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Overview

Be enchanted by a land steeped in tradition and soul-stirring culture on this unforgettable Japan honeymoon. Uncover the secrets of Tokyo’s world-famous cuisine, glimpse behind the scenes of Kyoto’s geisha lifestyles, soak in hot springs at the exclusive Ryokan Asaba resort and enjoy other exclusive tours, specially designed for two.

Trip Highlights

Silver Honeymoon in Japan

Experience Tokyo’s culinary scene

Take a specially-designed guided tour of Tokyo, tasting the capital’s best food and drinks and learning about Japan’s dining culture.

Indulge in Shuzenji

Soak in hot springs and enjoy gourmet cuisine while spending a night at Ryokan Asaba, an exclusive three-hundred-year-old traditional inn.

Connect with Kyoto’s culture

Partake in a tea ceremony, meditate with a local monk and dine with an apprentice geisha in heritage-rich Kyoto.

Itinerary

1

Arrival in Tokyo

Narita International Airport (NRT) to Central Tokyo: 1.5 h Haneda International Airport (HND) to Central Tokyo: 50 min Standard check-in time: Palace Hotel Tokyo: from 15:00

Upon arrival to Tokyo’s airport, a chauffeur will be waiting to provide private transport to the Palace Hotel. The Palace Hotel is a five-star, western-style accommodation in the heart of Tokyo, located right beside the Imperial Palace grounds.

Optional Service:

For those arriving a bit earlier, we give the option of having a spa service for two in one of the top spa and massage facilities in Tokyo.

Optional Service:

In the evening, we can arrange a sumptuous dinner at the exquisite teppanyaki restaurant, GO, at the Palace Hotel, where chefs serve only the freshest, top quality ingredients from seasonal vegetables, abalones and lobsters to the finest wagyu beef. Each grill has its own room, giving diners a sense of exclusivity and privacy.

Overnight in Tokyo at Palace Hotel 5 Stars (Deluxe)

2

Tokyo

Time: Start (guided tour): 09:00 or 09:30 Duration: 8 h

Today enjoy a tour of Tokyo with an experienced local guide and private transportation.

Today’s itinerary includes a visit to one of the world’s largest and busiest fish markets, the Tsukiji Fish Market. Apart from seeing a wide array of fish and seafood, enjoy the opportunity of exploring the outside markets, where dry goods such as local seasonings and ingredients can be found.

Before leaving Tsukiji, head to one of the local restaurants for a chance to sample some fresh sushi or sashimi. Even though the restaurants are not Jiro-branded, the dishes are definitely delicious and will not disappoint.

Before the tour ends, head to the cutlery capital of Tokyo, Kappabashi. Stop by the top-selling shop of Kamata, where it’s possible to purchase a personally engraved knife.

Alternatives:

Here in Tokyo, we have a few particularly exclusive cultural experiences. We can arrange a sushi-making class with a renowned sushi chef, a private sake brewery visit or even a chance to have lunch with a sumo wrestler.

For those wishing to get closer to the “local” part of Tokyo, we also have a 3-hour street food tour in one of the famous izakaya streets in the metropolis. In this tour, sample some of the local dishes that are not usually found in five-star restaurants.

Overnight in Tokyo at Palace Hotel 5 Stars (Deluxe)

3

Tokyo - Shuzenji

Distance and journey time (approximation): Palace Hotel Tokyo to Asaba: 2.5 hTime: Pick-up (guide): 09:00 Duration: 8 h (escort from Tokyo)Standard check-in time: Asaba: from 14:30

This morning after breakfast, transport will be provided to the quiet hot spring resort of Shuzenji on the Izu Peninsula (Shizuoka Prefecture). The scenic drive takes about 2.5 hours, passing along the Sagami Bay south of Tokyo.

In Shuzenji, visit Shuzen-ji Temple and Hie Shrine, walk through the serene bamboo lane, cross the romantic red bridges across Katsuura-gawa or choose to soak in the public, open-air foot bath along the river.

Afterwards, check in to Ryokan Asaba, one of the most luxurious, traditional inns in the country with more than three centuries of superb hospitality. While in Asaba, enjoy an authentic sense of exclusivity, an extravagant yet rewarding escape from the bustle and modernity of Tokyo.

Tonight enjoy a dinner that features a Japanese-style, multi-course meal. There is also the option to dip in the private hot spring bath before or after dinner.

