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Classic Japan

9 days with Abercrombie & Kent   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting and modern capital. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the expansive views over Tokyo’s Skyline.
 
Day 2: Tokyo | Tsukiji Fish Market & Asakusa Kannon Temple
After your welcome briefing, proceed to Tsukiji Fish Market, a bustling hub of Japanese daily life and the source of most Tokyo inhabitants’ seafood. Next, visit the Imperial Palace Plaza before continuing to the Shitamachi Museum to view historical reproductions of the living spaces of artisans and merchants who once occupied Tokyo’s lowlands, and learn about their remarkable culture. Afterward, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, pausing in the tiny shops of Nakamise-dori. The colorful pagoda-style temple was completed in 645 and is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy in several East Asian spiritual traditions. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a welcome dinner. (B L D)
 
Day 3: Tokyo | Life of a Samurai
Today, increase your understanding of Japan’s past and present, starting at the Samurai Museum, where you learn about the customs of this elite-warrior class and get an up-close look at an authentic collection of their exotic armor and weaponry. Then, pass by Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s answer to Times Square, to watch the downright mesmerizing multi-directional foot traffic. Stop at the Nezu Museum to view the exquisite porcelain, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and paintings on display, and stroll its tranquil gardens. Proceed to Tokyo’s vibrant Harajuku district, where the city’s youth gather to see and be seen, sporting colorful, eclectic fashions. Also visit Omotesando Street, an elegant row of upscale shops offering chic ambience and dazzling façades. (B L)
 
Day 4: Hakone | Traditional Ryokan
Travel to Hakone, among Japan’s most popular hot-spring resorts, and view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park, an area encompassing coastlines, mountains, lakes and more than 1,000 volcanic islands. Embark on a scenic cruise of Lake Ashi, gliding past the wooded mountain slopes that enclose it. Then, board the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway and soar through the clouds on this inspiring aerial tramway, taking in spectacular views of Mount Fuji. Next, stroll the grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open Air Museum, admiring sculptures and artwork from the likes of Picasso and Henry Moore. Tonight, enjoy unparalleled service and traditional Japanese cuisine at Gôra Kadan, a top-rated ryokan (traditional inn). (B L D)
 
Day 5: Osaka | Bullet Train Ride & Medieval Castle
After breakfast at your ryokan and a morning at leisure, Ride Like a Local by bullet train to Osaka. Historically known as a merchant city, today this center of commerce is renowned as Japan’s undisputed foodie capital, where diners indulge in everything from octopus dumplings to Okonomi-yaki — a battered, grilled concoction of chopped cabbage, meat or seafood, and seaweed, topped with mayonnaise. This afternoon, stroll through the lovely grounds of Osaka Castle, which played a key role in the unification of Japan in the 16th century. This evening, enjoy a wonderful foodie tour in the Dotonbori district, sampling dishes from the brilliantly lighted and culinarily creative restaurants that line the street. Later, check in to your hotel. (B D)
 
Day 6: Nara | Gardens & Temples
Travel early this morning to visit ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. En route, stop at the Kehaya-za Sumo Pavilion, where you observe a demonstration of this fabled Japanese sport that culminates in a match between two professional sumo wrestlers. Continue to Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer, and stop at Todai-ji, a temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Complete your excursion with a visit to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Nara’s most celebrated shrine, it is dedicated to the deity tasked with protection of the city. Afterward, return to your hotel in Osaka. (B L)
 
Day 7: Kyoto | The Golden Pavilion & Bamboo Grove
Travel early this morning to contemplate the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji, the perfect spot for a meditative walk, and discover the glittering Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) — covered with gold leaf, surrounded by green gardens and set on a lovely, tranquil pond. Later, bask in the magical atmosphere of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, strolling along a winding path as sunlight filters down through towering bamboo shoots gently swaying in the breeze. (B L)
 
Day 8: Kyoto | Japanese Mingei Folk Art
This morning, begin at a temple, where you experience the art of the tea ceremony, noting its refined sense of hospitality and etiquette that date to the time of the samurai. Next, visit Kiyomizu Temple and stand on its massive veranda for stunning city views. Then, stroll through Gojozaka Hills, an area known for its many pottery studios, on your way to the home and studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s most famous potters. Kanjiro’s beautiful, unusual home — redesigned to resemble a country house — is filled with his own creations and his personal collection, including ceramics, sculptures and wood carvings. Tonight, toast your journey with a Scenic Sundowner followed by an exquisite kaiseki banquet, where an attending geiko (as a geisha is known in Kyoto) and maiko dance, sing, pour sake and converse about their fascinating lives. (B D)
 
Day 9: Depart Kyoto
After breakfast, transfer to Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your flight home or to begin a post-tour extension in Hiroshima. (B)
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All This Included
Immerse yourself in Japan's diverse culture, as you stroll a seafood market in Tokyo, stay at a ryokan (traditional inn) in Hakone, savor a foodie tour in Osaka, witness sumo wrestling in Nara, and enjoy entertainment by a geiko (geisha) in Kyoto.
  • All accommodations.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Arrival and departure transers.
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing.
  • Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights.
  • Hotel taxes.
  • Gratuities throughout, except to your Tour Director.
Highlights
  • Experience the singular culture and history of Japan, from fast-paced, neon-lit Tokyo to serene, traditional Kyoto, on a journey that reveals its distinctive appeal
  • View the exalted flowering cherry trees or sakura, which bloom every spring
  • Ride Like a Local on a bullet train along the classic stretch past majestic Mount Fuji
  • Be among the few to stay at Gôra Kadan, one of the country's most exclusive ryokans (traditional inns)
  • Capture the spirit of Japan through the art of the tea ceremony
  • Savor Kyoto's unique cuisine and traditions during an exclusive kaiseki banquet, with entertainment by a geiko (as a geisha is called in Kyoto) and a maiko (apprentice geisha)
Accommodations
Tokyo: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Hakone: Gôra Kadan 
Kyoto: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Post-Tour Extension: Hiroshima
Days: 4 | From: $4,395. Available to add to select departure dates. 
 
Days 1-2:  
Arrive in Hiroshima from Kyoto by bullet train. Enjoy lunch, tour Peace Memorial Park and Museum, and check in to your hotel. The next day, take a ferry to Miyajima Island to see Itsukushima Shrine and its famous red Torii gate. (L (Day 1); B (Day 2))
 
Day 3:  
Tour Iwakuni Town, cross Kintaikyo Bridge to Iwakuni Castle and White Snake Shrine. Return to Hiroshima; board a bullet train to Osaka. Tonight, join your fellow guests for dinner. (B D)
 
Day 4:  
Transfer to the airport and depart. (B)
Notes
  • This journey includes some long walks.
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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