Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Japan as you encounter vestiges of its imperial past and the dynamism of contemporary life on a journey to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hakone.

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 Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto  Senso-ji Temple, or Asakusa Kannon, an important Buddhist temple in Tokyo  Tokyo's Ginza district  Mt. Fuji and Ashi Lake  Japan's bullet train with Mt. Fuji in the distance  The Higashiyama District in Kyoto  Entrance to Nijo Castle (detail), Kyoto  Nijo Castle Garden, Kyoto  Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto  Traditional kimonos  Traditional Udon noodle dish  Traditional sushi platter

Japan Past and Present: A Tailor-Made Journey

Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hakone

11 days from $6,850

Immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Japan as you encounter vestiges of its imperial past and the dynamism of contemporary life on a journey to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hakone.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

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Park Hotel Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

The Park Hotel is a modern hotel infused with Japanese art that begins at the 25th floor of the Shiodome Media Tower. Arranged around a soaring atrium, stylish rooms and common spaces offer expansive views of the city. With the Hama Rikyu Gardens just steps away, the hotel is ideally located for exploring both the old and new of the city. It features both international and Japanese restaurants, a café, an art exhibition space, a world-class spa, and Japan’s first Scotch Malt Whiskey Society bar.

Number of nights: 4

Celestine Gion

Kyoto, Japan

Set in the heart of the bustling Higashiyama temple area, the Celestine Gion is a tranquil sanctuary of Japanese minimalism. Rooms are well sized and simply furnished with comfortable western-style beds, large windows, and ironware tea sets—among other modern amenities. Common spaces include an inviting traditional-style bath and garden and a lounge that serves drinks and snacks. Maiko (apprentice geisha) perform for house guests, which you can enjoy while sampling sushi and tempura at the Endo Yasaka restaurant.

Number of nights: 4

KAI Hakone

Hakone, Japan

The KAI Hakone is a modern ryokan perched on the banks of the Sugumo River in Sugumogawa Valley. It offers both western-style and traditional Japanese rooms and suites, some with their own balconies and open-air baths. The ryokan’s onsens, or hot spring baths, open out onto views of the surrounding woods and mountains. The restaurant serves beautifully prepared multi-course Japanese meals that are locally sourced, based around fresh seafood from nearby Odawara. Other amenities include massage services, tea sessions, and craft workshops focused on the local art of parquetry.

Number of nights: 2

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.