Learn samurai sword-fighting from a master.
Explore Kyoto's geisha district with a top guide.
Relax in a hot spring spa.
Take part in a Buddhist temple tea ceremony.
Travel by high-speed bullet train.
What our specialists say...
This itinerary takes in the three main highlights of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto and Hakone, with the benefit of privately guided excursions throughout. You'll also stay in deluxe properties and experience some more unusual aspects of Japan. Begin in Tokyo where you'll explore its more traditional architecture and culture as well as the vibrant modern side of the city, with private guides to help you gain more from your time here. You'll journey by bullet train to Kyoto to savour the laid-back beauty of its gardens and temples, before finishing your trip in Hakone National Park in a deluxe hot spring spa resort.
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Day 1 Tokyo
Upon your arrival, you will be met by one of our meet and greet guides at the airport and receive your welcome pack. Your guide will help you with your train pass, exchange currency for you, and escort you to your private transfer vehicle to your hotel. Sit back, relax and take in the sights of the city. Your hotel overlooks the Imperial Palace, and your room has its own private balcony.
Day 2 Tokyo
Tsukiji fish market is a bustling, exciting place, especially first thing in the morning. Make use of lingering jet lag by getting up early and seeing the world's biggest fish market in action. Enjoy eating a sushi breakfast before meeting your guide for a half day tour of Tokyo's more traditional districts, including some typical Japanese street food snacks.
Day 3 Tokyo
This morning you have a privately guided tour with some local artisans of Edo culture, where you'll learn more about several traditional crafts and even try your hand at some cut glass decoration. In the afternoon you'll see another side of Tokyo, in the form of a 'Kill Bill' experience where you'll learn about samurai sword fighting from an expert, who choreographed scenes from this famous film.
Day 4 Kyoto
Take the bullet train west to the cultural heart and past capital of Japan, 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. When you reach Kyoto, you'll meet your guide for a half day tour of Kyoto's main sights. This evening, meet our geisha guide for a walk through the Gion district to spot the elusive geisha on the way to their appointments.
Day 5 Kyoto
A morning tea ceremony is a unique way to start your day. Your private guide will pick you up at your hotel for a private tea ceremony in the home of a local Kyoto resident, where you will partake in the traditional Japanese art of tea ceremony, rich in tradition. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore by yourself.
Day 6 Kyoto
Day 7 Hakone
Travel from Kyoto to Hakone. Hakone National Park is known for the open-air art museum, grand views of Mt. Fuji (weather permitting), sulphuric hot springs, and unique forms of transportation (cable car, ropeway, ship and local train). Enjoy your resort this evening and the incredible ryokan experience with kaiseki meals included.
Day 8 Hakone
A privately guided tour of Hakone National Park today will ensure you see the highlights of this beautiful area in the most informative and fun way. Return to your resort tonight for another incredible meal.
Day 9 Return home
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