Japan
May 09, 2020 - May 19, 2020
Welcome to Japan!

Your visit to Japan, the “land of the rising sun,” is sure to delight and educate you with visits to Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Hakone and Tokyo. Experience several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Tenryuji temple in Arashiyama and The Floating Torii Gate in Hiroshima. Hear stories told of survival by local volunteers who survived the bombing of Hiroshima at the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima.

Buy Trip
  • RSVP: Monday, March 09, 2020
  • Final Balance Due: Monday, March 09, 2020
  • Member Fees: $7,350.00
  • Non-Member Fees: $7,500.00
  • Deposit Amount: $1,500.00
  • Single Room Supplement (optional): $1,500.00
ITINERARY
DAY 1, May 09, 2020 | Kyoto
Kyoto

Nihon e yokoso! Welcome to Japan! Upon arrival at Kansai Airport, your guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel by private coach.

Enjoy a lovely welcome dinner at the hotel.

Stay overnight in Kyoto.

DAY 2, May 10, 2020 | Kyoto
Kyoto

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast, meet with your guide at the hotel for departure to Arashiyama by private coach. Begin your tour with a visit to Tenryuji temple, the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama. Founded in 1339, at the start of the Muromachi Period, the temple is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to its temple buildings, there are beautiful gardens with walking paths for you to explore.

On the way to Nonomiya shrine, walk through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves, which are unlike any other place in Japan. The bamboo has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes, and mats at local workshops for centuries. Nonomiya shrine is a Shinto shrine where unmarried imperial princesses stayed for a year or more to purify themselves in ancient times. The shrine is referenced in numerous works of literature, most notably in the world’s first novel: The Tale of Genji.

Enjoy a Buddhist lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, proceed to Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After the death of Shogun Yoshimitsu, it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples, with its top two floors completely covered in gold-leaf.

A private coach will take you back to your hotel.

Tonight, you will enjoy a sumptuous dinner and drinks with private maiko or geisha entertainment, consisting of conversation and dancing accompanied by the shamisen (Japanese stringed instrument).You will also have a chance to ask questions about the geisha and their world, as well as play traditional drinking games. This is a special night of food, drink, traditional entertainment, and great photo opportunities.

After dinner, a private coach will take you back to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Kyoto.

DAY 3, May 11, 2020 | Kyoto
Kyoto

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

Depart your hotel for Nijo Castle by private coach with a guide. Nijo Castle was built by the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate as the Kyoto residence of the Shogun and is surrounded by stunning gardens. The ornamental building was completed in 1603 and is well-known for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors, and "chirping" nightingale floors.

Then proceed to Higashiyama district, one of Kyoto’s best-preserved historic districts. You can find various types of souvenirs including Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets, and pickles there. Higashiyama is a great place to experience the old Kyoto as many of its traditional tea houses and shops have been there for centuries. Then we will arrange a tea ceremony at a temple where the tea master will demonstrate how to prepare for a tea ceremony, how to conduct as a host, and, of course, how to make a bowl of green tea.

Lunch is at a local restaurant and the afternoon is at leisure.

Stay overnight in Kyoto.

DAY 4, May 12, 2020 | Kyoto-Nara
Kyoto-Nara

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a departure to Fushimi by private coach.

You will visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Featured in the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha,” this shrine is known for its thousands of red torii gates leading up and through the sacred forest of Mount Inari. This treasured spot has been voted number one must see spot in Kyoto by visitors.

After visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a private coach will take you to Nara.

Lunch is at a local restaurant.

During the eighth century, Nara was Japan’s capital for 74 years and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still stand today.

You will Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden structure and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. The park surrounding the temple is called Nara Park, but many refer to it as “Deer Park” due to the large population of more than one thousand tame deer that freely roam the streets and bow their heads in exchange for a treat.

Next stop is Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha. Established in 768 AD, the shrine is dedicated to the deity tasked with the city's protection and is famous for its hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns that worshipers have donated over the years.

A private coach will take you to the hotel for check-in.

Dinner is at a local restaurant.

