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Luxury Tour of Japan

luxury tour of Japan

Welcome to our luxury tour of Japan. With the Rugby World Cup being held in Japan in 2019 we are sure this will stimulate travel to Japan once viewers see what a beautiful country it is. From the frenetic cosmopolitan city of Tokyo to the hot springs in Hakone , Japan is a country with something for everyone and somewhere that we are sure will be on everyone’s bucket list in 2019. We are excited to feature a suggested first time luxury tour of Japan that can be customised to suit your requirements. In addition to the tour we will arrange your international flights and everything else you need.

Day 1 – Arrive Tokyo Japan
Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting capital. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the expansive views over Tokyo Bay.
Overnight: Imperial Hotel Tokyo

Day 2 – Tokyo
You will first visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll the grounds of Meiji-Jingu, the most popular Shinto shrine
in Japan. Established in 1920 and dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, the shrine stands surrounded by
more than 100,000 trees that have been donated by people from all over Japan. Proceed to Asakusa Kannon
Temple, pausing in the tiny shops of Nakamise-dori. The colorful pagoda-style temple was completed in 645 and
is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy in several East Asian spiritual traditions.
Overnight: Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Meal Plan: B,L,Dluxury tour of japan

Day 3 – Tokyo
The Japanese have a saying: “Don’t say kekko (wonderful) without seeing Nikko.” Today, travel overland to
Nikko National Park in the mountains north of Tokyo and discover this lovely region. A blend of man-made and
natural beauty, the park features numerous shrines and temples recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the magnificently carved 17th-century Toshogu Shrine and take part in a special Shinto ceremony with a
Shinto priest or miko (priestess). Enjoy some local flavor on a visit to a sake brewery before returning to your
hotel in Tokyo.
Overnight: Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 4 – Hakone
Travel to Hakone, among Japan’s most popular hot-spring resorts, and view the forested slopes of Hakone
National Park, an area encompassing coastlines, mountains, lakes and more than 1,000 volcanic islands. Stroll
the grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open Air Museum, taking in sculptures and artwork from the likes of Picasso
and Henry Moore. Next, embark on a scenic cruise of Lake Ashi, gliding past the wooded mountain slopes that
enclose it, and then board a cable car on the Komagatake Ropeway for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. Soar
through the clouds on this inspiring vertical tramway, the largest in Japan, which rises to a lovely woodland area.
Tonight, enjoy unparalleled service and traditional Japanese cuisine at Gôra Kadan, a top-rated ryokan
(traditional inn).
Overnight: Gôra Kadan
Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 5 – Osaka
After a morning at leisure, Ride Like a Local by bullet train to Osaka. Historically known as a merchant city, this
center of commerce is now considered the second-largest city in Japan. This afternoon, stroll through the lovely
grounds and gardens of Osaka Castle, which played a key role in the unification of Japan in the 16th century.
Travel to the top of the 40-story Umeda Sky Building for breathtaking views of the city from an open-air
observation deck, aptly known as the “floating garden.”
Overnight: Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Meal Plan: B,D

Day 6 – Osaka to Nara
Travel early this morning to visit ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. Wander through Nara Park, home to over a
thousand tame deer. Continue to eighth-century Todai-ji, a temple complex that contains the world’s largest
wooden structure and the largest bronze Buddha in Japan. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is
considered one of the legendary Seven Great Temples. It is among the most powerful and influential temples in
Japan. Complete your excursion with a visit to the Kasuga Shrine, Nara’s most celebrated shrine, it is dedicated
to the deity tasked with protection of the city. Continue with a visit to Kofukuji Temple — once the family temple
of a powerful medieval clan, the complex includes a five-story pagoda that stands over 160 feet tall. Later, return
to your hotel in Osaka.
Overnight: Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Meal Plan: B,L

luxury tour of Japan

Day 7 – Kyoto
Travel early this morning to contemplate the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji, the perfect spot for a meditative
walk, and discover the glittering Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), covered with gold paper, surrounded by green
gardens and set on a lovely, tranquil pond. Later, explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a lush oasis home to
monkeys and towering stalks of bamboo. Bask in the magical atmosphere here, peacefully walking a winding
path, as sunlight filters down through bamboo gently swaying in the breeze. This afternoon, check in to the
newly opened Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto.
Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meal Plan: B,L

Day 8 – Kyoto
This morning, visit Kiyomizu Temple and stand on its massive veranda for stunning city views. Observe a
traditional tea ceremony, noting its refined sense of hospitality and etiquette that date to the time of the Samurai.
Then, stroll through Gojozaka Hills, an area known for its many pottery studios, on your way to the home and
studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s most famous potters. Kanjiro’s beautiful, unusual home —
redesigned to resemble a country house — is filled with his own creations and his personal collection, including
ceramics, sculptures and wood carvings. Tonight, toast your journey with a Scenic Sundowner followed by an
exquisite kaiseki banquet that includes a Chef’s Table chat with the chef, where an attending geiko (as a geisha
is known in Kyoto) and maiko dance, sing, pour sake and converse about their fascinating lives.
Overnight: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meal Plan: B,D

Day 9 – Depart Kyoto
After breakfast, transfer to Kansai International Airport or Itami International Airport, both located just outside of
Osaka, for your flight home.
Meal Plan: B

If you would like to discuss a luxury tour of Japan please contact us on 01926 935747 or email escape@popeandsons.co.uk . We look forward to hearing from you. And if you are already curious about how to order in a Japanese restaurant then here are a few tips.

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