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The Best of Japan: A Contrast in Tradition and Innovation

Program No. 23294RJ
Venture south from Tokyo to Hiroshima for an in-depth dive into traditional and modern Japan and learn the local history that shaped its modern society.

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At a Glance

As an island nation, Japan’s culture is intriguingly different from its Asian neighbors. No one else in the world blends traditional lifestyles with cutting-edge technology quite like the Japanese, truly creating a belief system all their own. On this educational adventure, learn alongside expert instructors as you explore both modern cities and ancient villages to gain a deeper understanding of the Japanese perspective and the complex history behind how it was formed.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Plan to walk an average of 5 miles over the course of each day during visits, many that are accessed by public transportation. Travel by bullet train between cities.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Immerse yourself in the local way of life in Ise-Shima as you stay at a family-owned Japanese hotel.
  • Experience a delicious, traditional Japanese dinner with entertainment from a Maiko in Kyoto.
  • Contemplate humanity in these turbulent times as you explore Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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John Hundleby
John Hundleby is a New Zealander who has lived and worked in Japan for nearly three decades. He and his Japanese wife recently returned to Japan to be closer to their two children and their families. His work in Japan included roles as a New Zealand diplomat and, latterly, as a representative for, and promoter of, the New Zealand beef and lamb sector. Those roles afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively around Japan and to appreciate the charms of many parts of the country.

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

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John Hundleby View biography
John Hundleby is a New Zealander who has lived and worked in Japan for nearly three decades. He and his Japanese wife recently returned to Japan to be closer to their two children and their families. His work in Japan included roles as a New Zealand diplomat and, latterly, as a representative for, and promoter of, the New Zealand beef and lamb sector. Those roles afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively around Japan and to appreciate the charms of many parts of the country.
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Masashi Tsurubayashi View biography
A native of Hokkaido, Masashi Kaki is a graduate of Oklahama State University. Masashi-san is an ikebana master, trained in the traditions of the culture. He has contributed articles and flower arrangements for both published and electronic publications. As well as his flower arrangement design, consulting and teaching work, he is a Nationally-Certified Guide in Japan.
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Kumi Yasui View biography
A native of the Tokyo area, Kumi Yasui is a Japanese Nationally-Certified Guide. In additional to her leading work in the Mie prefecture, she is heavily involved in the Japanese National Guide Association. Kumi moved to Mie when her businessman husband was persuaded by his parents to return home with an eye to taking over the family's Buddhist temple. She and her husband have two young children.
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