Treasures of Japan with South Korea

Treasures of Japan with South Korea
April 12, 2019
17 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
100 Guests
From $15,980

Extension

Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

Rates for the Tokyo,Takayama & Nara extension are $5,980 per person, double occupancy; $7,460 per person, single occupancy.

You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Tokyo and Tokyo/home city.

Pre-Trip Extension
Tokyo, Takayama & Nara Itinerary

DEPART USA

April 7April 8

Board your independent flight to Japan. Arrive in Tokyo in the late afternoon on April 8, and transfer to the Imperial Hotel Tokyo for dinner and overnight.

TOKYO

April 9

Your exploration of Tokyo begins with a morning visit to the Hakkaku Sumo Stable to watch a live sumo training session. Afterwards, try your hand making sushi at a local restaurant and enjoy a lunch featuring your culinary creations. In the afternoon, we visit the Samurai Museum that displays the swords and elaborate costumes of Japan’s military nobility as well as the Edo Tokyo Museum, which traces the history of Tokyo from the Edo Period (1603 - 1867) up to modern times.

TOKYO / TAKAYAMA

April 10

Board one of Japan’s famous bullet trains for the journey to Takayama. Check in to Hotel Associa Takayama with a chance to freshen up before a walking tour of the town center. Stroll past beautifully preserved buildings from the Edo Period, when the city thrived as a wealthy merchant town. Browse the old homes, coffee houses, shops, and sake breweries with a local guide. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

TAKAYAMA / SHIRAKAWA-GO

April 11

Visit the morning market, where locals shop for fresh produce and traditional foods. Then make a stop at a museum that displays the elaborately decorated festival floats that are paraded through town during the Takayama Festival, held in the spring and fall. Continue to Shriakawa-go, a World Heritage Site that showcases the unique architectural style of houses that resemble hands folded in prayer. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then visit the Ogimachi Shiroato Observatory for spectacular views over Shirakawa-go and the surrounding mountains. Afterward there is free time to explore on your own before returning to our hotel in Takayama for dinner and overnight.  

TAKAYAMA / KYOTO

April 12

Following breakfast at the hotel, board the bullet train for lovely Kyoto. Upon arrival, transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. Then take a stroll through Murin-an Garden; built between 1894 - 1896, this garden has a unique mix of Japanese and Western design. Check in to the Hotel Okura, then join a local expert for a special dinner accompanied by an exclusive geisha performance.

KYOTO / NARA

April 13

Today visit Nara. Points of interest include Todai-ji Temple, withthe great image of Buddha; Kofuku-ji Temple; and Kasuga-Taisha Shrine. All of these sites are within Deer Park, where over a thousand semi-tame sika deer roam free. After lunch near Kofuku-ji Temple, return to Kyoto and meet with the main group for a welcome reception and dinner at our hotel.