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 Unmasked Art, History and Culture

May 11 - 26, 2020
16 days
£5,880 per person, twin share (land content only). £1,420 supplement for sole use of a hotel room

Tour
Leader

Ann MacArthur

Overview

Unpack the many layers of tradition and history that have fascinated generations of visitors to this once-isolated nation.

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 16-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 a week in Kyoto, discovering its temples, museums and traditions, with day trips to Nara, the ancient capital, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama.

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
  • Soaring bamboo groves in Arashiyama and Japan’s early capital, Nara
  • 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 13–14: Day trips to Arashiyama and Nara.

Days 15–16: Discover Nishiki market and Kyoto’s many traditional crafts.

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