Ancient Dynasties Experience Japan

Ancient Dynasties Experience

Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

From majestic, snow-capped mountains and lush verdant forests to the deliciously warm breezes and crystal clear coral seas of the south, Japan is a paradise on Earth. Ancient wooden temples and tea houses breathe the past into the present as they sit among modern man-made splendor.

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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to Tokyo Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 Touch Down in Toyko
  • Arrive in Toyko Our tour director will meet us at the airport. We will board our own private coach for transfer to the hotel. Just over 400 years ago when the Shogun Tokugawa Leyasu decided to move his government to Tokyo, the city soon developed to be the largest in Japan and became the largest city in the world in the 18th Century. The name changed from Edo to Tokyo, which means Eastern Capital. It is home to nearly 16 million people. This huge, wealthy, and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone.
  • Hotel check-in Our accommodation for the next three nights will be in Tokyo.
  • Dinner We will enjoy authentic Japanese food at a local restaurant.
Day 3 Tour Toyko
  • Imperial Palace Plaza Visit the Imperial Palace Plaza, located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stonewalls in the center of Tokyo. From Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial palace, visitors can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds.
  • Sensoji Temple Explore the Sensoji Temple also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, which is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, the center of Shitamachi. It is said that in the year 628 two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River and, even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.
  • Edo Tokyo Museum Visit the Edo Tokyo Museum and learn about Tokyo's history and culture. The Museum also serves as a project about the city and living in the future. The whole construction area covers about 30,000 square meters, an area 2.4 times bigger than the field area inside the Tokyo Dome Stadium.
  • Roppongi Hills Spend some time in the famous shopping streets of Roppongi Hills, Roppongi area's defining miracle was a full 17 years in the making. In the midst of what was a depressed real estate market, some 15 years after the bubble economy burst, Japan's leading developer, Minoru Mori, opened up his Roppongi Hills Complex in the summer of 2003. Roppongi Hills is sprawling and somewhat unpredictable in its design, encouraging wandering and exploration, a huge retail pot of gold that has succeeded in helping bring the middle class back into central Tokyo.
  • Dinner Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant.
  • First Concert Performance Enjoy your first concert performance in Tokyo.
Day 4 Day Trip To Nikko
  • Meiji Shrine View the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan, born in 1852 and ascending to the throne in 1868 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration when the power was switched from the feudal Tokugawa government to the emperor.
  • Rikugien One of Tokyo's most beautiful, Japanese-style landscape gardens, Rikugien is a spacious garden with a central pond, islands, forested areas, man-made hills and several tea houses. It takes about an hour to cover the garden's whole network of walking paths at a leisurely pace.
  • Akihabara District Take a trip to the Akihabara district, the electronics capital of Japan. It is full of gadgets galore—from the latest most useful to the latest most useless.
  • Dinner Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant.
Day 5 Mount Fuji and Hakone
  • Hakone Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, outdoor activities, natural beauty, and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.
  • Mt.Fuji National Park Spend a full day exploring Mt. Fuji and Hakone by private coach with our English-speaking guide. The sights we will be visiting include Mt.Fuji—5th station (Mt.Fuji National Park). Mount Fuji is Japan's highest mountain, which is visible from Tokyo on a clear day, the mountain is located to the west of Tokyo on the main island of Honshu. A perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone, the mountain is a near-mythical national symbol immortalized in countless works of art.
  • Komagatake Ropeway Take a ride on the Komagatake Ropeway cable car and view the incredible Mount Fuji.
  • Dinner Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant.
  • Hotel check-in Our accommodation for the next night will be in Hakone.
Day 6 Travel to Kyoto
  • Kyoto Kyoto was Japan's capital and the emperor's residence until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Kyoto.
  • Hotel check-in Our accommodation for this night will be in Kyoto.
  • Dinner Enjoy Kyoto's local fare.
  • Second Performance You will have your second concert performance tonight in Kyoto.
Day 7 Explore Kyoto
  • Golden Pavilion Visit the Golden Pavilion, a World Heritage site covered in gold leaf and surrounded by beautiful gardens.
  • Nijo Castle Continue to Nijo Castle, which was built by Tokugawa Leyasu. The palace building, now known as Ninomaru, was completed in 1603 and enlarged by Leyasu's grandson, Lemitsu.
  • Sanjusangendo Hall Famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after the original structure was destroyed in a fire.
  • Kiyomizu Temple Explore the Kiyomizu Temple, known as the Pure Water Temple, which is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. Founded in 780, it stands in the wooded hills of eastern Kyoto and offers visitor's fantastic views over the city from its famous wooden terrace.
  • Dinner Enjoy local fare in a restaurant in Kyoto.
  • Concert Performance You will perform in Kyoto today.
Day 8 Travel to Kobe and Himeji
  • Visit Kobe Kobe is one of Japan's ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan's most attractive cities. Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Kobe Port was one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in the late Edo Period and the city remains one of Japan's more cosmopolitan cities.
  • Visit Himeji Himeji is a small city at the western edge of the Kansai region of Japan with Japan's finest castle.
  • Himeji Castle Visit the Himeji Castle, widely considered Japan's most spectacular castle. Unlike many others Japanese castles, Himeji Castle was never destroyed in by war, earthquake, or fire and survives in its original form. The well-defended castle and its wooden interior are fascinating and the castle's site is spectacular.
  • Travel to Hiroshima, Hotel check-in Our accommodation for the next two nights will be in Hiroshima.
Day 9 Explore Hiroshima
  • The Vibrant City Hiroshima has been the principal city of the Chugoku Region for hundreds of years. After its construction in the 16th century, Hiroshima Castle was the most formidable fortification for miles. Today, Hiroshima is a vibrant city and home to over a million inhabitants. When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a 2-km radius.
  • Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park is one of the most prominent features of the city. Even visitors not looking for the Peace Park will likely stumble upon the large park of over 120,000 square meters. Its trees, lawns, and walking paths are in stark contrast to the surrounding downtown area. Within the Peace Park is the Peace Memorial Museum, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb.
  • Itsukushima Shrine Visit the Itsukushima Shrine, known worldwide for its floating torii gates, which are uniquely built over water—seemingly floating in the sea during high tide.
  • Dinner Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant in Hiroshima.
  • Concert Performance You will perform your last concert today in Hiroshima.
Day 10 Final Farewell...
  • Departure to North America Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our tour director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.