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Luxury Tour Japan

15 days from CAD29,770pp

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Tour highlights

  • Watch a live sumo training match.

  • Hot spring bathing in Hakone.

  • Walking the Nakasendo Highway, Tsumago.

  • Helicopter ride over Tokyo.

  • Enjoy a geisha walk in Gion and a cookery course in Kyoto.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Travel that's shaped around you

We know that travel has the most meaning when it's created individually for you. Our specialists will only start designing your trip once they understand exactly what you want it to be. So, consider this idea simply as inspiration for your own experience.

Itinerary idea in detail

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  • After passing through customs and luggage collection, you're met by an airport guide who will give you your trip documents and direct you to the private shuttle service which takes you to your hotel. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure, resting and relaxing after your flight. If you do feel like starting exploring, you may wish to walk around the Imperial Gardens.

  • Your guide will meet you today in the hotel lobby to run through your trip and offer any local advice to you so you can enjoy the country with confidence. In the first section the guide will explain your itinerary in more detail and answer any questions you might have. This can take up to two hours so afterwards head out with your guide to see some of the highlights of the city. Perhaps start with taking a cruise up from the Hamarikyu Gardens up to the old district of Asakusa to see the beautiful Sensoji temple.

  • Spend the morning at a Sumo stable in the Ryogoku area of the city to watch Sumo wrestlers training up close. The national sport in Japan is still widely followed today and has millions of avid followers worldwide. After the training, head out for a typical Sumo lunch accompanied by some of the wrestlers to get a unique look at their lifestyles.

  • Travel by bullet train and local lines to Tsumago, a quiet post town in the Kiso Valley. This afternoon walk along the scenic Nakasendo Highway, which once connected Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) in the 1800s.

  • At leisure to walk along and explore the Nakasendo Highway.

  • Take the train back to Nagoya and then travel west to Hiroshima.

  • Have a full day at leisure to explore Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima island, with its "floating" torii gate.

  • Travel to Kyoto. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto Shrines, Kyoto is one of the world's most culturally rich cities. Take the afternoon at leisure to find your feet in Kyoto. Perhaps follow the Kamo River north to see the philosopher's walk and silver pavillion (Kinkakuji).

  • In the morning, head out with a local guide to see some of the spectacular temples in Kyoto. Stop at Kodai-ji, one of the most exclusive places for tea ceremonies in the city, before continuing on to the Higashiyama district to gaze upon the awe-inspiring architecture of the area. In the evening, set out to the Gion geisha district to the east of the city to hopefully spot a geisha as they go about their business.

  • This morning, head out on a tour of the Nishiki Market in Kyoto also known as "Kyoto's kitchen". The guide is the owner and head chef at a restaurant nearby. In the tour, you will walk around the market where the guide selects their locally produced ingredients such as vegetables from Ohara and Satsuma beef raised in southern Kyushu. Return to his restaurant in the evening for a special dinner cooked using all the ingredients you source together.

  • Visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, famous for its never-ending vermilion gates. Then, visit Nara where you can see the Todaiji Temple (the largest wooden structure in the country) and see the bowing deer — they have learned to bow for food in typical Japanese fashion!

  • Transfer to the Hakone National Park area by bullet train and local lines. You have the rest of the day to explore at your own pace or simply relax in your luxurious accommodation.

  • At leisure in the Hakone National Park.

  • Return to Tokyo for your final afternoon at leisure in Japan.

  • Today you are transferred by private car to Narita airport in time for your return flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Tokyo
 
Tsumago
 
Hiroshima
 
Kyoto
 
Hakone & Mount Fuji
 

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