Fascinating Japan

Explore a culture steeped in constant contrast including ancient temples nestled alongside modern skyscrapers and samurai castles scattered throughout bustling cities.
Location:
Japan
Dates:
16-25 May 2022
Price:
$5500 per person

Fascinating Japan

Japan’s enigmatic, insular nature and fierce commitment to safeguarding its unique cultural traditions has long intrigued those seeking an immersive, authentic travel experience. You will explore a culture steeped in constant contrast including ancient temples nestled alongside modern skyscrapers and samurai castles scattered throughout bustling cities. We will explore Tokyo, visiting everything from the city’s classic heritage sites to its street fashion epicenter. Then, you will soak in a Japanese onsen (hot spring) at the edge of a volcanic lake. Shabbat will be spent in Kyoto, a relaxing coastal city boasting 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to its Shinto shrines, painstakingly manicured gardens, and Buddhist temples. From the vibrant streets to lovingly preserved ancient sites, the complexities and beauty of Japanese culture will take your breath away.

With Kosher Travelers it's not just a vacation - it's a lifelong experience

At Kosher Travelers, we’re passionate about travel. Like you, we believe in opening yourself up to new experiences and breathtaking vistas that will forever expand who you are and how you see the world.

Discover… That’s why we put so much care into giving our customers not just a vacation but a life-changing experience. On a Kosher Travelers tour, you can be confident that every detail will be taken care of, from A to Z. No worries, no stress – just sheer delight and the freedom to fully enjoy every moment.

Enrich... We know what’s important to you. You want not just memorable, but meaningful. A pampering, deluxe, full-sensory experience that also has depth and spirituality. That’s why we bring the Jewish dimension to our tours, wherever in the world they are and provide the highest level of kashrut and all the amenities required for the kosher traveler.

Connect... Most importantly, when you travel with Kosher Tours, you travel with family. We take pride in creating a family dynamic among our group members. Lifelong friendships have been formed on our tours!

Come experience for yourself the magic of a Kosher Travelers Tour!

Discover. Enrich. Connect. And give yourself the gift of a lifetime.

Day
Date
Location
Departure / Arrival Time 
Monday
May 16
Arrival in Tokyo Narita/Haneda
Tuesday
May 17
Classic Tokyo
Wednesday
May 18
Tokyo – Hakone
Thursday
May 19
Hakone-Matsumoto Takayama
Friday
May 20
Takayama-Shirakawago-Kyoto
Saturday
May 21
Kyoto During Shabbat
Sunday
May 22
Classic Kyoto
Monday
May 23
Kyoto-Miyajima-Hiroshima-Kyoto
Tuesday
May 24
Kyoto – Trendy Tokyo
Wednesday
May 25
Depature Tokyo-Narita/Haneda Airport
Itinerary

Day 1, Monday: arrival in Tokyo Narita/Haneda airport

  • Welcome! Check-in and enjoy the hotel facilities.
  • Gourmet dinner.

Day 2, Tuesday: Classic Tokyo

  • Explore Tsukiji Outer Market, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, browse Nakamise Shopping Street, tour Edo Tokyo Museum, relax in Ueno Park, and take in the electronics retail hub Akihabara.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3, Wednesday: Hakone

  • Enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of this mountainous town known for its hot springs (onsen), resorts, and views of the iconic volcano Mount Fuji.
  • Visit Chokoku-no-mori, Hakone’s open-air museum.
  • Tour Owakudani Valley or Komagatake Ropeway.
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi.

Day 4, Thursday: Matsumoto - Takayama

  • Relax during the 3-hour drive to Matsumoto.
  • Tour the black “Crow Castle,” one of the very few original castles that have remained complete from the feudal era.
  • Visit Nakamachi – an atmospheric and well-preserved district with a small market, interesting galleries, and other hidden treasures.
  • After a 2-hour drive, absorb the sights of Takayama, a small town that has kept the charms of the olden-days in areas preserved since the feudal period.
  • Tour the picturesque Kami Sannomachi Street, the center of the old town of Takayama (as time permits).
  • Enjoy a Kosher vegan dinner.

Day 5, Friday: Shirakawago-Kyoto

  • Visit Shirakawago, a picturesque village located in a secluded area deep in the Southern Japanese Alps. Its unique houses and small rice fields connected by a network of watercourses make it a delight for photographers.
  • Relax during the 3.5-hour drive to Kyoto, Japan’s old imperial capital and home to seventeen World Heritage Sites.
  • Shabbat Friday night dinner at Chabad Kyoto.

