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2021 Tours Coming Up 
2022 Tours Coming Up 
JAPAN 
Eternal Land of the Rising Sun - Pre-reservation 2022

May 2022 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
Tour starts in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo

We are currently in the process of planning this tour. Once we have all the activities, dates, hotels and other details confirmed, and the pricing finalized, we will post a complete itinerary, including the price. If you would like to be notified of this tour's availability when the planning process is completed, please complete the pre-reservation form.

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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.


HIGHLIGHTS: The Old Kyoto ● The Daitokuji Zen Monastery ● Indigo Dye Shops in the Nishijin Textile District ● Kyoto-style Merchant Houses ● Nanzen-ji Temple Complex ● Hogo-In Garden and Villa in the Tenryuji Zen Monastery ● Kyoto's Bamboo Forest ● The Moss Temple Garden ● Matsumoto castle in the Japanese Alps ● Matsumoto Natural Hot Springs ● Tokyo National Museum ● Tokyo's Contemporary Architecture and Trendy Street Life in Omotesando ● The Way of Tea Ceremony ● Meeting with the Calligraphy Master ● Ikebana Art Presentation ● Kimono Demonstration ● The Fire Ceremony and 40 Chanting Monks at a Buddhist Service ● Shabu-shabu Dinner ● Experiencing a Japanese Noodle Shop ● Staying at a Traditional Luxury Ryokan ● Enjoying the Japanese Hot Springs ● Full Japanese Kaiseki, a Ceremonial Multi-course Meal ● A Stroll through Ginza ● Nuno Gallery Presentation by Reiko Sudo ● The Legendary Honmura-an ● A Blessing Ceremony of Ancient, Sacred Music and Dance ● Meeting a Nihonga Artist

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Testimonials  

Each city had its special moments. I enjoyed meeting the young Meiko, as well as the inn in Matsumoto. Also, this was not a typical “tourist” experience. I very much enjoyed meeting the various artisans in their homes, as well as being able to attend a Buddhist tea ceremony and Shinto ceremony. Becky and the local guides were excellent, they made sure that everything ran smoothly and that everyone had something to do during the free time.
Diane from New Jersey 

I absolutely love the tours that S&S set up. Sights and Soul Travels is the best of all women travel groups. Japan was a wonderful part of the world to travel to. I loved the cherry blossoms, the bamboo forest, and the ryokan in Matsumoto.
Terri from Colorado

A once in a lifetime experience. Money well spent. Had access to artists and events in Kyoto and Tokyo usually not available to other tours. Great group of women to travel with.
Melissa from Georgia

The Japan tour was everything I had hoped for and more. We had experiences vs. just “seeing the sights”. I also enjoyed meeting the other women. Please keep this approach to your tours!
Marilee from Georgia

What the Media Says About Us 

Japan: For 2015, It's a Bucket List Destination
For Many Women, Japan Is Atop 2015'S Bucket List

In 2014, Japan’s Tourism officials were pleased to report a big surge in visitors from the US traveling to their country. While among the most insular of modern countries, especially when it comes to foreign languages, Japan remains an exotic bucket list destination to many Americans. In 2014, more than 881,000 U.S. citizens visited Japan, and overall the country had 13 million overseas visitors in 2014, a record number. Why is Japan such an up and coming destination? We asked several women who visited Japan with Sights and Soul Travels about what they were hoping to experience on the trip and what it was like going there with Sights and Soul Travels. more

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