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Hidden Gems of Japan

13 NIGHTS FROM £9,250 per person

Heading from the city to the mountains to the coast – and back again – get ready to discover the diversity of Japan on this tailor-made tour. A variety of experiences and excursions really showcase this unique destination – from bathing in natural hot springs, to wine-tasting in the Northern Alps.

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Explore some of Tokyo’s local favourites – including Zen gardens and the ritzy Omotsesando district

Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan amid the Northern Alps, bathing in the natural hot spring onsen

Your tour of cultural Kanazawa includes a visit to the gorgeous Kenroku-en gardens

Stay at the iconic Park Hyatt, Tokyo, that you might recognise from the award-winning blockbuster ‘Lost in Translation’

Authentic Experience

The volcanic soils of the Shinshu region are great for grape growing. Pay a visit to the highly regarded Yamabe Winery, enjoying an engaging tour of the fermentation room, wine cellar and bottling room. Of course, you can taste the wine for yourself, before a delicious lunch in the winery’s restaurant – cooked using the wine!

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    DAY 2-4 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Tour terrific Tokyo with an expert guide, visiting some of its verdant delights, including the 17th century Koishikawa Korakuen and Shinjuku Gyoen gardens. Browse the designer shops of the fashionable Omotesando area, before refuelling with an authentic teppanyaki lunch.

    TRANSFERS

    Take a private car transfer to Shinjuku station for your train to Matsumoto. From here, take a private car transfer – through the stunning Japanese Alps – to Tobira Onsen Myojinkan.

    Aman Tokyokeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: An ultra-stylish retreat atop a Tokyo skyscraper
    • Feature: The Aman Spa embraces Japanese practices and ingredients
    • Rooms: 84 rooms & suites
    • Location: Tokyo, Japan
    • Star rating: 5 Star
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    Breakfast

    DAY 4-6 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Stay in the charming Tobira Onsen Myojinkan ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn amid the heart of Japan’s Northern Alps, home to hot spring baths (onsen) and serving authentic Kaiseki-style cuisine. Visit the Yamabe Winery, touring the facilities, before enjoying a taste of the quality wine and lunch.

    TRANSFERS

    Take a private car transfer to Matsumoto station for your train to Nagano and onward bullet train to Kanazawa. From here, take a private car transfer to Beniya Mukayu, Yamashiro Onsen.

    Tobira Onsen Myojinkankeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Boutique Hotel
    • Summary: A unique and utterly serene hideaway in the Japanese Alps
    • Feature: A hot spring onsen and French-inspired macrobiotic cuisine
    • Rooms: 27 Japanese and 17 Western Style Rooms
    • Location: Japanese Alps, Nagano, Japan
    • Star rating: Member of 'Relais & Châteaux'
    MEAL BASIS

    Half Board

    DAY 6-8 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Stay in the hot spring resort of Yamashiro Onsen, that has been famous for its mineral rich hot springs for over 700 years. Take a tour of the nearby city of Kanazawa, exploring the 17th century Kenroku-en garden, ranked one of the top three in Japan, as well as the adjacent Kanazawa castle. Visit the traditional Nomura Samurai House, stroll the Higashi Chaya geisha district, and sip green tea in the Shima teahouse.

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    Take the hotel shuttle to Kaga Onsen station for your train to Kyoto.

    Beniya Mukayukeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Boutique Hotel
    • Summary: An airy, open plan retreat that embraces its surroundings
    • Feature: Each room features a private onsen bath
    • Rooms: 16 rooms and suites
    • Location: Kanazawa and the Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
    DAY 8-9 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Upon arriving in Kyoto, a private guide will whisk you off for a tour of the Arashiyama district. Marvel at one of Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the impressive Tenryuji temple, before stopping for a lunch of tofu, the region’s signature dish. Peruse the tea houses and Zen meditation hall of the Okochi Mountain Villa, once home to popular samurai film star Okochi Denjiro, followed by a stroll through Kyoto’s famed bamboo groves. After the tour, take a private car transfer to Hoshinoya Kyoto for a one night stay.

    TRANSFERS

    Take a private car transfer to L’Auberge de Plaisances Sakurai.

    Hoshinoya Kyoto
    MEAL BASIS

    Half Board

    DAY 9-10 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Stay amid the enchanting countryside outside the city of Sakurai in the unique L'Auberge de Plaisance Sakurai inn, where the stunning vistas are matched by some seriously exceptional French cuisine made using local ingredients, all washed down with quality French wine.

    TRANSFERS

    Take a private car transfer to Yamatoyagi station for your train to Kashikojima. From here, take a resort shuttle transfer to Amanemu, Ise-Shima.

    L'Auberge de Plaisance Sakurai
    • Summary: A unique inn surrounded by rolling countryside
    • Feature: Cuisine combines quality local produce from the feritle Nara area with traditional French techniques
    • Rooms: 9 rooms and suites
    MEAL BASIS

    Half Board

    DAY 10-12 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Located in the enchanting Ise-Shima National Park, Ago Bay is famous for the elite Ama Divers, women who free-dive for abalone, sea urchins, and pearls. Ama – translating to “sea woman” – have been diving in Japan for up to 3,000 years! With the time here at your leisure to enjoy the stunning Amanemu, why not visit the Mikimoto Pearl Island museum or the Ise Grand Shrine, dedicated to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu?

