Ancient and Modern Japan


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Trip Code: AOP
Region: Asia
Countries visited: Japan
Activities: Volcanoes, Food Of The World, People & Religion, Festivals, History
Duration: 16 Days
Difficulty: Leisurely
Profile: Travel is by train (including the Shinkansen Bullet Train), ferry and private minibus.
Meals: 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners included.
Accomodation: 9 nights hotels, 4 nights ryokans - traditional Japanese guesthouses.
Group: Normally 6 to 18, plus leader and local guides.

Holiday price from: to including flights.

Exploring the varied attractions of this vibrant and traditional nation: Zen gardens, grand mountains and big cities

Tokyo at night from high in a skyscraper

Ancient wooden temples, raked-pebble Zen gardens and chanting Buddhist monks juxtapose with space-age towers, neon and bullet trains; Japan's fascinating blend of old and new is legendary. Exploring the southern and western stretches of Honshu, Japan's largest island, we will see little evidence of the devastating impact of 2011's earthquake and resulting tsunami. We discover its unique culture amongst the serene shrines and gardens of Nara and Kyoto and the rarely visited mountainous heartland of castles and spas. Our last stop is Tokyo: sprawling, inimitably busy, welcoming and extraordinary.

Holiday Itinerary

Picture of the Ancient and Modern Japan itinerary map
Day 1: Depart London.Show detailed information

Day 2: Arrive Kansai; transfer to Kyoto, an atmospheric city set amid beautiful hills.Show detailed information

Day 3: City tour including Zen gardens.Show detailed information

Day 4: Day trip to Nara, ancient capital of Japan.Show detailed information

Day 5: Free in Kyoto to explore shrines and temples.Show detailed information

Day 6: Day trip to Hiroshima; visit Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima.Show detailed information

Day 7: Kyoto to Takayama; afternoon sightseeing.Show detailed information

Day 8: Free in Takayama, amid the 'Japanese Alps', famed for its morning market and traditional architecture.Show detailed information

Day 9: Train to Matsumoto via mediaeval village of Tsumago; afternoon sightseeing in a town noted for its 15th century Black Castle.Show detailed information

Day 10: Travel by train to spa town of Yudanaka; explore the mountainous countryside and soak in a hot spring.Show detailed information

Day 11: See the famous Snow Monkeys before travelling by train to Tokyo.Show detailed information

Day 12: Optional trip to Nikko or Mount Fuji.Show detailed information

Day 13: A full day city tour of Tokyo including the Senso-ji Temple.Show detailed information

Day 14: Free in Tokyo.Show detailed information

Day 15: Fly to the UK.Show detailed information

Day 16: Arrive London.

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