From kimono clad geishas, century old bonsai trees, spiritual temples & elegant woodblock art to suited business men, futuristic skyscrapers & Harajuku outfitted teens, Japan is a mystical country awash with contrasts guaranteed to amaze. Led by expert private guide see how age-old Japanese traditions mix seamlessly into modern life as you voyage through the glittering whirlwind of Tokyo & culturally exquisite Kyoto. Watch the legends of Japan come to life as you sip steaming macha in a tea house, dine on mouth-watering sushi, encounter Zen gardens, visit trees wrapped in prayers & much more. Behold imperial palaces, temples, pagodas, shrines, bustling markets & more. Featuring private guide, airport transfers & a collection of stylish 4* hotels.
Welcome to Japan!
You will be met and greeted at the airport by an airport assistant and transferred by a coach bus to your Tokyo hotel.
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.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
We recommend hailing a local taxi for today's transfer, they are readily available, safe and affordable.
Train transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto. Approximately 2.5 hours.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the architecturally striking masterpiece, the JR Kyoto Station Building, which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From here, hotel guests have direct and easy access to/from Kansai International Airport and major destinations across Japan. With its elegant accommodations, including 535 beautifully decorated rooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto than the Hotel Granvia Kyoto. Moreover, with 13 meeting and banquet rooms including a ballroom that accommodates up to 1400 for seated events, as well as 13 restaurants & bars and fitness facilities, the hotel is perfect for both leisure and business visitors to 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 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.
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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