    TRANSFERS

    Take a private car transfer to Kashikojima Station for your train to Kintesnsu Nagoya and onward bullet train to Tokyo. From here, take a private car transfer to Park Hyatt Tokyo.

    Amanemukeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: A luxurious rustic retreat that embraces Japanese tradition
    • Feature: The Aman spa boasts a traditional mineral-rich hot spring
    • Rooms: 24 suites and 4 villas
    • Location: Ise Shima National Park, Japan
    • Star rating: 5 Star
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

    DAY 12-13 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    Spend another night in Japan’s capital before you fly home. You may recognise the iconic Park Hyatt, Tokyo from the award-winning blockbuster ‘Lost in Translation’.

    TRANSFERS

    Take a private car transfer to Narita International Airport for your flight to the UK.

    Park Hyatt Tokyo
    • Summary: An iconic hotel spanning the 39th to 52nd floor of a glass tower
    • Feature: The glamorous 52nd-floor New York Bar and Grill was the setting for much of blockbuster 'Lost in Translation'
    • Rooms: 177 rooms
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast

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DAY 2-4ACCOMMODATION
Tokyo, Japan

Tour terrific Tokyo with an expert guide, visiting some of its verdant delights, including the 17th century Koishikawa Korakuen and Shinjuku Gyoen gardens. Browse the designer shops of the fashionable Omotesando area, before refuelling with an authentic teppanyaki lunch.

TRANSFERS

Take a private car transfer to Shinjuku station for your train to Matsumoto. From here, take a private car transfer – through the stunning Japanese Alps – to Tobira Onsen Myojinkan.

Aman Tokyokeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: An ultra-stylish retreat atop a Tokyo skyscraper
  • Feature: The Aman Spa embraces Japanese practices and ingredients
  • Rooms: 84 rooms & suites
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Star rating: 5 Star
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 4-6ACCOMMODATION
Matsumoto, Japan

Stay in the charming Tobira Onsen Myojinkan ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn amid the heart of Japan’s Northern Alps, home to hot spring baths (onsen) and serving authentic Kaiseki-style cuisine. Visit the Yamabe Winery, touring the facilities, before enjoying a taste of the quality wine and lunch.

TRANSFERS

Take a private car transfer to Matsumoto station for your train to Nagano and onward bullet train to Kanazawa. From here, take a private car transfer to Beniya Mukayu, Yamashiro Onsen.

Tobira Onsen Myojinkankeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Boutique Hotel
  • Summary: A unique and utterly serene hideaway in the Japanese Alps
  • Feature: A hot spring onsen and French-inspired macrobiotic cuisine
  • Rooms: 27 Japanese and 17 Western Style Rooms
  • Location: Japanese Alps, Nagano, Japan
  • Star rating: Member of 'Relais & Châteaux'
MEAL BASIS

Half Board

DAY 6-8ACCOMMODATION
Ishikawa, Japan

Stay in the hot spring resort of Yamashiro Onsen, that has been famous for its mineral rich hot springs for over 700 years. Take a tour of the nearby city of Kanazawa, exploring the 17th century Kenroku-en garden, ranked one of the top three in Japan, as well as the adjacent Kanazawa castle. Visit the traditional Nomura Samurai House, stroll the Higashi Chaya geisha district, and sip green tea in the Shima teahouse.

TRANSFERS

Take the hotel shuttle to Kaga Onsen station for your train to Kyoto.

Beniya Mukayukeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Boutique Hotel
  • Summary: An airy, open plan retreat that embraces its surroundings
  • Feature: Each room features a private onsen bath
  • Rooms: 16 rooms and suites
  • Location: Kanazawa and the Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
DAY 8-9ACCOMMODATION
Kyoto, Japan

Upon arriving in Kyoto, a private guide will whisk you off for a tour of the Arashiyama district. Marvel at one of Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the impressive Tenryuji temple, before stopping for a lunch of tofu, the region’s signature dish. Peruse the tea houses and Zen meditation hall of the Okochi Mountain Villa, once home to popular samurai film star Okochi Denjiro, followed by a stroll through Kyoto’s famed bamboo groves. After the tour, take a private car transfer to Hoshinoya Kyoto for a one night stay.

TRANSFERS

Take a private car transfer to L’Auberge de Plaisances Sakurai.

Hoshinoya Kyoto
MEAL BASIS

Half Board

DAY 9-10ACCOMMODATION
Sakurai, Japan

Stay amid the enchanting countryside outside the city of Sakurai in the unique L'Auberge de Plaisance Sakurai inn, where the stunning vistas are matched by some seriously exceptional French cuisine made using local ingredients, all washed down with quality French wine.

TRANSFERS

Take a private car transfer to Yamatoyagi station for your train to Kashikojima. From here, take a resort shuttle transfer to Amanemu, Ise-Shima.

