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HERO Kyoto Landscape Japan

Experiences

Luxury adventure through Japan’s landscapes and traditions

Geographically, Japan is a volcanic archipelago with a landscape that rises to mountains in the north and soft sand beaches fringing its southern islands. Amid its futuristic cities exists an intriguing traditional culture of Buddhist temples, ryokans, and geishas. With wonderful scenery and world-class cuisine, Japan is an intoxicating destination.

When to go
Mar-May, Sept-Nov
From price
$11,000 pp*
Ideal length
10 nights

SUSHI AND SAMURAI IN TOKYO

Your journey begins in incomparable Tokyo. With a guide taking you around its captivating streets, your tour begins at the lively Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, once the world’s largest. Taste mouth-wateringly fresh samples from the encyclopedic seafood section as you soak up the market’s energizing atmosphere.

Afterward, revel in a gastronomic encounter with a talented Japanese chef who will educate you in their traditional culinary culture. Try your hand at crafting fresh sushi before savoring your masterpiece.

Delve into the country’s near-mythical martial culture with a Samurai experience in Tokyo. You’ll wear the Hakata costume and learn more about these iconic warriors, their lifestyle, and etiquette. Once you’ve mastered your grip, posture, and form, swipe your Katana sword through a gyoza mat in this uniquely Japanese adventure.

To immerse yourself further, Pelorus can arrange an exclusive journey through Japan following in the footsteps of the Samurai. Each day introduces you to a new chapter of the Samurai story and with it fresh, thrilling experiences.

Board the bullet train to Jomo-Kogen where you’ll disembark for an exhilarating outdoor adventure. Accompanied by a professional instructor, explore Fox and Willow Canyons for a day filled with canyoning, slides, and cascading waterfalls.

Your time in the immersive melee of Tokyo will conclude with a helicopter flight over the city. You’ll soar past the iconic Tokyo Tower and the Sky Tree, while keeping your eyes peeled for Mount Fuji on a clear day. If you wish for a longer aerial trip that takes you to the mountain itself, Pelorus can arrange this.

SPIRITUAL NIKKO & THE JEWEL OF JAPAN

Escape the crowds in the picturesque town of Nikko, the center of Shinto and Buddhist worship, and an area characterized by mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and wild monkeys. You’ll explore the natural wonders of Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls before visiting Toshogu—Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine. Venture to Nikko in Autumn for glorious autumnal colors that ensconce the traditional ryokans.

Continue your journey to Kanazawa, the “jewel of Japan” and a medieval city with a vivid sense of its history in its streets.  You’ll visit the dazzling all-season Kenrokuen Garden and afterward have a cup of tea with a geisha while a guide translates your captivating conversation.

Venture to the ancient village and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawago. For a truly immersive experience, spend the night in one of gassho-zukuri farmhouses for a fascinating insight into the traditional Japanese family home.

ANCIENT KYOTO & SUNRISE AT FUJI

Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is an absolute must-see with its temples, serene gardens, and traditional wooden architecture. take in its historic atmosphere as you browse the arts and crafts stalls scattered above the charming streets.

Spend the night in the small Buddhist community of Mount Koya, a World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s most magical destinations. Open your eyes to the rhythms of a monk’s life as you meditate, eat local cuisine, and stroll through contemplative stone gardens and the Okunoin Cemetery.

Swap the hustle of the city for the calming atmosphere of Arashiyama, its otherworldly bamboo forest located a short distance from Kyoto. Afterward drift along the Hozu River by boat as you wind through the wooded mountain slopes.

The hilly hot spring town of Hakone is a natural and cultural hot spot. Enjoy a cruise on nearby Lake Ashi, admiring the reflections of the mountains on the water’s surface and delight in the fantastic vistas of Mount Fuji.

With the morning sky still dark, challenge yourself and climb this majestic symbol of Japan. Reach the summit in time for a momentous sunrise in ‘the Land of the Rising Sun.’

If you’re traveling to Japan in winter, the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. Experience world-class skiing in Niseko where daily snow showers blanket the unspoiled wilderness. At the opposite end of the country lies Okinawa prefecture, a chain of subtropical islands where immaculate beaches, diverse marine life, and the castle ruins of the Ryukyu Kingdom are plentiful.

Dive with whale sharks and hammerhead sharks and, from Ishigaki Island, share the waves with graceful manta rays. To observe more of this fragmented island paradise, take a cruise or charter your own boat to go island hopping in this calm region far from Tokyo’s heart-pumping streets.

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 2 adults and 2 children traveling for 10 nights excluding international flights.