Self Guided Adventure


Traditional Japan

14 Nights: from US$10584 per person (twin share) Trip Code: TJD

Our Traditional Japan itinerary will captivate you with the hidden secrets of this diverse country, steering you away from the tourist hotspots to alpine scenery, tranquil gardens and ancient temples, wthe very best in Japanese hospitality from exclusive ryokan inns to world-class hotels. Read more >

You will begin your journey in Tokyo, once a small fishing village called Edo; now a glittering metropolis and one of the largest cities in the world. From here, watch the skyscrapers melt away as you travel into rural Japan, where you'll visit Matsumoto's magnificent "Black Crow" castle and retrace the steps of merchants walking the Nakasendo Way in the beautiful Kiso Valley.

In Takayama you will have the chance to visit bustling morning markets and explore sake breweries, craft shops, merchant residences and teahouses in the old town district, all set against the backdrop of the majestic Hida Mountains deep in the Japan Alps.

You will visit Shirakawa-go, a scenic village full of steeply thatched farmhouses deep in the countryside, and make a stop on the Japan Sea Coast at Kanazawa, home to one of Japan's top three landscape gardens.

No itinerary would be complete without a stay in Kyoto, Japan's cultural heartland and home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here former geisha establishments rub shoulders with teahouses in wooden streets lit by old-fashioned street lamps, and a spectacular temple or shrine lies behind every corner.

A private audience with an apprentice geisha will offer a glimpse into a notoriously mysterious world and is sure to be a highlight of this trip.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Deluxe accommodation for 14 nights (five nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast each morning, five evening meals and three lunches
  • Airport transfers by private car
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for local transport
  • First class train transport and taxis to some accommodation
  • Travel by private car between Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go, Takayama and Matsumoto
  • Eight-hour private guide and driver service in Tokyo and Kyoto including entrance fees and lunch
  • Private guided tour of Nikko World Heritage Sites including entrance fees and lunch
  • Evening walking tour of Kyoto's Gion geisha district
  • Exclusive audience with a trainee geisha
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) unless 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

What, where, when and how...

Traditional Japan - 15 Days - Accommodation

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