Ancient & Modern Japan


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


Start Kyoto

Morning visit to Nijo castle and Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion); afternoon guided walk through beautiful shrines and temples

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 Philospher 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

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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.

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