Witness the Wonders of Our World


Day 1: Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting and modern capital. Transfer to your hotel, then enjoy an evening of free-roaming.


Day 2: Tokyo | Spiritual Centres & Exclusive Workshops

This morning, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple. This colourful pagoda-style temple was completed in 645 and is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy in several East Asian spiritual traditions. Continue to a family-owned workshop that specialises in Japanese drum making — and try your hand at playing the taiko — on an exclusive experience. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before exploring the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest national museum in Japan and home to a vast collection of Japanese art and antiquities. Continue to Meiji Shrine, a Shinto complex dedicated to an emperor that was rebuilt after World War II. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.


Day 3: Tokyo – Nikko

Set out from Tokyo by bullet train to beautiful Nikko, a wonderland of forested mountains, lakes and waterfalls. Visit the Kanmangafuchi Abyss, explore the renowned Toshogu Shrine and take part in a purification ritual before continuing to your accommodations, set on the shores of Chuzenji Lake.


Day 4: Nikko – Tokyo

Begin your day at nearby Chuzenji Temple, where you witness zazen meditation, as well as a traditional fire ceremony. Head to dramatic Kegon Waterfall and watch as its sparkling cascades tumble more than 300 feet into the gorge below. Return to Tokyo by train.


Day 5: Tokyo | Tailor Your Day

Start your day at a local fish market, a bustling hub of Japanese daily life boasting a dizzying array of seafood. Then, receive a lesson in sushi making, followed by lunch, during a Chef ’s Table experience. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Tailor Your Day activities.

  • Explore the Mori Art Museum to take in local contemporary art.
  • Learn the Secrets of the Samurai Warriors and test your sword skills during a private class led by a modern-day master samurai.
  • Indulge in a Sake Tasting, sampling some of Japan’s finest sake and learning about its cultural importance.

Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.


Day 6: Hakone | Traditional Ryokan

Travel to Hakone, among Japan’s most popular hot-spring destinations, and immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Board an aerial tram rising above the wooded slopes for inspiring views of Mount Fuji. Enjoy lunch before strolling the grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open-Air Museum. Admire the impressive contemporary sculptures and artwork on display, including pieces by Henry Moore and Rodin. The museum also features one of the world’s finest Picasso exhibits, with over 100 works by the cubist master. Tonight, experience unparalleled service and traditional Japanese cuisine at Gôra Kadan, a top-rated ryokan (traditional inn), which is also your accommodation for the night.


Day 7: Osaka | Dotonbori District Delicacies

After breakfast at your ryokan, visit the Okada Museum of Art to view its stunning collection of paintings, ceramics, lacquerware and bronzes from Japan, Korea and China. Then, Ride Like a Local by bullet train to Osaka. Historically known as a merchant city, it is today renowned as Japan’s undisputed culinary capital, where diners indulge in everything from octopus dumplings to okonomiyaki, a battered, grilled concoction of chopped cabbage, meat or seafood, and seaweed, topped with mayonnaise. This evening, take in city views, refreshing drink in hand, on a Scenic Sundowner, before you set out on a foodie tour in the popular Dotonbori District, sampling dishes from the brilliantly lighted and gastronomically creative restaurants that line the street.


Day 8: Nara | Insights into a Profoundly Spiritual Heritage

Travel to Nara, Japan’s first capital, to visit Todai-ji, a temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Proceed to Nara Park, home to hundreds of deer, venerated here as divine spirits, which you have the opportunity to feed by hand. Complete your Nara excursion with a visit to celebrated Kasuga Taisha Shrine and experience a Shinto ceremony firsthand. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to the Kehaya-za Sumo Pavilion, where you observe a demonstration of this fabled Japanese sport by two sumo wrestlers. Return to your hotel, where you enjoy dinner.


Day 9: Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Bamboo Grove

Travel into Kyoto early this morning to contemplate the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji, the perfect spot for a meditative moment, and discover the glittering Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — covered with gold leaf and surrounded by green gardens — casting its delicate reflection in the tranquil pond beside it. After lunch, explore the Arashiyama neighbourhood, including the garden of Tenryu-ji Temple. Later, bask in the magical atmosphere of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, strolling along a winding path as sunlight filters down through towering bamboo shoots, considered by many a healing experience.


Day 10: Kyoto | Hillside Views & Tea Traditions

Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple for stunning views of Kyoto. Proceed to a local temple to experience the art of the tea ceremony, noting its refined sense of hospitality and etiquette, which dates to the time of the samurai. Tonight, savour traditional Japanese cuisine, while an attending geiko (as a geisha is known in Kyoto) and maiko (apprentice geisha) dance, sing, pour sake and share stories about life in modern Kyoto.


Day 11: Kyoto – Osaka

Following a morning at leisure in Kyoto, embark on an afternoon exploration of the historic town of Uji, including The Tale of Genji Museum and the Byodoin Omotesando. Travel to Osaka and check in to your hotel this evening.


Day 12: Hiroshima

Go by bullet train to Hiroshima. Spend the day visiting the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. See the iconic Itsukushima Shrine before returning to Osaka by train.


Day 13: Depart Osaka

After breakfast, transfer to Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your flight home.



*Please note that sample itineraries are just that, and therefore any actual itinerary recommendations made based on your specific needs and desires and available products may be different from the suggestions found on this site.