Self Guided Adventure


Traditional Japan

14 Nights: from US$2938 per person (twin share) Trip Code: TJE

Leave bright lights and fast living behind and immerse yourself in the more traditional and laid-back side of Japan. This trip will show you a very different Japan, steering you away from the usual tourist haunts whilst also including the must-see cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Read more >

After three nights in Asakusa, Tokyo's most traditional district, you will swap skyscrapers for mountains and escape the crowds of the city for rural villages and inns.

Here amongst the World Heritage Sites, mountain scenery and folk museums you'll be introduced to a more traditional, quieter side of Japan. Along the way you will visit meticulously landscaped gardens, explore samurai residences and have the opportunity to shop for arts and crafts at local markets.

In the rural village of Shirakawa-go you'll visit steeply thatched farmhouses deep in the countryside, whilst in Tsumago you'll have the chance to explore an excellently preserved post town on the old Nakasendo Highway.

 Both of these rural destinations have some fantastic walking opportunities and tiny Japanese-style inns with a genuine warm welcome and hearty home-cooked food.

After travelling through the stunning countryside and regional towns you will find yourself in the ancient capital of Kyoto, a city bursting with culture, history and art. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the religious and cultural traditions of this fascinating country.

Along your way you'll visit Matsumoto, where one of Japan's best extant castles makes for a stunning spectacle, and Kanazawa, where stunning Kenrokuen is rated amongst Japan's top three gardens.

The morning market in the alpine town of Takayama, meanwhile, will give you the chance to get to see a little bit of small-town life and learn about the area's famous spring and autumn festivals.

Your three nights in Kyoto will give you the opportunity to make a day trip at no extra cost, using your included Japan Rail Pass. Possible destinations include Hiroshima, Himeji and Kobe.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation (four nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast each morning and three evening meals
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Transport between destinations
  • Four-hour private guide service in Tokyo
  • Sushi breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market
  • Tea ceremony experience in Kyoto
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Day 4/5 – Taxi transfer between Nagiso and Tsumago (approx 2000 yen per taxi each way)
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

Trip Highlights

  • Stay at family-run minshuku inns
  • Walk the historic Nakasendo Highway
  • Experience a traditional tea ceremony
  • Have breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market
  • See the gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawa-go
  • Explore Tokyo with a private guide

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Traditional Japan - 15 Days - Accommodation

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