"Stephen Kinzer is fascinating, has an amazing breadth of knowledge, tells stories in animated and funny ways, and is so interested in others. I didn’t want the trip to end, but had to return to my job!"
Japan is a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This small group tour, limited to just 24 guests, features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.
Our 13-day journey begins in Tokyo touring the Shinto Meiji Shrine and historic Imperial Palace. Visit Mt. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and view the imposing Mt. Fuji. Spend the night in Suwa at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, then travel to lovely Takayama and explore this historic town’s ancient streets and houses. In the culturally rich Kanazawa, tour the famed Kenrokuen Garden and visit the Kutani Ceramics Museum.
Conclude your journey in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, where you tour the city’s highlights, attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and embark on a cycling tour through the grounds of the Imperial Palace and the Gion district.
Discover Hiroshima, the city reborn from the atomic destruction of World War II, on an optional post-tour extension. Sightseeing here includes Itsukushima Shrine, touring by local “Hiroden” train, and visits to Peace Memorial Park and Museum and Japan Maritime Service School.
$5,586 per person, double occupancy, including air from SFO