These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.
These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.
Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.
These tours allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.
The price is per person, based on twin or triple room occupancy
For single travelers, this tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room throughout the tour
Prices are excluding international flights
Single room types are rooms for
single room occupants.
One person will be occupying the hotel room throughout the tour.
Twin room types are rooms set for two people who will occupy one room, but will have two separate beds.
A double room is a room that has one bed for two people to share.
A triple room is one room where three people may share the same room. It has three separate beds.
Japanese Style Room
A Japanese-style room traditionally does not have a western-style bed, it is a tatami floor room with futon bedding. However, if you prefer a western-style bed, you may request one though we cannot guarantee it.
Please note: If you would like to request neighboring rooms next to your traveling companions, you and your traveling companions must have the same room types in order to be next to each other. For example, if you have requested a double room, but your traveling companions have requested a twin, or triple room, then neighboring rooms cannot be accommodated. However, if both you and your traveling companions match in room type, then neighboring rooms will likely be arranged for your convenience.
Our Japan Art & Garden Tour features fourteen days' worth of meticulous garden landscapes, where each tree, rock, pond, and teahouse is poetically placed to engage the mind. Springtime in Japan adds the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms which elevate these gardens and parks to something more than a tranquil contemplation spot. Each garden path, lined in pretty pink sakura, becomes an opportunity to wander into a Japanese spring fantasy. The itinerary includes must-see museums to add a splas... View More
Our Japan Art & Garden Tour features fourteen days'
worth of meticulous garden landscapes, where each tree,
rock, pond, and teahouse is poetically placed to engage
the mind. Springtime in Japan adds the fleeting beauty of
cherry blossoms which elevate these gardens and parks
to something more than a tranquil contemplation spot.
Each garden path, lined in pretty pink sakura, becomes an
opportunity to wander into a Japanese spring fantasy. The
itinerary includes must-see museums to add a splash of
thought-provoking contemporary art to complement the
relaxing garden atmosphere.
Your journey through Japan's best garden spots will be facilitated by an English-speaking, government certified guide with over 10 years of experience. Having studied under the NHK Kyoto garden program, your knowledgeable and friendly guide will bring a specialized expertise to your tour. Additionally, the tour includes meeting an insightful tour with a professional Japanese garden builder and designer in Kyoto, who will be available to answer any questions about Japanese landscape gardening and maintenance, and also go with you to tour Murin-an - a classical Japanese promenade garden.
Discover the best gardens of Japan, as well as other gorgeous locations as you travel through Osaka, Himeji, Matsue, Awaji Island, Izumo, Takamatsu, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo. Some of the top gardens we will visit include Ritsurin Garden, Yushien Garden, Isuien Garden, and the gardens of Kyoto's temples - including two private local gardens! While on the tour, you will be surrounded by unforgettable scenes of Japan's famous cherry blossoms in such top viewing spots as the Philosopher's Path of Kyoto and Tokyo's Chidorigafuchi.
This is also an arts tour, so you will visit some select modern museums. Travel by ferry to the inspiring Naoshima Art Island, for a day of discovery at the island’s intriguing museums designed by architect Tadao Ando - featuring the Benesse House, a combination museum and hotel, displaying a variety of contemporary artworks. Also included are the Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, and the Hakone Open Air Museum, with numerous sculptures that incorporate the surrounding nature, adding a new layer of beauty to each work.
Finally, we added handpicked cultural experiences to help you make the most out of your trip to Japan by taking a close look at traditional customs. While in Osaka, we have Hasshu-an, an exclusive establishment which offers an in- depth look at green tea ceremony, ikebana flower- arranging, and zen meditation. More native experiential opportunities include trying on a kimono and savoring some traditional Kyoto cuisine while being entertained by a maiko.
Browse our itinerary below for more details on our Japan Art and Garden Cherry Blossoms Tour.
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All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!
We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.
We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.
Travel by air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free.
For arrivals at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) or Itami Airport (ITM), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND).
Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.
Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.
Welcome to Osaka! We will pick you up from the airport and take to the hotel by private car.
NOTE 1: The meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.
NOTE 2: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
Today, we will visit Himeji Castle, the largest castle in Japan and one of the surviving twelve original castles. The six-story castle keep is iconic; it’s dazzling white coating and walls that seem to spread from the tower like wings lend Himeji Castle the nickname “White Heron” (or White Egret) Castle. A short walk from the castle is Kokoen Garden, which was opened in 1992 – the 100-year anniversary of Himeji City’s founding. Built over the residence of a local lord, Kokoen features nine distinct gardens, including a tea garden, bamboo garden, pine garden, and traditional water garden, and were each designed to bring out a seasonal charm. The cherry blossoms of this are especially beloved in Japan, and the castle seem to float beneath billows of pink clouds. The tour will stop in Yasugi for a look at the Adachi Museum of Art. The outer landscape garden – a masterpiece established by museum founder Adachi Zenko – has been repeatedly heralded as the Best Garden in Japan by the “Journal of Japanese Gardening”. We continue to Matsue to check into your hotel for a relaxing evening.
Today you will explore the former castle town of Matsue, beginning with imposing Matsue Castle. Also known as “the Black Castle” for the inky coloring of its central keep, it is one of Japan’s few original castles that preserves the same central structure it had since the feudal era. The cherry blossoms of the surrounding park really stand out against the black castle. We will enjoy a short ride in a small boat around the castle moat and soak in the tranquil landscape. Nearby is an old samurai district featuring the Buke Yashiki, a traditional samurai home filled with preserved artifacts detailing the simple, yet elegant mode of living for these warrior-noblemen. Then travel to one of the islands in nearby Lake Nakaumi to visit Yushien Garden. While the garden features many traditional landscape elements, it is famous for its collection of 250 types of peonies. Some are kept outside in traditional, protective, bamboo coverings, but far more are kept inside in the lovely indoor garden. The last attraction of the day is Izumo Grand Shrine and accompanying Treasure Hall. According to legend, it is Japan’s oldest Shinto shrine. Built to honor the Shinto deity of good relationships and marriage, the shrine is a spiritual power spot for couples looking to tie the knot. The path to the shrine features the Matsu no Sando: a group of three narrow paths divided by rows of bright green pine trees.
