Thermal Baths in Legendary Japan
8 nights 9 days
A perfect choice of a Japan Tour if you want luxurious Accommodation and a close knit family. You can get away from the more "touristy" areas of Japan, and be treated to a secluded style of accommodation and enjoy not only the Thermal Baths, but also the fine cuisine of this Relais & Chateaux property.
Arrive at Narita International Airport and transfer to Tokyo Station with an English Speaking Assistant. The English Speaking Assistant will be on the train with you and then take you to the Tokyo Hotel. All your questions and physical tickets for the Bullet Train will be handed to you today. Check in to the hotel and relax. Accommodation : The Prince Park Tower Hotel
Meet your Guide at the Hotel Lobby and commence Tokyo Sightseeing by public transportation. Be introduced to Tokyo, by firstly visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market. Taste some fresh seafood at a very reasonable price. You also will see the oldest Temple in Tokyo (Asakusa Temple) and all the arcade shops that line the streets there. A small cruise from Asakusa to the Hamarikyu Gardens is also included. Accommodation : The Prince Park Tower Hotel
Today is a full free day at your leisure. I suggest you visit Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku and also Akihabara areas to see the young and modern side of Tokyo. There are many fashionable and sometimes wierd places to see while in these locations. Today also allows you to experience the local subways, trains on your own. It is all part of the Experience while in Japan. Accommodation : The Prince Park Tower Hotel
Today you will travel from Tokyo to your Izu accommodation by the Odoriko Train. There will be no English Guide with you today but all directions/instructions will be provided. The ODORIKO Train is a direct service from Shinagawa Station to SHUZENJI Station. Then take a Taxi from SHUZENJI Station to your hotel which is approx.. a 7 minute Taxi ride. Accommodation : Asaba Ryokan (Japanese Style Rooms with a private Hot Springs Bath)
Discover this legendary area of Shuzenji and the Asaba accommodation itself. It is said that the great teacher of Japanese Buddhism, Kobo Daishi, bathed every morning in the river Katsura and emerged purified. In a modern way today, you also will be soaked and soothed in not only the Hot Springs baths, but also the highly acclaimed cuisine this ryokan provides. Founded in 1489 and for generation after generation the Asaba Family have inherited this location. Accommodation : Asaba Ryokan
Today, travel from Izu Peninsuale to Kyoto. Firstly, the train from Shuzenji to Odawara Station. Odawara Station is a large station and here you will change to the Bullet Train. Once at the Odawara Station, take the Bullet train to KYOTO. Meet with your English Speaking Assistant at the Kyoto Station and take the courtesy Bus to your Hotel. A hotel that only opended in September 2017, enjoy a modern but traditional Japanese accommodation. Accommodation : Celestine Gion Hotel
Today you wil be escorted to Arashiyama, one of the most visited areas in Kyoto. Arashiyama area is famous for the bamboo garden and Togetskyo Bridge which literally translates to the Bridge that crosses to the Moon. Enter the Unesco World Heritage Site or Tenryuji Temple, and see a perfect Japanese Garden which is the headquarters of the Zen Sect of Buddhism. Not a visit to Kyoto without a visit to The Golden Pavilion also. Accommodation : Celestine Gion Hotel
In the morning visit Kiyomizu Temple. Currently under an 11 year repair cycle after a 400 year stance with no repairs. It is quite unique to see a World Heritage Site under repairs as this will not be done again within our lifetimes. After visiting Kiyomizu Temple and the surrounding traditional streets, try your hand at dyeing some cloth in the traditional Kyoto way. Accommodation : Celestine Gion Hotel
Transfer on the Bullet Train to Tokyo Station. At Tokyo Station there will be an English Speaking Assistant waiting for you. Change trains from the Bullet train to the Narita Express Rapid Train (Pre booked seats). The English Assistant will be with you until you check in at Narita International Airport. It is sad but you then will depart Japan bound for home.
------All our expectations were exceeded by far! Japan is an amazing country. From breath taking sky scrapers in Tokyo, to beautiful mountains, the very specil Snow Monkeys, old traditional Japan on the Nakasendo trail, the exotic food, the kindest friendliest people - and just so many more. Scott Kent from Experience Japan Travel is simply the best! From the 1st emails some months ago, I knew that this was going to be a very special experience. Scott's attention to detail, the prompt emails, very comprehensive detailed itinerary, website links and all the extra little bits of info made it an unforgettable trip. The choice, variety and locations of the accommodations were absolutely perfect and easily accessible from all the stations. We never felt lost or unsure of where to go or what to do. The itinerary was so well planned, with enough time to see and do. The guides with chartered Cars that you provided on the guided days were excellent, professional of high standard and caring. Ms Yuka in Tokyo was delightful, taught us a lot and was like a real mother hen - so concerned about all our travelling days by ourselves. Scott and Mr Nakagawa were so helpful in getting us to the doctor when Stef got ill. Ms Saiko is a knowledgeable easy going and caring tour guide. It was such a privilege that we could meet Scott in person. The day in Kyoto - although cold and wet was a high light of the trip. Kosanji Temple and surrounds touched our souls. Your easy way of going around with clients, passion for what you do, and sharing knowledge made it a fantastic experience. I've dealt with various travel companies before but I must say - Experience Japan Travel is in a league of its own. This was surely one of our best organized trips - to a country so far and different to anything else - it was just magic! Japan is a must see destination! - and we will be back to see the many other faces of Japan. Best regards Stef & Inamarie Greyson... READ MORE