As this exploration of Japan begins, you’ll traverse the lively environs of Tokyo; its myriad temples, shrines and nostalgic quarters and sharply contrasting modern architecture. Hopping on a bullet-train, leaving the Tokyo bustle behind, you will head to rural Yamanaka to stay in a traditional onsen. Onward, you’ll travel to historic Kanazawa on the Noto Peninsula to marvel at a landscape of temples, castles and Japanese gardens. Finally, the journey across picturesque countryside by train to Kyoto gives you a taste of the south. Characteristic temples, the famous rock garden and a bamboo forest will highlight the sights of this holy city.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Shinkansen: A ride on Japan’s high-speed bullet trains is a must when visiting the country - a convenient, comfortable and quick way to connect between cities, and a fine example of the country's renowned technological innovations.
• Nature: Kanazawa's Kenrokuen Garden is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, also known as the Garden of the Six Sublimities (spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and broad views) after the six essential qualities of a perfect garden. Art &
• Architecture: Explore the Miho Museum, a unique art museum located in the mountains outside of Kyoto, designed by I. M. Pei.
Your private transfer will take you to your luxury accommodation. Relax and indulge in fine dining, lounges and spa treatments as you spend your evening at leisure.
Explore the neighborhood of Yanaka today to see the Nezu Shrine - one of Japan’s oldest - featuring tunnel-like torii-gates, and visit the 13th-century Tennoji Temple, characterized by its bronze Buddha statue. After a rest in the Kyu Iwasaki-tei garden, move onto the Aoyama area and the Nezu Museum. History buffs can peruse the pre-modern collection, though some may opt for a shopping spree on the district’s hip boutique store boulevard.
Another full day of touring begins with the Fukagawa Fudo temple in the city’s Fudo ward, where a Buddhist fire ritual is practiced several times daily. The nearby Ameyoko Market is a narrow-laned and lively place perfect for foodies and shoppers. The afternoon sees a guided tour of the Musashino Art University Museum and Library. Music lovers can enjoy a night out at some of Tokyo’s jazz clubs, while others may opt to visit to see traditional wrestlers in action.
Today you're on your own and free to explore Tokyo or just relax and indulge in The Peninsula luxury. Suggested activities include a visit to the Gothic City Hall or taking in the amazing views from the Tokyo Skytree. Foodies will love the culinary choices offered at Yakitori Alley or Monja Street.
Today the journey continues to the famed hot-spring town of Yamanaka Onsen situated in the western coastal prefecture of Ishikawa. Take the bullet train from Tokyo station, a two-and-a-half hour journey, followed by a one-hour private transfer to the luxurious Kayotei Ryokan. Spend a relaxing afternoon in the open-air bath on the private balcony of your Japanese-style Suite or explore the charming surroundings before heading back for dinner.
Spend the day strolling around Yamanaka Onsen, where you can visit various art studios and get an insight into the work of porcelain masters, wooden furniture artist or tatami mat makers. The famed Kutani porcelain originated from this area. Take the chance to discover the Kakusenkei Gorge and meander along the Daijoji River which provides stunning views of natural water pools, waterfalls and remarkable rock formations. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive Japanese dinner in a private dining room at your ryokan.
Drive one hour to Kanazawa City, one of the best-preserved major Edo-period city in Japan. Visit Omicho fish market, peruse the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, and enjoy a gold-foil wrapped ice cream in the geisha ward. In the evening, get settled at your hotel before exploring local dining options or stay in and enjoy dinner in style.
Start your day with a leisurely stroll through the traditional landscapes of Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three great gardens of Japan. After a stop at a teahouse, the next stop is the majestic 17th-century Kanazawa Castle - a one-time renowned university. In the Nagamachi neighborhood you’ll visit Nomurake - an Edo-period restored Samurai residence.
After a transfer to Kanazawa station, you’ll take the two-hour bullet train ride to Kyoto. Once you have checked in at your hotel, you are free to enjoy the afternoon at leisure. The city has a vast array of temples and shrines should you wish to explore them - such as the 6th-century Shimogamo Shrine - or you may choose to simply make use of the luxury facilities on offer at the hotel.
A full day of touring awaits you today, including Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji Temple - the site of Japan's most famous rock garden. Time permitting, you’ll explore Nishiki Market and the Gion neighborhood. If you wish, enjoy a meditation ceremony with a monk before returning to your hotel for an evening of relaxation.
Embark on a half-day trip to the I.M. Pei-designed Miho Museum - located about 90 minutes by car southwest of Kyoto and considered one of Asia’s finest museums. Each exhibit in the Miho Museum was carefully selected as much for its artistic beauty as its historical significance and great care is taken in how each item is displayed. Spend the afternoon as you like - we recommend a visit to one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites the city has to offer.
Today you will travel a short distance northeast of downtown Kyoto where you will encounter Mt. Hiei, one of the three holy mountains in Japan. There are many routes to the top, each taking around four hours. Once there, take in the stunning view overlooking Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in Japan, before making your way down again - you can either take the country’s longest cable car, or hike an alternative route. Enjoy your last night at leisure in the Ritz Carlton’s luxurious surroundings.
