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Ancient & Modern Japan Tour

Package Duration
14 Days / 13 Nights
Destination Covered
Kyoto - Nara - Hiroshima - Takayama - Matsumoto

  • Day 1 : Arrival

    Description :

    The trip starts in Kyoto, an atmospheric city set amidst beautiful hills. Those on the group flights from London will be met on arrival at Kansai Airport this evening and transferred to Kyoto.

    Day 2 : Kyoto

    • Nijo Castle

    Description :

    With over 2000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto is a treasure house of Japan's cultural heritage and remains undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cities in Asia. Unlike many other Japanese towns it escaped the ravages of both the Second World War and modern urban development thereby keeping intact much of the spirit and architecture of traditional Japan. Today we have an introductory half day tour of the city, visiting the impressive Nijo castle, built in 1603 as a residence for the Tokugawa shoguns, and the famous Golden Temple of Kinkakuji, built in 1397 as a summer villa for the shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga and immortalised in Mishima Yukio's novel, 'The Golden Pavilion'. There will be time in the afternoon/evening for further individual sightseeing or resting back at the hotel.

    Day 3 : Kyoto

    Description :

    Today we make a day trip to the ancient capital of Nara, visiting among other things the Todaiji Great Buddha temple. Built in 752 by the Emperor Shomu this enormous bronze Buddha is housed in what is reputed to be the largest wooden building in the world. We also spend time in the Nara Koen Park, famous for its large numbers of overfed and slightly unruly deer, and visit the attractive Kasuga Shinto shrine, before returning to Kyoto in the late afternoon.

    Day 4 : Kyoto

    Description :

    Today is a free day for further exploration of Kyoto - the city lends itself very well to walking and there are several well established and easy-to-follow walking tours that take in many of the more interesting sights. The eastern part of Kyoto is particularly rich in temples and gardens, and one can spend the day in this area, perhaps strolling along the tree-lined canal known as the Philosophers' Path and taking time out for contemplation in one of the many intriguing Zen gardens that dot the hillsides. This area is also home to the famous Gion entertainment district where it is still possible to catch sight of geisha girls scurrying along the cobbled streets to and from their appointments with the city's wealthy businessmen. There is also the option of visiting a cultural show to see some of Japan's ancient traditions such as the tea ceremony, flower arranging, Japanese theatre and puppetry.

    Day 5 : Hiroshima

    Description :

    Our first experience of Japan's 'bullet trains' as we speed our way to Hiroshima for the day. In the morning we make a short excursion by ferry to the beautiful island of Miyajima famous for the 'floating' torii (Shinto gate) of the Itsukushima-jinja Shrine. At high tide, when set against the backdrop of Mt Misen, this torii makes for one of the most beautiful and photogenic sights in Japan. In the afternoon we spend time at the A-Bomb museum and the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, both monuments to the fateful day in August 1945 when the city was selected as the target for the world's first wartime use of the atomic bomb. In the park burns a symbolic flame that will only be extinguished when the last nuclear weapon on earth has been destroyed. We return to Kyoto arriving in the evening.





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