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This small group trip from Tokyo to Osaka provides a taste of the best Japan has to offer.
Travelling from super-modern Tokyo, to villages, castles and temples that remain unchanged from the times of the Shogun and Samurai, this trip covers the very best of Japan.
Visit the tranquil Miyajima Island
Observe the famous snow monkeys
Learn about Samurai in Kanazawa
9 Days / 8 Nights
Explore the very best Japan has to offer from the majestic shrines and pioneering shopping malls of Japan.
13 Days / 12 Nights
From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, Japan dazzles.
3 Days / 2 Nights
A great introduction to Japan’s famous hot onsen, ancient ryokan and remarkable snow monkeys of Yudanaka.
13 nights accommodation, meals as specified, local transportation including rail travel and services of an Explore tour leader.
Our trip starts in Japan’s action-packed capital city of Tokyo.
We explore Tokyo on foot and using the metro system. The afternoon is free to explore other areas such as the trendy back streets of Harajuku or the skyscraper district of Shinjuku. (B)
Today is a free day in Tokyo. Visiting beautiful Hakone National Park is a great way to spend the day, discovering the stunning views of Mount Fuji. Your tour leader will help with details of what to do. (B)
A train journey of just under three hours takes us to the pretty town of Matsumoto, flanked on each side by the Japanese Alps. The town’s 500-year-old castle is Japan’s oldest and features a moon viewing pavilion, a hidden floor for Samurai and various booby traps to aid its defence. (B)
Travelling by train and private bus, we make our way to Jigokudani Onsen, home to Japan’s famous snow monkeys. Later, we head to our temple lodgings. Furnished with tatami mats, futons and paper walls we enjoy an authentic Japanese experience. The rooms are twins with shared toilet and bathing facilities. (B)
Wake at sunrise to watch the monks performing their rituals. Later, we travel by train to Kanazawa. We wander around the atmospheric Samurai District, learning about how the warrior class lived and died. (B)
Today is a free day to make the most of Kanazawa. A great option is to wander around the colourful stalls at the town’s Omicho market or visit a ‘chaya’, or teahouse, where guests are entertained by Geisha. (B)
Travel to Takayama by train, a city that retains a traditional feel and is famous for its dark wooden merchants’ houses. There are several sake distilleries in the old town and we’ll try some of the city’s famous brew. We overnight in a family-run minshuku, sleeping in twin rooms with tatami mats, futon beds, shared bathroom facilities and meals cooked and served by the host family. (B)
Today we journey by train to Hiroshima. Completely destroyed on 6 August 1945 by an atomic bomb, Hiroshima has risen from the ashes. We visit the moving Peace Memorial Park and museum on the site of the 1945
A-bomb hypocentre. (B)
After breakfast, we take a ferry to Miyajima. As we arrive we get a great view of the floating torii gate, these red gates appear to float on the water. After exploring the island, we take the ferry back to Hiroshima. (B)
After breakfast, we journey by train to Kyoto. The imperial capital for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto has more than 2,000 temples and shrines. (B)
The morning is free in Kyoto before travelling to Osaka. Arriving in Osaka, we’ll take a walk around the Namba area, where miles of covered arcades criss-crossed by canals open to charming back streets. (B)
Our trip ends after breakfast in Osaka. (B)
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