10 Day Tour from Tokyo to Kyoto
City sightseeing; visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy demonstration; kimono fitting; Globus Local Favorite tea ceremony; night walking tour; welcome dinner
See the Great Buddha
- MOUNT FUJI AREA
Cruise on Lake Ashi; cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji
Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum
City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a Globus Local Favorite sake brewery for a tasting
Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses
Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class
City sightseeing; visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sanjusangendo Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, and Temple of the Gold Pavilion; walking tour of Gion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; Globus Local Favorite Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner
- Inside visits and special features are shown in the description, including admission charges when applicable.
From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation. Discover Japan’s culture as you try on a traditional kimono, partake in a tea ceremony, taste sake, attempt calligraphy, learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used on kimonos, take part in a gold leaf class, browse a farmers market, and participate in a Japanese cooking class.
Of course, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sites, including many of its castles and shrines. In Kyoto, see the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf, and be amazed at its beauty. In Nara, visit Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 752 AD and one of Japan’s most significant temples. You’ll also visit Matsumoto Castle, a must-see sight in Japan. Dating from 1593 and designated a national treasure, it is Japan’s oldest existing castle tower.
Beyond the fascinating structures and shrines, you’ll also have a chance to visit one of Japan’s greatest gardens—Kenroku-en. According to the ancient Chinese book of gardens, gardens should have six different sublime qualities, but it is rare to find all six qualities in a garden. Dating from the 1670s, Kenroku-en does, in fact, combine the six attributes of a perfect garden—spaciousness & seclusion, artifice & antiquity, and water-courses & panoramas.
At the end of your journey you’re sure to have lots of stories and photos to share with loved ones back home!
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