Multi-Day Tour

Japan's Cultural Treasures (11 days)

Cox and Kings

Tokyo, Japan To Tokyo, Japan

Japan's Cultural Treasures (11 days)


Day 1
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Marriott Hotel - 3 Nights None
You will be met by a representative who will escort you to a private car with English speaking driver to take you directly to the hotel.
Day 2
Mount Fuji
Tokyo Marriott Hotel Breakfast, Lunch
This morning you will be driven out to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, the home of legendary Mount Fuji. At 12,388 feet above sea level, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, probably the most famous symbol of Japan, and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. The base of Mount Fuji, which forms an almost perfect circle, stretches 22 to 25 miles from east to west and the same distance from north to south. The volcano has not been active for more than 250 years, but apparently there was a time when smoke rising from its crater was a familiar feature of the landscape.

You will be taken to the shores of Lake Ashi, a lake created from a volcanic crater, which is surrounded by wooded slopes that are dotted with small shrines. Board a cruise boat to travel across Lake Ashi to Hakone-en garden. From the garden, take the ropeway (cable car) up Mount Komagatake for a panoramic view of Mount Fuji and the valley below. Return to Tokyo.
Day 3
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Marriott Hotel Breakfast, Lunch
Note: Today your main luggage will be couriered to your hotel in Kanazawa, so please pack an overnight bag for your last night in Tokyo. You may only send 1 large suitcase or bag as your main luggage - any additional bags will incur extra fees, payable locally.

The day begins with a visit to Asakusa Kannon temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. The temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, said to have been caught in the nearby Sumida river by two fishermen in 628 AD, although the image is not on display to the public. The present temple dates from 1950 and is a popular meeting place on holidays and weekends. Directly in front is the Nakamise-dori shopping street.

Continue to the Tokyo National Museum. You will be taken to the main building where the exhibits include historic costumes such as samurai armor and swords, fine kimonos, antique folding screens, tea ceremony utensils and Japanese paintings.

Eat a traditional kushiage lunch. This consists of skewers of meat, vegetables, cheese, fish and seafood, which are served deep-fried, together with miso soup and other condiments.

In the afternoon, take a tour of the Imperial East Garden and the Meiji Shrine.

The Imperial East Garden is the only part of the Imperial Palace complex that is open to the public. Entry is through the Ote-mon Gate, which was once the principal gate of the city of Edo, the former name of Tokyo. The garden lies at what was the heart of the old Edo castle. From the gardens there are views of central Tokyo.

End the day with a visit to the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan. The grounds in which the shrine is set has approximately 100,000 trees and creates a tranquil setting in the heart of the city. You will have some time at leisure to explore the area.

Note: The order of the sightseeing above is subject to change depending on local conditions.
Day 4
Kanazawa, Japan
Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa - 2 Nights Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, you will be collected at your hotel and taken to the station.

On arrival at the station, you will be provided a Japanese bento box lunch. These bento boxes have a number of small compartments typically holding small portions of rice, fish or meat and pickled or cooked vegetables.

Travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) between Tokyo and Kanazawa, an approximate journey time of 2 hours 35 minutes.

On arrival at Kanazawa, you will be met and taken to your hotel.

Enjoy an afternoon tour of Kanazawa. Begin with a visit to Kenroku-en, one of Japan's finest gardens. Created in 1822, Kenroku-en is classified as one of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens. The name 'Kenroku-en' literally means 'Garden of the Six Sublimities', referring to the six attributes that make up a perfect garden: spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and broad views. This garden used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle and was constructed over a period of two centuries. It features various ponds, streams, waterfalls, bridges, teahouses, trees, stones and flowers. During the spring, cherry blossoms are wonderful here, followed by irises in the summer. By autumn, Japanese maples color the garden with rich yellow, red, purple and brown.

Adjacent to the garden is the Kanazawa Castle Park, the site of Kanazawa Castle which was built in the 16th century as the base for the powerful Maeda clan. The original buildings were been burnt down or destroyed many times over the years, but various gates, storehouses and turrets have been rebuilt, including the main Ishikawa-mon gate that dates from the 18th century.
Day 5
Kanazawa, Japan
Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa Breakfast
This morning, proceed on a tour of Kanazawa. You will be collected from your hotel and driven south-west towards Gokayama, making a stop at the Omicho market. The market is a maze of covered streets lined by more than 200 shops and stalls, selling a huge range of goods including fresh food, clothing and flowers.

Continue to the Higashi-Chayamachi district, home to many chaya buildings, which were traditional places of feasting and where geishas would entertain guests. The chayas are notable for their beautiful lattice work known as 'kimusuko'. Some have been converted into restaurants, teahouses or souvenir shops. End the day at Hakuza, a workshop where you will have the chance to observe the 'kinpaku' process of gold leaf production, a craft that Kanazawa is famous for.

