12 Day Japan, Then & Now

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers should select flights that arrive in Narita Airport no later than 4 pm in order not to miss the welcome dinner and trip briefing.


Accommodation Details:
Sep 11, Oct 2 & Oct 16 departures will be accommodated at Best Western Hotel Takayama in Takayama.

Hotel rooms in Japan cannot comfortably accommodate 3 adults; therefore, a double, plus a single room configuration should be purchased.

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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs and steps.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in dynamic Tokyo in the "Land of the Rising Sun"; transfer to your hotel. Time for rest and relaxation before an afternoon briefing by your Tour Manager on the memorable journey that lies ahead. Tonight, dinner together with your fellow travelers welcomes you to Japan
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Tsukiji Fish Market, Sushi Demonstration & Asakusa Kannon Temple
On today’s tour of Tokyo, witness the stark contrasts of this dazzling city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. To begin, walk the lanes of the hectic Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world! Afterward, enjoy a culinary demonstration led by a professional Sushi Chef. Learn the art of creating different varieties of sushi and sashimi and enjoy them for lunch afterward! Later, travel to the imposing Asakusa Kannon Temple (Sensoji) enshrining a golden image of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy; its entrance is dominated by a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red and black tones. Walk along Nakamise, a major shopping area, centuries-old, where everything from souvenirs to genuine Edo-style crafts is sold. Finally, visit the serene Meiji Shrine nestled in a forested area, honoring the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Thursday - Akihabara District & Imperial Imperial Palace
Begin the day with Akihabara shopping district, a wonderland of electrical equipment shops, computer shops and animation studios that are attracting world attention. Next continue to the Imperial Palace, the former site of Edo Castle, where Samurai warriors lived from the 17th to 19th centuries. This huge parkland, surrounded by water-filled moats and massive stone walls, is now the residence of Japan's Imperial Family and a precious jewel of nature within the hectic city center. Stop at the lovely Nijubashi Bridge that stretches over the moat in the outer gardens with its colorful displays of seasonal flowers. The tour concludes at the Ginza district, Tokyo's most celebrated upscale shopping, dining and amusement area.Tonight, enjoy dinner at a Japanese style pub
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, Hakone National Park and Mt. Fuji Excursion
A full day of breathtaking scenery as you drive south to Hakone, the most famous National Park in Japan. En route, stop to visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, situated in the wooded hills along the coast of lake Kawaguchi. Here, view exhibits of the textile artist Kubota Itchiku’s kimono creations, depicting the themes of nature and the seasons. Continue along the scenic roads of rural Japan to Hakone where a gondola takes you on the Hakone Ropeway to the Owakudani Valley’s extraordinary volcanic zone. A short walking trail leads you to bubbling pools where you can purchase eggs cooked in the hot waters blackened by sulfur, said to prolong one's life by at least seven years. Enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. End your visit in Hakone with a forest walk along Cedar Avenue, a historic site of Hakone Old Tokaido Road that linked Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period. Tonight, be adventurous! Explore Tokyo’s incredible variety of cuisine, from simple noodle dishes and sushi to gourmet Kobe beef prepared by some of the world's top chefs
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Kenroku-en Gardens, Kagaonsen Ryokan Experience
Board the famous Shinkansen, or "bullet train," that takes you to Kanazawa on the Noto Peninsula, with its winding cobblestone streets, Samurai residences, Geisha houses, lavish gardens and a flower filled open-air market. Stroll through Kenroku-en Garden, one of the country’s most elite gardens with its elaborate water sculptures and designs. Continue to the Nomura Family House, where Samurai once dwelled. In Kagaonsen, an exceptional experience is awaiting you. Spend the night at a traditional Ryokan (inn), where you dress in yukata (bathrobe) that you wear to the onsen (hot spring spa.) You overnight in authentic Japanese rooms with tatami mats and sleep on a futon bed. Dinner together at the Ryokan is a full course Kaiseki Dinner highlighted by regional specialties
Overnight: Kaga
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Thatched Farmhouses in Shirakawa-go, Takayama’s Old Town
You travel from Kagaonsen to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go, known for its village of thatched gassho-zukuri (praying hands) farmhouses. Visit the historic village of Ogimachi and the ruins of its castle, dating back to medieval times. From atop the observation deck, see the amazing view of an entire settlement of thatched style houses. Lunch at local restaurant before driving past the rock-filled Miboro Dam to 16th century Takayama, with its meticulously preserved Old Town. Upon arrival, visit Takayama Jinya, a historic government house converted to a museum and the Yatai Kaikan Hall housing intricately designed wooden floats brought out only for major festivals. Later, you arrive at a scenic mountain resort for overnight
Overnight: Takayama
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Monday - Takayama's Historic District, Morning Farmer’s Market, Bullet Train to Kyoto
The delightful town of Takayama, with its wealth of museums, galleries and impressive temples, is often called "Little Kyoto." A walking tour includes the remarkably preserved Edo-period merchants’ shops and houses in the Sanno-machi Historic District. Visit the morning market along the Miya River with farmers and craftsmen selling everything from vegetables to clothing and hand carvings. Across the river lies the Sanmachi-suji (district) of sake breweries, cafes and immaculately preserved old private houses. Lunch en route before boarding the express train to Nagoya. Upon arrival, you will change and board the bullet train to enchanting and historic Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Tuesday - Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion, Ryoan-ji Temple’s Rock Garden
Your first discovery in Kyoto is Nijo Castle, residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, with its ornate interior handcrafted with Japanese cypress. At the celebrated Kinkaku-ji Temple, "the Golden Pavilion," you understand why this magnificent gold leaf covered temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After walking through the exquisite Japanese Gardens, continue to Ryoan-ji Temple with its mysterious Rock Garden and the imperial Shinto Heian Shrine, boasting the largest torii (gate) in Japan. Linger over a lunch. Later dress in an authentic kimono during a visit to a Kyoto-style home. Afterwards, visit the Heian Shrine, an important cultural property of Japan. Tonight, perhaps journey into town to explore some of the many fine restaurants
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Wednesday - Kyoto’s Cultural Heritage, Tea Ceremony, Zen Meditation
Discover the beautiful cultural heritage of Kyoto that has spanned the centuries. Begin your day with a visit to the Kiyomizu Temple, known for its sacred waters believed to bestow health and longevity. At the shrine, one can also ensure success in love by walking between a pair of stones with closed eyes!Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Tea Ceremony at the Gesshin-in Temple, where you participate in the ritualized art of preparing and serving tea, savoring several different varieties.View the Zen Buddhist Temple of Kodai-ji’s richly decorated interior, the surrounding zen gardens and the Yasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine) with hundreds of colorful welcoming lanterns that glow at sunset. Next, familiarize yourself with Zen meditation, a calming practice deeply rooted in Japanese culture. As you stroll through the ancient streets of Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka, you’re transported back in time to "old" Japan on these distinctive streets crowded with old wooden storefronts and tea houses. After lunch stop at the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to pursue individual interests
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Thursday - Imperial Nara, Great Buddha Statue, Deer Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, Maiko Dance Performance
Travel by private bus to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples. Arrive at the exquisite wooden Todai-ji Temple, home of the impressive Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara (Deer) Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. Visit the famous and beautiful Kasuga Grand Shrine displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze lanterns. Return to Kyoto and enjoy leisure time this afternoon before a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant, featuring a traditional Maiko (Geisha) dance performance that reflects the core of Japanese culture
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Depart Japan
Sayonara! Transfer to Osaka for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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