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Classic Japan

from

$6388

Days

10

Operated by Trafalgar
  • Itinerary
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Day 1

Arrival in Japan

Tokyo's futuristic cityscape launches your journey through Japan's modern centres and ancient capitals.

Day 1
Welcome to Japan's capital!

Day 2

Sightsee Around Tokyo

Rub shoulders with the locals this morning as you wander through Ameyoko Street Market. Continue to the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa to visit the Sensoji Buddhist Temple.

Day 2
Stroll through the Ameyoko market for Japanese delicacies.
Day 2
Centre of Asakusa/Sensoji Buddhist Temple - 2

Take a stroll down Nakamise shopping street with some free time for lunch, then join a 'Local Specialist' and learn the mesmerising rhythmic art of Taiko drumming.

Day 2
View of Nakamise street from above
Day 2
Wander through the different markets on the street
Day 2
Listen to the musical sounds of the Taiko drumming

Board a cruise along the Sumida River to admire Tokyo's modern skyline, the traditional neighbourhoods of old Edo and beautiful Hamarikyu Garden.

Day 2
Admire the blossom trees on the Sumida Tree
Day 2
Hamarikyu Garden

Day 3

Glory Days in Kamakura

A former political capital, its glory days under the Kamakura shogunate spanned from the 12th to 14th centuries. The most important of these is the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine.

Day 3
The most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura
Day 3
The shrine is the cultural center of the city of Kamakura

We head to Komachi-dori street for some free time to admire the old western-style houses lining narrow alleys that branch off this popular market street. Later, we'll travel to Kotokuin Temple to see its Great Buddha.

Day 3
Visit the Kōtoku-in Temple
Day 3
Take a selfie with the Great Buddha!

Day 4

Explore Mt Fuji

The towering slopes of snow-capped Mt. Fuji loom in the distance as we journey from Tokyo to this celebrated UNESCO-listed site. Admire spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from its 5th station.

Day 4
Views of Mt. Fuji at 5th Station

After lunch, we'll continue to Owakudani to see the volcanic activity. Consider sampling the local black eggs boiled in geysers!

Day 4
Ride the cable car over Owakudani volcano
Day 4
Owakudani is geothermal valley with active sulfur vents and hot springs in Hakone
Day 4
Try the black eggs boiled in geysers!

Day 5

Tour of the Town and Temples

We leave Tokyo, travelling by high-speed bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival, we'll embark on a walking tour of the Gion District, embracing the energy of Kawaramachi street.

Day 5
Take a picture of the Yasaka Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto between Gion District and Higashiyama District
Day 5
Cross over into the historic Higashiyama distirct

Enjoy some free time before we head to the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure and perhaps some karaoke or a visit to a local Geisha teahouse.

Day 5
Kinkakuji Temple
Day 5
Photograph one of the most popular buildings in Japan

Day 6

Highlights of Kyoto

We'll visit one of Kyoto's highlights - the historic and scenic district of Arashiyama. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the towering Bamboo groves and see its iconic Togetsukyo Bridge.

Day 6
Take a walk through the bamboo forests
Day 6
Togetsukyo Bridge

Connect with nature in the Zen gardens of Tenryuji Temple, then return to Kyoto for some free time at Nishiki market, a traditional food market known by locals as "Kyoto's Pantry".

Day 6
Find your zen in the gardens of Tenryuji Temple
Day 6
Sample foods at the Nishiki market

Day 7

Connect to Locals in Nara

Delve into the ancient history of Nara, the first permanent capital city of Japan. Visit the landmark Todaiji Temple, one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and home to one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha.

Day 7
Tour the Todaiji Temple, one of the powerful Seven Great Temples
Day 7
Home to Japan's largest bronze Buddha

Take a stroll around Nara Park, then connect with locals over a lunch with a local farmer at his tea plantation. Gain insights into the life of his family while sampling fresh tea and a delicious home-made meal.

Day 7
Make new animal friends in the park!

Day 8

Visit Hiroshima

This morning, we board a high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima. Our first stop is to a local restaurant where we'll join our 'Local Specialist' for an Okonomiyaki Making experience.

Day 8
Hiroshima city view
Day 8
Learn to make Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake

This afternoon, we head to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial. Take a moment to contemplate its symbolic expression of hope for world peace.

Day 8
Peace Memorial Park
Day 8
A moment to reflect on hope for world peace

Day 9

A Day in Hiroshima

Take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea.

Day 9
Itsukushima Shrine

Learn how to make Momiji Manjyu, shaping your steamed bun in the shape of a maple leaf and filling it with sweet red bean paste.

Day 9
Make a perfect and delicious Momiji Manjyu

Later, join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 10

Departure

Your journey revealing Japan's ancient past and modern cityscape is at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle to Hiroshima Airport for your onward flight.

