Insider’s Japan

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APR. 10-22, 2021 $5,995
Tokyo, Atami, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto
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Insider's Japan

APR. 10-22, 2021
Tokyo, Atami, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto

It’s a fascinating land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity – all revealed on this well-crafted 13-day small group tour, limited to 24 travelers.  See Tokyo and Kyoto’s highlights, engage in local life, and head off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa. Your journey begins with three nights in amazing Tokyo, where, along with time to explore independently, touring includes a preeminent calligrapher’s gallery; the imposing Imperial Palace; tranquil Meiji Shrine; the famed Ginza district; and the impressive Tokyo National Museum.  Japan’s pastoral side is on tap next in stunning Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park with majestic Mt. Fuji and a scenic cruise on Ashi Lake.  After overnighting at a traditional ryokan inn, board an express train to Takayama in the Japanese Alps to explore this ancient town during a two-night sojourn.  A traditional tea ceremony and a cooking class offer opportunities to experience Japanese culture firsthand.  Visit historic Shirakawago Village, a UNESCO site.  Reaching culturally rich Kanazawa for a two-night stay, tour famed Kenrokuen Garden, visit a gold leaf museum, and see the Higashi Chaya teahouse district.  The journey ends with three nights in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural center.  Among many highlights here:  the beloved Golden Pavilion temple; Ryoan-ji temple with its acclaimed Zen garden; and the extravagant 17th-century Nijo-jo Castle.  Visit the otherworldly Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the important Fushimi Inari shrine, and Nishiki Market, “Kyoto’s Kitchen.”

Cost: $5,995
Odysseys Unlimited
Activity Level: Moderate
Faster pace, substantial distances covered, long walks, city walking tours over uneven walking surfaces and stair climbing.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Mariko Tamanoi
Department of Anthropology
Professor Mariko Tamanoi teaches and conducts research in historical anthropology. She is the author of three books, Under the Shadow of Nationalism: Politics and Poetics of Rural Japanese Women, Crossed Histories: Manchuria in the Age of Empire, and Memory Maps: The State and Manchuria in Postwar Japan, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Born and raised in Japan, Mariko first came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar, and currently is engaged in the book project titled Divided and United Children: Orphans in the Japanese Empire.

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Odysseys Unlimited. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.