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Cruise Add-On: Tides to Temples

8 Nights: from US$3618 per person (twin share) Trip Code: CAOS3

Back on dry land in Kobe, this 8-night itinerary showcases some of Japan's top destinations, ranging from the ancient temples of Kyoto to the neon-lit skyscrapers, world-class galleries, and vibrant entertainment districts of the capital. Read more >

Your cruise ends in the cosmopolitan port city of Kobe and your Japan adventure begins. A private car will take you straight from the port to your hotel in downtown Kyoto where you can unwind and get your bearings.

Kyoto is known as the 'city of a thousand temples' and there's enough to see here to keep you going for weeks. Whether you're interested in historic sights, traditional markets, scenic spots, or simply enjoying wandering through the atmospheric districts, Kyoto is sure to captivate you. You'll have the services of a private English-speaking guide, ensuring you make the most of your time. On the second full day we'll arrange for you to have a guided day trip to Nara, once the capital of Japan in the 8th century, which is now famous for its ancient wooden temples and friendly deer.

The next stop is Hakone, located in the foothills of Mount Fuji. This hot spring resort has been a popular choice for centuries for Tokyoites looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. These days a quirky array of transport, from cable cars to a pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi, traverses the valleys of Hakone, allowing you to easily hop around the museums and sightseeing spots. A guide will be with you on the first full day to help you see everything you want to.

Your final destination is the capital in all its hectic, neon glory. Each district of the sprawling city has its own character and charm, which you can discover at your leisure with the help of your guide. You might like to visit the excellent choice of museums and galleries, do a spot of shopping in upmarket, glitzy Ginza, visit Asakusa's traditional streets and temples, or rub elbows with the locals in tiny atmospheric bars in Shinjuku. Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any city in the world, making it the perfect place to have a meal to remember.

At the end of your trip we'll arrange for a private car to take you out to the airport in plenty of your time for your onwards journey.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day and two dinners
  • Transport between destinations unless otherwise specified
  • Transfers by private car from Kobe Port and to the airport
  • Two-day Hakone Freepass
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo & Hakone
  • Private tea ceremony in Kyoto
  • Full day and half day private guide service in Kyoto
  • Your personalized InsideJapan Tours Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any entrance fees including those for museums, shrines, and temples unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Kyoto, Hakone, and Tokyo with a private guide
  • Relax in onsen baths in Hakone
  • Tuck into authentic kaiseki course cuisine
  • Sip Japanese tea at a private tea ceremony
  • Speed across Japan on the sleek Shinkansen bullet train
  • Temple-hop around ancient Kyoto

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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