Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle transfer from airport to hotel

Hotel Asakusa View ★★★★ (2 nights)

Rest of the day at leisure to explore Tokyo

Get a sense of Tokyo during the Edo period in Asakusa, within walking distance to your hotel, and make sure to try Shabu Shabu in one of the restaurants near the temple. Our favorite is Wakashika, one of the most long-standing shabu-shabu restaurants in Tokyo.

Day 2

Private guided tour of Tokyo

Discover Tokyo’s highlights with a guide, exploring attractions and diverse neighborhoods like Harajuku, Omotesando, and Shibuya. Customize your experience by opting for Akihabara’s electronics and manga scene or visit the Imperial Palace or Hamarikyu Garden for scenic views and traditional treats. Adapt the tour to your interests, including a visit to a sake brewery for a firsthand experience of sake-making and tasting different varieties at your own expense.

Day 3

Train from Tokyo to Hakone

Hotel Akone Airu ★★★★ (2 nights)

Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the baths

Day 4

Hakone private guided tour

Discover Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park’s hot springs with your private guide. Enjoy a cable car ride for potential Mt. Fuji views, a boat cruise on Lake Ashi, and a visit to a traditional “Yosegi” craft store. Relish Japanese cuisine, explore Hakone Shinto Shrine, stroll Onshi Hakone Park’s gardens, and walk the historical path of Old Tokaido. Conclude with a visit to one of the oldest tea houses, embracing the park’s cultural and natural treasures.

Day 5

Take a taxi from hotel to airport

Kyoto Century Hotel ★★★★ (4 nights)

Day 6

Kyoto private guided tour

Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s rich history with this guided tour, exploring traditional arts, crafts, and culinary delights passed down for over 1000 years. Visit the scenic Arashiyama district, with highlights like Tenryuji Temple and a picturesque bamboo grove. Witness the golden splendor of Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire the artistic essence of Nijo Castle. Step inside a traditional Machiya, a wooden townhouse, and conclude the tour in Gion, Kyoto’s entertainment district, brimming with high-class restaurants, bars, and traditional craft shops.

Day 7

Nara private guided tour

Embark on a day trip from Kyoto to charming Nara, where a local guide will lead you to key temples like Todai-ji, Kasuga Shrine, and the recently rebuilt Central Golden Hall of Kofuku-ji. Delight in the presence of Nara’s famous deer, comfortable around humans, and feeding them during the tour. Explore the historical significance of Temple Kofuku-ji and its gleaming gilded Buddha, visit Kasuga Shrine with its iconic orange torii gates, and conclude at Todai-ji, housing the world’s largest Bronze Buddha. Take in the rich history of Nara, and feel free to extend your visit to explore more of its attractions.

Day 8

Buddhist Zazen meditation

Zazen seated meditation practitioners seek to calm the body and mind to bring themselves closer to enlightenment. This is the most important aspect of Zen Buddhist practice, learning to sit quietly and detach from thoughts and judgment. Join the monks of Bishamondo Shourinji Temple as they lead you into the first steps of this meditative practice within the quiet tatami halls and garden-facing porches of the temple.

Rest of the day at leisure

Day 9

Rest of the day at leisure to explore on own the interactive Samurai Museum

Experience the ultimate samurai immersion at the Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum, offering a guided tour of the history of samurai and Kyoto. Guests don samurai armor, learn sword techniques from a master, engage in an interactive ninja session, and witness a thrilling samurai show—all included in the ticket. The museum, currently the best-rated in Kyoto, goes beyond traditional exhibits, resembling a samurai village or theme park. For enthusiasts, the museum provides a real sword-cutting experience and a virtual reality game service. Open from 10 am to 8 pm, it’s a captivating journey into feudal Japan.

Day 10

Shuttle transfer from hotel to airport

Fly home