Imperial Japan

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $9,975
  • Length: 12 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Far East, Japan
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Tour Description

Unique experiences and fascinating insights await you as you journey through the “Land of the Rising Sun.” You’ll stay in the finest hotels, dine at exclusive restaurants and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Japan. See all the sights and enjoy the VIP privileges of traveling in a small group. Learn about the ancient art of the geisha during a special, private evening performance. Travel first class on the famed Bullet Train, which reaches speeds of up to 186 miles per hour on your journey to Kyoto. While in this 1,100-year-old city, be welcomed into a private home to participate in the most Japanese of rituals: a traditional tea ceremony. From imperial capitals to striking landscapes, the colorful pageantry of Japan will enchant you. Fall under its spell on this splendid journey.

Travcoa has been a pioneer in small group escorted journeys around the world since 1954. There are many things that make Travcoa different than the typical “tour” that provide sophisticated travelers with a complete, enriching, personal experience along with excellent value.

  • Visit a private home and immerse yourself in the beauty and artistry of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and origami demonstration
  • Travel first class on the Bullet Train as you rocket through the country
  • Learn about the ancient art of the geisha from a local expert during an exclusive walking tour of the Geisha District and a private evening performance
  • Take a private tour of the Mazda car factory to learn more about Japan’s business culture
  • Visit Peace Memorial Park and the solemn Atomic Sensational Japan 2012 Bomb Dome in Hiroshima with your private guide

Itinerary

DAYS 1 & 2

Tokyo, Japan

Upon arrival on Day 2, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury hotel to rest after your flight. The Peninsula Hotel, your home for the next three nights, is located across the avenue from the Imperial Palace, and just a couple minutes walk from the vibrant Ginza.

The Peninsula, Tokyo

DAYS 3 & 4

Tokyo Nikko

Explore Tokyo, one of the world’s largest cities, with a brief stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza to view the Emperor’s home and grounds. Drive by the imposing National Diet Building and visit the Garden of the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most magnificent Shinto shrine. Continue on to the entertainment district of Asakusa and savor a delicious barbeque lunch. Also see the Nihombashi and Ginza shopping districts. Enjoy a full-day excursion to Nikko beginning on the Tobu Express Train. Visit the thundering Kegon Falls, known for its rainbow displays.

The Peninsula, Tokyo

DAY 5

Hakone

Stop in Kamakura to visit the Kotokuin Temple, which houses Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha). Visit the Hakone Open Air Museum and enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi. The reflection of Mt. Fuji across the lake is exceptionally beautiful. Also visit the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, cherished for its relaxing and beautiful atmosphere.

Hakone Hotel, Hakone

DAY 6 - 8

Mt. Fuji, Kyoto Nara

The morning of Day 6 depart for Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and continue to Kyoto via the world-famous Bullet Train. Begin your tour of Kyoto with a visit to Nijo Castle, and then the famed Kinkakuji Temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion). Your final stop is at the Heian Shrine, established in 1893 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto.

On Day 8 enjoy a visit to a private home for a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and origami demonstration. In the afternoon drive to Nara, the imperial capital during the 8th century. Visit the lovely Deer Park, surrounding the magnificent Todaiji Temple, and enjoy feeding the deer.

Westin Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

DAY 9

Kurashiki

Travel this morning via the express train to Kurashiki, meaning the “warehouse village.” Explore the traditional architecture and beautiful canals of this picturesque city. Visit the Ohara Museum of Art, the first museum of western art in Japan.

Hotel Nikko, Kurashiki

DAYS 10 - 12

Hiroshima Miyajima Island Depart for Home

Begin your tour of Hiroshima with a visit to Peace Memorial Park. On Day 11, take a trip to Miyajima Island, perhaps best known for the floating torii gate to the Itsukushima Shrine, reflected in Hiroshima Bay. This is one of the most photographed spots in all of Japan. On your afternoon excursion, journey to the Shukkeien Garden and the Hiroshima Castle. On Day 12 you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Departures

Pricing Information

April 6, 2012

From $9,975.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,900.00 single room supplement.

May 4, 2012

From $9,975.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,900.00 single room supplement.

October 12, 2012

From $9,975.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,900.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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