Journey through Japan: From Tokyo to Kyoto Escorted Tour

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  • Abercrombie & Kent

The ideal escape for those keen to embrace both modern and traditional Japan. Journey from futuristic Tokyo to ancient Kyoto, seeing everything from samurai houses to the world-famous bullet train

Explore geisha culture and watch a timeless, entrancing performance.

Discover Tokyo in depth for three nights.

Whistle through Japan on the world-famous bullet train.

See traditional gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawago.

Unravel Hiroshima’s history with an expert.

Highlights

Travelling solo?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay any single supplement. The same journey, the same luxury, guaranteed at the same price.

Design your Day®

An innovative addition to the Immersive Journey itinerary is A&K’s new Design your Day® concept. On these days you have the freedom to pick an experience that is suited to you and your interests. See Days 3 & 11 for more details.

Flights

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers, we don’t include international flights. Our specialists will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

Guaranteed departures

As long as we have at least two people booked on an A&K Escorted Tour, it will take place. So you don’t need to worry about a last-minute phone call saying your holiday has to be cancelled. If you’re committed to going, then so are we.

Destinations
  • Nakamise
  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Japan
  • Asakusa
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial
  • Hiroshima
  • Kanazawa
  • Takayama
  • Asia
Tour Types
  • Foodie
  • Rail
  • Singles
  • Small Group
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Luxury
  • Adventure
  • Scenic

Day 1
Arrive Tokyo
Land in Japan’s capital city where you will be met and driven straight to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day getting acquainted with this metropolis. Pull up a stool at a sushi bar or go for a walk to soak up the medley of neon lights, modern skyscrapers, and buzzing atmosphere.

Day 2
Tokyo
Start the day in the Asakusa district to see the city’s oldest temple, Senso-ji. You can pick up souvenirs at the nearby Nakamise Arcade selling rows of traditional objects and snacks. Continue to Meiji Shrine, one of Japan’s most important Shinto sites. Its serene forest setting is a far cry from Harajuku, your next stop, famed for Japanese youth culture and cutting-edge fashion. For something a bit more refined, head to the shopping mecca of Omotesando, an avenue known as Tokyo’s Champs-Élysées for its architectural design and upmarket shops.

Day 3
Tokyo
Today, Design your DaySM – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:

Option 1: Experience art two ways

Immerse yourself in the hi-tech Mori Art Museum, the world’s first digital museum. For artwork on a large scale, visit the Suntory Museum of Art’s impressive architecture.

Option 2: Dive into Tsukiji Fish Market

Wake up early to see the world’s largest fish market in full swing. Then learn how to make sushi like a pro and tuck into homemade maguro hosomaki (tuna rolls).

Option 3: Swing samurai swords

Don a kimono and begin your samurai training journey. An expert will show you the swings and thrusts used by generations of these famed warriors.

Option 4: Take up Taiko drumming

Try out the Japanese drumming techniques used in ancient religious ceremonies. You’ll learn about the history and join in a traditional jam session.

Day 4
Tokyo – Takayama
Leave Tokyo behind and zip through the country on the revolutionary bullet train. Travelling at over 480kph, you’ll arrive at Nagoya in just over an hour and a half where you’ll switch to a slower paced train. Tuck into a bento box and enjoy panoramic views of mountains, gorges, and rural villages before you glide into the town of Takayama. Your driver will be waiting to take you to your retreat. Take the afternoon to relax or stretch your legs on a hike through the hills.

Day 5
Takayama
During spring, the whole town celebrates the new season by parading precious 17th-century yatai (floats) through the streets. You may not be there for the festival, but you can get close to these ornate floats at the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Chase this with a sake tasting, delving behind the scenes of a few cedar-smelling breweries and observing the different brewing methods. The afternoon is free to explore as you please.

Day 6
Takayama – Kanazawa
Today you’ll be driven a couple of hours to the historic city of Kanazawa. Pause at the traditional village of Shirakawago, UNESCO accredited for its remote beauty and intact culture. Tucked away in the verdant Shogawa River Valley, it is here you can see its famed A-shaped thatched gassho-zukuri houses, said to resemble the hands of Buddhist monks. Continue to Kanazawa and your hotel.  

Day 7
Kanazawa
At first, Kanazawa may appear modern. Nevertheless, the city is renowned for  its distinct pockets of yesteryear Japan. Head to the samurai district where you  can view well-preserved samurai residences. Nomura-ke is one such restored house  where you can investigate its earthen walls, carp-filled ponds, and custom-made outfits from the glory days. Then visit the zen-like Kenroku-en, a prize-winning garden and  horticultural haven. Stroll around the streams, irises, and flowering trees.

Day 8
Kanazawa – Kyoto
You have the morning to explore on your own or do some last minute shopping. In the afternoon your guide will take you to the train station where you’ll catch the bullet train to Kyoto. The journey takes just over an hour and when you arrive, you’ll be driven to your hotel. Worlds away from Tokyo’s futuristic neon lights, the city of Kyoto evokes old-world Japan. Why not start off with an introductory stroll through what was once the country’s Imperial capital? You can take it at your own pace.

Day 9
Kyoto
Get ready to visit Kyoto’s iconic Kinkaku-ji, glittering with gold. It used to belong to the powerful Saionji family in the 14th century and is now a Zen Buddhist temple offering its visitors fantastical reflections in the mirror-like pond. Steer towards the 17th-century Nijo Castle harking back to the feudal era with original moats and stone walls. Its manicured gardens blanketed with cherry trees are reason enough to visit, but make sure to stop at the Ninomaru Palace for its lavish gold-leaf decor and decorated ceilings.

Day 10
Hiroshima
Take the bullet train to Hiroshima, the site where the first atomic bomb was dropped on 6 August 1945. Today you can still see the ruins where this devastating attack took place. While the city itself was rebuilt, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park remains as a legacy of the atttack, detailing its history with pictures and memorabilia. Then take the ferry to Itsukushima, known as Miyajima (‘Shrine Island’), to see the floating red Torii gate. Return to Kyoto on the bullet train.

Day 11
Kyoto
Today, Design your DaySM – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:

Option 1: Don a kimono

For centuries Japanese people have worn silk kimonos, the country’s cultural symbol. Visit a town full of machiya houses where you can learn the history of the kimono and try one on.

Option 2: Browse markets and make sweets

Visit Nishiki market that’s been thriving since the 17th century. Browse endless rows of fresh produce. Then learn how to prepare traditional Japanese sweets.

Option 3: Enjoy a rickshaw ride

Set off on a rickshaw ride around the lofty Sagano Bamboo Forest, particularly idyllic in the light wind. You can buy bamboo baskets or mats made in the local workshops.

This evening, you’ll be treated to a special geisha performance while you dine. You can also try your hand at traditional Japanese party games to celebrate your last night.

Day 13
Depart Kyoto
A chauffeur will drive you to the airport from where you will depart.

  • Design your Day® on Days 3 & 11
  • Resident tour director & English-speaking expert local guides
  • Airport meet & greet & return private transfers
  • Entrance fees, taxes & tips, & excursions as stated
  • Welcome & farewell dinners
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Wifi in accommodation
  • Scenic sundowner 

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
20-Nov-2020 for 9 Nights Visit Website

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Group Size:2 - 18
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Accommodation:5 star luxury
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Meals:11 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners
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