Japan reveals its many sides, as you experience buzzing Tokyo, tradition in Kyoto, the beauty of Mt. Fuji and historic Hiroshima.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like…marvelling at Japan's inland sea stretched out before you, as you cross the longest suspension bridge in the world. And relaxing in the heat of an onsen bath, during your stay at a traditional ryokan on Mt. Kompira.
Board your overnight flight to Asia (not included).
This morning your City Tour begins with an orientation drive. See the Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower. Continue to Asakusa and visit the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples and has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 meters long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple's second interior gate. Next head to the famous Ginza district for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist and then enjoy your sushi creations for lunch. Later choose to either return to the hotel, remain in Ginza at leisure or take part in an Optional Experience.
Today continue your City Tour with a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history and culture during the Edo period. Next drive to Akihabara which began its evolution into ‘Electric Town' post WWII when the area became a black market for radio parts. It now houses numerous electronics shops selling a wide range of computer goods and video games. Enjoy some free time here before heading to the Imperial Palace Plaza, a large park area in the center of Tokyo from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. It is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and built on the former site of Edo Castle. Take a stroll around the Imperial Palace East Gardens before returning to your hotel.
This morning leave Japan's main island Honshu behind as you cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge, over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Visit the Water Temple, which was designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando to be a sensory experience. See how the mountains, sky, rice paddies and bamboo groves are reflected in the stillness of the water as you descend the steps to the Buddhist Temple below the waterline. Later have some free time for lunch and take a walk around Yumeburai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features is the ‘100 Stepped Garden' — a group of 100 flower beds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. Continue to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira for your overnight stay in your Authentic Accommodations, a Japanese ryokan. Before dinner, if you wish, climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. This evening perhaps have a relaxing soak in the hot spring (onsen) bath at the hotel.
All features as per Splendors of Japan itinerary, 12 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches (including Be My Guest), 6 dinners.
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|19 Aug 17||1 Sep 17||$6,450pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|2 Sep 17||15 Sep 17||$6,650pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|9 Sep 17||22 Sep 17||$6,650pp||Request Quote Book Now|
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|30 Sep 17||13 Oct 17||$6,750pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|3 Oct 17||16 Oct 17||$6,650pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|7 Oct 17||20 Oct 17||$6,650pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|14 Oct 17||27 Oct 17||$6,750pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|28 Oct 17||10 Nov 17||$6,750pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|4 Nov 17||17 Nov 17||$6,750pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|11 Nov 17||24 Nov 17||$6,750pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|9 Dec 17||22 Dec 17||$6,450pp||Request Quote Book Now|
Solo Travelers: These dates offer a discounted single supplement rate.
Gion Festival: Takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Events and parades are held for the entire month of July.
Cherry Blossom: season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions so can also vary slightly each year. Late March to mid April are the most likely times to experience it but this is not guaranteed.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $880.
Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
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AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.
Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.
Special Discounts: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Past Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details
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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