Your Dream Journey Hosted President’s Trip: Japan Revealed

Andrew Harper Travel Journey Overview

Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto

Duration: 12 Days: March 31 - April 11, 2020


In April 2020, join Andrew Harper Travel Managing Director, Brett Cumberland, his wife Anna and an extraordinary host, Maya Kudo on a tour through Japan. Maya Kudo is a passionate world traveler and enthusiastic foodie that's visited more than 50 countries. On this journey through Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto, Maya Kudo is the perfect guide to showcase all the ins and outs of this beautiful country.

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Days 1-2 Tokyo

Depart on an overnight flight. Upon arrival, you are met and escorted to the airport limousine bus for the drive to the elegant Peninsula Hotel opposite the Imperial Palace and Gardens. Settle into your guestroom before a welcome reception.

Stay Overnight

Days 3-5 Tokyo

Begin day three strolling the Imperial Gardens, where the cherry blossoms bloom. Then in the Omotesando neighborhood, see fine examples of contemporary architecture. Afterward, meet a sumo wrestler, see a private demonstration and then stop by the Sumo and Edo Tokyo Museum. The journey continues when you participate in a traditional Japanese drum lesson and enjoy the performance by a professional drummer, followed by a visit to Tokyo's Sky Deck for a panoramic view of the city. On day five, visit the home of one of Japan's most prolific woodblock-print artists, Ayomi Yoshida.

Stay Overnight

Day 6 Mount Fuji, Hakone

By bullet train, head to the sacred Mount Fuji and take in the spectacular view. Take a tour of the Hakone Open-Air Museum—a sculpture park exhibiting work by Picasso, Henry Moore, and other masters. The next two nights are spent at a lovely traditional ryoken on the grounds of a former imperial summer villa.

Accommodations: Gōra Kadan

Day 7 Lake Ashi, Hakone

Begin the day by taking a boat tour of Lake Ashi, a submerged crater formed by a volcanic eruption three millennia ago. Afterward, disembark in the town of Hakone. For centuries, artisans have created intricate marquetry of inlaid wood objects with ingenious patterns. Learn about the interesting process of how these objects are made by visiting a workshop. In the afternoon experience all that the ryokan has to offer at your own leisure.

Accommodations: Gōra Kadan

Day 8 Nara and Kyoto

Take a train to Nara, the first capital city of Japan. Then enter Todaiji, a temple complex that houses the “Daibatsu,” an immense Buddha statue. Continue to Kasuga Taisha, founded in the eighth century as a Shinto shrine. Afterward, drive to Kyoto and check in to the luxurious The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto.

Accommodations: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Days 9-11 Kyoto

Kyoto was founded in the eighth century and served as the empire’s capital until 1868. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts the largest number of National Treasures of any Japanese city. Explore a number of these sites including Kinkaku-ji, a Zen temple and Nijo-jo Castle. The next day, visit Miho Musuem, the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine, and partake in a peaceful Zen meditation at a local temple. Take a stroll along cherry-blossom-lined streets and witness graceful geishas pass by on foot. On your final day in Kyoto, visit the famed temple Sanjusangendo and attend a pottery workshop. In the evening, gather for a festive geisha farewell dinner.

Accommodations: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Day 12 Departure

Transfer to the airport in Osaka to catch your flight home.