L'Auberge de Plaisance Sakurai
  • Summary: A unique inn surrounded by rolling countryside
  • Feature: Cuisine combines quality local produce from the feritle Nara area with traditional French techniques
  • Rooms: 9 rooms and suites
MEAL BASIS

Half Board

DAY 10-12ACCOMMODATION
Ago Bay

Located in the enchanting Ise-Shima National Park, Ago Bay is famous for the elite Ama Divers, women who free-dive for abalone, sea urchins, and pearls. Ama – translating to “sea woman” – have been diving in Japan for up to 3,000 years! With the time here at your leisure to enjoy the stunning Amanemu, why not visit the Mikimoto Pearl Island museum or the Ise Grand Shrine, dedicated to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu?

TRANSFERS

Take a private car transfer to Kashikojima Station for your train to Kintesnsu Nagoya and onward bullet train to Tokyo. From here, take a private car transfer to Park Hyatt Tokyo.

Amanemukeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: A luxurious rustic retreat that embraces Japanese tradition
  • Feature: The Aman spa boasts a traditional mineral-rich hot spring
  • Rooms: 24 suites and 4 villas
  • Location: Ise Shima National Park, Japan
  • Star rating: 5 Star
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

DAY 12-13ACCOMMODATION
Tokyo, Japan

Spend another night in Japan’s capital before you fly home. You may recognise the iconic Park Hyatt, Tokyo from the award-winning blockbuster ‘Lost in Translation’.

TRANSFERS

Take a private car transfer to Narita International Airport for your flight to the UK.

Park Hyatt Tokyo
  • Summary: An iconic hotel spanning the 39th to 52nd floor of a glass tower
  • Feature: The glamorous 52nd-floor New York Bar and Grill was the setting for much of blockbuster 'Lost in Translation'
  • Rooms: 177 rooms
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast

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TOUR EXCURSIONS

Glamorous Tokyo
Full Day Tour

Experience the glamorous side of Tokyo on this fantastic full day tour by private car. First, visit the beautiful Koishikawa Korakuen garden, an area loved by locals but lesser known by tourists, flaunting stunning seasonal flowers. After a walk through the gardens, you will be whisked to the ritzy neighbourhood of Omotesando, often dubbed the Champs D'Elysees of Japan due to its flagship designer stores. Enjoy lunch at a popular teppanyaki restaurant here, before continuing to Shinjuku Gyoden Garden, an urban green space that is also loved by locals – you will likely spot them practicing instruments, playing sports or simply relaxing in their free time. Your final stop on the tour is the iconic Park Hyatt Tokyo, a hotel perhaps best known as the setting for part of Sofia Coppola's hit film ‘Lost in Translation’. Here, head to the glamorous New York Bar for a drink (one included) overlooking the Tokyo sunset.

Yamabe Winery Visit
Half Day Excursion

The Shinshu region of Japan is renowned for its fertile volcanic soil which makes it perfect for producing grapes. You will be picked up by private car for a visit to Yamabe Winery, that regularly collects accolades for its high-quality wine. Enjoy a tour of the facilities – including the fermentation room, wine cellar and bottling room – before an expertly led wine tasting. Then, head to the winery’s restaurant for a delicious lunch. We recommend local beef braised in the winery’s own Merlot, though other options are available if requested in advance.

Explore Kanazawa
Full Day Tour

Spend a day exploring the fascinating town of Kanazawa with a private local guide. During the Edo Period, Kanazawa served as the seat of the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan, and now boasts many historical attractions, as well as more modern delights to explore. Highlights on your tour include the Kenroku-en garden, ranked one of the top three in Japan, as well as the adjacent Kanazawa Castle. After watching demonstrations of Yuzen silk painting techniques or trying on kimonos at Kagayuzen Kaikan centre, head to the Nagamachi Samurai district, where you can enter the Nomura Samurai House, showcasing a traditional tea ceremony room, interior courtyard garden and Edo-period artefacts. Your final area to visit is the Higashi Chaya geisha district. Here, visit a traditional shop selling gold leaf products, as well as the Shima teahouse for a cup of green tea to end your tour.

The Arashiyama District of Kyoto
Half Day Tour

Join a private guide and driver to explore the delights of the pleasant Arashiyama district on the outskirts of Kyoto. Highlights include the Tenryuji temple, ranked among Kyoto’s five great Zen temples and one of the city’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After exploring the grounds and buildings, enjoy delicious tofu for lunch – the signature specialty of the region. Then, pay a visit to the Okochi Mountain Villa, the former villa of popular samurai film star Okochi Denjiro. Here, spend time to explore the beautiful gardens, living quarters, tea houses and Zen meditation hall. Finally, take a walk through Arashiyama’s world-famous bamboo groves, reaching the fabled Nonomiya Shinto shrine, said to have been stayed in by ancient princesses to purify themselves.

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March to May is spring, often the best time to visit thanks to warm temperatures, little rain and the bloom of the iconic cherry blossoms. Autumn is also a great time to visit, with beautiful orange colours and many music, sports and cultural events.

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13 NIGHTS FROM £9,250 per person

Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.

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