In the afternoon, visit to Shirakawago. Drive through the mountainous Shokawa valley region for approximately one hour, then stop at the small settlement of Shirakawago, known for its charming village atmosphere that reflects traditional Japanese rural life. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is characterized by its houses constructed in the traditional architectural style known as gassho-zukuri, meaning 'prayer hands construction' named after the steep slanting roofs that resemble praying hands. Built in this way, the roofs are resistant to heavy snowfall as the steep sides prevent the weight of the snow from collapsing the roof.

Note: Today your main luggage will be couriered to your hotel in Kyoto, so please pack an overnight bag for your last night in Kanazawa. You may only send 1 large suitcase or bag as your main luggage - any additional bags will incur extra fees, payable locally.
Day 6
Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel - 3 Nights Breakfast, Lunch
Travel from Kanazawa to Kyoto by express train. The total journey time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

The journey from Kanazawa to Kyoto is by express train and will take you through the beautiful countryside of Ishikawa and Fukui prefectures. As you approach Kyoto, you will travel round the shores of Japan's largest lake, Biwa-ko.

You will be met and taken to a local restaurant for lunch, then continue with the afternoon tour with tea ceremony.

Begin with a visit to Nijo Castle, which was built in 1603 and has a rich Shogun history, and the Imperial Palace which was once the center of the Japanese empire. Then visit a machiya (traditional wooden townhouse), for a Japanese tea ceremony. Afterwards, take a walk through Nishiki Food Market in the heart of Kyoto. The market is a narrow, five-block-long shopping street lined by more than 100 shops and restaurants. It is known as Kyoto's Kitchen and specializes in all things food related, such as local and seasonal vegetables, fresh seafood, knives and cookware, and Kyoto's specialities like pickles and dried seafood. After the excursion, continue to your hotel.
Day 7
Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel Breakfast, Lunch
The tour starts at Ryoanji Temple. This temple belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism and was founded in 1450. The adjoining garden is an austere collection of 15 rocks adrift in a sea of sand. This is known as the 'kare-sansui' style, the interpretation is left to the individual, with some saying it is like islands on the sea, others like peaks above the clouds. The rest of the temple's gardens are also attractive.

Continue to Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion and one of Japan's most famous sights. Set among well-tended gardens, this glittering temple is covered entirely in gold leaf and is set on a small lake. The original, dating from 1394, was burned down by a student protester over 50 years ago, but was immediately restored.

This afternoon, enjoy a tour of Nara. Drive to Nara, which from 710 to 794AD was the heart of Japanese cultural and political life. Today, the city is packed with shrines and temples and is a busy tourist pilgrimage spot.

You will be taken to some of its more notable and attractive shrines and to the Nara Deer Park. The park covers a finely wooded area of 5.25 hectares and is popularly known as Deer Park for its herd of more than 1,000 gentle deer. These deer are regarded as divine messengers of the Kasuga-taisha shrine, and locals often feed them special biscuits that are obtainable at the park.

Visit the Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden temple building in the world. The present structure was built in 1709 after a fire destroyed the original. The original building was more than two thirds the size of the current one and in the 17th century it was truly a marvel and a huge landmark. Inside the main hall is a giant buddha statue and intricate wooden carvings of characters by the sculptor Unkei dating from the 13th century and which have recently been restored.

Continue to the Kasuga-taisha shrine, Nara's most celebrated shrine and dedicated to the deity responsible for protecting the city. The shrine is also famous for its numerous bronze and stone lanterns, which have been donated by worshippers and are lit twice a year on the occasion of the lantern festivals in early February and mid August.

Note: The order of the sightseeing above is subject to change depending on local conditions.
Day 8
Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel Breakfast
Day 9
Hiroshima, Japan
Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel - 1 Night Breakfast, Lunch
Note: Today your main luggage will be couriered to your hotel in Tokyo, so please pack an overnight bag for your stay in Hiroshima. You may only send 1 large suitcase or bag as your main luggage - any additional bags will incur extra fees, payable locally.

Today, you will be collected at your hotel and taken to the station to board the bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima. The journey takes 1 hour and 43 minutes.

On arrival at Hiroshima, you will be collected at the station and taken to your hotel for lunch.

This afternoon, embark on a tour of Hiroshima. Also known as Rijo (Carp Castle), Hiroshima Castle was originally constructed in 1589 but much of it was dismantled following the Meiji Restoration, leaving only the donjon, main gates and turrets. The remainder was reconstructed as a modern ferro-concrete replica in 1958.

