Tokyo and Kyotothe modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectivelyrepresent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, youll 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 Tokyos Shibuya district, and the impossibly friendly staff of your traditional ryokan are just a few of the locals youll meet and never forget.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Take a CEO-led walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through Yoyogi Park and Harajuku.
Enjoy a free day to experience the city or venture out to Mt Fuji.
Journey to the Japanese Alps and Nagano, host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Visit the historic Zenkoji Temple.
Bullet train (3.00 hour(s))
Matsumoto is a quaint castle town featuring one of Japan's most treasured castles.
Jigokudani Monkey Park Visit
Train (1.50-2.00 hours)
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.
Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
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.
Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit
Sake Street Visit
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.
Bullet train (5.50-6.50 hours)
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.
Bicycle Tour of the Kibi Plains
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.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
Bullet train (2.50-3.00 hours)
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.
Kiyomizu Temple Visit
Chion-in Temple Visit
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Trip Name: Backroads of Japan
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: 4190
Trip Code: 127175
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