Duration: 12 Days
This extended your starts in Kyoto and travels visits Nara, Kanazawa, Takayama, Hakone before ending in Tokyo. The trip explores Japan’s rich history and visits settlements that are centuries old. You will be awed by the beautiful countryside and fascinating locations that this tour has to offer, including temples, museums and vast landscapes.
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Depart the UK
Today you will depart the UK and fly to Osaka.
Arrival in Japan
Upon arrive in Osaka you will travel to Kyoto, where you will have some free time at leisure.
In Kyoto you can visit the Nijo Castle with its stunning gardens and visit the Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji, built as a retirement villa for the Shogun and now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples.
Later you can go to Arashiyama and visit Tenryuji temple, a World Heritage Site founded in 1339. Travel through the famous bamboo groves used to make various products for the Nonomiya shrine.
Travel to Nara, Japan’s capital during the eight century for 74 years and home to some of the oldest temples in the country.
Visit the Todaiji temple, home to Japan’s largest Buddha, Kasuga Taisha and Nara Park which is referred to by many as “Deer Park”.
Later visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine which is known for its thousands of red torii gates leading up and through the sacred forest of Mount Inari, voted number one must see spot in Kyoto.
This morning you will see Kiyomizu temple and visit the Higashiyama district where you can take a walking route which will take you through one of Kyoto’s best preserved historic districts.
Later today you will travel by train to Kanazawa.
Later explore Jantar Mantar, the largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories.
Enjoy a cultural dinner in the evening.
Spend the day in Kanazawa and visit the Omicho Market and Kenroku-en Garden, classified as one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens.
Spend time at The 21st Century Art Museum that holds carefully selected works of contemporary artists from Japan as well as overseas.
This afternoon explore the Nagamachi district. Witness a demonstration of the centuries-old Yuzen silk painting technique followed by a visit to the Nomura Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home with tea-ceremony room.
Visit Shirakawago, located midway between Takayama and Kanazawa, this area lines the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains.
Travel to Wada house where you can see traditional farmhouses from the inside and take a stroll around the village.
This evening you will continue to Takayama and travel overnight on the Marudhar Express to Varanasi.
Take a visit to The Miyagawa morning market which is one of Japan’s biggest morning markets with stalls selling various local crafts and produce.
Visit Takayama Jinya, also known as the Historical Government House, and later explore the Festival Floats Museum. The walk there will lead you through Takayama’s beautifully preserved old town where you will find tea houses that have been in business for centuries.
Travel by train to Hakone via Nagoya, where you can visit the Hakone shrine, popular among Samurai during the 12th century and is hidden away in a dense forest.
Tonight you will stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan, sleeping in a Japanese style room with futons laid out on tatami mats. There will be delicious meals and access to onsen, these are baths that use mineral water from the naturally heated springs.
Journey to Tokyo, during which you may glimpse Mt Fuji if it is a clear day.
At Hakonemachi you will take a Pirate Boat to Togendai on the shores of Lake Ashi, an enormous volcanic crater created by an eruption 3,000 years ago. Continue via Rope Way heading towards Owakudani.
At Owakudani you can smell sulphur coming from this active volcano. Walk around Owakudani that leads to steam vents and bubbling pools.
Later you will continue your journey to Tokyo.
Spend the day in Tokyo and visit the Meiji Shrine, Omotesando shopping street and the Roppongi Hills Observation Deck, a 238-meter-tall Mori Tower. The tower houses the entrance to the excellent Mori Art Museum and the elegant Tokyo City View observation deck.
Later visit Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak up the atmosphere of what Tokyo was like hundreds of years ago. Visit Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon and Tokyo’s oldest temple.
Today you will visit Nikko, the centre of Shinto and Buddhist worship for many centuries and the mountain area is now a protected national park.
Visit Toshugu Shrine complex and Old Imperial Villa featuring architecture that spans three different periods. Later travel to Kirifuri Falls and see one of Nikko’s most famous waterfalls.
You will have free time in the city until your departure.
Depart and return to the UK.
Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. Visit the opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine which is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods; or discover the Imperial Palace which sits amid large public gardens; explore the many museums which offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theatre (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum); or see the array of colour at night with the overload of electric lights. Today, Tokyo mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. Enjoy the unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining.
Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It is considered the cultural capital of Japan and is a major tourist destination. Your group can visit many famous landmarks: the numerous Buddhist temples; as well as gardens; imperial palaces; Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses; many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district.
Roppongi Hills Observation Deck
Visit one of the tallest buildings in the city and discover the amazing view of Tokyo from the 238 meters tall Mori Tower observation deck. While most of the building is occupied by office space which is home to leading companies from the IT and financial sectors; the first few floors have restaurants and shops and the top few floors house the observation deck and a modern art museum that your group can visit. Roppongi Hills has become a symbol of the Japanese IT industry and is one of the best examples of a city within the city
Experience the beauty and power of this dramatic waterfall, with Edventure Travel, which is one of Nikko’s most famous waterfalls and over 75 metres tall. Kirifuri Falls is one of the most striking waterfalls in one of the most dramatic nature spots and the unique bend and steepness of the waterfall and its beautiful forest location make it worth a visit. Kirifuri which means ”falling mist,” accurately describes the effect caused by the water spray as it bounces off the rocks and plummets to the bottom. The area is also popular for viewing autumn colours.
