Highlights of Japan: Tokyo to Kyoto

with Osaka & Hiroshima extension
May 14-23, 2020 / 10 DAYS

Discover how centuries-old traditions coexist with cutting-edge culture.

The traditional tea ceremony is the embodiment of Japanese hospitality, representing harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. You’ll experience this…

Your package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 lunch
  • 8 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • 1 train ride

Included highlights

Meiji Shrine, Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi, Hakone Open-Air Museum, high-speed bullet train ride, Golden Pavilion, guided meditation session, Nara, Osaka Cas…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for at least 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills. You …

Itinerary

Map tour of Japan

Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

May 14: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Tokyo today.

Tokyo / 3 NIGHTS

May 15: Arrival in Tokyo

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Japan! Get settled in to your hotel before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

May 16: Sightseeing tour of Tokyo

Included meals: Breakfast

Join your Tour Director and embark on your first tour of Japan’s bustling capital.  • Make a photo stop and view the iconic Shibuya crossing from overhead as you drive through the central part of the city   • View the Imperial Palace and its impressive grounds • Explore Tokyo’s old town, including the ancient Asakusa Kannon Temple, the city’s oldest and most sacred temple • Peruse a vibrant variety of handmade crafts and local fare at the centuries-old Nakamise Shopping Arcade  Enjoy a free afternoon in Tokyo or add an excursion.

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Culinary Traditions of Japan: Sushi Making & Dinner
4 hours
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Join an experienced chef at a local restaurant to learn the art of sushi making. Sushi making in Japan dates back to around the 9th century, and the dish is considered one of the country’s best-known foods. You’ll watch as a chef cuts and prepares the fish for the sushi. Then, try your hand at crafting nigiri, a type of sushi that consists of seafood placed on top of rice, during your cooking class. After, sit down to enjoy the sushi dinner that you have created with your group members. Please note: Travelers will need to handle raw fish while making sushi on this excursion, and requests related to food allergies cannot be accommodated.4 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 17: Free day in Tokyo

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Tokyo or add an excursion.

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Kamakura
8 hours
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Step aboard a local train in Tokyo and make your way to the seaside city of Kamakura, where you’ll explore the countryside, temples, and shrines on a guided walking tour. Pay a visit to the city’s famous Great Buddha and Hase Kannon Temples. Then, sit down for an included lunch and enjoy free time to peruse the arts and crafts for sale along Komachi Shopping Street before transferring back to Tokyo on the train.8 hours and departs in the morning, lunch includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Hakone / 1 NIGHT

May 18: Sightseeing tour of Tokyo, Mount Fuji photo stop & transfer to Hakone

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, follow your Tour Director on another guided sightseeing tour of vibrant Tokyo before continuing on to Hakone.  • Set off on a short walk from Yoyogi Park to the Meiji Shrine, final resting place of Emperor Meiji • Wander through the shrine’s Inner Garden, home to irises that bloom in springtime and the spiritually powerful Kiyomasa’s Well  • Stroll through the colorful Harajuku neighborhood, where Tokyo’s history and present-day pop culture intertwine • Head to the top of the Metropolitan Building to get a bird’s-eye view of the city Later, make your way to Hakone, a resort town in the Owakudani Valley. • Make a photo stop at Mount Fuji, which stands an imposing 12,388 feet high • Take in panoramic views of nearby lakes and villages from the midway-point observatory Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Kyoto / 4 NIGHTS

May 19: Mount Komagatake, Lake Ashi & train to Kyoto

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, take a guided tour of Mount Komagatake and Lake Ashi.• Enjoy a ropeway ride up to the top of Mount Komagatake, admiring spectacular views from the cable car as you go • Embark on a cruise on Lake Ashi, formed after Mount Hakone erupted 3,000 years ago• Take in surreal views of Mount Fuji looming in the background• Pay a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum, with endless sculptures over its 17 acres and a gallery with more than 700 works by PicassoThis afternoon, board a high-speed bullet train to Kyoto.

May 20: Sightseeing tour of Kyoto & Zen Meditation Session

Included meals: Breakfast

Your Tour Director leads a tour of Kyoto, the city that served as the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years—and is still considered its spiritual capital. • Tour the 17th-century Nijo Castle, which boasts intricate architecture and a unique alarm system: floors that sound like a nightingale when walked on • See one of Japan’s most famous temples, the glittering Golden Pavilion • Travel on to Ryoanji Temple, which houses the country’s finest Zen gardens • Meet an American-educated Vice Abbot who will lead you in a guided Zen meditation session inside Shunkoin Temple    • Explore the temple on a tour following your meditation • Sit down to sip Matcha green tea alongside a traditional Japanese sweet Please note: Today’s guided Zen meditation session may take place in the morning depending on the schedule.

