Classic Japan: The Golden Route
Discover the best of Japan during this fascinating tour. Start in modern Tokyo, a vast metropolis and Japan’s capital city. Explore the Imperial Palace and visit the Tokyo SKYTREE for stunning views over the city. You will also participate in a traditional tea ceremony and try on a kimono. Next, travel to Mount Fuji, where you will cruise on Lake Ashi and take a cable-car ride for spectacular views. Then, travel to Kyoto by bullet train. Here, explore several historic sites, including the Temple of the Gold Pavilion and Fushimi Inari Shrine, known for its thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. In nearby Nara, visit Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s most significant temples. For lunch one day, participate in a Japanese cooking class with a local chef. Learn how to make a sushi roll, miso soup, and teriyaki chicken!
TOKYOCity sightseeing; visit the Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade, and Tokyo Skytree; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; [LF] traditional tea ceremony; night walking tour; welcome dinnerKAMAKURASee the Great BuddhaMOUNT FUJI AREACruise on Lake Ashi; cable-car ride to view Mount FujiMOUNT FUJI AREA–KYOTOTravel by high-speed bullet trainKYOTO City sightseeing; visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, and Sanjusangendo Temple; Yuzen Handmade Corner; [LF] Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner
American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 3 dinners including a welcome dinner in Tokyo and a farewell dinner in Kyoto.