9-Nights Essence of Japan
Discover Japan’s “greatest hits” on this 10-day Japan luxury vacation through its essential metropolises and landscapes. Fall in love with Tokyo’s frenetic energy, relax in Hakone’s peaceful charm, and dive into Kyoto’s cultural riches for an all-encompassing glimpse into the very best this exciting country has to offer.
9 nights from $17000 per person
Supplier: Ker & Downey
Huge department stores brim with shoppers, neon flashes from dusk to dawn, and the entire world pays heed to the slightest fluctuation on the Nikkei Index. From the Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine to the fabled Ginza district, 20th-century Tokyo is an intriguing composite of East and West. Yuppies sporting Walkmen bow formally in greeting. Women in kimonos and Dior suits stroll side-by-side. Geishas play samisens while disc jockeys play the Top Forty. Japanese houses of wood and paper stand in the shadow of towering steel and mortar. Not far away, one of the world's most impressive sights soars 12,388 feet to its snow-clad peak: Mount Fuji, the majestic symbol of Japan.
The city of Hakone lies nestled in the midst of spectacular Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. About 20 million tourists from overseas as well as from all over Japan visit Hakone every year, seeking the resplendent enjoyments this famous resort area offers throughout the year. In order to both encourage and accommodate the growing number of visitors to Hakone, the latest information on the area's natural wonders is made available and exhaustive effort is made to improve accommodations, local transportation and recreational facilities. Considerable attention has been paid to the preservation of the area's scenic beauty and of its unique cultural heritage.
Kyoto, as publicized in guidebooks and travel magazines, is a very special city in Japan. In Kyoto, the past still lives on in nearly 2,000 shrines and temples, six historical preservation districts and an abundance of beautiful natural scenery. Through close connections with other forms of culture such as the tea ceremony and performing arts and festivals, textile, dye, ceramics, 'sake'-brewing, fans, dolls, and lacquerware industries, which were supported by imperial, religious and political rulers throughout Kyoto's history, continue to thrive as they were passed down through generations. Kyoto's technological prowess continues to attract worldwide attention. Also, Kyoto is also known as a center of educational and research. It is therefore no surprise Kyoto became the first city in Japan to emerge as a major convention destination and continues to be unrivalled in its popularity. Kyoto has preserved and continues to develop those factors which make it the ideal convention destination: history, culture, tradition, academics, technological progress, accessibility and professional experience in conference management.
Valid Travel Dates
- Accommodations as indicated per itinerary
- Meals per itinerary
- Private guided explorations through Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, and Nara
- Visit to Mt. Fuji's 5th station for photographic opportunities
- Traditional ryokan experience at Gora Kadan Exquisite kaiseki dining at Gora Kadan
- Onsen and hot spring baths
- Walk along the Hakone Ropeway to Lake Ashi
- Excursion to the Hakone Open-Air Museum
- Special tea ceremony in Kyoto
- Day trip to Nara
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