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Grandeur of Japan From the Alps to the Inland Sea at Cherry Blossom Time April 1 - 12, 2023 Hosted by Scott Avera, A+R President, for only 16 guests

GRANDEUR OF JAPAN From the Alps to the Inland Sea at Cherry Blossom Time April 1 to 12, 2023 | 12 days from $10,099 Kenrokuen Gardens OurDistinctive A+RStyle + From an erstwhile castle garden to a canal-side path, we’ve enhanced our President’s Journey with special places where we can experience Japan’s springtime majesty and famed cherry blossoms. + Encounter ancient cultural traditions—from the graceful artistry of Geisha to the quiet reverence of the Tea Ceremony and the patience of Bonsai masters. + Learn the ne art of Sake brewing and sample several ne varieties at Gekkeikan, a Kyoto brewery that traces its illustrious heritage to 1637. + Discover Japan’s wealth of history including a Samurai residence in the alpine town of Takayama and the temples of ancient Nara, where Buddhism was rst introduced to the country. + Indulge in your private, en suite Onsen-style bath at our traditional Ryokan hotel, surrounded by the majestic beauty of Hakone National Park. Join Scott and Diane Avera on this exclusive journey, filled with specially planned experiences to bring you face-to-face with Japan’s rich cultural heritage. We’ll enjoy delightful cuisine, ancient traditions and breathtaking natural beauty. Timed to coincide with Japan’s springtime glory, we’ll visit places renowned for the brilliance of their cherry blossoms. Call 800-221-2216 or Contact your Travel Advisor Alexander+Roberts.com

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine OUR JOURNEY See UNESCO World Heritage sites APR 1 | Welcome toKyoto! You’ll be met at the airport and guided to the coach that will take you to the deluxe Granvia Hotel for a -night stay in the heart of town. APR 2 | The best of Kyoto Your tour of Kyoto includes a speciallyarranged tour of Saiho-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple rarely visited by other tours. We’ll stroll through the soaring green columns of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. After a fun rickshaw ride and lunch, we’ll marvel at Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion and take a guided stroll along the Philosopher’s Path. This evening’sWelcome Dinner is highlighted by a Geisha performance.   + + APR 3 | Miyajima +Hiroshima Cross the tranquil Inland Sea to Miyajima Island and visit Itsukushima Shrine , established in the 6th century. Just o shore, a majestic red Torii Gate rises from the sea. Enjoy lunch on the island. In Hiroshima, visit Peace Memorial Park where the Memorial Museum stands as a sobering reminder of the destruction wrought by the Atomic bomb.   + APR 4 | Japan’s first capital We’ll begin at Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Japan’s oldest, and after, visit Gekkeikan, one of Japan’s largest breweries, where we’ll enjoy a sake tasting. After a river cruise and lunch, discover the ancient capital of Nara where Buddhismwas rst introduced to Japan nearly , years ago. You’ll visit Todai-ji Temple to see its immense statue of Buddha, and then stroll the peaceful lantern-lined forest paths of Kasuga Shrine.   + + APR 5 | Bullet Train toKanazawa Journey to Kanazawa and visit the Nomura Samurai Residence and Kutani Kosen Pottery Studio to see skilled artisans at work. Then stroll through Kenrokuen, revered as one of Japan’s three nest gardens. Kenrokuen is home to myriad cherry trees that we expect to see in their full springtime glory. Overnight at the -star Nikko Hotel.   + APR 6 | Across the Alps to Shirakawago Travel to Shirakawago , famed for its “Joined Hands” farmhouses. More than a century old, they derive their name from their steeply pitched roofs which look like hands joined together in prayer. After lunch we’ll tour one of these old Gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Continue to the deluxe Associa Takayama Resort.   + + APR 7 | Exploring Takayama Spend time at the lively morning market and admire perfectly-preserved buildings like Takayama Jinya, a government hall of the Edo era. Enjoy a tasting of ne sake and tour the Folk Craft Museum. For lunch, we’ll savor Hida beef—a variety of Wagyu beef raised here in Gifu Prefecture. At the Festival Floats Exhibit Hall, you’ll see parade oats dating back years and still used in the town’s colorful spring and autumn festivals. Famed for itsmany ne sake breweries, we’ll end the day with a sake tasting.   + APR 8 | Onward toHakoneNational Park Journey by rail to Mishima, an inviting town situated at the base of the Izu Peninsula. On arrival, we’ll be escorted to the Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu, an authentic Japanese-style inn known for its spectacular mountain vistas. This afternoon discover HakoneNational Park with a relaxing cruise across LakeAshi. Next, the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway will bring us to the summit of Hakone’s highest peak. You’ll have time to enjoy your private ensuite Onsen bath before dinner.   + APR 9 | Mt. Fuji +Onward to Tokyo Journey up to the th Station of Mt. Fuji , situated at an altitude of over , ft. It’s a wonderful spot for us to marvel in panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside with its lakes and deeply forested slopes. After lunch, continue on to Tokyo and check in to the Keio Plaza Hotel where your Plaza Premier guestroomo ers access to the Club Lounge.   + APR 10 | City Sites +Cherry Blossoms Enjoy our special morning visit to the famous market in Tsukiji where the best chefs come to procure the freshest seafood. Then join one such chef to learn the art of preparing sushi. Our afternoon continues with a guided stroll along the Nakameguro Canal. This city district outside of the downtown area is one of Tokyo’s most sophisticated and vibrant areas and one of the best places in the city to experience Sakura – the cherry blossoms. Enjoy a walking tour in the Ginza before returning to our hotel.   + APR 1 1 | TokyoHighlights After breakfast, visit the Shunkaen Bonsai Museum, beginning with a traditional tea ceremony. In the afternoon, stroll through Nakamise Arcade to visit Asakusa Kannon Temple. We’ll end our touring atop the Shibuya Sky Deck for breathtaking views. There is time to refresh before our Farewell Dinner.   + APR 12 | Depart Tokyo Step aboard the comfortable airport limousine coach for your trip to the airport.   Inland Sea Tokyo Kyoto Kanazawa Takayama Nara Hiroshima Mt. Fuji Hakone Shirakawago Osaka S E A O F J A P A N l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l JAPAN 2 1 4 3 1 Golden Pavilion

