23090
Japan

Northern Japan: Ancient History and Scenic Beauty

Experience a uniquely beautiful side of Japan as you venture back to its roots through ancient temples, elaborate shrines, and colorful gardens on expert-led excursions.
Rating (4.9)
Program No. 23090RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
6,499
Flights start at
850

At a Glance

Tucked in the shadows of silver skyscrapers and swept aside by bustling city dwellers live the ancient traditions that are sometimes forgotten amidst Japan’s modern lifestyle. Take a step back and enjoy Northern Japan’s famously colorful landscapes as you explore winding stone pathways that lead to a rich history of indigenous people who settled here centuries ago. Learn from local historians as you travel through wildflower gardens leading to intricate shrines and discover temples once belonging to monks in ascetic retreat. Time stands still as you experience a side of Japan few have seen and learn about the ancient history and untouched beauty that blends into the modern country we know today.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to 5 miles daily.
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 ...

  • Explore the intricate shrine complex in Nikko and learn the history behind them with local experts.
  • Follow the route of the famous Edo-period poet, Matsuo Basho on a boat ride to Matsushima, one of the most beautiful places in Japan.
  • Discover one of the most elaborately decorated Buddhist structures in the country, the Chuson-ji temple.
Featured Expert
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Kathleen Aoki
Kathleen Aoki majored in Latin American Studies, but an opportunity to teach English in Japan led her to discover her second home — Nagasaki. A twenty-five career at a major Japanese electronics manufacturer in Tokyo followed, where Kathleen learned the business culture of corporate Japan. During this time she married, raised a family and did her stint of PTA duty. With her kids almost grown, Kathleen decided to begin a career as an instructor making the most of her interest in travel and knowledge of Japan.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Kathleen Aoki
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