Today your Japanese adventure comes to an end and you will leave for next destination or your start your journey home.
Located 38 floors above street level, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is a world away from the hustle and bustle below. The rooms and suites here are some of the largest in Japan and each offers soaring views across the city through floor-to-ceiling windows, amplifying a sense of serenity and detachment. The bathrooms are divided from the rooms by a pane of glass covered by a wooden blind; with the flick of a switch, privacy is achieved or the room is washed in daylight. All accommodations have an in-room entertainment system with iPod docking station, high definition LCD televisions in the bedroom and bathroom, wired and wireless high speed Internet access (for a fee) and your choice of preferred pillow type from the property’s extensive pillow menu. The restaurants in the hotel are some of the most highly regarded in the world; Signature (contemporary French), Sense (Chinese) and the Tapas Molecular Bar have each been awarded Michelin stars. Other restaurant options include Ventaglio (Italian), Oriental Lounge (continental bakery), Gourmet Shop, K’shiki (breakfast is served here and Japanese and continental food is served throughout the day) and the Mandarin Bar. The excellent spa has four treatment rooms and five private spa suites, and encompasses a 1,500-square-foot fitness center with the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment.
Mere steps from the Imperial Palace sits Tokyo’s newest luxury hotel, The Peninsula Tokyo. Located in Marunouchi district just a short walk from the shopping paradise of Ginza, the hotel is perfectly located for business or pleasure. With a total of 314 elegantly decorated rooms and 47 suites, the Peninsula Tokyo’s accommodations are among the most spacious in all of Tokyo, and offer plenty of amenities including espresso machines, complimentary Internet access, multifunction fax machines, nail polish drying machines, and shoe shining service. The hotel’s culinary options include Cantonese cuisine at the Hei Fung Terrace, regional Japanese fare at Kyoto Tsuruya, and International food and beverages at Cirque Culinaire and Peter. For relaxation, enjoy the hotel’s state of the art health club with pool complex, undergo a “spa journey” at the Peninsula Spa by ESPA, or try a leisurely jog around the Imperial Palace. Other amenities include a business center and a boutique store that offers food, gifts and souvenir items.
Since its opening at the end of 2014, Aman Tokyo has been one of the most talked-about luxury hotels in the city. The most striking thing about it is its location; spread across the top six floors of a 40-storey tower in the Otemachi business district, the panoramic views are simply incredible. What’s more, all of the 84 rooms and suites take full advantage of the lofty position with floor-to-ceiling windows letting light in during the daytime, while also framing the breathtaking lit-up cityscape at night. Aman Tokyo has also received praise for its impressive interiors, which have been inspired by minimalistic design, including the use of camphor wood, washi paper and stone surfaces throughout the rooms as well as traditional Japanese facilities such as large ‘furo’ baths. Situated on the 33rd floor, both guests and non-guests can enjoy the fine Mediterranean food at the hotel’s signature restaurant, not forgetting more of those incredible views across Tokyo stretching as far as the Imperial Palace Gardens and Mount Fuji in the distance. Elsewhere, there is a spa, enclosed garden area, swimming pool, wine cellar, cigar lounge and a whole host of other facilities to keep guests entertained.
Located outside of Kanazawa, Kayotei is a traditional Japanese ryokan set within the forested hills of Yamanaka Onsen. The Kayotei boasts 10 Sukiya suites arranged in the traditional style of a tea ceremony pavilion mixing antique tansu chests of drawers, low-polished oak tables, hand-painted screens, traditional ceramic pieces and modern sculptural designs. The ryokan includes two indoor communal baths sourced from natural hot springs. The baths are glassed in on three sides, providing guests with onsen views of natural forest scenery. Kayotei’s chefs prepare Japanese Kaiseki cuisine served in tatami rooms.
Located in the heart of Kanazawa, the Nikko Kanazawa Hotel is a bastion of modern luxury in one of the best-preserved ancient towns in Japan. With 254 Guest rooms and a few exclusive suites, the Nikko Kanazawa is designed with an eye towards artistry, incorporating minimalist interior design with artistic accents from young, local artists. Wining and dining options include: Le Grand Chariot, a jazz lounge and bar; Vol de Nuit bar; Icho for Japanese Teppanyaki; Toh Lee, authentic Chinese and dim sum; Benkei, an upscale sushi lounge; The Fountain café; and The Garden House, featuring an international buffet. Hotel amenities include Internet connectivity in all rooms, a pool and a fitness center with Jacuzzi and sauna, a spa with aromatherapy and traditional Japanese treatments, boutique stores, a salon, and a florist. The Nikko Kanazawa Hotel is approximately 45 minutes by car from Komatsu airport (KMQ), with service from Tokyo Haneda (HND).
