- Experience a magical helicopter flight over Tokyo at night
- Enjoy afternoon tea with a maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto
- Immerse yourself in Japanese culture with a visit to Kinosaki Onsen
- Stay in luxury hotels and ryokans (traditional Japanese inns)
Time to discover the cultural wonders of Kyoto. Join a local guide for a private tour of the city and get the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea with a maiko (apprentice geisha): an extremely rare experience, even for the Japanese. Take a day trip to the ancient capital of Nara from Kyoto and enjoy exploring its shrines and temples, including the famous Todal-ji Temple.
From Kyoto you’ll travel to Hiroshima and see how this historic city has risen from the ashes. Take a day trip to Miyajima Island to see the famous “floating” Torii gate before immersing yourself in Japanese culture with a visit to Kinosaki Onsen where you’ll stay at a luxurious ryokan and enjoy traditional Kaiseki dining. Your final destination is the bustling city of Osaka, known for its modern architecture, vibrant nightlife and fantastic street food.
Discover Japan’s exciting cities and beautiful natural landscapes along with its ancient temples and shrines during this tour. Experience authentic Japanese culture and hospitality and stay in luxury accommodation, from the elegant Nishimuraya Honkan in Konsaki Onsen to the five-star Sheraton Grand Hotel Hiroshima! We are quite sure that this carefully tailored trip will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable start to your new life as a married couple!
Upon arrival at Haneda Airport, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon located in Asakusa in the heart of Tokyo.
The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is a modern, 14-storey hotel offering spectacular views of the Tokyo skyline. The hotel’s impressive lobby is located on the 13th floor and features huge ceiling-to-floor windows which overlook Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree. You’ll stay here for the next three nights.
This evening you’ll take a romantic private helicopter flight over the city. This is an incredible way to experience the illuminated Tokyo cityscapes. See the Tokyo Bay, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge and the skyscrapers of downtown Tokyo, all of which look breathtaking at night. Your helicopter tour will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of this trip.
As part of your Wayfairer Japan honeymoon trip, you’ll be given a Manaca Card (also known as an IC Card). This is a tap-in, tap-out travel card which can be used nationwide on Japan’s super-clean and efficient public transport – including buses, subways and over-ground trains, as well as some vending machine, taxis and shops too.
We’ll start you off with 2,500 yen of credit and you can top up with any additional credit as required at a local machine (the top-up should be paid for by travellers themselves). This simple system makes public transport easy to use and is a must-have for any visitor in Japan.
After breakfast, an English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you out on a private tour of Tokyo. Explore the city with your private guide using public transport, just as the locals do, taking in Tokyo’s different districts, each with their unique sights and personalities.
Cross the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station, discover the atmosphere of old Japan in downtown Asakusa, enjoy the tranquil oasis of the Emperor’s Imperial Gardens and climb to the top of the Tokyo Skytree (the world’s tallest tower at 634 metres) for spectacular views of the city and of Mount Fuji (if the day is clear).
You can use your JR Pass today to take a day trip to the coastal town of Kamakura, located less than an hour south of Tokyo, if you want to. This former ancient capital is home to numerous Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines as well as the Kōtoku-in Temple, which is known for its huge “Great Buddha” statue, one of the most famous icons of Japan.
Take a Shinansen bullet train from Tokyo to Odawara, near Fuji-Hakone National Park. Upon arrival at Odawara Station you’ll be met by a private driver who will transfer to your accommodation located in the mountains near the hot spring town of Hakone.
You’ll spend the next two nights at Yama no Chaya Ryokan, set in beautiful natural surroundings with rooms offering views of mountains and forest, where you’ll experience traditional Japanese culture and hospitality. This rustic yet luxury ryokan has been a local institution for over 50 years and it offers a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The traditional wooden buildings are hidden in a leafy grove next to Tonosawa hot spring and the ryokan has 5 onsen baths which are filled with water drawn from its own spring. Your dinner this evening will be a traditional kaiseki which will feature seasonal local ingredients with seafood from nearby Odawara port, as well as the bounty of the nearby mountains.
As part of your Japan honeymoon trip, we will give you a three-day Hakone Freepass which provides unlimited transport in the Hakone region and discounts for many local attractions.
You might want to visit one of the hot spring baths found across the hills and valleys of Hakone, or take a boat cruise on Lake Ashinoko to see Hakone Shrine with its iconic red “torii” gate. You can also take a ride on the Hakone Tozan Railway (Japan’s oldest mountain railway), discover the boiling sulphur springs of the Owakudani Valley or explore the Hakone Open Air Museum and Picasso Exhibition Hall if you want to.
Transfer to Odawara Station after breakfast and board a Shinkansen bullet train to the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. Spend the next three nights at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto, a luxury hotel located in the Higashiyama Shichijo district. Your luxurious room combines modern amenities with elements of traditional Japanese design, such as white oak wood and kimono fabric.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto features a number of restaurants which serve Italian, Japanese and French cuisine as well as a choice of cocktails, Japanese whiskey and sake.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel – you can choose from a Japanese set breakfast at Tozan or a buffet-style breakfast at The Grill.
Embark on a full-day private tour of Kyoto with an English-speaking tour guide. Travel around Kyoto by public transport, taking in the famous sights such as the red tunnels of Fushimi Inari’s shrines and the eerie green light of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. As part of your private tour, you’ll also experience afternoon tea in Gion (Kyoto’s geisha district) with a maiko, an apprentice geisha.
