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Get under the skin of Japanese culture on this varied Journey taking you from the bright lights and pachinko halls of current capital Tokyo to the gardens and temples of former capital Kyoto. In between, you’ll visit the temples and lakes of Nagano and the riverside dwellings and teahouses of Takayama, with a tea ceremony and a visit to Nara, ancient capital of Japan, thrown in for good measure.
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Fly from the UK to Tokyo
Boasting record-breaking bullet trains, more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city, and the world’s tallest free-standing tower, Tokyo is known for pushing boundaries. Don’t miss the Shibuya Crossing, the ‘Times Square of Tokyo’, this famous intersection comes complete with towering billboards, neon signs and throngs of pedestrians. It’s the perfect place to check the city’s pulse. While in Tokyo, you’ll have a go at making your own sushi at a sushi making class.
4* Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Nagano is famous for two reasons: hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics and its magnificent temple, Zenko-ji, visited by over four million people each year. Surrounded by mountains and skiing opportunities, it’s an attractive city, with the temple at its centre and plenty of onsen to choose from if you fancy a relaxing soak. Check out the reflections of Mount Togakushi in the tranquil Lake Kagamiike (Mirror Pond), in the forests outside town.
Hotel JAL City Nagano
Takayama, or Hida-Takayama as it’s often known, is the Japan of your dreams. Picture a town of traditional wooden houses, ornate 17th century buildings, plenty of temples and shrines from the Meiji era, and an attractive riverside setting, complete with painted red wooden bridges. Not only that, but it makes a great base for excursions to the teahouses and hiking trails of the Northern Japan Alps. While in town, you’ll take part in a food and culture walk to learn more about the local traditions.
Breathtakingly beautiful and brimming with old-world charm, Kyoto is architecturally grand and culturally refined. Japan’s imperial capital for more than 1,000 years, this stately city is home to some of the country’s most impressive gardens and more than 2,000 historic temples. Sit down to a tea ceremony, a tradition dating back to the 13th century and enjoy an afternoon tour of Nara to see the great Buddha of Tōdai-ji Temple, constructed in 752 and home to the world’s largest wooden building, the Daibutsuden, or Big Buddha Hall.
Nara afternoon tour
4* Hotel Gracery Kyoto Sanjo
Depart Kyoto and return to the UK
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