From historic castle towns to the dazzle of downtown Tokyo, experience the essence of Japan past and present, delving into art, cuisine, and spiritual traditions in great cities and stunning rural areas.

Starting at: $7,784 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Monk at Buddhist shrine in Kyoto
 The Higashiyama District in Kyoto
 Evening panorama of Tokyo
 The Tokyo-Edo Museum
 The Shinto Meiji Shrine, Tokyo
 Asakusa Kannon, or Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
 Tokyo's Ginza district
 Mt. Fuji and Ashi Lake
 The iconic Mt. Fuji
 Old Town, Takayama
 The historic houses of Shirakawa-go
 The art of gold leaf, Kanazawa. Credit: Courtesy Japan Tourism Bureau
 The art of calligraphy
 The art of the Japanese tea ceremony
 Traditional sushi platter
 Sushi-making lesson
 Traditional kimonos
 Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
 Entrance to Nijo Castle (detail), Kyoto
 Nijo Castle Garden, Kyoto
 Ryoan-ji Zen Garden, Kyoto
 Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara
 Todai-ji Temple, Nara
 Buddha at Todai-ji Temple, Nara

Eternal Japan

13 days from $7,784 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

From historic castle towns to the dazzle of downtown Tokyo, experience the essence of Japan past and present, delving into art, cuisine, and spiritual traditions in great cities and stunning rural areas.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Hard to top this trip! It was well planned and the opportunity to see smaller cities such as Takayama made this trip very special. There was no way could we have seen, experienced and learned so very much about this country on our own … especially over a limited number of days! Very good value. This was our second Smithsonian journey and, as we experienced with our first, excellent arrangements, enrichment program, and educational impact. This was simply an outstanding introduction to Japanese culture; it topped our expectations.

- Suzanne and Peter C.

This was a top quality tour! Fabulous rooms, and delicious meals. The best part though is the exceptional tour guides and experts that took us on this amazing journey through Japan. I learned so much and felt completely cared for from them as we traveled from one city to the next. I would recommend traveling with Smithsonian to all my friends and family without hesitation!

- Carol M.

This tour really gave us insights into the culture and language of Japan we couldn't have gotten any other way. 

- Nicky S.

This Smithsonian Journeys trip exceeded my expectations. The quality of leadership and their narratives, the hotels, and local guides make my trip rich beyond words. Thank you Smithsonian for a special life experience.

- Cheryl B.

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