Walk along the Philosopher’s Path, with craft shops, cafes, shrines, and temples beside the clear waters of a small canal.
Enjoy a special private experience with a maiko, an apprentice geisha, or geiko, as they are known in Kyoto.
You’ll notice that even though Kyoto is one of Japan’s largest cities, it doesn’t have tall skyscrapers as you might expect.
Few buildings or structures are taller than the pagoda of Toji Temple at 187 feet.
Each night on your Japan adventure, you’ll lay your head in “ryokans” (traditional inns) along the way, each with their own local “onsen” (hot spring and spa facilities), tucked into cedar forests with rivers and views of mountains.
You get the chance to sleep on traditional Japanese futon-style bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) on the floor in one of the ryokans.
Stop at Nanzenji, a tranquil Zen Buddhist temple with history dating back to the mid-13th century.
The Japanese culture, at its core, is centered around beauty as it fosters the pursuit of perfection and spiritual enlightenment.
Pause to admire ancient temples and shrines and contemplate nature, a vibrant source of spiritual inspiration for the Japanese, past, present and future.
Meet local Japanese women[...] You’ll notice that even though Kyoto is one of Japan’s largest cities, it doesn’t have tall skyscrapers as you might expect.
At its core is an emphasis on physical endurance as a path to enlightenment.
In Ise, spend the morning with the Ama Divers and learn about their lives and unique profession.
In Ise, you’ll have a true “women-to-women” experience meeting the Ama divers, women who practice free-dive fishing as they dive without oxygen tanks or other mechanical help to collect seafood or pearl oysters.