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ANCIENT JAPAN

9 Days / 7 Nights

A tailor-made itinerary designed to explore central Japan, following the tracks of its rich history.

The journey begins in Kyoto, capital of the country until the 19th century, which to this day remains the symbol of Japanese classical culture.

From Kyoto, you will go to Kanazawa, another gem of ancient flavor, where you can admire neighborhoods dating back to the Edo period. Crossing the Alps on the way to Tokyo, the next steps are Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO-listed village, famous for its Gassho-style characterized by thatched roofs, and Takayama, renowned for wood crafts and the production of excellent sake.

Lastly, Tokyo, one of the largest metropolises of the world, will enthrall you with its colors, sounds and hectic rhythm.

Itinerary

DA 1: YOUR COUNTRY - OSAKA

Departure from your airport of choice. Overnight flight.

DAY 2: OSAKA - KYOTO

Arrive to the airport in Osaka.

Transfer independently to your hotel in Kyoto.

Rest of the day free to rest or to start visiting the old capital of Japan and it wonders.

Optional service upon request: transfer to your hotel by public transportation with English-speaking assistant or by private car.

DAY 3: KYOTO

Breakfast included.

Free day for sightseeing. Must-sees are some the most famous Buddhist temples, such as Kiyomizu-dera and Kinkaku-ji (the temple of the Golden Pavilion). Immerse yourself in the unique spiritual atmosphere of Japan.

Optional service upon request: full-day or half-day private guided tour with English-speaking guide or assistant.

DAY 4: KYOTO

Breakfast included.

Free at leisure to further explore the city or for a day trip.

Less than one hour by train, Nara is the ideal day trip: the must-see here is the Todaiji temple, which houses one of the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha. On the way back to Kyoto, stop at the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine.

Himeji is well connected by Shinkansen train: this city is famous for its beautiful castle, known as the “White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior.

DAY 5: KYOTO - KANAZAWA

Depart by train for Kanazawa, one of the few major Japanese cities to be spared by air raids during World War II.

We recommend visiting the Kenroku-en, known as one of the three most beautiful traditional gardens in Japan, and the “geisha district” with its many tea houses and traditional buildings.

DAY 6: KANAZAWA - SHIRAKAWAGO - TAKAYAMA

Breakfast included.

Depart by local bus for the mountain village of Shirakawago, one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Stroll in the village and enjoy its Gassho-style houses (“prayer-hands construction” style), characterized by thatched roofs.

In the afternoon, depart by local bus for Takayama, lovely city famous for traditional handicrafts and sake, as well as for its onsen (traditional Japanese hot springs).

Optional service upon request: overnight stay at a traditional ryokan, where you will relax in the onsen (indoor and/or outdoor baths of the facility) and enjoy a delicious traditional dinner.

DAY 7: TAKAYAMA - TOKYO

Breakfast included.

Depart by Shinkansen train for Tokyo, the futuristic capital of Japan.

Rest of the day free to rest or to start visiting the gigantic and hectic Tokyo.

DAY 8: TOKYO

Breakfast included.

Free day for sightseeing. Many the districts in the city worth visiting, such as the more traditional Asakusa and Ueno or the more futuristic Shibuya, the fashion district, Shinjuku, with its countless night lights, is ideal for experiencing the night life and the izakaya (traditional Japanese bars), and Odaiba, an artificial island built in Tokyo Bay.

Optional service upon request: full-day or half-day private guided tour with English-speaking guide or assistant.

DAY 9: TOKYO - YOUR COUNTRY

Breakfast included.

Depart for the airport.

Arrive to your airport of choice.

Services

Upon request, quotations for:

  • Optional guided visits
  • Pocket Wi-Fi rental
  • Airport transfers
  • Homestay experience
  • Dinner with a Japanese family at their house
  • Itinerary changes to suit your individual needs
  • Other optional services