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May 15-25, 2025

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May 15-25, 2025

11 days, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and more!

One of the first things that travelers notice about Japan is its appreciation of beauty, quality, and attention to detail.  This is particularly evident at hotels and restaurants, and it is interesting to note that Tokyo has more Michelin-star restaurants than any other city in the world.  They believe that food tastes better when it is attractive, and we think they are right.  Also, when you buy items at a store, you will be amazed at how beautifully your purchases are wrapped.  Great care is given to even the simplest of things.

Zoom Vacations’ tour of Japan starts out in vibrant, ultra-modern Tokyo, famous for its cutting-edge, neon-lit landscape and towering skyscrapers.  Yet, we will also show you that this is a city of contrasts, and ancient temples and beautiful parklands do a certain dance with Tokyo’s towering buildings and modern infrastructure.

In Kyoto, there is still this old world feel, and at times it is easy to imagine oneself in the movie, “Memoirs of a Geisha”.  It is a very traditional city, and it is common to see many women dressed in kimonos.  It is a must-do for any traveler to Japan, and it is a place that many come back to time and again.

The people of Japan tend to be a little more formal until you have a couple of glasses of sake with them.  In general, they are incredibly kind, friendly, and full of surprises.  The same shy person you meet earlier in the day may be later seen entertaining friends with funny stories or dancing the night away at a local club.

Plus, ask about our pre-add-on excursion to Hakone, and post-excursions to Yudanaka, Obuse, Kanazawa, and Takayama!

• Fully escorted with the services of a Zoom Vacations® Concierge throughout the trip
• Accommodations at several of the best hotels in Japan
• A unique welcome event in a special location
• Breakfast daily
• Explore the Bamboo forest, seen in Memoirs of a Geisha
• Guided tour of Nijō Castle, a flatland castle in Kyoto, Japan
• Enjoy a night out in the Geisha District
• Enjoy a gourmet farewell dinner at one of Osaka’s best venues
• Guided visit to Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
• Tour Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping street
• Visit Tokyo’s Old Town, including Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple
• Take a boat cruise on the Sumida River passing under 12 bridges
• Enjoy steaming matcha and Japanese sweets at a tea house in Hamarikyu garden
• Take Japan’s world-famous Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto
• Try your hand at Origami, the ancient Japanese paper art-making
• Visit the stunning and picturesque Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
• Witness the monks chanting their morning prayers
• Receive your own special blessing from a Buddhist monk
• Enjoy a delicious shojin ryori, traditional Buddhist cuisine
• Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates
• All airport transfers Space is limited. Call us today to book this tour:  773.772.9666.Gay Friendly, Luxury Accommodations

Space is limited. Call us today to book this tour:  773.772.9666

Keoi Plaza Hotel Tokyo, Club Room Premier Grand (Executive Floor Room)
Indulge in an elevated stay at our Club Floor and Lounge, the ‘Premier Grand’ – an exclusive retreat offering a precious experience of tranquility that sweeps you away from the bustling rhythm of the city. Nestled high above the vibrant energy of Tokyo, our Premier Grand accommodations provide a sanctuary of serenity, where every moment is adorned with a sense of luxury and sophistication. Immerse yourself in the refined ambiance, relishing in the comfort of our meticulously designed rooms and the attentive service that defines our commitment to your well-being. As you unwind in this haven, enjoy the panoramic views that extend beyond the cityscape, providing a tranquil backdrop to your stay. The Premier Grand experience is not just an accommodation; it’s a journey into unparalleled comfort and a retreat into the calm heart of Tokyo’s vibrant pulse.

Benesse House Hotel Naoshima, Standard Rooms
Situated on Naoshima Island, Benesse House is not just a hotel; it’s an artistic sanctuary where contemporary design and natural beauty coalesce. Crafted by architect Tadao Ando, the hotel itself is a minimalist masterpiece seamlessly integrated into the island’s landscape. Art-Inspired Retreat: Each room at Benesse House is adorned with carefully curated artworks, creating a serene and creative ambiance. The accommodation is a blend of modern luxury and artistic expression. Indulge your senses with culinary delights at the hotel’s restaurants, offering both exquisite flavors and breathtaking views of the Seto Inland Sea. Beyond accommodation, Benesse House provides spaces for reflection. From cozy lounges to open-air terraces, every corner invites you to engage with the artistic spirit of Naoshima.  Adjacent to the hotel is the Benesse House Museum, a cultural gem showcasing contemporary art. Guests enjoy privileged access, seamlessly integrating their stay with the island’s vibrant art scene. Benesse House offers more than a stay; it’s an immersive encounter with art, luxury, and the tranquil beauty of Naoshima.

