"Inspirational, innovative and intriguing, Japan has always been a favorite Tauck destination."

Gilded temples and glittering skyscrapers reign over streets steeped in history and tradition. Join Tauck for a Japanese travel experience to remember.

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.

Itinerary

Day 2 Hiroshima

Day 2 Hiroshima

It’s all aboard the super-fast Nozomi Super Express for a visit to Hiroshima.

Day 3 Osaka

Day 3 Osaka

City sightseeing this morning includes two of Osaka's most popular landmark sights.

Day 4 Kyoto

Day 4 Kyoto

Enjoy a full day of Japan travel delights in historic Kyoto, founded in the 7th century.

Day 5 Kyoto

Day 5 Kyoto

Kyoto abounds with a rich legacy of ancient treasures, cultural gems and natural beauty that spans the centuries.

Day 6 Nara

Day 6 Nara

Tour Kyoto's Sanjusangendo Temple this morning, home to 1,001 wooden cypress statues of Kannon-Bosatsu.

Day 7 Noto Peninsula

Day 7 Noto Peninsula

It’s all aboard the Thunderbird train for a rail journey to Kanazawa on the Noto Peninsula.

Day 8 Shirakawa-go

Day 8 Shirakawa-go

Travel to Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is well-known for its villages of thatched gassho-zukuri (praying hands) farmhouses

Day 9 Takayama

Day 9 Takayama

Takayama is renowned for its artisand and woodworkers, and its Edo-period merchants' shops and houses.

Day 12 Tokyo

Day 12 Tokyo

Discover the heart and soul of Tokyo today – a complex blend of ancient traditions and dynamic modern city.

Day 13 Tokyo

Day 13 Tokyo

Your Tokyo sightseeing today includes a visit to the Imperial Palace Plaza and Meiji Shrine.

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