Luxury Japan Tour October 2018 - the Jidai Matsuri

Luxury Japan October 2022

Luxury Japan Tour October 2022

Our Luxury Japan Tour October 2022 includes the best of everything Japan has to offer. The tour is designed for newcomers to Japan who want first class hotels and services. It follows a leisurely pace without one night stays. We also keep the groups small – up to a maximum of 16 people. This allows you to have some very personal experiences and see life in Japan first hand. You will have your own tour escort throughout as well as the very best local guides each day. We time the tour to include the Jidai Festival and to see the autumn colours in a perfect climate.

We planned our Luxury Japan Tour October 2022 to be comfortable but also include a variety of experiences for those who like a bit of adventure. You will make use of various forms of Japan’s superb public transport. This includes First Class travel on the bullet trains but we also sometimes use coaches or taxis for your convenience. Your luggage is sent by courier between each location so you can travel light. The tour finishes with a spectacular ‘farewell dinner’ where geisha will entertain you in a private performance. This gives you the chance to find out about the real life of a geisha and take those magical photos.

About two months before departure we will advise you of the confirmed tour details, including accommodation and also offer you the chance to see traditional entertainment such as kabuki.

Talk to us about joining this or another of our Luxury Japan Tours or feel free to get in touch with any questions you have about this or any of our tours.

Day Schedule Transport Hotel Meals Places
October 10th

Flight to Japan



October 11th

You are met on arrival in Japan and assisted with your transfer to the hotel in Tokyo. The group will get together in the early evening for a welcome drink, after which those who wish to join us at a recommended restaurant are welcome to do so.

Airport Bus or TrainThe Prince Gallery Kioicho


October 12th

Our first day in Japan begins with a sushi making lesson with a top chef. You’ll learn how to prepare the rice – the most important part of sushi – as well as cutting the fish correctly and how to shape the various styles of sushi. After the lesson, you’ll be able to lunch on your own creations!

The afternoon begins with a stroll through Hamarikyu gardens, an oasis of traditional Japan amongst the skyscrapers. We continue by boat on the Sumida River to Tokyo’s oldest temple, Asakusa Kannon.

Taxi, Boat, Local Train, WalkingThe Prince Gallery Kioicho

Breakfast, Lunch

Tokyo, Asakusa, Hamarikyu Gardens
October 13th

We begin the day at the Tokyo National Museum, home to a vast collection of Japanese art and antiquities. We continue on to Akihabara, Tokyo’s famous high-tech shopping district and recently the home to a number of maid cafés.
The rest of the day is at your leisure - we would be happy to assist you with visiting Meiji Shrine, the trendy Omotesando shopping area or anywhere else in the capital that may be of personal interest.

Walking, Taxi, Local TrainThe Prince Gallery Kioicho


Tokyo, Akihabara, Tokyo National Museum, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Omotesando
October 14th

We depart the capital and make our first stop at the Taya Caves. The modest entrance belies an astonishing maze of tunnels and carved Buddhist images, all created by hand over a 500 year period. It’s a short trip to Kamakura where we visit the Great Buddha and Tsuruoka Hachiman Shrine whilst enjoying views out to the Pacific Ocean. Today’s destination is Hakone and our lakeside hotel with fabulous views across Lake Ashi to Mount Fuji.
Due to our rural location, we offer dinner at the hotel as our guests.

CoachOdakyu Hotel de Yama

Breakfast & Dinner

The Taya Caves, Kamakura, Kamakura Great Buddha, Hachiman-gu Shrine, Hasedera Temple, Hakone
October 15th

We have a day to enjoy the views of Mount Fuji as we explore the local area on the cable car, steam boat ride or our private coach when convenient. We go to Mt Komagatake or Owakudani and, weather permitting, see Mt Fuji as a majestic background.
The day continues with a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum, featuring about 120 exhibits from well known sculptors in a park setting and an extensive collection of Picasso works in the Pavilion. On our way back to the hotel we pay a special visit to the Yosegi parquetry studio’s workshop to admire the workmanship behind this very traditional form of inlaid woodcraft. You can enjoy a stroll by the lake or to the nearby Hakone Shrine before dinner

Steamer, Cable Car, Train, CoachOdakyu Hotel de Yama

Breakfast & Dinner

Hakone, Mt Fuji, Hakone Open Air Museum
October 16th

We leave Hakone and experience our first bullet train speeding west. The smooth ride in these spotless carriages makes it a very relaxing way to get from A to B. We stop in Okayama to see Korakuen, one of Japan’s three famous “walking” gardens. From here we take a short bullet train journey to Hiroshima where we stay for two nights.

