Immerse yourself in the ancient and modern cultures of Japan!
Cultural Treasures of Japan
Thursday, March 27 Wednesday, April 9, 2025
Immerse yourself in the ancient and modern cultures of Japan. Learn the art of the tea ceremony, and stand before the famous Senso-ji Buddhist temple. Tour Matsumoto Castle, known as the Crow Castle for its black exterior. Taste legendary Hida beef and sip sake at a local brewery. Delve into Kyoto, the marvelous cultural capital of Japan. Absorb the beauty of the Golden Pavilion and the majesty of Nijo Castle. Board the Shinkansen bullet train to travel to Hiroshima to visit Shrine Island and the Peace Memorial Museum. Japan slowly draws you into its eclectic culture and charm, revealing incredible moments every step of the way.
DAY 1 Take an overnight flight from Boston to Tokyo to explore ancient and modern Japanese culture firsthand. Discover peaceful temples and technological marvels set against unimaginable natural beauty.
DAY 2 - 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.
DAY 3 - Feel the excitement start to build as you pass by the grounds of the Imperial Palace and see the Niju Bridge, the well-known symbol of the Imperial Palace. Later, walk through Ginza, one of the most elegant and luxurious streets in the world, where modern landscape meets rich history. Enjoy shopping at some of the most renowned "department stores" in Japan. Later, amid a lush forest outside of Tokyo, visit the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (B,D)
DAY 4 - Begin the day exploring Asakusa, Tokyos oldest Geisha district. Visit the famous Buddhist temple, Senso-ji, the colorful temple famous for the red chochin (lantern) hanging at the entrance gate. Experience the long standing tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony, dating back to the 15th century. During your free time, explore the Nakamise Shopping Arcade and feel the energy of the oldest shopping street in Japan. Then, head to Tokyo National Museum to learn about the fascinating history and culture of Tokyo. The museum displays artwork and antiques from Japan and the surrounding area. (B)
DAY 5 - Journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone, renowned for its hot springs. 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 the Hakone Ropeway, an aerial cable car descending from Owakudani for a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji. Next, take to the deep-blue waters of Lake Ashi on a cruise where youll see epic views of the local mountains before stopping in the charming town of Moto-Hakone. (B,D)
DAY 6 - This breathtaking day begins in Matsumoto at Matsumoto Castle, known as the Crow Castle because of its striking black exterior. Later, youll 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 Japans 200-year-old sake breweries. Afterward, experience a true Japanese epicurean treat traditional rice wine paired with a special Hida beef dinner. (B,D)
DAY 7 - The ancient cultures of Takayama come alive this morning in the towns historic district. Take a walk through the past and glimpse the 19th-century Jinya government building. Stroll through the morning market, a 600-year-old open air market with locally grown and produced products, located along the Miyagawa River. Circuit the winding streets, where the towns traditional charms are preserved in the inns and houses. This afternoon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before relishing some free time to continue your exploration of Takayama on your own. (B,L)
DAY 8 - 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. Visit the Samurai district where we will 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. (B,D)
DAY 9 - More than 25 acres of absolute beauty await you today at Kenroku-En Garden of Six Qualities. From the beauty of Japans most stunning gardens, dive into the ancient craft of gold leaf making during a hands-on lesson in decorating your own lacquer box! 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 Kanazawas dynamic culture. (B)
DAY 10 - Kyoto awaits! The former Imperial capital of Japan is now one of the nations top cosmopolitan cities. At the same time, Kyotos connection with its past is strong; you wont need to look far to see one of its 2,000 temples and shrines. For lunch, participate in a sushi making class and master the art of sushi making. This afternoon, visit Kinkakuji (UNESCO), the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. (B,L)
DAY 11 - All aboard the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or Shrine Island (UNESCO). Afterwards, 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 long and moving day comes to a close, return to Kyoto by the Shinkansen bullet train. (B)
DAY 12 - This morning, 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. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. (B)
DAY 13 - Today, visit 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, learn about the ancient craft of stenciling during a hands-on lesson. This afternoon, spend some time relaxing or set out to explore Kyoto on your own. Fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture tonight during a special farewell dinner and maiko show. (B,D)
DAY 14 - 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. (B)
Reservation Cut-Off Date August 28, 2024
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$ 7,599 per person, double occupancy, $ 9,099 single occupancy
3 nights in Tokyo
1 night in Hakone
2 nights in Takayama
2 nights in Kanazawa
4 nights in Kyoto
all described touring
round trip airfare from Boston
Airport transfer from Cape Cod
Cancellation and Payment:
A deposit of $698 per person is due upon reservations
Final payment is due January 16, 2025
Deposit is non-refundable after August 28, 2024
For Cancellation between 60-16 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 40% of total price.
For cancellation between 15-1 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 75% of total price.
For cancellation on the day of departure and after: 100% of total price.
Cancellation insurance is recommended and costs $449 per person and must be purchased at the time of reservation
If Travel Protection Plan has not been purchased and a reservation is cancelled for any reason prior to departure - Air is 100% non-refundable once paid in full.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|1 - Dennis|| Patriots Square, Route 134, South Dennis |
On Stop & Shop side, park in lot closest to Rt 134
|2 - Barnstable|| Barnstable Exit 6 Commuter Lot - behind |
Burger King, wait at enclosures
|3 - Sagamore|| Sagamore Commuter Lot at base of bridge |
on NON Cape side, wait at enclosures
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