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2017 Japan's Cultural Treasures

Tokyo • Hakone • Kanazawa • Kyoto

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14 Days from only $4695 including international airfare

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Frugal Traveler: Kyoto, Japan

Follow a frugal traveler as he goes in search of hidden charms in Japan’s ancient Imperial capital.

Courtesy of Fritz Schumann
Houshi

Get to know the Houshi family who have run a ryokan (or Japanese inn) for over 1,000 years.

Courtesy Kathy Monk
Japan: The Contemporary and the Ancient

Follow the Grannies on Safari in Japan and watch as they attend a tea ceremony, belt out some karaoke tunes, and more

Courtesy of Dylan Thuras
100 Wonders: The Cat Islands of Japan

Journey to Tashirojima, or Cat Island, where cats outnumber humans.

Courtesy of Penn Museum
Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan 1965

Turn back the clock to 1960s-era Kyoto, Japan, and stroll along garden paths lined with stone lanterns and centuries-old shrines.

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Pre-trip: Tokyo

3 nights from: $895 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Tokyo

Experience Tokyo, Japan’s energetic capital, on our optional trip extension.

Capital of Japan only since the 19th century, Tokyo has blossomed into the world's largest metropolis, yet maintains an astonishing blend of the ultra-modern with centuries-old temples and shrines. Join us and explore bustling local markets, visit serene gardens, see  traditional homes of Tokyo's Yanaka district, and kick off your travel in Japan.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights in Tokyo
6 meals—3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner
2 small group activities
Services of a local O.A.T. Trip Leader
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
All transfers (by public transportation)
  • Depart the U.S. today on your overnight flight to Tokyo, Japan.

  • Arrive at the Tokyo airport in the late afternoon or early evening today. An O.A.T. representative will greet us at the airport and assist with the transfer to our hotel in Tokyo.

  • We have breakfast at our hotel followed by an orientation briefing. We then start our exploration of Tokyo, beginning with a train ride to the Ueno district, one of the last places in Tokyo where one can see what the city was like in the old days, including a wonderful section of museums and galleries said to be the best in Japan. There, we walk through Ueno Park, one of the city's largest open spaces and renowned for its seasonal cherry blossoms. We then stop at the Tokyo National Museum, the largest museum in Japan, with some 87,000 items. The world's largest collection of Japanese art, including some of the most important Buddhist artwork, is housed here along with many other treasures. Next, we walk to the Yanaka district, one of the only areas of Tokyo undamaged during World War II, and home to many traditional wooden houses.

    We have lunch at a local restaurant and return to our hotel by mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is free for to make your own discoveries. Dinner is at a local restaurant this evening.

  • We have breakfast at our hotel and then enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Tokyo. Among other things, Tokyo is famous for its shopping, and has several large department stores that contain just about everything produced in Japan, from food to items such as cameras, computers, and traditional Japanese crafts. If you are interested in designer fashions, be sure to stop by the Ginza district and browse many of the upscale stores there. The Oriental Bazaar in the Harajuku district of Tokyo is also a must-see for souvenir hunters.

    Or join us for an optional full-day walking tour of Kamakura. After a train ride from Tokyo, we'll start our tour of this ancient city, which is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the sea on the other. Kamakura was the seat of the first shogunate in Japan during the Kamakura Era (1192-1333), and is replete with numerous historical shrines and temples, including the Daibutsu, the bronze image of Buddha, and the Hase Kannon Temple, famous for its statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. After lunch in a local restaurant, we'll continue our tour with a visit to Komachi Street, which is lined with handcraft shops of all kinds. Finally, we'll depart Kamakura by local train, arriving in Tokyo in the early evening. Please note: This optional tour must be reserved at least 25 days prior to departure, and requires a minimum of two participants in order to operate.

    • Meals included:

    If you're energetic and curious about one of the largest wholesale fish markets on Earth, join us after breakfast as we pay a visit to the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as the Tsukiji Fish Market. Though government restrictions prohibit us from watching the tuna auctions, we'll explore the area around the auctions in the Jogai open-air market and wander among many stalls of very fresh vegetables and fruit, along with shops selling ceramics, knives, and other interesting local items. In the spirit of adventure, you can partake in a sampling of sushi here.

    After that, we'll hop on a subway to visit Meiji-jingu, Tokyo's most impressive Shinto shrine, which was destroyed during WWII and rebuilt in 1958. We'll also check out the fashionable tree-lined boulevard called Omotesando before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Then, we return by subway to our hotel for some free time. The rest of our traveling companions arrive today to begin our Japan’s Cultural Treasures adventure.

Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Adventure Specialists for details. Call 1-800-955-1925.

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