Classic Japan: The Golden Route

Day 1 - Arrive in Tokyo, Japan. Welcome to Japan's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 - Tokyo. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour starts with a visit to MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Next, stop at the IMPERIAL PALACE, a large complex consisting of a park area and moats carved out by stone walls. Last stop is the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, join your traveling companions at a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Director. After dinner, take a WALKING TOUR with your Tour Director among the dazzling neon lights of Shinjuku. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Tokyo. Today, start your sightseeing at the TOKYO SKYTREE, the world's largest freestanding tower, where you will ascend to one of the observation decks for spectacular views of the city. Next, visit an artist's studio and learn to write like a local during a CALLIGRAPHY CLASS with a master calligrapher. Here, you'll also have the opportunity to try on a traditional KIMONO and partake in a [LF] TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY, a wonderfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 4 - Tokyo - Kamakura - Mount Fuji Area. This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to Kamakura to see the 750-year-old Great Buddha. Continue on to the Mount Fuji area for a CRUISE on Lake Ashi, followed by a CABLE-CAR RIDE (weather permitting) for panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Mount Fuji Area - Kyoto. This morning, board one of Japan's famous BULLET TRAINS bound for Kyoto. Upon arrival, visit the FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue on to the Higashiyama District to visit KIYOMIZU TEMPLE, the "Pure Water Temple," with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries. This evening, you may choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan. (B,L)

Traditional Ryokan Stay
Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality at a ryokan (Japanese inn). Your ryokan, Gion Hatanaka, features traditional touches"tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath"as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Included: transfers to/from ryokan from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast.

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Space is limited. Ask for price at time of booking.
Day 6 - Kyoto. This morning starts with a visit to stunning Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION. Next, visit YUZEN HANDMADE CORNER to learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used to decorate kimonos by painting dye directly on the cloth. You will be invited to participate in making your own souvenir using this traditional method. For lunch, participate in a special [LF] JAPANESE COOKING CLASS. Under the instruction of a local chef you will learn how to make miso soup, teriyaki chicken, and makizushi, more commonly known as a sushi roll. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own. (B,L)
Day 7 - Kyoto. Nara Excursion. This morning, stop at SANJUSANGENDO TEMPLE, famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 more life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds. Then, depart Kyoto for NARA, the oldest capital of Japan. Here, visit two separate UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, at Nara Park, is TODAIJI TEMPLE, built in 752 AD and one of Japan's most famous significant temples. Rebuilt after a fire in 1692, the temple is only two-thirds its original size, yet remains the world's largest wooden building. The Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) inside the main hall is made of copper and bronze, and is the largest in all of Japan, weighing in at 250 tons and standing some 49 feet tall! Nearby is KASUGA SHRINE, known for its 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Return to Kyoto for some leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate your discovery of Japan. (B,D)
Day 8 - Kyoto. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not depart prior to 11 am. (B)

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  Tour Name   Classic Japan: The Golden Route
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    8 Days
  Start City:   Tokyo
  End City:   Kyoto
  Price From   USD $3,449.00   See in Cart
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Pricing (Per Person)

Land Start Date Price From:
    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single Room Supplement:
    $1,000

    Triple Room Reduction per person:
    $115

    Extra Nights per person in Tokyo:
    in single room $242; in twin room $142; in triple room $121

    Extra Nights per person in Kyoto:
    in single room $298; in twin room $192; in triple room $167

    Ryokan Stay:
    $400 twin, $275 single supplement
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • TOKYO
    City sightseeing; visit the Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade, and Tokyo Skytree; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; [LF] traditional tea ceremony; night walking tour; welcome dinner
    KAMAKURA
    See the Great Buddha
    MOUNT FUJI AREA
    Cruise on Lake Ashi; cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji
    MOUNT FUJI AREA - KYOTO
    Travel by high-speed bullet train
    KYOTO
    City sightseeing; visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, and Sanjusangendo Temple; Yuzen Handmade Corner; [LF] Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner
  • Launch Date
  • 8/11/2015 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 3 dinners including a welcome dinner in Tokyo and a farewell dinner in Kyoto.
  • Title
  • Classic Japan: The Golden Route
 
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