Best of Japan

Embark on a dazzling tour of Japan, and experience ancient traditions and space-age technology jostling for room in a country that’s pulsating and serene at the same time.

Enjoy the contrast between cutting-edge street fashion and hi-tech gadgets, and monumental shrines and temples in Tokyo. Try your hand at calligraphy and get decked out in a traditional kimono as you take a peek behind the bamboo screens into the hidden world of the geisha. Wander narrow streets lined with wooden houses to discover the joys of sashimi and the tea ceremony.

Leaving the city behind, experience Japans pristine countryside with its waterfalls, lakes, and bamboo forests. Ride one of the legendarily punctual trains into the Japanese Alps.

Spending time in Kyoto, with its tranquil temples and bustling food markets, and the city of Hiroshima – which has risen again from the ashes of war – will give you a greater understanding of old and new Japan.

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Tour Summary

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Day 1

On arrival after clearing passport control and customs, a Luxury Trips representative will be waiting with a sign board to help you collect your luggage. You will then transfer by private car to the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo where you will stay for five nights.

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Day 2

Today after breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private full day sightseeing tour of Tokyo.

Some of the highlights you will visit are:

• The Imperial Palace Plaza

• Meji Jingu Shrine

• Harajuku Takeshita-dori Street

• Tsukiji outer market

Following your tour you will be brought back to your hotel where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

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Day 3

Today after breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private full day sightseeing tour of Kamakura.

Some of the highlights you will visit are:

• Kotoku-in Temple with the Great Buddha

• Hase Kannon Temple

• Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Following your tour you will be brought back to your hotel where the remainder of the evening will be at your leisure.

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Day 4

Today after breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private full day sightseeing tour of Tokyo.

Some of the highlights you will visit are:

• The Fish Market

• Asakusa Kannon Temple & Nakamise Shopping Arcade

– Edo Tokyo Museum

• Akihabara electric and anime town

This evening enjoy a Calligraphy class and Kimono Dressing. Calligraphy (shodo: “the way of writing”) is the art of writing beautifully. In this activity, you first receive explanation of how Kanji come to Japan. Then you can try writing some characters by themselves with advice/support of the calligraphy instructor.

Next, enjoy an unforgettable time in a beautiful Kimono gown. Choose from a colorful array of gowns and Obi straps, your choice. A professional fitter will dress you to look your best. Take photos inside a Japanese Tatami room with props, or take a stroll around town in your gown.

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Day 5

Today after breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private full day sightseeing tour of Naikko.

Some of the highlights you will visit are:

• Toshogu Shrine

• Lake Chuzenji

• Kegon Waterfall

Following your tour you will be brought back to your hotel where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

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Day 6

Today meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private road transfer to the Tokyo train station for your journey to Takayama. The train will stop in Nagoya where your guide will meet you and join you for the remainder of your trip.

On arrival, you will be met by a car for your half-day sightseeing tour of Takayama.

Some of the places you will see are:

• Takayama Jinya

• Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

• Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum

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Day 7

Today after breakfast, meet your private guide in the lobby of your hotel for your private half day walking tour of Takayama with a visit to the morning market. Following your tour, you will be brought back to your hotel to check out and then taken to the Takayama station for your train to Kyoto.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto where you will stay for five nights.

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Day 8

Today after breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto.

Some of the highlights you will visit are:

• Kinkakuji Temple

• Ryonji Temple

– Nijo Castle

• Heian Jingu Shrine

• Gion

Following your tour you will be brought back to your hotel where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

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Day 9

Today after breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private full day sightseeing tour of Nara.

Some of the highlights you will visit are:

• Todaji Temple

• Nara Park

– Kasuga Taisha Shrine

• Kofukuji Temple

Following your tour you will be brought back to your hotel where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

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Day 10

Today after breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private full day sightseeing tour of Arashiyama.

Some of the highlights you will visit are:

– Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

– Tenryuji Temple

– Daikakuji Temple

– Nonomiya Shrine

Following your tour you will be brought back to your hotel where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

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Day 11

Today after breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto.

Some of the highlights you will visit are:

– Kiyomizu temple

– Tea Ceremony

– Nishiki market

– Teramachi Street

Following your tour you will be brought back to your hotel where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. Dinner recommendations and reservations can be made.

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Day 12

Today meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private road transfer to the Kyoto train station for your journey to Hiroshima.

On arrival, you will be met by a car for your half-day sightseeing tour of Hiroshima.

Some of the places you will see are:

– Peace Memorial Park

– Peace Memorial Museum

– Shukkei-en Garden

Following your tour you will be brought to Sheraton Grand Hotel where you will stay for two nights.

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Day 13

Today after breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private full day sightseeing tour of Miyajima. Your guide will join you on the ferry ride and then take you on a walking tour exploring the sights and seeing the Itsukushima Shrine.

Following your tour you will be brought back to your hotel where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

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Day 14

Today meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private road transfer to the Hiroshima train station for your journey to Tokyo.

Along the way you will stop in Himeji for a private sightseeing tour of Himeji Castle.

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Day 15

At a time determined by your flights, you will be met and transferred to the international airport for your flight home taking the sights sounds and memories of an incredible Japanese adventure with you!

Included

• Private activities/tours
• Luxury Trips’ local reps available 24/7 while traveling
• Services of local guides and hotel staff
• Air/ground transfers by car or rail as specified
• Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST)
• All accommodation as specified
• Excursions/activities/entrance fees as specified
• Luxury Trips Final Documentation

Not Included

• Meals, drinks, laundry, any additional services not specified in the program
• Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
• Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
• Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included
• International airfare