Timeless Japan

Terms & Conditions

Trip Date
Price from
$4999
Single Supplement
$1900
Number of Days
10
Highlights & Inclusions
  • Explore Tokyo’s vibrant fish market
  • Spend a night in a traditional Japanese inn
  • Experience Kyoto’s famed Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
  • View Mt. Fuji from a caldera lake cruise
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • 2 nights: The Gate Kaminarimon Hotel, Tokyo
  • 1 night: Takayama Ouan, Takayama
  • 2 nights: The Intergate Hotel, Hiroshima
  • 3 nights: Daiwa Roynet Kyoto Ekimae Hotel, Kyoto
  • 1 night: The Gate Kaminarimon Hotel, Tokyo

Hotels subject to change.

Itinerary

Enduring marvels in a place unlike any other.

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! Meet your Local Leader and fellow travelers this afternoon at a welcome meeting. A walking tour of Tokyo leads to Shinjuku’s Memory Lane, a historic alley of restaurants and the best spot in Tokyo to sample local “fast food.” (d)

Day 2: Tokyo
At Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, trolleys are piled high with crates of local catch. Explore the narrow aisles filled with spectacular creatures before learning the art of sushi making. After lunch, we visit the Asakusa area, a traditional temple district dating back to 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 a night here in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). (b, d)

Day 4: Takayama > Hiroshima
We travel by train this morning to Hiroshima for a poignant visit to the Genbaku Dome and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum — symbols of peace and remembrance. (b)

Day 5: Hiroshima
This morning, we ferry to the serene and enchanting island of Miyajima, home to the Shinto shrine of Itsukushima. Explore Momaji Park on foot or take a cable car to the top of Mount Misen. Tonight, we dine like locals on okonomiyaki, a type of savory pancake. (b, d)

Day 6: Hiroshima > Kyoto
Departing Hiroshima, we venture to the impressive samurai castle at Himeji — once home to over 10,000 families. We continue to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. (b)

Day 7: Kyoto
Today we travel like locals by bus and subway. Our Local Leader showcases Kinkaku-ji Temple’s Golden Pavilion and the famous Ryōan-ji Zen Garden. The opulent Nijo Castle awaits us this afternoon as we explore Ninomaru Palace. (b)

Day 8: Kyoto
A short train ride brings us to Kyoto’s famed Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, one of the most photographed sights in the city. Try delicious treats from the locally owned Shrine Café before a walk around the Nishiki Market, also known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen.” Tonight, we savor a delicious Japanese feast. (b, d)

Day 9: Kyoto > Tokyo
We bid farewell to Kyoto this morning as we travel by bullet train to Hakone, a place of staggering beauty with picturesque views of Mt. Fuji. We will hop onboard a cablecar for some up close views of the mountain before heading to Lake Ashinoko for a cruise around this natural 3,000 year old caldera. We return to Tokyo for our final night together, celebrating with dinner at a local restaurant. (b, d)

Day 10: Tokyo
Our adventure ends today. (b)

Asia/S.Pacific/Mid. East