Japan, the "Land of the Rising Sun", is the place of the ancient gods and sublime art, but it is also on the cutting edge of dizzying modernity, so if there is one place on the planet where the past meets the future, it is Japan. Japanese culture stretches back for millennia and is steeped in history, yet it adopted the latest modern trends while applying the extraordinary aesthetic principles. The country is a study in contrasts and contradictions: tradition and novelty, the ancient and the modern, the very simple and the highly sophisticated.
During the Sights and Soul Travels' Eternal Land of the Rising Sun tour, we'll experience the most fascinating aspects of the Japanese culture: from a traditional tea ceremony, learning about the flower arrangement art of Ikebana and the art of wearing a kimono to trying our hand at calligraphy, strolling through Zen gardens and staying at a ryokan with its celebrated hot springs. We'll start the tour with an immersion in the old Japanese traditions while staying close to the geisha district of charming Kyoto. While in Matsumoto in the Japanese Alps, we'll have a chance to relax at a traditional ryokan and enjoy its hot springs. Then, we'll experience the highlights of cosmopolitan and dynamic Tokyo, including the Shinto Meiji Shrine, the historic Imperial Palace district, and Tokyo's oldest temple, the Buddhist Asakusa Kannon. We'll travel on a bullet train, soak in the hot springs and dine on one of the world's most unique and exciting cuisines, while enjoying the polite hospitality of the Japanese people.