Cultural Treasures of Japan

May 18 – 31, 2025  14 Days ? 18 Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners

HIGHLIGHTS… Tokyo, Asakusa Sensoji Shrine, Tea  Ceremony, Ginza, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise, Matsumoto  Castle, Takayama, Sake Tasting and Hida Beef Dinner,  Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Bullet Train,  Hiroshima, Kaiseki Dinner & Maiko Show

For more information contact Vincent Sacilotto, Pauwels Travel Bureau Ltd (519) 753-2695 or (519) 727-8810  Offered in conjunction with Collette Travel.


May 18 - 31, 2025

$9,999 based on double occupancy. Includes flight from Canada.

SIngle occupancy: $11,500



*If the tour is SOLD OUT, please contact us to be added to the waitlist.


Day 1 - Sunday, May 18: Overnight flight

Fly from either Toronto or Detroit to Japan.

Day 2 - Monday, May 19: Arrival in Tokyo

Welcome to Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun." Begin in the  electrifying city of Tokyo, where pop culture is turned all the way up b and traditions are rich and long-kept.

Day 3 - Tuesday, May 20: Tokyo

Begin the day exploring Asakusa, Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district. Visit 
the famous Buddhist temple, Senso-ji, the colourful temple famous 
for the red chochin (lantern) hanging at the entrance gate. Experience 
the long standing tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony, dating back 
to the 15th century. During your free time, explore the Nakamise 
Shopping Arcade and feel the energy of the oldest shopping street in 
Japan. Then, head to Tokyo National Museum to learn about the 
fascinating history and culture of Tokyo. The museum displays 
artwork and antiques from Japan and the surrounding area. Tonight, 
join your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner. (B, D)

Day 4 - Wednesday, May 21: Tokyo

Amid a lush forest outside of Tokyo, visit the Meiji Shrine, dedicated 
to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Feel the excitement 
start to build as you pass by the grounds of the Imperial Palace and 
see the Niju Bridge, the well-known symbol of the Imperial Palace. 
Later, walk through Ginza, one of the most elegant and luxurious 
streets in the world, where modern landscape meets rich history. 
Enjoy shopping at some of the most renowned "department stores" in 
Japan. (B)

Day 5 - Thursday, May 22: Tokyo - Hakone

Journey to the lakeside resort of Hakone, renowned for its hot 
springs. In the shadow of Mt. Fuji (UNESCO), this scenic town hugs 
the shorelines of Lake Ashi. Make a stop at Owakudani, located in an 
active volcanic zone. The Owakudani crater was created some 3,000 
years ago, when Mt. Hakone erupted. Climb aboard the Hakone 
Ropeway, an aerial cable car descending from Owakudani for a 
breathtaking view* of Mt. Fuji. Next, take to the deep-blue waters of 
Lake Ashi on a cruise where you’ll see epic views of the local 
mountains before stopping in the charming town of Moto-Hakone. 
Tonight, experience a traditional kaiseki dinner. (B, D)

Day 6 - Friday, May 23: Hakone - Matsumoto - Takayama

This breathtaking day begins in Matsumoto at Matsumoto Castle, 
known as the “Crow Castle” because of its striking black exterior. 
Later, you’ll step back in time in the rural Edo-period town of 
Takayama, nestled in the Japanese Alps. Well known to the locals for 
its connection to sake, this is the perfect place to gather for a visit to 
one of Japan’s 200-year-old sake breweries. Afterward, experience a 
true Japanese epicurean treat – traditional rice wine paired with a 
special Hida beef dinner. (B, D)

Day 7 - Saturday, May 24: Takayama

The ancient cultures of Takayama come alive this morning in the 
town’s historic district. Take a walk through the past and glimpse the 
19th-century Jinya government building. Stroll through the morning 
market, a 600-year-old open air market with locally grown and 
produced products, located along the Miyagawa River. Circuit the 
winding streets, where the town’s traditional charms are preserved in 
the inns and houses. This afternoon, relish some free time to continue 
your exploration of Takayama on your own before enjoying a 
traditional multi-course ‘kaiseki’ dinner. (B, D)

Day 8 - Sunday, May 25: Shirakawa and Kanazawa

Today, embrace the unique charms of Shirakawa-go (UNESCO) Hidden away in the mountain, this harmonious village is famous for 
its gassho-zukuri-style houses – thatched-rooftops designed to Hidden away in the mountain, this harmonious village is famous for 
its gassho-zukuri-style houses – thatched-rooftops designed to resemble two hands joined in prayer. Journey to Kanazawa, the origin 
of gold-leaf making since the 16th century. Visit the Geisha quarters 
of Kanazawa, the Higashi Tea district, and then onto the beauty of 
Japan’s most stunning gardens, where more than 25 acres of absolute 
beauty awaits you at Kenroku-En – Garden of Six Qualities. (B)

Day 9 - Monday, May 26: Kanazawa

Visit the Samurai district where we will enter the former home of the 
Nomuras, a wealthy samurai family who served the ruling Maeda 
family. Dive into the ancient craft of gold leaf making during a handson lesson in decorating your own lacquer box! In the centre of town, 
take in the action of the Omicho fish market before venturing out on 
your own to really immerse yourself in Kanazawa’s dynamic culture. 

Day 10 - Tuesday, May 27: Kyoto

Explore Fushimi Inari Taisha for a tour of the most revered shrine of 
Inari. Follow the spectacular rows of orange torii (made famous in the 
movie Memoirs of a Geisha) that weave through the forest, leading 
you to the inner shrine. Then Kyoto awaits! The former Imperial 
capital of Japan is now one of the nation’s top cosmopolitan cities. At 
the same time, Kyoto’s connection with its past is strong; you won’t 
need to look far to see one of its 2,000 temples and shrines. Later, 
visit the Women’s Association of Kyoto in a traditional Kyoto town 
house. Here, delve into a wide array of enlightening Japanese 
activities, guided by your knowledgeable hostess. Sip different sakes, try your hand at making sushi, fold intricate origami shapes, and 
speak to your hostess about Japan, its culture, and women’s roles in 
this complex society. (B, D)

Day 11 - Wednesday, May 28: Hiroshima

All aboard the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, 
board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or “Shrine Island” 
(UNESCO). Afterwards, head into Hiroshima city to visit the Peace 
Memorial Park, and pause to see the ruined Atomic Dome 
(UNESCO). Reflect at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. As 
this long and moving day comes to a close, return to Kyoto by the 
Shinkansen bullet train. (B)

Day 12 - Thursday, May 29: Kyoto

This morning, visit Kinkakuji (UNESCO), the Golden Pavilion, a Zen 
temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. 
Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. (B)

Day 13 - Friday, May 30: Kyoto

Today, visit the home of the first Shogun, Nijo Castle (UNESCO), 
and see intricate woodcarvings, wall paintings, and the Ninomaru 
Garden, designed by Kobori Enshu, a landscape architect and tea 
master. Next, learn about the ancient craft of stenciling during a 
hands-on lesson. This afternoon, spend some time relaxing or set out 
to explore Kyoto on your own. Fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture tonight during a special farewell dinner and maiko show. (B, 

Day 14 - Saturday, May 31: Return flight to Toronto or Detroit

Your tour comes to a close in this fascinating land. As you depart, 
reflect on its beauty and all you have learned about its rich history 
and culture. (B)




- Round Trip Air from Toronto Intl Airport or Detroit Metro Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $180 per person (subject to increase until paid in full). - Hotel Transfers. - All items as per itinerary.


- Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $599 per person * All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from YYZ.


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