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Japan: Path Of Enlightenment
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Japan: Path of Enlightenment

10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey

Tokyo, Ise Shima, Koya-San, Kyoto & Osaka

Experience firsthand the influence that Zen Buddhism has had on the culture of Japan. Explore Tokyo's shrines and temples, then venture to the ruggedly beautiful Shima Peninsula. Stay overnight at a Buddhist lodge when you head up to Mount Koya. In Kyoto, savor a tea ceremony with a tea master, learn the basics of Zen meditation, and take a stroll on the Philosopher's Path before traveling to Osaka to explore its renowned culinary scene.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Tokyo

    Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your hotel.

    Elite: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
    Preferred: Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Tokyo

    Begin your exploration of Tokyo by visiting the grand Meiji Shrine. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest temple, and wander down Nakamise where for generations this street has been providing temple visitors with snacks and souvenirs. In the afternoon, visit the Edo Period Hamarikyu Gardens.

    Elite: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
    Preferred: Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
    (B)
  • Day 3
    To Ise Shima

    After breakfast this morning, you will be met and be escorted to the train station in time to board the JR bullet train to Nagoya. Upon arrival, meet your guide who will escort you to your hotel.

    Elite: Amanemu
    Preferred: Shima Kanko hotel - 2 Nights
    (B)
  • Day 4
    Ise Shima

    Spend the day immersed in the beautiful landscapes of the Ise Peninsula. Marvel at the Wedded Rocks, two sea stacks joined by a rope woven of rice straw, and explore the sacred Shinto site of Ise Grand Shrine. Visit the Pearl Museum on Mikimoto Island, headquarters of the Mikimoto cultured pearl company.

    Elite: Amanemu
    Preferred: Shima Kanko hotel
    (B)
  • Day 5
    To Koya-san

    After breakfast, travel to holy Mount Koya (Koyasan) by road. Mount Koya is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect introduced to Japan in the year 805. Tonight, you will be staying at a shukubo (Japanese temple lodging) where your hosts will serve dinner consisting of traditional vegetarian Buddhist cuisine.

    Buddhist Lodge - 1 Night (B, D)
  • Day 6
    To Kyoto

    This morning enjoy walking throughout the mountain temples and later meet with your driver who will accompany you to Nara to explore what was Japan's capital back in the 8th century, continuing on to Kyoto and your hotel.

    Elite: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
    Preferred: Hyatt Regency, Kyoto - 3 Nights
    (B)
  • Day 7
    Kyoto

    Enjoy a full day of enlightenment, including a tea ceremony with an expert tea master. Visit a Zen temple to learn the basics of zazen, the same sitting meditation that led the Buddha to enlightenment. Continue through the sprawling Maruyama Park to the 13th-century Chion-in Temple. Situated close by is the Yasaka Shrine, which has long been associated with the geisha community.

    Elite: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
    Preferred: Hyatt Regency, Kyoto
    (B)
  • Day 8
    Kyoto

    This morning, embark upon the mile-long Philosopher's Path, which follows a canal lined with hundreds of cherry trees that philosophers and priests have strolled throughout the ages. Continue to the Nanzenji Temple and end your morning at the Museum of Traditional Crafts.

    Elite: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
    Preferred: Hyatt Regency, Kyoto
    (B)
  • Day 9
    To Osaka

    Rise early for the unforgettable experience of witnessing the monks chanting their morning prayers. Depart for Osaka, the country's culinary capital whose motto is Kuidaore, which translates to "eat until you drop." Explore the foodie scene as you sample local delicacies while wandering around the Dotonbori district.

    Elite: The St. Regis Osaka
    Preferred: InterContinental Osaka - 1 Night
    (B)
  • Day 10
    Depart Osaka

    Today, you will be escorted to the airport in Osaka for your onward flight.

    (B)
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