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Ancient & Modern Japan

 

Summary:

Explore Zen gardens, temples and the most iconic sights of Japan

Duration
14 Days
Cities
12
Next Departure
24-Oct-2021
Starting at
± USD 6,001.00
Price per day
± USD 429.00

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Operator
Exodus Travel
Tour
Ancient & Modern Japan
Travel Style
Small Group Tour with More Flexibility
Group Size
6 - 18
Age Group
16 - 99 Years


Summary

Explore Zen gardens, temples and the most iconic sights of Japan

Short Itinerary

  • Start Kyoto
  • Visit Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji Temple And Nijo Castle; Followed By Nishiki Market And Historic Gion
  • Day Trip To Nara, Ancient Capital Of Japan. Visit Impressive Unesco Temples Including Toda-Ji, Housing The World's Largest Bronze Statue Of The Buddha
  • Free Day In Kyoto; Relax In One Of The Many Zen Gardens, Walk The Popular Philosopher Path Or Experience A Traditional Tea Ceremony
  • Day Trip To Hiroshima; Visit Peace Memorial Park And The Pretty Island Of Miyajima
  • Travel From Kyoto To Takayama, A Traditional Old Town Set Amid The 'Japanese Alps'; Visit The Hida Folk Village 
  • Orientation Tour In Takayama And Free Day To Explore Its Peaceful Shrines And Temples
  • On To The Mediaeval Village Of Tsumago; Short Leisurely Walk On The Nakasendo Trail; Train To Matsumoto
  • Visit The Famous Matsumoto Castle And Travel By Train To Spa Town Of Yudanaka; Soak In A Hot Spring
  • See The Famous Snow Monkeys Before Travelling By Train To Tokyo; Evening Orientation Tour
  • Optional Trip To Hakone And Mount Fuji Or To The Lovely Seaside Town Of Kamakura
  • A Full Day City Tour Of Tokyo Including The Senso-Ji Temple
  • Free Day For Further Exploration; Optional Karaoke Farewell Night
  • End Tokyo

Visited cities (12): Ashikaga, Hakone, Hiroshima, Kamakura, Kasuga, Kyoto, Matsumoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Narita, Takayama, Tokyo

 

Details

Ancient wooden temples, raked-pebble Zen gardens and chanting Buddhist monks juxtaposed with space-age towers, neon lights and bullet trains; Japan’s captivating blend of old and new is legendary. As we explore the southern and western stretches of Honshu, Japan's largest island, we discover the country's unique culture amongst the serene shrines and gardens of Nara and Kyoto and the rarely visited mountainous heartland of castles and spas. Our last stop is the vast and futuristic capital city of Tokyo: sprawling, inimitably busy, welcoming and extraordinary.

Remarks

Highlights

  • Spot mysterious geishas in Kyoto's Gion districtExperience cherry blossom
    season or beautiful autumn coloursTake the incredible high speed 'bullet
    train'Explore temples in Kyoto and discover futuristic Tokyo
  • Included in Price

    • 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.Japanese cuisine is usually one of
      the main highlights of any trip to Japan. It is based on rice with miso
      soup and other dishes which are usually prepared with seasonal ingredients.
      Seafood is very is common, and it usually comes grilled or deep
      fried. Sushi and sashimi aside, other staple dishes include Soba or Udon
      noodles, Sukiyaki (meat, fish and vegetables cooked in broth) and Yakiniku
      (grilled meat).The included dinners are usually taken at traditional
      guesthouses which will serve a kaiseki style dinner, a multi-course meal
      including a dozen of tiny dishes prepared with locally-sourced seasonal
      ingredients. When food is not included, your leader will always be on hand
      to recommend the best local eateries and arrange some group meals for a full
      immersion in Japan's varied and excellent cuisine. Please note that in Japan
      the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g.
      gluten-free, strict vegetarian (no fish/seafood) or vegan is minimal or
      non-existent. The group meals arranged by the tour leader will be in
      traditional eateries where the choices of vegan dishes may be limited to
      simple salads or boiled rice. However in Kyoto and Tokyo a number of vegan
      restaurants are available.  It may also be a good idea to bring with you
      some foodstuffs that you normally consume, or to supplement meals with snacks
      purchased in the local convenience stores.Please advise us at time of booking
      you have any specific dietary requirements.
    • 3 breakfasts and 3 dinnersAll accommodation All transport and listed
      activitiesFlights from London (if booking incl. flights)Group arrival
      transfer (for group flight)Free departure transfer by shuttle service (must
      be booked in advance before trip commences with Exodus and is subject to
      availability)Japan Rail Pass

    NOT included in price

  • Travel insuranceSingle accommodation- (limited availability & on request)- 10
    nights only at hotels in Kyoto, Matsumoto and TokyoVisas or vaccinations
  • Travel Package

    DescriptionComing from Going to
    Tour Kyoto Tokyo

    This is an Organised Group Tour: the itinerary has been predefined by the tour operator. The tour destinations, duration, accommodations, departure dates and the price are fix. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

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