April 13 - April 25, 2023 |



A special Spring journey to Japan, discover the fascinating worlds of this island nation — ancient and contemporary, urban and rural, sacred and cutting-edge. Begin in the Imperial capital of Kyoto, now a bustling modern city dotted with lovely ancient temples and gardens behind walls and filled with some of the country’s top artisans, then depart the city bustle for a memorable visit to the remote mountains and valleys of Shikoku Island, staying at a lovely traditional inn (ryokan) with indoor and outdoor hot spring baths (onsen). Continue to the contemporary artist retreat of Naoshima Island, and conclude with a bullet train journey to Tokyo to discover the highlights of Japan’s capital city. Throughout, savor the flavors of Japan, from simple vegetarian fare, traditionally served in Buddhist temples, to the exquisite kaiseki multi-course meals served at our ryokan.

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