The richness of Japan’s history and art is immediate and tangible, but the culture that produced it often seems impenetrable. Move beyond appearances on this popular 16-day tour and gain comprehensive insight into the beauty and mystique of this wonderful land, from its Shinto and Buddhist temples and Zen gardens to its hypermodern cities and contemporary quirks. Explore old and new world Tokyo, understand the devastation at Hiroshima, and enjoy a week in Kyoto, discovering its temples, museums and traditions, with day trips to Nara, the ancient capital, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama.
Days 1–4: Explore Tokyo’s Koishikawa Korakuen garden, Senso-ji Temple, Nezu and Ota museums and Ginza’s exclusive boutiques.
Days 5–6: Bullet train to Kanazawa; visit the Samurai district, wooden teahouses and Kenrokuen garden.
Days 7–8: In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial and Miyajima’s Itsukushima shrine.
Days 9–12: Bullet train to Kyoto to explore its art, history and culture. Stroll through the geisha district, encounter Zen Buddhism in temples, shrines and gardens, and participate in a traditional tea ceremony.
Days 13–14: Day trips to Arashiyama and historic Nara.
Days 15–16: Free day to discover Nishiki market or Kyoto’s many traditional crafts. Departure.