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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Tom Stanley
As director and academic advisor of Walk Japan, Tom Stanley leads educational small-group walking adventures in rural Japan. Tom first moved to Japan in 1959 when his father, an American diplomat, was posted there, and he attended high school in Kobe. He earned a Ph.D. in Oriental Studies from the University of Arizona. In 1986, Tom joined the University of Hong Kong, where he served as head of department and associate dean until retiring in 2008.
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