As you sip steaming macha in a tea house on a small island on a serene lake within an intricate Edo Period Japanese garden, the 21st-century skyscrapers that rise from the neighboring Shiodome district seem like a far-off alien landscape.
This is the exciting contradiction of modern-day Japan, where the ultra-modern cityscapes of Tokyo and the busy contemporary lifestyles of its residents are juxtaposed with the country’s deep respect for its ancient cultural traditions and precise arts. Explore the ancient temples, shrines and charming traditional architecture of Tokyo’s old town, cruise the Sumida River, and reenter the 21st-century with a shopping tour of the flagship designer boutiques of Omotesando Street. In Kyoto, you’ll discover the many elaborate castles and Buddhist temples of the former imperial capital, including a visit to the Ginkakuji Zen temple in Kyoto’s stunning eastern mountains.
From the centuries-old traditions of Kyoto’s kimono-clad geishas to Tokyo’s trendy costume-obsessed teens, this tour provides an immersive experience that spans centuries of Japan’s cultural traditions. From an impossibly precise tea ceremony and the generations-old techniques of sushi chefs, to carefully manicured Zen gardens and the fine art of flower arrangement, you’ll experience Japan’s obsessive attention to detail in all its glory. And the same preoccupation with supreme quality is also on show at your selection of luxury hotels.
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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.
Citadines Shinjuku Hotel is located within walking distance of the Shinjuku East area, one of Tokyo’s thriving urban centres. The hotel is a contemporary residence which enjoys a prime location close to the Marunouchi and Toei Shinjuku subway lines. At Citadines Shinjuku, you can look forward to a pleasant stay that combines the convenience of a hotel with the freedom and privacy of an apartment. The residence’s range of optional services are customized to suit your business and leisure needs, allowing you a choice of short or long term stays. The Citadine is conveniently situated near restaurants, supermarkets, shopping malls, the Shinjuku hospital and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
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.
Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto is located a short walk from the business district and Kyoto's tourist belt. Restaurants, shopping and entertainment are close by as are many of the cultural heritage sites. For destinations throughout the city, the subway is highly efficient and the Gojo subway station is outside the residence. It is one stop from the main Kyoto station of Shinkansen. These stylish serviced residences provide the comfort, convenience and security desired while living and working in Kyoto. Choose from the studio twin, studio double, studio premier twin, studio premier double and one bedroom premier for the apartment that suits the guests requirements and budget. Each apartment is fully furnished with stylish interiors, designer fittings and modern amenities. The prime address allows for easy access to the city as well as a retreat with 24 hour security, services and facilities. The resident's programmes provide the opportunity to explore and discover Kyoto. Relax in the resident's lounge and work efficiently with business facilities available.
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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