Japan: An Exploration of History, Culture and Society
Fulfill the dream of a lifetime as you immerse yourself in the traditions, history and stunning landscapes of one of the world’s most ancient and beautiful cultures — Japan.
Program No. 19724RJ
17 days
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At a Glance

From the frantic pace of the world’s largest metropolis to the elaborate rituals of the Way of Tea, from samurai castles to serene Buddhist temples, delve into the history and modern identity of Japan. Discover Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the hidden jewels of rural Japan.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Walking up to five miles and standing for up to three hours daily. Uneven, hilly terrain, many stairs. Must handle own luggage on and off transport. Elevations up to 4,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey through Japan’s cities, mountains and rural areas via Shinkansen Bullet train, bus, street tram, ferry and on foot.
  • Learn about the Nakasendo Way, a centuries-old route between Tokyo and Kyoto, and stay at one of its historic port towns.
  • Experience the art of Japanese cuisine from fresh sushi to regional specialties and learn the symbolic ritual of the tea ceremony with a Tea Master.
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John McBride
Putting one foot in front of the other has been both a career and a way of life for John McBride. A native of Perth, Australia, John developed a passion for exploring the ancient highway systems and pilgrimages throughout Japan during his studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in the late 1970s. After completing graduate studies at the Australian National University and Melbourne University, John began his career at the Australia-Japan Research Centre in Canberra. He then pursued work in the airline industry, establishing a new route into Japan for an Australian airline. John later became the chief executive at a Japan subsidy of The News Corporation Ltd., helping to establish Sky PerfecTV!. In 2003, John returned to live in Sydney, and now leads walks in the winter months across Australian deserts. He was recently awarded an Order of Australia for his support of Australia-Japan cultural and business links. John is also a licensed tea master of the Omotesenke School.
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