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AAA Members save $1,430 per couple when they pay in full upon booking before December 31, 2019.
Members also enjoy a complimentary pre-tour day and night in Kyoto with chauffeured transfer and breakfast.*
Japan’s unique culture permeates almost everything it touches with a layer of refinement. Look carefully when you visit Japan and you’ll notice little reminders that you’re somewhere special: the meticulous fold of a kimono; sushi plated just so; the surpassing graciousness of your hosts. Soak up all the details in these essential spots.
Pose for photos at the historic Kinkaku-ji, the gleaming Zen Buddhist temple also called the Golden Pavilion. Kyoto was Japan’s ancient imperial capital, so it has a rich heritage of emperors. And of the geisha tradition, too: garden visits and an encounter with a maiko (a geisha in training) offer glimpses into this rarefied world.
Miyajima & Hiroshima
Nothing quite prepares you for the beauty of the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stay awhile, then cross the water to the mainland and visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the legacy of the Hiroshima nuclear attack.
Once the domain of local lords during Japan’s feudal Edo period, the Kenroku-en Garden is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Lose yourself in its acres of rambling paths, rolling hills and waterways. The nearby Nomura Samurai Family Residence takes you inside the world of Japan’s ancient warriors.
Shirakawa-go & Takayama
Deep in the mountainous Chubu region of central Japan, this village of immaculately preserved farmhouses is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Traditional wooden farmhouses—many of which are now shops, museums and inns—are built in the gassho-zukuri style, resembling hands clasped in prayer. Stop for a sip of doburoku—the locally brewed strong, cloudy sake. Nearby Takayama wears its history proudly in its morning markets and quiet streets lined with wood-fronted houses evoking Japan’s feudal era.
The Tsukiji fish market is a must for foodies when you visit Japan; it rakes in nearly $20 million each day selling fresh seafood. Its lanes are crammed with stalls selling local produce, plus the building blocks of Japanese cuisine—like kelp, tofu and fish flakes—and a dizzying assortment of tableware on which to display them.
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*Exclusive $1,200 per couple pay-in-full-at-booking discount applies for new bookings made from Aug 1, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019.
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