In the morning, we will drive across the Seto-ohashi Bridge to Shikoku. Seto-ohashi, or “Great Seto Bridge” is actually a 13-kilometer long network of smaller bridges linking Honshu with Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. This incredible bridge system uses smaller islands to transition from one link to the next, in a clever combination of different modes of engineering, to make one of the longest bridges in the world. Making our way into Takamatsu, our first stop is a local bonsai farm. This private farm offers an exclusive look into the world of bonsai - where trees are trimmed and shaped into elegant and thought-provoking works of art. Continue to Ritsurin Garden, a traditional Japanese garden regarded as one of the top gardens of Japan. The garden features peaceful walking paths beneath dense clouds of pastel pink cherry blossoms, a large grove of cunningly trimmed box pines, and 400-year-old Kikugetsu-tei teahouse, sitting next to a large pond full of koi fish.
Today, take a ferry to Naoshima Art Island for a day of inspiration, full of buildings designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. We start with the Benesse House, a combination of modern museum and deluxe hotel, with myriad works of artists from all over the world. These include a series of outdoor sculptures set up on the park and shoreline, including the famed giant yellow pumpkin. Next, we will visit the Chichu Art Museum. Built into a hill on the southern coast, Chichu Art Museum’s underground display rooms use natural light to showcase works from a limited selection of artists including Claude Monet and James Turrell. Finally, you head over to the Art House Project, where artists renovate old houses, turning the house and the space inside into a new work of art.
After breakfast, you can visit Awaji Island, starting with the Miracle Planet Botanical Museum. While here, you'll discover a bright and verdant greenhouse filled with a wide variety of sweet-smelling flowers. From there, take a short jaunt to the Yumebutai and the "100-stepped garden", with many small planters filled with a rainbow of flowers, perched on raised concrete tiers. A quick drive from there takes you over the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge - the longest suspension bridge in the world. Finally, we make our way to Kobe, where we will visit Ikuta Shrine and the surrounding shopping area. Ikuta is an especially old shrine with a surrounding local market of souvenirs.
Today we make our way to Osaka for a cultural immersion into Japan's traditions at Hasshu-an, where you will experience Green Tea Ceremony, Ikebana Flower- arranging, and Zen Meditation. Then travel to Nara, an ancient capital city before Kyoto, in the 8th century. Our first stop is the Higashimuki shopping area, where you will have lunch on your own. The next point of interest is Todaiji Temple, famous for holding the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha. The thousand adorable Sika deer wandering freely around the grounds of the temple make Todaiji especially charming. From Todaiji's Nandaimon Gate, its a short walk to Isui-en Garden, a name meaning “garden founded on water” in reference to its picturesque ponds dotting the green landscape, fed by the small river nearby.
Your sightseeing tour of Nara continues after breakfast, with a trip to see the five-storied pagoda of Kofukuji Temple - family temple of the noble and powerful Fujiwara clan and an iconic city landmark. On the southern edge of the temple grounds is a local contemplation spot - Sarusawa-ike Pond, lined with a row of willow trees. Nearby is Naramachi - an Edo-era heritage quarter, where you will find the nearly 100 year-old Nigiwai-No-Ie House. This former merchant's dwelling was simply built with old- fashioned tatami rooms, a traditional kitchen, and a pretty backyard garden. Then a short drive takes you to Kyoto, where our first attraction of the day is the former Imperial Palace. The charming palace garden is covered in springtime loveliness - you may even be lucky enough to glimpse a geisha walking beneath the falling cherry petals. Take some time for lunch by the garden at Zezekan Pocchiri restaurant. Then you can enjoy exclusive access to the beauty of the local private garden. After, you will visit another private garden carefully cultivated by a local Kyoto gardener. Check into your hotel for the night before enjoying a night walking tour through the traditional streets and alleys of the old Gion Geisha District.
After breakfast, our first stop for the day will be Ginkaku-ji, the Silver Pavilion, a Zen temple modeled after the Golden Pavilion. As a former retirement villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the Silver Pavilion became a center for the aristocratic culture of the time. The memory of that historical period can still be seen while strolling by the rocky moss garden, as well as a rare dry sand garden. Next you will meet with a professional Japanese garden builder and designer, and go together to visit Murin-an - a classical Japanese strolling garden flowing with bright green plants, grass and moss everywhere you look, complemented by a peaceful stream and a charming teahouse. While here, you can talk with the garden builder and ask questions about the time-honored art of Japanese landscape gardening. We next make our way to Nishiki Market, where you can look around and find a lunch of your choosing. Then we head to Nijo Castle - a classic example of Edo-era castle architecture and palatial former residence of the Tokugawa shoguns. Finally, enjoy a Kimono Wearing experience where you will be able to try on a colorful kimono, and take pictures while in the traditional Japanese attire.
We will spend today sightseeing the some of highlights of Kyoto, and each location offers its own heavenly vision of classical Japan in spring. Two out of the four Buddhist temples we will visit are World Cultural Heritage Sites, and each one has an attached garden with its own unique springtime beauty . First, you will visit Daikakuji Temple, a large, peaceful temple that was once a former residence to ex-emperors. It is also one of the headquarters of Japanese-styled flower arrangement schools, so beautifully arranged flowers are always seen near the entrance. Continue to Tenryuji Temple, which features a magnificent garden built in the 14th century and gorgeous bamboo groves. Then visit Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), the #1 sightseeing destination in Kyoto. After, go to Myoshinji Temple, taking time to visit the subtemple of Taizo-in for fascinating garden critique and insight. This impressive structure features two of it's upper tiers covered entirely in gold leaf. At the end of the day, enjoy dinner with entertainment provided by an apprentice geisha (maiko).
