Land Of The Rising Sun: Week One (classic Japan)

Tokyo, Kyoto, Arashiyama, Arima
7 Nights, Starting at $5,799 /person
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Beautiful light and colours of Japanese lanterns and cherry blossoms in Cherry-Blossom Viewing (O-Hanami) Festival at Ueno park, Tokyo, Japan.

We have curated a flexible and mystical journey in Japan under the red colors of Japanese autumn. Join us one of our two departures, or discover more by staying with us both weeks. Our first week, we will explore the classic wonders of Japan, traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto. Appreciate the contrast between modern, even futuristic architecture and centuries-old temples in Tokyo.

Discover the storehouse of Japanese traditional culture in Kyoto, complete with a geisha experience and a night in a Ryokan. On our second week, we go off the beaten path to uncover the country's hidden gems, from Kyoto's region to the Japanese Alps of Kanazawa where glamping in front of Mount Fuji will be experienced.
Enjoy the beautiful countrysides of Kyoto and Takayama. Experience a night in a temple, sharing the Monk's traditional way of life, meditation and peaceful environment.

Discover and appreciate a rich palette of local Japanese cuisine, from Kaiseki to street food, from Michelin-starred restaurants to simple yet memorable monk vegetarian meals. Interested in doing both weeks? Take advantage of our 2-week offer and uncover all the secrets in the land of the rising sun.  

Nights

3 nights in Tokyo

3 nights in Kyoto

1 night in Arima


Meals

7 breakfasts

4 lunches

3 dinners


Activities

Tokyo private guided tour

Shrine & Ropeway Mount Fuji day

Temples in Tokyo

Kyoto private guided tour

Kabuki Theatre tour

Bike rental in Arashiyama

Bamboo grove, Monkey park and temples in Arashiyama

And More

Services of two professional journey directors throughout your stay

Services of an English speaking Japanese host throughout

Luxury transportation throughout

Bullet trains tickets

Concierge assistance throughout

All taxes

Highlights

Autumn leaf colors

Experience the magic of fall in Japan and its brilliant foliage. The whole country is colored in various shades of red, orange and yellow. This journey includes the opportunity to walk through gardens, mountains and the countryside and fall in love with the natural explosion of colors Autumn in Japan is.

A food odyssey

From Michelin-starred restaurant reinventing Japanese cuisine to the traditional vegetarian Buddhist Monks meals, from Kaiseki dinner (the Japanese Haute Cuisine) to the memorable street food, you will get a full taste of Japan, including a sushi cooking class.

Immerse in the Zen

Explore Zen Buddhism, through diverse temple visits, even sharing the Monks' lifestyle and rituals for a day. Experiment the impact Zen has on the whole Japanese culture, to include hot spring baths, meditation, peaceful gardens and endless nature.

All in one

In one punch, you get to discover exciting cities and slow-paced villages, food for your body and soul, a mix of modern and traditional world, privately guided tours and time to explore on your own, always leaving room for flexibility and last minute enhancements.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
Tokyo

Tokyo

Day 1

Today, we welcome you in Tokyo. You are transferred by private car and greeted at the property by your hosts. After some time to freshen up at your hotel, we are expected for our welcome dinner at Gonpachi restaurant, famous for being the setting of the famous fight scene in Kill Bill.

Tokyo

Tokyo

Day 2

Today, we explore the city with our private guide, and start in the busiest urban hubs of the incredible modern metropolis of Tokyo: Shinjuku and its skyscrapers, setting of the well known "Lost in Translation" movie, Harajuku and its Kawaii crowd-wearing "Lolita fashion" attire, Shibuya and its famous hectic street crossing. Tonight, enjoy an evening on your own discovering the exciting food scene of Tokyo, with our recommendations.

Mount Fuji: Hakone

Mount Fuji: Hakone

Day 3

Today, we have set up a day-trip to Hakone, a mountainous town famous for its hot springs and views of the iconic volcano Mount Fuji. On return, enjoy your last night in Tokyo, armed with the best recommendations and suggestions from your hosts.

Kyoto, here we come!

Kyoto, here we come!

Day 4

This morning, we ease into our transition from modern cities to traditional ones by visiting Asakusa district, retaining the vibe of an older Tokyo. We will stop at Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century, before making our way towards the train station where we board the iconic Japanese bullet train. On arrival in Kyoto, we provide recommendations so you may explore on your own for a memorable first-time impression of this magical city.

Kyoto

Kyoto

Day 5

Today our private guide takes us to through some of Kyoto's most famous sights and off the beaten path spots. We then discover the fascinating world of the Kabuki Theatre before heading towards Kamo river for a night at leisure. There, uncover a great selection of traditional restaurants, whisky bars and jazz clubs.

Day trip to Arashiyama

Day trip to Arashiyama

Day 6

We depart for Arashiyama, starting the day with a romantic old train ride through the scenic Hozugawa Valley, enjoying the red colors of Japanese maple leaves in fall. Arriving at Arashiyama, we trade our train seat for a bicycle one and discover the various temples and shrines, impressive bamboo grove, Monkey's Park and the pristine Japanese gardens. Back in Kyoto, we get ready to enjoy the mysterious world of Geishas during an exceptional dinner.