Grandeur of Japan April 1 - 12, 2023 + Hosted throughout by Scott Avera, President of Alexander+Roberts, and his wife Diane + Escorted comprehensive sightseeing every day, including all entrance fees + meals: bu et breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with wine at dinner + nights in our carefully selected -star hotels and ryokan + All on-tour transportation with on-coach WiFi, airport transfers, and the Bullet Train + All luggage handling, hotel taxes and fees + All gratuities are included, except for your Trip Leader + or more guests save each + Solo guests enjoy double occupancy accommodations throughout Act now. Space is limited. DOUBLE SOLO , , KYOTO – GRANVIA HOTEL Our deluxe hotel is a striking landmark with shops and dining in the heart of the city. TAKAYAMA – ASSOCIA TAKAYAMA RESORT In forested mountains, this resort is one of the nest in Japan’s Alps. KANAZAWA – NIKKO HOTEL Our contemporary -star hotel blends European elegance with traditional Japanese warmth. HAKONE – HOTEL KOWAKIEN TEN-YU Our inviting Ryokan-style hotel guestroom is highlighted by its own private, en suite Onsen, an open-air, hot springs bath. TOKYO – KEIO PLAZA HOTEL You’ll stay in a Premier Grand room on the Club Floor at our deluxe hotel in exciting Shinjuku. Our Deluxe City-Center Hotels + Ryoken 12 DAYS $10,599 $10,099 Save $1,000 per couple| $500 solo when you pay in full at time of booking until December 31, 2022 Call 800-221-2216 or Contact your Travel Advisor Alexander+Roberts.com OUR ORIGINAL JOURNEY Value Join Scott + Diane Avera at Cherry Blossom Time in Japan April ,