Classic: Backroads of Japan (AJMS)

Countries Visited: Japan
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
    Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
    Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
    Group Size: Information Not Available
    Meals Included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
    Accommodations: Hotels and traditional guesthouses/onsens (11 nts).

    Experience the bustle of modern Tokyo, visit the Zenkoji temple in the Japanese Alps, discover the snow monkeys bathing in the hot springs, cycle the Kibi Plains, explore Kyotos temples.

    Tokyo and Kyoto-the modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectively-represent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, you'll thoroughly explore both and everything in between, from traditional villages and miles of rice fields to ancient temples and the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps. Snow monkeys, geishas, the teeming pedestrian scrambles of Tokyo's Shibuya district, and the impossibly friendly staff of your traditional ryokan are just a few of the locals you'll meet and never forget.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    12 Days
    Escorted - Yes
    Day 1TokyoDay 1 Tokyo
    There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2TokyoDay 2 Tokyo
    Take a CEO-led walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through Yoyogi Park and Harajuku. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
    Day 3TokyoDay 3 Tokyo
    Enjoy a free day to experience the city or venture out to Mt Fuji.
    Day 4NaganoshiDay 4 Tokyo/Nagano-shi
    Journey to the Japanese Alps and Nagano, host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Visit the historic Zenkoji Temple. Included Activities: Zenko-ji Temple Transport: Bullet train (3.00 hour(s))
    Day 5MatsumotoDay 5 Nagano-shi/Matsumoto
    Matsumoto is a quaint castle town featuring one of Japans most treasured castles. Included Activities: Jigokudani Monkey Park Visit Transport: Train (1.50-2.00 hours)
    Day 6TakayamaDay 6 Matsumoto/Takayama
    Visit one of Japans most treasured castles maintaining its original wooden interior and stone exterior. Explore the castle where 16th century samurai once roamed. Continue past the mountains, rice fields and traditional homes to Takayama. Discover the traditional Japanese way of life in a family-run guesthouse. Included Activities: Matsumoto Castle Transport: Bullet train (5.00-6.00 hours)
    Day 7TakayamaDay 7 Takayama (1B, 1D)
    Visit the `Praying Hand' houses, huge thatched homes and well-preserved Edo samurai era dwellings nestled beneath the mountain peaks. From the Hida No Sato Folk Village to saki tasting at local traditional brewery Takayama offers a great opportunity for exploration. With free time in the afternoon opt to walk a forested trail, go for a bike ride, have a nap on the Tatami mats at the Ryokan or relax in a Japanese Onsen (hot spring) before enjoying a traditional dinner together as a group. Included Activities: Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit Sake Brewery Visit and Tasting
    Day 8KurashikiDay 8 Takayama/Kurashiki
    Get a real glimpse of old Japan at Kurashiki, a picturesque town in central Japan which has retained much of its old world charm with beautifully preserved black and white walled merchants' homes and storehouses. Many of the storehouses have been converted into museums, souvenir stores, boutiques and cafEs. Most famous among the museums are the Ohara Museum of Art and the Museum of Folkcraft. Transport: Bullet train (5.50-6.50 hours)
    Day 9KurashikiDay 9 Kurashiki
    Enjoy a bike tour through the Kibi Plains, surrounded by rice fields and ancient burial grounds. On this scenic ride, glide past shrines and temples and get a glimpse of rural Japanese life. Included Activities: Bicycle Tour of the Kibi Plains
    Day 10KyotoDay 10 Kurashiki/Kyoto
    Journey to Kyoto and visit some of the most magnificent temples in the country, dating back centuries. There are said to be 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, museums and traditional gardens in Kyoto. Hike up Fushimi Inari through 10,000 stunning torii gates. Discover Buddhism, Zen and Shinto nuances in some of the most beautiful temples such as Kiyomizu Temple (Love Temple) or the breathtaking Chion-in Temple. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Kiyomizu Temple Visit Chion-in Temple Visit Transport: Bullet train (2.50-3.00 hours)
    Day 11KyotoDay 11 Kyoto
    Opt to explore more zen gardens, palaces and temples in Kyoto or venture to Osaka. Another option further afield is to visit the peaceful gardens and ancient temples of Nara, home of Japans largest Buddha.
    Day 12KyotoDay 12 Kyoto
    Depart at any time.

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