Discover a mix of ancient traditions and modern cityscapes on a Japan walking tour that takes you from historic Kyoto to dazzling Osaka. Marvel at tranquil Buddhist temples, scattered amongst towering skyscrapers or perched on dramatic mountaintops. Breathe the cool morning air as you hike through misty cypress forests, past stone jizo statues and ancient cha-ya teahouses. Take part in a traditional tea ceremony – a practice at the heart of Japanese culture – and walk in the historic footsteps of samurai on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Admire immense Todai-ji Temple and delight in Nara Park, where over a thousand sacred deer roam free. Our Japan walking tour showcases the culture and landscapes that make this country a truly fascinating destination.
The Celestine Kyoto Gion
Japanese tradition blends with modern style at the Celestine Kyoto Gion, where rooms with simple, nature-inspired décor are paired with modern amenities like in-room WiFi and A/C. Enjoy green tea in your room, served from an elegant tea set, or head to the hotel’s exclusive guest-only lounge to relax with a drink or a snack. The on-site restaurant, Yasaka Endo, serves up savory meals made from kyo-yasai – vegetable varieties unique to Kyoto. Take a bath in your room to soak away fatigue, or visit the hotel’s traditional Japanese bath house, overlooking a serene garden. This accommodation is available on limited departures.
This grand historical hotel, built in 1909 during Japan’s Meiji era, has retained its Old World elegance and sophistication in its original main building. A true fusion of European and Japanese décor, guest rooms combine both traditions in design and comfort. Surrounded by manicured grounds and gardens that are contiguous with Nara’s park-like setting, the hotel offers on-site dining that includes a signature French restaurant, a traditional Japanese restaurant, a lovely tea lounge, and a classic wood-paneled bar.
Organic Hotel Kiri-no-sato-Takahara
Overlooking the Hatenashi Mountain Range, the Organic Hotel Kiri-no-sato-Takahara is situated directly on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage walking route at about 900 feet and thus has some of the best views in the Kumano region. Simple and comfortable guestrooms have mountain views and are either Japanese-style with tatami-mat floors, futons, and low furniture or Western-style with twin beds. Traditional meals of local organic cuisine are served with multiple courses in the dining room overlooking mountains and terraced hillsides. A traditional onsite onsen bath is fed with hot-spring water.
Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
Every room at the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel is spacious and elegantly designed, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of the city. Occupying the top floors of the 60-floor Abeno Harukas cultural complex, the adjacent public spaces also enjoy endless panoramas, such as the 57th – floor restaurant with its 360-degree views and its mix of Japanese and international cuisine, and the open-air outdoor plaza atrium on the 58th floor.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Tokyo
2 Nights From $1,098
per person, double occupancy
This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, your pre-booked taxi will take you from the hotel to Shin-Osaka station. You travel using a pre-booked Shinkansen (bullet train) ticket provided to you by a Country Walkers representative. You are met upon arrival at Tokyo station. Please look for a representative holding a Country Walkers sign. You are then transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (No other meals or services included).
Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Tokyo during your stay.
After you enjoy an included breakfast at your hotel you may experience Tokyo at your leisure. Your hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the Shiodome district, an area with many of the city’s highlights. Use your time to prowl the Nakamise street market by Senso-ji Temple, relax in a teahouse in Hamarikyu Gardens, or witness the flamboyant street fashion of Shibuya. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)
Your Tokyo extension concludes following breakfast at your hotel. Your onward travel to your departure airport is not included, but the hotel concierge can assist with booking an appropriately timed limousine bus transfer.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|One extra night in Kyoto|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Kana Hattori was born in Nagoya, raised in Kobe, and studied in Kyoto and the United States. A student of the traditional Tea Ceremony and the philosophy of Zen, living in the moment has always been a core tenet of her life. Kana loves to sing, regularly giving concerts, and is passionate about traditional Japanese culture. She looks forward to sharing her extensive knowledge with our guests through her guiding.
Born on the island of Kyushu, Japan, Kozue Hisaoka lived in the United States as an exchange student in high school and now resides in Tokyo. Kozue managed to plan and execute an impressive around-the-world trip with her family, fulfilling her passion for travel and exploring the cultures (and cuisine, especially!) outside her native Asia. When not introducing the nature and culture of Japan to visitors through her guiding, she enjoys cooking, cycling, gardening, and flower arranging.
Kaoru Teshima was born in Kyoto, moved to Osaka, and, after 10 years living in London acting as a tourist, student, amateur flautist, and Japanese language tutor, she returned to Japan and currently lives in Nara. She has been guiding on a volunteer and professional basis for many years and considers the revered Tea Ceremony a valued hobby. In addition, she continues to teach Japanese and enjoys Latin dance.
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