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Cultural Highlights of Japan with Baseball and Sumo

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Saturday, September 8, 2018  to  Friday, September 21, 2018

Join us to experience the culture and traditional sports of Japan. This fourteen day trip will let you see the history and splendor of Japan. With this we pair Japan's de facto national sport (although this is not an official status) the enthralling and at times bewildering spectacle that is sumo, with the excitement of the undisputed king of team sports in Japan which is is baseball, introduced by an American at the end of the nineteenth century.


Events

Day: 1 - Sat, September 8, 2018
Arrival in San Francisco by 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 8

Trip Reception
A trip reception is included to give you a chance to meet and greet the host and the other travelers. The reception includes a meal and non-alcoholic beverages.

Hotel: Hotel Accommodations - San Francisco

Day: 2 - Sun, September 9, 2018
Depart from San Francisco to Osaka
Call your travel coordinator for flight details before booking flights.

Hotel: Overnight Crossing of International Date Line

Day: 3 - Mon, September 10, 2018
Arrival at Kansai Airport in Osaka on Monday, September 10

Welcome Dinner at Hotel

Hotel: Hotel New Otani Osaka

Day: 4 - Tue, September 11, 2018
Reserved Ticket to Hanshin Tigers Museum

Hanshin Koshien Stadium Tour
Lead by a retired Hanshin Tigers Player

Osaka City Tour

Reserved Ticket to Chunichi Dragons @ Hanshin Tigers
Game Time: 6:00 PM
Hanshin Koshien Stadium

Hotel: Hotel New Otani Osaka

Day: 5 - Wed, September 12, 2018
Hotel check out and depart on Shinkansen (bullet train) for Himeji

Reserved Ticket to Himeji Castle

Free time for lunch on own

Depart on Shinkansen for Hiroshima

Reserved Ticket to Baseball Game at Mazda Zoom Zoom Hiroshima Stadium (subject to schedule)
includes box dinner

Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

Day: 6 - Thu, September 13, 2018
Ferry out to Miyajima for sightseeing
Sightseeing of Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its floating "Torii". You will also visit the Fude No Sato Calligraphy Museum, where you will receive a lesson and try your hand with this ancient art form.

Afternoon Touring of Hiroshima
Including the Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb Dome Museum.

Travel to Kyoto by Shinkansen

Korean BBQ style dinner

Hotel: Hotel Nikko Princess Hotel

Day: 7 - Fri, September 14, 2018
Travel to Nara by motorcoach for sightseeing

Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine and Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Taisha is Nara's most celebrated shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. Todai-ji is a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu.

Return to Kyoto and visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of the god Inari, located in Fushimi Ward in Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and take approximately 2 hours to walk up.

Kyoto style Kaiseki Dinner at local restaurant

Hotel: Hotel Nikko Princess Hotel

Day: 8 - Sat, September 15, 2018
Touring of Kyoto

NPB Baseball Game in Osaka

Hotel: Hotel Nikko Princess Hotel

Day: 9 - Sun, September 16, 2018
Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya

Transfer to train for scenic ride though the mountains to Takayama

Takayama sightseeing
Enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing including Shirakawago Observatory and a traditional "Gassho-Zukiri" farm house.

"Hida" Beef Dinner

Hotel: Takayama Ouan

Day: 10 - Mon, September 17, 2018
Morning walking tour of Takayama
Including the Asaichi Morning Market, Takayama Jinya and Sanmachi-suji historic street.

Train to Nagoya to board the Shinkansen for Odawara

Arrival at Traditional Ryokan style Hotel
After arriving at your hotel relax and experience a traditional Japanese hot spring bath.

Traditional Japanese Dinner at Hotel

Hotel: Yumoto Fujiya Hotel

Day: 11 - Tue, September 18, 2018
Sightseeing of Hakone National Park
First enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Ashi, then visit the Owakudani Valley and Mt. Komagatake with its cable car ride.

Sightseeing in Kamakura
You will see the Great Image of Budda, Komachi Shopping Street and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shinto Shrine.

Arrival at hotel: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo

Dinner at a local restaurant

Hotel: Tokyo Dome Hotel

Day: 12 - Wed, September 19, 2018
Japan's Baseball Hall of Fame Museum Tour at the Tokyo Dome
Including a lecture with a local baseball celebrity (celebrity TBA).

Lunch on own at Tokyo Dome City

Tour the Meiji Shinto Shrine
Meiji Shrine, located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken.

Experience Ginza
One of the busiest street in Japan with its high fashion boutiques and department stores. Here you will experience lessons in Japanese culture including Sado (Tea Ceremony), Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy), Waso (kimono) and Batto (Sward Play).

Reserved Ticket to Hanshin Tigers @ Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Game Time: 6:00 PM
Dinner will be included at the game.
Jingu Stadium

Hotel: Tokyo Dome Hotel

Day: 13 - Thu, September 20, 2018
Touring of Tokyo
Visit Tsukiji Outer Market. Travel to Hama Rikyu to enjoy a Sumida River Cruise. Visit Asakusa Kannon Tmeple with its shopping arcade "Nakamise." Transfer to the Ryogoku Kokugikan, also known as the Ryogoku Sumo Hall, to experence one of the greatest sprorting traditions in the world, Sumo.

Japanese "Shabu Shabu" farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Hotel: Tokyo Dome Hotel

Day: 14 - Fri, September 21, 2018
Transfer to Narita Airport and departure for San Francisco

Includes

12 Breakfasts & 12 Dinners

Transportation
Between Cities and To/From Events

24 Hour Trip Assistance
Travel assistance is one phone call away at any time, day or night.

Final Document Package
All of your necessary trip information and comprehensive final documents will be sent to you 7-10 days before your departure date.

Hotel Taxes

All gratuities for luggage handling, meals, guides and drivers





Rates
Single $7,995.00
Double $6,995.00
Triple Call
Quad Call
Please call for additional information.



All Prices in US Dollars.

Pricing and packages are subject to change and availability.

Pre-Trip/Post-Trip nights already include all city/state/occupancy taxes, where applicable.



Upgrades are available for Hotels or Tickets on most tours. Ask your Travel Coordinator for details.

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