Japan: Traditions and Temples with Cox & Kings

Japan: Traditions and Temples with Cox & Kings

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Japan: Traditions and Temples with Cox & Kings

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Experience the beauty of Japan, with its stunning landscapes, classic architecture, and time-honored way of life. Immerse yourself in Japanese tradition and culture by savoring the cuisine of local chefs and interacting with local people, from artisans to sumo wrestlers. Spend a night in a traditional ryokan, complete with hot springs.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore the most noteworthy sites of historic Japan, including temples, shrines, and castles
  • Stroll through the Sagano Bamboo Forest, often recognized as one of the world’s prettiest places
  • Sail on the picturesque Lake Ashi with Mt. Fuji in the background
  • Learn all about the art and rituals of sumo wrestling
  • Dine on local specialties at every meal
  • Prepare sushi with an expert chef
  • Participate in a tea ceremony in a machiya, a traditional wooden townhouse
  • Test your skills at Japanese marquetry in Hakone

Expired on Friday October 18th, 2019

Dates & Pricing

Departure Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
22, 29/03/2019 US $12,995 US $18,255
05/04/2019 US $12,995 US $18,255
12, 19/04/2019 US $12,495 US $17,755
10, 24/05/2019 US $11,395 US $16,655
21/06/2019 US $11,395 US $16,655
23/08/2019 US $11,395 US $16,655
13, 27/09/2019 US $11,395 US $16,655
18/10/2019 US $11,395 US $16,655

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Expired on Friday October 18th, 2019

Inclusions

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
  • Guided sightseeing in late model, air-conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
  • 1st class Rail tickets within Japan, as per itinerary
  • Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary
  • Services of Pro$restaurant staff and local tour guides (Tour Director tips are not included)
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Baggage handling, 1 piece of luggage per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)

Exclusions

  • International airfare, unless otherwise stated
  • Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
  • The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
  • Gratuity for tour director
  • Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
  • Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
  • Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
  • Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
  • Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
  • Gratuities unless stated in “What Your Land Price Includes”
  • Travel Protection Insurance
  • Other inclusions if not noted under “Includes”

Expired on Friday October 18th, 2019

Expired on Friday October 18th, 2019

Day 1 Arrive in Osaka

Private arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel in Osaka.
Meals On Your Own.
Lively streets of Osaka, Japan

Visit the Osaka Castle and see the city from its incredible viewing platforms.
Start your tour at Osaka Castle, once the largest castle in Japan. The eight-story castle has been rebuilt numerous times since its original construction in the 16th century and now affords wonderful vistas of the city from its viewing platforms.

Embark on a tasting tour of Osaka's food lover's paradise.
Afterwards, embark on a food tour of Osaka, which is becoming increasingly recognized as a food lover's paradise.

Explore the Dotonburi neighborhood and visit the city's most popular market.
Stroll through the famous Dotonburi neighborhood, stopping at the city's largest and most popular market. After tasting unique Japanese cuisine such as takoyaki ("octopus balls") at the market, proceed to a sushi-making class, where you will learn from an expert sushi chef, and then dine on your creations. Sushi was introduced to Japan from Southeast Asia around the 9th century, and Japanese are credited for popularizing the dish and offering sushi as a complete meal. You'll learn how Osaka sushi is prepared differently from the Tokyo or "Edo style" sushi that the world is most familiar with.

Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner.
This evening, enjoy welcome drinks and dinner with your fellow travelers and your Cox & Kings Tour Director.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Osaka Castle

Visit the former imperial capitals of Nara and Kyoto.
Visit two former imperial capitals of Japan, Nara and Kyoto. At Nara, visit the spiritual Todaiji Temple, which houses a Buddha statue over five stories tall.

Explore the Kasuga Shrine and Nara Park, where you may see sika deer roaming freely.
Afterwards, walk on a pathway lined with moss-covered stone lanterns to the Kasuga Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, stroll through picturesque Nara Park and observe sika deer that roam freely throughout the park. The semi-domesticated deer mingle with visitors and some have learned how to bow to visitors for food.

