Japan: Modern cities and living history (3 Weeks)
Day 1-5 Tokyo
Experience the buzz that characterises the Japanese capital, where flashing neon and dazzling skyscrapers light up your visit. From the free hugs of Harajuku to the electronics of Akihabara, each district has its own story to tell.
Transfers to Tsumago 2h52m3h30m
Day 6-9 Tsumago
Journey to one of Japan’s best preserved post towns. Its residents go to great lengths to preserve it as it would have been in the Edo period and you’ll easily see why when you visit. Tsumago still boasts traditional row houses and the original Honjin, the main inn of the town.
Transfers to Hiroshima 9h59m7h51m
Day 10-13 Hiroshima
Pay your respects to those that fell victim to the atomic bomb dropped on this Japanese city at at the end of the Second World War at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial. Thousands of paper cranes, a symbol of peace, hang as a colourful reminder of the futility of war, replaced by local school children as they fade in the sun.
Transfers to Kyoto 4h33m2h55m2h36m
Day 14-17 Kyoto
Absorb Japan’s history in the ancient heart of its former capital Kyoto. In Gion, watch as maiko and geisha scurry off to their clients clad in traditional kimono, their faces painted white and their feet clad in geta. This city’s wooden ryokans and elaborate temples will leave a lasting impression.
Transfers to Hakone & Mt Fuji 5h38m