Project Description

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

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