Shoguns and Samurai | 14 days | from A$6030

A scenic journey through Japan’s cultural highlights


  • Explore Tokyo on a guided walking tour and visit Nihombashi – the ‘centre of Japan’

  • Visit the well-preserved villages of Tsumago and Magome

  • Visit Japan’s old imperial capitals – Kyoto and Nara

  • Stay at a hot-spring ryokan, bathe in natural thermal waters and see the famous snow monkeys of Yudanaka Onsen

  • Visit a sake brewery in Obuse and broese for handicrafts in the historical city of Takayama

  • Stay in lodgings in the monastery in the temple town of Mount Koya

Self-guided tour beginning in Tokyo and ending in Kyoto. Gentle walks and peaceful exploration of Japan

Trip level:    Moderate
Availability:  Recommended from March to November
Price per person:  starting from A$5450

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Central Japan is a region of tall mountain ranges and fast-flowing rivers.

Until recently did not roads reach the remoter villages, resulting in remarkably well-preserved villages evocative of centuries past.

This journey takes participants through Japanese history from modern Tokyo, known as Edo during Japan’s period of rule by the Shoguns, and ends near Kyoto, Japan’s capital for 400 years and the repository of much of the countries cultural heritage.

From Tokyo tour participants head first to Yudanaka Onsen hot spring where the famous “snow monkeys” come to enjoy the natural hot spring baths just like humans. In feudal times people travelling from Kyoto to Tokyo would use the Nakasendo way – the road through the central mountains – one of a network of ancient highways. Japan Holidays visitors will visit one of the best preserved sections in the Kiso Valley, where the picturesque villages of Tsumago and Magome have been faithfully restored.

Whats Included

  • Full-time English-speaking tour guide accompanying trip

  • 13 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns (Ryokan, Minshuku and Shukubo)

  • Daily breakfast | eight dinners

  • Entrance to museums, temples and other sights on the group’s itinerary

  • All transportation between tour locations

  • Forwarding of one item of luggage on 3 occasions

Whats Not Included

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches

  • Entrance fees to museums, temples etc. not mentioned in the itinerary

  • A single room supplement is required for solo travellers at hotels

Map and Itinerary

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