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  • Meet the ancient Terracotta Warriors.
  • Get a bird's-eye view of Mt Fuji from a cable car.
  • Stay in a traditional ryokan
The Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo tour starts in Beijing and ends in Tokyo. The Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo is an Explorer tour that takes 16 days taking you from Beijing to Tokyo and through other destinations in Asia.

Explore two ancient nations in 16 well-packed days on this unique journey that takes you from the epic lengths of the Great Wall of China to the poetic views of Mt Fuji. Hop aboard trains and ferries and face an army of Terracotta Warriors for a historical encounter you won't soon forget. Spend nights in a traditional ryokan and a shukubo temple lodging for an authentic Japanese experience. Our CEOs will take you off the beaten track to reveal the cultural treasures of the region’s ancient sites.
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Arrive at any time.
Is Beijing top of your must-see list? Booking pre-trip accommodations will let you do Beijing your way before meeting up with the group.
Accommodation
  • Chonpines Hotel - Beijing Caoqiao Metro Station (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.
Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Spend time wandering around, taking photos, and picking up souvenirs.
Accommodation
  • Chonpines Hotel - Beijing Caoqiao Metro Station (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
  • Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Cable Car at Great Wall
    The cable car ride is about 5 minutes ride up to tower 14, from where you may walk to the highest point of Mutianyu Great Wall at Tower 23. The walk from ticket check to tower 10 is about 30 minutes.The cable car ride is a good option if you are hoping to save energy to challenge the Tower 23. Return ticket is recommended as you may spend more time on the wall.
  • Toboggan at Great Wall
    After your hike on the Great Wall, opt to take a Toboggan ride back down instead of the cable car!
  • The Pearl Market
    Shoppers get ready. The Pearl Market is great place to get souvenirs for friends and family! This market is well know for the verity of pearls but, make sure to also checkout the other vendors selling goods like crafts, clothing, and silk.
  • Drum and Bell Tower Visit
    Climb to the top of the Drum Tower for an unforgettable aerial view of the city. Back in the Han Dynasty the towers were used to echo the time to the city with bells in the morning and drums in the evening. Today the 63-ton bell still stands in one tower and drum performances happen daily in the morning and afternoon.
  • Kung Fu Show - Beijing
    Follow the tale of a young boy on his journey to becoming a kung fu master through six gripping scenes told through traditional Chinese art and live modern dance. (Don’t worry; there are subtitles above the stage). Developed by some of China’s top stage directors and designers, the performance showcases the skills of its talented cast, most of whom are just 17 years old.
  • Beijing Acrobatics Performance
    Enjoy an evening of spectacular acrobatics performed by some of China’s most talented performers and athletes. This unforgettable spectacle features Chinese-style tricks, like plate-spinning, contortion, foot-juggling, and a host of circus-style acrobatics, too.
Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Later, board a fast train to Xi'an.
Accommodation
  • Skytel Hotel (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Tiananmen Square
    Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.
  • Forbidden City Tour
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.
Transport
  • Metro
    Get around underground via public transit.
  • Local train
    Duration : 5.75 hr - 6.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Enjoy some free time exploring the city before a visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors. After enjoy a local lunch at a farmhouse before hopping on an overnight train to Suzhou.
Meal
  • Lunch
Included Activity
  • Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Take a guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors where more than 8,000 clay soldiers and hundreds of replica horses and chariots stand in three pits. Learn why the Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife and how they were discovered. Spend a half-day exploring this archaeological wonder.
Transport
  • Basic overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 14.0 hr - 16.0 hr