Before traveling to Mt. Fuji, you will first aboard one of Japan’s high-speed bullet trains to experience the thrill of this high-speed local transportation. Disembark at Shin- Fuji Station near Lake Kawaguchi to visit the Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, featuring charming dolls made by local artist Yuki Atae. Continue around the lake to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, located on the other side. This art museum is devoted to the works of silk-dyeing artist Kubota Itchiku, who devoted his life to recreating elaborate kimonos using the lost art of silk-dyeing. While there, take some time to enjoy lakeside scenery surrounding Lake Kawaguchi - charming in spring colors, with some of the best views of Mount Fuji.
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise along Lake Ashinoko, which borrows scenery from Mt. Fuji to create a stunning landscape. The next attraction will be the Hakone Open- Air Museum, which displays abstract sculptures and structures designed by various artists. It balances the outdoor exhibits with the surrounding mountains and valley. Then we take a drive to the capital city of Tokyo which, despite the dense urban sprawl, has much of its cityscape devoted to parks and gardens. Rikugien, or "six poems garden" is especially inspirational, reflecting in its quiet pond, manicured shrubs, and abundant trees a number of poetic scenes, not only from six poems, but eighty-eight of them. Finally we go to one of Tokyo's most prized cherry blossom viewing spots - Chidorigafuchi. A stroll beside the broad palace moat at this time of year, when the long branches of over two hundred cherry trees hang heavily over the water's surface, beckoning visitors to step out of the busy Tokyo streets and into a springtime dream.
After breakfast, we will make our way to the garden of the Hotel New Otani Tokyo. This beautiful garden is steeped in 400 years of feudal history and possesses a peaceful ambience while nestled in the heart of Tokyo. Next is Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and home to Kaminarimon - a gate hung with an enormous paper lantern. Next, board a Sumida River Cruise, where you can enjoy the scenery of the city’s most famous river on your way to Hama Rikyu Garden, a traditional landscape garden in the heart of Tokyo's skyscrapers. Visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, home to an assortment of freshly caught fish and various food options for lunch on your own. Finally, head to teamLab Borderless for a new immersive world of artwork as you become surrounded in the light and color of the various interactive displays.
After breakfast, our tour officially ends.
Checkout time is 11 am.
Transfer to Tokyo Narita Airport or Haneda Airport by private car.
NOTE 3: The departure airport transfer is ONLY available on the last day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights after the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.
NOTE 4: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
They city of Himeji is located in western Kansai and is known for one of Japan’s most beautiful and finest castles. This is a popular destination or side-trip for tourist visiting Kyoto or Osaka. Himeji is famously known for the beautiful Himeji castle, which is both a national treasure castle and listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of shops, food, and sight-seeing spots available for tourist visiting Himeji.
Japan's best preserved feudal castle (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Himeji Castle is located in the city of Himeji and is only a five minute bus ride away from Himeji Station. Himeji Castle the most popular and visited castle in Japan, it is also listed both as one of Japan’s national treasure castles and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This castle is also one of Japan’s twelve original castles, which means it was never destroyed in its history and has been standing since it was originally completed in the year 1609. The surrounding area is also one of Japan’s most popular cherry blossom destinations during the spring.
Beautiful Japanese Garden next to the famous Himeji Castle
Located right next to the famous Himeji Castle is the beautiful Kokoen Garden. This garden was constructed and completed in the year 1992 where noble residences once stood in the past. The landscape features various trees, flowers, bamboos, ponds, and waterfalls. Visitors can explore and enjoy the tea at the tea house or at the restaurant located on the garden grounds.
The city of Matsue is the capital city of the Shimane Prefecture. This city has many fun attractions for tourist visiting the area. The most popular attraction is the Matsue Castle, which is one of the 12 original castles of Japan. Another attraction is the Adachi Museum of Art, which holds various pieces of art and holds one of the most beautiful garden in Japan. Other attractions include the former samurai district of Matsue, museums, food, and flower gardens.
Art museum with a spectacular garden
The Adachi Museum of Art is another one of Matsue’s most popular museums and destination. This museum is best known for its award winning garden and art exhibits. Guests are able to enjoy one of the best gardens in Japan and view over more than one thousand pieces of art. One of the most popular exhibits is the museum’s ceramics exhibit.
One of Japan’s twelve original castles
Located in the city of Matsue is one of Japan’s twelve original castles, which means it has never been destroyed in its history since completion. Inside the castle there are various original artifacts and items that date back from the 1600s. The top of the castle offers a fantastic view of the surrounding area for guests that wish to reach the top.
Castle Town Landscape Cruise
One of the most enjoyable activities for guests visiting the Matsue Castle area is taking one of the Horikawa boat tours. There are many boat tours available for guests that would take them around Matsue Castle and the surrounding canals. There are several stops along most of the boat tours and there are often recordings in other languages which teach about the local history of the area.
Former samurai district of Matsue
The city of Matsue hosts many tourist attractions, and one of the most popular attractions is the former samurai district of Matsue. Many of the buildings and homes in this district once belonged to samurai families and have been preserved. Now many of the buildings and homes in this area is open for the public to explore. One of the most popular buildings in this district is the Matsue Buke Yashiki, which is the former residence of a high ranking samurai family. This former residence is a great example of how a high ranking samurai family once lived and features many weapons and other artifacts.
Vibrant and fashionable Japanese garden with 120 different types of peony
One of the most vibrant and fashionable Japanese gardens around, Yushien Garden, on Daikonshima Island near in Shimane Prefecture, is a landscape manicured to perfection. The garden, is renowned for cultivating over a hundred and fifty different types of peony. Although the garden carries a splendid elegance throughout the year, the best time to go to Yushien is, arguably, in late April, when hundreds of peonies are set afloat in the garden pond creating a fantastic sea of brilliant pink peony blossoms.