Cross Hotel Kyoto, Deluxe Room
Nestled in the heart of Kyoto, the Cross Hotel Kyoto seamlessly blends urban sophistication with the city’s timeless charm. With contemporary design and a central location, this hotel offers a stylish retreat. Guests can choose the Deluxe Twin/King rooms, featuring 32-34 square meters of modern comfort. Enjoy the perfect combination of convenience and luxury at Cross Hotel Kyoto.

Hyoe Koyokaku, Arima Onsen, Japanese Room
Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Hyoe Koyokaku, a long-established ryokan with a rich history spanning 700 years in the famed Arima Onsen. Nestled in the heart of Arima Onsen, Hyoe Koyokaku embraces you with its serene ambiance and rejuvenating hot springs. As you step into this cultural haven, you’ll discover a seamless blend of tradition and comfort. Indulge in the authentic experience of Japanese hospitality at Hyoe Koyokaku.

Swissotel Nankai Osaka, Swiss Select Room
Nestled in the heart of Osaka, Swissotel Nankai Osaka offers a haven of sophistication and convenience.  This urban retreat seamlessly blends modern luxury with traditional hospitality.  Explore the city’s dynamic attractions right from the hotel’s doorstep. Whether savoring culinary delights, indulging in shopping, or experiencing Osaka’s vibrant culture, Swissotel Nankai Osaka is your perfect base for an enriching stay. Elevate your Osaka experience at Swissotel Nankai Osaka.

Day 1 ~ Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo!

Tokyo is a city that beautifully embraces contrasts. Renowned for its cutting-edge modernity, neon-lit skyline, and towering skyscrapers, it also boasts sprawling parklands, peaceful shrines, and meticulously tended gardens. Amidst its love affair with manga pop culture, high-tech trends, and fashion-forward flair, Tokyo holds deep roots in ancient heritage. Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples coexist harmoniously with the modern skyline, serving as poignant reminders of a contemplative past. At the heart of the bustling city lies the serene Imperial Palace, the residence of the ruling emperor, offering a tangible link to Tokyo’s historical narrative.

Beyond the glitz of shopping, entertainment, and commercial hubs, Tokyo reveals quaint wooden houses, private gardens adorned with carefully clipped bonsai trees, and the Zen-like tranquility of the Hamarikyu Gardens. Despite its reputation as a mega-expensive metropolis, Tokyo surprises visitors with the accessibility of inexpensive izakaya bars and neighborhood cafes, serving delectable noodles and rice dishes.

Upon arriving at your hotel, the afternoon unfolds leisurely. Whether you choose to take a leisurely stroll in one of the local parks, luxuriate in the amenities of our five-star hotel, or explore one of Tokyo’s vibrant neighborhoods, the city invites you to immerse yourself in its diverse offerings.

Yakatabune Boat Dinner Cruise: As the evening descends, join us for a captivating welcome dinner and cocktails, setting the tone for an unforgettable exploration of Tokyo’s rich tapestry. Enjoy a memorable welcome dinner on a private Yakatabune boat cruise, indulging in traditional Japanese cuisine while taking in panoramic views of the stunning Tokyo skyline. This unique dining experience promises to be a highlight of your Tokyo adventure.

Accommodations: Keio Plaza Hotel, (Club Floor Premier Grand Room)
Meals Included: Dinner and Cocktails


Day 2 ~ Tokyo

Breakfast at the Hotel: Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, savoring a fusion of Western and Japanese flavors.

Full-Day Tokyo Tour: Meet our knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide in the hotel lobby, embarking on a full-day exploration of Tokyo in our private bus. The itinerary is curated to showcase the diverse facets of this vibrant city.

