Cultural Treasures of Japan

Immerse yourself in the ancient and modern cultures of Japan. Experience the electric city of Tokyo, where Yanaka Ginza, the 'shitamachi' of the city's old town, serves as a window to Tokyo's past and top-of-the-world views from Tokyo Tower give way to cosmopolitan vistas. Take part in a peaceful and meditative tea ceremony, and stand before the famous Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon in Asakusa. Explore the lakeside resort of Hakone and cruise the waters of Lake Ashi. Board the Hakone Ropeway for goliath views of Mt. Fuji, and tour Matsumoto Castle, the 'Crow Castle.' In the Japanese Alps, enjoy Hida beef and sake at a local brewery, and marvel at the gassho-zukuri-style homes of Shirakawa-go. Visit Kanazawa's Omicho market, Kenroku garden and the Samurai district. Partake in a gold leaf class. Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan and a marvel to behold. Absorb the beauty of Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, whose top two floors are covered with gold leaf. Explore Kyoto's Nijo Castle, home of the first Shogun. Take a lesson in the art of stenciling. Board the Shinkansen 'bullet' train to travel to Hiroshima where you'll visit Miyajima, 'Shrine Island' and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Finally, sit down to a special farewell dinner in Kyoto that features a Geisha show.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2019
Duration
13 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1TokyoOvernight Flight: Explore ancient and modern Japanese culture firsthand. Discover peaceful temples and technological marvels set against unimaginable natural beauty.
Day 2TokyoTokyo, Japan - Tour Begins: Welcome to Japan, the 'Land of the Rising Sun." Begin in the electrifying city of Tokyo, where pop culture is turned all the way up and traditions are rich and long-kept. Tonight, experience a traditional kaiseki-style meal alongside your fellow travelers at a festive welcome dinner.
Day 3TokyoTokyo: Feel the excitement start to build when you explore Asakusa, Tokyo's oldest Geisha district. Then turn to the tranquility of the famous Buddhist temple, Senso-ji. Experience the long lasting tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony, dating back to the 15th century. During your free time, explore the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Luckily, you don't need a time machine to get to Tokyo's old town, Yanaka Ginza, where quaint shops and vendors selling local cuisine transport you to a different time altogether.
Day 4TokyoTokyo: Begin the day at Tokyo Tower to see the magnificent view of the city from above on this iconic symbol of Tokyo. Then enjoy a morning stroll through the outside grounds of the Imperial Palace, the Kokyo Gaien National Gardens, and see the Niju Bridge and Sakurada Gate, the well-known symbol of the Imperial Palace. Walk through Tsukiji, the world's largest, busiest fish market and a preamble to a true taste of Japan - a sushi lunch inside the market itself. Later, amid a lush forest outside of Tokyo, visit the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken.
Day 5TokyoTokyo - Hakone: Journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone, renowned for its hot springs and spas. In the shadow of Mt. Fuji (UNESCO), this scenic town hugs the shorelines of Lake Ashi. Make a stop at Owakudani, located in an active volcanic zone. The Owakudani crater was created some 3,000 years ago, when Mt. Hakone erupted. Climb aboard Hakone Ropeway, an aerial cable car descending from Owakudani for a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji.* From there, take to the deep-blue waters of Lake Ashi on a cruise where you'll see epic views of the local mountains before stopping in the charming town of Moto-Hakone.
Day 6HakoneHakone - Matsumoto - Takayama: This breathtaking day begins in Matsumoto. Start at Matsumoto Castle, known as the 'Crow Castle' because of its striking black exterior. Enjoy the local cuisine as we stop for lunch at a Soba noodle shop. Later, you'll step back in time in the rural Edo-period town of Takayama, nestled in the Japanese Alps. Well known to the locals for its connection to sake, this is the perfect place to gather for a visit to one of Japan's 200-year-old sake breweries. Afterward, experience a true Japanese epicurean treat - traditional rice wine paired with a special Hida beef dinner.
