tranquility of Arashiyama, and lose yourself on a peaceful stroll through the bamboo grove. Stop at Nonomiya Shrine, set amongst the grove. This Shinto shrine was a sanctuary for princesses. Finally, jet off to Osaka and wrap up your tour taking in the sites of the city.
While in Japan, you’ll be staying in the lap of luxury. You’ll first enjoy a stay at Park Hotel Tokyo. Park Hotel Tokyo is a luxury business hotel ideally situated in Shiodome, a flourishing center of business and culture. The hotel succeeds in providing a superior level of service that satisfies the needs of all international clientele. Next, experience Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu, a true sanctuary facing magnificent mountain in Hakone, away from your bustling city life. Our ryokan’s concept is the harmony of authentic Japanese hospitality and nature. You can watch the sunrise while bathing in our enormous open-air onsen with infinite horizon view. In addition, all rooms come with their own private open-air bath.
And finally, in Kyoto, you will enjoy the Hotel Granvia Kyoto, an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building. This building also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. With its elegant accommodations, including beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The Hotel Granvia Kyoto features 12 restaurants and bars, and key fitness facilities that deem this hotel a premier destination for international travelers.
In a word? A LOT! Kensington Tours strive to provide personalized, near-all-inclusive itineraries based on YOU, so you can discover Japan just as you wish!
- Fully customized itinerary based on YOUR interests and YOUR schedule
- 24/7 In-Destination support
- All accommodation stays, tours, and transfers for scheduled activities, unless otherwise noted in your itinerary
- Private driver for tours and transfers
- Local private guides or shared tours that take you through your itinerary highlights and experiences
- A greeting at the airport or at your accommodation from one of Kensington’s reps
- Breakfast each morning at your hotel, plus any meals indicated in the itinerary
- One suitcase and one carry-on per person for trip transfers
Tours Unlike Any Other
These tours are unlike any other. You will be able to fully customize your experience, including choosing from a range of places to stay. Along with your travel advisor (THAT’S ME!), tailor your trip to include a wide variety of activities, from must-sees, to lesser-known local experiences. Additionally, there may even be exclusive experiences that are currently completely unknown to you!
Are you ready to discover Japan? Let’s talk today and get the Japan vacation of your dreams planned!