Our tour will be led by Robert Markow, an internationally known music critic who has personally selected a rich and varied musical program for us. Performances include Les contes d’Hoffman, L’elisir d’amore, and concerts at Suntory and Orchard Halls with works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and more. Touring includes Kawagoe, Kamakura, Kyoto and Ueno Park.
Tokyo is a giant – “a concrete, steel and neon sprawl stretching almost to infinity” as one writer put it. Just the central core alone is inhabited by 13 million people. The entire metropolitan area, the largest in the world, eats up nearly 850 square miles with 23 wards in the core, 27 smaller cities, 14 towns and 27,000 islands with a combined population of over 35 million.
Tokyo roars 24/7. But it also has numerous exquisitely designed gardens – true oases of peace and tranquility. It has hundreds of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, a deep reverence for the past, a culinary tradition sans pareil, and a highly developed sensitivity to the arts. And the MUSIC!! Some 4,000 events a year given in 180 halls. Eight full-time professional symphony orchestras and several dozen opera companies large and small contribute to the plethora of concerts. This is Tokyo!
March is a pleasant time to be in Japan—temperatures in the mid-50s and relatively low rainfalls. Those wishing to indulge further are welcome to extend their trip with stays in Osaka or elsewhere, and we can assist with these arrangements.
Join us for a rare and wonderful opportunity to experience the joy of one of the world’s great cities.
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