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Japan: Past & Present-A Cultural Journey from Tokyo to Osaka

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Japan: Past & Present-A Cultural Journey from Tokyo to Osaka
From neon-lit streets filled with people to quiet shrines filled only with silence, come face-to-face with a culture thousands of years in the making. Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Explore the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, traveling between them on the famous shinkansen bullet train. Meet the incredible ama pearl divers and dine with them while hearing tales of their lives and traditions. Meet the bowing deer of Nara Park. Explore the historic geisha district of Kyoto, Gion. See the beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Golden Pavilion. Dive deep into the culture of Japan with the Women’s Association of Kyoto. Stay among Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya and wander the moss-covered paths of Okunoin Cemetery. Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum of Hiroshima and hear first-hand accounts of the atomic bomb’s devastation. See the famous O-torii Gate of Miyajima Island. Explore the neon-soaked streets of Osaka’s Dotonbori district. Discover the thousand facets of culture, art, and life that make up the incredible spirit of Japan.
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  • Educational and Learning
13 Nights Starting At
July 14, 2024 through July 27, 2024
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July 10, 2024 7:00 PM
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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Ise-Shima
Day 7
Ise-Shima
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Mt. Koya
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
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September 18, 2024 7:00 PM
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November 27, 2024 7:00 PM
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January 22, 2025 7:00 PM
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February 19, 2025 7:00 PM
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Japan: Past & Present-A Cultural Journey from Tokyo to Osaka

Tokyo
As the capital of Japan, Tokyo is also the most populous city with over 13 million people and is the cultural and financial center of Japan. Originally known as Edo prior to the move of the empire in 1868 from Kyoto, Tokyo is a sprawling metropolis with over 23 city sections all connected by an excellent public transit system. While most of ancient Tokyo was destroyed by bombing in WWII, today’s Tokyo is a mix of architectural styles and eclectic structures.

Asakusa
Travel to Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest geisha district, known for its temples, festivals and Entertainment. See the famous Buddhist temple called Senso-ji, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you take in the sights of amazing old-world Japanese architecture.

Tea Ceremony
Formality and attention to culture and respect are important in Japan and are present in all aspects of the tea ceremony. From the formal bows, to the placement of the cups and utensils, all aspects of the ceremony are critical to the enjoyment. A part of Buddhist beliefs, it is more about the appreciation of the placement, structure and enjoyment than it is the actual drinking of the tea. Typically accompanied by delicately crafted sugary sweets, the tea itself is a green, frothy mixture and only plays a small role in the process.

Bullet Train
In Japan, high speed trains (bullet trains) are called “Shinkansen.” They run at speeds of up to 320 kilometers per hour and are known to depart on time right to the second. Board the train to take you to Hiroshima extra quick.

Kyoto
Once the imperial capital for over 1,000 years, Kyoto is also known as the city of 10,000 shrines. From Buddhist temples to Shinto shrines, Kyoto remains a treasure of Japan with the wide range of historic buildings and gardens protected during the bombings of WWII. Also the center of the Geisha culture, today's visitors can stroll through the former Geisha quarters or try their hand at being a "Geisha for a day" with the locals.

Hiroshima
A modern Japanese city, Hiroshima is most known for being one of two cities hit with an atomic bomb, helping to end the Second World War. Though reclaimed as a cosmopolitan center, the city is never far from its past; amongst the electric neon of its bustling streets, Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park is a historical time capsule right in the city center that’s both a dedication to the victims of the bombing and to world peace. The park’s main site, the A-Bomb Dome is the mark of the ruined remains of the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The nearby Peace Memorial Museum gives you the opportunity to learn about life in Hiroshima before, during, and after WWII. For those interested in world history, Hiroshima is a must-see.

Osaka
As the third most populous city in Japan, Osaka has a population of just over 3 million. Prior to the Nara Period, Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa and was the first capital city of Japan. Osaka was a merchant and trade town that continues today as a financial hub. Keeping the Japanese respect for green spaces, Osaka is unique in creating "floating gardens" in between skyscrapers and maintaining green spaces on castle grounds.

