The scenic Inland Sea, separating three of Japan's four main islands, is the centerpiece of this 13-day touring program. The trip begins with arrival in Tokyo, Japan's modern capital city filled with deluxe hotels, fashionable shopping areas, a myriad of dining options, and a vibrant nightlife. Following your stay in Tokyo you will fill out the week with stays in Hakone & Kyoto. Your second week begins with departure for Takamatsu, a former castle town during the Edo period. En route visit Kobe, an attractive port city, and namesake of the popular Kobe beef. After sightseeing in Kobe continue to Awaji Island, largest island in the Inland Sea, before arriving in Takamatsu. After an overnight, travel by ferry to the historic city of Kurashiki, the old storehouses that once housed rice and other goods have been transformed into boutiques, museums and cafes. Visit the famous Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki's Bikan Historical Area before departure by bullet train for Hiroshima. Upon arrival visit Peace Memorial Park and Museum, dedicated to a peaceful world free from nuclear weapons. The next morning visit famous Itsukushima Shrine, whose iconic torii gate appears to be afloat at high tide. The final stop is Osaka, Japan's third largest city, known by foodies as the Japan's "food capital."