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Backroads of Japan

  • 12 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAAJMS

Tokyo and Kyoto- Tokyo and Kyoto-

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Day 1 Tokyo

Arrive at any time.

On day 1, arrive in Tokyo at any time. As your fellow travellers will be arriving at different times, there are no planned activities during the day. Please check with reception for a message from your G Adventures leader with the details of your group meeting in the evening. At this meeting, you will be introduced to your tour leader and fellow travellers, and go over the logistics of the days ahead.

Days 2-3 Tokyo

Join your CEO for a walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through Yoyogi Park and Harajuku. Enjoy a free day to experience Tokyo or venture out to Mt Fuji.

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is one of the most modern cities in the world. It seems that every person on the streets has the latest version of everything. Tour the vibrant modern areas of Harajuku and Shibuya at their weekend cultural climax and then spend a day at leisure exploring other areas of this enormous urban land or venture out for a Day trip to Mount Fuji. Ginza, is full of department stores selling the latest fashions, Akihabara is the place to try the latest new gadgets before they become available in the West, and Shinjuku is the fast-paced nightclub area. However, if you look under the glossy surface, Tokyo is very traditional. Ladies still wear kimonos around town, people go to temples like Senso-ji to say a few prayers on their way to work, and couples get married in their traditional wedding gowns in the beautiful grounds around the Meiji Shrine. In spring, couples, families and friends sit beneath trees sipping sake and admiring the cherry blossoms.

Day 4 Nagano

Journey to the Japanese Alps and Nagano, host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics, and visit the historic Zenkoji Temple.

Journey to the Japanese Alps and Nagano, host city of the 1998 winter Olympics, visit the historic 7th century Zenkoji Temple.

Day 5 Matsumoto

Discover the world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park where you can watch Japanese snow monkeys bathing in the natural hot springs.

We will also have the opportunity to head out to the world famous Jigokudani Monkey Park, where wild snow monkeys can be seen bathing in the natural hot springs. Matsumoto is a quaint castle town featuring one of Japan's most treasured castles maintaining it's original wooden interior and stone exterior.. Together we'll explore this castle where 16th century Samurai once roamed before venturing out to wander Matsumoto's ancient streets and or dine in a traditional storehouse.

Days 6-7 Takayama (1B, 1D)

Explore Matsumoto's breathtaking 'Black Crow' Castle and continue to the traditional alpine market town of Takayama, known as 'Little Kyoto,' to experience sites such as the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, sake breweries and craft shops.

Travel through a backdrop of mountains, rice fields and traditional homes to Takayama. Nestled in the Japan Alps, Takayama earned the nickname of -

Days 8-9 Kurashiki

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-

A train trip brings us to Kurashiki, our next destination. An important town for trade during the Edo Period (1600-

Days 10-11 Kyoto

Spend two nights in the traditional heart of Japan, which gives you plenty of time to experience some of the many great walks through temples, teahouses, shrines and shops -

Today we continue our journey with an early morning transfer to Kyoto, the cultural centre of Japan. Kyoto has some of the most magnificent temples in the country which date back centuries. There are said to be 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, museums and traditional gardens in Kyoto. Starting with a hike up Fushimi Inari through 10,000 stunning torii gates (as seen on Memoirs of a Geisha!), your CEO will help you discover Buddhism, Zen and Shinto nuances as we explore some of the most beautiful temples of the season such as Kiyomizu Temple (Love Temple) or the breathtaking Chion-in Temple where The Last Samurai was filmed. The 2nd day provides more opportunity to explore more zen gardens, palaces and temples in Kyoto, take an independent venture to a nearby attraction or just walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a Geisha going from teahouse to teahouse. You may even want to take train excursion to the creative, funky and bustling metropolis of Osaka or the peaceful gardens and ancient temples of Nara, home of Japan's largest Buddha and a number of cute and docile deer, sacred symbol of the Kasuga Taisha shrine.

Day 12 Kyoto

Depart at any time.

There are no planned activities today and you are free to depart at any time. Kyoto offers easy transportation direct to Kansai International Airport.

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • Modern Tokyo walking tour. Zenkoji Temple visit (Nagano). Jigokudani Monkey Park visit (Matsumoto). Matsumoto Castle visit. Kibi Plains bike ride (outside Kurashiki). Japan Rail (JR) pass (7-day). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 dinner.
  • Allow USD400-500 for meals not included.
  • Bus, bullet train, local train, bicycle.
  • Hotels and traditional guesthouses/onsens (11 nts).

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