Tokyo to Kyoto Immersion, Japan
CURATED HERITAGE COLLECTION
CURATED HERITAGE COLLECTION - TOYKO TO KYOTO CULTURAL IMMERSION
This is a ThirdHome tailored private journey (ideal for 2-6 people) and not a commercial group tour. Our customized journeys allow members to set their own travel dates and include their individual personal interests along with specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities that they may wish to experience for the perfectly-personal journey experience. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in property details below.
Experience 8 nights/9 days within the many facets of authentic Japanese culture on this immersive journey. Surround yourself in the juxtaposition of fast-paced, neon-lit Tokyo and Osaka with the serene and culture-rich surroundings of ancient Kyoto; ride like a local onboard a world-famous bullet train along the classic route past majestic Mount Fuji; stay at Gôra Kadan, one of the country's most exclusive ryokans (traditional inns); participate in a Shinto ceremony in the ancient Toshogu Shrine, and capture the spirit of Japan through the ancient art of the tea ceremony; savor Kyoto's distinctive cuisine and traditions during an exclusive kaiseki banquet, with a geisha performance.
TOKYO TO KYOTO CULTURAL IMMERSION Journey Itinerary in brief -
DAY 1: ARRIVE TOKYO
Arrive into Tokyo, Japan’s exciting capital. Meet and greet at the airport with private transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to relax and become acquainted with the city and enjoy the expansive views over Tokyo Bay.
DAY 2: TOKYO - The Shrine of the Meiji-Jingu & Temples
Meet your guide in the lobby to begin your sightseeing day to visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll the grounds of Meiji-Jingu, the most popular Shinto shrine in Japan. Established in 1920 and dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, the shrine stands surrounded by more than 100,000 trees that have been donated by people from all over Japan. Proceed to Asakusa Kannon Temple, pausing in the tiny shops of Nakamise-dori. The colorful pagoda-style temple was completed in 645 and is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy in several East Asian spiritual traditions. Tonight, join fellow guests for an authentic Japanese Welcome Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
DAY 3: TOKYO - Nikko & Toshogu Shrine
The Japanese have a saying: “Don’t say kekko (wonderful) without seeing Nikko.” Today, travel overland by luxury touring bus to Nikko National Park in the mountains north of Tokyo and discover this lovely region. A blend of man-made and natural beauty, the park features numerous shrines and temples recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the magnificently carved 17th-century Toshogu Shrine and take part in a special Shinto ceremony with a Shinto priest or miko (priestess). Enjoy some local flavor with a visit to a sake brewery before returning to your hotel in Tokyo. Evening at your leisure to further explore the city or relax. (Breakfast & Lunch included)
DAY 4: HAKONE - National Park, Open Air Museum & Mt Fuji
This afternoon after breakfast, travel to Hakone, among Japan’s most popular hot-spring resorts. Here you will view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park, an area encompassing coastlines, mountains, lakes and more than 1,000 volcanic islands. Stroll the grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open Air Museum, taking in sculptures and artwork from the likes of Picasso and Henry Moore. Next, embark on a scenic cruise of Lake Ashi, gliding past the wooded mountain slopes that enclose it, and then board a cable car on the Komagatake Ropeway for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. Soar through the clouds on this inspiring vertical tramway, the largest in Japan, which rises to a lovely woodland area. Tonight, enjoy unparalleled service and traditional Japanese cuisine at Gôra Kadan, a top-rated ryokan (a local traditional inn). (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
DAY 5: OSAKA - Bullet Train Exploring & Osaka Castle
After a morning at leisure, ride like a local by bullet train to Osaka. Historically known as a merchant city, this center of commerce is now considered the second-largest city in Japan. This afternoon, stroll through the lovely grounds and gardens of Osaka Castle, which played a key role in the unification of Japan in the 16th century. Travel to the top of the 40-story Umeda Sky Building for breathtaking views of the city from an open-air observation deck, aptly known as the “floating garden.” Remainder of the late afternoon and evening free to explore or relax. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
DAY 6: OSAKA TO NARA - Gardens & Temples
Travel early this morning to visit ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. Wander through Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer. Continue to eighth-century Todai-ji, a temple complex that contains the world’s largest wooden structure and the largest bronze Buddha in Japan. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the legendary Seven Great Temples. It is among the most powerful and influential temples in Japan. Complete your excursion with a visit to the Kasuga Shrine, Nara’s most celebrated shrine, it is dedicated to the deity tasked with protection of the city. Continue with a visit to Kofukuji Temple — once the family temple of a powerful medieval clan, the complex includes a five-story pagoda that stands over 160 feet tall. Later, return to your hotel in Osaka to relax for the evening. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
DAY 7: KYOTO - The Golden Pavilion & Bamboo Forest
Travel early this morning to contemplate the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji, the perfect spot for a meditative walk, and discover the glittering Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), covered with gold paper, surrounded by green gardens and set on a lovely, tranquil pond. Later, explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a lush oasis home to monkeys and towering stalks of bamboo. Bask in the magical atmosphere here, peacefully walking a winding path, as sunlight filters down through bamboo gently swaying in the breeze. This afternoon, check in to your hotel for remainder of the day at leisure to explore or relax. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
DAY 8: KYOTO - Temples & Japanese Mingel Folk Art
This morning, visit Kiyomizu Temple and stand on its massive veranda for stunning city views. Observe a traditional tea ceremony, noting its refined sense of hospitality and etiquette that date to the time of the Samurai. Then, stroll through Gojozaka Hills, an area known for its many pottery studios, on your way to the home and studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s most famous potters. Kanjiro’s beautiful, unusual home — redesigned to resemble a country house — is filled with his own creations and his personal collection, including ceramics, sculptures and wood carvings. Tonight, experience an exquisite kaiseki banquet that includes a Chef’s Table chat with the chef, where an attending geiko (as a geisha is known in Kyoto) and maiko dance, sing, pour sake and converse about their fascinating lives with you as their special guests. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
DAY 9: DEPART KYOTO
After breakfast, transfer to Kansai International Airport or Itami International Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your flight home. Alternatively, begin a post-tour extension in Hiroshima. (Breakfast included)
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
Tokyo to Kyoto
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome Keys & exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Tokyo & Hakone
- Osaka & Kyoto
A great family adventure trip!
Thank you Liz for arranging such a really great trip. Japan is beautiful and the people are really gracious. We really enjoyed both guides a lot and felt well taken care of throughout the trip. The only snafu was that we went to the wrong place for the cooking class and so they had to come get us, but we did not miss anything. That class was a lot of fun by the way! Also, we enjoyed all the accommodations. Liked the last one the least, but mostly because they gave us a smoking room, and did not have non-smoking available. Even then they were good about trying to air it out for us. One thing that surprised us was that the twin rooms were uniformly bigger and nicer. We also enjoyed the traditional ryokan inns too. I want to thank you for all your help making our trip a great adventure for our family! ”
- Concierge Service