Overnight in Shuzenji at Asaba 5 Stars (Deluxe)

4

Shuzenji - Kyoto

Asaba to JR Mishima Station: 45 min JR Mishima Station to JR Kyoto Station: 2 hTime: Pick-up (chauffer): before 11:00 (ryokan lobby) Pick-up (guide): before 14:00 (at arrival platform, Kyoto Station) Duration: 4 hStandard check-in time: Hyatt Regency Kyoto: from 14:00

After checking out, chauffeured transport will be provided to Mishima Station. Board the bullet train to Kyoto, the reigning cultural capital of Japan, enjoying first-class seating.

At Kyoto Station, our local guide will be waiting to lead the afternoon’s city tour.

After lunch in a local restaurant, head to a temple via private car for a unique cultural experience, which will start with a short tour of the Japanese garden. Witness a tea ceremony and follow up with zazen meditation, led by the head priest of the temple.

The tour will end with a quiet stroll in the busy lanes of Higashiyama district and a sunset viewing from the 13-meter high veranda of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

In Kyoto, spend two nights at the Hyatt Regency. Unlike the towering buildings and skyscrapers in Tokyo, the Hyatt Regency in Kyoto is designed to blend with the overall atmosphere of the city – traditional, serene, and close to nature. Thus, the hotel has been architecturally designed to have a low yet expanding building.

Overnight in Kyoto at Hyatt Regency Kyoto 5 stars (Deluxe)

5

Kyoto

Time: Pick-up (guide): 14:00 (hotel lobby) Dinner: around 18:30 Duration: 8 h

Enjoy the morning at leisure relaxing at the hotel or indulging in a rejuvenating spa treatment to unwind from the busy days of sightseeing.

In the afternoon, meet up with the local guide for an afternoon tour around the area. Begin with a visit to the iconic golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji Temple, followed by the intricately designed Nijo Castle, and top off with a stroll in the Geisha district of Gion.

For dinner, enjoy the unique experience of dining with a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha distinguished for her colorful kimono and hair ornaments. This experience is not just about the food or seeing a Maiko, but also about having the chance to know more about one of the world’s oldest arts and professions.

Overnight in Kyoto at Hyatt Regency Kyoto 5 stars (Deluxe)

6

Kyoto - Tokyo

Distance and journey time (approximation): Hyatt Regency Kyoto to JR Kyoto Station: 10 min JR Kyoto Station to JR Tokyo Station: 2.5 hStandard check-in time: Mandarin Oriental Tokyo: from 15:00

This morning, private chauffeured transport will be provided to Kyoto Station, boarding the second and final bullet train ride in Japan (first class).

Upon arrival to Tokyo, a chauffeur will be waiting to provide transport to the elegant Mandarin Oriental. The Mandarin is situated on a high floor in one of the tallest buildings in Tokyo. The lobby alone gives its guests the sense of being on top of a sea of concrete buildings and busy streets.

Optional Service:

Host to the top 2 tallest skyscrapers in Japan, Tokyo offers one of the most scenic evening helicopter cruises in the country. For a unique final night in Tokyo, we can arrange a private limousine service and a helicopter ride. The included champagne on board the limousine is a perfect touch, especially for honeymooners and celebrants.

Overnight in Tokyo at Mandarin Oriental 6 stars (Super Deluxe) 

7

Departure from Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo to Narita International Airport (NRT): 1 h Mandarin Oriental Tokyo to Haneda International Airport (HND): 0.5 h

Enjoy the morning at leisure before private transport is provided to the airport for the onward flight.

Optional Service:

For clients with a late-night flight from Narita or Haneda, we can arrange for a half-day chauffeur service to assist them in their last-minute shopping, dining or private sightseeing (without the services of a local guide).

Important Information

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Meet and greet at the airport and return transfers to the airport by private car
  • Private transfers to/from train stations/hotels as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bullet train tickets from Mishima Station to Kyoto Station (reserved seats, green car)
  • Bullet train tickets from Kyoto Station to Tokyo Station (reserved seats, green car)
  • English-speaking guides for tours in Tokyo (Day 2), Shuzenji (Day 3), and Kyoto (Day 4 & 5) (for other languages, supplementary charges apply)
  • All entrance fees and private transfers as mentioned in the itinerary on guided days
  • Information Pack

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Some local transport (e.g. some local city buses, taxi transfers, etc.).
  • 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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