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Land Journey

Essence of Japan

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$14,650 CAD
Journey Type
Land
Time of Year
Mar - Jun, Aug - Nov
Cities & Landmarks
Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Tokyo, Kyoto, Matsumoto, Takayama
Essence of Japan Guided Tour
Nijo Castle Kyoto

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Uniquely Tauck

EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

In Kyoto, enjoy a private home visit with tea ceremony & Origami demonstration, explorations with a local Geisha expert, visits to Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple & Pure Water Temple (Kiyomizu Temple) 

  

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

Multiple-night stays in premier hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone & at a hot springs resort & spa in Matsumoto

 

Tokyo’s Edo-Tokyo Museum, Kagura dancing, taiko drums & sumo wrestling

 

A cruise on Lake Ashi beneath Mt. Fuji

 

In Hakone, visit an open-air museum & a whisky distillery, and attend a flower arranging class

 

SEE WHAT YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES

Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Pace

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Experiences of a lifetime

Inspirational, innovative and intriguing, Japan is a favorite destination with Tauck travelers... where gilded temples and glittering skyscrapers reign over streets steeped in history and tradition.

Discover the revered customs and unique sense of beauty that infuse life here... On the main island of Honshu, from Tokyo to the hot springs resort town of Hakone and on through the “Japanese Alps” to Kanazawa and the cultural treasure trove of Kyoto, visit a private home for a tea ceremony and Origami... explore castles, temples, shrines, a samurai home, and world-class gardens... spend a night at a ryokan with traditional Japanese cultural experiences... make sushi, taste sake, cruise Lake Ashi to see Mt. Fuji... enjoy a taiko performance, Shinto music, Kagura dancing, a sumo wrestling demonstration... and meet a geisha expert. Join us for a Japan trip to remember. Read Less

The Geisha

Extraordinary Access

Cruise Lake Ashi via private boat

Day 4

Lake Ashi, in Mt. Fuji's shadow

Sometimes known as Hakone Lake or Ashinoko Lake, Japan's Lake Ashi is a picturesque crater lake set on the caldera of volcanic Mt. Hakone on the island of Honshu. The lake is famous not only for the sight of Mt. Fuji, Japan's tallest peak, looming over it, but for the many volcanically heated hot springs and historic sites along its shores. Foremost among these is Hakone Shrine in the lakeside town of Hakone, a Shinto shrine that has been frequently visited by samurai, shogun and pilgrims since the 17th century. Your cruise aboard a private boat on Lake Ashi's sparkling waters offers great views of such sites and, weather permitting, iconic Mt. Fuji in the distance.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Nights 8, 9, 10 and 11

The gateway to Kyoto's treasures

Secluded in garden tranquility just ten minutes from Kyoto's busy downtown, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto offers personalized, insider access to this historic city's four-season delights. In its spacious guest rooms, suites and hotel residences, the hotel blends refined, modern aesthetics and the creations of Japanese artisans – including washi-paper lamps, fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware. Patterns of light and shadow play from large windows, and bathrooms reflect the soothing effects of water. And on its grounds, the poetic heart of Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is an 800-year-old ikeniwa (pond garden), crossed by a glass bridge.

The opportunities to experience the 'Onsen', wear a Yukata and stay one night in a traditional Japanese hotel were not to be missed.

Malcolm & Jenette Galloway

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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie on a journey with like-minded travelers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special travel experiences found on Tauck’s guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. For 90+ years, solo travelers have found a special "travel" home with Tauck in destinations the world over – and we’re offering solo travelers an additional reason to travel with Tauck – special Solo Traveler Savings on select departures.

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

What you need to know

Before You Go

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Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

Protect Your Travel Investment

Guest Protection Product

Your vacation is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Guest Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; you'll also find deposit details and information should you have to cancel. Truly peace of mind travel at its best!
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Reviews (73)

This was our Trip Of A Lifetime. A luxurious, delightful, beautiful experience. From start to finish, our experienced, dedicated and low-key tour director deftly managed all details of the tour with enthusiasm and wit. Our first tour, now the benchmark against which all other tours will be judged. Weather, camaraderie- wonderful!!

Most Memorable Moment:

The explosion of cherry blossoms at Kanazawa ties with the Tea Ceremony and the surprise sightings of Fuji-san--all incredibly moving. Recommend the Maiko/Geisha Dance and Games be included at the Farewell Dinner--would leave a refined, intimate look at the Japanese culture instead of a distorted and sad quasi-Sumo demonstration. Nix Nikko Hotel.


We joined this tour straight after enjoying our tour of Indochina which was great. The contrast on arriving in Japan was fascinating with everything and everyone so ordered and everywhere so clean. We were lucky to hit the best week for the Sakura blossom and also to have good weather with many views of Mount Fuji. Our TD Bill made it great fun!

Most Memorable Moment:

All of it! The whole experience in the Hakone hotel and museums, the Onsens, especially in the mountain Ryokan; All of the gardens were spectacular, especially in Kanazawa; Kyoto was special and everywhere the blossoms! The variety and exquisite presentation of the food we were given was memorable and our introduction toJapanese food was fabulous


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