The city of Izumo is located in the Shimane Prefecture along the coast of the Sea of Japan. The main attraction that brings many visitors to this city is the famous Izumo Taisha Shrine. The Izumo Taisha Shrine is one of Japan’s oldest and most sacred Shinto shrines. Other popular tourist destination includes the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, the Hinomisaki Lighthouse, the Tachikue Gorge, and other fun activities.
Japan's second most important shrine
The main attraction of Izumo is the Izumo Grand Shrine. The date of construction and completion is unknown, but is regarded as one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. The deity that resides in this grand shrine is the god of marriage. This shrine is very popular throughout Japan as couples come to pray for a happy marriage.
The city of Takamatsu is the capital of the small Kagawa Prefecture. It is the home of one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens and is famous for its udon. There is plenty for visitors to explore and experience in this city. One of the most popular attractions is the Ritsurin Koen Park, which is one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens. There are also many museums available, like the popular Shikoku Mura Village and the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum. Other attractions and activities include tasting the famous Sanuki Udon, hiking, bike riding, shopping arcades, and many more.
Farm specializing in the cultivation of various bonsai trees
Bonsai is an ancient form of tree cultivation which uses special techniques in pruning and training to produce minature trees in small planters. The final result is an artful representation of a full-grown tree. Private nurseries and farms across Japan have specialized in this form of cultivation, displaying numerous species of trees, trimmed and shaped to a broad variety of interesting and though provoking shapes. And at one of these farms, you'll be able to observe the expert cultivation of these decorative trees up close.
Outstanding Japanese style landscape garden (Place of Scenic Beauty)
Ritsurin Koen Park is one of Japan’s most beautiful landscape garden located in the city of Takamastu. Many consider this garden to belong on the list of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens. This spacious and beautiful park features many ponds, hills, trees, bridges, and pavilions. There are a number of walking routes throughout the park and provides views that would leave any guest satisfied.
The centerpiece of Ritsurin Garden, Kikugetsu-tei Teahouse is an ancient pavilion still serving fresh matcha tea to visitors near a peaceful pond.
Kikugetsu-tei, or "Moon-scooping Pavilion" was placed in the garden by one of the Takamatsu lords who ruled the area in the mid-1600s, and it has been serving tea to the park's visitors ever since. This ancient teahouse is constructed of plain wood darkened with age, and is sparsely adorned. But it maintains an air of elegant charm with nothing more than the refreshing sight of verdant surroundings, the playful splash of koi fish in the nearby pond, and the taste of freshly whisked matcha tea served in an exquisite, though plain-patterned, ceramic teacup. While on the veranda overlooking Ritsurin Park, sitting in the same spot once occupied by noble samurai, visitors to Kikugetsu-tei Teahouse truly feel transported back to feudal Japan.
Located in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan is the Naoshima Island. This island is best known for its modern art, museums, architecture, and sculptures. The most popular attraction in Naoshima Island is the Benesse House, which is a modern art museum and hotel. There are plenty of museums to visit for guests at this destination. The most popular museums include the Chichu Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, Ando Museum, and other various attractions with unique artwork.
Combination of art museum and hotel
The Benesse House is the most popular destination for guests visiting Naoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. This building is both a modern art museum and a resort hotel. The main attraction is building is the modern art museum, where different works of art are displayed from both Japan and all over the world. Visitors staying at the hotel have twenty-four hour access to the museum and there is also restaurants, cafes, shops, and a spa. Visitor do not have to stay at the hotel to have access to all the amazing facilities at the Benesse House.
One of the most popular museums located on Naoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea
The Chichu Art Museum is one of the most popular museums located on Naoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. The museum itself is a combination of art and architecture, even though most of the building is underground, it uses natural light to brighten up the artwork. Only a few people are allowed in at a time for the museum because appreciating the artwork in the museum is best viewed with as few people around as possible. There is a small café and waiting area, and it is also advised for guests to arrive early because the crowds will get rather large.
Art scattered around a small port town
A collection of abandoned structures renovated into special venues dedicated towards contemporary art in Naoshima Island, Japan
Awaji Island is the largest island in the Seto Inland Sea. Facing the Osaka Bay on the east and the Harima-nada on the west, the island is sandwiched by the Akashi Strait on the north and the Naruto Strait south to west and its coastal area is a part of Seto-naikai National Park. Awaji Island boasts places worth a visit to enjoy the natural scenery, like the Naruto Strait in which the tide as fast as about 10 knots rises in all sizes of whirlpools, and many beaches including the Goshiki-hama (five color) Beach known for colorful pebbles made by the erosion of waves. The Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi (Akashi Strait Grand Bridge) is known as the world's longest suspension bridge, 3,910 meters long overall with two cable-braced main towers spaced 1,990 meters apart. This bridge, which links Awaji Island with Kobe, is nightly illuminated in seven changing colors to regale the eyes of viewers.
Garden and Greenhouse featuring themed garden rooms / 100 raised flower beds in layered tiers
Miracle Planet Botanical Museum is a botanical garden and greenhouse on the island of Awaji. It contains numerous smaller garden rooms including a Plants Gallery featuring succulent plants, and a Healing Garden promoting art with nature. The 100 Stepped Garden, or "Hyakudanen" was designed by renowned architect Takao Ando as a memorial to those who died in an earthquake in the Kobe region in 1995. 100 layered raised beds of flowers are arranged in a tiered grid pattern, each holding a different type of flower.
Kobe is one of Japan’s largest cities and popular destination for tourist visiting Japan. There is plenty for visitors to see and do in the capital city of the Hyogo Prefecture. Guests can try the world famous and expensive Kobe beef in the many restaurants available here. There is plenty of museums, shopping, food, and sight-seeing to experience in this modern port city.
3rd century Kobe shrine dedicated to health and marriage
Ikuta Shrine was established in Kobe at the beginning of the 3rd century according to the classical Japanese historical work Nihon Shoki, making it one of the oldest shrines in Japan. As a shrine dedicated to health and marriage, it naturally attracts a lot of people and especially couples. And every year the shrine busts into a colorful flurry of activity, celebrating their Ikuta Autumn Festival. Near Ikuta is the Sannomiya shopping district, with a wide variety of shops and restaurants.
Osaka is the second largest city in Japan in terms of size located not too far from Kyoto. This city is one of the top three destinations for tourist visiting Japan after Tokyo and Kyoto. Osaka is the location of the popular Universal Studios Japan, Osaka castle, and Namba. There is plenty to experience in Osaka, from shopping to visiting temples and shrines, Osaka has plenty of destinations to experience Japan.
Hasshu-an is a charming establishment that offers demonstration lessons introducing visitors to Japan's time-honored traditions.
Hasshu is a word referencing Japan's ancient past, and Hasshu-an is a relaxing retreat that immerses visitors in traditional Japanese culture. Based in Osaka, Hasshu-an shares with visitors an inside look at the national heritages of green tea ceremony, ikebana flower arranging, and zen meditation, as demonstrated by professional, friendly instructors. The head of the establishment is a Buddhist monk and master of both tea ceremony and flower arranging, eagerly sharing with travelers his love for these time-honored customs. The whole atmosphere of this charming hermitage is tranquility itself, steeped with the simple elegance and reflective wabi-sabi of traditional Japan.
Traditional way of preparing and drinking tea
Green tea has a rich history in Japan and has been the most popular non-alcoholic beverage for years. A green tea ceremony is the ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea that has been practiced for hundreds of years. The ceremony is full of many rituals and has a strong Zen Buddhism influence. The tea is prepared by the host for the guests and is usually green tea made from powdered tea leaves.
A form of expressing Japanese discipline and beauty using flower arranegments
Ikebana is one of Japan’s oldest crafts, which is the art of flower arrangement. The history of Ikebana (also known as Kado in Japanese) is rich and has different techniques and styles just like any other form of art. There are classes and lessons available for visitors to attend that teaches the art of Ikebana. Guests can learn about the different techniques, styles, and history of Ikebana while taking these lessons.
Zazen is a type of meditation unique to Zen Buddhism that functions at the heart of the practice
Zen meditation is unique and is central in Zen Buddhism. This form of meditation calms both the body, mind, and to also gain enlightenment by seeking insight into the nature of existence. There are lessons and classes available for visitors where a Zen priest guides guests to practice Zen meditation and teaches the significance of Zen as part of the Japanese culture.
The city of Nara was once known as the first capital established in Japan. Nara is located only less than an hour away from both Kyoto and Osaka. Nara is home to some of Japan’s oldest, largest, and historic temples. The landmark and symbol of Nara is the Todaiji Temple, which was built in the 7th century. One the most popular attractions is Nara Park where visitors come every day to see the wild deer that roam free throughout the park.
Popular Nara Shopping arcade with a myriad of family-owned shops
Perhaps the most popular shopping arcade in Nara, Higashimuki Shopping Street is a long shopping center lane in the middle of Nara. This shopping street sells everything from local arts and crafts, to traditional clothes and items, to high-quality green tea and rice crackers, to Nara-specific souvenirs. Many of the shops are well- established family-run buisnesses that have been there for years, and the arcade roof makes going there a pleasure even on a rainy day.
One of Japan’s most historic and famous temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Located north of Nara Park is one of Japan’s most historic and famous temple called the Todai-Ji Temple. This temple is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple’s main hall named Daibutsuden, is the largest wooden building in the world. It is home to one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha siting at fifteen meters tall.
Japanese walking garden featuring a large reflective pond and scenic borrowed landscape
Isuien Garden is a charming Japanese-style walking garden near Todaiji-Temple in Nara. Originally two separate parks, the land was merged to make room for the Neiraku Ceramics Museum. With a meaning of "park relying on water", Isuien's most prominent feature is a large reflective pond fed by the local river. Using a technique of "borrowed landscape", other elements, such as the trees of other nearby gardens and the gate of Todaiji temple, blend into or frame the garden elements, creating an attractive visual continuity.
Kyoto temple known for distinctive five-tiered wooden pagoda
Kofukuji Temple is a Buddhist temple marked by a distinctive five-tiered pagoda - the second tallest in Japan, rising over 50 meters high. Also on the temple grounds is the National Treasure Museum, housing famous Buddhist statues distinctly cherished as Cultural Properties. The two distinctive octagonal pagodas lend an original interest, and the surrounding trees and gardens add a splash of seasonal color throughout the year. Constructed by the influential Fujiwara family during the Heian period, Kofukuji was once part of powerful and exclusive set of Buddhist sites known as the Seven Great Temples of Nara.
Sarusawa-ike is an attractive pond near Kyoto's Kofukuji Temple which features a shrine based on a local legend.
Sarusawa-ike is a small pond near Kofukuji Temple. It offers a picturesque view of the temple's five-story pagoda and accompanying beautiful landscape. It looks especially lovely when the pagoda is illuminated at night. Some local wildlife lives in the pond, including a small flock of ducks and adorable turtles coming out of the pond to bask in the sun. Sarusawa-ike Pond is also home to the local legend of a court maid named Uneme, who fell in love with an emperor. After a sudden loss of imperial favor, the maid supposedly drowned herself in the pond in grief. A single shrine on the shore of the pond commemorates her sad tale, with the entry of the shrine facing away from the pond so the spirit of Uneme doesn't have to see its waters.
Naramachi is Nara city's heritage district, featuring Nigiwai-no-Ie, and merchant's townhouse over 100 years old.
The heritage area of Naramachi is the city of Nara's vintage commercial district, where streets are lined with Edo-era merchants' residences and preserved warehouses. Many of these old buildings are now converted into antique stores, cafes, restaurants, and museums that maintain the ancient history of old Nara. Among these is Nigiwai-no-Ie, a classic merchants' townhouse over 100 years old. The house interior is decorated according to a traditional Japanese idea that the year had 24 seasons. The classical architecture is perfectly preserved, drawing countless visitors to admire the old-fashioned charm of feudal Nara.
