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Japan: Land Of The Rising Sun
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Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey

Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto

Explore the modern metropolis of Tokyo and then marvel at the view of Mount Fuji from Hakone National Park's wetlands and bubbling hot springs. Heading southwest, discover the vibrant city of Kyoto, a great base from which to explore the imperial capital of Nara, which remains in some ways the spiritual center of the country. Rocket through the country on the Shinkansen (bullet train), experience the city lights, relish traditional Japanese delicacies and immerse yourself in the fusion of ancient and modern Japan.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Tokyo

    Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.

    Elite: Peninsula Tokyo
    Preferred: Hyatt Andaz - 3 Nights
  • Day 2
    Tokyo

    After breakfast this morning, join your guide and set out on an exploration of this cosmopolitan city. Visit Meiji Shrine, Tokyo's most celebrated Shinto shrine, which is dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji and his wife. Explore the ancient Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple and the traditional Nakamise shopping arcade. End your day with green tea and Japanese sweets at Hamarikyu Gardens.

    Elite: Peninsula Tokyo
    Preferred: Hyatt Andaz
    (B)
  • Day 3
    Tokyo

    As the Tsukiji Fish market is closing to make way for new development, visit instead the new Toyosu Fish Market. Later discover the Ginza district, where the latest fashion trends are harmoniously mixed with time-honored traditions.

    Elite: Peninsula Tokyo
    Preferred: Hyatt Andaz
    (B)
  • Day 4
    To Hakone

    Embark on a drive to Hakone National Park, a mountainous area known for its dramatic views of Mount Fuji and volcanic hot springs. Enjoy a cruise along the serene Lake Ashinoko. Formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone 3,000 years ago, today the lake is a slice of tranquility.

    Elite: Gora Kadan Ryokan
    Preferred: Hyatt Regency Hakone - 1 Night
    (B, L)
  • Day 5
    To Kyoto

    Ride the rails as you take the iconic bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and venture through the narrow streets and quiet residential areas of Kyoto, stopping at several of the city's cultural temples and shrines along the way.

    Elite: Ritz Carlton Kyoto
    Preferred: Hyatt Regency Kyoto - 4 Nights
    (B)
  • Day 6
    Kyoto

    Travel through the centuries today as you visit temples from both the Edo and Nara periods. Start this morning at the Zen Buddhist Kinkakuji Temple. Originally a shogun's retirement villa, the shimmering, gilded mansion was turned into a temple after his death in the 15th century. Continue to Nijo Castle, which is famed throughout the country for its Momoyama architecture. This evening, enjoy a truly exclusive experience: a maiko (apprentice geisha) show.

    Elite: Ritz Carlton Kyoto
    Preferred: Hyatt Regency Kyoto
    (B, D)
  • Day 7
    Kyoto

    Pay a morning visit to the hillside Fushimi-Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto that is famous for its thousands of brilliant red torii gates, which lead into the forest of sacred Mount Inari. Then continue out to Nara, home to Japan's original emperors. Visit Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine to immerse yourself in the spiritual heart of the country. End the day with a visit to the Sake Museum to learn more about Japan's national drink.

    Elite: Ritz Carlton Kyoto
    Preferred: Hyatt Regency Kyoto
    (B)
  • Day 8
    Kyoto

    The day is yours to explore modern Kyoto with your guide. Sample the wares at Nishiki Market, the city's finest purveyor of traditional and exotic food, or the astonishing selection of delicacies at Daimaru Depachika. Search for treasures at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, one of several excellent flea markets, or the best knife shop in the city, Aritsugu. If you enjoy tea, be sure to stop at Ippodo, an atmospheric old tea shop.

    Elite: Ritz Carlton Kyoto
    Preferred: Hyatt Regency Kyoto
    (B)
  • Day 9
    Depart Kyoto

    Bid farewell to the Land of the Rising Sun as you are escorted to Osaka Airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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