Exclusive: Cultural Treasures of Japan 2023

    Book Early and Enjoy Savings! | April 2 - April 15, 2023 | Offer Valid Until October 3, 2022

    Exclusive: Cultural Treasures of Japan 2023

    All-in Price: $8,049CAD*

    Single Supplement: ADD $2,050CAD

    *Based on double occupancy. All rates are Per Person in Canadian dollars, Taxes included. Subject to change.

    Deposit: $300CAD Per Person (Refundable up until Oct 3, 2022)

    Final Payment Date: Feb 2, 2023


    Photo: Night time - Tokyo, Japan 

    Included in Price:

    • Hotel Transfers
    • 19-Meals: 12-Breakfasts, 2-Lunches, 5-Dinners

    Not Included in Price:

    • Travel Insurance and International round trip airfare
    *Airfare with supplier is available on request. Complimentary airport transfers are not applicable when booking your own airfare. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times. 

    Highlights:

    • Tokyo
    • Asakusa Sensoji Shrine
    • Ginza
    • Tea Ceremony
    • Hakone
    • Lake Ashi Cruise
    • Matsumoto Castle
    • Takayama
    • Sake Tasting
    • Hida Beef Dinner
    • Shirakawa-go
    • Kanazawa
    • Kyoto
    • Bullet Train
    • Hiroshima
    • Kaiseki Dinner
    Itinerary:
    Date: April 2 – April 15, 2023 

    Photo: Treasures of Japan - Itinerary Map

    Day 1: Sunday, April 2, 2023 Overnight Flight

    Explore ancient and modern Japanese culture firsthand. Discover peaceful temples and technological marvels set against unimaginable natural beauty.

    Day 2: Monday, April 3, 2023 Tokyo, Japan - Tour Begins

    Welcome to Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun." Begin in the electrifying city of Tokyo, where pop culture is turned all the way up and traditions are rich and long-kept.

    Day 3: Tuesday, April 4, 2023 Tokyo

    Feel the excitement start to build as you pass by the grounds of the Imperial Palace and see the Niju Bridge and Sakurada Gate, the wellknown symbols of the Imperial Palace. Walk through Ginza, one of the most elegant and luxurious streets in the world, where modern landscape meets rich history. Enjoy shopping at some of the most renowned "department stores" in Japan. Later, amid a lush forest outside of Tokyo, visit the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Tonight, join your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner. 

    Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

    Day 4: Wednesday, April 5, 2023 Tokyo

    Begin the day exploring Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district. Visit the famous Buddhist temple, Senso-ji, the colourful temple famous for the red chochin (lantern) hanging at the entrance gate. Experience the long standing tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony, dating back to the 15th century. During your free time, explore the Nakamise Shopping Arcade and feel the energy of the oldest shopping street in Japan. Then, head to Edo Tokyo Museum to learn about the fascinating history and culture of Tokyo. The museum displays life-size and model scale replicas of towns and buildings of old Tokyo.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Photo: Lake Ashi - Hakone, Japan

    Day 5: Thursday, April 6, 2023 Tokyo - Hakone

    Journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone, renowned for its hot springs. In the shadow of Mt. Fuji (UNESCO), this scenic town hugs the shorelines of Lake Ashi. Make a stop at Owakudani, located in an active volcanic zone. The Owakudani crater was created some 3,000 years ago, when Mt. Hakone erupted. Climb aboard the Hakone Ropeway, an aerial cable car descending from Owakudani for a breathtaking view* of Mt. Fuji. Next, take to the deep-blue waters of Lake Ashi on a cruise where you’ll see epic views of the local mountains before stopping in the charming town of Moto-Hakone. 

    Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

    Day 6: Friday, April 7, 2023 Hakone - Matsumoto - Takayama

    This breathtaking day begins in Matsumoto at Matsumoto Castle, known as the “Crow Castle” because of its striking black exterior. Enjoy the local cuisine as we stop for lunch at a Soba noodle shop. Later, you’ll step back in time in the rural Edo-period town of Takayama, nestled in the Japanese Alps. Well known to the locals for its connection to sake, this is the perfect place to gather for a visit to one of Japan’s 200-year-old sake breweries. Afterward, experience a true Japanese epicurean treat – traditional rice wine paired with a special Hida beef dinner. 

    Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

    Day 7: Saturday, April 8, 2023 Takayama

    The ancient cultures of Takayama come alive this morning in the town’s historic district. Take a walk through the past and glimpse the 19th-century Jinya government building. Stroll through the morning market, a 600-year-old open air market with locally grown and produced products, located along the Miyagawa River. Circuit the winding streets, where the town’s traditional charms are preserved in the inns and houses. This afternoon, relish some free time to continue your exploration of Takayama on your own. (B)

    Day 8: Sunday, April 9, 2023 Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa

    Today, embrace the unique charms of Shirakawa-go (UNESCO). Hidden away in the mountain, this harmonious village is famous for its gassho-zukuri-style houses – thatched-rooftops designed to resemble two hands joined in prayer. Journey to Kanazawa, the origin of gold-leaf making since the 16th century. Visit the Samurai district where we will enter the former home of the Nomuras, a wealthy samurai family who served the ruling Maeda family. Then, travel to the Geisha quarters of Kanazawa, the Higashi Tea district. 

    Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

    Photo: Kanazawa Castle, Japan

    Day 9: Monday, April 10, 2023 Kanazawa

    More than 25 acres of absolute beauty await you today at Kenroku-En – Garden of Six Qualities. From the beauty of Japan’s most stunning gardens, dive into the ancient craft of gold leaf making during a hands-on lesson in decorating your own lacquer box! In the centre of town, take in the action of the Omicho fish market before venturing out on your own to really immerse yourself in Kanazawa’s dynamic culture.  

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 10: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 Kanazawa - Kyoto

    Kyoto awaits! The former Imperial capital of Japan is now one of the nation’s top cosmopolitan cities. At the same time, Kyoto’s connection with its past is strong; you won’t need to look far to see one of its 2,000 temples and shrines. For lunch, participate in a sushi making class and master the art of sushi making. This afternoon, visit Kinkakuji (UNESCO), the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

    Meals: Breakfast - Lunch

    Day 11: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 Kyoto - Bullet Train - Hiroshima - Kyoto

    All aboard the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or “Shrine Island” (UNESCO). Afterwards, head into Hiroshima city to visit the Peace Memorial Park, and pause to see the ruined Atomic Dome (UNESCO). Reflect at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. As this long and moving day comes to a close, return to Kyoto by the Shinkansen bullet train. 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 12: Thursday, April 13, 2023 Kyoto

    This morning, explore Fushimi Inari Taisha for a tour of the most revered shrine of Inari. Follow the spectacular rows of orange torii (made famous in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha) that weave through the forest, leading you to the inner shrine. Move on to the home of the first Shogun, Nijo Castle (UNESCO), and see intricate woodcarvings, wall paintings, and the Ninomaru Garden, designed by Kobori Enshu, a landscape architect and tea master. Next, learn about the ancient craft of stenciling during a hands on lesson. 

    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 13: Friday, April 14, 2023 Kyoto

    Today, spend some time relaxing or set out to explore Kyoto on your own. Fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture tonight during a special kaiseki farewell dinner and geisha show. 

    Meals: Breakfast - Dinner

    Photo: Sensō-Ji Temple - Kyoto, Japan 

    Day 14: Saturday, April 15, 2023 Kyoto - Tour Ends

    Your tour comes to a close in this fascinating land. As you depart, reflect on its beauty and all you have learned about its rich history and culture. 

    Meal: Breakfast

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    Terms And Conditions

    *A local guide will join you for your city tour. All included services are provided by local representatives. Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Triple accommodation is not available. Some venues, such as temples and shrines, require guests to remove their shoes in order to enter. We recommend wearing footwear that is easily removed for sightseeing on these days. *The view of Mt. Fuji from the Hakone Ropeway is weather dependent. The days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilize your time on tour. Museum visits and shopping may be affected by the observance of religious or local holidays. This tour provides authentic dining experiences. Vegan, vegetarian, and even gluten-free diets are uncommon in Japan and not widely catered to. If you have any dietary restrictions, please notify us at time of booking so we can accommodate you as best as possible. Activity Level 3: You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own adventure. Travel Documents: Valid Passport issued by your country of citizenship or nationality and Visa (if required). You are responsible for making sure that your clients and any children travelling, have the proper identification and travel documentation required to enter or connect through each country on their itinerary. Please consult with the nearest embassy or consulate of each country you plan to visit. Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travel outside of your home Province. Effective January 01, 2020, OHIP will no longer covers emergency medical services for any Ontarian travelling outside of Canada. COVID19: Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests will be required to bring one of the following: proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper or electronic form), proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (FDA Approved diagnostic) for a test performed 72-hours or less from the start date of the tour with you on tour to verify the information you will be providing to Collette when filling out the Wellness Declaration upon arrival. #1067292. Offer subject to change.

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