Departure Date: 14/04/2019
Divulge in to the rare combination of new and old in this ultimate Japanese experience. Explore the metropolis of Tokyo before travelling cross country to the historical Hiroshima and charming Kyoto. Wander through skyscrapers before partaking in ancient Tea Ceremonies and sampling local delicacies such as Sushi and Sake. This 14-day trip dives beneath the guide book and steps into the heart of Japanese culture.
Start your authentic experience in the bustling city of Tokyo, here you will see the modern and traditional sides of Japan collide. Wander through the city’s skyscrapers on a guided tour of Hamarikyu, one of Japan’s most popular gardens.
Take an alternative tea break in the exquisite teahouse, Nakajima-no-Ochava. While you enjoy a freshly made cup of green tea, your guide will spill the secrets and traditional behind the official tea ceremony, Sado. Discover more of the magic behind this historic city by relaxing river cruise to Asakusa, Tokyo’s shitmachi, otherwise known as the old town.
With free time there is endless possibilities to explore the city’s world class museums and art galleries or use an included Japan Rail Pass to see neighbouring cities of Kamakura and Nikko.
Then it will be all aboard at top speed as you take the Bullet train to Takayama, a small town nestled high in the Hida Alpine. After the scenic journey, there are plenty of opportunities to roam the streets of this hidden gem, while sampling from the local sake breweries and tasting the famous Hida beef sushi. The options are endless in the Japanese Alps so why not explore the village and cycle pass rice paddies before staying in a ryokan, a Japanese-style inn, that night.
Before immersing in the history of Hiroshima, why not visit Shirakawgo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its famous gassho-zukuri (thatched roofs house).
Next stop is Kyoto, the reigning cultural capital of Japan. This beautiful ancient city offers shrines and temples with an additional 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your guided tour through the city will start at the famous Nijo Castle known for its Momoyama-style architecture before exploring famous temples such as Ryoan-ji Temple and Kinkaku-ji Temple. After the tour why not use your downtime to discover the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of the Higashiyama district.
Before leaving this enchanting city, experience every aspect of Japanese culture with an unforgettable tour, where you can take part in a tea ceremony, create origami or as an option sample for more sake at a nearby brewer, all while wearing a traditional kimono. Before flying home finish your trip in the colourful city of Osaka and fill up Osakan delicacies such as takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and the famed fugu (blowfish).
Price is based on 2 adults travelling together and sharing a double room throughout this 14 day highlights of Japan tour during the Cherry Blossom season in Japan. Price includes return flights with one checked bag each of 20kg each, Meet and greet service at the airport and transfer to your hotel by train , Departure transfer by train, Meals as mentioned in itinerary, 14-Day Japan Rail Pass (ordinary class, activated on Day 1), Services of an English speaking guide, Entrance fees and transportation fees as specified, Introduction to Japanese Culture , Bus from Takayama to Shirakawago (One-way) , Bus from Shirakawago to Kanazawa (One-way), PASMO Card (rechargeable contactless smart card ticketing system for Tokyo public transport) with JPY 3,500 credit and information pack on arrival.
From €4450 per person .
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