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.
Japanese Gardens are known across the world for their peaceful elegance and charm, and walking through one is like taking step into a landscape painting. There are many different kinds, including feudal strolling gardens, zen rock gardens, and moss gardens, each with features that set them apart. These landscapes are meticulously designed, not only for a quiet place to sip green tea in the shade, but also for a moment of thoughtful contemplation on recurring themes of harmony, purity, tranq... View More
Japanese Gardens are known across the world for their
peaceful elegance and charm, and walking through one is
like taking step into a landscape painting. There are many
different kinds, including feudal strolling gardens, zen rock
gardens, and moss gardens, each with features that set
them apart. These landscapes are meticulously designed,
not only for a quiet place to sip green tea in the shade, but
also for a moment of thoughtful contemplation on recurring
themes of harmony, purity, tranquility, and beauty. Each
year, the autumn leaves provide an especially lovely
atmosphere that is not to be missed.
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, as well as an exclusive visit to a private garden in Kyoto.
Discover the best gardens of Japan, as well as other gorgeous locations as you travel through Osaka, Himeji, Matsue, Izumo, Takamatsu, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo. Tour the Adachi Museum of Art, which features an award-winning garden and outstanding exhibits. You will also see the most famous rock garden in Japan at Ryoanji Temple. The tour includes such breathtaking locations as Koyasan, Hakone, and Lake Kawaguchi near Mount Fuji, all covered in their best autumn colors.
Travelers on this itinerary can also experience some of Japan's traditional culture, including green tea ceremony (sado), zen meditation, and ikebana flower arranging (ikebana). Other experiences include trying on a Japanese kimono, eating Kyoto cuisine in the company of an apprentice geisha (maiko), and drinking tea in a garden teahouse. Explore the colorful city of Tokyo, where you will visit its bustling shopping streets and historical landmarks. Enjoy your Japanese garden-focused tour accompanied with an original castle, top shrines and temples, shopping areas, a scenic cruise, autumn leaves, and much more.
We will also bring you to Koyasan, where you can experience the real life of a Shingon Buddhist monk. This includes staying overnight at one of the temples, early morning meditation with the monks, and a dinner of Shojin Ryori or "monks' food". You will also tour of all the wondrous highlights of Mount Koyasan, such as grand Kongobuji Temple and mysterious Okunoin Cemetery. Browse our itinerary below to explore in greater detail the beautiful Japanese gardens and other wonders you can discover on our Japan Garden 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.
Travel to Himeji Castle, one of Japan’s few remaining original castles and a World Cultural Heritage Site. Following a long winding road, you’ll view its magnificent castle tower. Elegant from the outside, the interior quickly changes to a more masculine, simple aesthetic highlighting its beautifully preserved wooden features. Next to the castle is Koko-en Garden, flush with fall foliage, featuring a large pond full of colorful carp. Then, you will make your way to Adachi Art Museum and Garden. This garden has been rated among the finest Japanese-styled gardens by JOJG for many years in a row. It stands one of the most sophisticated gardens and museums in Japan, and is splashed here and there with fall colors for your delight. Tonight, you will experience staying at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) at in Matsue City in Japan.
Today, you will visit landmarks around Matsue, a city admired for an abundance of lovely water features including two lakes and a number of rivers, with a long northern coastline bordering the Sea of Japan. First, tour Matsue Castle, another of Japan's remaining original castles, bordered by the preserved remains of an Edo-era castle town. Enjoy the area's feudal atmosphere, taking a small boat tour along the castle moat and walking around the former residential area of samurai warriors. Next, visit the Yushi-en Garden, a small but lovely flower garden on an island in the middle of Lake Nakaumi, featuring trees bursting with red and yellow leaves, where you will also have today’s lunch. The last attraction for today will be Izumo Taisha Shrine and accompanying Treasure Hall. This is one of Japan’s most ancient Shinto shrines and has played a prominent role in Japanese mythology. The path to the shrine features Matsu no Sando, a group of three narrow paths divided by rows of bright green pines.
