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Japan's Inland Sea to the Alps

11 Days / 10 Nights

  • Kyoto
  • Hiroshima & Mayajima
  • The Inland Sea
  • Nara & Kanazawa
  • Kanazawa
  • Shirakawago & Takayama
  • Tokyo & Mt. Fuji

Meet with Geishas | Tour a Zen Garden | Learn the Fine Points of Preparing Sushi | Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market Where World Class Tuna is Auctioned | Walk the Historic Streets of Kyoto | Visit Mount Fuji | 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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From zen gardens and fine sake, to dining with a Geisha and touring the Tsukiji fish market, Japan will come alive on this intimate 11-day journey.
This is an adventure you won’t want to miss that promises to bring Japanese culture to life through colorful stories, traditional food and stunning landscapes. The journey begins in Kyoto, then continues to Miyajima, Hiroshima, Nara, Kanazawa and more, before finishing in the bustling capital of Tokyo. The itinerary includes five UNESCO World Heritage sites, visits to old farmhouses, sushi-making classes in Tokyo, and the ancient tenets of the Japanese landscape.
Day 1

Welcome to Kyoto! You’ll be met at the airport and escorted to the deluxe Granvia Hotel.

Day 2

Today, you’ll  delve into Japan’s enduring traditions when you tour the tranquil zen meditation gardens of Kodai-ji Temple, and sit down to lunch with a Maiko. Here in Kyoto, the Maiko are young women who are in training to become Geisha, studying under a master to refine their skills in traditional Geisha arts, like dance, music and song.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hiroshima / Miyajima
Day 3

You'll cross the island-dotted Inland Sea to Miyajima Island, and marvel at Itsukushima Shrine, established in the 6th century. Just off shore, you will see the magnificent red Torii Gate rise majestically from the sea. In Hiroshima, visit Peace Memorial Park, where the Memorial Museum stands as a sobering reminder of the destruction wrought by the Atomic bomb. 

Meals | Breakfast

Day 4

Discover the ancient capital of Nara, where Buddhism was first introduced to Japan nearly 1,500 years ago. You’ll visit Todai-ji Temple, one of the largest wooden structures in the world and home to an immense statue of Buddha. Stroll the peaceful lantern-lined forest paths of Kasuga Shrine before returning to Kyoto.

Meals | Breakfast

Day 5

Today you will travel by rail to Kanazawa and visit the Nomura Samurai Residence and Kutani Kosen Pottery Studio to see skilled artisans at work. While strolling through Kenrokuen, revered as one of Japan’s finest gardens, you’ll learn firsthand about the six elements of traditional landscape design that have been incorporated so perfectly here. Overnight will be at the deluxe Nikko Hotel.  

Meals | Breakfast

Shirakawago / Takayama
Day 6

Travel to the mountain hamlet of Shirakawago, famous for its “Joined Hands” farmhouses. More than a century old, they derive their name from their steeply pitched roofs which look like hands joined together in prayer. Continue to the deluxe Associa Takayama Resort. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Enjoy a a full day of sightseeing in Takayama. Mingle with city residents as they go about their daily shopping at the busy morning market; then admire perfectly-preserved buildings like Takayama Jinya, an imposing government hall of the Edo period. Enjoy a tasting of fine sake and tour the Folk Craft Museum. At the Festival Floats Exhibit Hall, you’ll see enormous parade floats dating back 400 years, many with cleverly engineered figures that can be animated when these floats are used in the town’s colorful spring and autumn festivals.

Meals | Breakfast

Day 8

Journey by rail to Tokyo and transfer to the Keio Plaza Hotel, ideally located in vibrant Shinjuku. After time to refresh in your spacious Plaza Premier Room, join your expert native guide for a walking tour in this modern city-center district. The area is popular with Tokyo residents for shopping, dining and entertainment. 

Meals | Breakfast

Day 9

Early this morning, we take you on a special visit to the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, where the city’s best chefs come daily to procure the freshest seafood. Then, join one such master chef to learn the art of preparing restaurant-quality sushi. Enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch before ascending the Tokyo Observatory for breathtaking views across the capital. Next, stroll along the bustling Nakamise Arcade, home to colorful merchant stalls selling traditional Japanese snacks and handicrafts. End your sightseeing at the colorful Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest in the city that dates back to the 7th century. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Tokyo / Mt. Fuji
Day 10

Travel to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji and continue to beautiful Hakone National Park, beloved for its pine forests and lovely views of Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a cruise across the placid waters of picturesque Lake Ashi and ascend Mt. Komagatake by cable car for sweeping views over the forested mountains. Return to Tokyo and enjoy your evening at leisure. 

Meals | Breakfast

Day 11

Step aboard the comfortable airport limousine for your trip to the airport.

Meals | Breakfast

Activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. Final itineraries are sent to guests one to two weeks prior to departure.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan including Osaka, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

The Hotel Nikko Kanazawa offers guests a combination of European and Japanese comfort. The hotel is within walking distance of some of the most famous tourist spots in Kanazawa. The hotel offers a choice of five restaurants, bar, lounge, and the fitness club. The fitness club includes the indoor pool, fitness room, Jacuzzi, and sauna.

Associa Hotel Takayama

The Associa Hotel is located in the Takayama Highlands, surrounded by deep forests and mountains. All 290 guest rooms have a superb view of the Japan Alps, comfortable beds, and climate control. An entire wing of the hotel is dedicated to hot spring baths, and guests can enjoy this as well as many other spa activities.

Keio Plaza Hotel

The Keio Plaza Hotel is located in the Shinjuku district of bustling Tokyo, walking distance from shopping, cultural experiences, and other events. The hotel plays host to 29 separate restaurants, each with a different atmosphere and dining opportunity. All 1450 rooms are equipped with television, internet access, mini-bar, and a spectacular view of the city. Other hotel amenities include the swimming pool, gymnasium, drugstore, sauna, photo studio and beauty salon.

  • Exclusively escorted sightseeing

  • Expert native guide

  • 10 nights in handpicked deluxe hotels

  • 15 meals, including 10 buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners

  • Small group size, never more than 16 guests

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and the world-famous Bullet Train

  • Luggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges 

  • Travel health and emergency medical evacuation insurance*

  • 24-hour emergency customer service hotline

*Trip-cancellation coverage available for an additional fee through Allianz.

Japan's Inland Sea to the Alps
DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
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Mar 26 – Apr 5, 2017$6,899   
Mar 30 – Apr 9, 2017$6,899   
Apr 2 – Apr 12, 2017$6,899   
Apr 5 – Apr 15, 2017$6,899   
Apr 6 – Apr 16, 2017$6,899   
Apr 9 – Apr 19, 2017$6,899   
Apr 11 – Apr 21, 2017$6,899   
Apr 12 – Apr 22, 2017$6,899   
Apr 16 – Apr 26, 2017$6,899   
Apr 23 – May 3, 2017$6,899   
May 7 – May 17, 2017$6,899   
Jun 11 – Jun 21, 2017$5,999   
Jul 15 – Jul 25, 2017$6,899   
Sep 24 – Oct 4, 2017$6,899   
Oct 4 – Oct 14, 2017$6,899   
Oct 8 – Oct 18, 2017$6,899   
Mar 25 – Apr 4, 2018$6,899   
Apr 8 – Apr 18, 2018$6,899   
Apr 9 – Apr 19, 2018$6,899   
Apr 12 – Apr 22, 2018$6,899   

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single-occupancy pricing, add $2800.

SAVE $600 per couple + $300 solo on this tour when you pay-in-full at the time of booking.

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