Imperial Palace: Explore the iconic Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, situated at the heart of Tokyo. The plaza grounds feature picturesque moats, gardens, and pine groves. Notable landmarks include a fountain commemorating the Emperor and Empress’s marriage and a bronze statue of Kusunoki Masashige, a loyal 14th-century samurai.

Ginza Shopping District: Immerse yourself in the glamour of the Ginza shopping district, renowned for its boutiques, ritzy cocktail bars, and sushi establishments.

Asakusa: Discover the traditional charm of Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s oldest districts. Visit the historic Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon), Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and explore Nakamise, a centuries-old shopping street offering traditional knick-knacks, rice crackers, and festival foods.

Shibuya Crossing: Experience the bustling energy of Shibuya Crossing, rumored to be the busiest crossing in the world. During rush hour, witness the mesmerizing sight of 1000-3000 people crossing simultaneously. Learn about the iconic Starbucks on Shibuya scramble crossway, known for achieving the highest profit per square feet globally.

Accommodations: Keio Plaza Hotel, (Club Floor Premier Grand Room)
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch


Day 3 ~ Old Tokyo

Breakfast at the Hotel: Indulge in a delightful breakfast blending Western and Japanese flavors at our hotel, setting the perfect tone for a day of exploration.

Morning Exploration: Navigate this captivating city with the guidance of a local expert, leveraging Tokyo’s extensive and user-friendly public transport system for a seamless journey. Hop on the subway to reach Meiji Shrine, a sacred site dedicated to the revered spirit of Emperor Meiji, known for its serene ambiance and often chosen as a backdrop for traditional Japanese weddings. If time allows, take a leisurely walk along Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree-lined avenue adorned with flagship stores from the world’s leading fashion brands.

Sushi Cooking Experience: Embark on a hands-on culinary adventure with a sushi cooking experience. Learn the art of crafting this iconic Japanese dish, exploring the intricacies of flavors and techniques.
Afternoon and Evening at Your Leisure:

The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy at your leisure. Whether you choose to explore Tokyo’s vibrant neighborhoods, indulge in local delicacies, or relax at the hotel, this time is yours to tailor to your preferences.

As the sun sets, the city comes alive with Tokyo’s vibrant nightlife. Tonight, immerse yourself in the energetic and diverse atmosphere that Tokyo has to offer. Explore local bars, including LGBTQ+ and diverse venues, enjoy authentic cuisine, or simply wander through the city’s illuminated streets.

This evening promises a blend of cultural exploration, culinary delights, and the opportunity to embrace Tokyo’s vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy the night at your own pace, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Accommodations: Keio Plaza Hotel, (Club Floor Premier Grand Room)
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 4 ~ Tokyo to Naoshima Art Island

Breakfast at the Hotel: Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, preparing for a day of artistic exploration.

Concierge Baggage Service: After check-out, we effortlessly send your larger baggage ahead to your hotel, ensuring a seamless transition to your next destination.

Green Seat Bullet Train Tickets to Naoshima: For your comfort, we have arranged green seat bullet train tickets, offering a first-class travel experience. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the picturesque landscapes during your journey in comfort.

Nestled in the Seto Inland Sea, Naoshima Island seamlessly fuses contemporary art with natural tranquility. Known as the “Art Island,” it captivates with world-class museums, outdoor sculptures, and breathtaking landscapes.
This serene escape invites you to explore the intersection of nature, culture, and avant-garde expression. Join us on a journey where every step reveals a canvas of creativity, making Naoshima a haven for art enthusiasts and seekers of tranquility alike.

Transfer to Naoshima Island: Embark on a scenic journey as you transfer to the artistic haven of Naoshima Island. Revel in the anticipation of a day filled with contemporary art and cultural discoveries. Unwind in the stylish and artistic accommodations at Benesse House, complementing the creative atmosphere of Naoshima Island.

Dinner at Benesse Hotel: Indulge in a culinary experience at the renowned Benesse Hotel. Immerse yourself in the elegant ambiance and savor a delightful dinner, surrounded by the unique fusion of art and hospitality.

Accommodations: Benesse House, Standard Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 5 ~ Naoshima – Art and Exploration

Breakfast at the Hotel: Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, preparing for an immersive exploration of Naoshima’s artistic wonders.

