This 12-day itinerary combines some
privately guided excursions with self-guided
touring, so you can get the most
from your visit while avoiding the high
costs often incurred with private travel
in Japan. Begin with a guided tour of
Tokyo, then travel by rail south to Kyoto
to visit the temples and gardens of this
renowned city. Visit the nearby historic
city of Nara, and Mount Koya, the centre
of Shingon Buddhism.
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Overnight flight from London to Tokyo, via Hong
Kong, with Cathay Pacific. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Park Hotel Tokyo for
2 nights. Evening tickets provided for the Tokyo
Full day private guided city tour using public
transport, visiting the Asakusa Kannon temple,
Tokyo National Museum’s Japanese gallery, the
Imperial East Garden and the tranquil Meiji
Depart by bullet train to Kyoto. Afternoon to
explore the Kyoto botanical garden at your own
pace. Stay 1 night at the Gion Yoshima ryokan
(or similar), a traditional Japanese inn that
serves a multi-course kaiseki evening meal. (B, D)
Full-day private guided city tour using public
transport. Recommendations include the
Ryoanji temple, with its famous zen rock garden,
and Kinkakuji temple, also known as the Golden
Pavilion. Make your way to the Kyoto Hotel
Okura for a 3-night stay. (B)
At leisure to explore western Kyoto, and visit the Arashiyama district, including Togetsukyo
(‘moon crossing bridge’) and the Sagano
bamboo grove. (B)
Take an express train to the historic city of Nara
with your private guide for a tour of Nara Park,
visiting the Todaiji temple and Kasuga-taisha
Take the train to Mount Koya via Osaka. Stay
2 nights at one of the larger temples, with the
chance to learn more about monastic life and
join the resident monks for morning prayers.
Explore Mount Koya with Ms Noriko Matsuyama,
a licensed English-speaking guide with more
than 20 years’ experience guiding in the area.
Visit the atmospheric Okunoin cemetery and the
Kongabu-ji temple. (B, D)
Take an express train to Kyoto and then
continue to Osaka. Overnight at the Osaka
Marriott Miyako Hotel. (B)
Transfer to Osaka Kansai airport and fly to
London, via Hong Kong. (B)
Early morning arrival in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
is led in certain destinations en route by a local
tour escort, while in others it is self-guided.
Based in 4-star hotel
accommodation in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and
Osaka. Please note that in Japan hotel room
sizes are smaller than in Europe. For more information on staying in ryokans and shukubo
For a price quote based on
alternative accommodation standards or flight
options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call
020 7808 6786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Please note that tailor-made travel in Japan is
unlike travel in any other Far East country due
to the prohibitively high costs of vehicle hire,
drivers and guides. This means that engaging
the services of a private guide and driver on a
tailor-made journey is not always feasible and,
as a result, sightseeing and travel between
cities may involve public transport or shared
services that are not exclusive to Cox & Kings.Furthermore, as English is not always spoken in
areas away from the main tourist destinations,
a degree of independence and self-guiding may
be required.A comprehensive information pack is provided
before departure, with transport instructions and
bilingual timetables, hotel addresses and maps,
and a guide for each destination covering a
wide range of topics from eating out to enjoying
a hot-spring bath.
Fudo-in is a small, quiet shukubo (temple lodging) located on a hillside near the Okunoin cemetery. Fudo-in is the main temple for a branch of the imperial family called the Yamashinas, and Bifukumonin, the Empress of Toba (1101-1145AD), was buried here. Her tomb is in the temple garden, so the imperial family always visit here when they come to Mount Koya. Fudo-in is a working temple and guests can expereince the morning prayer ceremony, which has some English translation. Accommodation is in a detached 'hanare' room, which includes a private hinoki wood bath and lavatory, and its own private terrace. Vegetarian meals are also served in the dining...
The Gion Yoshiima Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn located in the Gion district of Kyoto, which has welcomed guests since 1747. Shinmonzen Street, in front of the ryokan, has many art galleries and antique shops selling Imari pottery and woodblock prints, whilst to the rear is Shinbashi Street, a preservation area with buildings notable for their fine wooden lattice work.Traditional Japanese breakfast and dinner are included, and are taken in your room. Tea ceremonies by candle light are held three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) from mid-March to November, hosted by an expert tea master with English translation.
Features: 20 rooms; Wi-Fi; courtyard garden; onsen bath; massage service; tea ceremonies (inquire locally).
Room amenities: Television; futon bed; tatami mat flooring; shoji paper screens; hair dryer; Yukata (type of...
Hotel Okura Kyoto, the tallest building in Kyoto with a spectacular all-round view, is conveniently located right in the city centre. It was first established in 1888 so is a landmark of the city. It has been totally rebuilt with a hint of the1920s. All guest rooms are Western-style and there is a range of first class facilities including 6 restaurants, 3 lounges and a tea...
The stylish and contemporary Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel is located on the upper floors of Japan's tallest high-rise building. The 360 well-appointed rooms and suites offer unrivalled views of Osaka Bay, the Ikoma mountains or the city itself. Dining options include Restaurant ZK on the top floor of the hotel, and the COOKA...
The Park Hotel, a member of the Design Hotels portfolio, occupies the top floors of the Shiodome Media Tower in Tokyo's Minato ward, close to the Shiodome Subway Station and only a 10-minute walk to the peaceful Hamarikyu Gardens. The hotel has modern, artistic feel, and is centered around a high atrium with Japanese art on display in the lobby lounge and communal areas.
Features: 273 rooms, 2 restaurants, wine bar, café, beauty salon, Wi-Fi,
Room amenities: Minibar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safe, tea and coffee facilities,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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