Continue to the A-Bomb Museum & Peace Memorial Park, built by the people of the city to symbolize their wishes for everlasting peace. Of particular interest are the Peace Memorial Museum, the Memorial Cenotaph and the Flame of Peace. You will be escorted in the park by a bomb attack survivor, or one of their relatives, who, using your guide as a translator, will give you a unique perspective on the city.
Day 10
Tokyo, Japan
Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu - 1 Night Breakfast
Drive from Hiroshima to Miyajimaguchi, a journey of approximately 12 miles and approximately 30 minutes. Take a 10-minute ferry ride from Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima Island.

Enjoy an afternoon tour of Miyajima Island. After disembarking at the ferry proceed on foot along the coastline past small shops and cafes towards the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. Before reaching the shrine you will see the famous red Torii Gate, one of the most photographed views in Japan. This is actually the gate to Itsukushima shrine and, at high tide, appears to be floating on water. Traditionally the island was considered sacred, and consequently people were not allowed to set foot upon it. Therefore, both the gate and the shrine were built on the water so that pilgrims could visit without walking on the island.

The main shrine and its many subsidiaries and buildings are all connected by wide corridors and galleries, and have been built on piers on the bay so, like the Torii Gate, appear to float on water at high tide. The original structures are thought to have been built in the 6th century, but damaged and rebuilt many times over the years. Itsukushima Shinto Shrine has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of Japan's National Treasures.

Take a 10-minute ferry ride from Miyajima Island to Miyajimaguchi.

Take a local train from Miyajimaguchi to Hiroshima, a journey of approximately 27 minutes. Travel from Hiroshima to Tokyo by Shinkansen train, a journey of 4 hours.

On arrival in Tokyo, you will be met at the station and taken to your hotel.
Day 11
Tokyo, Japan
None Breakfast
After breakfast, you will leave the hotel and, escorted by the guide, catch the free airport shuttle bus from the bus stop outside the hotel to the international terminal. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes.

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Discover the cultural heritage of Japan on this exciting journey through the country's main island of Honshu. Visit the tranquil Kenroku-en garden and the castle of Kanazawa before exploring the imperial city of Kyoto with its many temples and shrines. Experience the somber modern history of Hiroshima, then visit the picturesque island of Miyajima with its iconic Torii gate before finishing back in Tokyo.

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highly recommended

By: rebecca

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2013

Cox and Kings coordinated a complicated itinerary with many different air segments and they were very detailed and thorough. Their guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and very accomodating to the needs and interests of their clients
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Luttenberger
Not Recommended

missed some key things

By: travelgal

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2013

1) hospital not be open on moon day wasted time 2) misinformation about internal connecting flight 3) already had visa and they got duplicate 4) no idea about what time living goddess would appear wasted time again 5) no one reconfirmed departure times, would have been sitting around the airport for hours 6) didn't need as many days as recommended
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overall was fine but could have better

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

the agency used too many different companies and out sourced the trips and guides to different areas that it was difficult to find who was responsible and who to contact in case of an issue. People will be better served if the same company was consistently used. Also if they have booked a room in a hotel, not to book the lowest category of the room in the hotel but give guests an option to book a room with a balcony or overlooking the water
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Never again

By: Johnstew

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2014

I have a major issue with Cox and Kings as a “luxury supplier”.There is more to the term than booking expensive hotels and tours. A well planned, informative experience that ensures client satisfaction must occur. Communication with Cox and Kings was almost nil. There was virtually no information provided to us once they had payment. The final delivery of documents was nothing more than a copy of the original booking marked final. These documents (such as they were) came late. Cox and Kings excuse was they “were waiting on ‘final’ confirmation from suppliers”. Based on the start of our trip, it’s not clear that they were communicating with them any better than they were talking to us.  They failed to tell us that the in country flight could only accomodate 25lbs of luggage, great fun repacking. They screwed up the excursions planned at our first stop and we missed one. Another listed tour stop did not happen and several were not as described. GO ELSEWHERE!
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By: Fellow Traveler

Reviewed on: 27 May 2014

Eva was an excellent guide in Prague.  Enjoyed the tours and would recommend again.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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By: LC47

Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

As a single traveler I thought their services were good but too expensive. The tour operators seemed competent.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Recommended, but with a caveat

By: Jean

Reviewed on: 22 May 2014

Our travel agent used Cox and Kings for our group's three-day stay in Prague. The hotel, Hotel Paris, was wonderful and the tour guide was exceptional.  We had a wonderful time while we were there.  The only disappointment was the Hungarian folk dancing show/dinner.  The local singer and dancers did a very nice job, but the meal was not just bad, it was inedible.  Two slices of gristle in cold, gelatinous gravy, followed by cake so dry it was like sawdust.  Have a glorious time in Prague, but skip that dinner!
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Excellent trip thanks to Cox And Kings

