Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art

12 days from $18,084 per person*
  • Visit Tokyo’s Bonsai Museum to learn more about this unique horticultural art form.
  • Try your hand at traditional crafts under the watchful eye of an expert in Kanazawa.
  • Tour stunning temples, castles, and shrines with a private guide. Journey to Naoshima on the Inland Sea to explore Benesse House, a haven for contemporary art.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of luxury accommodations and ryokans.
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From Hokusai’s “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” to the Meiji Shrine, from bonsai and Zen gardens, Japan’s centuries-long legacy of distinctive art and architecture is a gift to the world. This captivating journey takes you deep into the country’s ancient past and compelling present, telling the tale of a great nation through its beautiful, touching art, architecture, and horticulture.

We begin our tale on just the right note with a welcoming tea ceremony in Tokyo, followed by a privately guided tour of the Japanese capital’s traditional landmarks, most notably the Meiji Shrine, the stylish Omotesando high street, and the observatory atop the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, one of the city’s tallest and most distinctive skyscrapers. Later in the Omiya ward of nearby Saitama, you’ll visit the Bonsai Museum to learn more about the delicate botanical art before taking a private tour of Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art, home to a stunning array of contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Next, journey to Kanazawa for a private and hands-on demonstration of the city’s famous traditional crafts, then devote a full day to exploring this charming city’s traditional homes, the geisha and samurai districts, and teahouses with a private guide.

Peaceful Kyoto is your next stop. Here, take a private tour of the scenic Arashiyama district and its bamboo groves, UNESCO-protected shrines, and landscaped gardens, pausing along the way to savor a cup of green tea. Tour some of the city’s most impressive gardens in private and try your hand at traditional Japanese crafts under the tutelage of local experts before heading to Naoshima on the shores of the Inland Sea. Known for its fascinating art scene centered around Benesse House, Naoshima boasts a relaxed, almost Mediterranean atmosphere. Last stop: Osaka, where a private guide will take you to Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has withstood earthquakes, fires, and wars; a fitting metaphor for how Japan’s art and culture have endured through the centuries.
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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Japan - Welcome
    • Airport Meet & Assist - Meet & Greet-Narita 9:00-20:55
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Narita Airport
  • Day 2 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private Tour - Full Day Traditional Tokyo Tour with Tea Ceremony by Private Transportation (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private Tour - Tokyo Bonsai Museum Tour By Private Transportation (6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 4 Tokyo to Kanazawa
    Tokyo to Kanazawa
    • Private Transfer - Train Station Transfer with Private Vehicle and Guide - Vehicle/Guide
    • Train - Tokyo - Kanazawa [(2.5 hrs)] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Kanazawa Traditional Crafts Experience (4 hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 Kanazawa
    Kanazawa
    • Private Tour - Full Day Kanazawa Highlights Tour by Private Transportation (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 Kanazawa to Kyoto
    Kanazawa to Kyoto
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Kanazawa - Kyoto [(2hrs)] - 1st Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station Transfer with Private Vehicle and Guide - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - Half Day Kyoto Arashiyama Tour with Lunch by Private Transportation (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Private Tour - Full Day Gardens of Kyoto by Private Transportation (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 8 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Private Tour - Full Day Traditional Japanese Crafts by Private Transportation (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 9 Kyoto to Naoshima
    Kyoto to Naoshima
    • Transfer - Train, Vehicle & Ferry to Naoshima
    • Private Tour - Exploring Naoshima (8hrs) (Guide)
  • Day 10 Naoshima to Okayama to Osaka
    Naoshima to Okayama to Osaka
    • Morning at leisure
    • Transfer - Ferry & Vehicle to Okayama
    • Train - Okayama - Osaka [(45 mins)] - 1st Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station Transfer with Private Vehicle and Guide - Vehicle/Guide
    The St. Regis (5*) (B) (Grand Deluxe (King))
  • Day 11 Osaka
    Osaka
    • Private Tour - Full Day Himeji Excursion by Private Transportation (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide - Green Class
    The St. Regis (5*) (B) (Grand Deluxe (King))
  • Day 12 Osaka
    Osaka
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Tokyo

Welcome to Japan!

For your added comfort, you will be welcomed by an English speaking assistant who will assist you upon arrival at the airport. Your assistant will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it.

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

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi (5*)

Experience intimate luxury service at the boutique Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi in the heart of Tokyo’s central business district. Within arm’s reach of Tokyo Station, Ginza and the Imperial Palace, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi presents its most intimate property. Each of the Marunouchi boutique hotel rooms blends state-of-the-art convenience with timeless luxury. The guestrooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, featuring extra long beds and city views. The MOTIF Restaurant and Bar offers truly inspirational farm-to-table French cuisine, a gastronomic journey from early morning until midnight. Privileged guests can also enjoy rejuvenating massages at the spa and a 24 hour fitness studio. The hotel also offers a 24 hour concierge service and free bicycles.

Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tokyo
Tokyo
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

Day 2: Tokyo

Today you will explore some of Tokyo's more traditional areas, beginning with the Meiji Shrine: Tokyo’s most famous. Dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji, the park surrounding the shrine is a forest of some 120,000 trees featuring 365 different species. The shrine is a popular site for Japanese weddings: if you are lucky, you may see a bride and groom dressed in traditional Shinto wedding attire. Next, you'll visit the Imperial Palace, located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, and the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Although the Palace is not open to the public, from Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, you can view the Nijubashi; two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. Later you will have the opportunity to participate in an authentic tea ceremony. Sample freshly made green tea in a Japanese-style tearoom found nearby. The tea masters are always willing to instruct newcomers on the finer points of enjoying tea.  In the afternoon, take some time to explore Tokyo’s shitamachi (downtown) with a visit to Yanaka, which was miraculously spared the carnage of Allied bombing in World War II, and as a result, still has buildings preserving the nostalgic atmosphere of Tokyo from eras otherwise lost. After a brief visit to a small museum dedicated to the area, housed in a traditional Japanese building, you and your guide will be free to visit old temples and shrines, one of Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist cemeteries, as well as traditional shops selling Japanese paper and sweets, all complemented by the atmosphere of pre-war Tokyo.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi (5*)
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace

Day 3: Tokyo

Alongside your guide and in a private vehicle set out for Omiya, found in the neighboring Saitama prefecture, to visit the Bonsai Museum. The world’s first publicly-run museum devoted to this traditional botanical art, the museum displays an extensive collection of these diminutive, yet majestic trees as well as a garden with selected specimens on display in a harmonic blend with the environment. You will learn all about the painstaking care for detail that the bonsai masters put into growing their living masterpieces. After lunch (not included), you and your guide will walk to the nearby Seikoen Bonsai School, where you will experience a 60- to 90-minute bonsai lesson firsthand. Due to quarantine rules you won't be able to take your creation home with you, but you will be able to keep a pot and tools so that you can begin keeping your own bonsai’s back home! Afterward, you will begin the return journey back to Tokyo with your guide who will drop you off at your hotel.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi (5*)
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bonsai Tree
Bonsai Tree

Day 4: Tokyo - Kanazawa

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

Board a train from Tokyo with direct service to Kanazawa. The train ride is approximately 2.5 hours.

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

Charming Kanazawa is not only home to beautiful art, architecture and to one of Japan’s most exquisite cuisines; it is also the birthplace of refined traditional crafts valued as some of the finest in the country. Today you will experience hands on two of the crafts that make Kanazawa famous. First, Kanagawa is synonymous with gold leaf. Try your hand at decorating a small lacquer plate or a pair of chopsticks with this thin, sparkling, precious product. Next, you will experience "Kagayuzen," a form of kimono cloth dyeing that is exquisitely a Kanazawa specialty. You will decorate a handkerchief using this traditional technique. You will get to keep your creations as souvenirs of this memorable day. Tour ends in central Kanazawa.

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

Accommodation: Asadaya (4*)

Asadaya is more than 140 years old and the most famous ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, in Kanazawa. It has only five elaborate rooms for guests in order to provide perfect services in accordance with the "sukiya" style of simplicity. Asadaya provides an unforgettable dining experience combining traditional Kaga cuisine, seasonal fish, and produce with refined dinner-ware. The ryokan is similar to a history and art museum. There is a breathtaking collection of sword guards from the Edo period. They were the status symbols of Samurais, or warriors, engraved with their family crests or Japanese flora and fauna. Asadaya is only ten minutes from Kanazawa station by taxi.

Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kanazawa Traditional Crafts (Gold Leaf)
Kanazawa Traditional Crafts (Gold Leaf)
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kanazawa
Kanazawa

Day 5: Kanazawa

During the Edo Period, Kanazawa served as the seat of the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan; Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo). During World War Two, Kanazawa was Japan's second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. Consequently, parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and chaya entertainment districts, have survived.  Today, the city boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums. A full day to explore Kanazawa with a local guide. 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 visiting imposing Kanazawa castle, located next to the garden. Nearby Kagayuzen Kaikan offers demonstrations of the centuries-old Yuzen silk painting technique. Head to visit the Nagamachi Samurai district, where you can enter the the Nomura Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home with tea-ceremony room, an interior courtyard garden and artifacts from the Edo period.  The Higashi Chaya District is the largest and by far the most interesting of Kanazawa’s Geisha Districts. Many of the buildings along the central street now house cafes and shops. One of the shops, Hakuza, sells gold leaf products, a specialty of Kanazawa, and displays a kura warehouse style room which is completely covered in gold leaf; you will also have a chance to visit the Shima teahouse, which is still an operating tea house, but opens its doors to the public. You can enjoy a cup of green tea here to finish the day. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Asadaya (4*)
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kenroku-en Garden
Kenroku-en Garden

Day 6: Kanazawa - Kyoto

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

Board a train from Kanazawa with direct service to Kyoto. The train ride is approximately 2 hours.

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

Spend a half day exploring the scenic Arashiyama district on the western outskirts of Kyoto with your local guide, traveling by private vehicle. 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 famous 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. Take a break here and enjoy some “Matcha” green tea with a snack.

With your energy replenished, take a stroll 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. Visit Nonomiya Shrine,  a Shinto shrine where in ancient times, unmarried imperial princesses stayed for a year or more to purify themselves. Next, visit Tenryuji Temple, ranked among Kyoto's five great Zen temples, and 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. In a traditional building inside the temple grounds overlooking the beautifully landscaped garden, appreciate the experience of a vegetarian "shojin-ryori" (traditional Buddhist cuisine) lunch built around yuba, tofu and seasonal vegetables. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton (5*)

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto reflects the time-honored traditions of Japanese hospitality. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto sits serenely on the banks of the Kamogawa River, in a prime location with expansive views of the famous Higashiyama Mountains. The hotel is also close to Kyoto’s downtown districts such as Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho, convenient locations for both sightseeing and business. The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto offers guests quality and comfortable rooms, each elegantly decorated using traditional Japanese furnishing to create a unique and authentic experience. At the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, guests can choose from the many available dining options, everything from traditional Japanese cuisine to popular globally recognized western fares. Honoured guests of this property are provided with a number of recreational services to enjoy as well, including stress-relieving spa treatments and an extensive range of workout facilities at the onsite fitness center.

Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bamboo Groves
Bamboo Groves
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kyoto
Kyoto

Day 7: Kyoto

Visit some of Kyoto’s best gardens with a private guide. Ryoanji is maybe the most famous rock zen garden of Japan. It was built on the grounds of a villa of the Fujiwara clan in the Heian period (794-1185). Kinkaku-ji (the more popular name for its actual name Rokuon-ji) is one of the most famous temples in Japan and a definite must-see on your Kyoto bucket list. The garden is an extraordinary example of a Japanese strolling garden of the Muromachi period. The Ninomaru gardens of the Nijo castle have been designed by garden master Kobori Enshu. There are numerous cherry and plum trees, which bloom between March and April. The garden has a large pond with three islands that symbolize Horai-San, and the crane and Turtle Mountains of the Taoist mythology. Lastly, you will visit the Outside Imperial Palace Gardens, whose style is based on the Heian shinden-zukuri style, with large gravel courtyards and a small pond garden. (Please note you will not enter the Imperial Palace itself).

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton (5*)
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kinkaku-ji Gardens
Kinkaku-ji Gardens

Day 8: Kyoto

On this fascinating one day tour in Kyoto by private transportation, you will experience hands on a few of the crafts that make Kyoto famous. First off, journey to the eastern part of Kyoto, which is a famous pottery district. Here you will have the opportunity to make a pot by yourself. The pottery laboratory will then bake it and send it directly to your home in your country! Next, visit a Yuzen Gallery. Yuzen is the method of dying Kimono. At the Gallery, you will be able to try your hand at Yuzen dying as well, and keep your work of art as souvenir. After a traditional “bento box” lunch, you will visit Nijo Castle, the 17th century ornamental castle built for a shogun, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. To conclude the day, you will walk through Nishiki Food Market, which will mesmerize you with a lot of stands for traditional Japanese food ingredients. Finally, visit Gion, the famous geisha district, where if lucky you will be able to see Geisha as the hurry to the first appointment of the evening. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton (5*)
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Geisha's
Geisha's

Day 9: Kyoto - Naoshima

This morning make the 150 minute journey by train to Okayama with your guide. You will be met in Okayama by a car that will take you to Uno port, where you will ride the ferry to Naoshima.

Spend the day exploring the island. Honmura, a small port town on Naoshima's eastern coast, is home to the Art House Project, a collection of abandoned houses, workshops, a temple and a shrine that have been converted into art installations and venues for contemporary art by artists and architects from Japan and abroad. The art houses are scattered throughout town, and most of them are unassuming from the street, blending into the surrounding traditional Japanese neighborhood. The interior of each, however, has been given over to artists to convert into whatever suits their artistic vision.

The Chichu Art Museum is a unique modern art museum built into a hillside overlooking the southern coast of Naoshima. The museum building, designed by Ando Tadao and itself a work of art, is mostly located underground and solely utilizes natural light to illuminate the artwork. This creates a viewing experience that is heavily influenced by the surrounding natural environment. There are many other smaller art installations and museums around the museum which your guide will be happy to show you.

Tonight, have dinner at Benesse House’s renowned French restaurant.

Accommodation: Benesse House - Park Building (BD) (Standard)

Benesse House is a unique facility that combines the functions of both museum and hotel. Four hotel facilities make up the accommodation, all of which were designed by Tadao Ando - Museum, Oval, Park and Beach. Park offers views of a verdant green lawn and the sparkling sea, with the mountains of Shikoku rising up in the distance against a bright blue sky. The Park building contains a restaurant, lounge, and shops, as well as art spaces throughout the facility.

Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Flynn and Nia
Flynn and Nia
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Benesse House
Benesse House

Day 10: Naoshima - Okayama - Osaka

In the morning you have time to continue exploring the island area with your guide.

You will be then be escorted by ferry back to Uno and by car to Okayama, where you will be dropped off at the train station.

Board a train from Okayama with direct service to Shin-Osaka. The train ride is approximately 45 minutes.

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

Accommodation: The St. Regis (5*) (B) (Grand Deluxe (King))

Reside in the heart of beautiful Midosuji, the Champs Elysées of Osaka. The St. Regis Osaka affords proximity to such destinations as the ancient Shitennoji Temple, the Municipal Museum of Fine Art, and the city’s most exclusive shopping boulevard. Discover unforgettable ambience and state-of-the-art amenities in the 160 guest rooms and suites—the most spacious and elegantly appointed in Osaka. Every experience is enhanced with St. Regis Butler Service, available any time, day or night.Experience the elegance of dining at Rue d’Or or La Veduta. Discover the epitome of luxurious pampering at the exclusive IRIDIUM featuring SOTHYS Spa. Take in magnificent vistas of the Osaka skyline from the serenity of our 12th-floor terrace.

Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Osaka
Osaka
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The St. Regis
The St. Regis

Day 11: Osaka

Today, travel by Shinkansen bullet train (30 minutes) to Himeji with a local guide. The guide will pick you up at your hotel and travel with you from Osaka, accompanying you to Shin Osaka station by taxi. On arrival in Himeji a private driver will join you for your day of touring. First visit Himeji Castle, the newly renovated iconic castle. Nicknamed “Shirasagi-jo” (meaning “Castle of the white heron”), is arguably Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size. A UNESCO world heritage site, the Castle was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire and survives to this day as one of the country's twelve original castles. You will then head to the nearby Kokoen garden, a beautifully manicured Japanese garden designed in the traditional style that offers spectacular views of nature throughout the year. Take a relaxing stroll along the garden's many paths while admiring the intricate yet natural design of the garden.

Accommodation: The St. Regis (5*) (B) (Grand Deluxe (King))
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle

Day 12: Osaka

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

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi (5*): Tokyo

Experience intimate luxury service at the boutique Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi in the heart of Tokyo’s central business district. Within arm’s reach of Tokyo Station, Ginza and the Imperial Palace, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi presents its most intimate property. Each of the Marunouchi boutique hotel rooms blends state-of-the-art convenience with timeless luxury. The guestrooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, featuring extra long beds and city views. The MOTIF Restaurant and Bar offers truly inspirational farm-to-table French cuisine, a gastronomic journey from early morning until midnight. Privileged guests can also enjoy rejuvenating massages at the spa and a 24 hour fitness studio. The hotel also offers a 24 hour concierge service and free bicycles.

Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

Asadaya (4*): Kanazawa

Asadaya is more than 140 years old and the most famous ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, in Kanazawa. It has only five elaborate rooms for guests in order to provide perfect services in accordance with the "sukiya" style of simplicity. Asadaya provides an unforgettable dining experience combining traditional Kaga cuisine, seasonal fish, and produce with refined dinner-ware. The ryokan is similar to a history and art museum. There is a breathtaking collection of sword guards from the Edo period. They were the status symbols of Samurais, or warriors, engraved with their family crests or Japanese flora and fauna. Asadaya is only ten minutes from Kanazawa station by taxi.

Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Asadaya
Asadaya

The Ritz-Carlton (5*): Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto reflects the time-honored traditions of Japanese hospitality. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto sits serenely on the banks of the Kamogawa River, in a prime location with expansive views of the famous Higashiyama Mountains. The hotel is also close to Kyoto’s downtown districts such as Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho, convenient locations for both sightseeing and business. The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto offers guests quality and comfortable rooms, each elegantly decorated using traditional Japanese furnishing to create a unique and authentic experience. At the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, guests can choose from the many available dining options, everything from traditional Japanese cuisine to popular globally recognized western fares. Honoured guests of this property are provided with a number of recreational services to enjoy as well, including stress-relieving spa treatments and an extensive range of workout facilities at the onsite fitness center.

Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton
Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Ritz-Carlton Lobby
The Ritz-Carlton Lobby

Benesse House - Park Building (BD) (Standard): Naoshima

Benesse House is a unique facility that combines the functions of both museum and hotel. Four hotel facilities make up the accommodation, all of which were designed by Tadao Ando - Museum, Oval, Park and Beach. Park offers views of a verdant green lawn and the sparkling sea, with the mountains of Shikoku rising up in the distance against a bright blue sky. The Park building contains a restaurant, lounge, and shops, as well as art spaces throughout the facility.

Japan: Temples, Gardens & Art Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Benesse House
Benesse House

The St. Regis (5*) (B) (Grand Deluxe (King)): Osaka

Reside in the heart of beautiful Midosuji, the Champs Elysées of Osaka. The St. Regis Osaka affords proximity to such destinations as the ancient Shitennoji Temple, the Municipal Museum of Fine Art, and the city’s most exclusive shopping boulevard. Discover unforgettable ambience and state-of-the-art amenities in the 160 guest rooms and suites—the most spacious and elegantly appointed in Osaka. Every experience is enhanced with St. Regis Butler Service, available any time, day or night.Experience the elegance of dining at Rue d’Or or La Veduta. Discover the epitome of luxurious pampering at the exclusive IRIDIUM featuring SOTHYS Spa. Take in magnificent vistas of the Osaka skyline from the serenity of our 12th-floor terrace.

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
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    The trip was very enjoyable. We gained new insights into China and the Chinese people. I wish we could have stayed longer. There is so much to see. My favorite sites were the Great Wall, Terra Cotta Soldiers, White Jade Buddah and the Shanghai night skyline. Cindy was most helpful in planning our trip. She's truly an asset to your company. Kensington Tours met all of our vacation needs.

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    I usually don't write reviews but I have to tell you, this was the best vacation. Yuki, our Destination Expert, did an excellent job putting it all together and the guides were excellent. I will be using you guys for my next international vacation.

  • Larkin H. — December 22, 2018 — Asia

    It was such a spectacular trip - one we will never forget.

  • Brian S. — November 02, 2018 — Asia

    Gayan, our guide in Sri Lanka, was BEYOND amazing. I literally cannot do justice to how fantastic he was for my wife and I on our honeymoon. An amazing guide, a great companion, and an extremely good person.

  • Caryl G. — December 21, 2018 — Asia

    It was a stellar experience in every way, but mostly due to the caliber of our tour guide. Tomo was exceptional in all areas - intelligence, expertise, personality and commitment to our comfort and needs. She truly went above and beyond and was a delightful companion, as well. It was actually emotional saying goodbye to each other!

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