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Off the beaten track

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6 390 $

Off the beaten track Tour

24 days

Gain an understanding of both historical and contemporary Japan: the world of merchants and samurai, the history of Buddhism and Shinto, the Japanese natural environment of mountains, seas and lakes, and the art of the Japanese garden and contemporary Japanese art.

Included :

- The visits and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- The assistance of a bilingual specialist in Japanese culture
- 3* accommodation (prices based on twin-share, €860 single supplement)
- Full board (except meals in your free time, as mentioned)
- Internal transport by minibus, train and ferry
- Bus transfers between the airport and your hotel

Not included :

- Airfare to and from Japan
- Travel insurance
- Meals & drinks bought in your free time
- Personal expenses


Accommodation:
Hotels used are examples only, if unavailable, an equivalent hotel will be substituted by us.

Transportation

Upcoming Departures

Detailed Itinerary

TOKYO - NIKKO - HOSHI - SADO - MATSUMOTO - MAGOME - TAKAYAMA - KANAZAWA - KYOTO - AMANO-HASHIDATE - TOTTORI - MATSUE - NAOSHIMA - KURASHIKI - HIMEJI - OSAKA

Day
1

TOKYO

Arrive at either Narita or Haneda airport in Tokyo, (depending on your own arrangements).

Transfer to your central Tokyo hotel and check-in, followed by your tour briefing.

Visit Yasukuni Shrine and the Japanese War Museum.

Stroll through the narrow streets of Kagurazaka, the French quarter of Tokyo where you will have dinner.

TOKYO

Night in a 3* hotel in Tokyo. Breakfast included.

Day
2

NIKKO

Depart for the small town of Kawagoe, or "Little Edo", where you will have lunch in the traditional commercial district of Kuratsukuri-Machinami with its old houses, and visit a traditional sweetshop (Kashiya Yokocho), the old clock tower, (Toki no Kane), and Kitain temple, with one of the original buildings of Edo Castle, moved here in the 17th Century.

Continue the journey to Nikko.

NIKKO

Night in a 3* ryokan (traditionnal inn) in Nikko. Half-board.

Day
3

HOSHI

In the morning visit the main sights of Nikko: the sacred Shijkyo bridge, the tea garden and exhibitions of Rinnoji Temple, Toshogu Shrine where the first Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, is entombed.

Continue on to Lake Chuzenji by way of the Irohazaka route, a winding road with 48 hairpin turns, and then see the famous Kegon Falls, fed by Lake Chuzenji.

Have lunch on the shore of the lake.

Take the Romantic Scenic Highway to the hot spring resort town of Kawafuru.

HOSHI

Night in a 3* onsen ryokan (traditionnal in with hot springs) in Hoshi. Half-board. 

Day
4

SADO

Drive along the Romantic Highway for the length of Lake Chuzenji.

Continue on into Niigata, passing Eirinji Temple (Uonuma) and the famous wood carvings therein and having lunch on the road.

In Niigata, visit the Cultural Museum of the North, former residence of the Itoh family.

Take the two and a half hour ferry to Ryotsu, the main port on Sado Island.

SADO

Night in a 3* ryokan (traditionnal inn) in Ryotsu. Half-board.

Day
5

SADO

Visit Sado Island: the Osado Skyline Parkway; the Sodayu-Ko Aikawa mine, once the main source of gold for Japan during the Edo period; Senkaku Bay and the picturesque fishing village of Shukunegi.

SADO

Night in a 3* ryokan (traditionnal inn) in Ryotsu. Half-board.

Day
6

MATSUMOTO

After breakfast, depart for Ogi and then take the ferry to Naoetsu.

Lunch on board the ferry.

In Nagano, host city of the winter Olypmics, visit Zenkoji Temple, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Japan.

Carry on to Matsumoto, visit the site of Morishogunzuka, a reconstruction of an authentic protohistoric burial mound.

Dinner in the area around the station.

Stay at Matsumoto in a 3* hotel.

MATSUMOTO

Night in a 3* hotel in Matsumoto. Breakfast included.

Day
7

MAGOME

Visit Matsumo Castle, one of the largest and best preserved castles of Japan, and then visit the Ukiyoe Musuem of woodblock prints.

Lunch in Matsumoto and then onward travel to Magome, one of the well preserved towns on the the old Nakasendo post road. See the sights of Magome.

MAGOME

Night in a 3* traditional accommodation in Magome. Half-board.

Day
8

TAKAYAMA

Continue the journey to Takayama  passing through Gero Onsen, a hot spring town, and the Hida Gassho-zukuri village of old traditional buildings.

Lunch on the road.

In Takayama visit the temple area of Teramachi, the commerce area of Sannomachi, and the old administration complexes of Kokubunji.

TAKAYAMA

Night in a 3* minshuku (Japanese B&B) in Takayama. Half-board.

Day
9

TAKAYAMA

Sightseeing around Takayama; The Inro Musuem, the old Kasukabe house and the Takayama festival float exhibition.

Lunch, and then a free afternoon for exploration at your leisure.

TAKAYAMA

Night in a 3* minshuku (Japanase B&B). Half-board.

Day
10

KANAZAWA

Visit the morning markets of Takayama.

Depart for Shirakawago (Ogimachi) a village of preserved old silkworm farms and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour around the village and visit an old gassho-zukuri traditional thatched house as well as Myozenji, the village Zen temple.

Later head for Kanazawa, once one of the most important feudal strongholds of Japan.

Dinner in Kanazawa.

KANAZAWA

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
11

KYOTO

Tour of Kanazawa; the morning market of Omicho, the Geisha districts of Kazue/Higashichaya-machi, the Musuem of Contemporary Art.

