Like all Go Learn journeys, the adventure begins at home. We will meet weekly, starting a month before we depart for Japan. Trip leader Mimi Locher will guide us through the history of Japanese architecture and gardens and teach us the basic etiquette and language needed for our trip.
Japan is an intriguing mix of traditional and contemporary culture. We will experience the best of the past and present as we explore urban areas and travel to out-of-the-way rural areas. We will visit major cities such as Kyoto, as well as the smaller scenic cities. Each of the places visited features beautiful traditional areas as well as modern city life.
Weather: Central Japan is very pleasant in March. We can expect average temperatures from about 40 degrees F (at night in the mountains) to 70 degrees F (on sunny days). Most days are sunny, but it can rain about 30% of the days. The average relative humidity is about 70%.
Activity Levels and Restrictions
In order to fully explore the cities and towns on our itinerary, we will be walking 5- 8 miles every day. Most city walking is flat on paved surfaces. When visiting gardens and temples, we may be walking on gravel paths or uneven stones or moving up and down long stairs. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes! Since we will be waking up early with jet lag, we often will start our days early and continue until sundown. Our exciting itinerary and daily learning adventures will keep you happily exhausted.
Pre-departure courses in the history of Japanese architecture and gardens, culture, language, and tour logistics
One lead guide plus assistant for the classroom experience while on the tour
Small group size to maximize learning, comfort, and flexibility
12 nights’ hand-picked accommodation at top-rated and well-located hotels
Daily breakfast, as well as 16 hand-picked culinary highlight for lunch or dinner
Entrance fees for scheduled sightseeing activities
Local guides and experts, including their fees and tips
Transportation to and from daily destinations and activities
Comprehensive trip insurance, including sickness and emergency evacuation insurance.
Airfare to and from Japan
Transportation to and from airport
Meals that are not specifically noted in itinerary
Cancellation and lost luggage insurance
Any costs outside of the itinerary
March 20-April 1, 2020
April 1- April 5 2020
Trip is limited to 20 participants
Double occupancy: $5,950 Single occupancy: $6,500
Double Occupancy: TBD
Single Occupancy: TBD