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  • Day 1

    Outbound international flight to Tokyo

    Stay: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo (3 nights)​​

    Your Stay

    Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

    With its coveted address in Nihonbashi at the very heart of the city; soaring views of the city and beyond; sky-high, cutting-edge style; a heavenly spa; and an enticing array of dramatic dining, can’t think of anywhere better to stay in the city.

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  • Days 2-3

    Tokyo

    One of the world’s largest cities and the capital of Japan, Tokyo is an intriguing metropolis of interconnected towns, leaping fast forward into the future yet still deeply rooted in the past. For this particular journey, we have selected a few city landmarks known for their connection to Tokyo’s past. Explore ancient shrines, temples and gardens, remnants of former glory of Edo, as Tokyo was once called. Daytrips to Kamakura and Nikko will also complement your discovery of a bygone era, when Shoguns ruled the country.​​

  • Day 4

    Tokyo to Hakone

    Journey Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

    Hakone, a volcanic national park near Mt. Fuji, the tallest and most famous mountain in Japan attracting more than 200,000 climbers every year. 

    Visit the unique Hakone Open Air Museum and appreciate the balance of nature and art: a variety of sculptures on its spacious grounds in perfect harmony with picturesque views of the surrounding valley and mountains. The various indoor galleries, include a sizable Picasso Collection, consisting of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramic creations. The Museum is interesting both for children & adults alike, with “artworks” which children can freely touch and even climb on!

    Stay: Gora Kadan (1 night)​​

    Your Stay

    Gora Kadan

    This former retreat of the Imperial Family in the heart of Hakone National Park, now a chic Japanese ryokan (guest house), will completely immerse you into the ancient Japanese way of life.

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  • Day 5

    ​Hakone to Kyoto

    Journey Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

    Kyoto became the capital of Japan in the 8th century. It flourished as the centre for Japanese politics, economy and culture for some 1,100 years, until the capital functions were transferred to Tokyo in the mid-19th century. There remain many temples and shrines in Kyoto that were built during this long period. Seventeen historic sites including, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle, are inscribed as World Cultural Heritage Sites.

    Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto (3 nights)​​

    Your Stay

    The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

    Inspired by a traditional ryokan, this luxuriously modern Ritz-Carlton gives you the very best of both worlds: most accommodation has breathtaking views of the Kamogawa River and Higashiyama Mountains; and we adore the customised Kyoto activities.

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  • Days 6-7

    Kyoto

    Exploring Kyoto, you may meet some 'maiko,' young dancing entertainers, who walk in long hanging-sleeved kimono in the Gion district, see the townscape characterised with popular 19th-century-style latticework, and visit the Nishijin where they weave traditional 'Nishijin-ori' textiles with vividly coloured threads. The festivals in Kyoto are famous not only in Japan, but are also known worldwide. The three major festivals of Kyoto are the Aoi-matsuri Festival in early summer, the Gion-matsuri Festival in mid-summer and the Jidai-matsuri Festival in fall. There is also the Gozan-no-Okuribi, more commonly known as Daimonji-yaki, held on the night of Urabon (August 16th). During this festival numerous torches are ignited on the five mountains surrounding Kyoto, with the flames laid out to form a letter or figure. It is a summer event known both at home and abroad.​​

  • Day 8

    Kyoto to Tokyo

    Journey time: 2 hours

    Stay: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo (1 night)​​

    Your Stay

    Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

    With its coveted address in Nihonbashi at the very heart of the city; soaring views of the city and beyond; sky-high, cutting-edge style; a heavenly spa; and an enticing array of dramatic dining, can’t think of anywhere better to stay in the city.

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  • Day 9

    Tokyo

    Depart Tokyo on your international flight back to London Heathrow.​​​

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