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Essence of Japan

2015 Prices From $8,990 for 14 Days - Tauck World Discovery

Inspirational, innovative and intriguing, Japan has always been a favorite Tauck destination, where gilded temples and glittering skyscrapers reign over streets steeped in history and tradition. In the port city of Osaka, life unfolds in contrasts. Board a high-speed train for sights frozen in time, from a floating shrine to the poignant Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, lit by an eternal flame. Visit a castle that has stood the test of time and mingle with the locals on a canal-lined street. In Kyoto, golden pavilions and a nightingale castle honor royal times, and cultural arts keep customs like Origami, tea and Maiko dancing alive. Old Japan is chronicled in tranquil Nara, gardens grace Samurai residences in Kanazawa, and “praying hands” hold up homes and spirits in historic mountain villages. And while modern bullet trains speed through country landscapes, the pace slows down to reveal the Essence of Japan... in a ryokan, in art-filled open-air museums, at a sake brewery, a sushi lunch and music and dance performances, Tauck Style. Join us for a Japan travel experience to remember.

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  1. Itinerary
  2. Pricing & Availability
  3. Accommodations
  4. Before You Go
  5. Reviews (18)
  6. Packing Tips

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Honshu Island

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    Day 2

    Poignant visit to Hiroshima

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    Day 3

    Pleasures of Osaka and on to Kyoto

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    Day 4

    Centuries unfold in enchanting Kyoto

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    Day 5

    Origami, tea and a Maiko performance

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    Day 6

    Temples of tranquil Nara

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    Day 7

    Garden charm on the Noto Peninsula

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    Day 8

    Shirakawa-go and a mountain resort

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    Day 9

    A little history and sake in Takayama

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    Day 10

    Through the Japanese Alps to Hakone

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    Day 11

    Fuji-Hakone National Park & on to Tokyo

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    Day 12

    Discover Tokyo sights, past and present

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    Day 13

    A taste of Japanese history & culture in Tokyo

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    Day 14

    Sayonara... as your Japan travel ends

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    Note: Tour of October 19 will stay at Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi on nights 11 – 13.
The Tauck Difference

The tour was superb and we highly recommend it... it did give you a taste of the 'Essence of Japan' with a great Tauck Director and an outstanding local guide. The opportunities to experience the 'Onsen', wear a Yukata and stay one night in a traditional Japanese hotel were not to be missed...

Malcolm & Jenette Galloway, Australia

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