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2020 Summer Games Closing Week

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts, and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments, and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation, and other factors.

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DURATION

10 days | 9 nights

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Japan

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three days of touring Kyoto
  • Immersive cultural experiences, including traditional tea ceremony and geisha-hosted dinner
  • Watch your choice of events being held in 33 different sports
  • Witness the Summer Games' closing finale.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Be a part of the first Summer Games to be held in Tokyo since 1964. Your journey will begin with three days in Kyoto, where you will Immerse yourself in touring, temples, and authentic experiences. Discover the subtle intricacies of Japanese tea ceremonies, and on your final night enjoy a traditional Japanese geisha dinner, complete with music and dance performances. Afterwards, head to Tokyo and spend your days watching world-class athletic competitions and your nights exploring Tokyo independently or through our optional cultural experiences. Take a sushi-making class or visit a sumo stables for a private, behind-the-scenes tour. Your journey will end as the Games do, at the elaborate closing finale.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Kyoto - August 1

Arrive in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Proceed by private transfer to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

DAY 2: Kyoto - August 2

Traditional Japanese culture and architecture have been exceptionally well protected in Kyoto, which you will be able to see as you embark on your first tour. Your afternoon touring will take you all over the beautiful Arashiyama district, visiting Togetsukyo Bridge, Tenryu-ji Temple, the Bamboo Forest, and the famed Monkey Park. Finish the day by exploring the centuries-old Gion neighborhood, home to most of Kyoto’s traditional teahouses and the geisha who entertain in them. There you will round out your immersion in traditional Japanese culture with a tea ceremony, or chado. A trained tea master will guide you through the complex, calming ritual.

DAY 3: Kyoto - August 3

Begin your second day in Kyoto exploring the city’s eastern highlights. Visit the glittering Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion, and relax with a stroll in its delicately manicured gardens. Stop at Ryoan-ji, a famous Zen temple known for its elegant rock gardens. Try your hand at its spiritual challenge - its 15 moss-covered boulders are laid out so that when viewing the garden from any angle (other than a bird’s-eye view), only 14 are visible – the 15th becoming visible, it is said, upon enlightenment. Explore the Higashiyama District next; wander the halls of the enormous samurai-era Nijo Castle, take a sip from the lucky waterfall at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and conclude with a private zen meditation experience.

DAY 4: Kyoto - August 4

On your last day in Kyoto, take a day-trip to the south today to the city of Nara, which served as Japan’s capital until the role passed to Kyoto in 794 CE. On the way you will stop at the sprawling Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine, famous for its thousands of iconic red torii gates. Explore the shrine’s rambling paths and wander among the mesmerizing torii. The shrine honors the popular kami Inari, one of the principal “gods” of Japan’s indigenous religious system, Shinto. Further south, learn about Buddhism – Japan’s other major religion – at Todai-ji Temple. Outside the temple, meet the extraordinary deer of Nara, considered sacred messengers of the kami. Get up close and personal with the deer by offering them some “deer crackers”, available for purchase throughout the park. Return to Kyoto and experience a private group traditional Japanese geisha dinner this evening. Your food and drink will be served by a real geisha, and she will perform traditional music and dance during the meal.

DAY 5: Tokyo - August 5

Begin your Summer Games experience today watching your choice of sporting event. Options include basketball, gymnastics, and water polo. Medal competitions are already underway for wrestling, equestrian, boxing, and athletics.

Today’s Optional Experience: Private group sushi-making class. This delicious experience teaches you the basics of how to prepare sushi rice, slice the ingredients, and assemble a roll.

DAY 6: Tokyo - August 6

Spend your day at the Games, watching your choice of volleyball, water polo, karate, and more. Among others, archery, diving, karate, and field hockey will have medal competitions.

Today’s Optional Experience: Food tour and exploration of the old neighborhood of Yanaka, one of the few districts in Tokyo that retains its old-town, nostalgic shitamachi atmosphere.

DAY 7: Tokyo - August 7

Enjoy another thrilling day of sport with your choice of event. Rhythmic gymnastics begins today, basketball approaches its final day of competition, and medal competitions will begin for beach volleyball and continue for several other events.

Today’s Optional Experience: Our sword class can teach you about the art and history of Japanese swordsmanship – worlds apart from the fencing matches being held across town in Makuhari Messe Hall.

DAY 8: Tokyo - August 8

Spend your day at leisure and explore Tokyo independently. Alternatively, watch more of the medal competitions held in archery, equestrian, water polo, and diving. Men’s basketball will also hold its final round of competition today.

DAY 9: Tokyo - August 9

Today tour some of Tokyo’s highlights. Begin with a trip to the Imperial Palace East Gardens, the only part of the grand palace that survived Allied bombs during World War 2. Stroll the crowded ancient shopping street in the Asakusa neighborhood, directly in front of the color Senso-ji Temple. Stop by the peaceful Meiji Shrine, surrounded by a sea of green trees – a calm oasis in the middle of the busy city. Explore Japan’s otaku culture – a word used to describe people with obsessive interests, often in manga comics and anime TV shows - in the Akihabara neighborhood, lined with shops, cosplayers, and advertisements targeted at those interests. Conclude your introduction to Tokyo with a demonstration of traditional Japanese sumo wrestlingand a behind-the-scenes tour that will introduce you to the training regimen and lifestyles of these giant athletes. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel and prepare for this evening’s closing of the games

DAY 10: Tokyo - August 10

Private transfer to Narita airport, and depart Japan.

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