based on 9 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
Gora Kadan Included on a Half Board Basis
Bullet Train Transfers
Please note if travelling during Japan's popular Cherry Blossom season prices can increase considerably.
Take part in unique Japanese cultural experiences including a lovely tea ceremony in Kyoto
Explore the cultural highlights of Kyoto with your private car and guide, bringing the history of this beautiful city to life for you
Experience traditional Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan
Be wowed by Tokyo's skyline, which really stretches as far as the eye can see
Japan kicks off its year with cold winter days and the odd snowfall. Although temperatures occasionally drop below freezing, winter (December to February) is usually reasonable. Spring (March to May) brings pleasant, warm days, and, of course, cherry blossoms – early April is probably the best time to view the blooms. Summer (June to August) is hot and muggy. Late June can see torrential rains. The temperature and humidity are at their worst in August. Apart from spring, autumn (late September to November) is the most pleasant season as temperatures cool down to a cosy level and days are often clear and fine. Autumn also means the return of the dramatic foliage season, when the parks and green areas of the city mellow into varying hues of orange and red.
With its unique history and carefully guarded culture Japan is like no other country making it a fascinating destination to visit. Alongside this the art of hospitality, or Omotenashi, is taken extremely seriously in Japan making sure that you will feel completely pampered throughout your amazing adventure.
Start the journey of discovery in Tokyo. This sprawling metropolis has a life of its own with an energy that is hard to ignore. Spend your days exploring the ancient sites of the city in perfect conjunction with the modern trendy areas such Harajuku, Shibuya and Akihabara. In Tokyo stay at The Mandarin Oriental which offers fantastic service and a brilliant location near to Ginza and all the cultural highlights. We have included a full day with a private guide and driver for you in Tokyo so that you can explore all that the city has to offer in complete comfort.
From Tokyo jump on the super high-speed bullet train to Kyoto, which till take you just under two and a half hours. The journey itself is an experience as you go whistling by the Japanese countryside with unbelievable efficiency. Being the capital of Japan until 1868 there is an enormous wealth of culture at your fingertips including the famous Golden Temple, Ryoanji Temple and Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. We have included a full day of sightseeing with a private driver and guide so that you can take in all the amazing culture here and alongside this we have included a beautiful tea ceremony giving you a really hands on experience of Japanese culture. Over your three nights here you’ll have time to explore on your own and we suggest taking a beautiful stroll through Gion, possibly catching sight of a Geisha heading out on their evening appointments and taking a day trip out to Nara, walking through the ancient capital with free roaming deer in the park.
Then it is back on the bullet train to Hakone National Park, one of Japan’s most treasured leisure destinations. From Kyoto, the bullet train takes just over two hours to Odawara station, where you will be met by your private chauffeur and driven just over 30 minutes to Gora, your home for the next two nights. Here it is all about relaxing and taking life slow which makes it the perfect place to spend some of your final nights in the country. In Hakone you will be truly pampered at Gora Kadan, a traditional ryokan. You will be invited to wear a Yukata, an informal relaxed Kimono, in all areas of the hotel to ensure your relaxed feeling. Breakfast and dinner will be served to you in your room and dinner especially is a unique affair as your Kaiseki meal will be made up of nine separate dishes each with a beautiful and elegant design. Alongside relaxing there is plenty to do and see in Hakone and we have included a private guide and driver to take you through the Hakone circuit visiting Lake Ashi, Open Air Museum and the Owakudani Valley on your full day in the area.
For your final night you will take the bullet train one more time back to Tokyo, this time for just a short 45-minute journey, to have your finale in Japan at the spectacular Aman Tokyo, where service is second to none and you will truly feel pampered for your last night in this amazing country.
Spend a day exploring the treasures of Hakone, including a cruise on Lake Ashi, marvelling at the magnificent views of Mount Fuji and surrounding mountains, before visiting the Hakone Open Air Museum, home to works by Rodin, Miro and Picasso.
Enjoy the height of sophistication in Japanese society, having a sublime Kaiseki dinner made up of many delicious courses, accompanied by entertainment from two Geishas whilst you enjoy your meal.
Suitable for both older families and couples, this guided Samurai Experience offers guests the chance to learn more about this ancient art. Learn the skills required to draw, sheathe and wield a katana, the traditional swords used by samurai.
Enjoy a shopping trip around Kyoto. Wander down the picturesque streets of Gian where you can visit local handicraft and pottery shops.
Japan is world famous for its incredible sushi. Today take the chance to try your hand at making these delicious dishes for yourself.
Enjoy a demonstration by pro master and a lesson in Taiko drumming in Tokyo. Taiko is broadly a range of large percussion instruments in Japan and its origins sit within Japanese folklore and communication method.
Take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony and gain an insight into this ancient art form and key part of Japanese culture.
Visit a Master Swordsmith at their home in Tokyo to see the art of Japanese sword making.
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