(Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto)
You can almost see the ancient samurai ghosts amid the mist that blankets Kyoto as you take in sweeping views of the city from the incredible Kiyomizu Temple.
In an example of innovative Japanese engineering and craftsmanship, Kiyomizu – otherwise known as Pure Water Temple – was built without the use of nails or any kind of joiners, and is an excellent introduction to the peace-giving serenity at the heart of traditional Japanese architecture. Elsewhere, explore an Edo Period garden and ancient temples in old Tokyo; marvel at the futuristic skyscrapers of the Shiodome district; visit a Zen temple in Kyoto’s peaceful eastern mountains; take some time out to meditate at the remarkable Todaiji Temple – the world’s largest wooden building; and wander among the more than 1,000 tame deer that live in Nara Park.
This extensive tour of Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto presents quintessential Japan in all its rich contrasts of ancient spirituality and modern marvels of technology. You’ll enjoy a collection of premium accommodation that has been designed to showcase the height of contemporary sophistication and the warmth of traditional Japanese hospitality. Of course, an experienced team of local guides will be at your side to ensure your comfort throughout the trip.
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You will be met and greeted at the airport by your driver and driven to your Tokyo hotel by private vehicle.
Park Hotel Tokyo is ideally situated in Shiodome, a flourishing new center of business and culture. The hotel offers an extraordinary level of service and coordinated interior designs. The Park Hotel Tokyo also shows respect for local traditions of nature, translated in the hotel's glass-roofed atrium. A soothing haven of trees and greenery, it stretches between the building's 25th and 34th floors, creating a well of warming sunlight that augments the sensation of balance and vitality fostered by the architecture.
Take a full day tour of this fascinating city with a local guide, making use of Tokyo’s comprehensive and user friendly public transport system.The day begins with a visit to Hamarikyu garden, an Edo Period Japanese garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers: a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. After stopping for a cup of steaming macha in a tea house on a small island in the park’s lake, take a boat cruise on the Sumida River passing under 12 bridges. Disembark in 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. In the afternoon take the subway 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. Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.
This afternoon explore Tokyo’s shitamachi (downtown). The suburb of Yanaka was miraculously spared the carnage of the Allied bombings in World War II, and part of its charm today of its best spots lies in this sense of being hidden. Visit old temples and shrines, one of Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist cemeteries as well as traditional shops selling Japanese paper and sweets. One of the most popular parks for hanami (cherry blossom parties) in Tokyo, Ueno Park was originally part of Kaneiji Temple, which used to be one of the city's largest and wealthiest temples and a family temple of the ruling Tokugawa clan during the Edo Period. Now it is home to some of Tokyo’s best museums, including the Tokyo National Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Last stop for the day is Ueno’s Ameyoko-cho, a busy market street underneath the train lines. Originally the site of a black market after World War Two, this bustling market is the last of its kind in Tokyo, and is filled with shops and stalls selling various products such as fresh fish, dried food and spices. At one of the many open air restaurants under the train tracks, you can stop for a cold drink and a yaitori (grilled chicken skewer). Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.
As part of your touring today, we have included a transfer to/from the train station. An assistant will meet you and drop you off on the platform.
Transfer from Tokyo to Odawara by train. Approximately 30 minutes.
You will be met by your driver and transferred by private vehicle between the train station to your hotel.
Fuji Hakone Guest House is a cozy family style Inn nestled in the resort town of Sengokuhara, in Fuji-Hakone National Park, which is located next to Mt.Fuji. There are 14 rooms in the hotel. The rooms are traditional Japanese style without attached bathroom and toilet. Restaurants, hiking trails, museums, convenience stores, and beautiful mountain trails are all within walking distance. The hotel provides you with authentic amenities such as Tatami Mats, Futons and Yukata robes as well as a bathrobe, TV and Natural Hot Spring Bath. The indoor Hot Spring Baths are open 24 hours a day.
Realx on the train ride from Odawara to Kyoto which should take approximately 2 hours.
Arashiyama, is a pleasant district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Okochi Mountain Villa is the former villa of the popular samurai film star Okochi Denjiro (1896-1962), and consists of several beautiful gardens and buildings, including living quarters, tea houses and a zen meditation hall. Here you will enjoy some matcha green tea with a snack. Next, take a walk through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves, which are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. The bamboo has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local workshops for centuries. Nonomiya shrine is a Shinto shrine where in ancient times, unmarried imperial princesses stayed for a year or more to purify themselves. Ranked among Kyoto's five great Zen temples, Tenryuji is the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama. Founded in 1339 at the beginning of the Muromachi Period (1338-1573), the temple is one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to its temple buildings, there are attractive gardens with walking paths. An optional lunch in a traditional building inside the temple grounds overlooking the beautifully landscaped garden is made available as well. Enjoy a beautiful vegetarian shojin-ryori (traditional Buddhist cuisine) lunch built around yuba, tofu and seasonal vegetables.
A refreshing solitude and peacefulness surrounds the Westin Miyako, in Kyoto. Beautifully laid out, the 516 rooms overlook traditional gardens and scenic trails. Each room includes luxurious linen and bedding, along with all the amenities of home. Special features available include rainforest showers, tea rooms, and wooden bathtubs, to accentuate traditional Japanese living. Meals are tasteful, with the option of buffet or sit down meals. Steak, seafood, and baked goods are just a few eatables offered. A short trip into the center of the city may provide more varied pricing and choices, as well. There is plenty to do at the hotel and in its surroundings. Get some fresh air at the trails, outdoor tennis courts, and the jogging track.
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 Nijo Castle. This 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. Kinkakuji, (Golden Pavilion) 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. Heian Shrine was built on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the capital's foundation in Kyoto and is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who reigned from the city, Emperor Kammu (737-806) and Emperor Komei (1831-1867). Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) is a Zen temple along Kyoto's eastern mountains (Higashiyama). In 1482, shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa built his retirement villa on the grounds of today's temple. Ginkakuji became a center of contemporary culture, and arts developed and refined during the time include the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, noh theater, poetry, garden design and architecture.Final stop today is 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.
Transfer from your hotel to Nara by train (45min) 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 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.
You will be met at your Kyoto hotel and driven to Kansai airport in Osaka by private vehicle with driver.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Japan for the most up to date visa information.
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