Newmarket Holidays offers a fantastic, fully-escorted tour of Japan, which includes visits to some of the country’s most spectacular attractions. If you book this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to experience and learn more about the culture, traditions and history of this fascinating nation. The first day of this tour is spent flying to Japan, overnight. Landing in Osaka, you will be greeted by a friendly, professional tour manager, who will take you to Kyoto, a city that you will be exploring for the following three days.
Your Tour Manager will take you to some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Ryoan-ji Zen garden, Nijo Castle (which is UNESCO-listed) and the vibrant, bustling Nishiki market. When evening rolls around, you’re free to do as you please; you might want to relax at the hotel, or perhaps you would prefer to stroll around the streets of Gion and soak up the incredible atmosphere.
The next day, you will be driven by coach to Nara. This city has a rich history, and boasts many ancient buildings and statues – including the Todai-ji temple, and the Shinto shrine Kasuga. Upon your return to Kyoto, your guide will take you to another beautiful temple called Kiyomizu–dera; the views of the city from the top of this structure are breathtaking. There will also be time to explore the charming streets of Sannen-saka and Ninen-saka, and to take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
The fifth day of your trip will be spent in Kanazawa, which is home to one of the world’s most spectacular gardens, Kenroku-en. Following a guided tour of this natural wonder, you will be brought through the fascinating geisha district of Higashi Chaya-Gai, and into the Samurai House, located in Nagamachi.
On day six, you and the other Newmarket Holidays customers will head south, making your way to Shirikawa-go, a UNESCO-listed village made up of traditional thatched farmhouses and shops. During the afternoon, you will visit the stunning house known as Wada, which was constructed by one of the wealthiest families in the region. After this, there will be an overnight journey to Takayama, a charming and tranquil spot. Here, you will be treated to a visual spectacle, in the form of the Yatai Kaikan festival floats. The following morning, you will also be given some time to explore the town’s local market, before heading off to Matsumoto city.