Bullet train, TaxiSheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel


Okayama, Hiroshima, Korakuen Gardens
October 17th

A local train takes us to the ferry across to Miyajima for a leisurely day on the island. We visit Itsukushima shrine in its serene setting, perched over the tidal waters opposite the iconic torii gate. There is time to explore the island, visiting the island peak on foot or by cable car, and to wander around the village and browse in the shops. It is common to see Japanese style weddings taking place on this sacred island.

Local Train, Ferry, Cable CarSheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel


Hiroshima, Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, Daisho-in Temple
October 18th

We start the day with a short tram ride to visit the Atomic Dome and Peace Park. It is a moving experience to see the museum exhibition and the thousands of “peace” origami cranes sent daily to the park.

We leave Hiroshima on the bullet train and connect to an express train following the coast down to Beppu. We see the devil’s (thermal) pools and try a sand bath in Japan’s most famous hot spring town. We then take a coach up into the mountain town of Yufuin where we have two nights to experience the hospitality, hot spring baths and fantastic traditional food in our Japanese Inn.

Tram, Bullet Train, Express Train, CoachSaigakukan Ryokan

Breakfast & Dinner

Hiroshima Peace Park, Beppu, Yufuin
October 19th

We travel by coach towards the vast caldera that encircles Mount Aso, stopping first to see the superb panoramic views from the northern edge. The road steeply descends to the base of the caldera before continuing to the foot of Mount Aso and then we enjoy a nature trekking tour with the curator of Aso volcano museum at Kusasenri . On our return we visit the remarkable pottery village of Onta. We can see how a small group of families continue to produce pottery with traditional methods dating back hundreds of years.

CoachSaigakukan Ryokan

Breakfast & Dinner

Yufuin, Mount Aso
October 20th

You have another opportunity to enjoy a traditional breakfast before the train journey back east towards Kyoto. We follow the inland route through the green landscapes of northern Kyushu before rejoining the bullet train one final time. We will reach Kyoto in the early afternoon.
You are free for the rest of the day, and can relax in your hotel or explore the adjoining modern station complex with its myriad of shops and stunning architecture.

Express Train, Bullet TrainThe Celestine, Kyoto Gion


October 21st

We travel to the nearby lowland mountains to a Japanese tea farm. This special experience includes picking the tea leaves, processing them by hand, tasting the fresh tea and taking some home. We also grind the intense green tea and learn about all the different varieties of Japanese tea. The tour of the farm includes breathtaking views of rolling tea fields and we enjoy a traditional “bento” lunch including a variety of culinary specialties made from the local tea leaves.
We head to the ancient capital of Nara to see the picturesque park, home to a number of temples and deer in beautiful landscaped gardens. From the huge sitting Buddha in Todaiji Temple we gently walk up to Nigatsu-do Temple.

CoachThe Celestine, Kyoto Gion

Breakfast & Lunch

Nara, Todaiji, Nara Park
October 22nd

This morning starts in the foothills on the east side of Kyoto as we head up to Kiyomizu Temple. From here, there are fantastic views over the whole city. We return to central Kyoto and visit the bustling Nishiki market, a great place to find some unusual presents.
In the afternoon we have tickets to watch the Jidai Matsuri, a traditional costumed parade reliving Kyoto’s Meiji and Heian Eras. You are free for the rest of the day, and we would be delighted to guide you around the shops or help you visit somewhere of personal interest.

Coach, Taxi, WalkingThe Celestine, Kyoto Gion


Kiyomizu Temple
October 23rd

This morning starts at the Golden Pavilion, so called because the glittering temple is overlaid with glittering gold leaf. Nearby is the stone garden in Ryoan-ji Temple, a representation of Zen philosophy, consisting of fifteen stones placed in white sand representing islands in an expanding sea. We return to the hotel with a couple of hours free time to relax.
This evening you are treated to a special private dinner with dancing and music performed by two Geisha. You will have a chance to hear about this mysterious world and ask your own questions with the help of an interpreter. Keen photographers can also snap some truly memorable shots. After dinner we take a night walk around the Gion area.

CoachThe Celestine, Kyoto Gion

Breakfast & Dinner

Kinkakuji, Ryoanji Temple, Gion
October 24th

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home or follow your onward arrangements.