Just steps away from the popular streets of Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho, the Ritz-Carlton hotel is the perfect gateway for seeing Kyoto’s famous sights. Respecting the ancient traditions and culture of Kyoto, the extravagant space is inspired by the natural surroundings and traditional architecture. Famous for Zen Temples, palaces and gardens, Kyoto's atmosphere is incorporated in the Ritz-Carlton’s design. Built in the style of a traditional Meiji House and courtyard, a stay here is truly a cultural experience. A four-story waterfall is featured in the hotel entrance amidst patterned motifs. Luxury Ritz-Carlton touches include high-thread count linens, plush Japanese “IMABARI” robes and towels, Kyoto soap and seasonal bath salts, LED TVs and touch-panel environmental controls for automatic drape closure. Accommodation amenities include a concierge service, swimming pool, banquet room, babysitting service, sophisticated dining and drinking options, as well as an indulgent spa for any pampering needs.
Inspired by the tranquility and contemplative calm of the region’s many temples and Zen gardens, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto features 110 standard rooms, 12 suites, 57 condos and a Presidential Suite, which at over 2,600 square feet, is the largest hotel suite in Kyoto. The restrained chic of designer Agnes Ng’s modern ideas, allied with traditional design elements such as bamboo groves and shoji paper-walls, create an extraordinary set of contemporary, yet classic, accommodations – with a peaceful vibe, enhanced and completed by the gentle crash of water from the Waterfall Garden. The hotel features two restaurants, bar, lounge and even a tea house where guests can find a range of tantalizing treats and refreshments to expedite their relaxation – set off to perfection by a team of expertly trained, confident and multilingual service staff.
The highly anticipated Aman Kyoto brings an even higher level of luxury to the historic and cultural ancient capital. A blend of authentic, traditional ryokan hospitality and contemporary spaces, the Aman Kyoto offers travelers a respite in the heart of one of Japan's most visited cities. The secluded 80-acre property is situated in a hidden garden close to the Golden Pavilion at the foot of the Mountain of Hidari Daimonji, within easy reach of Kyoto's impressive collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Scattered among the grounds is a series of standalone pavilions. The four guest pavilions house 24 guest rooms (choose between garden or stream views) and a pair of two-bedroom villas overlooking the forest canopy. Each room captures a contemporary, minimalistic style with nod to the quintessential ryokan feel; walls of windows bringing the outside in to spacious, light-filled interiors. Facilities include separate Arrival, Living and Spa pavilions. The signature restaurant, Taka-An, showcases Japanese haute cuisine in the form of the kaiseki banquet - a multi-course dining experience made using the season’s finest local produce. The Living Pavilion offers an inviting spaces with a central fireplace for guests to enjoy home-cooked Kyoto obanzai-style cuisine and afternoon tea. The Spa Pavilion’s onsen bathing facilities use water from a local spring and the range of treatments highlight local, natural ingredients such as green tea, black beans, sake and cold-pressed camellia oil.
Take in the best of Japan’s must-see sights on this 14-day journey. You’ll take in the world-famous Tsukiji & Toyosu Markets, board a bullet-train for Kyoto, and spend time at the cultural capital’s ancient temples, shrines, and palaces, spending your nights in some of Japan’s best hotels.
Remote Lands is offering packages to the Summer Games 2020 in Tokyo for the opening of the Games, a journey that will take travelers from the capital to the history and culture of Kyoto, from July 23 to August 1, limited to eight couples.
Join hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world in celebrating the commencement of the Summer Games on July 23. Tour some of Tokyo’s highlights on your first day, then spend four days attending your choice of events.
Visit Tokyo during the second week of its Summer Games, and spend your week touring the city and watching world-class athletic competitions. Tour the city’s highlights on your first full day and get to know Tokyo, then spend four days watching your choice of events.
Travel to Tokyo, one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities, and attend the last week of the 2020 Summer Games from August 4 to the event finale on August 10. Spend four days watching your choice of events, then spend your last day touring the city before attending the closing of the Summer Games.
Tohoku is home to both a unique culture and fantastic natural surroundings; this 12-day trip shows off the best of these two facets of modern day Tohoku. Ideally done in the first week of August, you’ll enjoy some of the best seasonal festivals the region has to offer while also giving you the opportunity to hike beautiful mountains.
Discover Japan’s exciting history on this exciting 11-day luxury journey through Japan’s most fascinating age-old cities. Explore the colossal Todaiji Temple, visit ancient shrines, take an emotional tour of Hiroshima, and embrace Japan’s old world charm, while staying at some of Japan’s most luxurious hotels.
Experience a side of Japan that very few visitors get to see on this exciting two-week adventure through Kyushu and Shikoku. Enjoy breathtaking hikes in some truly beautiful places, marvel at spectacular scenery and soak up the local culture in these two unique, remote areas of Japan.
Step off the tourist trail for this exciting 11-day luxury journey through Japan’s less-visited areas. Take to Japan’s southwest shores as you journey from Kyoto to Osaka, stopping at UNESCO-listed sites, old castle towns, Shrine Island, and Asia’s largest limestone cave, while staying in luxury hotels like the Hyatt.
In the fall, temperatures in Tohoku are mild, and the trees adopt a breathtaking pallet of red, orange, and yellow. This 14-day long itinerary takes tourists on a leisurely tour of the Tohoku Region’s top outdoor destinations while also giving plenty of opportunities to enjoy the hot springs and taste the local cuisine.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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