Mar 24, 2021 — Apr 05, 2021

Insider's Japan

With Liz Brailsford

About this Trip

Join Liz Brailsford, Chief Operating Officer of the World Affairs Councils of America to a fascinating land of rich traditions and dizzying modernity 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. Begin in amazing Tokyo, where sightseeing includes the imposing Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, and a calligrapher's gallery. Then encounter magnificent Mt. Fuhi and cruise on scenic Ashi Lake. After overnighting in traditional ryokan inn, travel by express train to lovely Takayama in the Japanese Alps. A traditional tea ceremony and a cooking class offer opportunities to experience Japanese culture firsthand. In culturally rich Kanazawa, visit famed Kenrokuen Garden and a gold leaf museum. Touring of Japan's cultural capital, Kyoto, includes the beloved Golden Pavillion temple, the extravagant Nijo-jo Castle, and the important Fushimi Inari shrine. We will add substantive political and ecomonic briegings to the final itinerary.

From $6,984 tentative total price including air from Los Angeles (other gateways available)

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Your Council Leader

Liz Brailsford is Chief Operating Officer of the World Affairs Councils of America and leads WACA's operations and internal management of the national office.

With much of her career in the international arena, Liz joins the office with a wealth of management experience in nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Most recently, Liz served as a full-time consultant for Panagora, a DC-based implementing partner of USAID, and the USDA's Food for Progress Program, responsible for communications at the former and research and analysis at the latter. Previously, she led the international department at Relocation Today, where she headed operations, management, business development, and client relations of the department, and also served on the Japan-related nonprofits, such as the Japan America Society of Minnesota, the JET Alumni Association of Minnesota, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee. Liz began her career working several yars in Japan for the JET Program.

She holds an M.P.A. in global policy from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School (and serves on the School's alumni association board) and a B.A. in media arts from the University of South Carolina.

For every tour we require each individual participant to fill out a Passenger Information Form.  When filling out the form, you will need your passport information readily available. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

"It is too difficult to choose a highlight - all the palaces and shrines were quite interesting and some could be characterized as magnificent. The trip to Kyoto and especially Nara was amazing. Seeing Mt. Fuji was also a great experience, and I was so glad I extended the tour to Hiroshima."

Martin Taller, Huntington Beach, CA