From AUD $6950*| 8 Days/7 Nights
Departures : 5th October 2018
Japan is a country full of ancient legends.
Japanese history begins with a Shinwa mythology, of Prince Ninigi, grandson of the supreme goddess Amaterasu, who came down from the sky landing in the area called Takachiho in Kyushu Island.
Your tour will take you to places where Prince Ninigi traveled, including a cave shrine in which his stepdaughter gave birth to his grandson, the founder of Japan’s royal dynasty 2,600 years ago. Emperor Jinmu.
On this tour, you will also be immersed in the fierce and bloody history of the powerful samurais, tracing the battles between the Heike and Genji clans, as they fought to control Japan’s capital at Kyoto. We travel to the lush, secluded forests of Gokanosho, where the fugitive Heike clan of samurais fled in 1185, hiding in these rugged hills of Kyushu Island for hundreds of years.
Another key stop on the tour is Kagoshima, capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. Here, General Saigo Takamori, one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history played a major role toppling the Shogun in Edo (modern-day Tokyo) after more than 260 years ruling Japan. Takamori’s colorful life spanned the transition from Edo to Meiji period, ushering in Modern Japan. However, the general revolted against the Meiji government in 1877, which became known as Japan’s last civil war.
Our final stop on the tour is the Chiran Peace Museum, which honors more than 1,000 kamikaze pilots who gave their lives fighting for Japan. Located on an airbase at Chiran, on Satsuma Peninsula of Kagoshima, this is where hundreds of Special Attack or kamikaze sorties launched in the final months of World War two.
The LEGENDS OF JAPAN tour will take you deep into the soul of Japan, exploring its legends, colorful history and prominent figures that will leave a lasting and profound impact unique among any tours offered of the country. You will gain a new appreciation for Japan’s rich and varied mix of myth and reality, tradition and change, as it is played out in bustling cities and remote countryside.