13 Day Essence of Japan

Tauck Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Tokyo

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 13 Day Essence of Japan. Traditional arts, tranquil gardens, colorful pagodas, and ancient shrines are just some of what you'll experience on Tauck's comprehensive Japan trip that takes in Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa and Kyoto, as well as off-the-beaten-track villages in the...read more
Overview
Operator: Tauck
Type: Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 44
Duration: 13 Days
From: Tokyo to Tokyo
Tour Code: EJ
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan
Our Price From:
$ 12,860
Per Person ($AU)
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Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Tour begins: The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, 6:30 PM. A transfer is included from Narita International Airport or Haneda Airport to the five-star Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, conveniently located in the Nihonbashi district in the heart of the city. This evening join us for a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo (D)
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Hiroshima, Japan
A drive through Tokyo gives you an overview of one of the world's most dynamic capital cities, touching on both history and modern life, en route to an exhilarating taiko drumming performance; rhythm, melody, and movement combine to create an extraordinary musical experience. Your discoveries continue at a sushi-making experience followed by lunch. This afternoon explore the Edo-Tokyo Museum, focused on Tokyo's development from its roots as a fishing village called Edo. The rest of the day and evening are free for further exploring on your own. Your hotel is near many good restaurants, and your Tauck Director can make suggestions for places to try. (B/L)
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Hakone, Japan
This morning board a bullet train (shinkansen) for a short ride south to Odawara and continue on to the scenic hot springs resort town of Hakone known for its open-air sculpture park surrounded by mountains; the sculptures, many by famous artists including Rodin and Picasso, are thoughtfully juxtaposed against nature's everchanging landscape. Today, you'll enjoy a guided visit to the sculpture park; a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and lunch on the shore of the lake; and an opportunity, weather permitting, for viewing Mt. Fuji, Japan's highest mountain and a sacred Shinto site that for many is an enduring symbol of Japan. This afternoon settle into your hotel, where dinner, with your choice of Japanese or French cuisine, is served this evening at your leisure. Stay Two Nights: Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa (B/L/D)
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Hakone, Japan
Today begins with a visit to the Itchiku Kubota Museum, where you'll enjoy magnificent views of majestic Mt. Fuji and serene Lake Kawaguchi. Itchiku Kubota, (1917-2003) is considered one of the most important Japanese textile artists of the 20th century; he rediscovered, revived and subsequently modernized a traditional Japanese kimono dyeing technique, which was lost since the 15th century, creating exceptional artistic kimonos; the museum celebrates his art and legacy.

