Japan is one of those destinations that everyone wants to visit but deciding where to start can be overwhelming. Where to begin? Do you explore the high-tech cities, head for the mountains and National Parks, or delve into its fascinating culture and traditions?
This 15 day tour is like the buffet of travel and lets you sample some of Japan’s most popular, and off-the-beaten track destinations including Gifu Prefecture’s vibrant Takayama City and the stunning UNESCO Heritage Site, Shirakawa-gō where you’ll enjoy delicious local delicacies, meander quant markets and laneways, and experience long-standing Japanese traditions and culture.
In Tokyo you’ll visit Tokyo’s Sensō-ji Temple and the cypress wood and copper Meiji Shrine, located within a 170 acre forest in the centre of the city commemorating Emperor Meiji, Japan’s 122nd emperor. The option of a sushi class, shodo (calligraphy) or getting to know the locals in the Izakaya night tour to experience a traditional Japanese pub.
The old town of Takayama is one of the highlights of the trip and is famous for its beautifully preserved buildings, including whole streets of houses that date back to the Edo Period (1600-1868). As well as the charming architecture, there are several quaint cafés and a number of old saké breweries to explore. Tasting is compulsory.
Shirakawa-gō Village, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has more than 100 ‘Gassho-style’ houses, which feature steeply-pitched roofs. Built many hundreds of years ago, these historic houses stand together in a beautiful natural setting. Enjoy exploring this area and soaking up the rich history.
Your accommodation will be a combination of three to four star centrally located digs with one night in a traditional Japanese Ryokin. Ryokin were used as highway rest stop in the Edo period, from the 17th to the 19th century, traditionally built from wood and featuring tatami-mat flooring, communal bathing and dining areas.
From AUD$3799 per person, twin share.