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Nippon Nostalgia

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13 Days
Date : April 2020
Max People : 38
Highlights
  • Stroll around the coolest neighborhoods of Tokyo
  • Take it easy in Takayama, an absolute jewel of the mountainous Hida region
  • Experience Kenrokuen in Kanazawa, Japan’s most celebrated landscape garden
  • Go temple hopping in Nara & Nikko
  • Visit the Peace park in Hiroshima along with a beautifully restored medieval castle
  • Enjoy the view from the top of Miyajima island
  • Bike around Kyoto exploring this ancient capital of Japan with 17 UNESCO Heritage sites
  • Explore the breathtaking Himeji Castle 
  • Catch the street food craze in Osaka

What's included

  • Accommodation (4 nights in Tokyo, 2 nights in Kanazawa, 4 nights in Kyoto and 2 nights in Hiroshima) – twin/double rooms in hotels or ryokans (traditional Japanese inns)
  • All transport and transfers during the tour
  • Entrance into museums and cultural sights: Shinjuku & Hama Rikyu gardens, Sumida river cruise and Miraikan museum (Tokyo), Hida Folk Village (Takayama), Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen garden (Kanazawa), Memorial museum (Hiroshima), Itsukushima temple (Miyajima), Himeji castle (Himeji), Nijo castle and Kinkakuji temple (Kyoto); Todaiji temple (Nara)
  • Local guides in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara
  • All day trips
  • Tourbadour Leader obsessed with Japan

What's not included

  • Transfers in Tokyo for arrival/departure flights in & out of Tokyo by metro, taxi or train (instructions will be provided)
  • Meals and drinks throughout the tour (not as expensive as one might think)
  • Single supplement if you’d like a room for yourself (price depends on availability)

What to bring

  • A good pair of shoes as we’ll do plenty of walking
  • Warm clothing - Japan can still get chilly in April
  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • Power adapter - Japan’s electricity is 100/110 V, 50&60 Hz
  • Day pack
  • A towel if you plan to go to a sento/onsen (and you should)

What to read and watch

Itinerary

Day 1Tokyo

Meet up in Tokyo, the biggest and craziest city in the world. We collect our first impressions people watching while savoring ramen and sake.

Day 2Tokyo

Rise and shine as today we’re breakfasting at Tsukiji – world’s largest fish market. From grilled oysters and jellyfish, steamed crab and battered shrimps to the probably best sushi you’ve ever tasted… take your pick and you can’t go wrong – the markets are a feast to the senses. Afterwords we board a one hour cruise along the Sumida river, marveling at the sights of this gargantuan metropolis, and then tour Asakusa – closest thing to the old town that Tokyo’s got. After some chill time in the afternoon, meet your leader again this evening if you’re up for it and finish this awesome day on the top of Tokyo Metropolitan Building, an architectural masterpiece in its own right with the views from the top that are just breathtaking.

Day 3Tokyo neighbourhoods

Prepare for a bit of walking as today we’re about to explore Tokyo’s coolest neighborhoods. Shibuya with its legendary crossroad made famous by the movie “Lost in translation”; Harajuku, known for hipsters and crazy dressed teenagers but also for the notable Meiji temple placed inside a calming Yoyogi park; Shinjuku with trendy, fashionable streets and a beautiful garden where we marvel at the sight of cherry blossoms; Yanaka-Ginza, classical Tokyo from Edo period with traditional architecture and an old eerie cemetery; Ueno with a huge park and temples spread around the National museum, and finally Akihabara – electro city of the 22nd century with quirky and bizarre things to see and do. A fabulous day which you’ll never ever forget.

Day 4Kanazawa

We travel to Kanazawa, a beautifully preserved castle town with an easy-going atmosphere that will make you want to stay here forever. After touring the Kanazawa castle and Kenrakuen – Japan’s most celebrated landscape garden – we end this day in Higashi Chaya district, full of traditional tea houses and, if you’re lucky, perhaps a chance encounter with a real Geisha.

Day 5Kanazawa

In the morning a bustling Omicho market awaits! It’s never to early for a feast, as Kanazawa is known for being one of the best seafood destinations in the country. Afterwords we stroll around Nagamachi, Kanazawa’s former samurai district. The rest of the day is free with a recommended visit to 21st century museum – exhibiting works from acclaimed contemporary artists both from Japan and all over the world. If you’re up for it, join your leader for an late afternoon hike to nearby Okudai hill, with breathtaking sunset views from the top.

Day 6Hiroshima

We board our bullet train and land in Hiroshima: after touring the Memorial museum and strolling around Peace park we take a look at a marvelously restored Hiroshima castle, which in the evening produces a truly enchanting atmosphere. We end our day with a famous Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki – probably one of the beast meals you’ll have on this trip!

Day 7Miyajima

We catch a ferry to the island of Miyajima having a whole day to explore this fascinating island. After an included visit to the Itsukushima temple, famous for it’s “floating” torii gates, there is an option to take a cable car or climb to the top of the island where spectacular views await.

Day 8Kyoto via Himeji

Again we board our bullet train and land in Kyoto – but before that we take a few hours for an essential stop at Himeji, visiting Japan’s most spectacular castle. Afternoon and evening is reserved for exploring Kyoto’s old neighborhood of Gion.

Day 9Kyoto

We take our bicycles and on we go! Riding along the Kamo river, with an included visits to Nijo castle and Golden Pavilion temple, is really an experience you’ll never forget!

Day 10Nara & Osaka

Day trip to Nara, ancient capital of Japan. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of old temples and beautiful parks surrounded by hundreds of free-roaming deer. We use the afternoon to visit another famous city: Osaka, “belly of Japan”, home of the delicious udon noodles, as well as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. Does having a nightcap in the legendary Blade Runner neighborhood of Dotombori, before catching a train ride back to Kyoto sound like a good idea?

Day 11Kyoto

We have a relaxed morning stroll around the mystical bamboo forest and the beautiful Katsura river. From there you can take the Romantic Sagano Railway and return to Arashiyama on a bamboo raft (optional & weather depending). Rest of the day is free for further exploration but there is a possibility to join your leader on a Fushimi Inari temple sunset hike.

Day 12Tokyo

We return to Tokyo to the supercool Odaiba district and an included visit to Miraikan – a fantastic museum of emerging science and innovation. To properly finish our tour, how about returning to Shinjuku in the evening for an essential karaoke experience !?

Day 13Tokyo - end of tour

The tour ends after breakfast but those who have visited Japan once are destined to come back.

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