Japan Coast to Coast

10 days from $7,840 per person*
  • Zigzag through the Hakone countryside by cable car, pirate ship, and train with expert guide.
  • Float along the Sumida River on your way to the Hamarikyu Gardens.
  • Taste different kinds of traditional sake at a brewery.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Japan is an enchanting destination and this itinerary covers a diversity of landscapes, from volcanic lakes to mountain villages.

In Tokyo, where period Japanese gardens are surrounded by futuristic skyscrapers, you'll uncover fascinating and exotic sites with a private guide. Drink a cup of steaming macha in a traditional tea house and taste your way through the city's incomparable food scene. Ride a cable car over sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers in Mount Fuji. Take the Tozan ‘switchback train’ which zig zags though the mountains, giving amazing views of the surrounding valleys. Head inland to Takayama, home of many sake breweries, noodle houses, and famous morning markets. With a private guide discover Kanazaw, Kyoto and Nara and explore innumerable castles, shrines, and zen temples.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Japan - Welcome
    • Airport Meet & Assist - Meet & Greet-Narita 9:00-20:55(12)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Narita Airport(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Discover Tokyo (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Tour - Private - Hakone Mt. Fuji National Park Tour (9hrs) - Guide/Public Tranport
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Tokyo to Takayama
    Tokyo to Takayama
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Tokyo - Takayama [via Nagoya (3 hrs)] - First Class
    • At Leisure
  • Day 5 Takayama
    Takayama
    • Tour - Private - Takayama Walking Tour - Guide
  • Day 6 Takayama to Kanazawa
    Takayama to Kanazawa
    • Transfer - Private - via Shirakawa-go - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 7 Kanazawa to Kyoto
    Kanazawa to Kyoto
    • Private - Kenroku-en Garden - Taxi/Guide
    • Kanazawa - Kyoto [(2hrs)] - 1st Class
    • Self-Guided - Granvia Arrival from Train Station - Short Walk
  • Day 8 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Tour - Private - Kyoto Highlights Day Tour with Public Transportation (8hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
  • Day 9 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Tour - Private - Nara & Fushimi Tour (8hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
  • Day 10 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Kyoto - Osaka [Kansai Airport] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
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Day 1: Tokyo

Welcome to Japan!

An English speaking assistant will meet and assist you upon arrival at the airport and take you to meet your driver.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: The B Akasaka (3*)

With easy access to Roppongi Hills, Roppogi Midtown, Marunouchi, and Omotesando Hills and virtually anywhere in the city, The B Akasaka can be your command headquarters for a Tokyo immersion. Yet, it still manages to be calm, peaceful and slightly off the beaten path, on a gentle slope overlooking the bustling Akasaka district. The unforgettable Italian style breakfast is served at Pizzeria Liana, which opens at 7 AM. All rooms in The B Akasaka feature comfortable beds raised for easy underneath storage, writing desks and wide-screen LCD TVs with Video On Demand. Free WIFI Internet is available throughout the hotel, while, the B signature freshly brewed coffee is always free in the lobby 24/7. Mass transit access to the B includes Akasaka Station of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, a 5-minue walk away from Akasaka Mitsuke Station for the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Marunouchi lines.

Tokyo
Tokyo
The B Akasaka
The B Akasaka

Day 2: Tokyo

Today take a half day tour of this fascinating city with a local guide by private car. The day begins with a visit to the outside Imperial Palace, home of Japan’s Imperial Family. Next is Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.
Drivr across town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. If time permits, you can take a walk down Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands.