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Classic Japan

from

$6388

Days

10

Operated by Trafalgar
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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival In Japan

Tokyo's futuristic cityscape launches your journey through Japan's modern centres and ancient capitals.

Day 1
Welcome to Japan's capital!

Day 2

Sightsee Around Tokyo

Rub shoulders with the locals this morning as you wander through Ameyoko Street Market. Continue to the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa to visit the Sensoji Buddhist Temple.

Day 2
Stroll through the Ameyoko market for Japanese delicacies.
Day 2
Centre of Asakusa/Sensoji Buddhist Temple - 2

Take a stroll down Nakamise shopping street with some free time for lunch, then join a 'Local Specialist' and learn the mesmerising rhythmic art of Taiko drumming.

Day 2
View of Nakamise street from above
Day 2
Wander through the different markets on the street
Day 2
Listen to the musical sounds of the Taiko drumming

Board a cruise along the Sumida River to admire Tokyo's modern skyline, the traditional neighbourhoods of old Edo and beautiful Hamarikyu Garden.

Day 2
Admire the blossom trees on the Sumida Tree
Day 2
Hamarikyu Garden

Day 3

Glory Days In Kamakura

A former political capital, its glory days under the Kamakura shogunate spanned from the 12th to 14th centuries. The most important of these is the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine.

Day 3
The most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura
Day 3
The shrine is the cultural center of the city of Kamakura

We head to Komachi-dori street for some free time to admire the old western-style houses lining narrow alleys that branch off this popular market street. Later, we'll travel to Kotokuin Temple to see its Great Buddha.

Day 3
Visit the Kōtoku-in Temple
Day 3
Take a selfie with the Great Buddha!

Day 4

Explore Mt Fuji

The towering slopes of snow-capped Mt. Fuji loom in the distance as we journey from Tokyo to this celebrated UNESCO-listed site. Admire spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from its 5th station.

Day 4
Views of Mt. Fuji at 5th Station

After lunch, we'll continue to Owakudani to see the volcanic activity. Consider sampling the local black eggs boiled in geysers!

Day 4
Ride the cable car over Owakudani volcano
Day 4
Owakudani is geothermal valley with active sulfur vents and hot springs in Hakone
Day 4
Try the black eggs boiled in geysers!

Day 5

Tour Of The Town And Temples

We leave Tokyo, travelling by high-speed bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival, we'll embark on a walking tour of the Gion District, embracing the energy of Kawaramachi street.

Day 5
Take a picture of the Yasaka Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto between Gion District and Higashiyama District
Day 5
Cross over into the historic Higashiyama distirct

Enjoy some free time before we head to the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure and perhaps some karaoke or a visit to a local Geisha teahouse.

Day 5
Kinkakuji Temple
Day 5
Photograph one of the most popular buildings in Japan

Day 6

Highlights Of Kyoto

We'll visit one of Kyoto's highlights - the historic and scenic district of Arashiyama. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the towering Bamboo groves and see its iconic Togetsukyo Bridge.

Day 6
Take a walk through the bamboo forests
Day 6
Togetsukyo Bridge

Connect with nature in the Zen gardens of Tenryuji Temple, then return to Kyoto for some free time at Nishiki market, a traditional food market known by locals as "Kyoto's Pantry".

Day 6
Find your zen in the gardens of Tenryuji Temple
Day 6
Sample foods at the Nishiki market

Day 7

Connect To Locals In Nara

Delve into the ancient history of Nara, the first permanent capital city of Japan. Visit the landmark Todaiji Temple, one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and home to one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha.

Day 7
Tour the Todaiji Temple, one of the powerful Seven Great Temples
Day 7
Home to Japan's largest bronze Buddha

Take a stroll around Nara Park, then connect with locals over a lunch with a local farmer at his tea plantation. Gain insights into the life of his family while sampling fresh tea and a delicious home-made meal.

Day 7
Make new animal friends in the park!

Day 8

Visit Hiroshima

This morning, we board a high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima. Our first stop is to a local restaurant where we'll join our 'Local Specialist' for an Okonomiyaki Making experience.

Day 8
Hiroshima city view
Day 8
Learn to make Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake

This afternoon, we head to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial. Take a moment to contemplate its symbolic expression of hope for world peace.

Day 8
Peace Memorial Park
Day 8
A moment to reflect on hope for world peace

Day 9

A Day In Hiroshima

Take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea.

Day 9
Itsukushima Shrine

Learn how to make Momiji Manjyu, shaping your steamed bun in the shape of a maple leaf and filling it with sweet red bean paste.

Day 9
Make a perfect and delicious Momiji Manjyu

Later, join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 10

Departure

Your journey revealing Japan's ancient past and modern cityscape is at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle to Hiroshima Airport for your onward flight.