Discover the best of Japan during this fascinating tour—from its exciting cities to its cultural rituals. Your tour starts in Tokyo, ends in Osaka, and overnights along the way in the Mount Fiji area, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Okayama. Throughout the tour, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sights, temples, and shrines. In Tokyo, explore the Imperial Palace and visit the Tokyo Skytree for stunning views over the city. In Kamakura, see the 750-year-old Great Buddha. In Kyoto, among the many sights you’ll see, visit Sanjusagendo Temple, a Buddhist temple famous for its 1,001 life-sized statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. </BR></BR>Nearby, visit Nara’s Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 752 AD and one of Japan’s most significant temples. In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial Park and see the dome that miraculously remained standing as all the structures around it were destroyed by the atomic bombing. The dome is now a symbol of peace; you may even see doves flying around the park!</BR></BR>But that’s not all…you’ll travel to Mount Fuji, where you will cruise on Lake Ashi and take a cable-car ride for spectacular views. Plus, throughout this Japan tour, Globus has arranged special experiences to make your vacation unique and to allow you to get to know the culture. For example, partake in a traditional tea ceremony and participate in a Japanese cooking class with a local chef. You’ll also attempt calligraphy, learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used on kimonos, try on a traditional kimono, and ride the famous high-speed bullet train. </BR></BR>All of this and more await you on this wonderful Japan tour. Be sure to bring your camera, so you can capture memories to share with everyone back home!

City Highlights

TOKYOCity sightseeing; visit the Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade, and Tokyo Skytree; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; [LF] traditional tea ceremony; night walking tour; welcome dinnerKAMAKURASee the Great BuddhaMOUNT FUJI AREACruise on Lake Ashi; cable-car ride to view Mount FujiMOUNT FUJI AREA–KYOTOTravel by high-speed bullet trainKYOTO City sightseeing; visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, and Sanjusangendo Temple; Yuzen Handmade Corner; [LF] Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinnerHIROSHIMABullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima; visit Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, Shukkei-en Landscape Garden, Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial, Memorial Museum, Memorial Hall, Ohara Museum of Art, pottery workshop, and Koraku-en Garden

Meals

American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 3 dinners including a welcome dinner in Tokyo and a farewell dinner in Kyoto.

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