Essence of Japan

Essence of Japan

Discover Japan’s “greatest hits” on this 10-day Japan luxury vacation through its essential metropolises and landscapes. Fall in love with Tokyo’s frenetic energy, relax in Hakone’s peaceful charm, and dive into Kyoto’s cultural riches for an all-encompassing glimpse into the very best this exciting country has to offer.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Arrive Tokyo / Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

  • Day 2:

    Tokyo / Mandarin Oriental Tokyo (B)

  • Day 3:

    Tokyo / Mandarin Oriental Tokyo (B)

  • Day 4:

    Hakone / Gora Kadan (B,D)

  • Day 5:

    Hakone / Gora Kadan (B,D)

  • Day 6:

    Kyoto / The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (B)

  • Day 7:

    Kyoto / The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (B)

  • Day 8:

    Kyoto / The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (B)

  • Day 9:

    Tokyo / The Peninsula Tokyo (B)

  • Day 10:

    Tokyo / Departure (B)

Itinerary Description:

Your Japan luxury vacation begins in its fast and trendy capital of Tokyo. Your private guide will lead you to various historical sites such as the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen, and the Imperial Palace, as well as the fun and progressive neighborhoods of Harajuku, the Nakamise Shopping Arcade, and the famous Ginza entertainment center. After each day exploring Tokyo's highlights, retreat to the lofty and indulgent rooms of Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, best described as "contemporary style in the skies."

Your next destination is Hakone, a beautifully scenic escape just outside of Tokyo. En route, stop at the 5th station of Mt. Fuji for excellent views of the famous peak. Upon arrival in Hakone, experience the ancient Japanese way of life at Gora Kadan, a traditional ryokan in the tranquil foothills of Mt. Fuji. Immerse yourself in your private cedar wood bath or the region's communal onsen and indulge in exquisite kaiseki cuisine, served over several colorful courses. When not relaxing at the ryokan, take time to visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum and the Hakone Ropeway, which offers an unbelievable view of Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji.

Conclude your Japan luxury vacation amid the cultural riches of Kyoto and the modern day, high-end ryokan experience of the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. Each day in Kyoto reveals a new treasure, whether it is an evening walk through the Golden Pavilion -- Kinkakuji Temple, a special tea ceremony at Kiyomizudera Temple, a guided tour of Nijo Castle, a visit to the famed Nishiki food market, or a stroll through Gion, Kyoto's famous geisha district. You will also have the opportunity to take a day trip to Nara, home to the deer-ridden Nara Park and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. After three days in Kyoto, return to Tokyo and the quality luxury of The Peninsula Tokyo for one final evening, bidding farewell to the pleasures of Japan.

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