Japan Highlights

8 days from $2,768 per person*
  • Delve into Japan’s past with private tours in Tokyo and Kyoto.
  • Step into scenes of Memoirs of a Geisha at the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
  • Explore the beautiful natural setting on Hakone at your own pace.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Expert selection of hotels.
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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. Embark on this exploration of Japan's highlights, with the support of local guides, comfortable train transportation, and enough down time to truly get lost in the land of the rising sun.

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.

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
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport - Shared coach from Narita
  • Day 2 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Highlights (4hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
  • Day 3 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • At Leisure
  • Day 4 Tokyo to Hakone
    Tokyo to Hakone
    • Self-Guided - Taxi - Local Taxi
    • Tokyo - Odawara [(30mins)] - Standard Class
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Self-Guided - Optional Activities - Optional
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 Hakone to Odawara to Kyoto
    Hakone to Odawara to Kyoto
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Odawara - Kyoto [(2hrs)] - Standard Class
    • Self-Guided - Granvia Arrival from Train Station - Short Walk
  • Day 6 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Private - 1/2 Day Kyoto Highlights (4hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
  • Day 7 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Private - Nara & Fushimi Tour (8hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
  • Day 8 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Self-Guided - Granvia Departure from Train Station - Short Walk
    • Kyoto - Osaka [Kansai Airport] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
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.
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Day 1: Tokyo

Welcome to Japan!

Upon arrival at Narita International Airport (NRT), simply proceed to the arrivals terminal. A professional and friendly shuttle service representative will be waiting for you with your name on the name board. No prior reconfirmation is required.

Accommodation: Villa Fontaine Shiodome (4*)

Located in the most advanced area of Tokyo, the Villa Fontaine Shiodome location provides guests with the highest quality stay. The hotel's spacious facility includes guestrooms and a sleek interior. The hotel feature comfortable guestrooms and spacious bathrooms. With your stay, complimentary breakfast and Internet services are provided. The hotel is equipped with a refined interior, luxurious queen sized beds, fully equipped facilities, and a colonnade ceiling Atrium lobby. With a cutting edge style, unparalleled in Japan Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome provides you with a stylish atmosphere for your stay. For your next visit to Japan, whether it is for business or pleasure, make your stay at Villa Fontaine Shiodome.

Tokyo
Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

Take a half 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 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. 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 brandsThe tour will finish in Harajuku/Omotesando. 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.

Accommodation: Villa Fontaine Shiodome (4*)
Sensoji Temple
Sensoji Temple

Day 3: Tokyo

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Villa Fontaine Shiodome (4*)

Day 4: Tokyo - Hakone

We recommend hailing a local taxi for today's transfer, they are readily available, safe and affordable.

Transfer by train from Tokyo to Odawara. The train ride is approximately 30 minutes.

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

Hakone is famous for its beautiful natural setting, hot springs, and of course the view of Mt Fuji. There are many things one can do independently while in Hakone, including shopping at local boutiques, enjoying some Japanese cuisine, or relaxing in a local onsen. We also recommend purchasing locally the "Hakone Free Pass", at roughly 4000JPY this gives you access to all buses, trains, cablecars and ropeways of the region. With this you may board a boat ride around Lake Ashi, or enjoy the mountain views while riding the 40 minute Tozan Train.

Accommodation: Gora Sounkaku (3.5*)

Sounkaku is a traditional Japanese-style inn located near the top of Mt. Soun. Guests can enjoy splendid landscape overlooking the mountains of Hakone. The popular tourist spots are easily accessible from the nearest station, Sounzan. Sounkaku has been in business for over 80 years and was fully renovated in April 2010. It now offers the spirit of traditional Japanese aesthetics with elegant scent of Japanese cypress wood while retaining a classical atmosphere.

Hakone
Hakone
Onsen Hot Springs Indoor
Onsen Hot Springs Indoor

Day 5: Hakone - Odawara - Kyoto

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

Transfer by train from Odawara 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: Hotel Granvia Kyoto (4.5*)

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan. With its elegant accommodations, including beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The inclusion of 12 restaurants and bars and fitness facilities makes Hotel Granvia Kyoto the premier destination for international travelers.