In the afternoon visit the stunning Kenrokuen Garden, one of the top three in Japan, the Samurai district of Nagamachi, the former residence of the Nomura family, restored to show the traditional Samurai life of the time.

Dinner in Kanazawa.

KYOTO

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
12

KYOTO

Journey to Fukui in order to visit Eihiji Buddhist Temple, one of the leading Zen educational centres in Japan. Lunch and a tour of Eihiji.

Take in the panoramic views of the five lakes of Mitaka.

Continue on to Kyoto.

Dinner in Kyoto.

KYOTO

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
13

KYOTO

Take a trip on the Romantic Sagano Train to Kameoka. Return by boat on the Arashiyama river.

Lunch followed by a visit to Arashiyama to see the famous Togetsukyo Bridge and Tenryuji Temple.

Dinner in Kyoto.

KYOTO

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
14

AMANO-HASHIDATE

Visit the sights of Takao, with the temples of Kozanji and Jingoji.

Leave for Amanohashidate with lunch on the way.

Visit the unspoilt village of Miyamacho near Nantan before continuing on to Amanohashidate, one of the top three scenic views in Japan.

AMANO-HASHIDATE

Night in a 3* ryokan (traditional inn). Half-board.

Day
15

TOTTORI

Depart for Kasumi where we will visit Daijoji.

Drive along the San-In coast, one of the best coasts in Japan, all the way to Tottori with lunch on the road and enjoying the Uradome coastal panorama.

In Tottori see the famous sand dunes and and the craft museum.

Dinner in town.

TOTTORI

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
16

MATSUE

Depart for Misasa with Sanbutusji, a national treasure founded by a hermit.

Visit Lake Tago and then follow the coast to Matsue. On the way stop at Mt. Daisen, the third most beautiful volcano in Japan, and the Adachi Museum of Art, which houses one of the largest and most beauitful private gardens of Japan.

Dinner in Matsue.

MATSUE

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
17

MATSUE

Visit Matsue Castle which has the oldest keep in Japan.  See the samurai district of Bukeyashiki-machi and the house of the Irish/Greek/Japanese writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904).

Lunch in Matsue.

In the afternoon visit the Shinto shrine of Izumo, one of the most sacred shrines in the country, dedicated to Ookuninushi.

Travel along the coast to Cape Hinomisaki and the shore of Lake Shinji.

Free evening for dinner at your leisure (not provided).

MATSUE

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
18

NAOSHIMA

Head to the island of Naoshima, taking in the village of Bittchu-Takahashi on the way where you will have lunch. Visit Matsuyama-jo Castle, the most ancient in Japan, the old town and Raikyuji Temple and zen garden, designed by Kobori Enshu.

Continue to Uno port for the ferry to Naoshima, formerly an industrial island now dedicated to contemporary art.

NAOSHIMA

Night in a 3* minshuku (Japanese B&B). Half-board. (In the case of there being no accommodation on the island, the group will stay at Uno.)

Day
19

NAOSHIMA

A free day to tour the main sights of the island, the Art House Project, Lee Urfan Museum, Benesse Art Museum and Chichu Art Museum.

Lunch and dinner at your leisure (not provided).

NAOSHIMA

Night in a 3* minshuku (Japanese B&B). Half-board. (In the case of there being no accommodation on the island, the group will stay at Uno.)

Day
20

KURASHIKI

Take the ferry to Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku. Visit Ritsurin’en, one of the three most beautiful gardens of Japan.

In Kotohira visit the site of the Shinto temple Kompira, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Japan, and the old Kabuki theatre of Kanamaruza.

Head back to Kurashiki on the main island of Honshu by the Seto Oohashi bridge.

Visit the Bikan port district with its preserved canals of the former port.

Dinner in the Bikan area.

KURASHIKI

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day
21

HIMEJI

Take a morning visit to the Buddhist Temple of Kanryuji and the Shinto Shrine of Achi, which overlook Bikan.

Visit the Ohara Musuem of Art.

Depart for the neighbouring town of Okayama to see Korakuen garden, the second largest garden in Japan, and enjoy lunch here.

Continue on to Himeji and take the cable car up to the summit of Mount Shosha.

HIMEJI

Night in a local temple. Half-board (vegetarian meals).

Day
22

OSAKA

Visit Engyoji Temple on the heights of Mount Shosha and enjoy panoramic views across the region.

Head back down using the cable car to the minibus for the journey to Osaka, the final stop on the trip.

Check-in to your 3* hotel in the Dotombori, Namba area.

Lunch (not provided) and the afternoon free to explore the area.

Farewell dinner in Namba.

OSAKA

Night in a 3* hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 0 PARIS
Day 1 Tokyo TOKYO
Day 2 Nikkô - Les trois singes NIKKO
Day 3 Lac Chûzenji HOSHI
Day 4 Niigata - Eirinji SADO
Day 5 Sado - baie de Senkaku SADO
Day 6 Tumulus de Morishôgunzuka MATSUMOTO
Day 7 Château de Matsumoto MAGOME
Day 8 Hida Takayama TAKAYAMA
Day 9 TAKAYAMA
Day 10 KANAZAWA
Day 11 KYOTO
Day 12 KYOTO
Day 13 KYOTO
Day 14 AMANO-HASHIDATE
Day 15 TOTTORI
Day 16 MATSUE
Day 17 Rivière à Matsue MATSUE
Day 18 NAOSHIMA
Day 19 NAOSHIMA
Day 20 KURASHIKI
Day 21 HIMEJI
Day 22 OSAKA
Day 23 PARIS
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