Lifestyle Tours presents…

Cultural Treasures of Japan

April 19 – May 2, 2020

14 Days ● 21 Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Book by Sept 20, 2019, & Save $300 Per Person:

Double $7,399; Double $7,099*

Single $8,799 Single $8,499

For bookings made after Sep 20, 2019 call for rates.

Alternate gateways available upon request

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers

Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $315 per person

* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air-inclusive package from EVV

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Collette’s Flagship: Collette’s tours open the door to a world of amazing destinations. Marvel at must-see sights, sample regional cuisine, stay in centrally located hotels and connect with new and captivating cultures.

These itineraries offer an inspiring and easy way to experience the world, where an expert guide takes care of all the details.

Collette Experiences

  • Explore the famous Yanaka Ginza district, the “shitamachi,” with old town ambience reminiscent of Tokyo’s past.
  • Try your hand at the centuries-old art of the Japanese tea ceremony, gold leaf decorating and
  • stenciling.
  • Travel by the famous Shinkansen bullet train.

Must-See Inclusions

  • Take in magnificent views of Mt. Fuji from the Hakone Ropeway.
  • Visit multiple UNESCO sites including Shirakawa-go, Nijo Castle, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

Culinary Inclusions

  • Stop for a sushi lunch in Tokyo’s famous fish market.
  • Enjoy a Hida beef dinner and sake tasting at a local sake brewery.
  • Experience a traditional kaiseki dinner with Geisha show in Kyoto.

Highlights: Tokyo, Asakusa and Yanaka Ginza, Tea Ceremony, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise, Scenic Cable Car, Matsumoto Castle, Takayama, Hida Beef Dinner and Sake Tasting, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Bullet Train, Hiroshima, Geisha Show

Day 1: Sunday, April 19, 2020, Overnight Flight Explore ancient and modern Japanese culture firsthand.

Discover peaceful temples and technological marvels set against unimaginable natural beauty.

Day 2: Monday, April 20, 2020, Tokyo, Japan - Tour Begins Welcome to Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun.' Begin in the electrifying city of Tokyo, where pop culture is turned all the way up and traditions are rich and long-kept. Tonight, experience a traditional Japanese-style meal alongside your fellow travelers at a festive welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Tokyo Feel the excitement start to build when you see the magnificent view of the city from above at Tokyo Tower, the iconic symbol of Tokyo. Then, enjoy a morning stroll through the outside grounds of the Imperial Palace, the Kokyo Gaien National Gardens, and see the Niju Bridge and Sakurada Gate, the well-known symbols of the Imperial Palace. Walk through Tsukiji, the world’s largest, busiest fish market and a preamble to a true taste of Japan – a sushi lunch at the market. Later, amid a lush forest outside of Tokyo, visit the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. (B, L)

Day 4: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Tokyo Begin the day exploring Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district. Visit the famous Buddhist temple, Senso-Ji, the colorful temple famous for the red chochin (lantern) hanging at the entrance gate.

Experience the long-standing tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony, dating back to the 15th century. During your free time, explore the Nakamise Shopping Arcade and feel the energy of the oldest shopping street in Japan.

Luckily, you don’t need a time machine to get to Tokyo’s old town, Yanaka Ginza, where quaint shops and vendors selling local cuisine transport you to a different time altogether. Tonight, dine as the locals do at an Izakaya, a preferred establishment among the Japanese “salaryman” (businessman), featuring Japanese tapas-style food. (B, D)

Day 5: Thursday, April 23, 2020, Tokyo - Hakone Journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone, renowned for its hot springs. In the shadow of Mt. Fuji (UNESCO), this scenic town hugs the shorelines of Lake Ashi.

Make a stop at Owakudani, located in an active volcanic zone. The Owakudani crater was created some 3,000 years ago when Mt. Hakone erupted. Climb aboard the Hakone Ropeway, an aerial cable car descending from Owakudani for a breathtaking view* of Mt. Fuji. Next, take to the deep-blue waters of Lake Ashi on a cruise where you’ll see epic views of the local mountains before stopping in the charming town of Moto-Hakone. (B, D)

Day 6: Friday, April 24, 2020, Hakone - Matsumoto - Takayama This breathtaking day begins in Matsumoto at Matsumoto Castle, known as the “Crow Castle” because of its striking black exterior. Enjoy the local cuisine as we stop for lunch at a Soba noodle shop. Later, you’ll step back in time in the rural Edo-period town of Takayama, nestled in the Japanese Alps. Well known to the locals for its connection to sake, this is the perfect place to gather for a visit to one of Japan’s 200-year-old sake breweries.

