Begin in Kyoto’s ancient temples and tea houses hidden in bamboo groves, then journey to the mountain villages of Miyama and Ohara, where thatched-roof houses whisper tales of tradition, to learn about ancient Satoyama culture.
Hiroshima is now a bustling modern city, but the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park are poignant reminders of the city’s heartbreaking past, as are the thousands of brightly coloured paper cranes made by school children as symbols of peace.READ MORE +
From GBP £22,000 USD $26,869 pp excl. flights
13 hours 35 mins from London
14 hours From NYC
Explore Tokyo’s vibrant blend of tradition and modernity, starting at Meiji Shrine, a serene oasis honouring Emperor Meiji. Witness Tokyo’s youth culture hub in Shibuya, home to the iconic crossing and eclectic fashion. Discover Omotesando’s architectural marvels and visit Nezu Art Museum and if time allows, Nakano’s anime haven at Nakano Broadway. This is a big day, capturing Tokyo’s contrasts, from tranquil shrines to bustling districts, providing a glimpse into the city’s diverse culture and creativity.
The Izu Peninsula is known for its mountains and ocean views, and on a good day Mt. Fuji can be seen, but today drive to Mt. Omuro for a leisurely hike, its uniquely shaped summit offering visual proof of Izu’s volcanic birth. Next is the Jogasaki Coastline for another hike along rugged, ocean-carved shores, before returning to Shuzenji, perhaps making a stop at a hot spring resort for a snack and a foot bath. Private car and driver included today.
Leave (some of) the crowds behind to visit the beautiful mountain villages of Miyama and Ohara, famous for their thatched roof (kayabuki) farmhouses, most of which here are where people still live and work. The pace of life is slow, so enjoy the peace and tranquillity whilst learning about Japan’s ancient Satoyama culture.
Hibakusha, otherwise known as atomic bomb survivors still reside within Hiroshima and Nagasaki today, though as their population ages, their stories are being lost to the sands of time. Encounter a Hibakusha and learn about one of the most significant moments in our history from someone who experienced it first-hand. Please note this experience is subject to availability of the individual in question.
Films and books strive to capture the essence of geisha, but tonight over a casual dinner, you’ll meet a geisha as they remove some of the cultural barriers, inviting conversation about the geisha lifestyle. This will be a fun and friendly encounter, suitable for adults and children, often including games and other engaging activities.
Exploring the mountainous area bordering Nara and Mie prefectures with your host, start with a walk along the Akame Waterfalls ravine, once a ninja training ground, where a series of 48 waterfalls appear around every corner. Continue to Muroji Temple, historically a haven for female Buddhist monks. Finally, explore Murou Art Forest, an open-air museum featuring works by Israeli artist, Dani Caravan
Nothing but the best. On this suggested Japan itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.
Resembling a traditional Meiji house and courtyard, the Ritz Carlton on the Kamogawa River, slots so discreetly into its surroundings passers-by rarely take a second glance.
Set in the heart of Hiroshima, the Hilton is currently our favourite hotel in the city. It is conveniently located within five minutes of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, Hiroshima Castle and several transit stations.
With scenic views of the mountains and rice fields, Sasayuri-Ann employs traditional Japanese aesthetics, from thatched roofs, traditional pine flooring and open fires to split bamboo ceilings.
Palace Hotel Tokyo stands as an exquisite luxury hotel in the heart of Tokyo, with an enviable location next to the Imperial Palace Gardens and stunning views of the city skyline.
Surrounded by lush gardens and bamboo forest, this first-rate, family-run ryokan is set around a pristine lake and offers indulgent hot spring baths.
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