    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Optional Activities
  • Cycling Xi'an City Walls
    Rent a bike and cycle the Xi’an city walls. The walls – built for protection in the Tang Dynasty and expanded in the Ming dynasty –are a great way to absorb local history. Hop off where you like and admire the views as you pedal along the 12m (39 ft) wide wall, which takes about 2 hrs to cycle along.
  • The Great Mosque
    Discover this hidden oasis behind the markets of the Muslim Quarter. Learn about the Great Mosque's centuries-old history, and explore the temples and gardens to see how Chinese and Islamic architecture came together in this place of worship.
  • Muslim Quarter Visit
    Explore the lively Muslim Quarter and its serene Great Mosque, making time to indulge in the offerings of exotic local street food stalls. At night, head out for some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favorite.
  • Big Goose Pagoda Visit
    Head to the outskirts of the city to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a beautiful, brick Buddhist temple. Check out the Music Fountain Square at the base of the leaning pagoda at night to see an amazing light show.
  • Bell and Drum Towers - Xi'an
    Climb to the top of the Drum Tower for an unforgettable aerial view of the city. Back in the Han Dynasty the towers were used to echo the time to the city with bells in the morning and drums in the evening. Today the 63-ton bell still stands in one tower and drum performances happen daily in the morning and afternoon.
Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens.
Accommodation
  • Suzhou Overseas Chinese Hotel (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Master of the Nets Garden Tour
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Tour through the serene classical garden and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travel to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund. After enjoy a Shanghai acrobat show.
Travel by metro and train to Shanghai. After an orientation walk along Shanghai's famous Bund, you are free to explore the delights this modern Chinese city has to offer.
Accommodation
  • Shanghai Holland Hotel (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk of the Bund
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Take a stroll along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with our CEO. This is a great opportunity to get a layout of the city and figure out what you want to explore next.
  • Shanghai Acrobatic Performance
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning and amazing contortionists— truly not to be missed!
Transport
  • Metro
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Get around underground via public transit.
  • Bullet train
    Duration : 0.75 hr - 1.0 hr
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Enjoy free time in this bustling city.
Accommodation
  • Shanghai Holland Hotel (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Yuyuan Gardens
    Explore this tranquil, 400-year-old, five-acre garden. Climb to the top of the Rockery to see the greenery from above. Check out the Jade Rock and watch the swarms of goldfish swim around in the ponds. With multiple pavilions and halls there’s plenty to see. Depending on when you visit there may be flower shows or tea ceremonies in the area. Opt to visit the bustling bazaar located outside the gardens and hone your bargaining skills.
  • Shanghai Museum
    Visit Shanghai Museum, home to a world-class collection of ancient Chinese art. Tour individual galleries devoted to such items as sculpture, bronze, ceramics, jade, coins, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, paintings, and calligraphy. Stop at the gift shop on your way out.
Hop on a flight from Shanghai to Osaka. Take the evening to explore the city.
Board a flight from Shanghai to Osaka and enjoy a free night exploring the cityscape.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Ibis Styles Osaka (or similar)
Transport
  • Plane
    Duration : 2.25 hr - 3.0 hr
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Depart early and travel to the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine). Watch the monks pray in the morning.
Journey to Mt Koya, a religious centre founded in 816 by the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. The train ride up the mountain is possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Japan. For the final steep ascent, switch to funicular and then hop on a bus to reach the monastery.

