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Calligraphy Lesson (Shodo)

Japanese calligraphy, known as shodo in Japan, is the rigorous traditional art of writing Japanese kanji.

Since borrowing written characters, or kanji, from the Chinese and incorporating them into their own language, the Japanese have since developed the way of writing as a dignified art form distinct from its origins. With styles and themes evolving over centuries of history and cultural change, Japanese calligraphy, or shodo, has become one of the nation’s most enduring arts. Using a set of special brushes called fude, characters are drawn on nearly transparent sheets of washi paper, using a thick black ink with an acrid odor. Sometimes calligraphy artworks contain only a single character full of beauty and meaning, but often there are a few words or even short poems arranged in a top-to-bottom, right-to-left pattern down the paper. When learning shodo, special care is given to each stroke of the brush, making Japanese calligraphy an art of intense focus and determination. It is commonly taught to elementary and middle school students in Japan, not only in the interest of continuing Japanese heritage, but based on the belief that it can instill self-control and mental discipline.

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6298.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6298.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 5, 2022 Wed. Sep 14, 2022 US $6298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Sep 4, 2023 Wed. Sep 13, 2023 US $6298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Wed. Sep 11, 2024 US $6298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6298.00 (Limit to 18 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6298.00 (Limit to 18 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Mar 27, 2023 Wed. Apr 5, 2023 US $6298.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Apr 1, 2024 Wed. Apr 10, 2024 US $6298.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura 
Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6498.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6498.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. May 7, 2023 Tue. May 16, 2023 US $6498.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 6, 2024 Wed. May 15, 2024 US $6498.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn 
Festival Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Thu. Oct 6, 2022 Sat. Oct 15, 2022 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Oct 6, 2023 Sun. Oct 15, 2023 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Tue. Oct 15, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Oct 31, 2022 Wed. Nov 9, 2022 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Oct 30, 2023 Wed. Nov 8, 2023 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Wed. Nov 13, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival 
& 
Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Apr 10, 2023 Wed. Apr 19, 2023 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Apr 10, 2024 Fri. Apr 19, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 5, 2022 Sun. Sep 18, 2022 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Sep 4, 2023 Sun. Sep 17, 2023 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Sun. Sep 15, 2024 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 18 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 18 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Mar 27, 2023 Sun. Apr 9, 2023 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Apr 1, 2024 Sun. Apr 14, 2024 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8798.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8798.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. May 7, 2023 Sat. May 20, 2023 US $8798.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 6, 2024 Sun. May 19, 2024 US $8798.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival 
Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8998.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8998.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Thu. Oct 6, 2022 Wed. Oct 19, 2022 US $8998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Oct 6, 2023 Thu. Oct 19, 2023 US $8998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 US $8998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
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