JP1 JAPAN BY RAILSEARCH TOUR
Tokyo • Hakone • Takayama • Kyoto • Hiroshima
National Museum; Kamakura: Great Buddha; Bullet Train to Hakone; Hakone Outdoor Museum; Historic Takayama; Kyoto: Temples & shrines; Hiroshima: Peace Memorial Park
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Thu 22 Oct 2015||Tue 03 Nov 2015||$4890|
|Wed 06 Apr 2016||Mon 18 Apr 2016||$4890|
|Thu 20 Oct 2016||Tue 01 Nov 2016||$4890|
Optional Single Supplement: $832 (number of singles limited).
From its humble beginnings as a small, 16th century castle town, Tokyo -- or Edo as it was then known -- soon became one of the planet's most populous cities and has since been holding high prominence in the league of the world's most significant, influential and alluring metropolitan areas. We visit the central wholesale market, which is the largest in the world, and the beautiful Imperial Palace, complete with its mazes of moats, bridges, cul-de-sacs, parks and gardens. In Kamakura, slightly south of the capital, we find grand monuments, shrines and temples nestled snugly amid wooded hillsides and it is here that we can gaze upon the bewitching spectacle of the statue of the Great Buddha, the second-largest bronze image in the country. Come morning, we take to the tracks on the 'bullet train', bound for the forested mountains, deep glens and picturesque ravines of the Hakone region, where we can opt to enjoy stunning vistas from a cable car up Mount Fuji. Our rail experience continues on to Takayama, a region whose geographic features have resulted the unique cultural evolution of its inhabitants, and on through the scenic Hida River Valley. In Kyoto, we see the 1,001 life-size statues of the Buddhist teacher Kannon; in Nara, we get a taste of the pervading air of spirituality and mysticism that envelops the area; and in Hiroshima, we visit the Peace Memorial Park and enjoy the sights and sounds of a bustling city that overcame the devastation of five decades ago to become the most vital city of San-Yo.
Jan Z. (Oakland, CA, US)
Enjoyed all the excursions. Local guides were all good. Meals more than met expectations. Our tour leader Stephen did an excellent job of choosing different types of meals each night and made sure our group was separated from smoking and could sit comfortably. Stephen did an excellent job of guiding us everyplace. He's very knowledgeable, caring, and helpful. He really was excellent in every way.
Joy I. (Victoria. BC, CA)
The itinerary was excellent and I enjoyed Stephen Scroggings the primary guide very much-articulate, knowledgeable, thoughtful about our comfort and very good at managing the group dynamics. I was satisfied with the pace of the daily excursions and given that we were seeing some of the top attractions, I was amazed that we managed to be ahead of the crowds on many days. The combinations of transport were excellent.
Linda C. (Calgary, AB, CA)
Spring in Japan is absolutely magical; cherry blossom time is breathtakingly beautiful. The timing of this trip was perfect for cherry blossoms.
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