Japan Cultural Immersion

13 Day* Customized Tour for Groups

Experience Japan – A timeless place where ancient traditions collide with modern life.
At first glance, Japan appears incredibly modern but, travelling around will prove the connection this country has to its past customs. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with complex rituals deeply linked by culture and tradition. Stay at a Buddhist monastery and participate in a service with the monks. Meander through private gardens, visit shrines, temples, castles, and neighbourhoods old and new, revealing the enchanting colourful regions that Japan has to offer. Dine with a Geisha! Stroll through the towns of Takayama and Kanazawa, well preserved from the Edo period. Stay in a traditional ryokan and relax at the end of the day with a soak in a natural hot spring. Engage with local villagers and artisans. Have lunch with a local farming community. Learn the art of ‘makizushi’ (making sushi) with a hands-on workshop and participate in a silk-dying demonstration. With expert guides leading the way, enjoy this culturally charged, well rounded, spiritually stimulated tour of Japan!

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Osaka | Kuromon Market | Umeda Sky Building | Osaka walking food tour | Nara | Great Buddha statue | Nara’s Deer Park | Buddhist spiritual encounter | Kongobuji Temple | Mt. Koya | Kyoto | morning Buddhist service | Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine | dine with a Geisha | architecture and horticulture tour | stone garden at Ryoanji Temple, Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) | Nijo Castle | traditional Japanese tea ceremony | Gion | sushi making workshop | Yamanaka Onsen | lacquer and paper making workshops | sake tasting session | soak in a natural hot spring | Kanazawa | Kenrukuen Gardens | Omicho Market | Higashi Chaya Geisha District | Yuzen Silk Dyeing workshop | stunning rural scenery | meet with local villagers | Takayama |, Matsumoto Castle | Mt. Fuji |, Owakudani Valley | Mt Komagatake Ropeway | cruise on Lake Ashi | Hakone | tour the bustling streets of Tokyo

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