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  • Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan
  • A Geisha and cherry blossum tree, Japan
  • The floating torii gate near Hiroshima, Japan
  • Autumn leaves falling on a Pagoda, Japan
  • The main tower of the UNESCO world heritage site Himeji Castle, Japan
  • A snow capped Mt Fiji, Japan
Route:
Kyoto to Tokyo
Days:
10
Style: Worldwide Adventures
Code: JBR
From:

US$2,179

Conflict, peace perseverance and prosperity have each shaped the history of Japan, which you can discover for yourself on this fascinating journey. From the early imperial palaces, traditional temples and sacred shrines, to 20th century memorials to the devastation of war, you can follow the evolution of a nation. Explore modern cities, climb dormant volcanoes and enjoy a soak in natural thermal springs and on this adventure tour to remember.

Cherry Blossom - Japan

Don't miss the cherry blossom season! The best time to see this is between March and April. 

About this tour

  • Type of Travel: Public Transport
  • Group Size: Average 10-14. Maximum 16.
  • Recommended Age: 18-65
  • Physical Rating: Asia 1
  • Country: Japan

What you need to know

  • The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. You will meet your Tour Leader at 18.00 for the pre-departure meeting. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Kyoto

Optional Excursions

Ginkaku-ji Temple of the Silver Pavilion – US$4 • Nanzen-ji – US$3.50 • Kinkaku-ji - Golden Pavilion Temple – US$3.50 • Ryōan-ji – Temple of the Peaceful Dragon – US$3.50 • Nijō Castle – US$5 • Sanjūsangendō – US$5

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Day 2 to 2 - Kyoto

You will find that in Kyoto, the old and the new co-exist in perfect harmony. Close to the city's famous Toji temple is an impressive 57 metre high Buddhist pagoda dating back to 794AD, the year the city was established as the Imperial Capital. Right next door, the monthly Kobo-san flea market offers a bargain hunter's paradise, where you can rummage through a range of items from second hand kimonos to war memorabilia, food and sculptures.

If you are interested in Japanese cultural history, you may like to visit the Kamo Shrines, called the Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine, which are both recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are among the most important in Japan. Predating even the Toji temple, these shrines were traditionally visited by members of the Imperial court, who would worship Shinto gods called Kami, and ask them to protect the city and help it to prosper. The Shimogamo Shrine is surrounded by the Tadasu no Mori forest, which features trees that are up to 600 years old, while the nearby Kamigamo Shrine is known for sand cones at its entrance, which have been built and rebuilt since ancient times to help purify and protect the shrine.

Why not ask your tour leader about taking a tour of the Geisha District? Keep an eye out for Gion Square where some scenes from the movie 'Memoirs of a Geisha' were filmed. If you haven't read the book it's a great insight into traditional Japanese life and the effects of the war on society. It may also be possible to see a geisha dance performance or tea ceremony demonstration.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Day 3 to 4 - Hiroshima

Today we take a morning train journey to visit one of Japan's most famous architectural wonders, Himeji Castle, which amazingly still remains intact despite the heavy bombing of the nearby town throughout World War II. Known as the 'White Heron' castle because of its brilliant white exterior, the castle features more than 80 buildings, and an intricately designed series of paths within the fortified complex which are designed to confuse any potential invaders. An optional guide can be hired or you are free to explore on foot yourself.

We then head to Hiroshima, the first city in history to be hit by an atomic bomb, and as a result is now dedicated to promoting peace. Your tour leader will take you to The Peace Memorial Park which was built to promote a peaceful world. Here you will see where the bomb hit on August 6, 1945 at approximately 8:15 am. You will also have a chance to visit the outstanding but chilling museum with real images, video footage, various surviving objects, and true accounts left by the survivors. The Atomic Bomb Dome is one of the few buildings around the explosion's epicentre that partially survived the blast and the city's only remaining bomb damaged building. The former Industrial Promotion Hall is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Hiroshima we can enjoy a day trip to Miyajima, the holiest island in Japan, where you can watch sun setting over the famous floating torii gate, which is the entry place to the Shinto shrine Itsukushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passing underneath a torii gate on the way to visit a shrine is an act of sanctification and purification. The floating torii can be accessed only when the tide is out. It is common practice for visitors to place coins in the cracks of the legs of the gate and make a wish. As the island is considered a sacred place, the maple trees which cover the island cannot be cut down and deer and monkeys roam freely.

Included Excursions

Hiroshima Peace Park & Museum,Visit Miyajima & floating Tori Gate,Visit Himeji Castle on route to Hiroshima

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 5 to 6 - Yufuin

Back on the train again, we head towards Yufuin, a spa town famed for its natural hot water springs or 'onsens'. This a great place for you to rest in the springs surrounded by a naturally beautiful environment. The rest of the day you will be free to explore on foot, or you may wish to rent bicycles.

There is an option to climb Mt Yufu, if you choose this option it is an early morning start to begin the climb. At 1584 metres above sea level it's an impressive feature of the landscape, last erupting over 300 years ago. It's quite a hard climb to the top but the views over the city and the 'Bungo Fuji' area are spectacular. The rest of the day you will be free to explore on your own, either on foot or you may wish to rent a bicycle. This a great place for you to rest in the springs surrounded by a naturally beautiful environment.

Please note: From December 2017 there will be a small itinerary change. Instead of spending two days in Yufuin, we will be staying at Fukuoka. We will still include a full day trip to Yufuin.

Fukuoka is a major city but it is also boasts a beautiful beach to enjoy.

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 7 to 8 - Nagasaki

Today we board the train bound for Nagasaki. Nagasaki is an attractive port city on the island of Kyushu and the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. Nagasaki has played a prominent role in foreign trade relations for many centuries and as a result it became the second city after Hiroshima to be targeted and destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the end of World War II. Your Tour Leader will take you on an early morning tour to the memorial park site which is dedicated to the dark day of August 9, 1945 when the bomb struck and destroyed vast parts of the city, killing tens of thousands of people. There is also a Peace Statue and other memorials such as a black pillar which marks the atomic explosion's epicentre in the nearby Hypocenter Park. Above the park stands the sobering Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, which we can visit as an included excursion

Included Excursions

Nagasaki Peace Park and Museum

Optional Excursions

Glover House & Gardens – US$5

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 9 to 9 - Tokyo

We now fly back to Tokyo for our final farewell Japanese dinner together and possibly finish off with our last traditional Japanese experience, karaoke!

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 10 to 10 - Depart Tokyo

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Please note: At the present time we cannot offer post tour accommodation on this tour. Please speak to your Adventure Specialist who will be advise alternative accommodation options if you would like to stay longer in Japan.

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

What's Included

Excursions & Activities

  • Hiroshima Peace Park & Museum
  • Visit Himeji Castle on route to Hiroshima
  • Visit Miyajima & floating Tori Gate
  • Nagasaki Peace Park and Museum

Accommodation

9 night(s) in hotels

Transportation

Train, Travel by 1 flight(s)

Meals

7 Breakfast(s)

Other

Tucan Travel tour leader

What's Not Included

  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Group

Group Size: Maximum 16. Average 8-12.

Tour Suitability: This tour is recommended for people aged 18-65. For more information on what to expect, click here.

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