Awesome Asia: The Best of Japan With Your Grandchild

Japan is a country filled with contrasts—from lively cities to quiet temples. Alongside your grandchild, explore the best of Japan on an awesome adventure from Tokyo to Hiroshima.
Program No. 23479RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

As soon as you and your grandchild step off the plane in Japan, you will realize you are stepping into a world completely unlike your own. The bright lights of Tokyo and the thriving city life are sure to be the first things that catch your eye, but just a short journey away are serene temples offering a welcome from a giant, smiling Buddha. Alongside your grandchild, discover a country full of surprises from ninjas and Zen gardens to castles and shrines. Learn about the facets of Japanese culture that are so different from our own, such as how to become a geisha. Discuss the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan to end WWII and what it means today. Join experts on this exciting two-week Asian learning adventure.
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 ...

  • Stroll through shrines surrounded by forest and venture to temples that are unlike anything you have ever seen, as you learn how important they are to the locals.
  • Explore one of the best-preserved castles in Japan and learn how it was built to fend off invaders.
  • Get a real taste of Japanese life during a sushi-making class and in a fun manga drawing class.
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by John Hersey
First published in 1946, this recounts the events of August 6, 1945 through the observations of survivors.
Culture Smart! Japan
by Paul Norbury
A quick guide to the customs and etiquette of Japan.
The Tale of Genji
by Murasaki Shikibu
Completed in the early 11th century, Genji Monogatari is considered a masterpiece of Japanese prose literature, and one of the world's earliest novels. Although its exact origins remain elusive, it is believed that the female author spent many years in service to the royal family of the time.
by Banana Yoshimoto
The first novel of one of Japan's contemporary literary stars to be translated in to English.
Super Sushi Ramen Express: A Culinary Adventure Through Japan
by Michael Booth
A fascinating and funny culinary journey through Japan. Japan is arguably the preeminent food nation on earth; it's a mecca for the world's greatest chefs and has more Michelin stars than any other country. The Japanese go to extraordinary lengths and expense to eat food that is marked both by its exquisite preparation and exotic content. Their creativity, dedication, and courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm and octopus ice cream are only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi- and ramen-saturated West, as are the remarkable health benefits of the traditional Japanese diet.
A Traveller's History of Japan
by Richard Tames
A history of Japan and its transformation from Shinto, Shogun and Samurai traditions to 20th-century powerhouse.
Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture
by Matt Goulding
An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan's extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along with 195 color photographs. In this 5000-mile journey through the noodle shops, tempura temples, and teahouses of Japan, Matt Goulding, co-creator of the enormously popular Eat This, Not That! book series, navigates the intersection between food, history, and culture, creating one of the most ambitious and complete books ever written about Japanese culinary culture from the Western perspective.

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