Retrace the steps of the ancients – a spiritual interlude with some of Japan's most sacred places and the extraordinary rituals performed throughout millennia.
Visit the birthplace of Shingon Buddism, the elegantly painted sliding doors of Kongobunji Temple and delight in vegetarian dishes served by local monks at their monastery lodgings.
Board your overnight flight to Asia (not included).
This morning visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple; a buzzing hive of activity perched on a hill overlooking the city. It is one of Kyoto's most popular and most enjoyable temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then head to Sanjusangendo Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Return to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon or choose to take part in an Optional Experience. This evening have a delightful Farewell dinner with your fellow companions and Travel Director at a local restaurant.
8 nights , 8 buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, On-trip transport, .
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|17 Mar 18||26 Mar 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|24 Mar 18||2 Apr 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|31 Mar 18||9 Apr 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|7 Apr 18||16 Apr 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|5 May 18||14 May 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|2 Jun 18||11 Jun 18||$4,475$4,028pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|16 Jun 18||25 Jun 18||$4,475$4,028pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|30 Jun 18||9 Jul 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|1 Sep 18||10 Sep 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|29 Sep 18||8 Oct 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|6 Oct 18||15 Oct 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|13 Oct 18||22 Oct 18||$4,550$4,095pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Cherry Blossom Season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions. Late March to mid April are the most likely times to experience it on this trip, but this is not guaranteed.
Single Room Supplement: from $930.
Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.
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The currency in Japan is the Yen. We recommend bringing a combination of debit and credit cards on your trip. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before leaving the country. You can pay by card at larger stores but small shops and markets will only accept cash. The most convenient way to obtain yen is by using your debit or ATM card to withdraw cash at local banks in Japan.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. Japanese food offers an abundance of delights with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and regional traditions. Rice, noodles, and miso soup are common staples. You’ll find a variety of fish, which is often grilled, but also served raw in sushi or sashimi. Seafood and vegetables are also deep-fried as tempura.
We suggest bringing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered. Sturdy walking shoes are important for sightseeing excursions; a hat, lightweight jacket, and shawl or scarf could also come in handy. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
There is no custom of tipping at restaurants in Japan. If you attempt leave a tip for your waiter it could very well be refused – or even perceived as an insult. As such, it’s best to follow the local customs by not tipping on top of your bill.
It is, however, customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
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