Accommodation: The B Akasaka (3*)
Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace

Day 3: Tokyo

Today leave Tokyo behind as you make the 90 minute journey to Hakone, the gateway to Mt Fuji and surrounding national park. Your local guide for the day will accompany you on the “Romance Car” express train from Tokyo’s Shinjuku station. To explore the National Park, you can take advantage of the numerous forms of transport on offer. Ride the world’s second longest cable car up Mt. Owakudani, passing over sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers in this volcanic area, where you can eat an egg hard boiled in the sulfuric hot springs which make Hakone famous. If you do, it will add seven years to your life! A majestic replica pirate ship will sweep you across the Lake Ashinoko, a lake formed by a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago, and the Hakone Tozan ‘switchback train’ zig zags though the mountains, giving amazing views of the surrounding valleys. Throughout the day you will have the chance to get a glimpse of Mt Fuji, however please keep in mind that she is a notoriously shy mountain and it needs to be a clear day.

 

Accommodation: The B Akasaka (3*)
Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji

Day 4: Tokyo - Takayama

Meet your driver for a train station transfer with a private vehicle and assistant.

Transfer by train from Tokyo to Takayama via Nagoya. The train ride is approximately 3 hours.

Upon arrival in Takayama, the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps you may opt to visit one of the town’s many sake breweries for a taste of the local drop, its high quality due to the area’s clean water sources.

Accommodation: Associa Takayama Resort (4*)

Set amidst the southwest of Takayama city in the Takayama highlands, Hotel Associa Takayama Resort soars 640 meters above sea level. All of its 290 spacious rooms and suites command superb and unobstructed views of the northern Japanese Alps. Hotel Associa Takayama Resort prides itself in providing the finest accommodation in the city. The Associa Takayama is also the first hotel in Takayama to have its own hot spring bath.

Takayama
Takayama
Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

Day 5: Takayama

After breakfast you will depart your hotel by foot and on public transport with your own private guide for today's walking tour. You will go up to the Miyagawa morning market, with stalls selling local crafts and produce making it a good opportunity to try some of the region’s delicious fruit and vegetables (payable on spot). Because of its valuable timber resources, the Hida Region around Takayama was put under direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1692. The Takayama Jinya served as the local government office, headed by the officials dispatched from Edo. The present building complex includes various rooms for administrative purposes, offices, kitchens, toilets, bathrooms, residential space, a court room, and storehouses. It was in official use until 1969, and is now open to the public as a museum.

Takayama's old town has been beautifully preserved, with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants. The southern half of the old town, especially Sannomachi Street, survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, coffee houses, and sake breweries, some of which have been in business for centuries.

You will end the day at a sake brewery, where you can taste different kinds of sake.

Accommodation: Associa Takayama Resort (4*)
Takayama
Takayama

Day 6: Takayama - Kanazawa

In the morning, visit the Takayama Festival Floats museum, displaying floats from the famous Takayama festival.

Afterwards you will travel by private car to Shirakawa-go (1.5 hrs). The Shirakawa-go and neighboring Gokayama regions line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer", as the farmhouses steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style developed over many generations and is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.

In the afternoon, your guide will bid you farewell as you continue on with your private driver to your hotel in Kanazawa (1.5 hrs).

Accommodation: ANA Crowne Plaza (3.5*)

ANA Crowne Plaza is located in the heart of the bustling city of Kanazawa, next door to JR Kanazawa rail station and Ishikawa Concert Hall. The gentle sound of our cascading water-curtain greets you as you stride across the marble floor of the Lobby. A dedicated staff will carry your luggage to your soothing room, or offer directions to the peaceful and historic Kenroku-en Garden. Celebrate your arrival at one of 4 restaurants serving Chinese, teppanyaki or traditional Kanazawa dishes, or order sumptuous meals from an extensive Room Service menu.

Kanazawa
Kanazawa
ANA Crowne Plaza
ANA Crowne Plaza

Day 7: Kanazawa - Kyoto

Meet your guide this morning and depart from your hotel for your tour today (on foot, and by taxi). The highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenroku-en garden. Ranked one of the top three in Japan, its breathtaking beauty shines through in any season. You will also visit the Nagamachi Samurai district, Saihitsuan Yuzen Silk Center, offering demonstrations of the centuries-old Yuzen silk painting technique, and the Nomura Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home with a tea-ceremony room, an interior courtyard garden, and artifacts from the Edo period.

