Hong Kong, Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto
10 nights / 11 days
Escape to timeless Hong Kong and Japan, where ancient cultures and centuries-old traditions meet cutting-edge architecture and technology, culinary excellence, world-class shopping and remarkable natural beauty.
Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below, or, let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.
Day 1: USA / Hong Kong |
Arrive in Hong Kong and meet your private transfer to the Conrad Hilton Hong Kong, situated above the Pacific Place shopping complex. Unwind in contemporary elegance for three nights and delight in the outdoor swimming pool, health club and afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge. Savor a wide array of acclaimed dining options from innovative Cantonese creations at the Golden Leaf restaurant to traditional, northern Italian dishes at Nicholini's.
Day 2: Hong Kong |
Following your morning tea, explore the highlights of the city on the Deluxe Hong Kong Experience. A must-see in Hong Kong, marvel at the famous Victoria Harbour and its skyline, the passing ships, public parks and beautiful scenery. Ascend Victoria Peak aboard the Peak Tram and experience the breathtaking panorama from 1,811 feet high. Then, smell the incense in the air at picturesque Aberdeen fishing village with its fish market, floating houseboats and restaurants. For an authentic cultural experience, take an optional sampan ride around the harbor. Continue to the open-air Stanley Market, and bargain with shop owners for brand name clothing, accessories, jewelry and your favorite Hong Kong souvenirs.
Day 3: Hong Kong |
Start your day with a flavorful breakfast before embarking on the Lantau Island Explorer. Twice the size of Hong Kong Island, travel to Lantau Island for a day of exploration and wonderment. Begin by boarding the Ngong Ping Cable Car, enjoying the panoramic views as you scale the mountain to the sitting bronze Tain Tan Buddha Shakyamuni, towering at more than 111 feet high. Continue to the Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong's most famous Buddhist temple, followed by a Chinese vegetarian lunch. Then, uncover Hong Kong's past with a nature boat ride to Tai O fishing village, its lush landscapes, stilted houses and life on the water before returning to your hotel.
This evening, enjoy a romantic dinner cruise on the harbor, and delight in the spectacular Symphony of Lights show as the outdoor multi-media extravaganza illuminates the dazzling cityscape. Tune into the show's mobile app to enjoy the show's audio effects.
Day 4 - 5: Hong Kong / Tokyo |
Board your transfer for your comfortable flight to Tokyo. Upon arrival, meet your private transfer to Conrad Tokyo for three nights in the heart of the city. Discover contemporary luxury and the latest technology in Japanese-inspired guestrooms and suites, plus enjoy Executive Lounge options with complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails. Be pampered at the Mizuki Spa or discover the health club with relaxing pool and steam rooms. Delight in a number of dining options from modern French fare at Collage and Japanese cuisine at Kazahana to Cantonese-based Chinese options at China Blue and sophisticated cocktails at the skyscraper bar, TwentyEight.
In the morning, head out for a Panoramic Tokyo Excursion. Immerse in Japanese culture on this half-day experience as you visit the Meiji Jingu Shrine, honoring Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken with its distinguished forest of 100,000 trees from all over Japan and overseas. Continue to the Imperial East Garden, exploring its intricate landscape, massive stones and ruins. Then, discover Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple, Senso-ji, displaying its giant red paper lantern at the Kaminarimon Gate and festive Nakamise Shopping Street, brimming with traditional goods and eateries.
Sip and savor afternoon tea or cocktails before a culinary journey of Japanese culture this evening.
Day 6: Tokyo |
Enjoy a full-day trip to Mount Fuji's famous 5th Station at 7,550 feet on the Mount Fuji-Hakone Adventure. Explore Japan's tallest and most famous mountain, its natural surroundings and stunning vistas. Then, cruise pristine Lake Ashi before a ride on Komagatake's ropeway to the summit, offering amazing views of nearby Hakone National Park.
Day 7: Tokyo / Hakone |
Enjoy a full day on the Hidden Kamakura & Enoshima Excursion. The day begins at Kamakura's Jomyoji Temple, the family temple of the Ashikaga clan, and the stunning tearoom for green matcha tea and sweet treats. Proceed to the ancient Hokokuji Temple, famous for its bamboo and Zen sand gardens, and Kotokuin Temple with its great monumental Buddha, before a delicious Japanese-style lunch. Next, drive across the bridge to Enoshima, a small offshore island known for its hot springs, lighthouse, and famous Hetsunomiya and Nakatsumiya Shrines, said to bring visitors success. Host to the 1964 Summer Olympics and future 2020 Summer Olympic surfing and sailing competitions, revel in the island's panoramic views, relaxing beaches, and many shops and restaurants before your transfer back to the hotel.
Following check-out from your Tokyo hotel, travel to Hakone and check-in to the Hyatt Regency Hakone for a one-night stay. Delight in complimentary beverage service twice daily, Western-style cuisine or refined Japanese gastronomy, and melt away with a soothing spa treatment or soak in the acclaimed onsite hot springs.
Day 8: Hakone / Kyoto |
After arrival in Kyoto, embark on a Kyoto Afternoon Excursion. Home to more than 2,000 temples, sublime gardens and enchanting ancient and modern culture fusion, Kyoto offers visitors an authentic Japanese experience. Visit Heianjingu Shrine and its 82-foot gate, Sanjusangendo Temple housing one of the most impressive collections of statues in the world, and take a spiritual journey in the 1,200-year old, UNESCO World Heritage site - the Kiyomizudera Temple.
Then, check-in to The Westin Miyako Kyoto for four enchanting nights in transcending comfort. Delight in modern or Japanese-style guestrooms and suites and Westin Executive Club options. Relax at the indoor or outdoor pool, and unwind at Sothys Spa. Enjoy a variety of dining choices from an interactive kitchen at Aquablu and Japanese comfort foods at Kacho to teppanyaki favorites, Cantonese cuisine and live jazz at Moonlight Bar.
Day 9: Kyoto |
Embark on a full day combination tour on the Kyoto and Nara Excursion. Your private guided experience begins at the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns of Kyoto at the imposing Nijo Castle, and the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. Enjoy lunch before visiting Nara's 8th-century Todaiji Temple complex and park. Marvel at Vairocana, the largest Buddha in Japan and the sacred statues in Daibutsu Hall. Stroll the beautiful grounds of Nara Park (particularly spectacular during the Cherry Blossom season late March through much of April), delighting at the hundreds of deer that roam freely and designated as a national treasure.
Day 10 - 11: Kyoto / USA |
On your final day of discovery, embark on the Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Premium Excursion. Experience the serene areas of Arashiyama and Sagano as you wander the tranquil bamboo grove forest, filled with breathtaking greenery, temples and shrines, including the Tenryuji and Jojakkoji Temples and gardens. Then, cross the 9th-century Togetsukyo Bridge, stretching over the Hozu River, before embarking on your guided lunch cruise. Board a magical wooden yakatabune boat, sitting along low Japanese-style tables as you dine on a traditional Japanese bento box lunch and marvel at the scenic landscape views along the gentle river banks.
Celebrate your final evening with a Japanese dinner of tempura in the nearby district of Gion. Enjoy the dances of the young Geisha or "Maiko" as you bid Sayonara to this remarkable country. Before your departure the next day, savor a sweet treat and seasonal tea. Board your private transfer to Kansai International Airport and begin planning your next experience in Asia.
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