• Visit sacred Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest peak.

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  • Since A.D. 711, people have come to Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Shrine to pray for bountiful harvests, prosperity, and the safety of their family.

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  • See stunning Lake Ashi and its graceful torii. Hakone.

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  • Ancient stone lanterns line the way to Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara.

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President's Trip: Japan Revealed. 1 unusual Hosted Journey with R. Crusoe President Brett Cumberland and his wife, Anna.

Brett Cumberland and his wife, Anna, invite you to join them and a wonderful Japanese culture expert on a very special visit to Japan. Come see what’s new and what’s old in the empire. The contrasts are remarkable. We visit Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi, Nara, and Kyoto.


Japan

Dates:31 March 2020

Type:Hosted Journeys/Special Interest Group Tours/Set Departure

Mode:Land

President's Trip: Japan 2020

Day 1: United States
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

• Depart on an overnight flight to Japan.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2: Tokyo, Japan
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

• Arrive Tokyo, transfer to the hotel.
• Welcome reception.
Overnight: Peninsula Tokyo

Day 3-5: Tokyo
Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4, 2020

• Imperial Gardens, Meiji Shrine, Omotesando contemporary architecture.
• Sumo demonstration and the Sumo Museum.
• Edo Tokyo Museum.
• Private taiko drum lesson and professional performance.
• Tokyo Sky Deck.
• Visit the private home-studio of Ayomi Yoshida, a renowned wood-block printer.

Overnights: Peninsula Tokyo

Day 6: Mount Fuji, Hakone
Sunday, April 5, 2020
• Bullet train to Mount Fuji.
• Hakone Open-Air Museum.
• Spend the next two overnights in one of Japan's finest traditional inns (ryokans).

Overnight: Gora Kadan

Day 7: Lake Ashi, Hakone
Monday, April 6, 2020
• Explore Lake Ashi by boat.
• Disembark in the town of Hakone to visit artisans' workshops.
• Leisure time at our ryokan.

Overnight: Gora Kadan
 
Day 8: Nara, Kyoto
• Train to Nara.
• In Nara, tour Todai-ji temple complex and view the "Daubatsu" and Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine.
• Drive to Kyoto, check in to our hotel.
Overnight: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

Day 9-11: Kyoto
• Tour UNESCO World Heritage sites including Ryoan-ji, Kinkaku-ji, and Nijo-jo Castle.
• Miho Museum and Fushimi Inari Shrine.
• Take a lesson in Zen meditation.
• Gion neighborhood walking tour.

• Sanjusangendo temple, Unraku-gama traditional ceramics workshop.
• Farewell geisha dinner.

Overnights: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

Day 12: Kyoto, Osaka; U.S.
• Transfer to the airport in Osaka, fly home.

For more information or to book this journey, please contact Rachel Dorsey at rdorsey@rcrusoe.com or call 888-490-8004.

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Pricing

Per person sharing room from $19,980

Single supplement from $9,870

For more information or to book this journey, please contact Rachel Dorsey at rdorsey@rcrusoe.com or call 888-490-8004.

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Meet Maya Kudo.

Our Japanese culture expert on this journey, Maya Kudo, has been a friend of Crusoe’s for years, and our travelers always rave about her.

     A passionate world traveler, she has visited more than 50 countries and is a keen observer of people and their customs. She graduated with a linguistics degree from Tokyo’s Sophia University and also spent two years at school in Connecticut. A talented cook and enthusiastic foodie, Maya knows the ins and outs of the culinary scene in Tokyo and beyond, and she enjoys sharing her insider intelligence. She is also a longtime practitioner of sado, the traditional tea ceremony, and she’s a devoted student of architecture old and new. 

     Maya will add immeasurably to our journey through Japan, and we're delighted to have her aboard.

 

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Tokyo, Japan.

The Peninsula Tokyo. Perfectly located opposite the Imperial Palace and a short walk from Ginza, the award-winning Peninsula offers commanding views of the city skyline, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options, and legendary service. The hotel mixes contemporary and traditional aesthetics. Amenities include six on-site restaurant/bars, spa, fitness center, and indoor pool and hot tub.

Near Mount Fuji, Japan.

Gora Kadan. Located on the grounds of a former imperial summer villa in Hakone. This lovely ryokan (inn) blends Japanese tradition with modern design elements. In your guestroom, you sleep on futons set on tatami mats. Hot-spring water flows freely from a nearby source, filling open-air, stone soaking tubs around the property, many attached to a guestroom. There are also common soaking pools, one for men and one for women, as well as a family soaking pool. Amenities: one kaiseki restaurant, two bars, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, rock gardens, massage spa.

 

Kyoto, Japan.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. Steeped in Japanese tradition with extensive modern refinements, this luxury hotel stands on the Kamo River in downtown Kyoto, Take advantage of the hotel’s location to walk through the lively Gion district. A collection of modern Japanese art adorns the halls. Amenities include four restaurant/bars, including the Michelin-starred Mizuki, a full service spa, and indoor swimming pool.

 

 

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