By: Barrett

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2014

The safari experience at three camps was unbelievable. External well planned and executed. Absolutely no flaws. Ready to go back and do it all over again. They know what they are doing. One can have high confidence in their work.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Incan Peru Done Perfectly

By: JohnSt2

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

My wife and I just completed an ideal week in Peru arranged by Cox and Kings, America. The itinerary they planned was executed flawlessly. All the hotels, tours, meals and guides exceeded our high expectations. We stayed in Belmond hotels in Lima, Cusco, Urubamba & Machu Picchu. They are all exceptional; immaculate and well situated; large and well appointed rooms. The staffs are welcoming and couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a memorable stay. Our package included breakfast and lunch. Hotel breakfasts had many choices both North & South American dishes; all tastefully prepared. Lunches at upscale restaurants with a great selection of Peruvian dishes. You’ll love Peruvian cooking & you will get plenty of it. You won't need dinner. Our guide, Henry Coavoy Goongora (we called him Henry), was excellent; able comprehend the subtleties of our questions. He went above & beyond to personalize our experience, e.g. arranging for my wife to ride a Peruvian Paso horse. We had a fantastic time.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Prague One on One

By: Pat and Lee

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Prague. It was one of the best experiences of our trip. Professional and well versed guide who was sensitive to our needs. Made Prague come alive for us. Could not have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Land assistance

By: David

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2016

Cox and kings land packages, and their guides were absolutely excellent as usual.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Well managed operation

By: JRobert

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Cox and Kings spare no effort or cost on every detail of the trip ensuring complete satisfaction in every detail.Particularly impressed by the quality of all the people and the seamless teamwork.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Cox & Kings - India 2017

By: K.Bueso

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

As a tour operator, I would definitely recommend Cox & Kings but I would make mention of certain concerning items which I have not seen with other tour operators such as G Adventures. The Good Cox & Kings made us feel welcomed since the day we arrived in India. A very friendly representative met us at the airport in India with our names on a board. This made us feel welcomed and safe. Also the representative was very helpful in some inquiries we had such as ATM withdrawal and purchase of a SIM Card at the airport. He was very friendly and conversational on the trip to the airport. At every step of the way, Cox & Kings had a representative to meet us and explain the process. We visited four different cities in India and they had several representatives assisting us to make sure the trip was great. The drivers were very professional and on time. The Kind of Bad Not sure if it was Cox & Kings or individual guides, but they push their "trusted" stores on to us for purchasing souvenirs
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Scenic Cruise river tour April 2017

By: sue

Reviewed on: 13 May 2017

We are fans for life .An excellent ship, plus everything was first class...., comfort, wonderful quality, very professional staff. .Excursions, (all choices prepaid with 3 choices) were the best we have experienced , above all others. The entertainment at all venues ,including on board the ship, was top quality. Accommodations for inclement weather ( not too warm and or sunny) were thoughtful and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski

Great planning.

By: High Altitude

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Trip planning and documentation were thorough and complete. Follow-through after trip completion also very good.
Not Recommended

Inconsistency in Trip Planning

By: Anonymous

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

There were many inconsistencies in the planning and execution of this recent trip. Turns out we could have gotten our China Visas in the States and could have bypassed Nepal which was our preference. Receiving other pertainent documents was also done at the last minute. Some of the hotel accommodations (in the countryside in Tibet) were not up to the standards of a trip of this caliber. The service and food at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu was also not up to par. The room at the Uma Paro was tiny and cramped. There was a very long day driving to Gantey, fours hours each way that could have been handled differently, by having us sleep overnight at the Gantey Lodge and returning the next day. Had we known It was a National Holiday in China for 8 days, we would have bypassed the one day in Chendu to see the Pandas; the crowds were horrific and made it very unenjoyable and impossible to see the Pandas even though we got up very early that day.
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Excellent drivers and guides

By: Penny

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

We would recommend Cox and Kings to anyone. Our guide Michele inPrague was excellent. She knows and loves Prague, and it was great to talk with her about so many different aspects of Czech life. All Cox and Kings services were professionally and flawlessly executed.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Cox & Kings tour operators were awesome

By: Humphrey

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

The contact I had with Cox & Kings was great. Dania in the US was really helpful and provided me with all of the information and help I needed. Their representative in Tanzania was very helpful too. Our guide, John was great. He was so knowledgeable about the animals and the parks, and he knew where to look for the animals. We really enjoyed having him as our guide. He was very professional and took very good care of us.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmitz