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World Heritage

17 Nights: from US$3632 Trip Code: WHRTGC

This journey combines Japan's best World Heritage Sites, including ancient pilgrimage routes, mountaintop settlements and beautiful shrines and temples to provide a comprehensive overview of Japan's long history and beautiful natural countryside. Read more >

You will begin in Tokyo, the beating, neon-lit heart of Japan and a city racing headlong into the future. From here you will head to the mountains of Tochigi to find Nikko, a world apart from modern Japan with its stunning natural surroundings and some of the most ornate religious architecture in the country.

No World Heritage trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to Kyoto, Japan's cultural heart and its imperial capital for over a thousand years, and this is the next destination on your itinerary. Kyoto is a city where the legacy of the past is constantly present, with temples and shrines hidden down every backstreet and exquisite gardens concealed behind sliding wooden doors.

The city of Kanazawa on the Japan Sea Coast also offers plenty of historical delights, having been spared bombing during World War Two thanks to its important cultural heritage. Here you'll have the chance to explore wood-panelled streets in the geisha and samurai quarters, as well as exploring the beautiful Kenrokuen - one of Japan's finest landscape gardens.

Your adventures will also take you to Mount Koya in the Kii Mountains, where you'll have a chance to participate in a timeless, religious way of life that has spanned the centuries; Himeji, where you'll admire Japan's largest and most impressive original samurai castle; Hiroshima, where you'll be haunted by shadows of World War Two; and to Shirakawago - a village in the Japan Alps where you'll stay in a traditional thatched-roof farmhouse.

What's Included

What's included

  • 17 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning, three evening meals and one lunch
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport between destinations in Japan
  • Six-hour private guide service in Nikko including lunch and entrance fees
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Manaca transport pass with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Nikko Free Pass for transport in the Nikko region
  • Kansai Thru Pass for transport in the Kansai region
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any extra local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums (except for Nikko)
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

Trip Highlights

  • Stay at a temple lodging in Mount Koya
  • Admire Japan's largest and most impressive samurai castle
  • Visit Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum at Nikko
  • Explore the shrines and gardens of Kyoto
  • Take a day trip to Miyajima Island
  • Spend a night in a traditional thatched-roof farmhouse in Shirakawago

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

What, where, when and how...

World Heritage - 18 Days - Accommodation

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