Ancient & Modern Japan

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5.0 Based on 41 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Food tour
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kyoto, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • 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
The "Ancient & Modern Japan" tour starts from Kyoto and ends in Tokyo. It is a food tour that takes 14 days taking you through Takayama, Kyoto, Yudanaka and 3 other destinations in Japan. "Ancient & Modern Japan" is a guided small group tour 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.
5 - Excellent
Based on 41 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On May 07 2019
5 - Excellent
Japan. Ancient and Modern
“A superb trip, exploring a wide variety of destinations and experiences. Very stimulating. Wonderful to travel on public transport. I never expected to see and do so much. I loved the traditional wooden buildings / hotels we stayed in in the mountain areas. All the accommodation was excellent.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 30 2019
5 - Excellent
Konichiwa and arigato!
“This trip exceeded expectations in many ways - incredibly well-organised with a good balance between group activities and private exploration. The breadth of Japanese culture, both ancient and modern, was well covered, the accommodations were excellent, the food was extraordinary and the transport system very impressive. And the Japanese we met were always polite, respectful, friendly and calm. We came home with the feeling that the UK has a lot to learn!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 29 2019
5 - Excellent
Fascinating experience!
“You really couldnt pack any more into 2 weeks! We walked round cities (lot of walking), visited temples, shrines, markets, gardens and castles and saw beautiful scenery from the trains. Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable and always available for advice on what to do, where to go and where to eat in our free time.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 18 2019
5 - Excellent
Fabulous, well paced trip to see the best of ancient and modern Japan
“This was a bucket list trip for me and I was really pleased with the pace and the amount we covered in two weeks. The travel dates that I chose were specifically to see the blossoms and although they were late this year, we were lucky to see them and experience their serenity in Tokyo. The trip has lots of other amazing things in it too.”
  • 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 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
  • 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 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 06 February 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 06 February 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 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.


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.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.

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