Japan Ancient & Modern

Japan is an entrancing mix of ancient tradition and the ultra-modern.

Journey Overview

Japan is an entrancing mix of ancient tradition and the ultra-modern. Tea ceremonies, tatami mats, zen gardens and the time-honoured geisha tradition co-exist with high speed bullet trains, minimalistic eateries and glittering skyscrapers. Add in the natural beauty of the Mt. Fuji area, and you have a destination that is simply enthralling. 


  • See Tokyo from a different perspective on a Sumida River cruise
  • Savour an authentic kaiseki multi-course feast
  • Ride the high-speed bullet train to Kyoto
  • Ramble along the fabled Philosophers’ path in Kyoto

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo.

Arrive into the Japanese capital and transfer privately to the hotel.
Hilton Tokyo (Deluxe Room)  

Day 2: Tokyo.

Start your journey with a stroll in the beautiful Edo period garden, Hamarikyu, one of the most visited in the city thanks to its year-round botanical attractions. Pause to admire the surrounds over green tea at the Nakajima-no-Ochaya tea house on an island in the gardens. Next, take a scenic cruise along Sumida River admiring the modern city skyline disembarking at Asakusa, old town Tokyo. Asakusa’s restaurants are the best place to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine, including the ever-popular tempura. Finally, visit Meiji Shrine, a sanctuary for Shinto followers and a popular venue for traditional Japanese weddings. Just outside are the shopping districts of Omotesando and Harajuku which you can explore on your own.
Hilton Tokyo (Deluxe Room)  | Meals: B

Day 3: Tokyo – Nikko National Park – Tokyo.

Today, travel to the mountainous Nikko National Park (approximately 2 hours) where there is a fine collection of World Heritage listed, gilded shrines amidst lush woodland. Look out for the lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and visit scenic Lake Chuzenji in the mountains.
Hilton Tokyo (Deluxe Room)  | Meals: B

Day 4: Tokyo – Kamakura – Hakone.

Leave the bustle of Tokyo behind, travel to Hakone via Kamakura - the 12th century capital, famous for its Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, walking trails and hot springs. Later, visit the Fuji Hakone National Park before retiring to your accommodation.  Hyatt Regency Hakone (Standard Twin Room) | Meals: B D

Day 5: Hakone.

Enjoy marvellous views of Mt. Fuji and a day of outdoor activities: a ropeway ride at Mt. Komagatake; cruising on Lake Achi; visits to the Owakudani crater and volcanic hot water springs and the Hakone Open Air Museum.
Hyatt Regency Hakone (Standard Twin Room)  | Meals: B D

Day 6: Hakone – Kyoto.

Step aboard the bullet train for the high-speed trip to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto (Guest Room) | Meals: B

Day 7: Kyoto.

Today’s half day sightseeing includes the atmospheric Higashiyama district whose lanes lead to the Kiyomizu Temple and are filled with quaint shops. From the temple, enjoy breathtaking views of the city before walking the forested Philosophers’ path between the temples, and taking part in a private tea ceremony.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto (Guest Room) | Meals: B

Day 8: Kyoto.

Visit the ornamental Nijo Castle including the gardens and Golden Pavilion, one of Kyoto’s most famous temples with its gold leaf adornment. The temple was originally the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and upon his death in 1408 it became a Zen temple. Burned numerous times in its history, most recently in 1950, the temple was rebuilt in 1955 and continues to function as a storehouse of sacred relics. Later, you have time to wander leisurely through Ryoan-ji, the famous zen temple, admiring the stunning simplicity of its famous rock garden. After lunch, visit the Sanjusangendo, famous for its 1,000 kanon statues, and the Nishiki market whose shops and restaurants sell seasonal produce and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto (Guest Room) | Meals: B

Day 9: Kyoto.

A full day at leisure to explore at your own pace, relax at the hotel, shop for one-off mementos or discover more of the local food scene.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto (Guest Room) | Meals: B

Day 10: Depart Kyoto.

Transfer to Osaka Airport where your journey ends.
Meals: B

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this Private Journey can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey


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