Nara Park is a public park referred to by many as “Deer Park” due to the large population of more than one thousand tame sika deer. It sits at the foot of Mount Wakakusa. It is one of the oldest parks in Japan and is classified as a natural treasure and considered a place of Scenic Beauty. The previously private gardens are now open to public and these gardens make use of the temple buildings as an additional feature of their landscapes. Today, visitors can purchase ”deer-crackers to feed the deer in the park. The park is home to the Nara National Museum and Todai-ji, where the largest wooden building in the world houses a 15-metre tall statue of Buddha.
Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima was the first city in history to suffer a nuclear attack and this memorial park, in the centre of Hiroshima, takes up over 120,000 square meters and is dedicated to the legacy of this first atomic bombing and to the memories of the bomb’s direct and indirect victims. The A-Bomb Dome was one of the few structures left standing after the blast and the ruins of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall have been kept in the same state as immediately after the bombing. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park acts as a symbol of the most destructive force known to man, as well as a sign of hope for world peace. About half the deaths in Hiroshima and Nagasaki occurred on the day of the blasts; burns and radiation sickness claimed many more in the following weeks and months.
Peace Memorial Museum
Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum is a museum in Itoman, Okinawa. It covers the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. It provides visitors an opportunity to hear eyewitness testimonies and learn about the devastating effects the A-bomb had on the city of Hiroshima and its people. The Memorial Path includes 32 memorial monuments. There are a number of separate memorials including the Okinawa Peace Hall, a large tower erected in 1978.
Nikko is a small city in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture, in the mountains north of Tokyo. It has been the centre of Shinto and Buddhist worship for many centuries and the general mountain area is now a protected national park. Visit the famed Toshogu Shinto shrine established in 1617, now part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list, which comprises the gilded Yomeimon Gate, the main sanctuary set in a cedar grove and the tomb itself. Nikko also offers beautiful natural sceneries for each seasons and the stunning red leaves during autumn attracts many tourists.
From the slopes of Arashiyama your group could cross The ”Moon Crossing Bridge”, notable for its views of cherry blossoms and autumn colours. Visit The Iwatayama Monkey Park on the slopes of Arashiyama where over 170 wild monkeys live which have become accustomed to humans. At the summit is a fenced enclosure where visitors can feed the monkeys. Visit Matsunoo-taisha which is home to a blessed spring and is one of the oldest shrines in the Kyoto area. Also visit Tenryuji, the main temple, and one of the two main sects of Zen Buddhism in Japan which is now a World Heritage Site. Travel through the famous bamboo groves used to make various products.
Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo and can be seen from there on a clear day. It’s the highest volcano in Japan, at 3,776 meters, and last erupted in 1707–1708. Mount Fuji’s exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped for about 5 months a year, is commonly used as a symbol of Japan and it is classed as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. It is frequently depicted in art and photographs. As well as being visited by sightseers and climbers, it has been a pilgrimage site for centuries and is considered one of Japan’s three sacred mountains and summit hikes remain a popular activity.
The Fushimi Inari Shrine
Featured in the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”, this shrine is known for its thousands of red torii gates leading up and through the sacred forest of Mount Inari. It has been voted number one must see spot in Kyoto. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres and takes approximately 2 hours to walk up. Manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari as the patron of business. At the bottom of the hill are the main gate and the main shrine. Behind them, in the middle of the mountain, the inner shrine is reachable by a path lined with thousands of torii. At the top of the mountain there are tens of thousands of mounds for private worship.
Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous Zen Buddhist temples. The villa was transformed into the Kinkaku-ji complex by Yoshimitsu and converted into a Zen temple by his son, when he died. The building has burnt down twice in its history; the first during the Ōnin war (1467–1477); and the second by a novice monk in 1950.The present pavilion structure dates from 1955, when it was rebuilt and is a close copy to the original. The name Kinkaku is derived from the gold leaf that the pavilion is covered in and because the building is mainly covered in this, it reflects the sunlight and this creates an impressionable reflection on the pond.
The Floating Torii Gate & Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
The Itsukushima Shinto Shrine is situated on the island of Itsukushima and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures. It is best known for its ”floating” torii gate on the outskirts of the shrine. The red entrance gate was built over the water so that it appeared to float. It is considered to be one of Japan’s most beautiful views when it seems to float on water at high tide. It is also famous for its sacred peaks of Mount Misen; extensive forests; and its aesthetic ocean view. Mount Misen is its tallest peak and tourists can either hike or take a ropeway to the top.
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