Land Of The Rising Sun
All The Flavors of Japan

Tokyo, Kyoto, Arashiyama, Arima, Nara, Takayama, Mount Fuji
October 01 - 15, 2022
14 Nights, Starting at $11,499 /person

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5 Home bases
11 Destinations
Activity level
Moderate
Service level
Premium
Group size
Max
6

Join us on this intimate experience, limited to 6 guests. Our host, a resident of Japan, welcomes you on this two-week discovery of the land of the rising sun. In our first week, we 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.
In our second week, we go off the beaten track, where we uncover the country's hidden gems. From the surreal Kyoto region to the Japanese Alps of Kanazawa, where we experience glamping at the foot of Mount Fuji, we ensure an impeccable experience is had by all. Enjoy the beautiful countryside of Takayama. Experience a night in a temple, partaking in the Monk's traditional way of life, meditating in their peaceful environment. Discover and appreciate a rich palette of local Japanese cuisine, from Kaiseki to street food and Michelin-starred restaurants to simple, yet memorable, monk vegetarian dishes.

Your Host

Marie Yagami
Marie Yagami

Nights

3 nights in Tokyo (3+1)

3 nights in Kyoto

1 night in Arima

2 nights in Kyoto

1 night of temple lodging in Mount Koya

1 night in Kanazawa

1 night in Takayama

1 night in Hoshinoya Fuji

Meals

14 breakfasts

6 lunches

8 dinners

Activities

2 Tokyo private guided tours

Shrine / ropeway Mount Fuji day

Temples in Tokyo

Kyoto guided tour

Kabuki Theatre tour

Bike rental in Arashiyama

Bamboo grove, Monkey park and temples in Arashiyama

Temples in Koya San

Meditation, hot springs and rituals while lodging in the temple in Mount Koya

temple and deer park in Nara

Kanazawa castle park

Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa

Cooking class in Kanazawa

Hoshinoya Fuji activity (canoeing or horseback riding)

Geisha evening in Kyoto

Onsen (hot spring baths) in Arima

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 Colors

Experience the magic of fall in Japan and its incandescent foliage. Envisage a land peppered with various shades of red, orange and yellow. This journey includes plenty of opportunities to walk through gardens and amid mountains, where you will fall in love with the natural explosion of Autumn colors in Japan.

A food odyssey

Enjoy Michelin-starred restaurants that reinvent Japanese cuisine and sample traditional vegetarian Buddhist meals. Delight in Kaiseki dinners (Japanese Haute Cuisine) and revel in memorable street foods. Learn the art of making sushi in a special lesson and rest assured that you will sample it all.

Immerse in the Zen

Explore Zen Buddhism through diverse temple visits, where you will partake in the Monks' rituals for a day. Experiment with the impact Zen has on Japanese culture as a whole, including hot spring baths, meditation, peaceful garden strolls and endlessly surreal nature.

All in one

Discover exciting cities and slow-paced villages, food for both your body and soul, a mix of modern and traditional worlds, privately guided tours and time to explore on your own. With plenty of room for flexibility and last minute enhancements, you will certainly attain contentment.

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 to Tokyo, where you will be transferred by a private car and greeted at the property by your hosts. After time to freshen up at your hotel, we hold a welcome dinner, at Gonpachi restaurant. Famous for being the setting of the famous fight scene in Kill Bill, you will be riveted.

Tokyo

Tokyo

Day 2

Today, we explore the city with our private guide, starting in one of busiest urban hubs - Tokyo. Shinjuku and its skyscrapers were the setting of the well known "Lost in Translation" movie and Shibuya is famous for its bustling street crossing! Tonight, we discover the exciting food scene, with our best recommendations.

Mount Fuji: Hakone

Mount Fuji: Hakone

Day 3

Today, we have a full day-trip to Hakone, a mountainous town, famous for its intriguing hot springs and views of the iconic volcano - Mount Fuji. In the evening we return to Tokyo, where we enjoy our last night, with the best recommendations and suggestions from your obliging 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, where an older Tokyo atmosphere has been retained. We stop at Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century, before making our way to the train station where we board the iconic Japanese bullet train. On arrival in Kyoto, we provide recommendations to ensure that your first exploration of the city will be a magical one.

Kyoto

Kyoto

Day 5

Today, our private guide introduces us to some of Kyoto's most famous sights and we head off the beaten path to some remarkable spots. After our exciting tour, we discover the fascinating world of the Kabuki Theater, before heading towards Kamo river for an evening a wonderful evening at leisure. Here, we uncover a great selection of traditional restaurants, whisky bars and jazz clubs! We guarantee that there will be something for everyone!

Day trip to Arashiyama

Day trip to Arashiyama

Day 6

We depart for Arashiyama and start with a romantic old train ride through Hozugawa Valley, taking in the red colors of Japanese maple leaves in fall. Arriving at Arashiyama, we trade our train for a bicycle and become acquainted with the various temples and shrines, impressive bamboo grove, Monkey's Park and the Japanese gardens. Back in Kyoto, we prepare to delight in the mysterious world of Geishas accompanied by dinner.

Arima

Arima

Day 7

The last day of our first week together, will be spent relaxing in a traditional Ryokan or a Japanese Inn with bathing facilities and traditional food. Located in Arima Onsen, a hot spring area, its a one-hour car trip from Kyoto. After an ideal day of rejuvenation, we dive into the finest Japanese traditions and spend the night in the astounding Arima.

