Land of the Rising Sun

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Duration: 14 Days
Price: £2240 GBP

 

 

 

Climb aboard for an exploration into Japan.

This adventure begins in Tokyo, where beneath the neon lights, high-tech gadgetry and crowded suburbs is a city steeped in ancient tradition. Visit Ueno Park where delicate cherry blossom trees provide a beautiful backdrop to various museums or catch the train to Ginza for some retail opulence.

Next head to Nikko. Boasting some of Japan’s most renowned shrines and temples, Nikko houses several sacred sites including Toshu-gu Shrine, the resting place of the founding Tokugawa shogun. If ornate architecture and multicoloured carvings don’t appeal, hiking the cedar-covered shores of Lake Chuzenji is a pleasant alternative.

A real highlight of this trip is Hakone, where you can relax on a cruise across Ashino-ko before enjoying picturesque views of the region from a cable car ride through the surrounding mountains – perhaps catch a glmipse Mt Fuji looming in the distance. Don’t miss the chance to soak in an outdoor onsen.

Enjoy yourself next inTakayama, especially since the sake from this region is said to be some of the best, while the traditional markets and food festivals make Takayama a treat to visit all year round. Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the Hida Folk Village is a great place to see traditional life among artisans and thatched-roof houses. Gobble a delicious taiyaki and explore.

A trip to Hiroshima is really interesting. This reborn city has a vibrant energy that belies its tragic history. The A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum make for a moving experience or perhaps visit the nearby island of Miyajima to see the free-roaming deer.

Finally end your trip in Kyoto, where you can gain insight into feudal Japan at Himeji-jo castle, en route to Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto. Visit the magnificent gold-plated Kinkaku-ji and wander through the geisha district of Gion before bidding new friends farewell.

This amazing adventure is brought to you by Intrepid Travel. Visit their website for information on this and other trips. This adventure runs over the course of 14 days, and is priced at £2240. Happy travelling.


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