A boutique style trip where you will visit Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo and journey into Japan’s mountainous heart
Japan, a country steeped in mythical traditions and modern wonders. This journey uncovers the highlights of this fascinating country. Like the history, the country is varied and diverse: from the ancient cities like Kyoto to the historically relevant city of Hiroshima and on to the beautiful Edo era city of Takayama; countryside backdropped by mountains, lakes and waterfalls to the bustling futuristic city of Tokyo. This journey gradually reveals the rich variety of the country as you visit temples, castles, shrines and holy mountains while mixing with locals and experiencing the real Japan. Come on this magical journey and experience all that Japan has to offer.
What does this trip have in store for you?
- 9 nights boutique character hotels, 2 nights in traditional Japanese Royokan
- Journey around the country like a local, travelling at high speed on the efficient bullet train network
- Visit the historic Hiroshima region, learn about its sombre past and discover its modern, cosmopolitan future
- Trace the steps of the Geisha around the alleyways of Kyoto’s atmospheric Gion district and sit down with an apprentice Geisha and enjoy
some traditional tea and entertainment.
- Visit the traditional Takayama, enjoy some tastings at a Sake brewery.
- Culminate in Tokyo, one of the most extraordinary capital cities on the planet.
Kyoto – Gion District Walk
Kyoto – Tea Ceremony with Maiko
Kyoto – Kinkakuji Temple
Nara – Todaiji Temple
Nara – Kasuga Grand Shrine
Himeji – Himeji Castle
Hiroshima – Miyajima Island Day Trip
Miyajima – Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima – Peace Park & Museum
Hiroshima – A-Bomb Dome
Takayama – Morning Market Visit
Takayama – Sake Brewery Tasting
Takayama – Hida Folk Village
Tokyo – City tour
Tokyo – Sensoji Temple
Tokyo – Sumida boat trip
Tokyo – Hamarikyu Garden
What are some of the finer points of detail on this tour?
While we aim to book nights at small, family run ryokans, the recent huge increase in tourism to Japan has put a lot of pressure on accommodation. On occasion, we may need to change accommodation to hotels in order to be able to operate your departure without itinerary changes.
This trip travels primarily on public transport, as it is so efficient and convenient in Japan. Fast trains are used to move between cities, as well as some private and public buses.
Be aware when packing for this trip that you will need to be able to carry your luggage on and off public transport, and to and from accommodations. In order to make travel on public transport easier, on some days we will forward your large luggage to our next destination, packing an overnight bag for that night’s stay.
Japan is excellent for exploring on foot, but please be aware of the amount of walking on this trip, sometimes up to 10–15 km per day. Pack good walking shoes and ensure your fitness level is such that you’ll be comfortable spending majority of the day on your feet.
We like to encourage travellers to indulge in traditional Japanese ‘onsens’ while in the country as it is a quintessential local experience. This means bathing naked in the presence of others of the same gender. While the experience can feel strange at first, most of our groups end up enjoying this activity. If you feel uncomfortable with bathing naked, please feel free to skip taking part.
Decorative tattoos are uncommon in Japanese culture and therefore you may receive curious and sometimes disapproving looks from locals. Generally, nobody will make a comment about your tattoos but please endeavour to wear modest clothing and be aware that you may not be able to enter public onsens.
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Note: Prices are based on current tour costs with payment by cash internet transfer, and are subject to availability. Airfares are additional.