Timeless Japan

Terms & Conditions

Trip Date
Price from
$5799
Number of Days
10
Highlights & Inclusions
  • Dodge market trolleys in Tokyo's fish market before a sushi class
  • Ride the rails of the bullet train 
  • Spend two nights in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn 
  • Visit Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park and Museum 
  • Experience tranquility at Kyoto's famed Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • 2 nights: Hotel Niwa, Tokyo
  • 2 nights: Takayama Ouan
  • 2 nights: Hiroshima Tokyu REI Hotel, Hiroshima
  • 3 nights: Grand Prince Hotel, Kyoto
Itinerary

Located in the Pacific Ocean, off the eastern coast of Asia’s mainland, this volcanic archipelago is the setting for an enthralling adventure that transports us across ancient cultures and modern cities. Explore the many sides of Japan, from Tokyo’s urban buzz, to countryside temples and samurai fortresses.

Day 1: Tokyo

Konichiwa! Your included group transfer will bring you to our hotel. Meet your Local Leader and fellow travelers this afternoon at a welcome meeting. A walking tour of the contemporary city of Tokyo leads to the Shinjuku’s Memory Lane, a historic alley of restaurants dating back to the 1940s. The best spot in Tokyo to sample local “fast food,” it’s ideal for trying Japan’s diverse flavors including yakitori (grilled chicken skewers). (d)

Day 2: Tokyo 

At Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, the world's biggest market trolleys are piled high with crates of local catch. Explore the narrow aisles filled with spectacular creatures before learning the art of making sushi. We'll visit the Asakusa area, a traditional temple district where Sensō-ji, the city's oldest temple, was founded in A.D. 648. (b, l)

Day 3: Tokyo > Takayama

Ride the rails of the bullet train to the Edo period town of Takayama, located in the Japanese Alps. A stop at a prized sake brewery provides a tasting of this time-honored rice wine. Enjoy two nights here in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). (b)

Day 4: Takayama

Get closer to the culture today as we explore the morning markets in the Gifu Prefecture, where villages are nestled among the mountains. Dating back 600 years, each morning at 6 a.m. the local women set their stalls. Here you can try a bag of miso wrapped in leaves, soybean candy or the delicious marshmallow treat — owara tamaten. Visit the Hida Folk Village, an outdoor museum where we learn how traditional farmhouses that withstand cold temperatures and snow are built. The rest of the day is left unscripted for you to write your own adventure. (b)

Day 5: Takayama > Hiroshima

We travel by train to Hiroshima for a poignant visit to the Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Both places stand as symbols of peace and as remembrance of the victims of the first ever wartime use of the atomic bomb in August 1945. (b)

Day 6: Hiroshima

This morning, we ferry to the serene and enchanting island of Miyajima, home to the Shinto shrine of Itsukushima. Explore Momaji Park, where you can walk among its simple natural beauty, or take a cable car to the top of Mount Misen. Tonight, we dine like locals on okonomiyaki, a type of savory pancake cooked in front of us. (b, l)

Day 7: Hiroshima > Kyoto

Departing Hiroshima, we venture to Japan's impressive samurai castle at Himeji, once home to over 10,000 samurai families. Wander the moats, towers and walled alleyways before continuing to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. Free time here gets you acquainted with the city. (b)

Day 8: Kyoto

How will you explore Kyoto today? Experience a bicycle backstreet tour, including parks, pavilions and the famous Ryōan-ji Zen garden. Or, explore the city like a local with an Insider Expert, who takes you to sights including Nijō Castle, via subway. (b)

Day 9: Kyoto

A short train journey brings us to Kyoto's famed Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, one of the most photographed sights in the city. Venture further than most, and appreciate the quiet corners and stunning city views. Try the delicious artisan coffee and homemade cakes from the locally owned Shrine Café before a walk around the Nishiki Market, also known as “Kyoto's Kitchen.” Tonight, we cap off our adventure with a delicious Japanese feast. (b, d)

Day 10: Kyoto

Your adventure through the Land of The Rising Sun ends today with a shared transfer to the airport. (b)

 

Asia/S.Pacific/Mid. East