Following lunch, return to the hotel where you have a choice. Join us for an excursion to the Hakone Open Air Museum, the first open-air museum in Japan, renowned for its outdoor sculpture park with beautiful views of the mountain. The grounds are the permanent home of approximately 120 works by well-known modern and sculptors including Rodin, Bourdelle, Miro, and Moore. Or, you might indulge in some pampering at your hotel's spa, perhaps taking a dip in the healing hot springs (onsen). Later this afternoon you have an opportunity to learn ikebana - Japanese flower arranging - with a teacher who gives a class and demonstration. Dine in the French restaurant of the hotel this evening. (B/L/D)
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Matsumoto, Japan
As your Japan trip continues, travel north through the forested mountain landscapes of the "Japanese Alps," through winding valleys dotted with rice farms, lakes, rushing rivers, and small villages to the hot springs town of Matsumoto, where, after lunch you'll see 400-hundred-year-old Matsumoto Castle, Japan's oldest castle and a national treasure, also known as the "Crow Castle" because of its black exterior. Arrive this afternoon at your hotel, Tobira Onsen Myojinkan, where you'll have the choice of a traditional Japanese-style room (with a futon on the floor in place of beds) or a Western-style room. Enjoy a private dinner with musical entertainment this evening. Stay: Tobira Onsen Myojinkan (B/L/D)
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Takayama, Japan
Depart Matsumoto this morning and head for Takayama, a mountain city long famed for its artisans and woodworkers. Do some sightseeing along the narrow lanes of its historic center, and have lunch at a local restaurant known for its Hida beef. Following a lesson in sake making and a tasting at a local brewery in Takayama, continue on to Kanazawa, just inland from the Sea of Japan. Arriving here marks your having crossed all the way from one side of Japan's main island of Honshu to the other. Enjoy an included dinner at your choice of your hotel's restaurants either tonight or tomorrow. Stay Two Nights: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa (B/L/D)
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Kanazawa, Japan
A full day's sightseeing in Kanazawa includes: a guided stroll through celebrated Kenroku-en Gardens, considered among the country's top three landscaped gardens; time exploring the historic Samurai District, where samurai homes are tucked among narrow lanes and canals behind earthen walls and private entrance gates, with a visit to the restored Nomura Samurai Family Residence for a look at the lifestyle of the samurai during feudal times, when they were prosperous; lunch at a Paul Bocuse restaurant; and a choice of afternoon visits to either Kanazawa's renowned 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, or Higashi Chaya, the city's geisha district. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening as you please at your hotel or exploring on your own in Kanazawa. (B/L)
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Kyoto, Japan
Depart Kanazawa by train for Kyoto, arriving midday for a four-night stay at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto; small group departures will stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. Have lunch and begin your exploration of the city considered one of Japan's most beautiful. On your introductory sightseeing tour, discover a city center of glass and steel skyscrapers ringed by hidden temples, shrines, and gardens that exude the tranquility and charm of Japan's ancient culture. You may choose to dine at our selected local restaurant either tonight or tomorrow. Stay Four Nights: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto or The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (small group departures) (B/L/D)
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Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto sightseeing today begins with a visit to the famous golden-topped Kinkaku-ji Temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), set in an ancient garden on the edge of a lake - a position symbolizing its place "between heaven and Earth." Hear the story of how this 14th-century temple was burned to the ground by a young monk and then completely reconstructed. Continue on to Nijo Castle, surrounded by stone walls and a moat; tour this 17th-century shogun's residence and UNESCO World Heritage Site - and discover the secret of its "nightingale" floors. After lunch at a local restaurant, meet up with a geisha expert who leads an exploration of the back streets of one of Kyoto's geisha districts, and shares insights on the "flower and willow" world of the geishas, past and present. (B/L)
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Kyoto, Japan
Start the day with a prayer at the Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple) established in 778; the current buildings were rebuilt in the 17th century. Drink the water here in long-handled cups as you wish for longevity, success or love. Kyoto is known as the craft capital of Japan, and many traditional arts have been passed down through the generations. You'll have an opportunity to visit a private home here; take your shoes off, come in, and your gracious hostess will demonstrate the rituals of a tea ceremony and the paper art of Origami. (B)
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Kyoto, Japan
Continue exploring Kyoto as you pursue your own interests today. The city's classic cultural gems span the centuries, and your Tauck Director will have suggestions for places to visit. Join us for a special dinner tonight at a local restaurant. (B/D)
12
Tokyo, Japan
Travel by rail from Kyoto back to Tokyo, arriving for lunch at the celebrated restaurant Nobu. After lunch, visit the Meiji Shrine - honoring the deified spirits of Japan's Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, who died in 1912 and 1914, respectively - and take in a live performance of traditional Shinto music and Kagura dancing. As your Japan trip draws to a close, tonight's farewell reception and dinner take place at a local restaurant, where you'll witness a larger-than-life demonstration by sumo wrestlers. Stay: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo (B/L/D)
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Journey Home
Tour ends: Narita International Airport or Haneda Airport. Fly home anytime. An airport transfer is included from Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo to Narita International Airport or Haneda Airport. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport. (B)
Tauck Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Tokyo's Edo-Tokyo Museum, Shinto music, Kagura dancing, taiko drums & sumo wrestling
  • In Kyoto, a private home visit with tea ceremony & Origami demonstration, explorations with a local Geisha expert, visits to Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple & Pure Water Temple (Kiyomizu Temple)
  • A cruise on Lake Ashi beneath Mt. Fuji
  • In Hakone, attend a flower arranging class
  • A lesson on sake brewing & a tasting at a local brewery in Takayama
  • A guided tour of Kanazawa's Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan's most revered landscaped gardens
  • Multiple-night stays in premier hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa & at a hot springs resort & spa in Hakone
Trip Inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • Gratuities to local guides, service charges, admission fees, taxes and porterage
  • Complimentary basic Internet where available in hotel rooms (service levels are not guaranteed).
  • Air-conditioned motor coaches for your comfort.
Included Meals
  • This tour provides a variety of dining experiences, and may include buffets, à-la-carte dining and set menus.
  • 30 meals (12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners)
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Small group departures stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto nights 8 – 11
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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