Airport Train


The Prince Gallery Kioicho

The Prince Gallery Kioicho

The Prince Gallery’s Kioicho Tokyo hotel is perhaps at first “hidden,” in the sense that you need ascend to the 16th floor in order to locate the lobby. Only a short distance from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station and directly connected to Nagatacho Station, the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho has easy access to the dynamic capital. It’s also conveniently…

Type: accommodation  |  Category: Luxury hotel

Odakyu Hotel de Yama

Odakyu Hotel de Yama is nestled on the shores of Lake Ashi, with superb views of Mt Fuji from the extensive gardens. Mt Fuji is one of those iconic images but regular visitors to Japan will tell you that it often becomes shrouded in cloud. The view is usually clearest in the early morning; staying…

Type: accommodation  |  Category: Mid-range hotel

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

The Sheraton Hiroshima opened its doors during the Spring 2011 and quickly became established as the best place to stay in Hiroshima. This very modern hotel offers comfortable rooms and excellent facilities with a swimming pool and spa. It is conveniently located next to Hiroshima Station which makes for a smooth tour. From here it…

Type: accommodation  |  Category: Luxury hotel

Saigakukan Ryokan

Saigakukan is a traditional Ryokan nestling on the hillside on one side of Yufuin village, with superb views across the plateau to Mt Yukudake. With only 24 rooms, this ryokan has an intimate atmosphere enhanced by its authentic architecture and rural setting. Though the rooms are traditional in style, Saigakukan can offer western beds for…

Type: accommodation  |  Category: Mid-range ryokan
The Celestine Kyoto Gion

The Celestine, Kyoto Gion

A peaceful location in the heart of Gion, near Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine and other sightseeing spots. The Celestine Kyoto Gion features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a large public bath. Free WiFi in public areas and Concierge services are on-site. Aiming to be a hotel loved by people who adore the culture and aesthetic…

Type: accommodation  |  Category: Luxury hotel

Luxury Japan October 2022 Tour Price and Booking Details

Please note that tour dates and prices will be confirmed approximately 10 months before departure.

Price per person: £6,295 / $8,200 (flights are not included)
Single supplement £2,195 / $2,900

*A single supplement is necessary for all single bookings

*Prices are valid for exchange rates exceeding £1 = 125 yen

Flight prices start from around £600 in economy, £1000 in premium economy, £2000 in business depending on airline and departure airport. Flight classes can often be mixed and then the airfare is approximately the average of the two fares.

Minimum number of people: 10
Maximum number of people: 16

The tour is guaranteed as soon as we receive 10 guaranteed bookings. In the unlikely event there are less than 10 confirmed bookings 60 days before departure the tour may be cancelled or offered to you with modified conditions.


Please note that there is a small chance that the price will change due to taxes or the pound – yen exchange rate (see above & booking conditions). However all prices are guaranteed from 60 days before departure.

Full tour details including confirmed hotels will be sent to you by 10th August 2022.

Optional extras

We will be happy to make a personal quote for any of the following:

  • Requests for additional services during the tour including theatre tickets
  • Additional accommodation or personal tours before or after the scheduled tour Bookings

Bookings are confirmed by sending a signed and completed booking form which includes all participants and making the deposit payment of £1000 per person by cheque or bank transfer.

Once we have received the booking form and the deposit payment has been cleared we will send you booking confirmation with tour details within 2 working days.

We can accept a provisional booking which hold a place on the tour. To keep a provisional booking we must receive a completed booking form within 7 days. This will be held until you confirm or cancel. If we contact you before that, you will be given at least 7 days to decide. If you wish to confirm we must receive your deposit as cleared funds within 14 days.

Your Financial Protection:

All monies paid by you for an air holiday package as shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 6977

If you purchase a tour without flights then you are protected by our ABTOT insurance. For more information, see our Booking Terms and Conditions

Included in Tour Package Price

  • Airport meeting and assistance on arrival
  • Hotel transfer to and from arrival and departure airports
  • Escorted service from first evening in Kyoto throughout tour available 24hrs/day up to and including final hotel departure
  • Emergency assistance from our Japan Office throughout tour
  • Local Japanese guides in addition to group escort above
  • All accommodation (total 13 nights in Japan and 1 night on overnight flight)
  • All meals as shown on itinerary (total excl. meals on flights; 13 breakfast, 0 lunch, 5 dinner)
  • All train travel in first class including the bullet train (where available)
  • All other transport except during free time as shown on itinerary
  • All entry fees and any other necessary fees and tips except during free time
  • Luggage courier service whenever changing tour location

Not Included in Tour Package Price

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not listed on brief itinerary
  • Incidental costs such as personal laundry, drinks, snacks
  • Passport and other visa document fees (UK citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Japan)