After leaving Tamatsukuri Spa in the morning, continue to Takamatsu City on Shikoku Island via Seto Ohashi Bridge, an outstanding bridge with views of the Seto Inland Sea. Takamatsu City is famous for its tradition of producing a beautiful display of pine trees. There, you will tour a bonsai village featuring pine bonsai, 80 percent of which are produced in Japan. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll through Ritsurin Koen Garden, one of the best gardens in Japan. Taking 150 years to complete, this garden features a number of rest spots, but none of them are the equal of ancient Kikugetsu-tei Teahouse, where you can enjoy a cup of tea overlooking the garden vista. Other features, aside from the vibrant orange and red autumn colors, include a grove of elaborately trimmed black pines, and ponds full of koi fish. Tonight, you will stay at a hotel next to Takamatsu Station and have dinner on your own.
This morning, transfer from Takamatsu City to Kobe, a lovely international port town. On the way, you will stop by Yumebutai on Awaji Island to see the Miracle Planet Botanical Museum, a large greenhouse popular among floral designers. You will also visit the complex 100 Stepped Garden, a distinctive platform of 100 flower beds. Lunch will be offered there. Next, travel through Akashi Ohashi Bridge, the world longest suspension bridge, and arrive in Kobe. Kobe is the 6th largest city in Japan, an exotic port city famous for its marbled beef. Take a short walking tour around Ikuta Shrine and the bustling shopping area around it, located in the center of Kobe City.
Today, enjoy an immersion into Japan's traditional customs at Hasshu-an, where you will experience Green Tea Ceremony, Ikebana Flower-arranging, and Zen Meditation. Then travel to Koyasan, the heart of Shingon Buddhism, and flush with vibrant autumn foliage. Here you can enjoy a tour of Kongobuji Temple, constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi to commemorate his mother after death. The rock garden behind Kongobuji Temple is the largest Zen garden, beautifully composed to represent dragons emerging from clouds in the sky. Then we will visit the Danjo Garan, the main temple complex of Koyasan. This evening, enjoy an overnight stay in a temple where you can savor a healthy shojin ryori dinner of vegetarian monks' food. Please be aware that because this is an authentic Buddhist temple, there are no private bath facilities, though there is a public bath.
Awaken that morning to an early meditation session with the monks. This kind of meditation is called ajikan, which involves lessons in proper posture and breathing exercises during the meditation time. Next you will take a tour of Okunoin, the largest cemetery in Japan. This cemetery holds the mausoleum of Shingon Buddhism's founder, Kobo Daishi, and is surrounded by thousands of burning lanterns and other interesting monuments. 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 Great Buddha. On the south side of the temple is Nandaimon Gate, where a number of local Sika deer adorably wander and may be fed with crackers bought from local vendors. Outside is Todaiji Museum, were you will be able to appreciate a number of important cultural and religious artifacts before heading over to Isui-en Garden, meaning “garden founded on water”, with grassy hills and trees surrounding a large water feature.
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, straight to the former Imperial Palace. The charming palace garden still offers plenty of green scenery in autumn, but with a colorful splash red and orange foliage here and there. Take some time for lunch by the garden at Zezekan Pocchiri restaurant. Then you can enjoy exclusive access to the fall colors in a local private garden. 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.
You will spend today touring Japan's old capital city with a professional Japanese garden builder and designer. Together, you will visit Nijo Castle and Myoshinji Temple, taking time to visit Taizo-in Temple for fascinating garden critique and insight. You will learn the principles of building a Japanese garden, the cost to maintain it, and any further questions you have. At Nijo Castle, a World Cultural Heritage Site, you will not only see a 17th century garden, but also an original palace where you can appreciate its architecture. Continue to Myoshinji Temple with the garden designer and enjoy a stroll along its large and peaceful precinct. Within Myoshinji Temple is Taizo-in, known for having one of the best gardens of the Showa era. Then, visit the Nishiki Market, a lively marketplace in downtown Kyoto, where you can enjoy your own lunch. After, immerse yourself in local Kyoto tradition with a kimono experience, where you can try on a colorful kimono. Finally, make your way to Yasaka Shrine, near Kyoto's Gion District. This shrine is known for a central wooden stage lit with hundreds of lanterns every evening.
