Japan 14 days Tokyo to Kyoto
With its blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity, Japan is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing places in the Orient. From
happening Tokyo to historic Matsuyama, geisha culture and rural lifestyles, valley retreats to island escapades, our journey into the Land of
the Rising Sun is one of learning and discovery as we delve beneath its fascinating facade. Join us on a unique journey and experience all
|Days 1-3 Tokyo/ Kamakura
The bustling capital has something for everyone. Pick a neighbourhood to explore based on your
interests – Ginza for upmarket shopping, Akihabara for electronics or Asakusa for history. On
Sundays head to Harajuku, centre of youth culture but also home to Tokyo’s most important Shinto
Shrine. We also spend a day exploring the many Zen temples and fascinating history of Kamakura.
Days 4-5 Iya Valley
One of Japan’s three “hidden regions”, the Iya Valley’s inaccessible steep sided gorge was once a
perfect hideout for fleeing samurai who crossed the river on vine bridges. While here we visit Chiiori,
a traditional thatched roof farmhouse originally built in the early 1700s. The open air onsen at our
hotel is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings.
Day 6 Matsuyama
On the island of Shikoku, Matsuyama is home to Japan’s oldest onsen. Literary legends, samurai
warriors and common people alike have bathed at Dogo Onsen, relaxing in the thermal waters. Visit
Matsuyama Castle for a glimpse into a feudal past while enjoying panoramic views of the region.
Days 7-9 Nagasaki
En route to Nagasaki we stop in Beppu where you can indulge in a sand bath. Explore Nagasaki's
varied history, including the world's first Chinatown where you can chow down on champon (a
noodle dish), Dutch trading from a fan shaped island, and the more recent tragic events which are
commemorated in the peace museum.
Days 10-11 Ojika
We take a ferry to Ojika in the little visited Goto Reto chain of islands. Home to only about 2,500
people the island is unknown to most Japanese people and the friendly locals welcome us with
open arms. Spend the day basking in local hospitality and the evening at the only karaoke bar on the
Days 12-14 Kyoto
Japan’s imperial capital for over 1,000 years Kyoto has a wealth of cultural and historic treasures.
Visit the stunning Golden Pavillion, meditate on life at Ryoan-ji rock garden or spend your evenings
spotting Geisha in the back streets of Gion.