- Food tour
- Cultural, religious and historic sites
- duration 14 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 16+ yrs
- max group size 18
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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- Spot mysterious geishas in Kyoto's Gion district
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.
Day 1: Start Kyoto
Day 2: Visit Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji temple and Nijo castle; followed
by Nishiki Market and historic Gion
Day 3: 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
Day 4: Free day in Kyoto; relax in one of the many zen gardens, walk the popular
Philosopher Path or experience a traditional tea ceremony
Day 5: Day trip to Hiroshima; visit Peace Memorial Park and the pretty island of
Day 6: Travel from Kyoto to Takayama, a traditional old town set amid the 'Japanese
Alps'; visit the Hida Folk Village
Day 7: Orientation tour in Takayama and free day to explore its peaceful shrines and
Day 8: On to the mediaeval village of Tsumago; short leisurely walk on the Nakasendo
trail; train to Matsumoto
Day 9: Visit the famous Matsumoto Castle and travel by train to spa town of
Yudanaka; soak in a hot spring
Day 10: See the famous Snow Monkeys before travelling by train to Tokyo; evening
Day 11: Optional trip to Hakone and Mount Fuji or to the lovely seaside town of
Day 12: A full day city tour of Tokyo including the Senso-ji Temple
Day 13: Free day for further exploration; optional karaoke farewell night
Day 14: End Tokyo
- All accommodation All transport and listed activities
- 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
- Any international flights to Kyoto 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 is not included in this Ancient & Modern Japan tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ancient & Modern Japan tour. You can cancel the tour up to 91 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 90 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 17 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 January 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 90 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Ancient & Modern Japan 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 & Modern Japan 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.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
- An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.