Stay overnight in Nara.

DAY 5, May 13, 2020 | Asuka Village - Nara
Asuka Village - Nara

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

Depart the hotel for Asuka Village for CSR program by private coach with a guide.

Asuka village is located in the middle part of Nara prefecture.

While the village has problems such as depopulation and shortage of successors of farmers, the fresh farmers and the people who moved to Asuka have started a farming project called 'Chanto Farming'. Helping farm works in Asuka village as a social service activity will activate the project more and lead to the increase of the population. Its organic farming is good for health as well as for soil and water, which helps preserve Asuka's environment. This project will be a big step to support the future of Asuka village, addressing the depopulation in the village, re-activating the discarded area because of the shortage of farmer successors, and preserving the terraced rice fields and farmlands. We recommend this program to many people, from the one who would like to experience farming to the one who would like to contribute to environmental preservation.

After arriving to Asuka Village you will attend Asuka Village CSR Program. Introduction of the program (concept of the program, schedule) Check your physical condition. Start the preservation program for the terraced rice fields, farmlands, and their surrounding environment.

Learn about various work that gooes on throughout a year, such as raising seedlings, rough plowing, soil puddling, rice planting, water management and mowing, prevention of weeds and bugs, rice reaping, hanging the rice bundles to dry, threshing, and stacking of rice straws or Japanese pampas grass.

Discarded farmlands such as problems like shortage of successors. Utilization of the discarded area such as the ownership system for rice and sake-brewing rice, cultivation of Malabar spinach, and refreshing the farmlands as flower fields.

Lunch with farmers where you can talk about Japanese culture, customs and agriculture.

Damage control for harmful animals and Keep Clean activities to make your own items for environmental preservation.

After the CSR Activity, a private coach will take you back to the hotel in Nara.

DAY 6, May 14, 2021 | Nara - Hiroshima
Nara - Hiroshima

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and check-out.

After breakfast, meet with your guide at the hotel lobby for a departure to Shin-Osaka Station by private coach.

After arriving to Shin-Osaka station, take a bullet train to Hiroshima.

After arriving to Hiroshima station, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, after whhich your private coach will take you to Miyajima-guchi, then on a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island.

A small sacred island located in the Inland Sea, it has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. Here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan - The Floating Torii Gate at Itsukushima Shrine. Designated as one of Japan's '3 Most Beautiful Views', the shrine it belongs to dates back to the 6th century with the present structure dating back to the 12th century. The harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical skill, and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mere 'commoners' were not allowed to set foot on this holy place, and even now it is forbidden to give birth or die on the island! You will have time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples, sample local goodies like maple leaf shaped cakes before heading to your hotel.

End at hotel and check in.

Dinner will be under your own arrangement.

Overnight in Hiroshima.

DAY 7, May 15, 2020 | Hiroshima - Hakone
Hiroshima - Hakone

Enjoy breakfast and check-out of your hotel.

Depart your hotel for a half day Hiroshima city tour by private coach with a guide. At first, you will be met by local volunteers to listen of their stories of survival at the Peace Memorial Museum. Consisting of two buildings, the museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. Its main focus though is on the events of August 6; the dropping of the bomb. Stroll through the park and discover many memorials, monuments and statues, before heading into the Museum itself.

Then you will walk through Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park takes up over 120,000 square meters with trees, lawns, and walking paths. Before the bomb, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city.

Transfer to Hiroshima station. You will enjoy a lunchbox during your train ride.

Upon arriving at Odawara station, a private coach will take you to the hotel.

Tonight, you will be staying in a Japanese style ryokan with delicious meals and access to onsen; baths that use mineral water from the naturally heated springs.

Overnight in Hakone.

DAY 8, May 16, 2020 | Tokyo
Tokyo

Enjoy breakfast and check-out of your hotel.

After breakfast, meet with your guide at the hotel for a departure to Owakudani by private coach.

Throughout the day you will have a chance to get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji, however, please keep in mind that she is a notoriously shy mountain and it needs to be a clear day.

