Itinerary – John-Roger Legacy Tour

Thursday September 22 Depart for Japan on your individually arranged flight.

Friday September 23

Transfer by Airport Limousine bus to downtown Tokyo and your five-star hotel, the Palace Hotel Tokyo with panoramic views of the Imperial Palace grounds and dynamic Tokyo.  A short welcome reception is scheduled for this evening.

Overnight: Palace Hotel Tokyo
Included meals: Welcome Reception

Saturday September 24 Tokyo

Touring in Tokyo today.  End the day with a special JR Birthday celebration dinner in one of Tokyo’s fine restaurants, which are continually re-interpreting traditional cuisine.

Overnight: Palace Hotel Tokyo
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Sunday September 25 Tokyo

Long conversations

beside blooming irises

Joys of life on the road

-Basho

Continue touring in Tokyo.

Hotel: Palace Hotel Tokyo
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch

Monday September 26 Tokyo

Continue touring in Tokyo.

Hotel: Palace Hotel Tokyo
Included meals: Breakfast

Tuesday September 27 Matsumoto

Today we will start our journey back in time.  We head by train to Matsumoto. We’ll then start our touring at Matsumoto Castle, circa 1595, one of four remaining from Japan’s feudal period in its original condition.  We will have some free time for you to explore Nakamachi, a pretty neighborhood of historic homes, many of which have been converted to cafes and galleries for crafts and antiques. Afterwards, we continue by coach to our ryokan for the evening, the deluxe, Relais & Chateaux property, Miyojinkan, where you can enjoy the onsen (hot spring) baths and a full-course kaiseki (multi-course) banquet dinner served Japanese style.

Overnight: Miyojinkan Ryokan
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Wednesday September 28 Narai and Kyoto

After our luxurious Japanese ryokan breakfast, we will travel by coach to one of the original eleven post-towns along the Nakasendo Road. The winding and arduous road through the mountains and the Kiso valley connected Kyoto to the capital in Edo. Several post towns have been carefully restored and a visit to one of these truly is like walking the path of the samurai and ronin of old.  Narai juku was a prosperous inn town (called Narai Senken – a thousand inns) and its unique architectural style of overhanging second-floors survives to this day. We will have several hours to stroll through the town, explore the small local temples and lunch on your own. Afterwards, we will transfer by express train to Nagoya before heading to Kyoto via Shinkansen (bullet) train.  Our hotel for the remainder of the tour is the five-star Hyatt Regency Kyoto, located in the quiet Higashiyama area. There will be a group dinner at the hotel this evening.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday September 29 Kyoto

Touring in Kyoto

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Friday September 30 Kyoto

Even in Kyoto

hearing the cuckoo’s cry

I long for Kyoto

-Basho

Continue touring in Kyoto.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Included meals: Breakfast

Saturday October 1 Kyoto

Continue touring in Kyoto.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch

Sunday October 2 Kyoto

Continue touring in Kyoto

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Monday October 3  Depart Japan on your individually arranged flights or stay for further events

You’ll have the morning free to take in the sights, shop or simply stroll Kyoto’s varied neighborhoods one last time.  Transfer by reserved van shuttle, per individual flight times, for your return flight from Osaka Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Note: The itinerary will be finalized approximately 30 days prior to departure.  Artist visits are subject to availability and the schedules of our Japanese colleagues.  A final itinerary will be sent to you about two weeks prior to departure.   The itinerary and visits are subject to change at any time.

 

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