Day 7TakayamaTakayama: The ancient cultures of Takayama come alive this morning in the town's historic district. Take a walk through the past and glimpse the 19th-century Jinya government building. Circuit the winding streets, where the town's traditional charms are preserved in the inns and houses. Feel the energy of bustling open-air markets that date back over 600 years. This afternoon, relish some free time to continue your exploration of Takayama on your own.
Day 8TakayamaTakayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa: Today, embrace the unique charms of Shirakawa-go (UNESCO). Hidden away in the mountain, this harmonious village is famous for its gassho-zukuri-style houses - thatched-rooftops designed to resemble two hands joined in prayer. Journey to Kanazawa, the origin of gold-leaf making since the 16th century. Next, it's over to the Samurai district where we'll enter the former home of the Nomuras, a wealthy samurai family who served the ruling Maeda family. Then, travel to the Geisha quarters of Kanazawa, the Higashi Tea district. Gather in town this evening for dinner.
Day 9KanazawaKanazawa: More than 25 acres of absolute beauty awaits you today at Kenroku-En - Garden of Six Qualities. From the beauty of Japan's most stunning gardens, dive in to the ancient craft of gold leaf making during a hands-on lesson in decorating your own lacquer box at Kanazawa Katani! In the center of town, take in the action of the Omicho fish market before venturing out on your own to really immerse yourself in Kanazawa's dynamic culture.
Day 10KanazawaKanazawa - Kyoto: Kyoto awaits! The former Imperial capital of Japan is now one of the nation's top cosmopolitan cities. At the same time, Kyoto's connection with its past is strong; you won't need to look far to see one of its 2,000 temples and shrines. Visit Kinkakuji (UNESCO), the Golden Pavilion, a zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Then, stroll through the Gion district where you may spot women in traditional dress along the narrow lanes of teahouses. Tonight, dine in the heart of the city at a traditional yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant.
Day 11KyotoKyoto - Bullet Train - Hiroshima - Kyoto: All aboard the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or 'Shrine Island' (UNESCO), where the iconic torii gate and the Itsukushima Shrine appear to float on water. After lunch, head into Hiroshima city to visit the Peace Memorial Park, and pause to see the ruined Atomic Dome (UNESCO). Reflect at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. As this moving day comes to a close, return to Kyoto by the Shinkansen bullet train.
Day 12KyotoKyoto: Explore Fushimi Inari Taisha for a tour of the most revered shrine of Inari. Follow the spectacular rows of orange torii (made famous in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha) that weave through the forest, leading you to the inner shrine. Move on to the home of the first Shogun, Nijo Castle (UNESCO), and see intricate woodcarvings, wall paintings, and the Ninomaru Garden, designed by Kobori Enshu, a landscape architect and tea master. Next, visit Marumasu Nishumuraya for a lesson in the art of stenciling at a traditional Kyoto townhouse.
Day 13KyotoKyoto: Today, spend some time relaxing or set out to explore Kyoto on your own. Fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture tonight during a special kaiseki farewell dinner and Geisha show.
Day 14KyotoKyoto - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close in this fascinating land. As you depart, reflect on its beauty and all you have learned about its rich history and culture.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
02/25/2019$4,749.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/02/2019$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/04/2019$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/16/2019$5,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/18/2019$5,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/23/2019$5,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/25/2019$5,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/01/2019$5,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/06/2019$5,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/13/2019$5,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/15/2019$5,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/17/2019$5,149.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/21/2019$5,249.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Hotel Associa Takayama Resort JTB Takayama-shi, Japan
Odakyu Hotel de Yama Hakone, Japan
Westin Miyako Kyoto Kyoto, Japan
ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa Kanazawa, Japan
Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa, Japan
Tokyo Prince Hotel Tokyo, Japan
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko Hakone-machi, Japan
Takayama Green Hotel Takayama, Japan
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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