Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Across 18 Centuries: Historic Japan (11 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Osaka, Japan To Tokyo, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 12 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Osaka, Japan
Ritz-Carlton Osaka Dinner

Arrive in Osaka, Japan’s cultural and historic mecca. Relax in the elegant British-colonial inspired hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Osaka in the heart of downtown as you get acquainted to your new surroundings.

Day 2
Osaka, Japan
Ritz-Carlton Osaka Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn about the Tumulus, Asuka and the Nara Period in Nara. This begins in the 3rd century and finishes in the 8th century. The Ishibutai ancient Tomb is an impressive stone monument believed to be the final resting place of the 6th century leader, Soga Umako. Next, tour the Todaiji Temple - the largest wooden structure in the world. Here you’ll find the largest bronze statue of Buddha in existence. The Buddha looks brand new after being reconstructed post-earthquake on several different occasions. Enjoy traditional cuisine at a local restaurant for a midday break. Snap a picture of the beautiful pagoda at the Horyuji Temple. Finish off the day by wandering through the Heijokyo Palace Ruins and imagine imperial life in the 700’s.

Day 3
Kyoto, Japan
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Step back into the Heian Period (8th to the 12th century) when you visit the Kyoo Gokokuji (Toji) Temple. The temple was built in the late 700’s to protect the eastern side of Kyoto city. See the remains of Rajomon or Rashomon Gate, the massive gate that once protected the city and inspired the film Rashomon. Ponder the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine revering Sugawara Michizane, an unjustly exiled scholar and politician. Michanzane’s vengeful spirit is blamed for disasters in the area and the shrine was built as a peace offering to his revenge seeking ghost. Learn about Heian style traditional costume and enjoy a private dinner with an exclusive showing of Imayo dance.

Day 4
Kyoto, Japan
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Move forward to the 12th to the 20th centuries as you take a day trip to Miyajima and Hiroshima. Learn about the Taira clan of Samurais and glimpse the much sought-after heroic culture from the inside. Explore the Itsukushima Jinja Shrine on Miyajima Island. Next, see the aftermath of the A-bomb and WWII’s affects nearly 73 years after the historic day, as you visit the A-bomb dome and the Peace Memorial Museum.

Day 5
Kyoto, Japan
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Feel a sense of peace as you visit the Kinkakuji Temple, one of the five Zen temples in Kyoto. This temple is known as the Temple of the Golden Pavillion and also has several incredible traditional Japanese gardens. Continue your cultural experience in the Muromachi Period as you peruse Ginkaku Ji Temple, another Zen temple built along the eastern mountainside. Experience classical Japanese musical theater known as Noh. Wrap up the day as you wet your taste buds at a traditional tea-tasting ceremony.

Day 6
Kanazawa, Japan
Beniya Mukayu Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Kanazawa to experience history from the Azuchi Momoyama Period (16th to 17th century) to the Edo Period (17th to 19th century). Begin by visiting the Oyama Jinja Shrinededicated to Maeda Toshiie, the first lord of the powerful, local Maeda Clan during the 16th century. Stroll through the expansive grounds at Kanazawa Castle Park. Make a wish in the Kinjo Reitaku well before smelling the fragrant flowers in the quaint Kenrokuen Garden and Seisonkaku Villa. Explore a beautifully-restored Samurai residence, the Nomura House and Nagamachi Samurai District. Set in the beautiful neighboring spa town of Kaga, the charming chalet style Beniya Mukayu is the hot spot for relaxation and rest after a busy day of exploring. The Nikko Kanazawa is a more modern option, located in the city center and business district.

Day 7
Kanazawa, Japan
Beniya Mukayu Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn about the Azuchi Momoyama Period (16th to 17th century) to the Edo Period (17th to the 19th century). Here, you’ll be shown silk dying in Kaga Yuzen’s prestigious studio. Learn about gold leaf, and it’s importance in several area’s temples. Sample fresh, steaming hot, rice wine known as sake and learn about the brewing process as you visit a sake brewery. This is the perfect nightcap - especially if you are in the city during the colder months.

Day 8
Tokyo, Japan
The Peninsula Tokyo Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn about the Azuchi Momoyama Period (16th to 17th century) to the Edo Period (17th to the 19th century). Here, you’ll be shown silk dying in Kaga Yuzen’s prestigious studio. Learn about gold leaf, and it’s importance in several area’s temples. Sample fresh, steaming hot, rice wine known as sake and learn about the brewing process as you visit a sake brewery. This is the perfect nightcap - especially if you are in the city during the colder months.

Day 9
Tokyo, Japan
The Peninsula Tokyo Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Kamakura, Edo and Meiji periods come to life as you take a day trip to Kamakura and Yokohama. Visit the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, one of the five Zen temples, and gain a sense of peace as you view numerous shrines underneath the cherry trees erected for the ancient ruling leader Yoritomo’s first born son. Tour the Kotokuin Temple  and the larger-than-life stone Buddha statue, sitting in the perfect meditative position. Dive in to the Yokohama Archives of History and take ancient learning into your own hands. The day’s final stop is Hikawa Maru, a beautiful ship with old world charm that sailed its’ first journey in 1929.

Day 10
Tokyo, Japan
The Peninsula Tokyo Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our final step back into Japanese history and culture delves in the Meiji Period and continues all the way to Tokyo’s modernism. There’s one last stop at a 7th century temple - Asakusa or Sensoji Temple - the most colorful and popular temple in the city. Revel in true Shinto architecture as you check out the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Rocket forward into modern times and shop the unique cutting-edge fashion at Omotesando Hills. Gain an incredible aerial view from the lookout of Tokyo Sky Tree Tower. When you come back down to earth, pay a visit to the Mori Art museum - housed in a contemporary building, containing contemporary pieces.

Day 11
Tokyo, Japan
None Breakfast

We hope you enjoyed your journey through ancient Asian history! You’ll be transferred to Tokyo’s international airport today, where you can check in for your international flight to your onward destination.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Description

Travel back in time and explore Japanese history from the 3rd century to the present day, with our fascinating Historic Japan itinerary. These action-packed 11 days of luxury travel, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Kamakura & Yokohama are sure to meet your cultural and adventurous traveling dreams. Explore ancient history in the morning at Tokyo’s 7th century temples before shopping for the highest quality of electronics in Omotesando Hills. Enjoy all the modern day luxuries as you peek into ancient times.


Highlights


  • Explore the largest wooden structure in the world: the Todaiji Temple

  • Listen for the deceased scholar, Sugawara Michizane’s spirit whispering around his shrine

  • Reflect in silence as you tour Hiroshima and see the sight of the A-bomb over 70 years after WWII

  • Tour the Edo Castle and see how ancient Japanese Royalty truly lived

About Us

Remote Lands is the world’s foremost ultra-luxe bespoke travel designer focused exclusively on Asia. We provide the very finest that Asia has to offer, from pool villas and private jets to unique experiences within far-flung cultures off the beaten path. Our attention to detail, personalized service, creativity and deep knowledge of Asia set us apart.

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable


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Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
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Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
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Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
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Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The Remote Lands Guides were excellent. The cars used for transportation were roomy and clean. The hotels were 5 star and their attention to detail was over the top. There was only perfection from the people we met and it was also comforting to know that our trip was being carefully monitored by Remote Lands supervisors every step of the way. We would recommend Remote Lands to anyone needing exceptional service in Asia.
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