Lisa Reilly, Chair & Professor in the Department of Architectural History

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$6,195 per person, double occupancy, land only.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,295 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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A truly foreign and fascinating land of rich traditions and dizzying modernity is revealed on this well-crafted 13-day small group tour. See Tokyo and Kyoto’s highlights, engage in local life, and head off the beaten path to alluring historic destinations. Your touring begins in amazing Tokyo, where sightseeing includes the Imperial Palace, the famed Ginza district, and Tokyo National Museum. Encounter magnificent Mt. Fuji and cruise on scenic Ashi Lake. After overnighting in a traditional ryokan inn, travel by express train to lovely Takayama in the Japanese Alps. A traditional tea ceremony and a cooking class enable you to experience Japanese culture firsthand. In culturally rich Kanazawa, visit famed Kenrokuen Garden and a gold leaf museum. Tour Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto, seeing the beloved Golden Pavilion temple and the Gion geisha district; and explore ancient Nara. Discover cosmopolitan Hiroshima, reborn from its atomic destruction, on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Program Highlights

  • See Tokyo’s highlights, including the Imperial Palace District and Meiji Shrine
  • Experience the stunning scenery of Mt. Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
  • Stay overnight in a traditional ryokan inn
  • Partake in a hands-on cooking class and a traditional tea ceremony
  • Discover Takayama’s ancient streets and houses
  • Tour culturally rich Kanazawa and Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital
  • Take an excursion to historic Nara


Lisa Reilly, Chair & Professor in the Department of Architectural History

Lisa is associate professor of the Architectural History Department and has regularly taught the survey of global architectural history as well as courses on medieval, Islamic and nineteenth century architecture. Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Together with Kevin Murphy of Vanderbilt University, she has edited a volume of essays on skyscraper Gothic, which was published by UVA press in spring 2017.

Ms. Reilly is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. In 2015 she was the Fulbright Fellow in the History of Art at the University of York where she researched the medieval stained glass of a local church. She has previously published books on Peterborough Cathedral (Oxford University Press) and Vassar College (Princeton Architectural Press). She held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. She teaches a course entitled “Rome: Baroque & Renaissance Art on Site” during U.Va.’s January term. Lisa has traveled extensively with Cavalier Travels, most recently to Scotland, Cuba, India and the French and Italian Rivieras .


DAY 1 - Monday, September 30

Depart U.S. for Tokyo, Japan

DAY 2 - Tuesday, October 1

Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival in Japan’s financial, commercial, and political capital, we transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary, we have no scheduled activities or meals planned.
Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo

DAY 3 - Wednesday, October 2


After a briefing about the journey ahead, we set out to discover a small part of this amazing city that covers a staggering 840 miles. Our sightseeing features the Meiji Shrine, a peaceful enclave of Shinto temples and gardens. We also visit the gallery of preeminent calligrapher Koshun Masunaga, where we learn about this ancient art of artistic writing and browse the collection. Our tour ends in Ginza, Tokyo’s famed shopping, dining, and entertainment district, where we can stay to explore as we wish or return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, we gather for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo
Breakfast, Dinner (B,D)

DAY 4 - Thursday, October 3


Our tour of Tokyo continues this morning at the Imperial Palace, surrounded by moats and ramparts and home of the Imperial Family. Here we visit the East Gardens, part of the innermost circle of defense of the historic Edo Castle that once stood here. We continue on to the Buddhist Asakusa Kannon, Tokyo’s oldest temple (c. 645 CE), and the adjacent Nakamise shopping arcade, dating to the 17th century. Last, we visit the Tokyo National Museum, housing an extensive collection of art and antiquities from Japan and other Asian countries. This afternoon is free for independent exploration; lunch and dinner are on our own in this city with endless dining options.
Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo

DAY 5 - Friday, October 4

Tokyo/Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

Japan’s pastoral side is on tap as we leave Tokyo for Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Here sits imposing Mt. Fuji, a dormant volcano (it last erupted in 1707) with a perfectly symmetrical cone that rises to 12,388 feet. The mountain’s majesty is breathtaking, as artists and writers have attested for centuries. We take a coach ride where, weather permitting, we’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramic views; then we descend for a relaxing cruise on scenic Ashi Lake. Leaving the park, we travel to the town of Hakone where we spend the night at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn where we take off our shoes upon entering, enjoy a Japanese-style Kaiseki dinner, and sleep on a futon.
Aura Tachibana

DAY 6 - Saturday, October 5


Today we travel first by bullet train then by Wide View Hida express train to lovely Takayama in the Japanese Alps, considered one of the country’s most attractive towns with its 16th-century castle and old-style buildings. Our explorations center on three narrow streets in the San-machi-suji district where, in feudal times, merchants lived amidst the authentically preserved small inns, teahouses, and sake breweries. This afternoon we attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony here, an historic ritual of form, grace, and spirituality.
Takayama Green Hotel

DAY 7 - Sunday, October 6


We pay an early visit to the riverside Miyagawa Morning Market, a blaze of dazzling colors and foodstuffs. Here we meet a local chef to gather ingredients for the lunch we will prepare together at a nearby site. After enjoying the fruits of our labors, we embark on a walking tour, visiting Takayama Jinya, an historic government house; the local sake brewery; and Takayama’s old town, whose well-preserved buildings and homes date to the Edo Period (1600–1868).
Takayama Green Hotel

