Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Japan Revealed Art, History and Culture

May 10 - 24, 2021
15 days
£6860 per person, twin share (land content only). £1,290 supplement for sole use of a hotel room
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Tour
Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive

Overview

The richness of Japan’s history and art is immediate and tangible, but the culture that produced it often seems impenetrable. Move beyond appearances on this popular 15-day tour and gain comprehensive insight into the beauty and mystique of this wonderful land, from its Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples and Zen gardens to its hypermodern cities and contemporary quirks. Explore old and new world Tokyo, understand the devastation at Hiroshima, and enjoy 6 days in Kyoto, discovering its temples, museums and traditions, with a day trip to Nara, the ancient capital.

Highlights

  • Hyper-modern Tokyo’s bright lights and a staggering range of museums
  • Kyoto’s Zen temples and stone gardens, colourful geisha and historic arts and crafts
  • Kanazawa’s famed Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s most significant and seasonal gardens
  • The moving display of human resilience at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial
  • Speeding through the countryside on the Shinkansen or bullet train
  • Kaiseki dining: a multi-course, seasonal meal perfectly complemented by traditional Japanese architecture

Itinerary overview

Days 1–4:Explore Tokyo’s Koishikawa-Korakuen garden, Senso-ji Temple, Nezu and Ota museums and Ginza’s exclusive boutiques.

Days 5–6:Bullet train to Kanazawa; visit the Samurai district, teahouses and Kenrokuen garden.

Days 7–8:In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial and Miyajima’s Itsukushima shrine.

Days 9–12:Bullet train to Kyoto. Stroll through the geisha district, encounter Zen Buddhism in temples, shrines and gardens, and participate in a traditional tea ceremony.

Days 13–15:Day trips to Nara and Nijo Castle.

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