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Classic Japan (2016)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 10  |  From: $8,995


Classic Japan

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting capital. Transfer to your hotel, located in the upscale Ginza district.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo | The Shrine of Meiji-Jingu

Visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll the grounds of Meiji- Jingu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, following your welcome briefing. Proceed to Asakusa Temple, pausing in the tiny shops of Nakamise-dori. Tonight, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Tokyo | Glamorous Ginza

Pay a morning visit to the Edo Tokyo Museum. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of Ginza, a trendy neighborhood brimming with designer boutiques, chic restaurants and art galleries. Continue your shopping-themed sightseeing with visits to the Harajuku and Omotesando areas.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo   |   Meals: B

Day 4: Tokyo | Wonderul Nikko National Park

The Japanese have a saying: “Don’t say kekko (wonderful) without seeing Nikko.” Today, travel overland to Nikko National Park in the mountains north of Tokyo and discover this lovely region. Visit the magnificently carved 17th-century Toshogu Shrine and take part in a special Shinto ceremony with a Shinto priest or miko (priestess).

Imperial Hotel Tokyo   |   Meals: B L

Day 5: Hakone | Traditional Ryokan

Travel to Hakone, among Japan’s most popular hot-spring resorts, and view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park. Cruise Lake Ashi and board a gondola on the Komagatake Ropeway for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. Tonight, enjoy the unparalleled service and kaiseki cuisine at Gôra Kadan, a top-rated ryokan (traditional inn).

Gôra Kadan   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Kyoto | Bullet Train Ride and a Lesson in Zen

Ride Like a Local by bullet train for Kyoto, the epicenter of Japan’s cultural, spiritual and artistic heritage. Kyoto boasts more than 2,000 temples and shrines, 17 of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Walk before the 1,001 statues of Kannon at Sanjusangendo Temple, visit Kodai-ji for a lesson in Zen meditation and take part in a tea ceremony. Tonight, relax at a local izakaya (Japanese pub).

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto   |   Meals: B D

Day 7: Kyoto to Nara | Gardens, Pavilions and Temples

Travel early this morning to contemplate the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji and glittering Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). Next, visit ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. Wander through Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer. Continue to eighth-century Todai-ji, a temple complex that contains the world’s largest wooden structure and the largest bronze Buddha in Japan. Later, return to Kyoto.

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto   |   Meals: B L

Day 8: Kyoto | Japanese Mingei Folk Art

This morning, visit Kiyomizu Temple and stand on its massive veranda for stunning city views. Then stroll along Gojozaka Hills, an area known for its many pottery studios, on your way to the home and studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s most famous potters. Kanjiro’s beautiful, unusual home — redesigned to resemble a country house — is filled with his own creations and his personal collection. After a Japanese-style lunch, travel to Arashiyama, one of the last remaining rural areas in Kyoto. Sightseeing highlights include Tenryuji Temple, Togetsukyo Bridge and the peaceful bamboo grove forest.

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto   |   Meals: B L

Day 9: Kyoto | A Glimpse into Geisha Culture

Take a guided walk through Kyoto’s Nishiki Market on a lively Market Visit. Your afternoon is free to enjoy on your own, with abundant opportunities to shop for traditional arts and crafts, including textiles and ceramics. Tonight, toast your journey with a Scenic Sundowner followed by an exquisite kaiseki banquet that includes a Chef’s Table chat with the chef, where an attending geiko (as a geisha is known in Kyoto) and maiko dance, sing, pour sake and converse about their fascinating lives.

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto   |   Meals: B D

Day 10: Kyoto

Transfer to Kansai or Itami Airport for your international flight home.

Meals: B

Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a post-tour extension to Hiroshima (4 days, priced from $4,295)

Take This Journey Private | This itinerary is also available as an independent journey, Signature Japan, with A&K local guides.

Customize This Journey | If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

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