Kyoto was once the old capital of Japan and is filled with historic temples, shrines, buildings, and other structures. Kyoto is filled with many temples and shrines such as the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Golden Pavilion. It is also home of the Gion Festival, which is the most famous festival in Japan. Kyoto is the number two destination for tourist bound for Japan, and is the number one destination for tourist looking for a full Japanese cultural experience.
Large Kyoto park complex, and the Imperial Seat of Japan's former capital
The Kyoto Imperial Palace was the former residence of the Emperor until the capital city was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1868. Located in the Imperial Park complex behind a broad earthen wall with a slanted roof, the Palace itself is surrounded by gravel paths, some excellent gardens, and groves of tall trees. Many of the buildings had been destroyed by fire over the years, but each time the Palace was scrupulously rebuilt. In the same Park enclosure is Sento Palace, a former imperial retirement home.
Kyoto's most famous geisha district
Located only 20 minutes away by bus from Kyoto Station, is the Gion Geisha District. The Gion Geisha District is one of the most famous and popular destinations for tourist visiting Kyoto. This area is filled with restaurants, teahouses, shops, and other attractions to entertain guests. The machiya merchant houses along with river and the occasional geisha walking around, brings visitors from everywhere to experience everything that this area has to offer.
Beautiful temple not actually covered in silver
Ginkakuji Temple, also known as the Silver Pavilion, is a Zen temple that was built to be a retirement villa for Ashikaga Yoshimasa.
Walking trail famous for cherry blossoms
The Philosopher’s Path is a stone walkway in the northern part of Higashiyama District that follows a canal lined with hundreds of cherry blossoms.
Garden near a Buddhist temple, known for Japanese landscaping with European design elements
Formerly the villa of Japanese military leader and politician Yamagata Aritomo, this Meiji-era strolling garden was arranged on land near Nanzen-ji temple. Murinan is a registered cultural property of Kyoto for the beauty of its garden elements and a unique villa following a Western design. Additionally, one can enjoy how the garden "borrows" the nearby mountain scenery in a Japanese landscaping technique with makes the mountain appear to be included as a part of the garden.
Longstanding food market of old Kyoto - often referred to as "Kyoto's Pantry"
Nishiki Market is the longest traditional food market in Kyoto. It specializes in locally grown and prepared foods of superior quality. Displayed so as to tempt the senses and make passing mouths water, such savory delights as chicken skewers, dried fish, pickled vegetables, tofu, tea, and many others are found in stall after stall. Additionally, specialty kitchen utensils from high-quality makers, including hand-crafted kitchen knives and engraved chopsticks, make Nishiki Market worthy to be called "Kyoto's Pantry".
Former Kyoto residence of the shogun (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
In the northern part of central Kyoto is Nijo Castle, where it was once the former Kyoto residence of the shogun. This area is also listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This area was once home to the shogun when he would visit Kyoto. This place serves as the best examples of castle palace architecture from Japan’s feudal era because most of the buildings here survived since they were originally built.
Continue exploring Japan, but wearing a kimono for a more traditional flavor
Japan is a very unique cultural experience because much of Japan’s history is still preserved, protected, and celebrated. One of the best ways to experience a visit to Japan would be to explore it while wearing a kimono. The kimono is one of Japan’s most oldest and traditional pieces of clothing. There are many places available in Japan to rent a kimono to wear and explore this beautiful country.
Former royal villa of retired emperors with enshrined imperial copy of the Buddhist Heart Sutra
Initially, Daikakuji was built as a royal villa for Emperor Saga, and later became the retirement palace for members of his dynasty. After his daughter reordained it as a temple in the years following his death, it became one of the most prominent Buddhist sites from that period. In addition to the magnificent sculptures of the Five Wisdom Kings, the elegant calligraphy, and other works of art preserved there, the temple is most honored as the shrine that houses the imperial copy of the Heart Sutra. This Buddhist text, which was duplicated by Emperor Saga himself, is only displayed for public viewing every 60 years.
Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto
Arashiyama is located on the western outskirts of Kyoto and is a well-known destination for both the cherry blossoms and fall colors seasons. North of the famous Togetsukyo Bridge is Sagano, and together they make this place a nice little getaway from temples and shrines to enjoy nature. Popular destinations include the Togetsukyo Bridge and the Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama.
Zen Temple in the Arashiyama district (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Located in the Arashiyama district in Kyoto, the Tenryu- Ji Temple is Arashiyama’s most popular temple. The temple is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The original buildings of Tenryu-Ji Temple was lost many times throughout its history, except for Tenryu-Ji’s garden. The Tenryu-Ji Temple Zen Garden that visitors see today is the original garden and landscape.
One of the most popular and well-known spots for visitors in Arashiyama
One of the most popular and well-known spots for visitors is the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. A nice walking path takes visitors through the groves of bamboos. The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is also one of the most famous and photographed places in all of Kyoto and brings many visitors every year during the autumn color season.
Temple building covered in gold (National Special Historic Site)
The famous Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temple is located in northern Kyoto and is most known for the building covered in gold leaf. This famous building is the number one most popular destination for tourist visiting Kyoto. The Golden Pavilion sits overlooking a large pond and various small attractions and shops are available for visitors.
Former palace complex turned Buddhist temple, famed for large dragon painting
Myoshinji Temple was once a palace complex for Emperor Hanazono in the 14th century, but he abdicated to devote his life to meditation and became a monk. He donated the palace grounds to a Zen master who founded the temple. Travelers who come to the temple enjoy the large painting of a dragon that adorns the ceiling of the main hall. Many of the buildings of the complex are still houses and closed to the public, but visitors can still enjoy the scenic strolling paths and well-tended gardens surrounding the temples.
Enjoy a traditional Japanese kaiseki dinner in the company of a Maiko
Kyoto is known for its Gion district which is famous for its geisha (geiko in Kyoto dialect) and apprentice geisha called maiko. There are many locations within Kyoto and the Gion district where visitors can have a maiko experience. Enjoy a traditional Japanese kaiseki dinner in the company of a Maiko.
