JAPAN: FESTIVALS & CULTURE

ESCORTED SMALL JOURNEY
Destinations:

Asia

$14,061.00 per person, twin share (Member)

$14,495.00 per person, twin share (Non Member)

Other Departure Dates

30/09/2018

Includes

  • An intimate group size of no more than 18 guests
  • All accommodation as detailed on a double/ twin share basis with private facilities
  • Meals as specified and bottled water during transfers and touring
  • Airport welcome and assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bullet train in first class
  • Services of English speaking A&K Host
  • All entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Travelling in Japan is a truly wonderful experience. Our expert A&K local host will introduce you to the country’s history and heritage from the modern era back through the feudal period of warlords and shogun. You’ll experience some of the country’s most fascinating customs from a traditional tea ceremony to a kaiseki ryori dinner with a traditional maiko (apprentice geisha). You’ll walk the scenic Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto, visit the atelier of Tokyo’s most famous swordsmith family and see some of the country’s most important Shinto shrines. Journeys depart spring and early autumn with visits to stunning gardens, ancient samurai villas, charming mountain villages and there are two days of celebration at the Takayama Festival. 

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Arrive Tokyo Arrive into the Japanese capital where you are met and transferred to the hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to settle in. Conrad Tokyo (City View Room)

Day 2

Tokyo This morning meet you’re A&K Host for a briefing on the adventure ahead before heading out to explore the city. Visit Sensoji Temple, located in Asakusa, the city’s oldest Geisha district. The streets around Sensoji are full of traditional shops selling Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to explore. Go beyond the ordinary with an exclusive visit to Yoshiwara’s, the atelier of Tokyo’s most famous swordsmith family, which has a history dating back centuries and has produced Japan’s finest swords through age-old practices. The workshop is not normally open to the public. After lunch a cruise down the Sumida River before returning to the hotel. Time to freshen up before a welcome dinner (B,L,D). Conrad Tokyo (City View Room)

Day 3

Tokyo A morning stroll through the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Before lunch continue to Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine, dedicated to the late Emperor Meji. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own (B,L). Conrad Tokyo (City View room)

Day 4

Tokyo - Kyoto Late morning transfer to the station for the bullet train ride to Kyoto where you are met for an afternoon of immersion in classic Kyoto. Start with an exclusive traditional Tea Ceremony at the 400 year old Gesshin-in, a sub temple inside the large temple complex of Kodaiji. Afterwards admire the views of Kyoto from Kiyomizu Temple and then stroll through the surrounding laneways of the atmospheric Higashiyama district. Look for stalls selling the unique Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, traditional sweets and pickles. Arrive at your hotel late this afternoon (B,L). The Westin Miyako (Superior Room)

Day 5

Kyoto This morning is a visit to the 8th century Fushimi Inari shrine complex with dazzling arcades of red torii gates on thickly wooded slopes. Continue to the Gekkeikan Okura sake museum and brewery, where you’ll have a chance to try the local drop before returning to the hotel (B,L). The Westin Miyako (Superior Room)

Day 6

Kyoto Start this morning at the Golden Pavilion, one of Kyoto’s most famous temples, then on to Arashiyama district for a short rickshaw ride to Nonomiya Shrine and time to wander through bamboo forest to the World Heritage listed Tenryuji Temple. After lunch at the temple, a Taiko (Japanese Drum) performance is included. Return to the hotel and this evening visit Kodaiji Temple. A special experience is in store tonight with a traditional maiko (apprentice geisha) performance and kaiseki ryori dinner (B,L,D). The Westin Miyako (Superior Room)

Day 7

Kyoto - Kanazawa This morning visit the Silver Pavilion, which comprises several temples, a beautiful moss garden and a unique dry sand garden. Time to explore before walking the beautifully tranquil 2km long Philosopher’s Path, especially spectacular during sakura season. After lunch transfer to Kyoto station for your train trip to the castle town of Kanazawa. On arrival it’s a short walk to the hotel (B,L). Hotel Nikko (Standard Room)

Day 8

Kanazawa Today’s touring includes the Seisonkaku Villa, one of the most elegant 19th century samurai villas still remaining. Afterwards take in the stunning Kenroku-en gardens, ranked in the top three in Japan. Breathtaking in any season, wander past stone lanterns, ponds, lakes and over traditional wooden bridges admiring the collection of seasonal flora. This afternoon visit the former samurai house in Nagamachi, now an interesting museum, and stroll around the old district of Higashi-Chayamachi, known for its tea houses and geisha culture (B,L). Hotel Nikko (Standard Room)

Day 9

Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama This morning travel to Shirakawago, a traditional village in the mountains, famous for its World Heritage listed farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Afterwards, continue on to Takayama, a small rural village with its beautifully preserved old town and host to the spring and autumn festivals, considered one of Japan’s best (B,L,D). Associa Takayama Resort (Standard Room

Day 10

Takayama The Takayama festival is one of the largest and most popular in Japan which we’ve coincided the trip with. Admire the elaborately decorated floats with their beautiful examples of Takayama’s legendary craftsmanship. This afternoon enjoy the festival celebrations (B,L,D). Associa Takayama Resort (Standard Room)

Day 11

Takayama This morning there’s time to explore the Miyagawa morning market, with stalls selling local crafts and fresh produce. Afterwards discover your handicraft skills making the region’s most famous icon, the Sarubobo doll. This afternoon return to the festival (B,L,D). Associa Takayama Resort (Standard Room)

Day 12

Takayama - Tokyo Morning transfer to the station for the train to Nagoya where a bullet train delivers you back to Tokyo. Transfer to your hotel with time to get ready for tonight’s farewell dinner at the hotel (B,L,D). Conrad Tokyo (City View Room)

Day 13

Depart Tokyo Today you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight (B).

Price based on 5 April 2018 departure. International airfares are additional. The prices, dates and information supplied are valid at the time of the web page going live, however prices and itinerary are subject to change or may be withdrawn at any time. Please confirm all details and final cost with your consultant at the time of booking. Product is supplied by A&K. For full terms and conditions please contact your travel consultant or refer to the terms and conditions on the supplier’s website.