Experience Japan by land and sea
With Tauck, discover the revered traditions and serene beauty that infuse life in Japan… from the heart of the country on Honshu Island … to the multiple night stays in the modern city of Tokyo and magical Kyoto. Experience the “Japanese Alps” where the mountains reach 9,000 + feet, dine Japanese style sans yukatas with a background of musical entertainment. You will return home with an in-depth cultural portrait of this fascinating island nation.
Tauck offers two ways to explore Japan: an over land journey making use of the high speed Shinkansen trains or a small ship cruise.
Highlights of the overland journey:
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)
Multiple-night stays in premier hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa & at a hot springs resort & spa in Hakone
Overnight stay in a traditional ryokan in Matasumoto
Tokyo’s Edo-Tokyo Museum, Shinto music, Kagura dancing, taiko drums & sumo wrestling
A cruise on Lake Ashi beneath Mt. Fuji
Attend a flower arranging class in Hakone; a lesson on sake brewing & a tasting at a local brewery in Takayama
A guided tour of Kanazawa’s Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan’s most revered landscaped gardens
Highlights of the small ship cruise:
8-night cruise aboard the superb Le Soléal
3 nights in Osaka and 2 nights in Tokyo at premier hotels
Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions