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Japan and the wonders of the ancient Orient have a huge pull for many intrepid travellers. However, such a huge and foreign country can be daunting. There is so much to see but negotiating your way through a country in Japanese may be tricky for some but with Intrepid's Land of the Rising Sun tour, you will feel safe in the knowledge that your trip is organised and paid for and your itinerary is planned. All you need to do is sit back and relax as they take you on a journey through Japan by rail. You will stay in traditional Japanese ryokans. You can sleep on the floor on a tatami mat, keep warm beside an irori hearth or bath in an onsen.
From rural Japan to lively Tokyo, to the sacred resting places of shoguns at Nikko. You will visit local delights at a Takayama market, visit the Hiroshima Peace Park and explore magnificent Kyoto temples. Explore ancient castles, zip past the scenic countryside and learn about the feudal history on this fantastic tour.
- Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- Transport: Boat, Public Bus, Cable Car, Ferry, Metro, Bullet Train, Train
- Accommodation: Ryokan/Hotel (13 nts)
- Included activities
- Nikko - Toshogu Shrine
- Hakone - Lake Ashino-Ko boat trip
- Hakone - Cable car
- Takayama - Hida Folk Village
- Takayama - Market visit
- Takayama - Sake Brewery Tasting
- Hiroshima - Peace Park & A - Bomb Dome
- Himeji - Himeji Castle
- Kyoto - Gion District walk
- Kyoto - Temple/Shrine entrance
Day 1: Tokyo
Welcome to Japan. Bursting with contemporary urban culture, there are many sides of Tokyo to explore, from fascinating museums and world-class shopping, to neighbourhood backstreets lined with restaurants and karaoke bars. Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm tonight.
Day 2: Tokyo/Nikko
Enjoy a couple of free hours this morning. Perhaps see the historic Asakusa area. This is one of the older and more traditional parts of Tokyo, and is often called the temple district. Next, catch an express train (approximately 1 hour) and then a local train (approximately 1 hour) out of Tokyo towards Nikko. You’ll enjoy a pleasant ride, with beautiful views of the countryside. Japanese trains also have trolley carts with snacks such as bento boxes (Japanese lunch boxes), green tea and beer. Once you arrive in Nikko you’ll have free time to spend as you wish.
Day 3: Nikko
Nikko has been a sacred city since the middle of the 8th century, and is overflowing with beautiful shrines and temples.
Day 4: Hakone
Leaving Nikko, you’ll board a local train followed by two bullet trains and finally a bus on your way to Hakone. Total travel time can vary depending on the connections, but we will usually arrive by mid afternoon. Once in Hakone, take a boat across Ashinoko Lake and then ride a cable car over the surrounding mountains.
Day 5: Hakone
Today is a free day in the lake, mountain and onsen area of Hakone. Perhaps visit the boiling sulphur springs, or the Hakone Jinja – the red-gated Shinto shrine. There’s hiking trails in the national park, such as from Togendai to Owakudani, and from there to Mt Komagatake, passing the peaks of Mt Kanmurigatake and Mt Kami.
Day 6: Takayama
Travel by shinkansen (bullet train) towards Takayama. You’ll reach speeds of 270 kilometres per hour and it will take around 4 hours to get there. Takayama is a charming Edo period town located in the Japan alps, famous for its traditional inns, sake breweries and the museum of Hida Folk Village.
Day 7: Takayama
The Gifu prefecture is known to produce many fine altitude vegetables, and today you’ll visit morning markets that date back over 600 years. Browse the stalls of seasonal vegetables brought in from the surrounding countryside, set up by local farm women from 6am every morning.
Day 8: Hiroshima
Travel by train for approximately 5 hours to Hiroshima. Visit the Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome in the Peace Memorial Park and Museum (admission not included), both of which emotionally stand testament to the fateful day in August 1945 when Hiroshima was chosen as target for the first ever wartime use of the atomic bomb.
Day 9: Hiroshima
If you haven't done it yesterday, visit the Peace Memorial Park and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in the morning. Then make your way to the nearby island of Miyajima with its famous 'floating' Torii Gate and the grand Itsukushima-jinja Shrine.
Day 10: Hiroshima
Leave Hiroshima today and head to Japan’s most impressive samurai castle at Himeji by train (approximately 1 hour). Continue on a 1 hour train ride to Kyoto. In the evening, head out to Gion, the famous Geisha district. Even today you can observe the age-old tradition of geisha girls visiting members of the wealthy elite.
Day 11-12: Kyoto
With its many cultural landmarks and historical sites, and the abundance of traditional arts and literature, Kyoto is regarded as the cultural heart of Japan. Kyoto is a city that lends itself to walking, and there are a number of walks available. Your tour leader will take you to visit two of the best temples depending on the season this morning.
Day 13: Kyoto
There are no activities planned for the day and you’re able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time is 10am.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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