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.
Day 1, Monday: Arrival in Tokyo Narita/Haneda airport. Airport Transfers
Day 2, Tuesday: Modern Tokyo
Welcome to Tokyo – capital of Japan and the heart of the most populated metropolis in the world. We will visit the traditional neighborhood of Asakusa, the oldest and most important Buddhist temple in Tokyo – Senso-ji and the colorful pilgrimage alley that leads to it.
Next is Ginza. The famous prestigious quarter where different Japanese and world top brands has their stores in glimmering specially and differently designed buildings. The Mitsukoshi Ginza department store has a unique food courts with fruits and other luxuries at imaginary prices…. We will visit the teamLab Digital museum where thousands of projectors and sophisticated programing creates a digital art experience that cannot be described in words. On a manmade island in the bay of Tokyo, past the rainbow bridge, the futuristic Odaiba area is one of the best places to see some of the most beautiful urban views of the world.
Day 3, Wednesday: Classic Tokyo
This morning we will witness the 'sacred' ceremony of opening of a big department store/ This anthropological experience will teach us a lot about the importance of the customer in the Japanese service culture. We will tour the Shinjuku are, which is the greatest commercial and recreation area in Tokyo. It is also the location of the most busy train station in the world – around 3 million passengers a day!
Meiji shrine is a great Shinto shrine, dedicated to emperor Meiji, which in his time Japan made an unprecedented modernization turn. The shrine located in beautiful forest in the heart of the city. Not far is the Harajuku neighborhood, the center of Japanese young culture and fashion. In the Takeshita street one can find all kinds of interesting fashion' accessories and other creative equipment. Parallel is the Omote sando where great houses of fashion and style are located along the wide boulevard in architectonic jams. We will walk the streets of Shibuya . Another great center of young Japanese culture, restaurants and night life. We will also cross the most famous intersection in the world and visit the Hachiko statue.
Day 4, Thursday: Hakone & Fuji
This morning we will leave Tokyo and head to the mountainous Hakone are, known for quality hot springs, beautiful views and art. We will visit a beautiful park where an imperial villa is standing and a great views of mount Fuji can be seen if the weather permits. Next is the Hakone Open Air Museum where hundreds of sculptures made by the greatest Japanese and world artists are displayed on a mountain slope, immersed into the nature and carefully designed botanical elements. We will drive towards Fuji mountain and the 5 lakes surrounding it. We will visit the Museum that shows the works of the artist Kubota who dedicated his life to recreating an old silk dying tradition. The result are magnificent kimonos that are really breath taking. Downhill is lake Kawaguchi where we will have a nice stroll on its bank. In the right conditions, we will see the great beautiful mount Fuji will towers above us. Tonight we will sleep in a ryokan – a traditional Japanese hotel with hot springs and deep taste of Japanese culture.
Day 5, Friday: Matsumoto - Takayama
Today we will continue our journey north, and reach the Japanese alps. In the nice city of Takamatsu we will visit the samurai castle, One of the oldest in Japan that remain in the original. The black castle is known as the 'raven castle' and a lot of stories are told about it. Then we will have a special tour at a small traditional miso brewery. The Ishii family runs it for many generations, and we will hear explanations about this important ingredient in the Japanese kitchen from the current owner. Our next destination is the traditional town of Takayama. The place is known for generations for its quality wood products and wood artists. We will visit the local museum that shows the elaborately decorated festival floats, made hundreds of years ago by local artisans. The floats are in use twice a year when the great festivals are being held. Here we will stay during Shabat, attending Beit Chabad. Visit the Matsumoto Castle
Day 6, Relaxing Shabbat with Beit Chabad: Takayama
Today we will have a nice walks around the center of the old town, where traditional wooden houses and stores are. We will also walk the nice passes in the eastern outskirts of town.
Day 7, Sunday: Takayama & Kyoto
In the morning we will enjoy the local morning market along the river, where farmers from the surrounding area are selling their fresh products. Then we will head south and stop at Gujo Hachiman. A beautiful town nestled in a river valley. We will walk the atmospheric alleys next to the many water ways in town. The place is a center for manufacturing food replicas that are on display in every restaurant in Japan, we will see and admire these amazing copies. Here we will also watch a show of the local folklore dances, famous throughout the country, that are danced in the summer festival. Our next destination is Mount Gozaisho, where monkeys are playing on its slopes. We will be ascending in a ropeway to enjoy the summit air, unusual work formations and breath taking views. This evening we will reach Kyoto The beautiful city that was the imperial capital for more than 1,000 years.
Day 8, Monday: Kyoto Japan’s old imperial capital and home to seventeen World Heritage Sites
We will start in the western suburbs, a place known for its natural beauty since Heian period (8-12 century) and visit the famous Arashiyama bamboo grove. Back in the city is the Golden pavilion – the icon of Kyoto from the 14th century. Once a Shogun retirement villa, and now a Zen temple coated with gold leafs and surrounded by beautiful garden. No place like the market. Started some 600 years ago as a fish market, Nishiki today called 'the kitchen of Kyoto' and has not only local food but many many other products and attractions. Nijo palace was the place where the Shogun stayed in his visits to the city, and the center of his authority in the imperial capital. We will tour this magnificent building, characterized with Japanese minimalist elegant grandeur.
Day 9, Tuesday: Kyoto & Trendy Tokyo
The famous Inari shrine with its hundreds of orange colored tori-i gates running all the way up the hill is another icon. It is dedicated to the god of rice that attracts also businessmen wishing success and prosperity. Not far located the longest wooden building in Japan, some 120 meters long, standing for 800 years. Special architecture with anti- earthquake ingenuity enabled it to survive intact. We will continue to the east mountain district with its small traditional alleys and old local institutes. Here we will also experience the traditional tea ceremony, and learn about its importance in the Japanese culture and its connection to Zen. Not far is the Gion area, a place where geishas are still working today as a living traditional art preservers. We will stroll among the old tea houses and learn about geishas and their culture. With a sharp change – the Kyoto station complex is a unique architectonic creation by the famous architect Hara Hiroshi. We will tour the great station and find out the many attractions it offers. Here we will bored the Shinkansen – The super express 'bullet train' that 'flies' to Tokyo at speeds that exceed 300 k/hr. Last night in Tokyo.
Day 10, Wednesday: Tokyo-Narita/Haneda Airport
Today we will fly back home, waiting for the chance to visit Japan once again. Goodbye!
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