Discover Japan with Hiroshima
From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation. Discover Japan’s culture as you try on a traditional kimono, partake in a tea ceremony, taste sake, 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 sites, 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. In Nara, visit Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 752 AD and one of Japan’s most significant temples. 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.Beyond the fascinating structures and shrines, 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. In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial Park and see the dome that miraculously remained standing as all the structures around it were destroyed by the atomic bombing. The dome is now a symbol of peace—you may even see doves flying around the park!At the end of your journey you’re sure to have lots of stories and photos to share with loved ones back home!
TOKYOCity sightseeing; visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy demonstration; kimono fitting; [LF] tea ceremony; night walking tour; welcome dinnerKAMAKURASee the Great BuddhaMOUNT FUJI AREACruise on Lake Ashi; cable-car ride to view Mount FujiMATSUMOTO Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City MuseumTAKAYAMACity sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a [LF] sake brewery for a tastingSHIRAKAWAVisit Gassho-Zukuri housesKANAZAWAVisit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf classKYOTOCity sightseeing; visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sanjusangendo Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, and Temple of the Gold Pavilion; walking tour of Gion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; [LF] Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinnerHIROSHIMA Bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima; visit Miyajima Island, Shukkei-en Landscape Garden, Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial, Memorial Museum, Memorial Hall, Ohara Museum of Art, an artist’s kiln, and Koraku-en Garden
TOKYO Hilton Tokyo (MD)MOUNT FUJI AREA Fuji View Hotel (F) or Hakone Hotel (F)TAKAYAMA Hida Hotel Plaza (F)KANAZAWA Hotel Nikko Kanazawa (F)KYOTO ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto (F)HIROSHIMA ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima (F)KURASHIKI Hotel Nikko Kurashiki (F)OSAKA Sheraton Miyako (SF)
American breakfast (B) daily, 3 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner in Tokyo and a farewell dinner in Kyoto.