Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Hotels (9 nts), traditional inns and onsen spas (4 nts).
Experience the past in Takayamas folk village and Kyotos historic centre, explore Kanazawa Castle, lose yourself in the picturesque Kenroku-en Garden and the Ninja Temple, marvel at iconic Mt Fuji and Miyajimas floating torii gate
From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this trip provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train, and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 14 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Tokyo||Day 1 Tokyo|
We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Takayama||Day 2 Tokyo/Takayama|
Opt to take an early morning visit to the Tsukiji fish market and watch the theatrical bidding at the tuna auction. After, take the bullet train, transferring at Nagoya, and journey into the Japan Alps. Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the picturesque scenery of this traditional city. Transport: Bullet train (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Takayama||Day 3 Takayama|
Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful landscape. Discover traces of a feudal past in the thatched houses and rice fields. Opt to visit one of the markets or rent a bike and cycle out of the town centre and into the countryside. Included Activities: Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit
|Day 4||Kanazawashi||Day 4 Takayama/Kanazawa-shi|
After a short train ride, arrive in Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japans wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts. Included Activities: Higashi Geisha District Visit Transport: Bullet train
|Day 5||Kanazawashi||Day 5 Kanazawa-shi|
In the Teramachi Temple district, visit the famous Ninja Temple. Designed as a hideout in case of attack, it contains hidden doorways, passages and escape routes. Another highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenrokuen Garden. After strolling through the expansive gardens, stop at the massive Kanazawa castle next door. Kanazawa is also home to many interesting museums, opt to visit one or learn more about local crafts. Loving the food in the citys Take a trip to the local seafood market to see where some of the fresh, tasty ingredients come from. Included Activities: Ninja Temple Visit Kenroku-En Garden Visit Kanazawa Castle Visit Nagamachi Samurai District Walk
|Day 6||Hiroshima||Day 6 Kanazawa-shi/Hiroshima|
The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park. Included Activities: Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial Transport: Bullet train (4.50 hour(s))
|Day 7||Hiroshima||Day 7 Hiroshima|
Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast. Here, view one of the most photographed sights in Japan- the floating torii gate. The shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier-like structure. Enjoy time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples. Sample local treats like maple leaf shaped cakes, and opt to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands. Included Activities: Miyajima Island Visit Transport: Ferry Ferry
|Day 8||Kyoto||Day 8 Hiroshima/Kyoto|
Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the countrys most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Take time to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher's path to Nanzen-ji, or just walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Transport: Bullet train (2.75 hour(s))
|Day 9||Kyoto||Day 9 Kyoto|
Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and Daisen-ins zen rock garden. Included Activities: Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
|Days 10-11||Kyoto||Days 10-11 Kyoto|
Spend a full day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto.
|Day 11||Fujikawaguchiko||Day 11 Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko (1D)|
Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner. Included Activities: Onsen Spa Visit Transport: There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end. Bullet train (5.50 hour(s))
|Day 12||Fujikawaguchiko||Day 12 Fujikawaguchiko (1B)|
Opt to visit Mt Fujis 5th station and check out the views (weather permitting). Included Activities: Five Lakes Region Walk
|Day 13||Tokyo||Day 13 Fujikawaguchiko/Tokyo (1B)|
Travel by train to Tokyo. Opt take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens, or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our final dinner together. Transport: Bullet train (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 14||Tokyo||Day 14 Tokyo|
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: There are no internal flights on this trip itinerary.
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