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Experience the past in Takayama's folk village and Kyoto's historic centre, lose yourself in the picturesque Kenroku-en Garden, marvel at Miyajima's iconic floating torii gate, hike to the peak of sacred Mt Fuji.
Day 1 Tokyo
We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Tokyo/Kanazawa
Take a short train ride to Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan's wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts. Included Activities: Higashi Geisha District Visit Transport: Bullet train (2.50-3.00 hours, 400km)
Day 3 Kanazawa
After strolling through the expansive gardens of Kenrokuen, opt to stop at the massive Kanazawa castle next door. Kanazawa is also home to many interesting museums, opt to visit one or learn more about local crafts. Loving the food in the city? Take a trip to the local seafood market to see where some of the fresh, tasty ingredients come from. Included Activities: Kenroku-En Garden Visit Nagamachi Samurai District Walk
Day 4 Kanazawa/Takayama
Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the beautiful scenery of this traditional city. Transport: Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Takayama
Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful landscape. Discover traces of a feudal past in the thatched houses and rice fields. Opt to visit one of the markets or rent a bike and cycle out of the town centre and into the countryside. Included Activities: Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit
Day 6 Takayama/Hiroshima
The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park. Included Activities: Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial Transport: Bullet train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Hiroshima
Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast. Here, view one of the most photographed sights in Japan— the floating Torii Gate. The shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier-like structure. Enjoy time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples. Sample local treats like maple leaf shaped cakes, and opt to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands. Additional Notes: Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020. Included Activities: Miyajima Island Visit Transport: Ferry Ferry
Day 8 Hiroshima/Kyoto
Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse. Included Activities: Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Transport: Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 9 Kyoto
Wander the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens before visiting Kyoto's iconic Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. Included Activities: Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
Days 10-11 Kyoto
Spend a full free day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto. Opt to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, and take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher's path to Nanzen-ji.
Day 11 Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko (1D)
Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner. Additional Notes: Please note that climbing season is subject to weather conditions but is typically July 1 to Sep 2nd each year. The itinerary can change at any time due to weather. Included Activities: Onsen Spa Visit Transport: There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end. Bullet train (5.50 hour(s))
Day 12 Fujikawaguchiko/Mount Fuji (1B, 1D)
The total hike to the summit is about 5-6 hours, broken up with an overnight stay at Station 8. Accommodation on the mountain is a basic dormitory-style hut with few facilities. Additional Notes: Luggage can be stored at the hotel during the climb. Bring only an overnight bag with items required for the climb. A light dinner is included at the mountain hut. As resources are limited on the mountain, dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated - be sure to bring your own food if necessary. Included Activities: Mt Fuji Hike Day 1 Transport: Travel from the bus platform in town to Station 5 to start the hike. Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Mount Fuji/Tokyo (1B)
After the arduous push to the summit, enjoy sunrise before hiking back down. Pick up your bags and travel by van to Kawaguchiko before a train to Tokyo. Today you can take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our last dinner together. Included Activities: Mt Fuji Hike Day 2 Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Bullet train (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 14 Tokyo
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city. Included Activities: Departure Day
Your Discover Moment: Kyoto Your Wellness Moment: Onsen Spa Visit, Kawaguchiko. Higashi Geisha District visit (Kanazawa). Kenroku-en garden visit. Nagamachi Samurai District walk (Kanazawa). Hida No Sato folk village visit (Takayama). Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit. Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto). Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit. Fushimi Inari Shrine visit. 2-day Mt Fuji hike. Kaiseki dinner. Japan Rail (JR) pass (14 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures knows that worldwide, local cuisines define the cultures. We think sampling regional delicacies are intrinsic to truly experiencing the country. We want you to be able to try foods according to your individual tastes, comforts, and budgets. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. At times, meals will be taken together as a group. Other times, your CEO will point you in the direction of several delicious options, and you will have free time to pick and choose at will. Often in Japan it is fun to get some snacks and beverages with the salarymen in the evenings at small restaurants, and other times it is fun to sit with a few friends at a sushi train. Your CEO will always strive to cater for all dietary requirements/preferences, but please keep in mind that Vegetarianism/Veganism is very uncommon in Japan so this may mean a more limited selection for you. Please refer to the Meals Included and Budget Information for information regarding included meals on your trip. Japan's kitchen is at your fingertips!
Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.
Japan is one of the most populous countries in the world and space is at a premium. Therefore, hotels rooms are small! Additionally, most Japanese hotels do not have designated non-smoking rooms. Therefore, we ask hotels to deoderise rooms before check in. 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 or to head to the bath), and elaborate meals (often served in the comfort of your own room), a ryokan is the perfect place to experience traditional customs and hospitality. As ryokan are usually top tier accommodations, most guests stay only one night, often to celebrate a special occasion or holiday. Don't be intimidated by the formalities inherent to a stay at a ryokan, your hosts will welcome you the same way they do all their guests. Have fun and enjoy this relaxing opportunity to learn more about Japan's unique customs. Minshuku are Japan's answer to the Western bed and breakfast. Similar to ryokan, they have traditional features like tatami floors, futon beds, and Japanese-style baths. Minshuku are often family-run, and as such they offer a great opportunity to interact with local people and learn more about the nation's customs. More affordable and simpler than ryokan, minshuku tend to have smaller guestrooms, shared bathroom facilities, and any included meals (traditional, local, and delicious) are served in a communal dining room. Please note that some of the traditional Japanese inns used on this tour only offer shared bathing facilities. This means that individual shower stalls will not be available, instead several shower stations are available in an open, same-sex bathing area. Shared bathhouses and onsen (hot springs) are an essential part of Japan's culture, traditionally serving as a place for men or women to gather, relax, and discuss the days happenings.
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