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Overview

Be swept away by Japan’s culture and heritage on a romantic honeymoon escape. Enjoy exclusive activities designed for two while exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Hakone. Share in uniquely Japanese experiences – from partaking in a tea ceremony to soaking in traditional onsens- to form memories that will last a lifetime.

Trip Highlights

Honeymoon Break

Connect with Japan’s culture

Enjoy a private tea ceremony and dinner with a Maiko, quintessential Japanese experiences.

Discover Kyoto’s heritage

Take an in-depth walking tour of Kyoto, seeing some of its thousands of shrines and a selection of UNESCO monuments.

Relax in Hakone

Sleep at a traditional Japanese inn, soak in onsens and admire majestic Mt. Fuji while staying in Hakone. 

Itinerary

1

Arrival in Tokyo

Narita International Airport (NRT) to Central Tokyo: 1.5 h Haneda International Airport (HND) to Central Tokyo: 50 min

Upon arrival to Tokyo airport, one of our representatives will be waiting to assist with transport into the city (either helping to board to right train or finding the appropriate shuttle bus). After reaching the hotel, check in and enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure.     

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Optional Dinner:

For guests staying at the Park Hotel, enjoy dinner at Tateru Yoshino Bis, a Michelin-starred restaurant on the 25th floor. Mainly inspired by casual French cuisine, this cozy restaurant also features a great collection of French wines.

For guests staying at the Palace Hotel, there are different restaurant options available, from French inspired cuisine to Asian specialties. We suggest the Japanese restaurant Wadakura, which offers refined Japanese cuisine for an intimate dining experience.

Note: Subject to availability and supplementary charges.

Overnight in Tokyo

2

Tokyo

Start (guided tour): 09:00 Duration: 8 h *including pick-up/drop-off and transit times

Meet the guide this morning at the hotel and depart for Hamarikyu, a Japanese garden that once served as a private villa of a powerful feudal lord during the Edo period. Its wide collection of seasonal flowers makes it one of the most visited gardens in Tokyo, however another of its main attractions is its teahouse, Nakajima-no-Ochaya.

Have a break in the teahouse and enjoy a cup of freshly made green tea while the guide shares interesting facts about chado (tea ceremony).

From the park, take the scenic river cruise to Asakusa, a part of Tokyo’s shitamachi or old town. Asakusa is the city’s oldest Geisha district and also home to Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Senso-ji feature many traditional shops and are a delight to wander through.

The tour ends with a visit to Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and a popular venue for traditional Shinto weddings.

The shrine is also home to around 120,000 trees, making one forget that just outside its grounds are two of the city’s popular shopping districts, Harajuku and Omotesando.

Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of the hotel.

Overnight in Tokyo

3

Tokyo, Optional Day Trip to Kamakura or Nikko

JR Tokyo Station to JR Kamakura Station: 50 minJR Tokyo Station to JR Nikko Station: 2 h

Today is a self-guided day.

Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary:

Enjoy the entire day exploring Tokyo or its outlying areas. Make an early morning stop to visit the electronics district of Akihabara or discover Tokyo’s world-class museums and art galleries. Alternatively, take an excursion outside of Tokyo to one of the following places:

Kamakura

One of Japan’s former capitals, Kamakura is a delightful seaside town home to many ancient shrines, temples, and other structures like the Daibutsu, a giant bronze Buddha that stands at 13-meter tall.

Nikko

Located north of Tokyo, Nikko is a city that lies in the mountainous area of Tochigi Prefecture well-known for its national park. Some of the popular places in the park include the Toshogu Shrine complex and the Tamozawa Imperial Villa.

Note: Toshogu Shrine is currently undergoing partial renovations.

Note: Roundtrip train tickets to Kamakura or to Nikko can be arranged at an additional cost.

Overnight in Tokyo

4

Tokyo - Hakone

Tokyo Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station: 1 h

Today is a self-guided day.

Travel by train to Hakone, a popular hot spring destination from Tokyo frequented by most tourists who wish to get a sight of Mt. Fuji.

Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary:

Spend the rest of the day exploring Hakone with the included transport pass, which serves as a ticket to the numerous forms of transportation in the area.

Take the Hakone Tozan switchback train that zigzags through the mountains and offers views of the surrounding valleys. Afterwards, ride the Guinness World Record-holder ropeway all the way up to Mt. Owakudani, passing over sulfurous fumes and hot springs.

From the mountain, it’s also possible to take the ropeway bound for Togendai, where a replica of a pirate ship cruises along Ashinoko, a body of water that was formed after a volcanic eruption that occurred more than 3,000 years ago.

Note: The ropeway that goes to Mt. Owakudani has resumed operations but for safety reasons, hiking on the mountain is still prohibited.

Suggested Alternative Itinerary:

Head to Togendai and board the aforementioned replica of a pirate ship to cross Ashinoko, a lake that was formed after a volcanic eruption that took place more than 3,000 years ago.

Disembark at Hakone-machi and walk towards Hakone Shrine, one of the most photographed spots in Hakone for its iconic “floating” torii gate. The approach to the main shrine buildings is via a set of ninety-or-so stairs that go through the forested mountain.

In Hakone, experience a stay in a ryokan, a classic Japanese-style accommodation furnished with futon beds, tatami flooring, paper sliding doors, and hot spring baths.

