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INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience, Kanazawa-shi • Zen Tea Ceremony, Kyoto • Walking tour of Tsumago Village and countryside • Kaiseki dinner • Visit Kanazawa’s samurai and geisha districts • Visit Nomura Family Samurai Residence and Myoryuji Ninja Temple • Excursion to Miyajima Island • Tour Kyoto and Nara including Fushimi Inari, Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1



12 day Iconic Japan Tokyo • Tsumago • Kanazawa • Hiroshima • Kyoto

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo Arrive Tokyo and make your own way to your hotel. Hotel Gracery Shinjuku (3 nights) Day 2: Tokyo Spend the day exploring vibrant Tokyo by public transportation. 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 experience the quirky and modern with a walk through the pop culture obsessed Harajuka district a great place to sit back and people watch. (B) Day 3: Tokyo This morning, visit the famed market with insiders of Tsukiji Fish Market, learn about the fishing industry in Japan and enjoy a class with 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. (BL) Day 4: Tokyo – Tsumago Depart Tokyo by train. Disembark at Nagiso and enjoy a walk through the countryside, passing farms and hamlets and into Tsumago, a traditional Village. After, continue to our local ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese kaiseki meal, learn about Japanese customs, and sleep on a futon. (BD) Hanaya Tsumago Ryokan Day 5: 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. (B) Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel (2 nights) Day 6: 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 and we delve into these traditions with a chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience. Opt to visit the stunning gardens or original castles. (B)

Day 7: Kanazawa – Hiroshima Continue by bullet train to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city. (B) Grand Prince

Hiroshima (2 nights) Day 8: Hiroshima

J ourneys E xclusives • Sukiji Sushi Experience, Tokyo • Zen Buddhist Meditation, Nara-shi • Kembu Masters, Kyoto

Catch a ferry over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate, considered one of Japans most beautiful and sacred shrines. This afternoon is free, opt to catch the ferry to other Islands to explore on your own. (B) Day 9: 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 and visit a tea house. (B) Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (3 nights) Day 10: 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. (B) Day 11: 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 traditional bowl of matcha 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. Later, take some time to explore on your own. Opt to visit museums, temples, or zen gardens. (B) Day 12: Kyoto You are free today until it is time to make your own way to the airport. (B)


£3499 per person


PRICES INCLUDE • 11 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified : 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner • Services of an experienced Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides • Touring by bullet train, express train, local train, ferry, metro, taxi, public bus, walking • Sightseeing and touring as specified DEPARTURES 2019: Jan 28; Feb 25; Mar 18, 25; Apr 1, 8, 22; May 13, 27; Jun 10, 24; Jul 22; Aug 19; Sep 2, 16; Oct 14, 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 16 TOUR STYLE: National Geographic Journeys

GROUP SIZE: 15 max


Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.


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