May 17-30, 2017
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Few countries conjure such images and thoughts of ancient culture and tradition as Japan does. Lonely Planet describes Japan as “a world apart – a cultural Galápagos where a unique civilization blossomed, and today thrives in delicious contrasts of traditional and modern. The Japanese spirit is strong, warm and incredibly welcoming.” 2008 was our first dedicated journey of Japan. Twenty-five guests joined us on what was a fantastic journey of discovery. A great deal of time and planning went into what became a wonderful blend of tradition, history and experiences off the beaten path that provided our guests with an intimate look into the lives of the Japanese. Japan has developed into Asia’s first industrial power in just under half a century. 2016 will be a new experience as we return for the first time since the Tsunami. We look forward to seeing how this great country has come together to rebuild and flourish in a new time.How does it work?
YOUR 14-DAY JOURNEY
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Learn, experience, indulge, on exceptional excursions: Imperial Palace Plaza, Meiji Jungu Shrine • Asakusa Kannon Temple • Nakamise Shopping Arcade • Traditional tea ceremony at Happoen Garden • Local train to Kamakura • The Great Bronze Buddha • Hase Kannon Temple • Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine • Mt Fuji • Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi • Hakone Open-Air Museum • Fuji Hakone Izu National Park • Matsumoto’s Majestic six storey castle • Mountain village of Takayama • Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum • Takayama Morning Market & San-machi Suji • Hida-no-Sato Folk Village • Shirakawago UNESCO World Heritage Site • Washi, traditional Japanese paper making • Kenroku-en Garden • Higashi Geisha District • Kanazawa Geisha house • Nagamachi Samurai Resident • Making of gold leaf, the art of Kanazawa • Nijo Castle, Sanjusangendo, Golden Pavilion, Silver Pavilion, Kyoto Historic sites • Kinkakuji Temple • Daibutsuden Hall, world’s largest wooden building • Nara Park • Gion traditional district • Geisha performance • Bullet train to Hiroshima and Kyoto to Tokyo • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum • Miyajima famous floating Torii Gate
Meals – All, except lunch on days 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 & 14 and dinner on day 3 • P.S. the food in Japan is incredible. All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other gateways available. You need freedom to explore.