The mysterious geishas (known locally as geiko) and their apprentices, maikos, are beautiful and artistic enigmas often misunderstood by the Western world. You will have an opportunity to visit the Gion Maruume teahouse for an exclusive insight into the world of geishas.
Sip green tea and eat Japanese cake whilst being entertaining by a maiko. You’ll even be able take photos and ask questions with the help of a translator. Invitation to a traditional ochaya teahouse is very rare, so this experience could as well be a very special highlight of this Japan honeymoon trip.
Use your JR Pass to take a day trip to Nara, just 40 minutes from Kyoto (please note that you will not have access to a tour guide today). This former ancient capital is known for its shrines and temples, including the ancient wooden Todai-ji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.
The Todaiji Temple complex is situated a short walk away from the city centre and is one of Nara’s most popular tourist attraction. The temple itself is the world’s largest wooden building and houses a 15 m gilded, bronze statue of the Buddha (Daibutsu).
This afternoon, you will visit a kembu studio to watch a demonstration. Learn more about Samurai Kembu, a traditional Japanese performing art that showcases samurai culture and spirituality. You also have the option to participate in a one-hour lesson where you’ll and learn a choreographed set of steps as well as sword techniques and ancient Samurai etiquette.
Your next destination is Hiroshima, a two-hour journey by Shinkansen bullet train. Hiroshima is known for its devastating atomic bomb attack during World War II, but today it stands as a vibrant city which is testament to the resilience of the Japanese. There are reminders of the 1945 attack in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (known as the Atomic Bomb Dome), the most symbolic building in Hiroshima that stands only meters away from the hypocenter of the atomic bomb blast, and the Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace (known as the Cenotaph for Atomic Bomb Victims) which has a central stone vault with 290,000 names of those who lost their lives to the bomb.
Hiroshima has truly risen from the ashes and is now a bustling, cosmopolitan city. There is much to see and do here. You can visit the historical buildings and monuments if you want to, including Hiroshima Castle, a fortress surrounded by a moat and a park, or stroll around the numerous parks and gardens like the serene Shukkei-en Garden. You might also want to visit the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, or discover the old shrines and temples in the countryside.
Your accommodation will be the five-star Sheraton Grand Hotel Hiroshima, a luxury hotel situated conveniently next to Hiroshima Station and three kilometres from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Guest rooms in this hotel are located between ninth and 21st floors of the building and feature floor-to-ceiling windows so you can enjoy incredible views of the city.
How about taking a ferry from Hiroshima over to Miyajima Island to see the famous floating torii gate at Itsukushima? This world heritage site is one of the most iconic sights in Japan and a popular tourist attraction as well. The shrine and its torii gate are built over water and appear to float in the sea during high tide. The shrine complex consists of multiple buildings, including a main hall, a prayer hall, and a stage, all of which are connected by boardwalks and supported by pillars above the sea.
Other things to see and do on Miyajima Island include taking a cable car to the top of Mount Misen for incredible panoramic views and exploring the old district where you can buy local handicrafts and food unique to Miyajima.
Take a Shinkansen bullet train east from Hiroshima and then transfer to an express train that travels north to Kinosaki Onsen. This picturesque hot spring town features traditional inns, narrow streets and steaming communal baths. The scenic mountain location and the invigorating waters of the hot springs have inspired Japanese artists for hundreds of years. The onsen bathing experience is also linked to Shintoism.
Spend the night at Nishimuraya Honkan. This luxury Japanese ryokan, which has a history of over 150 years, offers wonderful views of beautiful gardens, pine trees and koi carp ponds, and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a Japanese work of art during your stay here. Your spacious room features classic Japanese decor with tatami mats, futon bedding, wooden terraces and sliding paper doors. Other amenities include an en-suite bathroom (some with private, open-air bath), air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, kettle, minibar, safe, fridge, TV and hairdryer.
Your stay at Nishimuraya Honkan offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. This evening, you’ll enjoy a traditional kaiseki banquet (featuring local Tajima beef and fresh crab) served in your room by your hosts. Your kaiseki dining experience at Nishimuraya Honkan is likely to be another highlight of your Japan trip.
Take a three-hour express train from Kinosaki Onsen to Osaka. Your accommodation in the city for the next two nights is the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel. Located on the 38th and 57th floors of the Avena Harukas building, the guest rooms of this hotel feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking views.
Enjoy a street food tour in Osaka’s neon-bright Dotonbori district this evening. This lively area, located along a canal, is teeming with restaurants and food stalls. On this fascinating tour, you’ll explore the backstreet izayaka bars and pubs where you can sample takoyaki octopus dumplings and kushikatsu fried skewers, as well as other Osakan delicacies.
Today you’ll have a free day to explore Osaka. You may wish to take in the views from the Umeda Sky Building, discover Hozenji and Shitennoji temples or visit the historic Osaka Castle. Alternatively, you can take a 30-minute train ride from Hankyu Umeda station to the beautiful Minoo National Park.
Sadly, your Japan honeymoon trip has come to an end. Depending on the time of your flight you can spend your last day exploring Osaka and enjoying a final meal before checking out of your hotel and taking a private car to Osaka’s airport.
- Private pickup and drop-off transfers
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Meals mentioned on the itinerary
- City sightseeing tours and activities as stated in the itinerary, including helicopter ride over Tokyo at night
- Professional, local, English-speaking guides available during guided tours & excursions only
- An IC (Manaca) Transport Card with 2500 yen credit (top up: own expense)
- 14-day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary Class) and other train tickets between destinations
- International flights
- Japan visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Activities and excursions mentioned optional on the itinerary