The tour will end at the Kanazawa train station around 3:00pm. 

Transfer by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto. The train ride is approximately 2 hours.

The Granvia Kyoto is located directly above the Japan Rail train station. After exiting your train, please follow the below instructions to reach your hotel. This is a very short walk, and done easily on your own, so no guide service has been included.

When using the Shinkansen bullet train: Exit via the Shinkansen Main Exit, turn right and walk straight through Nanboku-Jiyu-Tsuro (North-to-South main corridor) until you reach the escalator to the hotel entrance on your right.

When using the Haruka Express from Kansai International Airport: Exit via the JR Chuo Main Exit and take the escalator on your right to the Lobby on the 2nd floor of the hotel.

Accommodation: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel (3*)

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is situated in the suburbs, close to both Gion Corner and Nijo Castle. Another attraction in the area is Kyoto Imperial Palace. Guestrooms have satellite television, direct-dial phones, and air conditioning; rooms also include refrigerators, shower/tub combinations, and hair dryers. The hotel provides a restaurant, a bar/lounge, high-speed Internet access, and conference rooms.

Kyoto
Kyoto
Karasuma Kyoto Hotel Reception
Karasuma Kyoto Hotel Reception

Day 8: Kyoto

Today you explore the former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. You will start your day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. Nijo Castle is an ornamental castle was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. The main building was completed in 1603, and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors. Take a walk down Nishiki Market, a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi. To end the day you can decide what to visit. You may want to go to Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple. From the 13m high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall you can enjoy amazing views of the whole of Kyoto, whilst pondering the fact that both the Main Hall and Veranda were built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners; however, it is a steep walk uphill, and the temple is now under repair work, although it is still enjoyable and a Kyoto landmark. You may decide, instead, to visit Sanjusangendo, a temple which is Japan's longest wooden structure (120m). It is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. In the center of the main hall sits a large, wooden statue of a 1000-armed Kannon that is flanked on each side by 500 statues of human sized 1000-armed Kannon standing in ten rows. Together they make for an awesome sight.

Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Kyoto’s efficient local transit system.

Accommodation: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel (3*)
Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple

Day 9: Kyoto

Transfer from your hotel to Nara by train (45 minutes) with a local guide. For 74 years during the 8th century Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain. Visit the Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. Next stop is Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, established in 768 AD and famous for its hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns which have been donated by worshipers. Take a wander through Nara Park, called Deer park by locals due to the large population of more than 1,000 tame deer living there. On the way back from Nara, visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, which was used in the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”.  It is home to over 10,000 red tori gates, which form a path up the mountain behind the temple. After visiting the shrine, quench your thirst at a sake brewery. During a tour of the brewery you will learn about the traditional brewing process, and then sample the different types of their sake.

Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Kyoto’s efficient local transit system.

Accommodation: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel (3*)
Nara Park
Nara Park

Day 10: Kyoto

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation:
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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The B Akasaka (3*): Tokyo

With easy access to Roppongi Hills, Roppogi Midtown, Marunouchi, and Omotesando Hills and virtually anywhere in the city, The B Akasaka can be your command headquarters for a Tokyo immersion. Yet, it still manages to be calm, peaceful and slightly off the beaten path, on a gentle slope overlooking the bustling Akasaka district. The unforgettable Italian style breakfast is served at Pizzeria Liana, which opens at 7 AM. All rooms in The B Akasaka feature comfortable beds raised for easy underneath storage, writing desks and wide-screen LCD TVs with Video On Demand. Free WIFI Internet is available throughout the hotel, while, the B signature freshly brewed coffee is always free in the lobby 24/7. Mass transit access to the B includes Akasaka Station of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, a 5-minue walk away from Akasaka Mitsuke Station for the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Marunouchi lines.

