Journey through Japan with Aman
"What better way to explore the cultural nuances and dizzying contrasts of Japan than through luxe hotel brand Aman?"
- Experience the thrill of neon-lit metropolis Tokyo with sumo matches, ramen tours and sushi restaurants
- Enjoy views of the Imperial Gardens and Mount Fuji as you relax in the sky-high Aman Tokyo Spa
- Take tea with a Geisha in Kyoto and explore the ancient city by bicycle tour
- Picnic in a bamboo forest with a sumptuous hamper from Aman Kyoto
- Watch female divers (Ama’s) free dive for oysters then fish for your sushi supper off the coast of Ise-Shima National Park
- Soak in your private onsen (natural hot spring) at immersive wellness destination Amanemu
From Tokyo to Kyoto and Ise-Shima, you will be treated to a stay in three of Aman’s properties. Enjoy the buzz of Tokyo, Kyoto’s atmospheric traditions and the peaceful seaside of Ise-Shima National Park, wrapped around by sleek Aman style.
12 days and 11 nights exploring the highlights of Tokyo, Kyoto and Ise-Shima National Park on a personalised journey with Aman hotels.
We will arrange guided tours, a travel card for Tokyo’s subway, transfers between your hotels and you’ll also get a chance to experience Japan’s famous bullet train.
When to go:
Spring (March-May) and autumn (late Oct-Nov) are the best times to visit, when there is little rainfall and temperatures are mild. Spring sees an explosion of cherry blossom and autumn is vibrant with the bright hues of falling leaves.
Arriving in Tokyo is like glimpsing a vision of the future. One of the most densely populated cities on the planet, Tokyo has a frenetic pace. In between the high-rise buildings which glitter with neon lights, you’ll find pockets of traditional Japanese culture. With a guide to assist, spend your time exploring tiny sushi bars, robot-theme restaurants, computer game cafes, shrines and museums.
For something different, head out on a one-of-a-kind adventure go-karting the streets of Tokyo, dressed as your favourite video game character. Traditionalists may prefer to attend a sumo wrestling match or tour the ramen joints of Tokyo.
Stay at head-in-the-clouds Aman Tokyo, a beacon of calm minimalism and excellent service. The sky-high spa is the place to top up your zen levels, with its swimming pool that looks out to the city skyline, the Imperial Gardens and beyond to Mount Fuji. Designed by Kerry Hill, design aficionados will love the monochrome interiors palette, with nods to Japan’s heritage with use of water, paper and stone.
Travelling by bullet train, you will experience Japan’s speedy and efficient transport network as you watch snow-capped Mount Fuji whizz past. In Kyoto, you will notice a distinct change of pace from Tokyo.
With an impressive 17 historical sights, this is a chance to appreciate Japanese architecture, ornate temples and artisan traditions unchanged to this day. With one of our handpicked guides, you will be introduced to hidden lunch spots or you may cycle around Kyoto visiting Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple.
Your second stay will see you introduced to newly opened Aman Kyoto, an intimate resort of just 26 rooms, set in a flourishing forest where mossy stone steps lead to hidden gardens and pavilions. Located in easy reach of Kyoto’s important sites including the golden temple Kinkakuji, the hotel also offers a respite from life on the road. Enjoy the soothing spa and its pools of spring water or take a picnic into the woods. A highlight of your stay will be the privileged opportunity to take tea with a Geisha in an ancient tea house, enjoying tea rituals and dance performances that originated in the 9th century.
Your next location shows you another side to Japan. Based on the east coast, Ise-Shima National Park is dotted with holy shrines, some dating back to the 3rd century among its shoreline, inland forests and archipelago of islands. The lush, coastal landscapes are ideal for walks, kayaking and visits to Ise Jungu, one of Japan’s most sacred temples.
Amanemu, on the shore of Ago Bay is a ryokan-inspired retreat where you can soak up ancient Japanese rituals whilst enjoying the mineral-rich waters that flow into stone bathing tubs in varying degrees of temperatures. Out at sea, be privy to a centuries-old tradition where female divers called Ama’s free dive for oysters and shellfish. Try your hand at fishing, and your catch can be created into sushi for supper back at Amanemu, alongside other seafood delicacies which makes use of its coastal position.
Staying in three differing locales of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto and Ise-Shime, you will have an incredible opportunity to experience the multi-layered diversity of this cultural country. Not only will you have guided tours to add insight, your high level of accommodation will mean that a luxe respite awaits you at the end of every day.
Japan will widen your eyes and can even overwhelm so contemporary Aman will support your journey while offering forays into the local community where you can discover the wonder of life in Japan.
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