National Geographic Journeys: Iconic Japan (AJENG)

Countries Visited: Japan
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
    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: Max 15, avg 12
    Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Highlights
    Explore the modern and traditional sides of Japan, Relax at a traditional Inn, Ride a ferry to Miyajima to see the famous floating torii, Learn the art of meditation from a local monk

    Description
    Japan delights in contrasts, revering the past while embracing the future. Begin your 12-day adventure in glittering, massive Tokyo, then head by rail into the countryside to visit traditional villages and tranquil shrines. On strolls through geisha districts and restorative visits to ancient temples and gardens, feel the power of the here and now.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    12 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1TokyoDay 1 Tokyo
    Arrive in Tokyo at any time today. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Additional Notes: On our tours in Japan we use public transport, making use of Japans world famous transportation system. From the super fast Shinkansen Bullet Train to Kyotos extensive local bus network, we ride with the locals. As well, there is a lot of walking on this trip, every day - please ensure you have an average level of fitness and can walk unaided for long periods of time. A good pair of walking shoes are highly recommended. We will use a baggage transfer service, so you will not have to worry about carrying your bags on and off trains as we travel. As such, you will not have access to your bags during transfer from each city - we recommend using a day pack for anything you may need during the transfer day, as well as to carry any valuables. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2TokyoDay 2 Tokyo (1B)
    In Harajuka we catch a glimpse of the pop culture phenomenon of Kawaii. Directly translated as "cute", this Japanese popular culture movement is reflected, through various avenues of entertainment, toys, personal style, attitude and cuisine. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by metro and on foot. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Harajuku Visit Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) Visit Asakusa Orientation Walk Transport: Metro
    Day 3TokyoDay 3 Tokyo (1B, 1L)
    This afternoon, enjoy some free time exploring Tokyo. Opt to visit Ueno park and the museums, Akihabara for cutting edge electronics, Harajuku for funky fashions, Ginza for the highest of the high end, walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or just stroll the streets, looking for the traditional life that still lies just under the modern surface. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by metro and on foot. Included Activities: Tsukiji Fish Market Visit Tsukiji Sushi Experience Transport: Metro
    Day 4TsumagoDay 4 Tokyo/Tsumago (1B, 1D)
    Ryokan are traditional Inns found across Japan. Featuring tatami floors (soft mats of woven straw), futon beds, Japanese-style baths, cotton kimono (casual robe worn to lounge around), and kaiseki meals (often served in the comfort of your own room); a ryokan is the perfect place to experience traditional customs and local immersion. The Ryokan is a simple, traditional Inn with few amenities and shared facilities, have fun and enjoy this relaxing opportunity to learn more about Japan's unique customs. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by train, bus and on foot. Included Activities: Tsumago countryside and Village walk Transport: Metro Train
    Day 5KanazawashiDay 5 Tsumago/Kanazawa-shi (1B)
    Continue by train to the historic city of Kanazawa. Explore the ancient Samurai culture with a walk through the well-preserved Nagamachi Samurai district and visit to the Nomura Samurai family residence. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by public transportation and on foot. Included Activities: Nagamachi Samurai District Walk Visit Nomura Family Samurai Residence Transport: Train Taxicab Local bus
    Day 6KanazawashiDay 6 Kanazawa-shi (1B)
    Continue exploring Kanazawa, visiting the Myoryuji Ninja Temple and walking through the Higashi Geisha district. The city is also renowned as a centre of traditional arts and crafts and we delve into these traditions with a chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience. Opt to visit the stunning gardens or original castles. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by public bus and on foot. Included Activities: Ninja Temple Visit Chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience Higashi Geisha District Visit Transport: Local bus
    Day 7HiroshimaDay 7 Kanazawa-shi/Hiroshima (1B)
    The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those known to have been killed in the explosion and those that died as a result. A burning flame waits in the park to be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. A tram ride through the city takes you to the Peace Park. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by train, public transportation and on foot. Included Activities: Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial Transport: Taxicab Train Tram
    Day 8HiroshimaDay 8 Hiroshima (1B)
    Enjoy Miyajima Island, a famous wooded island located in the Inland Sea, not far from the coast near Hiroshima. Here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan - The Floating Torii Gate. Designated as one of Japans 3 Most Beautiful Views, the shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier like structure. Mere commoners were not allowed to set foot on this holy place. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by public transportation, ferry and on foot. Included Activities: Miyajima Island Visit Transport: Ferry
    Day 9KyotoDay 9 Hiroshima/Kyoto (1B)
    As the Imperial capital, Kyoto is an essential part of any visit to Japan. Kyoto has some of the most magnificent temples in Japan which date back centuries. There are said to be 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, museums and traditional gardens in Kyoto. Use your time to wander past huge wooden structures and multi-storied pagodas, all linked with famous walkways. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by train, public bus and on foot. Included Activities: Himeji Castle Gion Walk Zen Tea Ceremony Transport: Train Train
    Day 10KyotoDay 10 Kyoto (1B)
    Spend the day exploring sites around Nara, visiting the stunning Todaiji Buddhist Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Also visit a local temple to learn about the history and practice of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Here we meet with a local Monk who will talk about Buddhism and instruct us in Zen meditation and calligraphy. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by public bus, metro and on foot. Included Activities: Day Trip to Nara Todai-ji Buddhist Temple Complex Visit Kasuga Grand Shrine Zen Buddhist Meditation
    Day 11KyotoDay 11 Kyoto (1B)
    Continue to explore Kyoto including a visit to the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and the stunning Fushimi Inari ancient shrine at the base of the mountain of the same name. After, we learn about the etiquette of the samurai as well as the practice of basic kembu, and take a lesson on how to use the Japanese sword. Then, enjoy a performance by Kembu masters which includes short poems, which were traditionally written by Samurai about major events in their life. Later, take some time to explore on your own, opt to visit museums, temples and zen gardens, or stroll to the Inari Gates. Additional Notes: Wear your comfortable shoes - today we will get around by public bus, metro and on foot. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit Kembu Masters
    Day 12KyotoDay 12 Kyoto (1B)
    There are no planned activities today and you are free to depart at any time.
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