Hotels
Japan: Past & Present-A Cultural Journey from Tokyo to Osaka

Prince Park Tower Hotel
4-8-1 Shibakouen Minato, Tokyo, Japan


Nemu Resort
2692-3 Hazako, Hamajima-cho, Shima City, Mie Prefe, Ise-Shima, Japan


Hotel Granvia
JR Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan


Sekishoin
571 Koyasan, Koya, Ito District, Mt. Koya, Japan


ANA Crowne Plaza
7-20 Nakamachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Japan


ANA Crowne Plaza
1 Chome-3-1 Dojimahama, Kita Ward, Osaka, Japan


Japan: Past & Present-A Cultural Journey from Tokyo to Osaka

Tokyo
As the capital of Japan, Tokyo is also the most populous city with over 13 million people and is the cultural and financial center of Japan. Originally known as Edo prior to the move of the empire in 1868 from Kyoto, Tokyo is a sprawling metropolis with over 23 city sections all connected by an excellent public transit system. While most of ancient Tokyo was destroyed by bombing in WWII, today’s Tokyo is a mix of architectural styles and eclectic structures.

Asakusa
Travel to Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest geisha district, known for its temples, festivals and Entertainment. See the famous Buddhist temple called Senso-ji, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you take in the sights of amazing old-world Japanese architecture.

Tea Ceremony
Formality and attention to culture and respect are important in Japan and are present in all aspects of the tea ceremony. From the formal bows, to the placement of the cups and utensils, all aspects of the ceremony are critical to the enjoyment. A part of Buddhist beliefs, it is more about the appreciation of the placement, structure and enjoyment than it is the actual drinking of the tea. Typically accompanied by delicately crafted sugary sweets, the tea itself is a green, frothy mixture and only plays a small role in the process.

Bullet Train
In Japan, high speed trains (bullet trains) are called “Shinkansen.” They run at speeds of up to 320 kilometers per hour and are known to depart on time right to the second. Board the train to take you to Hiroshima extra quick.

Kyoto
Once the imperial capital for over 1,000 years, Kyoto is also known as the city of 10,000 shrines. From Buddhist temples to Shinto shrines, Kyoto remains a treasure of Japan with the wide range of historic buildings and gardens protected during the bombings of WWII. Also the center of the Geisha culture, today's visitors can stroll through the former Geisha quarters or try their hand at being a "Geisha for a day" with the locals.

Hiroshima
A modern Japanese city, Hiroshima is most known for being one of two cities hit with an atomic bomb, helping to end the Second World War. Though reclaimed as a cosmopolitan center, the city is never far from its past; amongst the electric neon of its bustling streets, Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park is a historical time capsule right in the city center that’s both a dedication to the victims of the bombing and to world peace. The park’s main site, the A-Bomb Dome is the mark of the ruined remains of the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The nearby Peace Memorial Museum gives you the opportunity to learn about life in Hiroshima before, during, and after WWII. For those interested in world history, Hiroshima is a must-see.

Osaka
As the third most populous city in Japan, Osaka has a population of just over 3 million. Prior to the Nara Period, Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa and was the first capital city of Japan. Osaka was a merchant and trade town that continues today as a financial hub. Keeping the Japanese respect for green spaces, Osaka is unique in creating "floating gardens" in between skyscrapers and maintaining green spaces on castle grounds.

Japan: Past & Present-A Cultural Journey from Tokyo to Osaka

Prince Park Tower Hotel
4-8-1 Shibakouen Minato, Tokyo, Japan


Nemu Resort
2692-3 Hazako, Hamajima-cho, Shima City, Mie Prefe, Ise-Shima, Japan


Hotel Granvia
JR Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan


Sekishoin
571 Koyasan, Koya, Ito District, Mt. Koya, Japan


ANA Crowne Plaza
7-20 Nakamachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Japan


ANA Crowne Plaza
1 Chome-3-1 Dojimahama, Kita Ward, Osaka, Japan


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About Collette
With Collette, the World is Within Your Reach

True adventures go beyond incredible destinations or inclusive packages. Collette delivers a sense of possibility across all seven continents.

Since 1918, we have been sharing our love of travel. Today our worldwide travel collection features comprehensive land tours, river cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family trips, garden holidays and more. With Collette, wake each morning on tour with a new experience in front of you, and when your head hits the pillow, you will know it has been an amazing day. Best of all - we seamlessly handle the details. All you have to do is enjoy the adventure.

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