Enjoy a traditional multi-course meal for dinner, which usually includes small servings of sushi, sashimi, and tempura.

Overnight in Hakone

5

Hakone - Kyoto

Start (cultural activity): 14:30 Duration: 2 h

Take one last soak in the onsen before getting on the bullet train to Kyoto, the reigning cultural capital of Japan, home to 2,000 shrines and temples with 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

This afternoon, be immersed in Japanese culture with this insightful half day trip in Kyoto. Start with a visit to a machiya, a traditional wooden townhouse found throughout Kyoto. Take a tour of the beautifully restored house, learning about its architecture and history.

Then slip into a kimono, the iconic traditional Japanese garment. These full-length robes are worn by all Japanese when attending important events or formal occasions. Once appropriately dressed, meet with a local tea master for a traditional ceremony. Watch and learn as the master brews and services tea using slow, deliberate movements steeped in spirituality and ritual. Enjoy a cup of the bitter tea along with traditional sweet treats.

After the tea is finished, continue the cultural exploration of Kyoto. Experience an introductory course in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Under the guidance of a local artist, learn the secrets behind creating beautiful decorations and images with simple pieces of paper.

Wrap up the half day trip in Kyoto with new insights and a better understanding of Japanese culture. Return to the hotel or continue to explore Kyoto’s charming streets.

Overnight in Kyoto

6

Kyoto

Start (guided tour): 09:00 Duration: 8 h *including pick-up/drop-off and transit times

Escorted by a local guide, travel to eastern Kyoto and explore some of the hidden pathways that lead to historical places and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Begin with a visit to Ginkaku-ji, a simple Buddhist temple situated at the foot of Higashiyama mountains. Its well-maintained, moss-covered gardens filled with luscious trees are what invite some of the more nature-loving tourists. The view of the Silver Pavilion and the green temple grounds surrounded by a sea of concrete buildings can be enjoyed from the observation point on the side of the mountain.

From the temple, embark on the historical walk on Philosopher’s Path, a narrow, cobblestone road along a tranquil canal lined with cherry (sakura) trees, seasonal flowers, and maple trees.

At the end of the trail is a grand temple known as Nanzen-ji famous for a number of things including the huge wooden Sanmon Gate and a historical brick aqueduct that dates back to the Meiji Period.

Head southeastward to Maruyama Park passing through Nene-no-Michi, a back street lined with traditional inns, small restaurants, and serene temples. This path links Yasaka Shrine and the approach to Sannen-zaka, one of the busier slopes that lead to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

End today’s tour in Kiyomizu, a Buddhist temple situated near Mt. Otowa. The temple is famous for its wooden veranda standing 13 meters tall and was built without the use of any nails. It offers breathtaking views, especially when the cherry blossoms are in bloom or when the leaves change color in fall.

Note: Kiyomizu-dera is currently undergoing renovations, with proposed completion in 2019

Overnight in Kyoto

7

Kyoto, Dinner with a Maiko Experience

Start (guided tour & dinner): from 17:00 Duration: 3 h

Today is a self-guided day.

Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary:

In the morning, head out of town and travel to Nara with the Japan Rail Pass. During the 8th century, Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain.

Nara is just a small town, with most of its main tourist spots located around Nara Park, home to a large number of tame deer. Visit Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building home to Japan’s largest Buddha, or Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine.

 

Late in the afternoon, join the guide to Gion District. A captivating walking tour begins in front of Minamiza Theater and continues past local shops and restaurants, before reaching Yasaka Shrine.

A quick detour leads through the streets of Hanami-koji, the most popular street in Gion where lavish teahouses are lined up. Here, a theater lies tucked away where the Geisha and Maiko perform “Miyako Odori,” a famous traditional dance.

From Yasaka Shrine, the northern part of Gion is easily explored, crossing the Tatsumi-bashi Bridge and passing Tatsumi Daimyojin (a small street shrine), Gion Komori (a once dignified teahouse) and the Shirakawa Canal. (Note: depending on the location of the restaurant, the walking tour may need to backtrack to one of the places mentioned above).

After the walking tour, dinner will be served in a local restaurant in the company of a Maiko. During the dinner, there is ample opportunity to interact with the hostess and ask questions about her craft and the world of Geisha. During dinner, the Maiko will perform traditional dances and even invite guests to play Japanese drinking games.

After this unforgettable experience, it is time to return to the hotel and wind down from the day’s events.

Overnight in Kyoto

8

Departure from Kyoto

Central Kyoto to Kansai International Airport (KIX): 2 h

The rest of the day is at leisure until the scheduled transfer via shared shuttle to Kansai International Airport.

Important Information

Our Services Include: 

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • English meet and greet at the airport and return transfers to the airport
  • PASMO Card for local transportation in Tokyo with 1,500 JPY worth of credits

(Note: Additional credit will be charged by our guides to cover transportation during guided days. Clients are free to further charge their card should they wish to make use of it during self-guided days).

  • 7-Day Japan Rail Pass in ordinary class, activated on Day 2
  • 2-Day Hakone Free Pass from Day 4
  • English-speaking guides for tours on Days 2, 6, and 7 (supplementary charges apply for other languages)
  • All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary on Days 2, 6, and 7
  • Japanese cultural experience in Kyoto on Day 5
  • Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto on Day 7
  • Information pack

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
  • Some local transport
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance (please see below)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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