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AJENG - Iconic Japan

Japan delights in contrasts, revering the past while embracing the future. Begin your 12-day adventure in glittering, massive Tokyo, then head by rail into the countryside to visit traditional villages and tranquil shrines. On strolls through geisha districts and restorative visits to ancient temples and gardens, feel the power of the here and now.

Inclusions

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tsukiji Sushi Experience, Tokyo National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Zen Buddhist Meditation and Calligraphy, Kyoto National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kembu Masters, Kyoto Hands-on: Chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience, Kanazawa-shi
Tour of Tokyo including Meiji Jingu Shrine and Asakusa and Harajuka districts
Walking tour of Tsumago Village and countryside
Kaiseki dinner
Visit Kanazawa samurai and geisha districts
Visit Nomura Family Samurai Residence and Myoryuji Ninja Temple
Visit Himeji Castle
Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Excursion to Miyajima Island
Zen tea experience
Tour Kyoto and Nara including Fushimi Inari, Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Visit Gion Geisha district
Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $6,299
Start Location
Tokyo, Japan
End Location
Kyoto, Japan
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Discovery, Small Group
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Oct 201819 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $6,299 
22 Oct 201802 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $6,299 
05 Nov 201816 Nov 20187AUD $6,549
19 Nov 201830 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $6,299 
03 Dec 201814 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $6,299 
17 Dec 201828 Dec 201813AUD $6,549
28 Jan 201908 Feb 201915AUD $6,299
25 Feb 201908 Mar 201915AUD $6,299
18 Mar 201929 Mar 20196AUD $6,599
25 Mar 201905 Apr 20198AUD $6,919
01 Apr 201912 Apr 20191AUD $6,919
03 Apr 201914 Apr 20193AUD $6,919
08 Apr 201919 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,299 
10 Apr 201921 Apr 201910AUD $6,919
15 Apr 201926 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,299 
22 Apr 201903 May 201913AUD $6,599
29 Apr 201910 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,299 
13 May 201924 May 20199AUD $6,599
27 May 201907 Jun 201911AUD $6,599
10 Jun 201921 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,299 
24 Jun 201905 Jul 201915AUD $6,299
22 Jul 201902 Aug 201913AUD $6,299
19 Aug 201930 Aug 201915AUD $6,299
02 Sep 201913 Sep 201915AUD $6,599
16 Sep 201927 Sep 201915AUD $6,599
14 Oct 201925 Oct 201914AUD $6,599
28 Oct 201908 Nov 201915AUD $6,599
11 Nov 201922 Nov 201915AUD $6,599
25 Nov 201906 Dec 201915AUD $6,599
16 Dec 201927 Dec 201915AUD $6,599
27 Jan 202007 Feb 202015AUD $6,299
24 Feb 202006 Mar 202015AUD $6,299
16 Mar 202027 Mar 202015AUD $6,599
18 Mar 202029 Mar 202015AUD $6,599
23 Mar 202003 Apr 202015AUD $6,919
25 Mar 202005 Apr 202015AUD $6,919
30 Mar 202010 Apr 202015AUD $6,919
01 Apr 202012 Apr 202015AUD $6,919
06 Apr 202017 Apr 202015AUD $6,919
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13 Apr 202024 Apr 202015AUD $6,919
15 Apr 202026 Apr 202015AUD $6,919
20 Apr 202001 May 202015AUD $6,919
22 Apr 202003 May 202015AUD $6,599
27 Apr 202008 May 202015AUD $6,599
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11 May 202022 May 202015AUD $6,599
25 May 202005 Jun 202015AUD $6,599
08 Jun 202019 Jun 202015AUD $6,299
22 Jun 202003 Jul 202015AUD $6,299
06 Jul 202017 Jul 202015AUD $6,299
13 Jul 202024 Jul 202015AUD $6,299
20 Jul 202031 Jul 2020Fully BookedAUD $6,299 
10 Aug 202021 Aug 202015AUD $6,299
17 Aug 202028 Aug 202015AUD $6,299
31 Aug 202011 Sep 202015AUD $6,299
14 Sep 202025 Sep 202015AUD $6,599
28 Sep 202009 Oct 202015AUD $6,599
12 Oct 202023 Oct 202015AUD $6,599
26 Oct 202006 Nov 202015AUD $6,599
09 Nov 202020 Nov 202015AUD $6,599
23 Nov 202004 Dec 202015AUD $6,599
14 Dec 202025 Dec 202015AUD $6,599
21 Dec 202001 Jan 202115AUD $6,599
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Tokyo
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Tokyo
Spend the day exploring vibrant Tokyo by public transit. As a city of extreme contrasts, we experience the ancient and traditional with visits to Meiji Jingu Shrine and the old town of Asakusa. We then see Tokyo's quirky and modern side with a walk through the pop culture-obsessed Harajuku district a great place to sit back and people-watch.
Day 3 - Tokyo
This morning, insiders of Tsukiji Fish Market take us on a tour to learn about the fishing industry in Japan, ending with a class led by sushi masters. Learn how to identify the freshest fish, to prepare and fillet, and the fine art of sushi-making and presentation. After, try your hand at making your own sushi and enjoy a taste of your creation. This afternoon is free to explore Tokyo on your own.
Day 4 - Tokyo/Tsumago
Depart Tokyo by train. Disembark at Nagiso and continue to our local ryokan accommodation. Enjoy a walk through the countryside, passing farms and hamlets into Tsumago, a traditional village. After, feast on a kaiseki meal, learn about Japanese customs, and sleep on a futon.
Day 5 - Tsumago/Kanazawa-shi
Continue by train to the historic city of Kanazawa. Explore the ancient Samurai culture with a walk through the well-preserved Nagamachi Samurai district and visit to the Nomura Samurai family residence.
Day 6 - Kanazawa-shi
Continue exploring Kanazawa, visiting the Myoryuji Ninja Temple and walking through the Higashi Geisha district. The city is also renowned as a centre of traditional arts and crafts. We delve into these traditions with a chopstick and gold leaf painting experience. Opt to visit the stunning gardens or original castles.
Day 7 - Kanazawa-shi/Hiroshima
Continue by bullet train train to Hiroshima and visit the park and Memorial Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.
Day 8 - Hiroshima
Catch a ferry over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate, considered one of Japan's most beautiful and sacred shrines. This afternoon is at your leisure. Opt to catch the ferry to other islands and explore on your own.
Day 9 - Hiroshima/Kyoto
This morning we visit Himeji Castle, considered the best preserved and most stunning castle in all of Japan. After, continue by train to Kyoto, the former Imperial Capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. This afternoon, take a stroll around the Gion Geisha district.
Day 10 - Kyoto
Visit the stunning Fushimi Inari, an ancient shrine at the base of the mountain of the same name. After, spend the day exploring sites around Nara, visiting the impressive Todaiji Buddhist Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.
Day 11 - Kyoto
This morning, visit a local temple to learn about the history and practice of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Here we meet with a local monk who will talk about Buddhism and instruct us in Zen meditation and calligraphy. Enjoy a traditional bowl of matcha tea before visiting the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. After, we learn about the etiquette of the samurai as well as the practice of basic kembu, and take a lesson on how to use the Japanese sword. Then, enjoy a performance by kembu masters which includes short pms, which were traditionally written by samurai about major events in their life. Later, take some time to explore on your own. Opt to visit museums, temples, or zen gardens.
Day 12 - Kyoto
Depart at any time.