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

Nov 8 - 23, 2019
16 days
£5,975 per person, twin share (land content only). £1,710 supplement for sole use of a hotel room

Tour
Leader

Ann MacArthur

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 16-day tour and gain comprehensive insight into the beauty and mystique of this wonderful land, from its Shinto and 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.

Experience

  • The contrast of a contemporary metropolis against the backdrop of Edo-period Tokyo
  • The serene history of some of Japan’s finest landscaped gardens and shrines
  • Complex military pasts: from Kanazawa’s wooden teahouses and Samurai culture to Hiroshima’s peace memorials
  • The floating world of the geisha in Kyoto’s Gion
  • An overwhelming cultural patrimony in art and history, dating back to the 6th century
  • A unique cuisine using the freshest produce that perfectly reflects the seasons

Highlights

  • Hyper-modern Tokyo’s bright lights, quirky youth culture and staggering range of private and public 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: ancient landscapes and cities
  • 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, wooden 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 to explore its art, history and culture. 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 historic Nara.

Days 15–16: Free day to discover Nishiki market or Kyoto’s many traditional crafts. Departure.

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