Traditional Japan In-Depth

Traditional Japan In-Depth

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Traditional Japan In-Depth

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Japan
Duration#Number of nights offered for the pre cruise or post cruise program.
7-Night Pre-Cruise | 6-Night Post-Cruise

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One of the world’s most cutting-edge capitals, Tokyo is a modern city of contrasts; neon-lit landscapes, towering skyscrapers, peaceful shrines, temples, sprawling parklands, and lovingly tended gardens. Despite its love affair with manga pop culture, fashion, high-tech trends and conspicuous consumption, below the surface is a city that has its roots in an ancient heritage. Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples stand close to skyscrapers as a reminder of a more contemplative time.

All Passport details should be confirmed at the time of booking. Sales of this program close 90 days prior: book early to avoid disappointment, as space is limited.

Highlights

Get a taste for Tokyo on an evening food tour.

Explore Nikkō, a World Heritage Site located in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture.

Visit the Hakone Open Air Museum, featuring sculptures and installations by leading Japanese artists, and pieces by Henry Moore, Rodin, and Miró.

Take a Lake Ashino-ko Cruise, showcasing views of Mount Fuji and Mount Komagatake.

Take part in a Tea and Kimono Experience in a traditional Kyoto townhouse.

Explore Gion, the famous entertainment and geisha quarter.

Highlights

  • Get a taste for Tokyo on an evening food tour.

  • Explore Nikkō, a World Heritage Site located in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture.

  • Visit the Hakone Open Air Museum, featuring sculptures and installations by leading Japanese artists, and pieces by Henry Moore, Rodin, and Miró.

  • Take a Lake Ashino-ko Cruise, showcasing views of Mount Fuji and Mount Komagatake.

  • Take part in a Tea and Kimono Experience in a traditional Kyoto townhouse.

  • Explore Gion, the famous entertainment and geisha quarter.

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Land Program Itineraries

  • Pre-Voyage Itinerary
  • Post-Voyage Itinerary
Pre-Voyage Itinerary #Download Itinerary PDF
  • Day 1
    Arrive in Tokyo
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    Arrive in Tokyo and meet your local representative who will direct you to your driver and awaiting car. Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

  • Day 2
    Tokyo
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    This morning, you’ll be greeted by your guide and embark on a full-day city highlights tour, visiting the Toyosu Fish Market, Afterwards proceed to panoramic tour around Imperial Palace. You will also see National Diet Building (Japan’s parliament). Tour continues to visit Meiji Jingu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Harajuku/Omotesando Shopping Street, a broad tree-lined avenue, often referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees, and home to some of the world’s top fashion brands’ flagship stores. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax and explore Tokyo independently. After returning to your hotel to relax and freshen up, begin your evening’s foodie experience, visiting both well-known and off-the-beaten-path spots to sample the best local dishes and get an authentic taste for local life, for which your tour operator will gladly offer suggestions.

  • Day 3
    Nikkō
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    After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide and travel to Nikkō, a World Heritage Site located in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture. Known for its beauty, there’s a Japanese saying "Never say 'kekkō' until you've seen Nikkō, ("kekkō meaning beautiful). Here, you’ll visit the famous Toshogu Shrine—the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun and founder of the Tokugawa Bakufu (Japan's last feudal military government). After lunch at a local restaurant, your tour continues to Lake Chuzenji, a scenic lake in the mountains above Nikkō, located at the foot of Mount Nantai, Nikkō's sacred volcano. You’ll then progress to Kegon Waterfalls, to admire nature’s handiwork. You’ll then journey back to your hotel. Dinner this evening is at your leisure.

  • Day 4
    Hakone
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    Today, you’ll take the Express Train to Hakone to visit the Hakone Open Air Museum, featuring sculptures and installations by leading Japanese artists, and pieces by Henry Moore, Rodin, and Miró. The Museum’s also home to the Picasso Pavilion with more than 300 pieces of the famous artist’s work. After lunch at a local restaurant your tour continues to Owakudani, an active volcanic zone filled with sulfurous fumes, hot springs, and hot rivers. You’ll take the Hakone ropeway to Togendai where you’ll board a Lake Ashino-ko Cruise, showcasing views of Mount Fuji and Mount Komagatake. After, you’ll be escorted to your hotel, where dinner will be served this evening.

  • Day 5
    Kyoto
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    This morning, board the Bullet Train to Kyoto, the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture, located in the Kansai region of Japan. Upon arrival at Kyoto station, you’ll be met by your guide to embark on a half-day tour of the city, starting with a visit to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, running from outside the north gate of Tenryu-ji to just below Okochi Sanso, with walking paths that make for a nice walk. You’ll also visit the Togetsukyo Bridge, Arashiyama's most iconic landmark. Built during the Heian period (794-1185), it was most recently reconstructed in the 1930s. After, you’ll be escorted to your hotel, dinner this evening is at your leisure.

