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It’s been two long years since foreign tourists were welcomed in Japan—but the wait is over. If you have clients who have been chomping at the bit to get to the Land of the Rising Sun, you’re in luck: global tour operator Collette recently announced that booking is open for its two Japan itineraries with departures beginning this November.

“We’re so excited travelers can once again explore Japan. Prior to the pandemic, Japan was one of our most popular destinations. Nearly every departure we offered was sold out,” said Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, president of Collette, in a press statement. “Our product development team just returned from a three-week review of our two itineraries. Our partners—everyone from hotels to restaurants to local guides—and of course our tour managers cannot wait to welcome travelers back to Japan on two culturally-rich tours.”

And there’s news: Collette’s newest tour to Japan is Japan: Past and Present, which begins at $5,749.00 per person—this is a small-group tour for only 12 to 24 guests and dives deep into the country’s rich culture, traditions, cuisine and, of course, natural attractions. Highlights include overnighting amongst Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya, joining the Ama pearl divers to hear tales about their unique and sacred rights of this women-only profession, and using public transportation in Tokyo to explore the city to experience life like a local. 

The already established and popular Cultural Treasures of Japan begins at $4,999.00 per person and offers cultural and culinary experiences like a sake tasting, a sushi-making class, a geisha show in Kyoto and the chance for your clients to experience the centuries-old art of the Japanese tea ceremony.

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