Shoguns and Samurai | 14 days

A scenic journey through Japan’s cultural highlights


  • Explore the capital of Japan – Tokyo

  • Visit the well-preserved villages of Tsumago, Narai and Magome

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

  • See the famous snow monkeys in the hot-spring village of Yudanaka Onsen

  • Stroll through the area around the large thatched-roof houses of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage site

  • Visit Japan’s feudal imperial capitals of Kyoto and Nara and enjoy its famous ,free-roaming deer

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 ,head to Yudanaka Onsen hot spring where the famous “snow monkeys” come to enjoy the natural hot spring baths.

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. Y

ou will visit one of the best-preserved sections of this road in the Kiso Valley, where the quaint villages of Tsumago and Magome have been faithfully restored.

Whats Included

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

  • 13 breakfasts and 6 dinners

  • Regular and bullet train tickets starting in Tokyo and ending in Kyoto

  • Long-distance bus tickets Takayama – Shirakawa-go – Kanazawa

  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary

  • Local support by telephone

  • A day of private guiding in Kyoto

Whats Not Included

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Pay locally for short bus journeys

  • Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches

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

Map and Itinerary

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