Your Dream Journey Japan Highlights

Andrew Harper Travel Journey Overview


Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Kamikochi, Matsumoto, Hakone

Duration: 14 days

Starting at: $20,916 per person

There are so many amazing destinations and hidden gems to discover in the depths of Japan. This remote island where artisans are living treasures, where gardens are living portraits, and where cutting-edge technology shapes the world. Through our partner, Windows To Japan, an Andrew Harper Travel advisor will be your guide to plan your trip from Tokyo to Kyoto to the Japanese Alps and the hot springs of Hakone and anywhere in between.

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Day 1 Tokyo

Once you arrive at Narita or Haneda International Airport, your driver will privately transfer you to the exquisite Peninsula Tokyo hotel. For the remainder of the day relax and partake in the hotel’s many amenities. If so inclined, enjoy the natural solace of the Kokyo Gaien National Garden. About a 9-minute walk from the hotel, this vast array of black pines and moats are within view of the Imperial Palace.

Stay Overnight The Peninsula Tokyo

The Peninsula Tokyo

Stylish 314-room hotel opposite the Imperial Palace, a short walk from the shopping district of Ginza.

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Day 2 Tokyo

Via private tour, explore Tokyo, the heart of modern Japan. Discover the city’s sublime paradoxes, from historic neighborhoods and ancient temples to electronic-wonders and pop-culture. Witness the Tokyo of centuries past at the Fukagawa Edo museum, behold the grandeur of Asakusa, with craft shops and food vendors leading to the Sensoji Buddhist temple, and get dazzled by Tokyo’s anime subcultures in Akihabara. Take an evening stroll through Shinjuku and observe a panoramic view of the city at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. To end the day, bask in the nightlife of Kabukicho and savor an aromatic bowl of authentic ramen noodles.

Stay Overnight The Peninsula Tokyo

The Peninsula Tokyo

Stylish 314-room hotel opposite the Imperial Palace, a short walk from the shopping district of Ginza.

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Day 3 Tokyo

Enjoy a day of sightseeing on your own in Tokyo. Visit the Hamarikyu Gardens and the serenity of the Nakajima Tea House, set upon a lake in the garden’s center. Take a tour and relish lunch at the Tsukiji Fish Market, the world-renowned market where a single blue fin tuna could sell for thousands of dollars. For the stationary buff in your family, visit Itōya, in the Ginza shopping district, for a luxurious selection of papers, ledgers, and fountain pens. End the day on the man-made island of Odaiba, one of Tokyo’s high-tech entertainment hubs.

Stay Overnight The Peninsula Tokyo

The Peninsula Tokyo

Stylish 314-room hotel opposite the Imperial Palace, a short walk from the shopping district of Ginza.

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Day 4 Tokyo

This day will take you to places where you’ll witness the spectrum of Japanese culture, from its ancient rituals to its pop-cultured attuned youth. Visit Meiji Shrine Homotsuden Garden, to observe the pageantry of a Japanese wedding and graveled trails with massive tree canopies that filter the sun and awaken the soul. Take a trip to Harajuku to admire the best and most unique in Japanese alternative fashion. Lastly, go to Omotesando, Tokyo’s Champs Elysees and Shibuya to take a glimpse at the latest in Japanese trends and attire on parade.

Stay Overnight The Peninsula Tokyo

The Peninsula Tokyo

Stylish 314-room hotel opposite the Imperial Palace, a short walk from the shopping district of Ginza.

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Day 5 Kyoto

In the morning take a private transfer and embark on a bullet train from Tokyo to experience the significance of Kyoto’s east side, known as the Higashiyama district. Upon arrival you’ll meet your private guide and begin the day with a trip to the graceful garden of Heian Shrine, leading to a visit to the acclaimed Silver Pavilion, followed by a beautiful and leisurely walk along the celebrated Philosopher’s Path. Then visit Kyoto’s most photogenic slopes, known for its winding streets filled with small, specialized shops and cafés set against the backdrop of Kyoto’s eastern mountains.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 6 Kyoto