Kyoto - start of week 2

Kyoto - start of week 2

Day 8

We bid farewell to our guests returning to home and ensure that they receive a private airport transfer. Guests staying on, will enjoy a day at leisure (recommendations will be provided) while we welcome guests arriving for week 2. In the evening, we hold a welcome dinner at one of our favorite Kyoto eateries.

Zen experience in Koya San

Zen experience in Koya San

Day 9

Get ready to discover the Okunoin, a dramatic temple and cemetery - one of Japan's most sacred sites. We continue with an authentic experience of the Zen Monks' lifestyle and spend the night at a temple in an austere monk cell. Meander through the gardens, relax in their hot spring baths, enjoy a memorable traditional Buddhist meal and soothe your soul.

Yoshino and Nara to Kyoto

Yoshino and Nara to Kyoto

Day 10

Curious minds will have the opportunity to participate in the early morning ceremony honoring the ancestors, followed by a Goma fire ritual. The consecrated fire is believed to have a powerful cleansing effect spiritually and psychologically. We then head to the colorful wonderland of Mount Yoshin, where have lunch at a 3-star Michelin restaurant. The afternoon will be dedicated to visiting Today-ji temple, one of the world's largest wooden structures, and home to Japan's largest Buddha statue. We return to Kyoto, for the last time.

Kyoto to Kanazawa

Kyoto to Kanazawa

Day 11

Traveling on the famous and swift bullet train, we arrive in Kanazawa or "little Kyoto". We stroll amid the fragrant food stands of the Omicho Market and sample an array of Japanese street foods. After an unforgettable lunch experience, we journey to Kanazawa Castle park, before exploring Higashiyama district, boasting a number of traditional tea houses. It is also a neighborhood famous for gold leaf craft! We end the day with a private cooking lesson, where we learn the art of preparing sushi and enjoy it afterwards, of course!

Kanazawa to Shirakawa Go and Takayama

Kanazawa to Shirakawa Go and Takayama

Day 12

Today we walk through Kenroku-en Garden or visit one of the nearby museums, including the 21st Century Museum, where art produced since 1980 is housed or, the Suzuki Museum, which showcases a sublime "Water Garden". We then depart for the Japanese Alps and Shirakawa-go, a World Cultural Heritage site. The village has typical "Gassho" style houses, built from wooden beams with thatched roofs. We spend the night in a glamorous Japanese style residence and enjoy a Hida-Beef meal.

Takayama to Mount Fuji

Takayama to Mount Fuji

Day 13

Delight in a glamping experience at the foot of Mount Fuji! After a walk through the narrow streets of centuries-old Takayama, we depart for Hoshinoya Fuji, located on a red pine slope overlooking lake Kawaguchi. Have a nap in your minimalist, yet luxurious cabin overlooking the water and mountain. Quench your palate with one of the Japanese whiskey selections, or relish the aroma of the bonfire. Then, experience mouthwatering cuisine!

Mount Fuji to Tokyo

Mount Fuji to Tokyo

Day 14

This morning, we have the chance to partake in a wake-up session that involves brewing coffee outdoors, while nibbling on seasonal snacks. Enjoy a canoeing adventure, where you will row across the placid waters of the lake, or a horseback ride amid the woods below Mount Fuji. After lunch, we make our way to Tokyo, where we have a guided tour through the most exciting nightlife districts of the Metropole, before our farewell dinner.

Time to say goodbye, or extend!

Time to say goodbye, or extend!

Day 15

This inspiring journey has to come to an end. Or, does it? We can send you home with a lifetime of memories, inner peace, and good laughs, or maybe you are interested in extending your journey? Allow us to make the necessary arrangements, just for you. If you joined us for the second week, allow us to indulge you in a few extra days in Tokyo. Hiroshima, Osaka, or Seoul in South Korea are also options that will allow you to discover more Far East mysteries.

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.

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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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Your Choices

Tokyo Station Hotel
Tokyo Station Hotel
Villa Sanjo Kyoto
Villa Sanjo Kyoto

Deluxe Rooms

$11,499 /person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,250/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

Nights

3 nights in Tokyo (3+1)

3 nights in Kyoto

1 night in Arima

2 nights in Kyoto

1 night of temple lodging in Mount Koya

1 night in Kanazawa

1 night in Takayama

1 night in Hoshinoya Fuji

Meals

14 breakfasts

6 lunches

8 dinners

Activities

2 Tokyo private guided tours

Shrine / ropeway Mount Fuji day

Temples in Tokyo

Kyoto guided tour

Kabuki Theatre tour

Bike rental in Arashiyama

Bamboo grove, Monkey park and temples in Arashiyama

Temples in Koya San

Meditation, hot springs and rituals while lodging in the temple in Mount Koya

temple and deer park in Nara

Kanazawa castle park

Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa

Cooking class in Kanazawa

Hoshinoya Fuji activity (canoeing or horseback riding)

Geisha evening in Kyoto

Onsen (hot spring baths) in Arima

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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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.

Deposit non refundable in case of a cancelation by the guest more than 24 hours after making the reservation. However, it is fully insured in case of cancelation for covered reasens. click here to learn more

Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $500 per person administrative fee.

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