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Traditional Japan

14 Nights: from US$2736 Trip Code: TJC

Enjoy mountain scenery, tranquil gardens, ancient history and authentic family-run minshuku inns as you tour the traditional districts and ancient historical sites of Japan. Read more >

Beginning with a stay in Tokyo's historical Asakusa district, your trip will take you west on the futuristic bullet train to Kanazawa. Here former geisha establishments and teahouses line roads lit by old-fashioned street lamps, and you'll have the chance to wander the atmospheric streets of the beautifully preserved samurai quarter.

Stays in the rural villages of Shirakawa-go and Tsumago offer lovely walks and scenic views, with accommodation in traditional, family-run minshuku inns. Shirakawa-go is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its steeply thatched gassho-zukuri farmhouses said to resemble the hands of monks pressed together in prayer.

The village of Tsumago, meanwhile, was once an important link on the ancient Nakasendo Highway, a trading route linking Kyoto with Edo (modern day Tokyo). Today Tsumago is a meticulously preserved post town and the ideal starting point from which to walk to the neighbouring hamlet of Magome - a lovely, leisurely trail that allows visitors to walk in the footsteps of the samurai.

Cap off your trip through the Japanese Alps with a stay in Japan's cultural centre and former capital: Kyoto. Here you will have the chance to explore the backstreets with your private local guide and experience a tea ceremony in a traditional machiya townhouse, in between visiting some of Japan's finest temples, shrines and gardens.

What's Included

What's included

  • Accommodation for 14 nights (four nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast each morning, three evening meals and two lunches
  • Airport transfers
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for local transport
  • Transport between destinations unless otherwise specified
  • Seven-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Soba noodle-making class
  • Traditional machiya townhouse visit
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) unles otherwise specified
  • Taxi transfer between Nagiso and Tsumago (approx 2,000 yen per taxi each way)
  • Any entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

Trip Highlights

  • Visit a machiya townhouse in Kyoto
  • See Matsumoto's
  • Tour Tokyo and Kyoto with a private guide
  • Try your hand at soba noodle-making
  • Walk the Nakasendo Highway
  • Stay in a traditional thatched cottage in Shirakawa-go

For more information email us: info-usa@insidejapantours.com or call: 303 952 0379

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Traditional Japan - 15 Days - Accommodation

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