An Exploration of Japan
Tokyo, Kyoto, Miyajima Island & Odawara
Japan is one of the most fascinating destinations in Asia and an exploration of Japan is a perfect itinerary for those wanting to experience the delightful diversity of the country, including stays at some of the best Ryokans and hotels.
At a Glance
Yoshikawa will be a highlight. This traditional Japanese style home will offer a truly local experience
Following an early morning sushi platter at the Fish market enjoy some shopping on Ginza street
Miyagima is one of the crown jewels of Japan
See the Iwatayama Monkeys on the slopes of Arashiyama, outside Kyoto.
Don't miss the spectacular views from the Bar on the 38th Floor at the Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo
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Begin your exploration of fascinating Japan in the exciting capital, Tokyo. Stay at the contemporary Mandarin Oriental where infinity edges and floor to ceiling window offers an exhilarating view over the city. A private guide can be arranged to introduce you to the city with visits to the Imperial Palace Gardens, the exclusive shopping at Ginza and the bright lights of Shinjuko.
Travel by the world famous bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural center, to explore the hundreds of Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples, the Geisha district and Japan's ancient culture. Stay overnight at a luxury Ryokan (Japanese inn) where you will be served an exquisite meal by a kimono clad member of staff. Head to the Hotel Granvia for the remainder of your time here in an excellent location beside the bullet train station.
Head south to Hiroshima to visit the Atomic Bomb Museum and then take a short ferry ride across to the peaceful and picturesque Miyajima Island to stay in a very traditional Ryokan perched on a hillside and surrounded by cherry trees.
Take the bullet train to Hakone National Park, a volcanic valley renowned for its hot springs and stunning views of Mt Fuji. Stay at the stunning Hakone Ginyu by where you will be spoiled by the incredible views across the valley and the luxurious rooms – a choice of either western or Japanese style each with its own private garden and hot spring tub.
Return to Tokyo for a final night and in the early morning before your flight we recommend a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market as the sun rises to watch local fishermen haggle over enormous tuna fish.
This itinerary is the perfect mix of city and rural Japan and allows you to experience the highlights of this fascinating country all within fairly easy traveling distance.
Location & Directions
Tokyo, Kyoto, Miyajima Island & Odawara
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is centrally located in Tokyo's Nihonbashi business district, close to the Imperial Palace and the renowned Ginza entertainment and shopping district. From there, travel by bullet train to Kyoto. Yoshikawa is close to the business district and central shopping district of Shijo-Kawaramachi and within walking distance from the Imperial Palace. Hotel Granvia is located atop JR Kyoto Station which also includes a department store, museum, musical theatre, and a vast underground shopping mall. Then head south to Iwaso on Miyajima Island (also known as Itsukushima). It is 300m (a 3 minute walk) from Iwaso to Itsukushima Shrine. Its then anoher bullet train to Hakone Ginyu, in the heart of the Fuji-Hakone National Park with spectacular views of the Haya-Kawa River as well as the Hakone Mountains. Then return to Tokyo for a night at the Peninsula Tokyo, located at Yurakucho in the prestigious business district of Marunouchi opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park.
When to go
Japan has four seasons, similar to the UK and is best visited in spring from March to May and autumn from September to November. December to January can be cold with snow and the summer is hot and humid. The end of March and early April is a particularly good time to visit as this is the cherry blossom season as is October for the autumn colors.