Ancient & Modern Japan

13 nights from £4499

Start:Kyoto
Finish:Tokyo
Duration:13 Nights
Group size:6 - 18
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Moderate
Meals:3 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

Overview

Ancient wooden temples, raked-pebble Zen gardens and chanting Buddhist monks juxtaposed with space-age towers, neon lights and bullet trains; Japan’s captivating blend of old and new is legendary. As we explore the southern and western stretches of Honshu, Japan's largest island, we discover the country's unique culture amongst the serene shrines and gardens of Nara and Kyoto and the rarely visited mountainous heartland of castles and spas. Our last stop is the vast and futuristic capital city of Tokyo: sprawling, inimitably busy, welcoming and extraordinary. .......read more
Highlights
  • Spot mysterious geishas in Kyoto's Gion district
  • Take the incredible high speed 'bullet train'
  • Watch the famous snow monkeys bathing in hot springs
  • Explore temples in Kyoto and discover futuristic Tokyo
  • Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
Food

3 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included. Japanese cuisine is usually one of the main highlights of any trip to Japan. It is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes which are usually prepared with seasonal ingredients. Seafood is very is common, and it usually comes grilled or deep fried. Sushi and sashimi aside, other staple dishes include Soba or Udon noodles, Sukiyaki (meat, fish and vegetables cooked in broth) and Yakiniku (grilled meat). The included dinners are usually taken at traditional guesthouses which will serve a /kaiseki/ style dinner, a multi-course meal including a dozen of tiny dishes prepared with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. When food is not included, your leader will always be on hand to recommend the best local eateries and arrange some group meals for a full immersion in Japan's varied and excellent cuisine.  Please note that in Japan the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free, strict vegetarian (no fish/seafood) or vegan is minimal or non-existent. The group meals arranged by the tour leader will be in traditional eateries where the choices of vegan dishes may be limited to simple salads or boiled rice. However in Kyoto and Tokyo a number of vegan restaurants are available.  It may also be a good idea to bring with you some foodstuffs that you normally consume, or to supplement meals with snacks purchased in the local convenience stores. Please advise us at time of booking you have any specific dietary requirements.

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This tour is operated by Exodus

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Start:Kyoto
Finish:Tokyo
Duration:13 Nights
Group size:6 - 18
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Moderate
Meals:3 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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