Full Day Benesse Art Site Naoshima Tour: Embark on an artistic odyssey as your guide unveils the masterpieces scattered across Naoshima. From world-renowned museums to outdoor installations, delve into the vibrant tapestry of contemporary art that defines this unique island.

Artistic Odyssey Unveiled: Our guide will lead you through the world-renowned museums and outdoor installations that grace Naoshima, revealing the brilliance of artists who have left an indelible mark on this unique island. Delve into the vibrant tapestry of contemporary art, where each stroke and sculpture narrate a compelling story.

Prominent Artists on Display: Marvel at the iconic works of artists such as Yayoi Kusama, whose polka-dot patterns and immersive installations captivate the imagination. Experience the profound impact of James Turrell’s light installations, allowing you to perceive space in new dimensions. Encounter the tranquility of Lee Ufan’s sculptures, blending seamlessly with the island’s natural beauty.

Timeless Masterpieces: The Chichu Art Museum, a subterranean masterpiece itself, houses Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series, creating a transcendent dialogue between art and nature. As you explore the exhibits, the curated selection of Walter De Maria’s work adds a touch of contemplation to the artistic odyssey.

This day promises a harmonious blend of creativity, culture, and natural beauty, ensuring an unforgettable experience in the heart of Naoshima.

Accommodations: Benesse House, Standard Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 6 ~ Kyoto

Breakfast at the Hotel: Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, soaking in the artistic ambiance of Naoshima.

First-Class Transfer to Kyoto: After check-out, prepare for a seamless transfer to the cultural heart of Japan, Kyoto. The journey is a captivating blend of experiences by boat ride and the comfort of a first-class bullet train.

Green Seat Bullet Train Experience to Kyoto: Indulge in the luxury of green seat bullet train tickets, ensuring a first-class travel experience. As you traverse the landscapes from Naoshima Island to Kyoto, enjoy panoramic views and travel in style, making your journey as enchanting as the destination itself. This enchanting transfer promises not only efficiency but also an opportunity to relax and relish the scenic beauty of Japan’s diverse landscapes as you make your way to the historic city of Kyoto.

Welcome to Kyoto, a city where ancient traditions gracefully intertwine with modern life. Nestled in the heart of Japan, Kyoto stands as a testament to the country’s rich cultural heritage. As the former imperial capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto boasts a tapestry of historic treasures, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the iconic Kinkaku-ji and Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Yet, Kyoto is not merely a living museum; it’s a vibrant metropolis where age-old traditions coexist with a thriving contemporary culture. Wander through charming narrow streets lined with wooden machiya houses, partake in a traditional tea ceremony, and savor exquisite kaiseki cuisine.

Kyoto is a must-see destination in Japan. The city, Japan’s former capital and the residence of the emperor from 794 until 1868, is the nation’s seventh-largest metropolis. With a population of around 1.4 million, it is a city of culture that offers a plethora of temples, shrines, and other historically priceless structures. Kyoto represents the “Japan of old,” a well-preserved city with 2,000 religious buildings, including 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, earning it UNESCO World Heritage status.

This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at one of Japan’s Traditional Arts, such as Calligraphy or Origami, Flower Arrangement, and more. There is so much to see and do in Kyoto, and today is at your leisure to explore the things of particular interest to you.

Accommodations: Cross Hotel Kyoto, Deluxe Room
Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 7 ~ Kyoto

Breakfast at the Hotel: Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, gearing up for an enchanting journey.
Private Nara/Kyoto Tour with Geisha Performance: Embark on a full-day private tour to Nara and Kyoto, where a private vehicle becomes our chariot for exploration. Indulge in a delectable lunch complemented by a mesmerizing Geisha performance, creating an immersive cultural experience.

Fushimi Inari Shrine: Venture to the mesmerizing Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its vibrant torii gate pathway. Featured in Memoirs of a Geisha, it is renowned for its thousands of orange torii gates, arching over magnificent trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, standing at 233 meters, and belong to the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital’s move to Kyoto in 794.
Other highlights on today’s tour include:

Nara Park: Explore the renowned Nara Park, where free-roaming deer gracefully share the landscape with world-famous temples.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura: Witness the grandeur of the Great Buddha, an iconic symbol of serenity and spiritual magnificence.

Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji): Marvel at the splendor of the Golden Pavilion, a shimmering testament to Kyoto’s rich history.

This day promises a perfect blend of cultural exploration, natural beauty, and culinary delights, ensuring an unforgettable chapter in your Kyoto adventure.

Accommodations: Cross Hotel Kyoto, Deluxe Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 8 ~ Kobe and Arima Onsen Hot Springs

Breakfast Experience: Indulge in a breakfast experience that reflects Kyoto’s rich culinary heritage. From traditional Japanese fare to international flavors, savor a diverse array of dishes crafted with precision and artistry.

Half-Day Kobe Discovery: Embark on an exclusive half-day exploration of Kobe curated by Zoom Vacations, luxuriating in the comfort of a private bus. Immerse yourself in the charisma of Kobe Port, ascend the Rokkosan Ropeway for awe-inspiring panoramas, and partake in an exclusive sake tasting experience, uncovering the nuanced flavors that define the vibrancy of this city.

Immerse yourself in Tradition: After bidding farewell to Kobe, your journey takes a delightful turn as you arrive at Hyoe Koyokaku Ryokan in Arima Onsen — a Zoom Vacations selected haven for the night. This long-established ryokan boasts an impressive 700 years of history and tradition, making it a living testament to Japan’s rich cultural heritage.

As you check into Hyoe Koyokaku, you step into a world where modernity gracefully meets ancient tradition. The ryokan, with its time-honored architecture and meticulous attention to detail, offers an authentic Japanese experience. Your accommodations may include traditional tatami-mat rooms adorned with shoji screens, providing a serene ambiance for relaxation.

Onsen Indulgence: One of the highlights of your stay is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rejuvenating waters of Arima Onsen. The ryokan’s hot spring facilities, shaped by centuries of tradition, offer a tranquil retreat for body and soul. Allow the mineral-rich waters to soothe away the remnants of your journey.

Culinary Delights: Your evening unfolds with a Kaiseki dinner, a culinary journey that transcends mere sustenance. Delight in the artistry of each dish, meticulously prepared to showcase seasonal flavors and local specialties. The dining experience is not just a meal; it’s an exploration of Japanese haute cuisine.

This day, a Zoom Vacations masterpiece, assures a harmonious blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and serene repose—each moment crafted to perfection, creating indelible memories in the tapestry of your extraordinary journey.

Accommodations: Hyoe Koyokaku Ryokan, Japanese Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 9 ~ Osaka

Breakfast at the Hotel: Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the comfort of your hotel. Savor a range of delectable options to energize yourself for a day of exploration in Osaka.Historical Significance:

Historically the commercial capital of Japan, with a population of 2.6 million, Osaka is Japan’s third-largest metropolis and the second most important business city. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for centuries. Osaka gained prominence when a powerful warlord built the country’s most magnificent castle in the 16th century. To develop resources for his castle town, the ruler persuaded merchants from other parts of the nation to resettle in Osaka, making it an important distribution center. As the merchant class prospered, the town grew, and traditional arts, such as kabuki and bunraku, flourished. With the legacy of the city’s commercial beginnings still intact, Osaka is renowned as an international business center.

Culinary Extravaganza – Japan’s Kitchen: Known as ‘Japan’s kitchen,’ Osaka boasts a culinary scene that is a feast for the senses. Take a stroll down Dotonbori, a former pleasure district turned restaurant mecca. Here, you can indulge in local delicacies, experiencing the true essence of Osaka’s gastronomic prowess.

Flamboyance and Fun-Loving Atmosphere: Japan’s third-largest city, Osaka is known for its flamboyance, fun-loving people, and, above all, amazing food. Feel the vibrant energy as you explore Dotonbori, immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere and culinary wonders that make Osaka a unique destination.Your day in Osaka promises a blend of cultural exploration, rich history, and a culinary adventure that reflects the spirit of this dynamic metropolis.

Accommodations: Swissotel Nankai Osaka, Swiss Select Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 10 ~ Osaka

Breakfast: Enjoy a wonderful Western and Japanese breakfast at our hotel.
Morning at Leisure

Departure:  Enjoy transport to Kansai International Airport (60 minutes).

Meals Included: Breakfast

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