Ancient & Modern Japan

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Small group
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  • Spot mysterious geishas in Kyoto’s Gion district
  • Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
  • Take the incredible high speed ‘bullet train’
  • Explore temples in Kyoto and discover futuristic Tokyo



Day 1

Start Kyoto

The trip starts in Kyoto, an atmospheric city set amidst beautiful hills.

Day 2

Visit Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji temple and Nijo castle; followed by Nishiki Market and historic Gion

Day 3

Day trip to Nara, ancient capital of Japan. Visit impressive UNESCO temples including Toda-ji, housing the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha

Day 4

Free day in Kyoto; relax in one of the many zen gardens, walk the popular Philosopher Path or experience a traditional tea ceremony

Day 5

Day trip to Hiroshima; visit Peace Memorial Park and the pretty island of Miyajima

Day 6

Travel from Kyoto to Takayama, a traditional old town set amid the ‘Japanese Alps’; visit the Hida Folk Village

Day 7

Orientation tour in Takayama and free day to explore its peaceful shrines and temples

Day 8

On to the mediaeval village of Tsumago; short leisurely walk on the Nakasendo trail; train to Matsumoto

Day 9

Visit the famous Matsumoto Castle and travel by train to spa town of Yudanaka; soak in a hot spring

Day 10

See the famous Snow Monkeys before travelling by train to Tokyo; evening orientation tour

Day 11

Optional trip to Hakone or to the lovely seaside town of Kamakura

Day 12

A full day city tour of Tokyo including the Senso-ji Temple

Day 13

Free day for further exploration; optional karaoke farewell night

Day 14

End Tokyo


  • 10 nights hotels and 3 nights ryokans/minshukus (traditional Japanese guesthouses)
  • 14 days land only / 16 days flight inclusive
  • Sightseeing on foot and 2 short day walks
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by train, bus, metro, ferry and private minibus
  • Special cherry blossom and autumn colours departures
  • Countries visited: Japan


  • 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Group arrival transfer (for group flight)
  • Free departure transfer by shuttle service (must be booked in advance before trip commences with Exodus and is subject to availability)
  • Japan Rail Pass

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