Explore cultural contrasts in the Land of the Rising Sun. Journey through the ages as you explore Kyoto’s gardens, temples, palaces and shrines and wander through Gion, the city’s famous geisha district. Travel in the footsteps of ancient times as you walk in the Japanese Alps along the Nakasendo Path, visiting old post-towns, and along one of Japan’s oldest roads, the Yamanobe no michi in the Nara area.
Enjoy the vibrancy and vitality of modern Tokyo and visit the Meiji Shrine, which reflects its more traditional side. In Nara, an ancient capital of Japan, meet the local wildlife and visit UNESCO temples and shrines. A visit to the ‘snow monkeys’ in the hot springs of Yudanaka Onsen is sure to be a highlight. With the chance to stay in ryokan – traditional Japanese inns, which showcase regional cuisine with exquisite meals – you’ll truly be immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of this fascinating nation.