Tour of Japan blends old and the new, history and culture; Anne Harnagel; LA Times

Japan – Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

Bullet trains and traditional inns, sushi and sake, temples and tea highlight a week-long tour in Japan.

History and culture are the focus of a new seven-day tour in Japan offered by Classic Journeys. The excursion begins in Tokyo with a guided walk to the old district of Asakusa, followed by a sushi-making class and a trip to a karaoke bar.

In Hakone, known for its hot springs and views of Mt. Fuji, participants will spend two nights in a traditional ryokan, or inn. A bullet train will speed them to Kyoto, home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Activities here include visits to the Arashiyama bamboo forest, the Golden Pavilion and Nijo Castle; participation in a tea ceremony; and a tour and tasting at a sake brewery.



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