We will spend today sightseeing the highlights of Kyoto, with many stunning spots known for autumn foliage. Three out of the four Buddhist temples we will visit are World Cultural Heritage Sites. Each temple has its own unique gardens with special 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. After lunch, you will drive through a conserved area that retains the scenery of old Sagano. From there, visit Ryoanji Temple, the site of Japan’s world-famous stone landscape garden. Finally, reach the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), the #1 sightseeing destination in Kyoto. This impressive structure highlights its two top floors 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 local transportation. Disembark near Lake Kawaguchi to visit the Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, featuring charming dolls made by local artist Yuki Atae. Continue to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum located on the other side of the lake. This art museum is devoted to silk-dyeing artist Kubota Itchiku, who devoted his life to recreating elaborate kimonos using the lost art of silk-dyeing. Finally, take some time to enjoy lakeside scenery surrounding Lake Kawaguchi - famous in the area for its bright fall colors and 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 exhibitions from various artists. It is recognized for successfully balancing its outdoor exhibits with the surrounding mountains and valley. Then make your way into the heart of Tokyo to walk around the Imperial Palace East Gardens. Located at the foundation of the former Edo Castle tower, the garden was created in place of the fallen castle tower. Continue to Rikugi-en Garden, one of Tokyo’s most beautiful landscape gardens. Built in 1700, the garden is an excellent example of Edo Period strolling gardens with pathways leading to teahouses and a central pond.
After breakfast, we will make our way to the garden of the hotel we are currently staying at. This beautiful garden is steeped in 400 years of samurai lord history and possesses a peaceful ambience while nestled in the heart of Tokyo. Next is Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most colorful temple. Then 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 standing 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.
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.
Mount Koya is one of Japan’s most famous mountains and is the location to many Buddhist temples. The history of Mount Koya is rich and spans over many centuries. There are many temples available for guests to visit and to learn about its history. There are some temples that offer lodging and guests can even experience vegetarian monk’s cuisine. There are plenty of cultural experiences and natural scenery available that would leave guests satisfied.
Head monastery of the Shingon sect
Another one of the most popular temples located in the Mount Koya area is the Kongobuji Temple. Originally built in the year 1593, visitors can experience this historic temple by learning and exploring the many rooms in the temple grounds. The rooms in this temple were once used for important rituals and ceremonies. Visitors can also enjoy tea and snacks in the large tatami hall or enjoy the rock garden outside, which is the largest rock garden in Japan.
Koyasan's central temple complex
The Danjo Garan is another one of the most popular temples located in the Mount Koya area. The legend goes that the founder of Shingon Buddhism (Kobo Daishi) threw his sankosho from China towards Japan. While searching Japan to establish his religion, he found his sankosho in a pine tree and the Danjo Garan Temple was built, and the pine tree still stands there today. Visitors can tour both Kondo Hall and the Konpon Daito Pagoda. Guests can experience the large wooden temple of Kondo Hall where ceremonies are still held. Next to the hall is the Konpon Daito Pagoda where it the popular Dainichi Nyorai statue.
Vegetarian monk cuisine
Shojin Ryori is the famous vegetarian monk cuisine that has been developed since it was first introduced in Japan in the 6th century. There are a few locations and restaurants where guests can experience this delicious cuisine. The most popular location to experience this cuisine is in the temple lodging, where guests can stay overnight in a Buddhist temple and guests are served shojin ryori dinner and breakfast.