Japan's main islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido are served by a network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the country's major cities. Japan's high speed trains (bullet trains) are called shinkansen and are operated by Japan Railways (JR). The shinkansen network consists of multiple lines, among which the Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokyo - Nagoya - Kyoto - Osaka) is the oldest and most popular. All shinkansen lines (except the Akita and Yamagata Shinkansen) run on tracks that are exclusively built for and used by shinkansen trains. Most lines are served by multiple train categories, ranging from the fastest category that stops only at major stations to the slowest category that stops at every station along the way.
High-speed railway at speeds up to 300 km/hr
The shinkansen (or Japan’s bullet train) is a high speed train that travel between most of the major cities in Japan. Travelers can reserve seats on either ordinary or green car seats for an added cost. The shinkansen can run up to 320 kilometers per hour (close to 200 miles per hour), and are known to always be on time, comfortable and safe.
The highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters above sea level, and is located more or less in the center of Japan, stretching over Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. Its elegant conical form has frequently been depicted in many paintings and literary works since ancient times. Many artists have been captivated by the diverse expressions shown by this mountain depending on the season, or depending on the time of the day, whether in the morning or early evening. It is widely believed that Mt. Fuji is unparalleled worldwide as a mountain that has so frequently been narrated, sung in verse, and drawn.
The Kawaguchiko Muse Museum displays the cute cloth dolls of Yuki Atae, as well as a charming flower garden.
The Kawaguchiko Muse Museum is a museum located on the edge of Lake Kawaguchi near the iconic Mount Fuji, and is considered a branch of the Kawaguchiko Museum of Art. Named after the Greek goddesses of the Arts, the Muse museum features a rotating series of exhibits displaying the cute and expressive dolls designed by renowned Japanese dollmaker Yuki Atae. These dolls are made of simple cotton cloth, yet have delicate and life-like features. The museum also has a outdoor garden that adds to the atmosphere of whimsical fantasy, which includes lavender blooms, roses, and other flowers in all colors.
Lake Kawaguchi is the most famous of the Fuji Five Lakes, with breathtaking landscape scenery in the spring and autumn seasons.
Lake Kawaguchi is one of Mount Fuji's Five Lakes, and is by far the most famous, attracting visitors to the hotels that dot its shoreline throughout the year. It is arguably the most picturesque, being displayed prominently below the iconic mountain on postcards for the region. The landscape around the long lake is dramatic and stunning in every season, especially during spring cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. Despite the lake's proximity to Mount Fuji, the mountain is not always visible from the lake due to the cloud cover, with the early morning and late afternoon being the best time to get a good glimpse. A number of other attractions sit around the lake, including the Kubota Itchiku Museum, Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, FujiQ Highland amusement park, and a number of hot spring bath resorts.
Excellent museum about the kimono artist
The Kubota Itchiku Art Museum is located on the north coast of Lake Kawaguchiko near Mount Fuji. This museum showcases the works of the late Kubota Itchiku, a famous Japanese kimono artist. This museum showcases several of Kubota Itchiku’s kimono art, which are based on themes of nature, the seasons, and the cosmos.
Hakone is located in Kanagawa Prefecture and is only about two hours away from Tokyo. Hakone is park of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is a popular destination for tourist. Hakone is famous in Japan for its hot springs and beautiful natural views. Visitors can go to the many hot spring resorts to relax and unwind or visit the many museums and shrines available. Guests that would appreciate nature more could go to the parks and trails to experience the natural beauty.
Famous for having Mount Fuji in the background and the lake as its inspirational canvas
Lake Ashinoko along with Mount Fuji in the background is the proud symbol of Hakone. One of the best views with the lake and Mount Fuji could be seen from one of the many sightseeing boats. There are a few boat cruises available, but the main two are ran by Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats. The best time to come is during the cherry blossom season and when the autumn colors are at its peak.
Exhibiting sculptures and paintings
The Hakone Open Air Museum is located near Chokoku No Mori Station in Hakone. There are over than one thousand pieces of art featured at this museum that will keep visitors busy besides the breathtaking views. The museum features various sculptures with beautiful views of the surrounding area of Hakone. The museum also features indoor galleries of paintings, sculptures, ceramic art, and other artistic creations.
Tokyo is the number one destination for tourist bound for Japan. It is the number one most populated, the biggest city, and is the capital of Japan. From shopping to sightseeing, this city offers everything that tourist want to see. There are a number of places to see the entire city, tourist can visit the Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Tower to get a breathtaking view of the city. For shopping, visitors can head to the most popular areas such as Ginza, Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City, or Shinjuku. There are also many museums available such as the Edo Tokyo Museum or the Tokyo National Museum. This modern city still has many parks, temples, and shines for anyone interested in a cultural experience.
Idyllic garden landscape depicting scenes from famous poems
Easily one of Tokyo's best gardens, Rikugien is a spacious and idyllic, with a name that means "Garden of Six Principles of Poetry". Over three centuries old, the garden's design created 88 scenes from traditional Japanese and Chinese poetry, with the poems in indicated in stone around the park. Though only a few of these stones survive, all the poetic beauty of the landscape may still be admired in any season, with the overall potential of the composition flaring to crimson capacity every autumn.
Former moat of Edo Castle, transformed every April into a wonderland of blossoming springtime beauty
Near the Imperial Palace is an broad moat named Chidorigafuchi, that once separated Edo Castle from the city proper. During most of the year, this landmark is a tranquil park of stately beauty - an excellent place for a short break from the ceaseless frenzy of downtown Tokyo. Yet during the waning weeks of spring, Chidorigafuchi is elevated from functionally pretty park to terrestrial paradise, when hundreds of cherry blossoms bloom and fall along the shallow banks, turning the peaceful moat into a pink pastel fantasy.
