University of Washington Alumni Association
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Japan: Alumni Campus Abroad
Activity Level: Moderately Active
This exploration of the cultural heart of Japan takes you to the ancient capital of Kyoto, where emperors held court from 794 to 1868, dawn of the Meiji Restoration. You’ll also spend time in Nara, Japan’s first capital with an extraordinary opportunity to spend the night in a traditional shukubo temple lodge in the important Buddhist enclave established 1,200 years ago in Koya-san. Visiting these ancient castles and temples, you are sure to develop a different perspective of modern Japan. This special journey not only takes you to see Japan’s most important cultural sites, but to also experience the culture. Discover Chado, the Way of Tea, as you attend a tea ceremony in an exquisite home. Meet a master calligrapher who will explain his graceful craft of Shodo and allow you the opportunity to try your hand. Spend the afternoon in Gion, Kyoto’s famous geisha district. Visit craftsman in the scenic mountain village of Kurotani where washi, elegant Japanese paper, is made according to centuries-old tradition and explore Miyama, with its 250 traditional, thatched roof houses. Create many lasting and unique memories on this carefully planned journey of a lifetime!
$3,240 plus air
Single Supplement: $350
Operator: AHI Travel
Friends & family are welcome—you don't have to be a UW graduate to travel with UW Alumni Tours!