One of the best way to culturally experience Japan is staying overnight in a sacred Buddhist temple
Shukubo is known as temple lodging, one of the best places in Japan to experience Shukubo is at the temples in the Mount Koya region. One of the best way to culturally experience Japan is staying overnight in a sacred Buddhist temple. Guests are treated to dinner and breakfast featuring delicious shojin ryori (vegetarian monk cuisine). Guests are also welcome to join the monk’s morning prayers and enjoy the temple’s gardens, halls, and baths.
Taking part in morning meditations with the monks is a fun and unique cultural experience that any guests will appreciate
Mount Koya has many temple lodging locations where guests can stay overnight at a Buddhist temple. Staying overnight usually includes eating the famous and delicious shojin ryori cuisine, which is vegetarian monk cuisine for dinner and breakfast. But before breakfast, guests are invited to participate in morning prayers with the monks. Taking part in morning meditations with the monks is a fun and unique cultural experience that any guests will appreciate.
Temple where Kobo Daishi is enshrined
Okunoin Temple is one of the most famous and sacred temples in all of Japan. It is the location of the famous mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, who is one of the most famous and revered person in the religious history of Japan. There are plenty of cultural activities and landmarks for visitors to experience, including a walkthrough of Okunoin’s cemetery, which is the largest cemetery in Japan.
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.
The Todaiji Museum houses many national treasures of Todaiji Temple, including ancient paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts.
Todaiji Museum was opened in October 2011 and is located near Todaiji Temple's Nandaimon Gate. Many of the artworks and artifacts from the temple were moved and set up as exhibits there. In addition to the religious iconography, the museum highlights Japan's Nara period, with displays from the distant past, when Nara city was Japan's capital. The exhibits rotate during the year, presenting repeat visitors with a new presentation of Todaiji's wonders each time they return to admire the thought-provoking displays. Among the cultural heritages displayed there are some sculptures of sculptures of the Buddha dating back to the 8th century, some exquisite paintings of famous people from Nara's history, and even a couple legendary swords that were hidden beneath the temple.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Central shrine of Kyoto's Gion district with bright Vermillion Gate
Yasaka Shrine is one of the main shrines in the old capital city, and its bright Vermillion Gate is a popular Kyoto landmark. Past the gate is several traditional buildings including a main hall, a stage, and a few lesser shrines that offer blessings for physical and inner beauty, protection from disasters, and others. Yasuka Shrine takes center stage during the annual Gion Festival, where the shrine's sacred palanquin is carried around the town, and various events are held at shrine on or around the stage.
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.
Zen Temple with famous rock garden
The Ryoan-Ji Rock Garden is located only one mile down the road from the famous Kinkaku-Ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) in northern Kyoto. It is the location of Japan’s most famous rock garden and attracts hundreds of visitors every day throughout the year. The surrounding area features a beautiful pond with a nice walking trail that circles the area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former private garden walk of the Imperial family, including ruins of Tokugawa Shogun's castle
The garden connected to the Imperial Palace is one the most beautiful in the cty, and was once the private gardens of the Imperial Family. The only part of the Inner Palace open for public enjoyment, the grounds includes some stone walls and tower foundations of Edo Castle - former home of the Tokugawa Shogun, as well as the Suwano Teahouse, and the Museum of Imperial Collections. Within the garden areas, wide variety of trees and flowers planted there provide visitors with scenes of colorful beauty in any season, including not only seasonal favorites like cherry, plum, or maple trees, but species of flowers from all across Japan.
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.
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)
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 5)
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.
Koyasan (Day 6)
Located at the heart of Mount Koya, Sojiin offers Japanese-style accommodations in a Buddhist temple. Vegan meals call “Shojin Ryori ” are served for dinner and breakfast. It was originally a special kind of vegetarian dish for Buddhist monks. It contains neither fish nor meat. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV, air-conditioned, kettle and toiletries. Some units include a seating area for your convenience. Free WiFi throughout the property as well. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 40 km from Sojiin.
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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