Ancient & Modern Japan

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5 Based on 104 Reviews
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7527
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Kyoto, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Spot geishas in the Gion district of Kyoto
  • Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
  • Take the incredible high-speed bullet train
  • Explore temples in Kyoto and discover futuristic Tokyo
The "Ancient & Modern Japan" trip starts in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo. It is a food tour that takes 14 days taking you through Tokyo, Matsumoto, Yudanaka 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-gravel Zen gardens and chanting Buddhist monks juxtaposed with space-age towers, neon lights and bullet trains; the blend of old and new in Japan is captivating. As we explore the southern and western stretches of Honshu, the largest island in Japan, we discover unique culture among 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 Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and Ryoan-ji temple
  • Day 3: Day trip to Nara, ancient capital of Japan. Visit impressive Unesco temples including Todai-ji. Return to Kyoto; visit Fushimi Inari Taisha and visit historic Gion
  • Day 4: Free day in Kyoto; relax in one of the many Zen gardens, walk the popular Philosopher’s 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 the peaceful shrines and temples
  • Day 8: On to the medieval village of Tsumago; short leisurely walk on the Nakasendo trail; train to Matsumoto
  • Day 9: Visit Matsumoto Castle and travel by train to the spa town of Yudanaka; soak in a hot spring
  • Day 10: See the much-loved snow monkeys before travelling by train to Tokyo; evening orientation tour
  • Day 11: Optional trip to Hakone 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 transport and listed activities
  • All accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Group arrival transfer (for group flight)
  • Free departure transfer by shuttle service (must be booked in advance before trip commences with Exodus and is subject to availability)
  • Japan Rail Pass
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation- (limited availability & on request)- 10 nights only at hotels in Kyoto, Matsumoto and Tokyo
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers (not available on this tour)
5 - Excellent
Based on 104 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 29 2024
4 - Very Good
A great overview of Japan
This is a really good tour. Starting in Kyoto where you visit a number of temples, then moving through the countryside to various locations, then to Hiroshima and finally to Tokyo for the modern part of the tour. By the end you... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 24 2024
4 - Very Good
A fantastic introduction to Japan
This train tour of many contrasting areas of Japan gives an excellent experience introduction to a beautiful exciting country. An excellent variety of accommodation close to transport hubs made exploring very easy.
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 24 2024
4 - Very Good
A packed trip full of Japanese delights
A full programme that explores Japan both ancient and modern. The kindness and civility of all the people that we met was lovely
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 01 2024
4 - Very Good
Ancient and Modern Japan
The holiday was an interesting introduction to a country with an intriguing culture
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ancient & Modern Japan tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 20 October 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 October 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

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Ancient & Modern Japan tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

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