The first thing you will notice when arriving in Owakudani is the smell of sulfur coming from this active volcano. There are walking trails around Owakudani that lead to steam vents and bubbling pools. The eggs they sell in Owakudani are boiled in the volcano’s natural hot springs and are said to prolong life by seven years! *Owakudani is generally accessible by ropeway however, as this area is an active volcanic zone hiking trails may be closed due to volcanic gasses. People with respiratory problems should consult their physician before visiting the area.

You will continue our journey via Rope Way heading towards Togendai.

After arriving in Togendai, you will board a Pirate Boat taking you to Hakonemachi. Both are ports on the shores of Lake Ashi, which is in fact an enormous volcanic crater created by an eruption 3,000 years ago. *In case of bad weather, Pirate Boat departure may be subjected to rescheduling or cancellation.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, a private coach will take you to the hotel and let you check in.

Overnight in Tokyo.

DAY 9, May 17, 2020 | Tokyo
Tokyo

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast, meet with your guide in the hotel lobby for a departure to Meiji shrine by private coach.

Begin your exploration of Tokyo with a visit to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. After visiting the shrine, we will pass by private coach through the adjacent Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands.

From here your guide will take you to the Roppongi ward by private coach where we will visit the Roppongi Hills Observation Deck.

The 238 meter Mori Tower is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. The tower houses the entrance to the excellent Mori Art Museum and the elegant Tokyo City View observation deck. On a clear day, you can see Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and even as far as Mt. Fuji!

Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, you will enjoy your stroll in Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak up the atmosphere of what Tokyo must have been like hundreds of years ago. Visit Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon and Tokyo’s oldest temple. The Broadway leading up to the Temple is called Nakamise and this shopping street has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and souvenirs for centuries.

A private coach will take you back to your hotel.

Overnight in Tokyo.

DAY 10, May 18, 2020 | Tokyo
Tokyo

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

This morning, you will take a sushi making lesson and learn how to prepare maki sushi (rolled sushi), gunkan maki (sushi rice wrapped with a strip of seaweed and topped with soft ingredients), and nigiri sushi (sushi rice topped with a slice of raw fish). You will then get to enjoy your home-made sushi for lunch.

You'll head back to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon free at leisure.

Depart your hotel for the farewell dinner with your guide by private coach.

Overnight in Tokyo.

DAY 11, May 19, 2020 | Tokyo
Tokyo

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and check-out.

Free time until your departure time.

Meet with your guide in the hotel lobby for a transfer to Narita/Haneda by private coach.

Depart Narita/Haneda Airport.

HOTEL INFORMATION

Kyoto Hotel Okura
604-8558 Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto

Telephone
+81 75-211-5111

Website
https://www.hotel.kyoto.e.adw.hp.transer.com/okura/

Kyoto Hotel Okura
HOTEL INFORMATION

Kyoto Hotel Okura
604-8558 Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto

Telephone
+81 75-211-5111

Website
https://www.hotel.kyoto.e.adw.hp.transer.com/okura/

Kyoto Hotel Okura
HOTEL INFORMATION

Kyoto Hotel Okura
604-8558 Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto

Telephone
+81 75-211-5111

Website
https://www.hotel.kyoto.e.adw.hp.transer.com/okura/

Kyoto Hotel Okura
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel Nikko Nara
8-1 Sanjohonmachi Nara

Telephone
+81 742-35-8831

Website
https://www.okura-nikko.com/japan/nara/hotel-nikko-nara/

Hotel Nikko Nara
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel Nikko Nara
8-1 Sanjohonmachi Nara

Telephone
+81 742-35-8831

Website
https://www.okura-nikko.com/japan/nara/hotel-nikko-nara/

Hotel Nikko Nara
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
12-1 Wakakusa-cho, Higashi-ku Hiroshima City

Telephone
+81 82-262-7111

Website
https://www.sheraton-hiroshima.co.jp/en/

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
12-1 Wakakusa-cho, Higashi-ku Hiroshima City

Telephone
+81 82-262-7111

Website
https://www.sheraton-hiroshima.co.jp/en/

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
Shibuya Mark City Building, 1-12-2, Dogenzaka Tokyo

