b'JapanJourney Through Ancient & Modern JapanJapan is unique and intriguingly different from every other country and remarkably different from the West. How have the practicalities of daily life, geography and historical events shaped traditions, core belief systems and Japanese society?Meet fascinating locals excited to share their daily life and cultural heritage on an active journey that explores Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka and Ise-Shima. Learn how the unique Japanese perspective developed and experience their welcoming spirit. Travel between ancient traditions and cutting-edge modern innovations that punctuate Japan today.ITINERARY13 nights| Arrivals in Tokyo, 3 nights; Hakone, 2 nights; Ise-Shima, 2 nights; coach via Nara to Kyoto, 3 nights; Bullet train to Hiroshima 2 nights; Bullet train and private coach via Himeji to Osaka 1 night; departures.HIGHLIGHTSExpert English-Speaking Guide throughout the journeyIn Tokyo, a lecture on understanding the spiritual and philosophicalpillars of Japanese culture and society set the stage for your journey. Travel by bullet train and learn how to navigate public transportationlike a localTake in the exhilarating scenery of Mt Fuji and enjoy the hot springs in HakoneImmerse yourself in traditional Japanese life in Ise-Shima; learn howShinto influences Japanese daily life; share afternoon tea with Ama ladies who free-diveand hear their personal stories practicing thisfascinating, centuries old skillIn Kyoto, walk through the manicured Zen Garden of Ginkakuji Temple; visit the Golden Kinkakuji Temple; walk through the rustling Bamboo Grove at Arashiyama. Enjoy a tea ceremony, a traditional kaiseki mealwith entertainment by a Maiko. At Hiroshimas Peace Memorial Museum listen to a presentation bya survivor of the atomic bombExplore the small island of Miyajima with its iconic shrine risingfrom the seaClimb the heights of Himeji Castle and stroll its gardens Prices Starting FromExperience Osakas amazing street food culture $9,899 per personGroup Size: Maximum 20 travelers Season: February-May; October-DecemberAccommodations: Four-Star hotels History ArtisanGardensCulture Traditions Architecture Philosophy 12 Conservancy Travel|conservancytravel.org'