Landmarks of the Shogun Era
Delve into the fascinating world of Japan’s ancient shoguns by exploring ornate shrines, serene gardens and a formidable castle, interspersed with an electrifying ride on a bullet train and a tour of Toyota’s technology museum.
After driving from the ship to Kyoto, you will visit Tenryuji temple, an esteemed World Heritage site. Built in 1339 on the site of a former emperor’s villa, Tenryuji is famous for its Japanese landscape garden. A triumph of design, the garden features a central pond that beautifully reflects surrounding maple trees and the forested Arashiyama mountains.
After exploring the grounds, adjacent bamboo forest and Nonomiya Shrine, you will transfer to a nearby restaurant for lunch.
Then, it’s on to Kinkakuji temple, another World Heritage Site. The original Kinkakuji temple was built in 1393 as a retirement villa for a former shogun. Sadly, a deranged monk burned it to the ground in 1950, and what stands now is a replica. Even so, it is stunning as it perches on the edge of a pond in perfect harmony with the surroundings. The Chinese-influenced temple features delicately curved roofs and its upper stories are covered in shimmering gold leaf. The temple is also known as the Golden Pavilion, a name derived from its gold-leaf exterior.
Next, you will visit the World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu temple. Amazingly, no nails were used to build it; rather it utilizes a unique mortise-and-joint construction. Weather conditions permitting, you will have a magnificent view of Kyoto from the temple’s balcony.
Afterwards, you will drive to the Kyoto Hotel Okura for check in and a bit of free time before dinner at the Ryotei restaurant. You will dine Kaiseki-style, where multiple small dish courses are served, one after the other. During the meal, young Maiko entertainers will perform songs, dances and play stringed musical instruments called shamisen.
Following breakfast in the hotel and check out, you will transfer to the Kyoto train station and board the famed Shinkansen, known familiarly as the Bullet Train for its high speed and sleek shape. Traveling in complete comfort, you will zip over the specially built train rails at a speed of more than 150 miles per hour, arriving in Nagoya after approximately 40 minutes.
After boarding a motor coach, you will visit Nagoya Castle. The castle was built in 1612 on the orders of Ieyasu Tokubawa, the founder and the first shogun of the Edo Period, to secure the strategically important Tokaido Road. It was one of the largest castles in Japan until World War II, when most of the buildings were destroyed. However, beginning in 1959, Nagoya Castle was rebuilt to its original magnificence and today contains a museum dedicated to the castle’s history.
Then, after lunch, you will drive to the Toyota Techno Museum. It features 4,000 exhibition pieces dedicated to the history of Toyota from its beginning as a textile machinery manufacturer to its world-renowned car production.
Finally, you will see Atsuta Jingu shrine, a Shinto shrine traditionally believed to have been established during the reign of Emperor Keiko (71-130). Its highlights include thousands of relics such as sacred garments, furniture, utensils and weapons.
Following your exploration of the shrine, you will re-join the ship.
Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate and given here for general reference purposes.
9:00am Drive from the ship to the Arashiyama area in Kyoto
10:30am Visit Tenryuji temple
12:15pm Lunch at a restaurant or hotel
1:45pm Visit Kinkakuji temple
2:15pm Visit Kiyomizu temple
4:00pm Check-in at the hotel
6:15pm Depart for dinner
6:30pm Dinner at Ryotei restaurant
8:30pm Transfer back to the hotel
8:45pm Arrive at the hotel
Overnight at the Kyoto Hotel Okura or similar hotel
AM Breakfast at the hotel
8:45am Depart for Kyoto Station
9:31am Take Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya station (schedule subject to change)
10:11am Arrive at Nagoya station and drive to Nagoya Castle
10:30am Visit Nagoya Castle
11:45am Lunch at a hotel
1:10pm Visit Toyota Techno Museum
2:30pm Visit Atsuta Jingu shrine
3:00pm Transfer back to the ship
3:30pm Arrive at the ship
One overnight bag per person. The bullet train does not have luggage storage; therefore large suitcases are not permitted.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
Guests from the USA, Canada, UK and Germany are not required to have visas. For up-to-date visa entry requirements, please consult your local Japanese embassy prior to travel.
Kyoto Hotel Okura or similar hotel
*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
One night hotel accommodation in Kyoto
One breakfast at the hotel
Two lunches, each with one soft drink per person
One dinner with one soft drink or local beer or wine per person
English-speaking tour guide throughout
Admission per the itinerary
Ground arrangements per the itinerary
Items of personal nature such as drinks, additional meals and snacks, hotel incidentals, and gratuities to the driver and guides.
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
$1,399 Per Guest