May 21: Koga & Nara

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Discover Japan’s lush countryside as you wind your way to the town of Koga to visit the I.M. Pei-designed Miho Museum, which boasts an excellent collection of Japanese art and an extensive Egyptian collection. (Please note: If the Miho Museum is closed, you may visit the Kyoto Museum and Sanjusangendo Hall instead.)Then, journey to the former capital city of Nara for a guided tour before returning to Kyoto this evening. • Enjoy an included lunch• Tour the local Buddhist and Shinto shrines, including the Todaiji Temple, site of the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue • Stroll through Nara Park, home to more than 1,200 wild deer considered sacred by locals

May 22: Free day in Kyoto

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Kyoto or add an excursion.Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner in Kyoto, where you’ll sample four kinds of sake and enjoy traditional shabu-shabu (hot pot).

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Arashiyama District & Nishiki Market
6 hours
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Depart from Kyoto and enjoy a short transfer as you travel west to Arashiyama. This historic district boasts stunning natural beauty, and you’ll take it all in on a guided sightseeing tour. Step inside the UNESCO-listed Tenryu-ji Temple, which was originally constructed in the 12th century and is considered one of Kyoto’s most important sites. Meander through the striking Bamboo Grove, where soaring stalks flank a singular pathway. Finally, see the rolling, tree-covered hills that surround the Hozu River and the Togetsukyo Bridge. Spanning almost 170 feet, the beautiful wooden bridge sits against the backdrop of Arashiyama mountain. Then, return to Kyoto to explore the bustling food stalls of the Nishiki Market, which stretches across five blocks and is often referred to as "Kyoto's Kitchen.”6 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

May 23: Transfer to Osaka, sightseeing tour & departure

Included meals: Breakfast

Continue on to Osaka, the birthplace of many of Japan’s well-known arts, such as Kabuki theater and the tea ceremony. Today’s guided tour, led by your Tour Director, offers a look inside the city’s historic sights. • Visit the massive Osaka Castle, which houses a museum dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the legendary leader who built it• Stroll through Kuromon Ichiba Market, famous for its selection of fresh fish, vegetables, fruit, and other Japanese specialtiesThis evening, transfer to the airport to board your flight home or choose to continue your adventure with a visit to Hiroshima.Please note: If you are joining the tour extension in Hiroshima and Osaka, you will spend the evening of day 10 in Osaka.

Extension / Starting from $1149 pp

Osaka & Hiroshima / 2 NIGHTS

Round out your journey in Japan as you explore Osaka and Hiroshima, two dynamic destinations where palpable history mingles with present day. In Osaka, fill up on authentic food and get swept up in the whir of the city's bustling nightlife, when each avenue lights up in vibrant color. Then, step back in time in Hiroshima. This "City of Peace" has been rebuilt from the ground up but still shows moving signs of its infamous past.

May 23: Sightseeing tour of Osaka

Included meals: Breakfast

Continue on to Osaka, the birthplace of many of Japan’s well-known arts, such as Kabuki theater and the tea ceremony. Today’s guided tour, led by your Tour Director, offers a look inside the city’s historic sights.  • Visit the massive Osaka Castle, which houses a museum dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the legendary leader who built it • Stroll through Kuromon Ichiba Market, famous for its selection of fresh fish, vegetables, fruit, and other Japanese specialties

May 24: Train to Hiroshima & sightseeing tour

Included meals: Breakfast

Board a high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima and get to know this world-renowned “City of Peace” on today’s guided sightseeing tour.  • Visit Peace Memorial Park to see the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was the only structure to withstand the infamous atomic bombing of the city during World War II • Take short ferry ride to Miyajima Island to view the 12th-century, UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine

May 25: Free day in Osaka

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer back to Osaka, where you can enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

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Osaka by Night: Cruise & Dinner
5 hours
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Hop aboard a river cruise and admire the glittering skyline as you float along Osaka Bay. Then, get a taste of local life as you follow a guide on a walking tour of the dynamic Dotonbori Riverfront. Explore Namba, a bustling neighborhood along the water with some of Osaka’s best shops, restaurants, and entertainment before heading to a local restaurant to enjoy an included dinner. End the night with a subway ride back to your hotel.5 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

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