Partake in a private guided tour and be enlightened on the fundamentals of Japanese aesthetics, Zen, and horticulture, through visits to some of Kyoto’s most renowned sights. Your guide will lead you to the stone garden at Ryoanji Temple, the spectacular Golden Pavilion, the Shogun’s Castle, and the charming and historic downtown market. Walk along some of Kyoto’s most picturesque streets and perhaps catch a glimpse of a graceful geisha in Gion. In the afternoon, participate in a tea ceremony or meet with a young local who lives on temple grounds and listen to his inspiring stories of everyday life with monks, priests, artists, architects, philosophers, and academics. Indulge in the flavor of matcha green tea and simple sweets at the host’s traditionally-styled home.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 7 Kyoto

Begin the day by exploring the Western part of Kyoto – Arashiyama. Experience the famous and storied Togetsukyo bridge; Otagi Nenbutsu Temple, a gorgeous, hidden temple with many Rakkan sculptures; and the Tenryuji Zen Temple with its renowned garden. Arashiyama is also home of the Monkey Park, where families of wild macaque roam freely, and Toei Movie Studio Park, which was a commonplace for geisha and samurai. Then visit one of Japan’s most photographed shrines, Fushimi Inari, with its thousands of brilliant, red torii gates lining its sacred mountain trails. The evening will be fit with entertainment, great company, and food as you enjoy a Michelin Star dinner with a Kyoto geisha.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 8 Takayama

In the morning you will be transferred to Kyoto station to take a train and travel into the Japanese Alps to the small town of Takayama, which exhibits the charms of old Japan. Boasting preserved areas from the feudal period (12th to the 16th centuries), this town allows you to soak in the atmosphere of the past. After checking into your hotel, in the afternoon enjoy a private tour exploring the preserved streets of Sannomachi and admire the Festival Floats Exhibition. In the evening, indulge in one of Takayama’s delicacies, Hida beef — a high quality marbled beef that is rivaled only by the famous beef of Kobe.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a luxury accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 9 Takayama

Spend the morning sightseeing Takayama and witness its renowned morning markets, locals selling fresh fruit, mountain vegetables, flowers, and other knickknacks. Then continue by bus to Shirakawa-go — one of Japan’s near-mythical scenic views. Shirakawa-go is a quiet, picturesque village located in a secluded area deep in the Southern Japanese Alps. It is dotted with houses and small rice fields and connected by a network of watercourses. This is a World Heritage Site that is best known for its gassho-zukuri — traditional A-framed, mountain-style farmhouses.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a luxury accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 10 Kamikochi – Matsumoto

Take a hike through the beautiful forests of Kamikochi. In the morning meet your driver and transfer to this valley set deep within the Japanese Alps with magnificent scenery, easy walking trails along a turquoise-colored river, active wildlife, and an abundance of natural bliss. Bask in this nature reserve and the relaxed atmosphere with plenty of fresh air.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a luxury accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 11 Matsumoto - Hakone

Spend the day exploring the enchanting Matsumoto with your private guide. Matsumoto is famous for its black crow castle—one of the oldest castles in Japan. Next up, visit Nakamichi – a district with a content atmosphere that includes a small market, awe-inspiring galleries, and other hidden secrets. Make a stop in Obuse, famous for once being the home of a great woodblock print artist. In the evening, transfer to your accommodations in Hakone.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 12 Hakone

Today take in the glorious sites of Hakone, known as the nature-filled backyard of Tokyo. Hakone is a nature reserve with hot springs, great museums and the best views of sacred Mt. Fuji. Visit the main sights in the area including the famous Open-Air Museum and the active volcanic valley of Owakudan. End the day with a short cruise across the scenic Lake Ashi. Afterwards, head back to your accommodation with unforgettable memories.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 13 Tokyo

Start the day by meeting your driver to make your way back to Tokyo, visiting the art and architecture of the Enoura Observatory en route. Enjoy the day at your own leisure, with time in Tokyo in the evening to relax and even pick up some gifts before heading home.

Stay Overnight Aman Tokyo

Aman Tokyo

Distinguished 84-room hotel, and Aman’s first urban property, set in the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower in the heart of the financial district, a short walk from Tokyo Station.

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Day 14 Departure

A driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you by private transfer to Haneda or Narita Airport for your departure home.

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, except where noted. Room categories, dates of travel and change to services will affect the price. Dollar conversions shown will fluctuate throughout the year. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office to customize this itinerary to fit your needs.