Day 6, Shabbat: Kyoto 

  • Enjoy Shabbat prayers and meals at Chabad Kyoto.
  • Take a walking tour along the celebrated Philosopher’s Path, which is lined with temples, small stores, and scenic surroundings.

Day 7, Sunday: Classic Kyoto

  • Learn the fundamentals of aesthetics, Zen, architecture, and horticulture through visits to famous places such as the distinguished stone garden at Ryoanji Temple, the spectacular Golden Pavilion, the Shogun Castle (Nijo Castle), and a downtown market.
  • Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, as well as taking a stroll along the picturesque streets of Gion, where you just might catch a glimpse of a geisha on her way to work.

Day 8, Monday:  Miyajima-Hiroshima

  • Visit Miyajima, an island near Hiroshima, known for its large red shrine gate – the Grand Torii Gate – which looks as if it is afloat at high tide. Explore Miyajima on a walking tour.
  • Tour the Peace Museum and Park.

Day 9, Tuesday: Trendy Tokyo

  • Experience Japan’s unique pop culture, fashion, and subcultures in the heart of Tokyo.
  • Explore Harajuku, Omotesando Street, and Shibuya- where the latest trends meet Japanese tradition.

Day 10, Wednesday: Tokyo-Narita/Haneda Airport

  • Narita/Haneda Airport for your departing flight home.
What's included?
  • A 9-night tour of Japan.
  • Three delicious kosher meals per day, including packed lunches for day tours.
  • A complete touring itinerary with a local English-speaking guide.
  • Travel in a luxury, air-conditioned coach bus.
  • Kosher Traveler’s exclusive program and a complete Shabbat program (see itinerary below for details).
  • All entrance fees for sites on the tour itinerary.
  • 4 and 5-star rated accommodations.

What's not included?

  • International flights - please be in contact with Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours regarding special pricing for international flights to get to the tour's meeting point. Ronnie can be reached at +972-50-531-4500 or roni@ambassadortours.co.il.
  • Travel insurance - comprehensive travel & health insurance is compulsory.
  • Tips for local guides and service providers, $10 per person/per day (except for locales where tipping is culturally offensive).
  • Entry visa if required. 

 

Kashrut information

Kosher Travelers is committed to providing all meals of the highest quality and under strict kosher supervision. We choose the hotels based on the hotel's willingness and ability to accommodate our kashrut needs and/or the proximity to kosher restaurants if available. In countries where such supervision is not available, we have a cook/mashgiach travel with us to supervise kashrut and prepare our meals.


Flight information & insurance
  • Kosher Travelers recommends Egert & Cohen Insurance for your Travel, Health, Luggage & COVID-19 insurance needs. You may contact Tali +972-2-622-7999 ext. 125 or 052-769-9406 or tali@egertcohen.co.il. You may also sign up for insurance online at https://www.egertcohen.co.il/travel/signup-kosher-travel.asp.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation and medical emergencies is mandatory at the time of reservation.
  • The arrangements and cost of International flights to get to the tour are not included with your reservation. Please be in contact with Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours regarding special pricing for international flights to get to the tour's meeting point. Ronnie can be reached at +972-50-531-4500 or roni@ambassadortours.co.il.
  • If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund.

What kind of crowd should I expect?

The common denominator of our clients is Shomer Shabbat and kashrut. There are no religious level criteria to join our tours, cruises or hotel programs and we won't ask you any questions about your religious observance. We attract a diverse group of Jewish, English-speaking guests from across the globe, and encourage an accepting atmosphere among our group members.

Experience The Best of Japan

Experience the Future & the Past

Only in Japan, you’ll find ancient customs and craftsmanship woven together with cutting-edge modern technology.

A Complete Sensory Experience

Be blown away by the breathtaking vistas, natural wonders, and sci-fi movie-worthy cityscapes.

An Authentic Cultural Experience

Enjoy the full Japanese cultural experience, with all your Kosher needs taken care of!

Pricing

Accommodations

All tours include comfortable, 5-star rated accommodations.
Pricing
$5500 per person based on Twin-share/double occupancy. Single Supplement: $750.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

There is a $500 per person deposit required to confirm your reservation. If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund. Please see our full terms & conditions page for more details.

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