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Secrets of Japan from Kyoto

Small group tour
15 days - From US$7795*PP

Discover Japan's contrasts, from its ancient towns and traditional customs to sleek, modern cities. See the thriving geisha culture in Kyoto, then journey back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya and stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone. Hurtle along on the bullet train to Tokyo and wander the cit's energetic streets. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain, while technology races into the future.


  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night Ryokan accommodation
  • breakfast daily and 1 dinner
  • 10 day trains
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • luggage transport
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travelers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • return transfers (on first and last day of tour only)

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Small Group Tour Itinerary

Days 1-3:


Arrive in Kyoto where you will be met at the airport, then transfer to your hotel. Take in a full day tour, enjoying a tea ceremony and taking in historic temples and streets, including the geisha quarter at Gion. Enjoy free time to uncover the fascinating culture of Kyoto on day 3 or alternatively, why not take a scenic train that passes through Arashiyama, before a walk through a gorgeous bamboo forest? Enjoy a Maiko performance and traditional kaiseki dinner, a once in a lifetime experience. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a highly exclusive service that is usually only available through a personal introduction.


Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

A unique option that doesn't feel like a business hotel, this property offers a great location next to Karasuma Oike station and shops on Shijo Street. The hotel has lovely Japanese touches, including a gorgeous ground-floor garden, Japanese-style baths, and a rustic restaurant serving wonderful food. Western-style rooms and bathrooms are compact yet very comfortable, with wide beds.

Days 4-6:


Travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to the seaside city of Hiroshima, which has overcome its tragic past to emerge as a pleasant modern city. En route, enjoy a stop at Himeji Castle, the most famous in Japan. In Hiroshima, take the ferry to Miyajima Island to see a brilliant red temple and Todaiji gate, a symbol of Japan. Further explore Hiroshima at the famous Peace Memorial Park and Museum, a sobering yet educational experience, and the A-Bomb Dome, a tragic symbol left standing in a ruinous state after more than 60 years. Head to Kanazawa. Wander among the ponds and teahouses of beautiful Kenrokuen Garden. Browse the bustling Omicho Market.


Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima

A contemporary hotel in the center of town, this property is located near the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, just a short walk from most tourist attractions. There is good shopping and a great range of restaurants on the doorstep, and easy access to the rest of the city. Rooms are modern and large by Japanese standards, and decorated in chic, neutral tones.


Kanazawa Manten Hotel Ekimae

Days 7-10:


This morning visit Nomura-ke house in the former samurai quarter. On your road journey to Takayama, stop at Shirakawago to see the thatched-roof farming houses and learn the traditional art of paper making. Filled with skillful artisans and sake breweries, Takayama's Old Town is wonderfully preserved. Discover traditional houses and local museums including the Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum and Takayama History & Art Museum. Enjoy a free day in Takayama. Perhaps take the local train to Hida-Furukawa, taking in the sights of Enkouji Temple, white storehouses, old residences and a sake brewery or two. Immerse yourself in the old-world atmosphere of the Kiso Valley villages of Tsumago and Magome before continuing on to Nagoya.


Best Western Hotel Takayama


Nagoya Castle Plaza

Days 11-15:


Experience the amazing Toyota Motor Plant before traveling by train to Hakone, a picturesque town famous for its hot springs and natural beauty. The next day enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi-no for a chance to spot majestic Mount Fuji. A final bullet train journey takes you to Tokyo. An early morning trip takes you to the massive Tsukiji Fish Market, followed by the peaceful Rikyu Garden and a stunning river cruise to Asakusa. On a walking tour venture through Ueno Gardens, and visit the Tokyo National Museum. Discover the serenity of the Meiji Jingu Shrine, before plunging into the streets of Tokyo with some retail therapy in vibrant Harajuku. On your last day, enjoy free time before a transfer to the airport.


Hakone Yumoto


Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyo

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