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In the shadow of Mt Fuji, Hakone presents you with the opportunity to see the nearby Owakudani geysers and the unusual Hakone Open Air Museum. Try your hand at Sarubobo mascot making at Hida-no-Sato and wander around Takayama. These are just some of a number of unique Japanese experiences you won’t find in any other Scenic itinerary. That includes a visit to the historic village of Shirakawa-go, to name another seminal moment. Enjoy the very best the Land of the Rising Sun has to offer, from its feudal castles to its traditional gardens, from its sumo wrestlers to its tea ceremonies, from sake to sushi, and everything quintessentially Japanese in-between.7

  • DURATION 17 Days
  • TYPE Land
  • DEPARTS Tokyo


Day 1 Tokyo

This evening meet for your welcome reception and dinner at the Conrad Tokyo Hotel, your special stay for the next three nights. (D)

Stay: Conrad Tokyo Hotel

Day 2 Tokyo

Begin with a cruise along the Sumida River to Asakusa and explore Yananka, with its fascinating historic residential buildings. Afterwards, pay your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple.
Freechoice: Head to West Tokyo. Here you have an opportunity to either visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before you stroll along the architectural showcase of Omotesando Walk, and shopping in the Shibuya District, or relax in the picturesque Shinjuku- Gyoen Gardens before shopping in Shinjuku entertainment district. (BLD)

Stay: Conrad Tokyo Hotel

Day 3 Tokyo

Start your day admiring the spectacular views from Tokyo Skytree before visiting the National Sumo Stadium and Museum in the Ryogoku District. Later, walk through the peaceful and privately landscaped Hama-Rikyu Gardens.

Enrich Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive private group demonstration and lesson in playing the Taiko drums.

Freechoice Dining: Choose from Sorasio, a fusion French restaurant, or the Japanese Hibiki Restaurant. (BLD)

Stay: Conrad Tokyo Hotel

Day 4 Tokyo - Hakonee

Enrich Immerse yourself in the bustle of the Tsukiji Fish Market, where you’ll purchase fresh ingredients for your sushi lunch. Later, with the help of a local chef, you’ll get to prepare it yourself, and eat it. Venture into the countryside on your drive to Hakone and study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a stay at the historical Fujiya Hakone. (BLD)

Stay: historical Fujiya Hakone.

Day 5 Hakone - Five Lakes

Admire stunning scenery during your cable car ride up to Owakudani geothermal area, and the walks around the hot springs at the summit. Drive to Lake Ashinoko for a cruise, with Mt Fuji for a backdrop. Later, discover the craftsmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum while learning about their fascinating 300-year-old technique. Then savour the views of Mt Fuji from your hotel, the Fuji Lake Hotel or similar.(BLD)

Stay: Fuji Lake Hotel or similar

Day 6 Five Lakes - Takayama

Cross beautiful countryside on your drive to Takayama, where you’ll learn how they make wasabi at the Daio Wasabi Farm. Later, stop at the Hida Folk Village to partake in Sarubobo mascot making. And tonight, you’ll begin a two night stay at the elegant Taka ama Associa. (BLD)

Stay: elegant Takayama Associa

Day 7 Takayama

Explore the surrounding villages, including the famous traditional farmhouses of Shirakawa-go. Then gain unique insights into the region’s culture and history at the various museums and arts centres located in Takayama’s old quarter.

Freechoice Dining: For dinner, choose between Le Midi, a French inspired bistro famed for its Hida Beef, or Sakanaya, a fine Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery. What a delicious dilemma.(BLD)

Stay: elegant Takayama Associa

Day 8 Takayama - Nagoya

Wander the Miyagawa morning markets before travelling by Shinkansen train to Nagoya, where you’ll get to see industrial robots perform around the Toyota factory and visit the museum, before enjoying an overnight stay at Associa Marriott.(BLD)

Stay: Associa Marriott

Day 9 Nagoya - Kyoto

Today, explore the rebuilt Nagoya Castle before travelling by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed sites. Then, this evening, enjoy an elegant Kyomai traditional dance performance in the historic Gion District, before beginning a luxurious four night stay at Hyatt Regency Hotel. (BLD)

Stay: Hyatt Regency Hotel

Day 10 Kyoto

Today, visit the Golden Pavilion, wander the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple and marvel at the architecture of the Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the Edo-period shogunate. Enrich Dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, you’ll get to learn about the Japanese tea ceremony, and enjoy a bento box lunch.

Freechoice Dining: Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at Fortune Garden.(BLD)

Stay: Hyatt Regency Hotel

Day 11 Kyoto

This morning, stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk, especially beautiful during blossom season, before letting yourself loose in the Nishiki Shijo Shopping District. Enrich Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha.(BD)

Stay: Hyatt Regency Hotel

Day 12 Kyoto - Nara

Enjoy an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. You’ll stop at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, before a sake tasting and visit to the sake museum. (BLD)

Stay: Hyatt Regency Hotel

Day 13 Kyoto - Hiroshima

Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts in your own time, before boarding your Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanesestyle pancake. You’ll enjoy two restful nights at Sheraton Hiroshima. (BLD)

Stay: Sheraton Hiroshima.

Day 14 Hiroshima - Miyajima Island

Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukush ima Shrine. Later experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park. (BL)

Stay: Sheraton Hiroshima

Day 15 Hiroshima - Himeji - Osaka

Today, travel by Shinkansen to Himeji and marvel at Himeji Castle before continuing to Osaka. Tonight you’ll begin a memorable two night stay at the Inter Continental Hotel.

Stay: InterContinental Hotel

Day 16 Osaka

Located outside of Osaka is the timeless village of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi. Wander around this splendid historical time capsule, with houses and buildings that date back to the Edo period. Back in Osaka, visit the traditional home of the Toyotomi Clan, the Osaka Castle, before seeing how beer is make at the Asahi factory. Tonight relive your experiences at your farewell Kaiseki dinner.(BLD)

Stay: InterContinental Hotel

Day 17 Osaka

Bid a fond farewell to the Land of the Rising Sun. (BD)


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