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From Japan’s Inland Sea to the Alps
The Remarkable Diversity of Japan
An island nation that offers unique landscapes,
traditions, food and lifestyle. 

Urban + Natural + Traditional + Ancient

Tokyo pulses with urban energy and style while 62 miles away Mt. Fuji rises with a snow-capped grace.  Only 2 hours by bullet train to the west is the former capital and home to the geisha, Kyoto, while Nara, the ancient capital, is a short hop away.

Tokyo

Tokyo

Vibrant Tokyo
One of the greatest metropolises, Tokyo delights in its energy, style, food and diversity.  We sample all of these aspects as we tour the city, visit the Tsukiji outer fish market in the early morning and then learn from a master chef how to prepare fine sushi. The colorful stalls of the Nakamise Arcade present yet another of the city’s many dimensions.

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji
Rising from the peaceful forests of Hakone National Park, Mt. Fuji is the symbol of Japan the world-over.  We motor halfway up to the 5th Station and then cruise across lovely Lake Ashi at Fuji’s base.  

The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple

The Delights of Kyoto
Alexander + Roberts guided tour of Japan begins in this storied city of temples, a shogun's palace and byways. The Golden Temple is glorious in the sunlight and the narrow, cobbled streets of Gion are still tread by Geisha as they’ve been for centuries.  We join them for lunch.

Todaiji Temple, Nara

Todaiji Temple, Nara

Nara, Japan’s First Capital Just 24 miles from Kyoto is the small city where Buddhism was introduced 1,500 years ago. The largest wooden building in the world, Todaiji Temple, commemorates this event with a giant Buddha, the whole complex set in a park of domesticated deer. Nearby, we’ll stroll the lantern-lined paths of Kasuga Shrine.

Miyajima Torii Gate

Miyajima Torii Gate

Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima

The Inland Sea + Hiroshima
We cross the tranquil Inland Sea to Miyajima Island and it’s iconic off-shore Torii Gate, the World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine. In the nearby city of Hiroshima, we visit the Memorial Museum commemorating the city destroyed by the first atomic bomb in history, set in the moving Peace Memorial Park.

    Gardens + Mountains + Festivals

    One of Japan’s Top 3 gardens, Kenrokuen demonstrates the six elements of traditional landscape design, beautiful in all seasons. Moving onward to Takayama, a lovely town in stunning Alpine Japan, we offer both spring and fall festival departures featuring ancient wheeled floats in colorful settings.

    Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa

    Takayama Spring Festival

    Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa

    Takayama Spring Festival

    Two Wonderful Ways to
    Experience Japan

    11 Days: From Japan’s Inland Sea to
    the Alps

    (Guided ‘Never More than 16 Guests’)

    7 Days: Simply Affordable Japan
    (Travel Privately Any Day)

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    travel to Japan with Alexander+Roberts,
    call 800.221.2216 and visit AlexanderRoberts.com