Watch a live sumo training match.
Geisha walk in Gion and cookery course, Kyoto.
Hot spring bathing in Hakone.
Walking the Nakasendo Highway, Tsumago.
Helicopter ride over Tokyo.
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Day 1 Tokyo
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.
Day 2 Tokyo
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.
Day 3 Tokyo
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.
Day 4 Tsumago
Day 5 Tsumago
Day 6 Hiroshima
Day 7 Hiroshima
Day 8 Kyoto
Travel to Kyoto. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto Shrines, Kyoto is one of the worlds 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).
Day 9 Kyoto
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.
Day 10 Kyoto
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.
Day 11 Kyoto
Visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, famous for its never-ending vermillion 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!
Day 12 Hakone
Day 13 Hakone
Day 14 Tokyo
Day 15 Return home
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