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Japan Self-Guided Adventure

Private Travel | General interest 10 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £4195 Current prices from: £4195
Combine 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 south by rail to visit Kyoto’s temples and gardens, and the nearby historic city of Nara. Finish with a stay on Mount Koya, the centre of Shingon Buddhism. The adventure ends in the lively city of Osaka, known for its restaurants, street food, and busy shopping and entertainment districts.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Flexible touring to explore at your own pace
  • Learn about monastic life with a stay in temple lodgings
  • Experience traditional Japanese hospitality & dine on a multi-course kaiseki meal at a ryokan
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka*
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Tokyo


Day 2: Tokyo

Arrive and transfer to the Park Hotel Tokyo for 2 nights. Evening tickets provided for the Tokyo Skytree. (N)

Day 3: 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 shrine. (B)

Day 4: Kyoto

Depart by bullet train to Kyoto. Afternoon to explore the Kyoto botanical garden at your own pace. Overnight at the Gion Yoshi-Ima ryokan (or similar), a traditional Japanese inn that serves a multi-course kaiseki evening meal. (B, D)

Day 5: Kyoto

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 Rihga Royal Hotel for a 3-night stay. (B)

Day 6: Kyoto

At leisure to explore western Kyoto. Visit the Arashiyama district, including Togetsukyo (or ‘Moon Crossing Bridge’) and the Sagano bamboo grove. (B)

Day 7: Nara

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 shrine. (B)

Day 8: Mount Koya

Take the train to Mount Koya via Osaka. Stay 2 nights at one of the larger temples. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about monastic life and join the resident monks for morning prayers. (B, D)

Day 9: Mount Koya

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 Kongobuji temple. (B, D)

Day 10: Osaka

Take an express train to Kyoto and then continue to Osaka. Overnight at the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel. (B)

Days 11-12: Fly home

Take an overnight flight home and arrive the next day (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.*


Please note that in Japan room sizes are smaller than in Europe. For more information on staying in ryokans, please click the “Accommodation” tab.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Private travel in Japan

Please note that tailor-made travel in Japan is unlike travel in any other Far East country due to the 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.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Park Hotel Tokyo
    The Park Hotel Tokyo

    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 a modern, artistic ambience, and is centred around a high atrium with Japanese art on display in the lobby lounge and communal areas. The property features a unique 'Artist in Hotel' project, where a small number of the standard category rooms have been transformed by local artists who have decorated the room walls with their original artwork. These rooms are all different and can be booked on request at an extra cost.

  • Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
    Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

    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 Kitchen.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4195 per person

High season from £4995 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Tokyo

    The huge, energetic and fascinating city of Tokyo has been the capital of Japa...

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  • Kyoto

    Kyoto was Japan’s capital from the 7th century until around the 11th and it is known...

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  • Kyoto

    Kyoto was Japan’s capital from the 7th century until around the 11th and it is known...

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  • Mount Koya

    Mount Koya is one of Japan's holiest mountains located in Wakayama Prefecture. The...

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  • Osaka

    Osaka is western Japan's commercial hub. Situated at the mouth of the Yodo...

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