  • Day 6
    Kyoto
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    Your day begins with a visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple whose top two floors are covered in gold leaf. From here, it’s onto Nijo Castle, which became a World Heritage Site in 1994. After lunch, enjoy a Tea and Kimono Experience in a traditional Kyoto townhouse and visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, another of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites, and one of the most celebrated temples in Japan. You’ll then stroll along Ninen-zaka Slope, the busiest street in the city, lined with numerous shops, cafes, and restaurants. Your final stop of the day is, Gion, the famous entertainment and geisha quarter. Dinner this evening is at your leisure.

  • Day 7
    Kyoto
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    Today’s tour starts with a visit to Todaiji in Nara, home to Japan’s largest Buddha (Daibutsu), located in the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall), itself the world’s largest wooden building. Your tour continues to Kasuga Taisha Shrine, home to four main deities and a dozen lucky gods. After lunch, visit the Gekkeikan Sake Museum, where you’ll taste Ginjo Shu and other sakes. Your tour concludes at Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie adaptation of “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and is famous for its thousands of red torii gates. After, you will be assisted to the station for your bullet train back to Tokyo. Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted to your hotel. The balance of the day will be at your leisure.

  • Day 8
    Tokyo
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    Your final day begins with a visit to the Sensoji temple precinct, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of the city’s most significant. Then wander down Nakamise-dori, a busy shopping street that’s been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries, to the Hamarikyu Garden, starkly contrasted by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, which surround it. From here, it’s onto Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous shopping and dining district. Come early afternoon, you’ll be escorted to the port to begin your Azamara® voyage.

Post-Voyage Itinerary #Download Itinerary PDF
  • Day 1
    Arrive in Tokyo
    Read More +

    Upon arrival at the port, you’ll be greeted by your guide and embark on a full-day city highlights tour, visiting the Toyosu Fish Market. Afterwards proceed to panoramic tour around Imperial Palace. You will also see National Diet Building (Japan’s parliament). Tour continues to visit Meiji Jingu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Harajuku / Omotesando Shopping Street, a broad tree-lined avenue, often referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees, and home to some of the world’s top fashion brands’ flagship stores. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax and explore Tokyo independently.

  • Day 2
    Tokyo
    Read More +

    Your day begins with a visit to the Sensoji temple precinct, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of the city’s most significant. Then wander down Nakamise-dori, a busy shopping street that’s been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries, to the Hamarikyu Garden, starkly contrasted by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, which surround it. From here, it’s onto Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous shopping and dining district. After returning to your hotel to relax and freshen up, begin your evening’s foodie experience, visiting both well-known and off-the-beaten-path spots to sample the best local dishes and get an authentic taste for local life.

  • Day 3
    Nikkō
    Read More +

    After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide and travel to Nikkō, a World Heritage Site located in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture. Known for its beauty, there’s a Japanese saying "Never say 'kekkō' until you've seen Nikkō, ("kekkō meaning beautiful). Here, you’ll visit the famous Toshogu Shrine—the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun and founder of the Tokugawa Bakufu (Japan's last feudal military government). After lunch at a local restaurant, your tour continues to Lake Chuzenji, a scenic lake in the mountains above Nikkō, located at the foot of Mount Nantai, Nikkō's sacred volcano. You’ll then progress to Kegon Waterfalls, to admire nature’s handiwork. After, you’ll be escorted to your hotel, dinner this evening is at your leisure.

  • Day 4
    Hakone
    Read More +

    Today, you’ll take the Express Train to Hakone to visit the Hakone Open Air Museum, featuring sculptures and installations by leading Japanese artists, and pieces by Henry Moore, Rodin, and Miró. The Museum’s also home to the Picasso Pavilion with more than 300 pieces of the famous artist’s work. After lunch at a local restaurant your tour continues to Owakudani, an active volcanic zone filled with sulfurous fumes, hot springs, and hot rivers. You’ll take the Hakone ropeway to Togendai where you’ll board a Lake Ashino-ko Cruise, showcasing views of Mount Fuji and Mount Komagatake. After, you’ll be escorted to your hotel, where dinner will be served this evening.

  • Day 5
    Kyoto
    Read More +

    This morning, board the Bullet Train to Kyoto, the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture, located in the Kansai region of Japan. Upon arrival at Kyoto station, you’ll be met by your guide to embark on a half-day tour of the city, starting with a visit to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, running from outside the north gate of Tenryu-ji to just below Okochi Sanso, with walking paths that make for a nice walk. You’ll also visit the Togetsukyo Bridge, Arashiyama's most iconic landmark. Built during the Heian period (794-1185), it was most recently reconstructed in the 1930s. After, you’ll be escorted to your hotel, dinner this evening is at your leisure.

  • Day 6
    Kyoto
    Read More +

    Your day begins with a visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple whose top two floors are covered in gold leaf. From here, it’s onto Nijo Castle, which became a World Heritage Site in 1994. After lunch, enjoy a Tea and Kimono Experience in a traditional Kyoto townhouse and visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, another of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites, and one of the most celebrated temples in Japan. You’ll then stroll along Ninen-zaka Slope, the busiest street in the city, lined with numerous shops, cafes, and restaurants. Your final stop of the day is, Gion, the famous entertainment and geisha quarter. This evening is at your leisure.

  • Day 7
    Return Home
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    This morning, you’ll be escorted from your hotel to the airport for your onward flight.

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