In search of ancient Japan

  • Tour Information
  • Guide Price

    Prices from £3,545 per person sharing.

  • What´s Included
    • Return international flights
    • 10 nights' hotel accommodation
    • 4 nights' Japanese style accommodation
    • Breakfast daily & 4 Dinners 
    • Private guided tours in Tokyo & Kyoto
    • Shared cycling tour in Takayama
    • Japan rail pass
    • Comprehensive guiding notes
  • Departure Information

    Daily departures year round.

    Flight options available:
    • UK regional departures
    • Cabin upgrades
    • Alternative carriers

Discover Japan's most historic towns and villages on this tour that takes you deep into rural Honshu, and across the Japanese Alps. After some time in the old district of Tokyo take the bullet train to the 16th century city of Kanazawa, known for its fine Japanese garden and Samurai districts. Continue to an isolated hamlet in the Hida Mountains for an overnight stay in a traditional thatched farmhouse, and explore Takayama, a wealthy trading town during the Edo Period that attracted many gifted craftsmen. Traverse the Japanese Alps to the castle town of Matsumoto, and enjoy the spectacular walk between two post towns on the old Nakasendo highway in the Kiso Valley. The tour finishes in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, to explore many of the country's most treasured heritage sites.

  • Day
  • Itinerary
  • 1
  • London Heathrow - Tokyo: with British Airways.
  • 2
  • Tokyo: travel by shuttle bus to your hotel for a 3 night stay.
  • 3
  • Tokyo: full day private guided tour of Tokyo including Sky Tree tickets.
  • 4
  • Tokyo: day at leisure to explore at your own pace.
  • 5
  • Tokyo - Kanazawa: travel by train to Kanazawa. Afternoon self guided tour of Kenrokuen garden and the old town.
  • 6
  • Kanazawa - Shirakawago: travel by bus to Shirakawago for a 1 night stay. Afternoon free to explore the surrounding countryside.
  • 7
  • Shirakawago - Takayama: travel by bus to Takayama for a 2 night stay in a traditional ryokan.
  • 8
  • Takayama: shared cycling tour around local villages.
  • 9
  • Takayama - Matsumoto: travel by bus across the Japanese Alps to Matsumoto. Afternoon self guided tour of the castle and old town.
  • 10
  • Matsumoto - Tsumago: travel by train to the Kiso Valley. Afternoon free to hike between Magome and Tsumago.
  • 11
  • Tsumago - Kyoto: travel by train to Kyoto for a 4 night stay.
  • 12
  • Kyoto: full day private guided tour of Kyoto.
  • 13
  • Kyoto: visit an old merchant town house for a tea ceremony.
  • 14
  • Kyoto: day at leisure to explore at your own pace.
  • 15
  • Kyoto - Tokyo: take the bullet train back to Tokyo for a 1 night stay.
  • 16
  • Tokyo - London Heathrow: with British Airways.
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