8 Day Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites

01/20/2021 through 12/21/2022
09/16/2016 through 12/31/2022
Kensington Tours

8 Day Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites

Modern Japan is a blur of flashing neon, bustling crowds, and cutting-edge tech. But beneath that ultramodern exterior lies a culture deeply rooted in ancient traditions and spiritual connection. This enlightening journey into Japan’s sacred places is the perfect balm to the hustle and bustle of the always-on Information Age.

After touching down in Tokyo and settling into your hotel, get a glimpse of what the Japanese capital was like before World War II on a privately guided half-day walking tour of the temples, cemeteries, and markets of Ueno Park and the historical Yanaka district. Next, head south to Kamakura, a one-time imperial capital, to explore the 8th-century Hase-dera Buddhist temple complex, the beautiful Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu shrine, and meet the village’s most famous (and largest) resident: the 43-foot-tall bronze Daibutsu.

From Tokyo, the scene shifts to westward to Kyoto, the ancient heart of Japanese culture. Here, you’ll take a private half-day tour of the city’s fascinating Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, including the resplendent Kinkaku-ji (“Golden Pavilion”) and historic wooden Nijo Castle before visiting the 400-year-old Nishiki fish market. Later, spend a full day centering yourself amid Kyoto’s serene surroundings, beginning with a morning Zen Buddhist meditation before visiting the 17th-century Chion-in temple (one of Japan’s most important Buddhist sites) and the ancient Yasaka Shrine before joining a special tea ceremony. Last stop: sacred Mount Koya and a mountaintop Buddhist monastery where you’ll spend the day learning about local culture before bedding down for the night in a temple and waking at dawn to catch the monks’ morning prayers. Leave the world that is behind and reconnect with the world that was.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

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Day 1 Welcome To Tokyo
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Day 2 Tokyo
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Day 3 Tokyo
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Day 4 Tokyo To Kyoto
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Day 5 Kyoto
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Day 6 Japan To Kyoto To Osaka To Mount Koya
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Day 7 Mount Koya To Osaka
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Day 8 Osaka
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