This afternoon, travel to Kyoto and explore the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
In the afternoon, travel to Kyoto, which served as an imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years. The city is home to numerous important shrines and temples. Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of bright-colored torii gates that cover walking paths leading into in the forest and mountainside.

End the day at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum to discover the traditions of sake.
Leave the shrine for the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum to learn about Japan's centuries-old traditional beverage.

Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Step back in time to wander the temples from the Nara and Edo periods.
Travel through the centuries today as you visit temples from both the Nara and Edo periods. In the morning, tour the Zen Buddhist Kinkakuji Temple. Originally a shogun's retirement villa, the shimmering, gilded mansion was turned into a temple after his death in the 15th century.

Admire the magnificent Momoyama-era architecture of the 17th- century Nijo Castle.
Continue to Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of only 17 historic monuments of ancient Kyoto. The castle, built in the 17th century, was constructed using Momoyama-era architecture, with massive stone walls, deep moats, impressive gates, ornate interiors, and multiple gardens.
Participate in a traditional tea ceremony in a machiya.
Afterwards, participate in a tea ceremony in a machiya, a traditional wooden townhouse.

Visit an artisan's pottery studio and see how Japanese pottery is created.
Visit an artisan's studio to see how Japanese pottery is produced.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

Seek beauty in the Arashiyama area and visit Sagano Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park.
Begin the day exploring the Arashiyama area of Kyoto. Visit the Sagano Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park, often regarded as one of the most beautiful forests in the world. Bask in the magical atmosphere here, peacefully walking a winding path as sunlight filters down through bamboo, gently swaying in the breeze. Continue to Iwatayama Monkey Park, home to a troop of over 170 Japanese macaque monkeys.

The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment by maikos, who are apprentice geishas.

Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

Take the bullet train to Odawara, proceeding to Hakone.
Visit a woodworking and marquetry studio.
In Hakone, visit a studio to learn about intricate Japanese woodworking and marquetry. Test your skills in yosegi zaiku (wooden mosaics) by combining various colors and shapes of wood to create traditional Japanese-style patterns such as ichimatsu and flax leaves.

View sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum.
Next, visit the Hakone Open Air Museum, which features over a thousand sculptures crafted by eastern and western artists, of which only 100 are on permanent display.

End the day with a Kaiseki dinner, a multi-course, spectacularly presented feast.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ryokan - A Traditional Guest House, hakone

Cruise on Lake Ashi with beautiful views of Mt. Fuji.
This morning, cruise on serene Lake Ashi, taking in the scenery and regal Mt. Fuji in the distance. Then, get an aerial vantage point on a cable car ride.

From a cable car, see the sulfur rising from Owakudani.
See the sulfur that rises from Owakudani, an active volcanic area.

Travel to Tokyo.
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mt. Fuji, Hakone

Explore Tokyo, its many neighborhoods, and its world class transportation system.
Explore various neighborhoods of Tokyo on foot and via the city's world-class public transportation system.

Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple.
Visit ancient Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. Legend says the temple was built for Kannon, the goddess of mercy, after fishermen discovered a statue of Kannon and built the temple to worship the statue.

Browse the shops of Makamise Street.
Afterwards, browse the shops along Nakamise Street, a shopping arcade nearby.
Visit Hamarikyu Gardens, and the upscale Ginza district.
Next, visit Hamarikyu Gardens, regarded as an oasis in the city. Then visit the Ginza District, where traditional culture and modern style converge with the latest fashion trends and art. Take a stroll through the streets of Ginza and enjoy the upscale atmosphere of the area.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo

Visit a sumo stable to watch wrestlers practice.
Gain an appreciation of the art and ritual of sumo wrestling with a visit to a sumo stable to watch wrestlers practice the ancient sport. Sumo, which originated around 2,000 years ago, was originally performed to entertain gods. After entertaining you, you'll have the chance to meet and take photos with the athletes.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

Celebrate with farewell drinks and dinner.
This evening, enjoy farewell drinks and dinner with your fellow travelers.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tokyo City

Private departure transfer to the airport.
Meals Breakfast

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