Japanese culture is heavily influenced by Shinto (the ethnic religion of Japan) and Buddhist traditions. Our travel experts in Japan have created a program immersing in the traditions and folklore that have shaped its uniquely rich culture while providing the opportunity to learn about ancient legends. On this one-of-a-kind itinerary, guests are taken off the beaten path to some of the country’s most culturally rich hotspots, including Kyoto, Okayama, Matsue and Fukuoka. We explore former imperial capitals, walk through ancient temples and delve into the history of magnificent castles. Savor local delights when we stop at a traditional brewery, such as Sake, snack on delicacies while walking along buzzing markets, and marvel at the perfection of some of the most famous Japanese gardens. Our 11-day experience takes guests from the natural wonders of Kyoto on a magnificent journey through Japanese life, ending in Yanagawa, a city built on a network of canals.