30 October – 11 November, 2018
Join this engaging and enjoyable tour to experience Japanese life, culture, and religion from the inside. Stay at a traditional inn or in a Western room with private bath, eat all kinds of special Japanese food, hike around the mountains, and learn about the beliefs and practices of Shinto, Buddhism, and the new religions. Relax in a hot tub after a long day of fun and explore shopping alleys and restaurants at your leisure. Bring Japan into your life!
Days 1-2 Depart from home to reach Osaka.
Days 3-4 Kyoto sites: Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Silver Pavilion, Nanzenji.
Days 5-6 Heian culture: Imperial Palace, textile production, temples of Mt. Hiei.
Day 7 Uji: tea culture, Byodoin, Fushimi Inari
Day 8 FREE: explore on your own or rest up.
Days 8-9 Hiking: Western and northern mountains, Arashiyama and Kurama.
Days 10-11 Nara: Todaiji, Kasuga Shrine; also Tenri, Yamanobe no michi, and Hasedera.
Day 12 Departure.
Price: $1650 per person, including hotel, two meals daily, transfers, bus/train fares, and entrance fees. Single supplement: $150.