Blending style with extraordinary experiences, JANESCO Elysium Series caters to discerning travellers who crave the perfect balance of luxury, exclusivity, and authenticity on their Japan tour.
After a long flight to Tokyo, imagine being greeted by your private driver at the airport and whisked to the grandeur of your five-star hotel, where you can immediately sink into your king-sized bed surrounded by Japanese-inspired decor. Or pop to the rooftop bar for a cocktail with a side of Tokyo skyline. Imagine a curated itinerary across the best of Japan, exploring its hidden gems and classic landmarks guided by an expert showcasing the country in sophisticated style.
Experts in curating high-end Japan tours, JANESCO Elysium Series combines the best of luxury and adventure. Every aspect is planned to fine detail. From five-star hotels to first-class bullet trains to gourmet dining experiences across an epic nine-day journey of seeing Japan’s best sights. Take a deeper dive into the ancient culture of Japan and experience the hidden gems that only come with decades of experience.
Unlock the secrets of Tokyo
On arrival in Japan, your private driver will transfer you to the Conrad Hotel Tokyo, home for the next two nights, where you have Executive Lounge access. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Tokyo by chartered car, driving through the famous Ginza streets and the Imperial Palace. Then explore Asakusa Temple and the colourful Nakamise shopping street, lined with tiny stalls and shops in the outer Tsukiji fish market. For the nature lover, retreat to the tranquillity of a Bonsai museum and learn more about these magical miniatures.
Onward to Osaka
Next, board a Bullet Train to Osaka. Travel in first-class comfort as you speed through cityscapes, rice paddies and mountains that showcase the two sides of modern Japan. Visit historic Osaka Castle and the colourful Dotonbori district, where street food is ever popular. Here the Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki (octopus balls) are some of the best in Japan. Nearby Doguyasuji Arcade is also a must-visit for cooking enthusiasts. The Ritz-Carlton Osaka is your base, with access to the Club Lounge. Enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and canapés come evening.
Day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island
Miyajima Island in The Inland Sea is famed for the Sacred Goddess Miyajima Floating Shrine, the world-famous Torii Gate, and Itsukushima Shrine, now a World Heritage Site. Wander these iconic sights and drink in the Japan of a bygone era. Then take a fast boat back to the main island to visit the Hiroshima Peace Museum and Park. This display showcases life before and after the atomic bomb. After exploring the grounds, it’s back to Osaka.
Kick back in Kyoto
Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan and is known as the city of a thousand temples. With a quick stop en route at Uji, famed as Japan’s original green tea town, you’ll arrive by car in Kyoto and set off to uncover the treasures of the 400-year-old Higashiyama district. Visit Kiyomizu Temple, with its iconic views of the city below. And walk the tiny streets with their picture-perfect quaint shops.
Known for its idyllic Zen garden, a visit to Kodaiji Temple is a must to discover the finely decorated buildings, all designated Places of Scenic Beauty by the Japanese Government. A visit to Kyoto wouldn’t be complete without seeing the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Landmarks: Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) and Nijo Castle, built as a summer residence of the first Shogun of the Edo period. After all that exploring, kick back at The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto on the banks of the Kamogawa River, your home for the next two nights.
Hot Springs in Hakone
A popular hot spring resort for locals, Hakone is famous for its onsens and national park. Plus, its jaw-dropping view of Mount Fuji across Lake Ashi. Check in at Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa – Luxury Hotel in Gora, Hakone, and experience the resort’s healing properties of the mineral baths. All before enjoying welcome drinks and dinner. Gora has many local art galleries, including the Hakone Open Air Museum. Here masterpieces from modern sculptors such as Rodin and Henry Moore are on show. Alongside a Picasso Pavilion with over 300 pieces from the master’s collection. Worth a ride is the Hakone Tozan Cable Car for a majestic view of Mount Fuji.
Three reasons the Elysium Series is for you
Be pampered with opulent accommodations in some of the world’s most luxurious properties. Every accommodation is chosen to create a haven of comfort and indulgence. From plush suites in top-tier hotels to exclusive stays and luxury lodges.
Unique destinations and tailored experiences
While iconic landmarks are part of the journey, you’ll also explore hidden gems and cultural treasures not often frequented by mainstream tourism. Itineraries are carefully crafted to offer unparalleled tailor-made experiences. Take private guided tours of renowned museums, culinary classes with master chefs, and immersive encounters with local artisans and experts.
Unlike mass-market travel, JANESCO designs each tour to “go slow” and immerse in Japan. For those seeking to explore Japan in the lap of luxury, JANESCO Elysium Series is redefining the art of bespoke tours setting new standards in exclusive VIP travel treatment.