DAY 8 - Monday, October 7


We leave Takayama this morning for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri Village. Comprising buildings relocated from authentic villages nearby that were razed for a dam, the village is also a vibrant community whose residents work together to preserve the unique traditional architecture here known as Gassho style. Late this afternoon we reach the castle town of Kanazawa, an alluring coastal city that survived the ravages of World War II.
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

DAY 9 - Tuesday, October 8


Today’s tour of this culturally rich city features renowned Kenrokuen Garden, a national landmark whose origins date to 1676. We also see Ishikawa Gate, the only remaining section of the town’s original castle; Hakukokan, a museum celebrating the art and craft of gold leaf technology; and the Higashi Chayagai teahouse and geisha area. Our last stop is the Nagamachi Samurai district, where the ruling family’s samurai warriors lived.
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

DAY 10 - Wednesday, October 9


We depart this morning by train for Kyoto, formerly Japan’s Imperial Capital and now the country’s cultural and artistic center, with more than 1,600 temples, hundreds of shrines, artful gardens, and historic architecture. Upon arrival, we visit Kinkaku-ji, the beloved lakeside Temple of the Golden Pavilion set on pillars suspended over the water. Next: Ryoanji, a Zen Buddhist temple whose acclaimed dry garden epitomizes the simplicity of Zen meditation. Our last stop is Unrakugama, a workshop specializing in prized Kiyomizu pottery.
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto

DAY 11 - Thursday, October 10


Today we travel to Nara, Japan’s 8th-century capital renowned for its shrines and temples. We first visit Todaiji (c. 752 CE), one of the country’s most important temples, whose main hall (c. 1692) is the world’s largest wooden building. We also visit historic Kasugataisha, the Shinto shrine and UNESCO site surrounded by parkland where deer roam free.
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto

DAY 12 - Friday, October 11


This morning’s tour reveals more of this city that was spared destruction during World War II. Highlights include Nijo-jo Castle (c. 1603), the extravagant residence and fortifications of the shoguns who ruled Japan for more than 250 years; and Sanjyusangendo Hall (c. 1266), an important Buddhist temple housing 1,000 statues of the Thousand-Armed Kannon deity. From here we venture to the Gion district, where the geishas gather. Then the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, we toast our adventure at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto

DAY 13 - Saturday, October 12

Depart Kyoto for U.S.

This morning we travel by motorcoach to Osaka, where we board our return flight to the United States.

Post-Tour Extension

Hiroshima: City of Peace, October 12-14, 2019

3 days/2 nights for $995 total price (Single supplement: $155)

Included in Extension Price: Rail transportation Kyoto/Hiroshima, Hiroshima/Osaka; 2 nights’ accommodations at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima (First Class); 3 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch; Extensive included sightseeing: excursion to Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima touring by local “Hiroden” train, visit to Peace Memorial Park and Museum, Atomic Bomb Dome; Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; Gratuities for dining room servers, hotel porters, and all drivers


  • Tokyo – Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo
  • Hakone – Aura Tachibana (ryokan)
  • Takayama – Takayama Green Hotel
  • Kanazawa – Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
  • Kyoto – ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto


19 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners

Program Fees

$6,195 per person, double occupancy, land only.

$6,695 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, plus $362 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$7,195 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from New York, NY, plus $362 airline taxes and fees.

$7,295 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Washington, DC, plus $362 airline taxes and fees.

$7,395 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $362 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,295 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Pacific flight: $4,595 per person from San Francisco.

General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

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Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (June 27, 2019) before departure.

Included in Tour Price: Round-trip air transportation from specific cities; 11 nights’ accommodations: 10 nights in Deluxe and First Class hotels, 1 night in traditional Japanese ryokan; extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip; rail transportation as described; luggage handling for one bag per person; gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers.

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare when purchasing a Land Only package; airfare from your hometown to your departure city; costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; communication charges; optional sightseeing; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities: $10-$15 per traveler, per day); and travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.

Cancellation, Refunds, and Changes: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon the University of Virginia’s receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: cancel 95 days or more before departure: $200 charge; cancel 94-65 days before departure: 25% of tour price; cancel 64-45 days before departure: 50% of tour price; cancel 44-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; cancel 29-0 days before departure: no refund. If you make any changes to your reservation from 94 to 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.

Upon reservation, you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, as well as your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Responsibility: The liability of the University of Virginia, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, and restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, or of their employees, agents, servants, or representatives. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including, without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise lines, and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality.

Health and Medical Issues: We request that you be in good health to participate in this University of Virginia tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches and boats on your own. We regret that we cannot offer individual assistance; in such cases you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. Please note that many of our itineraries, for reasons beyond our control, cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Please call or e-mail us to inquire and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

Air Transportation – Important Information: Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. includes in its tour price round-trip economy air from designated gateway cities, and contracts with those airlines the company feels provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates. You will receive your preliminary air schedule approximately 2½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. is unable to guarantee any seat assignments. Due to the nature of tour operator tickets, other restrictions apply, including, but not limited to, frequent flyer mileage accrual, stopovers, alternate travel dates, upgrades, and airline taxes and fees. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, Land Only is available on most tours. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservations, you do not purchase non-refundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.