Kyoto
Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Day 6: Kyoto

Visit 2 of Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this half day tour. Start the 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. Next is Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle 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. Finish the day with a visit to Nishiki Market. Known as Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, Nishiki is a narrow shopping street lined more than 100 shops, selling fresh seafood and vegetables, pickles, Japanese sweets and sushi. End the tour at the Nishiki area. 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: Hotel Granvia Kyoto (4.5*)
Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple

Day 7: 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 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Granvia Kyoto (4.5*)
Nara Park
Nara Park

Day 8: Kyoto

The Granvia Kyoto is located directly above the Japan Rail train station, and so departing by train is easily done independently. Simply make your way by foot to the appropriate platform as listed on your train tickets. No assistance is required, or included.

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

Accommodation:
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.

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.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Villa Fontaine Shiodome (4*): Tokyo

Located in the most advanced area of Tokyo, the Villa Fontaine Shiodome location provides guests with the highest quality stay. The hotel's spacious facility includes guestrooms and a sleek interior. The hotel feature comfortable guestrooms and spacious bathrooms. With your stay, complimentary breakfast and Internet services are provided. The hotel is equipped with a refined interior, luxurious queen sized beds, fully equipped facilities, and a colonnade ceiling Atrium lobby. With a cutting edge style, unparalleled in Japan Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome provides you with a stylish atmosphere for your stay. For your next visit to Japan, whether it is for business or pleasure, make your stay at Villa Fontaine Shiodome.

Gora Sounkaku (3.5*): Hakone

Sounkaku is a traditional Japanese-style inn located near the top of Mt. Soun. Guests can enjoy splendid landscape overlooking the mountains of Hakone. The popular tourist spots are easily accessible from the nearest station, Sounzan. Sounkaku has been in business for over 80 years and was fully renovated in April 2010. It now offers the spirit of traditional Japanese aesthetics with elegant scent of Japanese cypress wood while retaining a classical atmosphere.

Onsen Hot Springs Indoor
Onsen Hot Springs Indoor

Hotel Granvia Kyoto (4.5*): Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan. With its elegant accommodations, including beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The inclusion of 12 restaurants and bars and fitness facilities makes Hotel Granvia Kyoto the premier destination for international travelers.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
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.
  • Elizabeth W — June 24, 2015 — Asia

    Excellent trip. All of the guides were professional and top quality. We were able to see many sights due to their knowledge of the train system and they also taught us how to get around on our own. The guides also recommended places to see on our own time and all worth while. In addition they taught us local customs and foods that we needed to try in that region. Very helpful. Special day was with our guide on the Fish Market and sushi making tour, made sushi personally with her. She made it a very special day. Great tour for those who want guides but also some free time on our own. The guides were always on time, the transportation on time and everyone was so nice and helpful. We also appreciated not having to be in a large group of strangers and the one on one quality of the tour. Was not sure what to expect but the trip met all expectations and then some. Will use Kensington again and will refer friends.

  • Lynn m — June 18, 2015 — Asia

    We booked all accommodation ourselves so not rated on survey. Kensington did a perfect job for us customizing all our transportation needs at the airport, ferry, hotel or boat transfer. There was always someone waiting with a sing on the correct day, time and place. As well the guides we used were friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and spoke English well. Our travel consultant Marc Sison was excellent always prompt returning my call or email as well as making fabulous suggestions like going to Oslob to snorkel with the Whale Sharks, an absolute highlight of our trip. Our trip to the Philippines was primarily to snorkel and we were not disappointed, the water was warm and clear with lots of fish, coral, sea snakes, sting rays and even a couple of black tipped reef sharks. Of course there were turtles but we have seem many in our past snorkeling. This has created another way of traveling. Thanks! All the categories on the survey I rate as 10.

  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure.

  • Craig Gelman — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience.

  • SixtoCastenada Jr. — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken.

  • Olive Ramchand — June 03, 2014 — Asia

    I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.

    Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)

  • Jeanne Tarvin — April 21, 2014 — Asia

    The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!

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.

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