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Wendy Wu Trails of Japan

Japan is a country rich in colour, beauty and tradition. This amazing tour shows you the highlights and the contrast between the natural beauty of Mount Fuji and the cultural heritage displayed in Koya San, the modern wackiness of the robot restaurants and the adorable snow monkeys.

Tour Highlights:

Shinjuku
Mount Fuji
Yudanaka
Japanese Sake

What's Included: 

Return international flights
All Accommodation
Selected meals
All transportation & transfers
All sightseeing & entrance fees
English speaking National Escort & local guides
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders.

Wendy Wu Trails of Japan Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: Fly to Tokyo

Today, fly to Tokyo then enjoy your time before you meet the group by discovering Tokyo

Day 3: Discover Tokyo

Today you will discover both sides of Tokyo, the futuristic and modern,  and the traditional. The city tour begins at the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest tower at 634 metres. Then you will head to the  Asakusa, and visit Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple. You will visit the Nakamise shopping street. Then, you can go to the Shibuya road crossing, the Meiji Shrine and the district of Harajuku. In the afternoon, you will head to the Robot Restaurant, a metallic and colourful cabaret with a sci-fi and robotic theme.

Day 4: Japanese Drumming 

Today you will take part in a traditional Japanese drumming lesson where you will learn the fundamental techniques of beating the ‘wadaiko' with ‘bachi'. Then, you will visit Akihabara, the busy and illuminated city signs are unlike  anything you will have seen before. Tokyo's electronics district. Then you will visit one of the famous maid cafes, another themed restaurant. In the afternoon, explore Tokyo's past at the Edo Tokyo Museum.

Day 5: Mount Fuji

Today you will hike through the alpine forests at the foot of Mount Fuji, across meadows and lakes you will enjoy the rural beauty of Japan.

Day 6: Lake Ashi

In the morning you will sail on Lake Ashi. Then you will travel to Matsumoto and explore the castle. Then you will continue on to Nagano.

Day 7: Snow Monkeys 

You will travel to Yudanaka to visit the snow monkeys, at the Monkey Park. You may seem them bathe in the hot springs and play in the water. Then continue to Hodaka and ride up into the Japanese Alps on the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, reaching an observation platform at 2,156 metres. Then your group will drive to Takayama where you will be staying at an onsen.

Day 8: Bullet Train to Kyoto

You will take a train to Nagoya, where you'll change onto a bullet train to Kyoto. This afternoon you can start discovering Kyoto's rich heritage with a visit to the enchanting Fushimi Inari Taisha with its and admire the views over the city from Kiyomizu Temple. You can discover the neighbourhoods of Higashiyama and Gion, the geisha district, with a stop at Gion Corner, that showcases the seven professional performing arts.

Day 9: Japanese Tea Ceremony 

Today is a full day tour of Kyoto, starting at  the Golden Pavilion before visiting the Ryoan-ji, Japan's most famous classical garden. After, you'll have some free time in the Arashiyama district where you can explore by bicycle and visit the Bamboo Forest. Later, meet with the group to experience a traditional tea ceremony.

Day 10: Kyoto & Koyasan

You will visit the Nishijin Textile Centre and learn how they craft kimonos. Then you will learn the paperfolding art of origami and the complicated process of dressing in a traditional kimono. This afternoon, you will travel by road to Koyasan, where you will spend the night in a 13th-century temple in a traditional tatami room. 

Day 11: Koyasan Monks

You can wake up early to join the monks in their morning prayers and service. Then, after breakfast, you can take a walking tour of Koyasan, the mountain top sanctuary. The holy site is full of temples and pagodas so remember to bring your camera. You can pay a visit to Kongobu-ji and Okunoin before travelling to Osaka.

Day 12: Sake Brewery & Himeji

You will accompany your group for a day tour to Himeji, and visit the beautiful castle. If you come at the right time of year you may see the cherry blossoms. Then, continue on to a sake brewery, where you can learn about the brewing process. After, return to Osaka and experience the Dotonbori district.

Day 13: Fly to Osaka to UK 

Transfer to the airport and fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. 

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