Secrets of Japan Small Group Journey
LENGTH: 14 DAYS
TRIP GRADING: MODERATE
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 16 TRAVELLERS
• Return economy flights to Tokyo, return from Osaka flying Qantas~
• 12 nights hotel accommodation
• One night Ryokan accommodation
• Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
• Day trains as per itinerary
• Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
• Small group touring
• Entrance fees
• Luggage transport
• Western tour leader (when group size reaches 7 or more)
• Local English-speaking guides
• Return transfers
10 Jun 2018
Other departure dates available on request, at an additional cost.
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• Join a Japanese paper-making class in the historic town of Gokayama.
• Venture through the streets of Tokyo like a local – take a train to Shibuya, discover the Tokyu food hall and join a Taiko drumming lesson.
• Discover numerous traditional crafts including pottery and silk dyeing as you explore Kanazawa.
• Take part in a sake tasting before a tea ceremony at Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto.
• Enjoy a Maiko dinner and performance in Kyoto, and gain inside knowledge about their fascinating lives.
17 Feb 18,
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
DAYS 1-4: TOKYO & HAKONE
Hotels: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu, Hakone Yumoto
On arrival in the energetic city of Tokyo, transfer to your hotel, and meet your fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide). See the iconic pedestrian crossing in front of Shibuya train station’s Hachiko exit. Continue to Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine – Meiji Jingu. Walk to nearby Harajuku, a trendy shopping precinct. Afterwards, enjoy a Taiko drumming class. Afterwards, enjoy a short boat cruise on Sumida River which ends near Sensoji Temple, the oldest and most revered temple in Tokyo. Continue to Ueno Park and visit the Tokyo National Museum, Japan’s oldest and largest museum. Visit Hakone and see iconic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a short boat cruise on peaceful Lake Ashi and ride the cable car for majestic views of Mt Fuji.
DAYS 5-6: KISO VALLEY VILLAGES & TAKAYAMA
Hotel: Best Western Hotel Takayama
Venture into the beautiful Kiso Valley at the southern tip of the Japanese Alps stopping en route at Tsumago and Magome. Continue passing beautiful mountain scenery to Takayama. Takayama is a bustling market town, rich in shrine and temple architecture
DAYS 7-11: KANAZAWA & HIROSHIMA
Hotels: Kanazawa Mantin Hotel, Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
Travel to the Shirakawago district, famous for its unique gassho-zukuri buildings, which have steeply-pitched thatched roofs designed to withstand the winter snowfall. Take an excursion to Kenrokuen Garden and visit Shima House, a preserved teahouse which has been converted into a Geisha museum or Nomura house, a samurai residence. Travel to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Museum, and see the sobering cenotaph inscribed with all the known victims of the Hiroshima bomb. In the afternoon, explore Hiroshima independently. Travel by train to Himeji and visit the 17th century Himeji Castle before continuing to Kyoto. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Kyoto at your own pace.
DAYS 12-14: KYOTO
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo
Discover some of Kyoto’s cultural treasures. Visit one of Kyoto’s most impressive shrines – Fushimi Inari Shrine and walk through the thousands of coloured ‘torii’ which stretch along a mountain path. Sample some sake before continuing to the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) to experience an authentic tea ceremony at the famous rock garden temple of Ryoan-ji. Spend the day exploring Kyoto independently. Choose to visit nearby Arashiyama, a popular district on the outskirts of Kyoto. Transfer by private taxi to Kyoto station for your onward journey.
Note: transport from Kyoto to Osaka airport is at an additional cost.
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