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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*

Hakone National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 541 541 846 1457 1864 2068 2475 2679 2272 1661 1254 846
Min temp (C)(F) -621 -621 -228 439 846 1254 1763 1864 1457 846 236 -327
Sunshine hours 6 6 6 5 6 4 5 6 4 4 5 6
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 612 823 1426 1787 1907 27211 2199 24810 28511 2229 1155 703
Rainy Days 11 12 18 16 15 19 20 16 20 16 12 8
Humidity M M H VH VH VH VH VH VH H M L
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kanazawa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 745 1152 1763 2272 2577 2984 2170 2781 2170 1559 1050
Min temp (C)(F) 32 32 236 745 1254 1763 2272 2373 1966 1355 745 337
Sunshine hours 2 3 4 6 7 5 5 6 5 5 3 2
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 29211 1938 1596 1486 1496 2048 24610 1737 24910 1928 2359 30512
Rainy Days 28 25 25 17 16 17 18 16 20 19 23 27
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH VH M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1254 1152 1152 1254 1559 1864 2272 2679 2475 2170 1864 1559

Kyoto

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 643 1050 1763 2272 2577 2984 3086 2679 2068 1457 846
Min temp (C)(F) -228 -130 134 745 1254 1661 2170 2272 1763 1152 541 32
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 6 5 5 6 4 5 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 783 833 1114 1345 1426 2289 2148 1265 1817 1114 783 653
Rainy Days 23 22 22 17 15 19 19 17 18 16 17 19
Humidity N N N N N L H VH M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mount Koya

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 439 541 846 1457 1864 2170 2577 2679 2373 1763 1254 745
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -327 32 643 1050 1559 1966 2068 1661 1050 541 32
Sunshine hours 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 843 1496 2068 2209 33413 29111 25110 29712 1907 1144 663
Rainy Days 18 18 19 16 16 19 20 18 20 15 13 15
Humidity M M H VH VH E E VH VH H M M
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 11/E 11/E 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Naoshima Island

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 948 948 1355 1966 2373 2781 3188 3290 2882 2272 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 32 134 337 846 1355 1864 2373 2475 2068 1355 745 337
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 6 7 5 6 7 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 402 492 803 954 1134 1687 1677 883 1626 1014 592 381
Rainy Days 15 15 17 14 14 16 16 13 17 12 11 13
Humidity M M H VH VH VH E VH VH H M M
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1966 2272 2577 2781 2679 2373 2170 1864

Okinawa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 2170 2475 2781 2984 3188 3188 3086 2781 2475 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1661 1864 2170 2475 2679 2679 2577 2272 1966 1559
Sunshine hours 3 3 4 5 5 6 8 7 7 6 4 4
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1205 1175 1536 1667 25110 27311 1837 26811 1687 1596 1285 1165
Rainy Days 24 22 22 18 21 20 20 23 20 19 20 21
Humidity H VH VH E E E E E VH VH H M
UV 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2373 2577 2781 2984 2984 2882 2781 2577 2475

Osaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 948 948 1355 2068 2475 2781 3188 3391 2984 2373 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 134 236 439 1050 1559 1966 2373 2577 2170 1457 948 439
Sunshine hours 4 4 5 6 6 5 6 6 5 5 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 522 653 1024 1365 1416 2158 1707 1064 1837 1104 723 422
Rainy Days 17 18 19 16 15 18 18 16 17 14 13 14
Humidity N N N N N L H VH M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1661 1763 1966 2272 2577 2781 2679 2373 2170 1966

Sapporo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -130 -130 337 1152 1763 2170 2577 2679 2272 1661 846 236
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -425 236 745 1254 1763 1864 1355 643 134 -523
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 5 3 2
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1054 914 783 643 602 713 783 1466 1395 1175 1014 1024
Rainy Days 28 25 25 17 18 17 17 18 18 20 24 27
Humidity N N N N N N L L N N N N
UV 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 7/H 8/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Shirahama

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 1355 1864 2272 2577 2882 3086 2781 2272 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 236 337 541 1050 1559 1966 2373 2373 2068 1559 1050 541
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 6 6 5 6 7 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 883 1355 2128 2289 32313 24510 2309 29712 1907 1456 632
Rainy Days 14 15 17 16 16 19 18 17 18 15 13 12
Humidity N N N N N L H H M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 1864 1763 1763 1864 2170 2373 2679 2882 2781 2475 2272 2068

Tokyo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 438 440 745 1355 1763 2169 2576 2679 2272 1762 1152 643
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 70 110 131 141 181 141 151 221 191 100 50
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Yudanaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 134 236 643 1355 1966 2170 2577 2781 2170 1661 1050 439
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -523 134 643 1254 1763 1864 1355 643 32 -523
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 4 4 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 773 733 773 914 1084 1687 1887 1596 1777 1315 773 753
Rainy Days 24 22 22 17 17 20 22 20 21 16 17 21
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH VH M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Tokyo

(N)

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.*

*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

  • Rihga Royal Hotel
    Rihga Royal Hotel

    The Rihga Royal Kyoto is situated near Kyoto station and provides a regular shuttle service to and from the hotel. The hotel has a range of dining options, including the Top of Kyoto restaurant on the 14th floor, serving French cuisine with views over the city. Rooms are well appointed with a stylish, contemporary decor. Features: 489 rooms, 6 restaurants, heated indoor pool (charges apply), souvenir shop, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, fridge, minibar, kettle & Japanese tea, hairdryer, safe.

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  • Park Hotel Tokyo
    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.Features: 273 rooms, 2 restaurants, wine bar, cafe, Thann Sanctuary spa, Wi-Fi, business centre.<br>Room amenities: Minibar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safe, tea and coffee facilities, television.

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  • 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

TEM2021

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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