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12 Days / 11 Nights Trip to Japan

Iconic Japan

Welcome to a country that fuses the ultra-modern and traditional with ease, a nation that blends the elegance of kimonos and the speed of bullet trains with verve.
Japan will surprise, amaze, delight and completely captivate you, from modern metropolis Tokyo, to imperial Kyoto, quiet bamboo forests to the iconic Mt. Fuji.  But no matter where you go, it’s the little experiences - a bowl of spicy ramen,fortune-telling at a Shinto shrine, the shade of a pale-pink kimono, the whimsicality of a robot cafe - that will make your time here truly captivating.
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  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Starting From
    $5,199
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    G Adventures
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Be astonished by Tokyo
Highlight #1
Be astonished by Tokyo
Explore a modern metropolis of skyscrapers and bullet trains, small ramen stalls and robot bars, and get a first-hand glimpse of life in the capital.
Kyoto takes you back in time
Highlight #2
Kyoto takes you back in time
Japan's ancient and imperial capital is famous for its elegant temples, tea gardens and markets.
Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial museum
Highlight #3
Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial museum
Visit the incredibly moving memorial to the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack of 1945.
Video

There’s simply no place like Japan

Futuristic cities, quiet bamboo forests, kimonos, sushi, Mt. Fuji and more will guarantee you an unforgettable time. Take a look at this video by Media Hog Productions for a glimpse of what’s in store.

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Tokyo

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  Hotel:  None

Tokyo

Spend the day exploring vibrant Tokyo by public transit. As a city of extreme contrasts, we experience the ancient and traditional with visits to Meiji Jingu Shrine and the old town of Asakusa. We then see Tokyo's quirky and modern side with a walk through the pop culture-obsessed Harajuku district — a great place to sit back and people-watch.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Tokyo

This morning, insiders of the Toyosu Fish Market (formerly known as the Tsukiji Fish Market) take us on a tour to learn about the fishing industry in Japan, ending with a class led by sushi masters. Learn how to identify the freshest fish, to prepare and fillet, and the fine art of sushi-making and presentation. After, try your hand at making your own sushi and enjoy a taste of your creation. This afternoon is free to explore Tokyo on your own.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Tokyo/Tsumago

Depart Tokyo by train. Disembark at Nagiso and continue to our local ryokan accommodation. Enjoy a walk through the countryside, passing farms and hamlets into Tsumago, a traditional village. After, feast on a kaiseki meal, learn about Japanese customs, and sleep on a futon.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Tsumago/Kanazawa

Continue by train to the historic city of Kanazawa. Explore the ancient Samurai culture with a walk through the well-preserved Nagamachi Samurai district and visit to the Nomura Samurai family residence.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Kanazawa

Continue exploring Kanazawa, visiting the Myoryuji Ninja Temple and walking through the Higashi Geisha district. The city is also renowned as a centre of traditional arts and crafts. We delve into these traditions with a chopstick and gold leaf painting experience.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Kanazawa/Hiroshima

Continue by bullet train train to Hiroshima and visit the park and Memorial Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Hiroshima

Catch a ferry over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate, considered one of Japan's most beautiful and sacred shrines. This afternoon is at your leisure. Opt to catch the ferry to other islands and explore on your own.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Hiroshima/Kyoto

This morning we visit Himeji Castle, considered the best preserved and most stunning castle in all of Japan. After, continue by train to Kyoto, the former Imperial Capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. This afternoon, take a stroll around the Gion Geisha district.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Kyoto

Visit the stunning Fushimi Inari, an ancient shrine at the base of the mountain of the same name. After, spend the day exploring sites around Nara, visiting the impressive Todaiji Buddhist Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Kyoto

This morning, visit a local temple to learn about the history and practice of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Here we meet with a local monk who will talk about Buddhism and instruct us in Zen meditation and calligraphy. Enjoy a cup of tea before visiting the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. After, we learn about the etiquette of the samurai as well as the practice of basic kembu, and take a lesson on how to use the Japanese sword. Then, enjoy a performance by kembu masters which includes short poems, which were traditionally written by samurai about major events in their life.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Kyoto

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   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tsukiji Sushi Experience, Tokyo Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Zen Buddhist Meditation and Calligraphy, Kyoto Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Kembu Masters, Kyoto Your Hands-On Moment: Chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience, Kanazawa

  Tour of Tokyo including Meiji Jingu Shrine and Asakusa and Harajuka districts

  Walking tour of Tsumago Village and countryside

  Kaiseki dinner

  Visit Kanazawa samurai and geisha districts

  Visit Nomura Family Samurai Residence and Myoryuji Ninja Temple

  Visit Himeji Castle

  Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial

  Excursion to Miyajima Island

  Zen tea experience

  Tour Kyoto and Nara including Fushimi Inari, Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Jan - Sep)

  Visit Gion Geisha district

  Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)

  All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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