Backroads of Japan

Backroads of Japan
From £ 2294
Duration 12 Days
From £2294.15GBP - 3684240KRW
Duration 12 Days

Tokyo and Kyoto—the modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectively—represent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, you’ll thoroughly explore both and everything in between, from traditional villages and miles of rice fields to ancient temples and the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps. Snow monkeys, geishas, the teeming pedestrian scrambles of Tokyo’s Shibuya district, and the impossibly friendly staff of your traditional ryokan are just a few of the locals you’ll meet and never forget.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Tokyo

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Tokyo

Take a CEO-led walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through Yoyogi Park and Harajuku. Included Activities: Orientation Walk

Day 3 Tokyo

Enjoy a free day to experience the city or venture out to Mt Fuji.

Day 4 Tokyo/Nagano-shi

Journey to the Japanese Alps and Nagano, host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Visit the historic Zenkoji Temple. Included Activities: Zenkō-ji Temple Transport: Bullet train

Day 5 Nagano-shi/Matsumoto

Matsumoto is a quaint castle town featuring one of Japan's most treasured castles. Included Activities: Jigokudani Monkey Park Visit Transport: Train

Day 6 Matsumoto/Takayama

Visit one of Japan's most treasured castles maintaining it's original wooden interior and stone exterior. Explore the castle where 16th century samurai once roamed. Continue past the mountains, rice fields and traditional homes to Takayama. Discover the traditional Japanese way of life in a family-run guesthouse. Included Activities: Matsumoto Castle Transport: Local bus

Day 7 Takayama (1D)

Visit the ‘Praying Hand’ houses, huge thatched homes and well-preserved Edo samurai era dwellings nestled beneath the mountain peaks. From the Hida No Sato Folk Village to saki tasting at local traditional brewery Takayama offers a great opportunity for exploration. With free time in the afternoon opt to walk a forested trail, go for a bike ride, have a nap on the Tatami mats at the Ryokan or relax in a Japanese Onsen (hot spring) before enjoying a traditional dinner together as a group. Included Activities: Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit Sake Street Visit

Day 8 Takayama/Kurashiki (1B)

Get a real glimpse of old Japan at Kurashiki, a picturesque town in central Japan which has retained much of its old world charm with beautifully preserved black and white walled merchants’ homes and storehouses. Many of the storehouses have been converted into museums, souvenir stores, boutiques and cafés. Most famous among the museums are the Ohara Museum of Art and the Museum of Folkcraft. Transport: Bullet train

Day 9 Kurashiki

Enjoy a bike tour through the Kibi Plains, surrounded by rice fields and ancient burial grounds. On this scenic ride, glide past shrines and temples and get a glimpse of rural Japanese life. Included Activities: Bicycle Tour of the Kibi Plains

Day 10 Kurashiki/Kyoto

Journey to Kyoto and visit some of the most magnificent temples in the country, dating back centuries. There are said to be 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, museums and traditional gardens in Kyoto. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Transport: Bullet train

Day 11 Kyoto (1B)

Spend the morning discovering Buddhist, Zen, and Shinto nuances in some the beautiful Kiyomizu Temple (Love Temple) and the breathtaking Chion-in Temple. Opt to explore more zen gardens, palaces, and temples in Kyoto or venture to nearby Osaka. Another option further afield is to visit the peaceful gardens and ancient temples of Nara, home of Japan's largest Buddha. Included Activities: Kiyomizu Temple Visit Chion-in Temple Visit

Day 12 Kyoto (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

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