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9 Nights / 10 Days tour package for USD 4339 per person
Destinations Covered: Tokyo - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto (OJ) / 2013

From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation. On this tour, discover Japan's culture when you try on a traditional kimono, partake in a tea ceremony, attempt calligraphy, learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used on kimonos, take part in a gold leaf class, browse a farmers market, and participate in a Japanese cooking class. Of course, you'll visit Japan's famous sights, including many of its castles and shrines. In Kyoto, see the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf, and be amazed at its beauty. You'll also visit Matsumoto Castle, a must-see sight in Japan; dating from 1593 and designated a national treasure, it is Japan's oldest existing castle tower.
You'll not only see the fascinating structures and shrines, but you'll also have a chance to visit one of Japan's greatest gardens—Kenroku-en. According to the ancient Chinese book of gardens, gardens should have six different sublime qualities, but it is rare to find all six qualities in a garden. Dating from the 1670s, Kenroku-en does in fact combine the six attributes of a perfect garden—spaciousness seclusion, artifice antiquity, and water-courses panoramas. Keep your eyes open for the perfect photos.
While in Japan, try some traditional sake, taste some authentic sushi, visit a Shinto shrine, and experience some of the optional activities available. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to bring your camera, so you can capture memories and photos to share with everyone back home.


Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
09-Apr-2013 18-Apr-2013 USD 4339
23-Apr-2013 02-May-2013
07-May-2013 16-May-2013
21-May-2013 30-May-2013
04-Jun-2013 13-Jun-2013 USD 4339
18-Jun-2013 27-Jun-2013
09-Jul-2013 18-Jul-2013
23-Jul-2013 01-Aug-2013 USD 4339
13-Aug-2013 22-Aug-2013
10-Sep-2013 19-Sep-2013
24-Sep-2013 03-Oct-2013 USD 4339
01-Oct-2013 10-Oct-2013
15-Oct-2013 24-Oct-2013

Tokyo: Hilton Tokyo (MD)
Lake Kawaguchi: Fuji View Hotel (F)
Takayama: Hida Hotel Plaza (F)
Kanazawa: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa (F)
Kyoto: ANA Hotel Kyoto (F)


Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo, Japan
Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2: Tokyo
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo, home to more than 8 million people. Your tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest, followed by a drive to see the Imperial Palace Plaza. Next, visit an ARTIST’S STUDIO and enjoy demonstrations by a master calligrapher before trying it yourself. You will also have an opportunity to try on a traditional KIMONO and enjoy a [LF] TEA CEREMONY. Last stop is the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, join your traveling companions at a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Director. After dinner, join your Tour Director for a WALKING TOUR among the dazzling neon lights of Tokyo. (B,D)

Day 3: Tokyo-Kamakura-Mount Fuji-Lake Kawaguchi
This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to Kamakura to see the 750-year-old Great Buddha. Continue on to the Mount Fiji area for a CRUISE on Lake Ashi followed by a CABLE-CAR RIDE for panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji (weather permitting). Continue on to Lake Kawaguchi for the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Lake Kawaguchi-Matsumoto-Takayama
Journey to Matsumoto, gateway to the Japanese Alps. Visit famous MATSUMOTO CASTLE, dating back to 1593, and discover the history at the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, continue by motorcoach through the ruggedly beautiful Japanese Alps to the quiet, isolated town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful Japanese-style dinner at your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Takayama
Today begins with a visit to the MORNING MARKET, where farmers display locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Then, visit TAKAYAMA JINYA, a former government office during the Edo Period from 1692 to 1868. This well-preserved building is a national historic site, and the only remaining building of its kind in Japan. Continue on to the San-Machi Suji historic district, famous for lacquerware shops and sake breweries, identified by sugidama, balls made of cedar branches, that hang over the entrances. Stop at one of the breweries for a [LF] SAKE TASTING. The balance of the day is at leisure, providing you time to explore the narrow streets where merchants buy and sell as they have for 300 years. (B)

Day 6: Takayama – Shirakawa – Kanazawa
This morning, enjoy a drive through the mountainous Shokawa Valley to Shirakawa. This remote region of Japan is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to the unique GASSHO-ZUKURI (joined hands)-style thatched houses that can be found only here. Continue to the scenic town of Kanazawa, situated between the mountains and the Sea of Japan and once the country’s richest region. Your Tour Director leads you on a tour of one of Japan’s greatest gardens, KENROKU-EN, the “Garden of Six Qualities,” dating from the 1670s. Afterward, partake in a GOLD LEAF CLASS, where you learn more about this ancient traditional craft and make your own bento box souvenir. Your included dinner tonight is at your choice of one of three restaurants at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 7: Kanazawa – Kyoto
This afternoon, travel along the Sea of Japan to Kyoto. Upon arrival, visit the FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. Here you will witness an exclusive performance of MIKO (Shinto girls). Afterward, visit YUZEN HANDMADE CORNER to learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used to decorate kimonos by painting dye directly on the cloth. You will be invited to participate in making your own souvenir using this traditional technique. Lastly, visit Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION. (B)
Traditional Ryokan Stay - $439
Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality in a ryokan (Japanese inn) on Day 7 in Kyoto. Your ryokan features traditional touches—tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Includes: Transfers to/from ryokan from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast.Space is limited and should be requested at the time of booking.

Day 8: Kyoto
This morning’s city tour features HEIAN SHRINE & GARDEN and the extraordinary NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. For lunch, participate in a special JAPANESE COOKING CLASS. Under the instruction of a local chef you will learn how to make miso soup, teriyaki chicken, and makizushi, more commonly known as a sushi roll. Perhaps join the afternoon optional excursion to Nara, the oldest capital of Japan, where you will visit Todaiji Temple with its Great Buddha; Kasuga Shrine, famous for stone and bronze lanterns; and Nara Park. (B,L)

Day 9: Kyoto
A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s temples, shrines, palaces, and pagodas. Or, for an authentic taste of Japan, consider a visit to a traditional sake brewery for a tasting and to learn about the brewing tradition that has been passed down through the generations. Tonight your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate your discovery of Japan. (B,D)

Day 10: Kyoto
Kyoto. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The Trip ends from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not be booked prior to 3 pm. (B)

Package Includes:
Accommodation for 2 nights in Tokyo
Accommodation for 1 night in Lake Kawaguchi
Accommodation for 2 nights in Takayama
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Kanazawa
Welcome dinner in Tokyo and a farewell dinner in Kyoto
Accommodation for 3 nights in Kyoto
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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