Luxurious Tokyo Hotel with 400-year old samurai garden
The New Otani Hotel has been around since the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 1964, but the Japanese garden near it is far older, having been the former private garden of various samurai officials for the past 400 years. This tranquil little garden is characterized by narrow strolling walks bordered by dense hedges and other foliage, a broad variety of flowers, charming little scarlet bridges, and small ponds with bright koi swimming through their shallows.
Buddhist temple with souvenir shopping street, an atmosphere of old Tokyo
The Sensoji Temple located in Asakusa is one of the most popular Buddhist temples to visit. The temple was built and completed in the year 645 and is Tokyo’s oldest temple. The surrounding area offers shopping for souvenirs and food. The Sanja Festival is one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals and is held every May at Asakusa Temple.
Leisurely cruise down Tokyo's Sumida River with picturesque city and nature views
The Sumida suijo-bus (or "water bus"), while not as quick as the trains, is the best way to see Sumida River and Tokyo Bay up close, as well as scenic views of Tokyo. The leisurely boat travels between 12 locations on its voyage, including Asakusa, Hamarikyu Garden, Odaiba Seaside Park, and Tokyo Big Sight. It offers travelers a perfect opportunity to relax, breath in fresh sea air, and enjoy Tokyo from a different perspective.
Former Imperial detached palace and landscape garden near Tokyo Bay
Hama Rikyu Garden is a landscape garden just beside Tokyo Bay along the Sumida River. The garden includes flower gardens and trees that can be enjoyed year-round. In addition are numerous traditional buildings, including a teahouse, that hearken back to the days when this garden was part of a detached palace for the Imperial family. One of the most impressive features of Hama Rikyu are the garden saltwater ponds, which change level along with the tides. The peaceful atmosphere found in the garden is a refreshing break from the bustling cityscape visible just across the bay.
Visit a famous Japanese market filled with fresh fish and agricultural products, plus delicious dishes
The outer Tsukiji Fish Market offers a variety of freshly prepared food products and ingredients. Travel in between the different stores and taste a few of their dishes, freshly prepared with some of the best ingredients.
World's first digital art museum.
Located in Odaiba's MORI Building, teamLab Borderless creates a series of digital art exhibits seamlessly stitched together to form a world of artwork without borders. The visuals are completely immersive, created to take up entire rooms allowing for the audience to explore and interact with the images. As one moves from one artwork to the next, they start to feel like a part of the exhibit, surrounding each person in a fantasy world of moving digital art. The artworks even intersect and change other neighboring works, creating an entirely new fusion work. Each artwork is a sensory riot of image and color, yet with a harmony to it that connects the viewer what they see and hear, allowing them to fully enjoy their time in this one- of-a-kind art experience.
Kobe (Day 1)
Western Style Accommodation
Hotel Okura Kobe is a luxury and elegant city resort hotel located at Meriken Park overlooking Kobe harbor front. It is the comfortable space which harmonized the traditional beauty and functionality of Japan, and rooms are designed by globally prominent British interior design designer Mr. David Hicks. Hotel Okura Kobe offers the ultimate in elegance and hospitality as the land mark of Kobe.
Tamatsukuri Onsen (Day 2 & Day 3)
Japanese Style Accommodation
Kasuien Minami is home to a breathtaking garden which ranks highly among 900 Japanese gardens as featured in the 2014 American publication, The Journal of Japanese Gardening. Put on a kimono and enjoy a foot bath or hand bath while gazing out onto this beautiful, must-see garden.
Takamatsu (Day 4 & Day 5)
Western Style Accommodation
JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu is the suitable hotel in scale and grade as the gate in city Takamatsu, Shikoku's central city. It is the real city hotel that is regarded as the symbol of Takamatsu. The guestrooms command a splendid view of Seto Inland Sea and Takamatsu City. It will meet the needs of new age, internationalization and information-oriented society.
Kobe (Day 6)
Western Style Accommodation
Hotel Okura Kobe is a luxury and elegant city resort hotel located at Meriken Park overlooking Kobe harbor front. It is the comfortable space which harmonized the traditional beauty and functionality of Japan, and rooms are designed by globally prominent British interior design designer Mr. David Hicks. Hotel Okura Kobe offers the ultimate in elegance and hospitality as the land mark of Kobe.
Nara (Day 7)
Western Style Accommodation
Set in Nara, Hotel Nikko Nara is connected to JR Nara Station. Tōdai-ji temple and the Nara Park can be reached within a 30-minute walk from the property. A public bath, gym, spa and massage facilities are available for guests. Guest rooms offer both air-conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, an electric kettle, free WiFi and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
Kyoto (Day 8, Day 9 & Day 10)
Western Style Accommodation
The beauty of the surrounding landscape with panoramic mountains and spectacular seasonal variations makes the Kyoto Hotel Okura a natural showcase for the exquisite charm and unique allure of exotic Kyoto. This hotel has high noted opulent lobby and rooms are spacious. The bathroom has separate shower booth. It is convenient to shopping and night walks for downtown as Kawaramachi-dori, Shinkyogoku, Ponto-cho and Gion are near by.
Hakone (Day 11)
Japanese/Western Style Accommodation
Remodeled in April, 2014, Laforest Hakone Gora Onsen Yunosumi is a sophisticated modern Japanese inn, located in a secluded area. The inn is ideal for business and leisure travelers and features meeting rooms, banquet halls, and a restaurant. Guests can enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot spring bath while gazing at the surrounding nature. Creative cuisine where Japanese cuisine meets Western cuisine is made with fresh ingredients. Guest rooms are modern Japanese- Western-style rooms.
Tokyo (Day 12 & Day 13)
Western Style Accommodation
Surrounded by a gorgeous ten-acre Japanese garden, with the bright lights of Tokyo glimmering nearby, the Hotel New Otani Tokyo has achieved a zen-like balance between traditional beauty and stylish modernity. Each room is appointed with plush linens, the most modern technological accessories, and floor-to-ceiling windows which provide you with breathtaking views of the lush grounds.
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