Signature Japan

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Signature Japan



Tour Description:

Discover the incredible breadth of Japan’s culture and history, from the contemporary flair of Tokyo to the charms of traditional Kyoto, visiting historic temples, overnighting at a sought-after ryokan, and sampling its culinary treasures.

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Dates & Pricing

Saturday 04 Mar 23 — Sunday 12 Mar 23Starting at $15,995 Get a Quote
Saturday 11 Mar 23 — Sunday 19 Mar 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 18 Mar 23 — Sunday 26 Mar 23Starting at $17,695 Get a Quote
Saturday 01 Apr 23 — Sunday 09 Apr 23Starting at $17,695 Get a Quote
Saturday 08 Apr 23 — Sunday 16 Apr 23Starting at $17,695 Get a Quote
Saturday 06 May 23 — Sunday 14 May 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 20 May 23 — Sunday 28 May 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 03 Jun 23 — Sunday 11 Jun 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 17 Jun 23 — Sunday 25 Jun 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 01 Jul 23 — Sunday 09 Jul 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 15 Jul 23 — Sunday 23 Jul 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 19 Aug 23 — Sunday 27 Aug 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 02 Sep 23 — Sunday 10 Sep 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 16 Sep 23 — Sunday 24 Sep 23Starting at $16,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 30 Sep 23 — Sunday 08 Oct 23Starting at $16,995 Get a Quote
Saturday 14 Oct 23 — Sunday 22 Oct 23Starting at $16,995 Get a Quote
Saturday 21 Oct 23 — Sunday 29 Oct 23Starting at $16,995 Get a Quote
Saturday 04 Nov 23 — Sunday 12 Nov 23Starting at $16,995 Get a Quote
Saturday 11 Nov 23 — Sunday 19 Nov 23Starting at $16,995 Get a Quote


ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting capital. Transfer to your hotel, located near the Imperial Palace.

Day 2 - Tokyo
This morning, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple. This colorful pagoda-style temple was completed in 645 and is dedicated to Kannon, the goddess of mercy in several East Asian spiritual traditions. Continue to a family-owned workshop that specializes in Japanese drum making, and try your hand at playing the taiko, on an A&K-exclusive experience. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before exploring the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest national museum in Japan and home to a vast collection of Japanese art and antiquities. Continue to Meiji Shrine, a Shinto complex dedicated to an emperor that was rebuilt after World War II.

Day 3 - Tokyo
Start your day at a local fish market, a bustling hub of Japanese daily life where a dizzying array of seafood can be found. Then, receive a lesson in sushi making, followed by lunch, during a Chef ’s Table experience. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities: Explore the Mori Art Museum to take in local contemporary art. Learn the Secrets of the Samurai Warriors and test your sword skills during a private class led by a modern-day master samurai. Indulge in a Sake Tasting, sampling some of Japan’s finest sake and learning about its cultural importance. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 4 - Hakone
Travel to Hakone, among Japan’s most popular hot-spring destinations, and view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park, an area encompassing coastlines, mountains, lakes and more than 1,000 volcanic islands. Board an aerial tram rising above the wooded slopes for inspiring views of Mount Fuji. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before strolling the grassy hillsides of Hakone's Open-Air Museum. Admire the impressive contemporary sculptures and artwork on display, including masterpieces by Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin. The museum also features one of the world’s finest Picasso exhibits, presenting visitors with some 300 works by the cubist master. Tonight, enjoy unparalleled service at Gôra Kadan, an exclusive ryokan (traditional inn).

Day 5 - Osaka
After breakfast at your ryokan, head to the Okada Museum of Art to view its stunning collection of paintings, ceramics, lacquerware and bronzes from Japan, Korea and China. Then, Ride Like a Local by bullet train to Osaka. Historically known as a merchant city, it is today renowned as Japan’s undisputed culinary capital, where diners indulge in everything from octopus dumplings to okonomiyaki — a battered, grilled concoction of chopped cabbage, meat or seafood, and seaweed, topped with mayonnaise. This evening, enjoy a wonderful foodie tour in the Dotonbori District, sampling dishes from the brilliantly lit and culinarily creative restaurants that line the street.

Day 6 - Nara
Travel early this morning to Nara, Japan’s first capital. Visit Todai-ji, a temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Continue to Nara Park, home to hundreds of tame deer, venerated here as divine spirits, which you have the opportunity to feed by hand. Next visit the celebrated Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Conclude your Nara excursion with an exploration of the Naramachi District, comprised of winding Japanese streets and modernized merchant houses.

Day 7 - Kyoto
Travel to Kyoto early this morning to contemplate the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji and glittering Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Covered in gold leaf that casts a shimmering reflection in the tranquil pond beside it, the temple exhibits three different styles of architecture — shinden, samurai and Zen — one on each floor. After lunch, explore the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, strolling along a winding path as sunlight filters down through towering bamboo shoots, considered by many a healing experience. Proceed to nearby Tenryu-ji Temple and its wonderful gardens before continuing to your hotel.

Day 8 - Kyoto
This morning, visit Kiyomizu Temple, a celebrated Buddhist temple known for its stunning views of Kyoto. Marvel at the city from afar and enjoy the panorama of cherry and maple trees that come into color in the spring and fall. Proceed to a local temple, where you experience the art of the tea ceremony, noting its refined sense of hospitality and etiquette, which date to the time of the samurai. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Day 9 - Depart Kyoto
Transfer to Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your international flight home.