In the evening, dine on shojin-ryori, typical vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata, or kimono.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Monastery Eko-in (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Overnight in Mount Koya Temple
    During the overnight stay in the mountain temple, witness the routines of the monks and dine on typical fare. Explore the temples and moss covered Oku-no-in cemetery in the afternoon. In the evening, savour the shojin-ryori vegetarian cuisine, and relax in a yukata or kimono. Early morning at the temple offers the chance to observe the monks praying, before a vegetarian breakfast. Breathe the fresh mountain air and soak in the beautiful surroundings.
  • Oku-no-in Cemetery Visit
    Oku-no-in is the most sacred site in Koyasan and the location of the mausoleum for Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism. The area is surrounded by a massive cemetery, the largest in Japan. With over 200,000 tombstones lining the almost 2km path to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum, there is plenty of area to explore. Be sure to see Torodo Hall (Hall of Lamps), the main place of worship, where more than 10,000 lanterns are kept burning day and night.
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Watch the monks pray in the morning and enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Hiroshima. This afternoon, visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum commemorating the events of 1945.
Early morning offers the chance to observe the monks praying. Breathe in some fresh mountain air before a vegetarian breakfast, then start the journey back down the mountain via bus, train and funicular.

Later, board a train to Hiroshima, a historically significant city, marked by the explosion of the first atomic bomb in 1945.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial
    Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.
Transport
  • Bullet train
    Duration : 5.0 hr
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Take a ferry ride over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate. Opt to hike around Mt Misen.
Accommodation
  • Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Miyajima Island Visit
    Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.
Transport
  • Ferry
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Optional Activities
  • Mt. Misen Visit
    Set out for the summit of Mt. Misen, Miyajima’s highest peak at 500m (1,640 ft) above sea level. Opt to hike one of three trails through the forest and keep an eye out for wild deer or catch a ride on the ropeway and walk the remaining distance to the top. Take in great views of the Seto Inland Sea and on a clear day see as far as the city of Hiroshima.
Travel to Kyoto and start exploring. Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, explore the geisha district of Gion on a CEO-led walking tour.
Accommodation
  • The b Kyoto Sanjo (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Gion Walk
    Walk through Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. Visit shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain.
  • Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
    Visit the Nijo Castle, the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period built in 1603. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circular fortification), Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), and the gorgeous gardens that surround both.
Transport
  • Bullet train
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and walk under the bright torii gates. Opt to shop, stroll along the riverbank, or explore another of Kyoto's many temples with free time.
Accommodation
  • The b Kyoto Sanjo (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
    Pay a visit to Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Walk under the thousands of iconic torii gates (as seen in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The shrine itself is at the base of the Inari mountain but includes many trails up to smaller shrines in the area.
Optional Activities
  • Philosopher's Walk
  • Zen Gardens of Ryōan-ji
    The Ryōan-ji garden is one of the best examples of kare-sansui, or dry landscape, a type of Zen garden. Fifteen large rocks are placed within a sea of white pebbles raked into linear patterns to facilitate meditation. Stand on the platform to get the best view from above. Stroll the grounds around the Ryoan-ji Temple and along the Kyoyo-chi pond.
Take a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko and a walk along the Old Tokaido Highway, and hopefully catch a glimpse of majestic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a stay in traditional ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese multi-course kaiseki meal, soak in the natural hot springs, and sleep on a futon.
Travel to Hakone, a town in the hills famous for its onsens, or natural hot springs. Stay in a traditional ryokan, with its own private onsen.

In the evening, enjoy the ryokan, savouring a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, followed by a recommended soak in the onsen.
Meal
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Hakone Pax Yoshino (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Lake Ashino-ko Boat Ride
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Hop aboard a passenger boat to cruise the waters of Lake Ashinoko. If you are lucky, on a clear day you can capture a view of
    Mt Fuji. The lake was formed from the caldera of Mt Hakone following its eruption 3000 years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
  • Traditional Ryokan Stay with Kaiseki Meal
    Enjoy the ryokan, savour a complex meal of traditional Japanese foods, then finish the day with a soak in the onsen.
Transport
  • Bullet train
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
  • Local bus
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Head to Tokyo with time to do some last-minute shopping.
Arrive before noon to Tokyo, with time to explore this energetic metropolis.

Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • The B Ikebukuro Tokyo (or similar)
Transport
  • Bullet train
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
Optional Activities
  • Ueno Park Visit
    As Japan's most popular city park, Ueno is known for its museums and cherry blossoms. Stroll the pathways, admire the thousands of trees, including 1,200 cherry trees, look for lotus on the pond and visit the temples and museums.