Arima

Arima

Day 7

The last day of our first week will be spent relaxing in a traditional Ryokan (Japanese Inn with bathing facilities and traditional food) in Arima Onsen (hot springs area) located one-hour drive from Kyoto. The ideal day for rejuvenation diving into the finest Japanese traditions. We spend the night in Arima.

Kyoto - start of week 2

Kyoto - start of week 2

Day 8

We say farewell to guests heading home, who receive a private airport transfer. Guests staying get a day at leisure (recommendations will be provided) while we welcome guests arriving for week 2. Tonight, we hold a welcome dinner at one of our favorite Kyoto eateries.

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LAND OF THE RISING SUN

Accommodations

Ekoin Temple

Ekoin Temple

Koyasan, Japan

Dosho, KoboDaishi's own disciple, built Ekoin almost 1200 years ago. "Eko" originally means "Transference of Merit.

Staying at Ekoin temple for a night gives you the opportunity to share Buddhist Monks lifestyle and enjoy the relaxing environment of the temple, its garden and its hot spring bath, in a minimalist yet comfortable setting.

You are invited to try Syojin Ryori, the traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, in your room, facing the garden. You may also participate in a meditation class in the afternoon, learn Buddha Sutra writing, join the morning ceremony honoring the ancestors or the Homa Fire Ritual.

This is the perfect stay...

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Hoshinoya Fuji

Hoshinoya Fuji

Mount Fuji, Japan

Hoshinoya Fuji is a glamping resort located on a red pine slope overlooking beautiful Lake Kawaguchi, a stone's throw away from Mt Fuji.

The minimalistic design of the cabins accentuate the majestic views on the lake and the iconic volcano.

Outside, a series of wooden platforms appear to float among the natural landscape like clouds. Guests are encouraged to spend time among the immense, pristine trees, relishing a Japanese whisky, chatting around a campfire or relishing a delicious meal prepared with local ingredients found in the wild.

The Tokyo Station Hotel

The Tokyo Station Hotel

Tokyo, Japan

Vintage elegance in the hip heart of Tokyo - An air of golden-age glamour hangs over The Tokyo Station Hotel. This domed, red-hued building has been part of the city skyline for over 100 years. Today, the hotel blends Omotenashi – the time-honored spirit of Japanese hospitality – with 21st century luxury. And with no less than ten eateries on-site, it promises an indulgent escape.

Step inside and you’ll find vaulted ceilings, polished floors and preserved period features. In the airy atrium you can have breakfast beneath the skylight, or unwind in the contemporary spa. Then head to one of the bars...

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Villa Sanjo Muromachi

Villa Sanjo Muromachi

Kyoto, Japan

Although being right in the center of Kyoto with convenient access to town, Villa Sanjo Muromachi Kyoto is situated in an area where the sounds of life - unchanged since olden times - can be heard. This compact luxury hotel features only 12 rooms. The ideal place to feel home and go along with the leisurely pace of the ancient capital. Tradition and innovation are vividly present in the villa. The attention to details and the hospitality of the staff create the perfect environment to relax after long days of visits.

The luxury they boast is not limited to being sumptuous....

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Taketoritei Maruyama

Taketoritei Maruyama

Arima Onsen, Japan

Taketoritei is regularly cited as one of the best Ryokans in Japan. A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese Inn that features tatami matted rooms and are located mainly in hot springs areas of the country. Taketoritei is located in Arima Onsen, the oldest Onsen (hot springs) town in Japan, founded 1300 years ago and a timeless relaxing place for emperors, nobles and samurais.

The modern Japanese resort host two kinds of hot springs: the Silver one (Radium hot spring) and the Golden one (high temperature, containing high level of iron and salt). Soaking in these baths before savoring Kaiseki (Japanese Haute...

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Nights

3 nights in Tokyo

3 nights in Kyoto

1 night in Arima


Meals

7 breakfasts

4 lunches

3 dinners


Activities

Tokyo private guided tour

Shrine & Ropeway Mount Fuji day

Temples in Tokyo

Kyoto private guided tour

Kabuki Theatre tour

Bike rental in Arashiyama

Bamboo grove, Monkey park and temples in Arashiyama

And More

Services of two professional journey directors throughout your stay

Services of an English speaking Japanese host throughout

Luxury transportation throughout

Bullet trains tickets

Concierge assistance throughout

All taxes

Good to know

All listed activities are optional in attendance

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

International flight may be arranged through us.

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ)

Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement.

Space is limited to 8 with a maximum capacity of 10 guests

How about extending?

We would be happy to assist you in making this journey a small part of a bigger picture. Extend in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka or even Seoul (South Korea), before or after our curated journey.
Allow us to assist and provide professional and knowledgeable guidance.

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Smallprint

Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges. In such rare instances, Art In Voyage guarantees delivery of the content of the itinerary yet, in a different order.

All listed retreats (hotels, villas, and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. In such rare instances, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

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