Telephone
+81-3-5457-0109

Website
https://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/global/shibuya-e/#_ga=2.234634520.723767993.1544645399-1481122347.1544645399

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
HOTEL INFORMATION

Kowakien Ten-yu
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone Hakona

Telephone
+81 460-82-5111

Website
https://www.hakone-tenyu.com/en-gb

Kowakien Ten-yu
HOTEL INFORMATION

Kowakien Ten-yu
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone Hakona

Telephone
+81 460-82-5111

Website
https://www.hakone-tenyu.com/en-gb

Kowakien Ten-yu
HOTEL INFORMATION

Kowakien Ten-yu
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone Hakona

Telephone
+81 460-82-5111

Website
https://www.hakone-tenyu.com/en-gb

Kowakien Ten-yu
  • Japanese
  • Japanese Yen
  • Sushi
  • Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara & Hakone
TRIP DETAILS
TRIP LEADER(S)
Matt Goddard

Matt Goddard didn’t get his first passport until his mid-30’s but ever since he’s been doing his best to make up for lost time. Over the past decade Matt has visited more than a dozen countries across four continents, many more than once. He’s also driven on the left side of the road for more than a thousand miles without incident (so far).

The favorite part of international travel for Matt is seeing firsthand the culture and history of other countries. Sometimes he sees history being made such as when he visited Hong Kong during the 2014 democracy protests or just last year when he saw the start of the Yellow Vest protests in France. Depending on the location, learning the local history can be uplifting and inspirational or it can be sad and horrifying. It is that difference that inspires Matt in his work at People to People International to strive for a future that is the former instead of the latter.

Matt joined People to People International as Senior Vice President in September 2018. Prior to that Matt served in Kansas state government, first as Special Assistant to the Governor and then as Chief of Staff at the Department of Commerce.

Matt previously worked at a trade association for financial services firms. He is a graduate of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Matt lives in Topeka with his wife, Jennifer, and their adorable puggle.

AIRFARE
International airfare is not included. Please call (816) 531-4701 for more information about booking your airfare.
INCLUSIONS

The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Full Itinerary
  • Hotel Accomodations
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Bilingual Tour Manager
  • Admission Fees
  • 9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 5 Dinners
  • Gratuities

The following is NOT included with your registration fee:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International Airfare
TERMS & CONDITIONS

People to People International reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a program participant. Should any person’s health, physical infirmity, or general deportment, in the judgment of the delegation leader, impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants, the leader has the right to terminate that person(s) participation, and a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators, is the limit of the sponsor’s responsibility should such person be required to depart the program. In arranging for transportation or conveyance, hotel accommodations, or other services and in carrying out the program, neither the sponsors nor their agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, cost, damage, injury, delay, irregularity, or expense of any kind whatsoever arising from the use of any conveyance, accommodations, or services, or from thefts, pilferage, government restrictions, or regulations and any loss or expense resulting from the above contingencies shall be borne by the participant. Neither the sponsors nor the agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, injury, damage, or expense suffered or incurred by the participant in respect of any acts, or omissions of any third parties, the participant hereby expressly waiving any such responsibility or liability, and services are subject to the laws of the countries visited. People to People International shall not be responsible in any way for loss or damage to baggage or personal effects. INSURANCE FOR LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EFFECTS, ACCIDENTS, AND TRIP CANCELLATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If the program must be canceled prior to travel, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to refund of monies received by People to People International or its agents for delegates currently registered. The sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to withdraw the program (in which case a refund will be made) or to make such alterations in the schedule as they may deem necessary or desirable. No refund shall be made for services not taken in case of sickness, accident, or emergency resulting in omission of service for less than three consecutive days. Refund will be made on the basis of such amount, if any, as is actually recovered on unused accommodation and service, less all expenses and charges incidental to effecting cancellations. Refund for unused transportation tickets will be made in accordance with the respective carrier regulations. If the program must be canceled after travel has begun, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators. All parties must be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enrollment in a program allows People to People International the right to use any photos or videos taken during the program.

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