  • Akihabara Visit
    Tokyo's Akihabara district is a cultural centre and shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and electronics.
  • Harajuku Visit
    The Harajuku district is known as the centre of Japanese youth culture and fashion. Here, find dozens of shopping and dining options including independent boutiques and larger international luxury stores.
  • Ginza Shopping
    The Ginza district is Tokyo’s equivalent of Fifth Avenue in New York. Window shop at Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, then check out the latest electronics at the Sony showroom or Apple store. Visit the Wako department store with its historic clock tower, housed in a building that dates back to 1894. If you are there on a weekend, head to Ginza’s main street where pedestrians rule without Tokyo’s traffic.
  • Imperial Palace East Gardens Walk
    The Imperial Palace in Tokyo’s city centre is home to Japan’s Emperor and Empress. It is surrounded by a moat and three gardens, all open to the public. Stroll throughout the grounds, admire the azaleas and hydrangeas (when in season), discover the original stone wall that surrounded the palace back in 17th to 19th centuries during the days when samurai warriors defended the ruler. Visit nearby Sannomaru-Shozo-kan museum and see exquisite kimonos and Japanese paintings.
Depart at any time.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotels (12 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).
Meals
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Note: Allow USD520-680 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, walking, metro, bullet train, plane, ferry.
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout except on the flight from China to Japan, local guides.
Included activities
  • Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
  • Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Kōyasan
  • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
  • Terracotta Warriors excursion (Xi'an)
  • Master of the Nets Garden visit (Suzhou)
  • Shanghai orientation walk
  • Chinese acrobat performance (Shanghai)
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
  • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit
  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)
  • Gion walk
  • Fushimi Inari shrine visit
  • Lake Ashino-ko boat ride
  • Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Beijing and from Tokyo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 16 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 15 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Beijing, China/ Tokyo, Japan
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Payment

A deposit of 350 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 24 May 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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  • 1. Travel Style : RailGet closer to the big cities, isolated communities, and stunning landscapes of the world's greatest destinations via train-based adventures on iconic rail routes.
  • 2. Service Level : StandardComfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 3 - AverageSome tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (12 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), mountain monastery (1 nt, shared facilities), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).

  • Checklist

    Cold Weather:
    • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Warm hat
    • Warm layers

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Light Hiking:
    • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
    • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)

    Train Travel (Optional):
    • Slip-on shoes
    • Small container with lid
    • Travel cutlery
    • Travel or camp cup

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

    Note: From Nov-Apr weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing.

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout except on the flight from China to Japan, local guides.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 15, avg 12

  • Highlights

    Meet the ancient Terracotta Warriors, get a bird's-eye view of Mt Fuji from a cable car, stay in a traditional ryokan

  • International_flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    Explore two ancient nations in 16 well-packed days on this unique journey that takes you from the epic lengths of the Great Wall of China to the poetic views of Mt Fuji. Hop aboard trains and ferries and face an army of Terracotta Warriors for a historical encounter you won't soon forget. Spend nights in a traditional ryokan and a shukubo temple lodging for an authentic Japanese experience. Our CEOs will take you off the beaten track to reveal the cultural treasures of the region’s ancient sites.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD520-680 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

  • Packing_note

    From Nov-Apr weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing.

  • Start_finish

    Beijing to Tokyo

  • Transport

    Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, walking, metro, bullet train, plane, ferry.

  • Whats_included

    Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
    Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in Mount Koya Temple, Kōyasan. Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing). Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour. Terracotta Warriors excursion (Xi'an). Master of the Nets Garden visit (Suzhou). Shanghai orientation walk. Chinese acrobat performance (Shanghai). Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit. Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto). Gion walk. Fushimi Inari shrine visit. Lake Ashino-ko boat ride. Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal. Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days). Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Optional_activities

    Beijing
    - The Pearl Market (Free)
    - Drum and Bell Tower Visit (20CNY per person)
    - Beijing Acrobatics Performance (42USD per person)
    - Kung Fu Show - Beijing (320-500CNY per person)

    Mutianyu
    - Toboggan at Great Wall (100-120CNY per person)
    - Cable Car at Great Wall (100-120CNY per person)

    Xi'an
    - Cycling Xi'an City Walls (100-150CNY per person)
    - The Great Mosque (25CNY per person)
    - Muslim Quarter Visit (25CNY per person)
    - Big Goose Pagoda Visit (50CNY per person)
    - Bell and Drum Towers - Xi'an (50CNY per person)

    Shanghai
    - Yuyuan Gardens (45CNY per person)
    - Shanghai Museum (Free)

    Miyajima
    - Mt. Misen Visit (Free-1800JPY per person)

    Kyoto
    - Zen Gardens of Ryōan-ji (500JPY per person)
    - Philosopher's Walk (Free)

    Tokyo
    - Akihabara Visit (Free)
    - Ginza Shopping (Free)
    - Ueno Park Visit (Free-500JPY per person)
    - Imperial Palace East Gardens Walk (Free)
    - Harajuku Visit (Free)

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