Travel 2 Touring 18/19

RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

ASIA

1

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

JAPAN

Yudanaka

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

Nagano

1

1

Tokyo

Takayama

1

3

1

Nagoya

Fuji Five Lakes

Koya-San LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED Osaka 2 2 1

Kyoto

Himeji

1

1

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

ESCORTED TOUR PRICES FROM £4789pp

• Learn the art of Taiko drumming • Hike around the base of Mount Fuji • Get up close to the fascinating Snow Monkeys • Relax in a traditional Onsen • Experience the speedy bullet train • Chant with the Buddhist Monks in Koya-san

12 day Trails of Japan Tokyo • Fuji Five Lakes • Yudanaka • Nagano • Takayama • Kyoto • Koya-san • Osaka

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo After arriving in Tokyo, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. Day 2: Tokyo Tokyo is a city that is always moving forward – from the everchanging skyline to the fashions and trends of the people who call it home. As modern as it may appear, behind the neon façade is a traditional soul that is easy to find amongst the old alleyways, temples and shrines of the Edo era. Today begins with a visit to the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree for views over the sprawling city below, followed by a visit to Sensoji Temple – Tokyo’s oldest. Also, stroll along the lively Nakamise shopping street. Later, drive by the famous Shibuya Crossing, stop by Meiji Shrine and continue to the vibrant district of Harajuku. Finally, it’s time for a uniquely Tokyo experience – the Robot Restaurant, no introduction needed! (B) Day 3: Tokyo Immerse yourself in the local culture and spend the morning trying your hand at traditional Japanese drumming with a Taiko class, where you will learn how to beat the ‘wadaiko’ with ‘bachi’. Next, head to Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronics district and visit a Maid Café, one of Tokyo’s most popular types of themed establishments. In the afternoon, explore the Edo-Tokyo Museum, which powerfully illustrates the past of Tokyo (known as Edo until 1869) to relatively recent decades. May & September only - tickets to a Sumo tournament are included (B) Day 4: Tokyo - Fuji Five Lakes Journey out of Tokyo to the foot of mighty Mt Fuji. Pick up a hiking trail and make your way through alpine forest, across meadows and around lakes at Fuji’s base, pausing often to gaze on the peak towering above you. May 2019 - you will visit the Shibazakura Festival (BD) Day 5: Fuji Five Lakes - Nagano Travel to Matsumoto and explore its magnificent 16th Century castle. Continue to Nagano, stopping in Yudanaka to watch the Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkeys, at Jigokudani Monkey Park bathe and play in and around the hot spring pool. (B) Day 6: Nagano - Takayama Travel to Hotaka and ride up into the Japanese Alps on the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway for breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains (weather permitting). Drive to Takayama, nestled high in the Hida Region where you will stay the night at a ryokan,

a traditional Japanese inn with onsen facilities. Here you can relax and bathe in the natural hot spring pools and experience this most traditional pastime. This afternoon, you will have time to explore Kamisannomachi Street and sample the street food on offer. This evening, enjoy dinner in your ryokan. (BD) Day 7: Takayama - Kyoto Take the Limited Express train to Nagoya, then travel on the super-fast bullet train and wizz your way through the countryside to Kyoto. Start discovering the city’s rich heritage with visits to the enchanting Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple. Stroll around Higashiyama and Gion, the geisha district, with a stop at Gion Corner, which showcases the seven professional performing arts. (B) Day 8: Kyoto Start today by visiting Kinkakuji Temple, known as the ‘Golden Pavilion’, and Ryonaji Temple, home to Japan’s most famous zen garden. Continue to Arashiyama district and enjoy a rickshaw ride. Later, witness the rituals involved in the preparation and pouring of matcha tea in a traditional tea ceremony. (B) Day 9: Kyoto - Koya-san Discover the complicated process of dressing in a traditional kimono at Nishijin Textile Centre, then try your hand at the art of origami. This afternoon, travel by road to Koya-san, where you will spend the night in a 13th Century temple sleeping on a traditional futon on a tatami mat floor. (BD) Day 10: Koya-san - Osaka Rise early to join the monks for their daily morning service – hearing the recitation and chanting is a magical experience. After breakfast, take a walking tour of Koya-san. One of Japan’s holiest sites, this mountain top sanctuary is full of temples and pagodas. Also visit Kongobuji Temple and Okunoin Cemetry before travelling to Osaka. (B) Day 11: Osaka Take a day tour to Himeji to visit the 17th Century castle which is considered a prime example of Japanese feudal period architecture. Continue to a sake brewery, where you can learn about the brewing process and enjoy some tasters. Return to Osaka and enjoy a farewell dinner. (BD) Day 12: Depart Osaka Transfer to the airport, in time for your departure flight. (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£4789 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 11 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels • Meals as Specified: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners

• All transportation and transfers • All sightseeing and entrance fees

• English-speaking National Escort (subject to minimum 10 passengers) and Local Guides DEPARTURES 2019: Mar 23, 29; Apr 7; May 15, 21; Sep 8, 15; Oct 6, 23 2020: Mar 23, 29, Apr 7; May 12, 19

TOUR STYLE: Escorted (Go Beyond)

GROUP SIZE: Max 24

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 stars

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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