Japan Country Inns is the quintessential trip to Japan offering the best of what this amazing country has to offer. We will explore the modern thumping capital that is Tokyo through its museums and markets. In the mountains we will soak in the mineral rich waters and revel in the presence of the alps. In Kyoto we will look to the past, wandering down crooked little streets to knife stores, stumbling on exquisitely prepared cups of tea, and appreciate the craft of gardens and temples.

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Price: $5200

Trip Costs  Include:

Daily breakfast and additional meals as indicated

All accommodation, based on sharing a room

In-country transportation including buses, taxis, trains, and planes

Round-trip airport transfers

Admissions

Curated commentary and guiding by a Satori Travel leader

Single supplement information is available upon request.   Singles are limited.

Somewhere in between the ultramodern high speed trains and the ancient sound of temple bells lies daily life in Japan. Like a haiku it is succinct, beautiful, and incredibly attuned to seasons. It is a place that knows the reach of it’s own topography both geographically and culturally. It exquisitely offers up it’s food, culture, and landscape in exactly right the doses of accesibility and mystery. Tokyo offers it’s vast pulsing energy to project millions of people through their lives in it’s high reaching skyscrapers and it’s deep subway tunnels. The mountains rumble with their volcanic power and awe inspiring ruggedness. Kyoto’s expectation of beauty and knowledge lies in it’s soul and dares it’s visitors to challenge it. To travel in Japan is to glimpse, taste, and explore It is a place that demands a relationship in understanding a place and people steeped in tradition.


September 24th-October 5th, 2016 

Day 1

 Depart USA for Tokyo

Day 2 

Arrive in Japan

Transfer to Park Hotel Tokyo

Day 3 

Tokyo

We spend the morning wandering through the biggest fish market in the world. Tsukiji is best experienced early in the morning when chefs and fish buyers are looking for their catch of the day, and whole tunas are auctioned to become the finest sushi. Stalls each specialize: Some are filled with shimmering abalone, others with prickly uni, and in the next one down the fishmonger might be cutting up a tuna with a razor sharp knife the length of a sword. In the evening we open our trip with a dinner together at a popular local restaurant.

Park Hotel

Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 

Tokyo

We continue our tastes of the metropolis.  First, we drop into the pulse of the city through the rich and varied cultural landscape of museums in Ueno Park.  Then, we experience the city from above, on the 53rd floor of the incredible Mori Tower and Art Museum .

Park Hotel

Breakfast

Day 5 

Mountain Onsen

We travel north across central Honshu and into the Japanese Alps near Kamikochi. We stay with the Kobayashi Family along the Azusa river. ‘Onsens’ are hot springs resorts popular with the Japanese. Enjoy a mineral-rich bath in one of the four baths that this mountain gem has to offer.

Nakanoyu Onsen

Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 

Kamikochi

We stay at our mountain onsen for another night and spend the day exploring near the headquarters of the Chubu Sangaku National Park. Nestled in the valley between the dramatic alps you will have time to take a stroll along the Azusa River and visit Myojin Pond.

Nakanoyu Onsen

Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 

Takayama

We travel across the mountains to the town of Takayama. Spared from the bombing in World War II, it maintains an authentic atmosphere. Famous for its long lineage of woodworkers and craftsman, Takayama is an excellent place to find Japanese crafts. We stay at a classic ryoakan complete with traditional Japanese dining and bath.

Day 8 

Takayama

Take in the morning farmer’s market, enjoy a walk through the temples on the edge of town. We get a sense of old Japan by visiting an open air museum based on traditional Japanese farm life with carefully preserved buildings of a traditional village. We finish up the day with a visit to the Takayama’s Craft Experience Center where local craftspeople give workshops.

Day 9 

Kyoto

We travel from rural Takayama to the capital of Japan’s culture and history, Kyoto. Begin to explore the unique wonder that is Kyoto, complete with beautiful contemporary design and shopping nestled in with age-old temples and tea shops.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto 

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 

Kyoto

Kyoto is like an incredible tapestry that as you get closer, you keep noticing more and more intricacies, and yet when you step back, the whole picture is beautiful too. We begin our time together in Kyoto with a walk that highlights a few of the essential elements of Kyoto: temples, teahouses, and villas. We spend the morning meandering down the crooked streets into grand halls and beautiful little courtyards.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Breakfast

Day 11

Kyoto

Our last full day in Kyoto we explore some hidden gems off of the beaten path by steeping ourselves in the gardens and temples of Eastern Kyoto. We make our way to Shisendo, home temple, and garden of poet-preist Jozan Ishikawa and wander through the neighborhood which has been home to samurai families, artists, poets, and  intellectuals for hundreds of years. The afternoon leaves time for individual treasure-hunting. We meet up at night for our final dinner to mark the end of our voyage together.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto 

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

Departure from Osaka 

Price: $5250