Afterwards, experience a true Japanese epicurean treat – traditional rice wine paired with a special Hida beef dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Saturday, April 25, 2020, Takayama The ancient cultures of Takayama come alive this morning in the town’s historic district. Take a walk through the past and glimpse the 19th-century Jinya government building. Stroll through the morning market along the Miyagawa River, a 600-year-old open-air market with locally grown and produced products.

Circuit the winding streets, where the town’s traditional charms are preserved in the inns and houses. This afternoon, relish some free time to continue your exploration of Takayama on your own. (B)

Day 8: Sunday, April 26, 2020, Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa Today, embrace the unique charms of Shirakawa-go (UNESCO). Hidden away in the mountain, this harmonious village is famous for its gassho-zukuri-style houses – thatched rooftops designed to resemble two hands joined in prayer. Journey to Kanazawa, the origin of gold-leaf making since the 16th century. Visit the Samurai district where we’ll enter the former home of the Nomuras, a wealthy samurai family who served the ruling Maeda family. Then, travel to the Geisha quarters of Kanazawa, the Higashi Tea district. Gather in town this evening for dinner. (B, D)

Day 9: Monday, April 27, 2020, Kanazawa More than 25 acres of absolute beauty awaits you today at Kenroku-En – Garden of Six Qualities. From the beauty of Japan’s most stunning gardens, dive into the ancient craft of gold leaf making during a hands-on lesson in decorating your own lacquer box at Kanazawa Katani! In the center of town, take in the action of the Omicho fish market before venturing out on your own to really immerse yourself in Kanazawa’s dynamic culture. (B)

Day 10: Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Kanazawa - Kyoto Kyoto awaits! The former Imperial capital of Japan is now one of the nation’s top cosmopolitan cities. At the same time, Kyoto’s connection with its past is strong; you won’t need to look far to see one of its 2,000 temples and shrines. Visit Kinkakuji (UNESCO), the Golden Pavilion, a zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Then, stroll through the Gion district where you may spot women in traditional dress along the narrow lanes of teahouses.

Tonight, dine in the heart of the city at a traditional yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant. (B, D)

Day 11: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Kyoto - Bullet Train - Hiroshima - Kyoto All aboard the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or “Shrine Island” (UNESCO), where the iconic torii gate and the Itsukushima Shrine appear to float on water. After lunch, head into Hiroshima city to visit the Peace Memorial Park, and pause to see the ruined Atomic Dome (UNESCO). Reflect at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. As this moving day comes to a close, return to Kyoto by the Shinkansen bullet train. (B)

Day 12: Thursday, April 30, 2020, Kyoto Explore Fushimi Inari Taisha for a tour of the most revered shrine of Inari. Follow the spectacular rows of orange torii (made famous in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha) that weave through the forest, leading you to the inner shrine. Move on to the home of the first Shogun, Nijo Castle (UNESCO), and see intricate woodcarvings, wall paintings, and the Ninomaru Garden, designed by Kobori Enshu, a landscape architect and tea master. Next, visit Marumasu Nishumuraya for a lesson in the art of stencilling at a traditional Kyoto townhouse. (B)

Day 13: Friday, May 1, 2020, Kyoto Today, spend some time relaxing or set out to explore Kyoto on your own.

Fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture tonight during a special kaiseki farewell dinner and Geisha show. (B, D)

Day 14: Saturday, May 2, 2020, Kyoto - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close in this fascinating land. As you depart, reflect on its beauty and all you have learned about its rich history and culture. (B)

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Tokyo Prince Hotel, Tokyo

Day 5 The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko, Hakone

Days 6, 7 Takayama Green Hotel, Takayama

Days 8, 9 Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel, Kanazawa

Days 10 – 13Westin Miyako Kyoto, Kyoto

On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.

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