The Fabric that Japan is made of
9 nights 10 days
If you are interested in the Japanese Textiles of old and new, this maybe not only educational but also may give you creativity. You can see the modern and the tradtional fabrics / textiles of Japan, and while doing this can also take in the major and not so major sightseeing areas of Japan. A tour that not only shows you the best of Japan, but also lets you walk the residential backstreets and alleys offering you a closer and better look on how every Japan works.
Arrive into Narita or Haneda International Airport(Tokyo). Once meeting up with your English Speaking Assistant, it is a simple transfer from the Airport to your Hotel by the Express Rapid Train. As most flights will arrive in the evening, tonight will be a good chance to just relax and take in the Tokyo Night lights. (Hotel: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
Meet your Chartered Car and English Speaking Guide and enjoy a Full Day of Tokyo sightseeing. You will see Asakusa Temple, Tokyo Sky Tree Tower and take a 35 minute cruise to Hamarikyu Gardens. However, you will also be taken to Daikanyama area so see the current fashion, and even if it is only window shopping you will be in the same area that TV Stars and Celebrities tend to shop. (Hotel: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
From Tokyo to the Tradtional and Culture Capitol of Japan, Kyoto. The Bullet train will be arranged as First class seats. After the 2hr15min train ride you will arrive into Kyoto and met by an English Speaking Assistant. Today's accommodation is a modern style of the tradtional Japanese Inn. The rooms have a 100% Zen feeling to them, but the interior design is extremely modern. If you wanted to create a Japanese style house in your country, this is the hotel to copy (Hotel: Kanra Hotel)
A Full Day of Kyoto Sightseeing with your English Guide and Chartered Car. Today is an introduction to Kyoto, so you will see some major sightseeing locations like the Golden Pavilion, Sanjusangendo Temple, Nijo Castle but also go to the serene Nanzenji Temple surrounded by beauty. With a Tradtional Japanese Style Dinner in a Traditional area of Kyoto central, there is nothing more you need for a perfect start to your Kyoto stay. (Hotel: Kanra Hotel)
The morning and early afternoon will be spent looking at fabric, textiles, ceramics and even furniture from yesteryear and modern Japan. See and walk the same residential streets as the Japanese. Get behind the scenes and look at fabric by itself as well as the finish products in several local shops. With ceramics, see the famous Imari brand in antique style and the local Kiyomizu brand. To top the day off visit a Spiritual Shrine on top of a mountain surrounding Kyoto. (Hotel: Kanra Hotel)
Visit the Northern area of Kyoto Central, Arashiyama. See the famous Bamboo Garden, Togetsukyo Bridge and Tenryuji Temple, the headquarters of the Buddhist sect, ZEN. Not only the perfect Gardens, but see the Dragon painted on the Roof (seasonal viewings only). Another highlight, as you booking was early in planning we have been able to book you a view at the Moss Temple which also is a World Heritage, but only a limited number can visit (Hotel: Kanra Hotel)
From Kyoto you will travel to Hakone, one of the top Thermal areas of Japan. After the bullet train and a quick ride to your hotel, soak in the various natural Hot Springs available, and also soak in the impressive views of Mt Fuji in the distance. More sightseeing tomorrow, but for tonight, eat dinner at the hotel and depending on the Sunset time take in the Mt Fuji views from your room. (Hotel: The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko)
A day for relaxation. Soak in the baths and relax in elegance. If you want to see some of the sights use the Hakone Free pass to access Buses, Cable Cars and Ropeways. Even the pirate ship cruise on Lake Ashinoko is included. No matter where you go, you will be able to see different angles and views of Mt Fuji. (weather permitting). Also a top attraction is to visit the Hakone Kyuzuryu(9 dragons) Shrine along with the Motomiya Shrine way up the Hill. (Hotel: The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko)
Check out leisurely from the Hakone acommodation and then take the Bullet Train (First class seats) back to the Tokyo Station. As your large suitcases were sent from the Kyoto hotel to the Tokyo hotel, it is an easy walk from the station to the hotel. Check in for the second time, and enjoy one last dinner on what is now your last night in Japan. (Hotel: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
Meet with your English Speaking Assistant at your hotel, and take the Narita Express NEX Rapid Train from Tokyo Station to Narita Airport. It is sad that you are leaving, but I know you will be wanting to know more about this mystic country. I know you will be back.
We were a little apprehensive about the difficulty of getting around in Japan, where we could not speak or read the language at all. But Amanda at Experience Jpan Travel planned an itinerary that felt both leisurely and fun-filled, and saw to it that every transition was easy to handle and stress-free. She really listened to our lodging preferences and found us six small characterful hotels, all different, all charming. On our breeze through Osaka, Amanda met our train and helped us find our way through the maze of Osaka Station to our hotel, then showed us around Shin-Sekai, a fun neighborhood we might have missed on our own. When we wanted to make last-minute changes to our itinerary en route, Amanda was right there on the other end of a phone to tell us how to make it happen. Altogether a delightful way to travel! We had our breath taken away in exquisite gardens in Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa. We were enchanted by the art installations on Naoshima and Teshima. At a nearly-empty izakaya on a rainy night in Kanazawa, we sat at the counter enjoying yellowtail dumplings and Kaga-jibuni while the chef amused us with astounding card tricks. Keep the day-guides we hired to introduce us to the cities, but not let them take us to museums and shrines (where we can do fine by ourselves) but have them walk with us through hidden neighborhoods we would not easily find on our own, and help us converse with the the locals in the various trades. We would allot more time to Tokyo and Kyoto, which offered so much more than we had time to enjoy.... READ MORE