VISIT | Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka
Discover traditional Japanese culture & hospitality. Meet local artisans. Stay in a
luxury ryokan located in the small hot springs village of Yamanaka,
surrounded by majestic trees and lovingly nurtured gardens encircled by
thickly forested hills. Visit one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens.
Tokyo - Kanazawa - Yamanaka Onsen
This morning, depart from Tokyo for Kanazawa via Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Upon arrival at Kanazawa Station, you will be privately transferred
to Yamanaka Onsen, a famous hot spring town, for a two night
stay at The Kayotei Ryokan. Lunch en route. Remainder of the day free
After breakfast, depart for a full day of touring, visiting local artisan
studios. Artisans youʼll meet here are indigenous organic food
producers and traditional handicraft makers. Take a peek at their
unique lifestyles by paying visits to their studios. You will be
impressed by these artisansʼ divine way of living, their specialties, and
the one of a kind techniques they use.
Yamanaka Onsen - Kanazawa
After checkout, you will be privately transferred to Kanazawa (approx.
1 hour). Upon arrival, enjoy a half day of touring. First, stop at the
Kaga Yuzen Traditional Industry Center, where you will participate in
a hands-on experience, learning about the Yuzen dyeing technique.
Next, visit Myoryuji Temple (commonly known as the “Ninja Temple”).
Your last stop will be at Higashichaya-gai *, an old entertainment
(* There is a possibility of booking a special live geisha performance
on Saturdays. Advanced reservations are necessary. Additional cost
After breakfast, you will be taken on a full day of sightseeing in
Kanazawa. Begin your tour by visiting Kenroku-en Garden, recognized
as one of Japanʼs “Three Most Beautiful Traditional Japanese Style
Gardens”. Then, enjoy lunch at Omicho Market, the largest fresh food
market in this area for nearly 300 years. End your exploration with a
visit to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, situated next
to the Kenroku-en Garden. It opened in 2004, and has become one of
Japanʼs most popular art museums. The museum exhibits unique
works by renowned contemporary artists from across the world, the
most popular being the “Swimming Pool” by Leadro Erlich.
Kanazawa - Tokyo
After checking out of the hotel, transfer to Tokyo by bullet train.
(approx. 2.5 hours)
Some of the possibilities include
>> Visiting an organic rice producer who uses the “Aigamo” (rice-duck farming) method.
>> Japanese bean curd “Tofu” producer
>> Japanese sake “Nihonshu” producer
>> Japanese traditional paper “Washi” craftsman
>> Traditional wood turner “Kiji-shi”
>> Japanese “Kutani ware” potter
(* The artisansʼ studios youʼll visit are subject to change, depending on seasonality and conditions).