The B Akasaka
The B Akasaka
Lobby
Lobby

Associa Takayama Resort (4*): Takayama

Set amidst the southwest of Takayama city in the Takayama highlands, Hotel Associa Takayama Resort soars 640 meters above sea level. All of its 290 spacious rooms and suites command superb and unobstructed views of the northern Japanese Alps. Hotel Associa Takayama Resort prides itself in providing the finest accommodation in the city. The Associa Takayama is also the first hotel in Takayama to have its own hot spring bath.

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

ANA Crowne Plaza (3.5*): Kanazawa

ANA Crowne Plaza is located in the heart of the bustling city of Kanazawa, next door to JR Kanazawa rail station and Ishikawa Concert Hall. The gentle sound of our cascading water-curtain greets you as you stride across the marble floor of the Lobby. A dedicated staff will carry your luggage to your soothing room, or offer directions to the peaceful and historic Kenroku-en Garden. Celebrate your arrival at one of 4 restaurants serving Chinese, teppanyaki or traditional Kanazawa dishes, or order sumptuous meals from an extensive Room Service menu.

ANA Crowne Plaza
ANA Crowne Plaza

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel (3*): Kyoto

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is situated in the suburbs, close to both Gion Corner and Nijo Castle. Another attraction in the area is Kyoto Imperial Palace. Guestrooms have satellite television, direct-dial phones, and air conditioning; rooms also include refrigerators, shower/tub combinations, and hair dryers. The hotel provides a restaurant, a bar/lounge, high-speed Internet access, and conference rooms.

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel Reception
Karasuma Kyoto Hotel Reception
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Ronald F. — August 10, 2016 — Asia

    As usual, Kensington exceeded our expectations and every detail was handled by your company. It makes traveling to a strange country so easy and we get to experience an in-depth visit that gives us a true look into the country. The people of Japan are very friendly and gracious. thanks.

  • Hans M. — July 15, 2016 — Asia

    From start to end of the program was excellent - flights, guides, drivers and hotel accommodations.Had never experienced from other Travel Companies. My my Family and I thank Kensington Tours personnel for a job well done.

  • Steven T. — June 15, 2016 — Asia

    We found Kensington of great assistance in helping us extend our recent trip to Japan with days on private tour to Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Astrid Di Paolo was our Kensington travel designer and was a delight to work with - very conscientious and attentive to every detail of our trip.

  • Sydney L. — June 08, 2016 — Asia

    This trip was unforgettable. I start medical school in July and wanted to do one last family trip before starting school (and no longer having summers). China and Tibet were unbelievable. The Holy Lake and Great Wall pictures alone were worth the money spent on the trip. My father loved the monasteries in Tibet as well. He is a history nerd and loved hearing the stories from 600 AD and witnessing the great stupas. Nepal was amazing as well, although I would have loved to have seen the sites before the earthquakes. All of our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and took the time to make sure we had enough water and were safe. Would recommend Kensington Tours to all of my friends and will definitely book again using them!

  • Ma. Cecilia J — June 01, 2016 — Asia

    Everything was great!

  • Loretta H. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    Very enjoyable trip. We had a private guide and driver. All very knowledgeable. Always met us at the airport and even waited for us when our flight was delayed. The price was well worth the money spent. Thank you Kensington Tours!

  • Marnie T. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    The local guides were very sweet, knowledgeable and accommodating to our itinerary desires.

  • Diana S. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    The local guides in Japan were all so pleasant and very knowledgeable of the areas we visited. They often shared personal stories which further enhanced our enjoyment of the tours.

  • Byron M. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    That was the single greatest experience of my life.

  • James G. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    We were very impressed by the quality of the tour. Everything worked as planned - our guides met us on time every time, the hotels were well selected and met our needs precisely, the itinerary was well chosen. We would like to call out the expertise and friendliness of our guides. They added immensely to the success of the trip. All of the guides were great but we want to especially express appreciation for the guides in Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor Wat. They helped make us feel like we were speaking with friends about the countries and places they lived in.

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