Ancient & Modern Japan

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Kyoto, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spot mysterious geishas in Kyoto's Gion district
  • Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
  • Watch the famous snow monkeys bathing in hot springs
  • Take the incredible high speed 'bullet train'
The Ancient & Modern Japan trip starts in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo. It is a food tour that takes 14 days taking you through Hiroshima, Yudanaka, Tokyo and 3 other destinations in Japan. Ancient & Modern Japan is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 29 reviews
Discovering Myanmar
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“This has been an outstanding holiday. We have seen some wonderful sights, heard about a delightful country and been given a real insight into life in a country facing many challenges.”
Fantastic introduction to Japan
5 - Excellent
“A packed and very varied two weeks from the majesty and beauty of old Kyoto, through to the traditional ryokans in the Japanese mountains and finally the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo. The travelling was a joy in clean, comfortable and punctual trains. The Japanese people were friendly and polite and always happy to help.
The shrines, temples and breathtaking scenery were memorable but so was enjoying traditional Japanese restaurants and being introduced to a vast selection of street food.”
Beautiful Japan
5 - Excellent
“I booked this trip as I wanted to be in Japan for the Autumn colours and it didn't disappoint. Mix the colour with the shrines, temples and culture of this amazing country and it made a for a great trip.”
AOP
5 - Excellent
“A wonderful trip in a fabulous country”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • 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 Philospher Path or experience a traditional tea ceremony
  • Day 5: Day trip to Hiroshima; visit Peace Memorial Park and the pretty island of Miyajima
  • 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 temples
  • 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 orientation tour
  • Day 11: Optional trip to Hakone and Mount Fuji or to the lovely seaside town of Kamakura
  • 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
WHAT'S INCLUDED Download PDF Brochure
Accommodation
  • 10 nights hotels and 3 nights ryokans/minshukus (traditional Japanese guesthouses)  , All accommodation 
Meals
  • 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
Transport
  • 14 days land only / 16 days flight inclusive
  • Travel by train, bus, metro, ferry and private minibus
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • Group arrival transfer (for group flight)
Others
  • Sightseeing on foot and 2 short daywalks 
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Special cherry blossom and autumn colours departures
  • Free departure transfer by shuttle service (must be booked in advance before trip commences with Exodus and is subject to availability)
  • Japan Rail Pass
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • 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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GOOD TO KNOW
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ancient & Modern Japan 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.

Payment

A deposit of 598 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 10 September 2020 full payment is required.

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.

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