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based on 12 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
Beniya Mukayu Included on a Half Board Basis
Bullet Train Transfers
Please note if travelling during Japan's popular Cherry Blossom season prices can increase considerably.
Awaken your mind to all that Japan has to offer on this 13-day trip
Enjoy an incredible private dining experience with Geisha in Kyoto
The Japanese bullet train makes travelling around Japan a simple and pleasant experience
Enjoy a stay at not one but two Aman hotels
From sake to samurai, this itinerary is perfect for those inquisitive travellers
No trip to Japan is complete without a stay in a traditional ryokan
Japan has four seasons and is best visited in spring from March to May and autumn from late 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 colours.
There's no place quite like Japan with its skyscrapers, samurai and sake to be savoured. Delve into Japanese culture on this breath-taking journey from Tokyo, to samurai city Kanazawa, onto Kyoto, ending with an Aman fix at both Amanemu and Aman Tokyo. With exceptional private guiding and stays at some of the most spectacular hotels and ryokans in Japan, this is the ultimate way to experience Japan in true luxury.
Your 13-day itinerary will begin in Japan's capital city of Tokyo and where better to start your trip? This dazzling city is full of life and unlike anything you will have ever experienced. From the rooftop bars above peer over the cutting-edge architecture and glittering skyline. Head down to street level and you'll see that life never seems to stop moving in this energetic metropolis. But that's not all Tokyo has to offer, it has charm too. You will have two nights at Palace Hotel which has a brilliant central location in the heart of all the cultural attractions that are sure to be on your list. On your full day in the city we have included a private car and guide to take you around this sprawling metropolis, explaining the key highlights and opening hidden doors to the most interesting parts of the city. We work with some of the best guides in Japan, who are completely flexible and totally focussed on tailoring the experience directly to you and your interests.
On departure from Tokyo you will take the super-efficient bullet train across to Kanazawa on the west coast of Japan, taking just under three hours. Here you will stay at the stunning Beniya Mukayu, which provides a fantastic blend of tradition and modernity. Outside of the ryokan, you will encounter the peaceful town of Yamashiro Onsen, unspoilt by tourism. Take a stroll through the narrow streets of this quaint and sleepy village or walk to the local shrines at the top of the hill. Beniya Mukayu is a great base for guests wanting to explore Kanazawa too. On your full day here, with your private guide, you’ll be able to visit Nomura-Ke, the only samurai house open to the public and spend time visiting some of the local art museums and soaking up the tranquil atmosphere in the beautiful Kenroku-en gardens. A highlight not to be missed is a visit to the local sake brewery which will teach you about the origins of Japanese whiskey.
The next leg of your journey will lead you to Japan's most refined city, Kyoto. Kyoto instantly evokes the image of tranquil temples set within beautifully kept gardens. In fact, there are over a staggering 2,000 Buddhist temples and shrines in the city, each taking on different forms with the changing of the seasons. Staying at the Ritz Carlton, the city's most luxurious hotel, you are located right in the hub of Kyoto. Over three days visit some of the area's most sacred temples, explore the famous shopping district and uncover the fascinating world of the Geishas. We have included one day of private guiding for you here so that you can get a better understanding of the incredible history of this city and region. Also, on one of your evenings we have included the opportunity for a private dinner and encounter with a Geisha where you can experience the long-standing tradition of the geiko who dedicate their lives to preserving the ancient traditions of Japan.
From Kyoto you will be taken to the Mie Prefecture and to Amanemu, overlooking the Bay of Pearls on the tip of the Osaki Peninsula. From Kyoto you’ll take the bullet train to Nagoya, where we have included an assistant to help with your connection and transfer of trains to your onward journey to Kashikojima Station. From here you will be transferred to Amanemu which will be your home for the next three nights. Its concept is based on Aman's philosophy of welcoming you home, instilling peace and tranquillity to any stay. The design of Amanemu was based on a traditional ryokan and its style is in keeping with its beautiful natural surroundings. Unwind here for three nights, visiting the sacred Ise Shrines, walking part of the Kumodo Trail or even learning about Ama diving.
For your final couple of nights in Japan you will head back to Tokyo, by bullet train with a transfer of trains in Nagoya, where again we have included an assistant for you. In Tokyo you’ll stay at the sister property of Amanemu, Aman Tokyo which is simply outstanding. As the icing on the cake, and for your grand finale in Japan, we have included a helicopter flight around Tokyo at sunset, the perfect goodbye to this incredible country.
On this Aman Tokyo experience you will learn about the finest seafood with sushi chef Mr Oba before dining on his authentic food at his restaurant Sushi Kokoro.
Visit an Ama diving hut where you can discover the beauty of Ama diving. This traditional free-diving has been performed by local women for thousands of years who dive for shellfish and pearls. Meet these incredible women and enjoy freshly caught seafood.
With Amanemu visit Jingu Shrine (otherwise known as Ise Grand Shrine), one of Japan's most revered shrines and something completely unique to the area. With your guide, you'll explore the many inner and outer shrines, along with taking part in prayer.
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.
This half day guided experience is a fantastic introduction to Kanazawa, visiting Omicho Fish Market, Kanazawa's Samurai district and Kenrokyen Gardens.
Enjoy a shopping trip around Kyoto. Wander down the picturesque streets of Gian where you can visit local handicraft and pottery shops.
Take a tour of one of Kanazawa's key industries, Sake brewing. Have the chance to watch the process from start to finish which uses the same unchanged techniques that have been utilised for centuries.
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