Ultimate Japan

11/15/2022 through 10/19/2023
11/15/2022 through 11/14/2023
Intrepid Travel

Ultimate Japan

Ever-welcoming and always fascinating, Japan is a land of ancient cultures, austere traditions and groundbreaking technology. Join us on this ultimate journey that takes you from futuristic, neon-lit Tokyo to the dense forests of the southern island of Yakushima; from sacred temples in Nikko, Kyoto and Kotohira to feasts at a Takayama market. Be wowed by the creativity of modern art at Naoshima Island, make a sobering visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and try for an Indiana Jones stunt crossing the vine bridge at Iya Valley. Discover ancient castles, lush countryside and fascinating feudal history on this authentic 24-day adventure. 

Activities

  • Nikko – Toshogu Shrine
  • Hakone – Cable car/Ropeway
  • Hakone – Lake Ashinoko boat cruise
  • Takayama – Hida Folk Village
  • Takayama – Market visit
  • Takayama – Sake brewery tasting
  • Hiroshima – Peace Park & A – Bomb Dome
  • Hiroshima – Peace Museum
  • Hiroshima – Miyajima Island
  • Himeji – Himeji Castle
  • Kyoto – Temple/Shrine entrance (2)
  • Kyoto – Gion District walk
  • Takamatsu – Ritsurin Garden & Sanuki Folkcraft Museum
  • Takamatsu – Naoshima day trip (ferry, public bus & bicycle)
  • Kotohira – Kompira-san
  • Iya Valley – Kazura-bashi (vine bridge), Nagoro “Scarecrow” Village & Buke Yashiki samurai house
  • Matsuyama – Matsuyama Castle
  • Nagasaki – tram day pass
  • Nagasaki – Peace Park & Atomic Bomb Museum
  • Yakushima – Local dinner
  • Yakushima – Shiratani Unsuikyo National Park hiking

Highlights

  • There’s no better way to get around Japan than the country’s famous railway system. Be impressed by the efficiency and ultra-modernity as you zip from place to place with your included Japan Rail Pass. Here is why you don’t want to miss train travel in Japan: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/japan-trains
  • Explore the unique island of Naoshima, transformed from a sleepy fishing community into a world-class art destination, with sleek and stylish museums and artworks that sit in harmony with the landscape.
  • Feel like Indiana Jones as you cross the kazurabashi (vine bridges) of the hidden Iya Valley, a remote retreat of deep gorges and lush mountains on Shikoku island.
  • Uncover the characters of the cities of Nagasaki and Osaka, from the former’s thought-provoking Peace Park and Museum to the latter’s busy streets where the motto is ‘eat until you drop’.
  • Venture into the thick and mysterious cedar forests on Yakushima, relax at the seaside onsen or see giant turtles lay eggs in the night in the summer months.

Itinerary

Day 1 Tokyo
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Day 2 Tokyo - Nikko
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Day 3 Nikko
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Day 4 Hakone
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Day 5 Hakone
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Day 6 Takayama
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Day 7 Takayama
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Day 8 Hiroshima
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Day 9 Miyajima - Hiroshima
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Day 10 Kyoto
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Day 11-12 Kyoto
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Day 13 Osaka
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Day 14 Takamatsu
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Day 15 Naoshima - Takamatsu
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Day 16 Kotohira
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Day 17 Iya Valley - Matsuyama
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Day 18 Matsuyama
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Day 19 Nagasaki
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Day 20 Nagasaki
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Day 21 Yakushima
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Day 22 Yakushima
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Day 23 Osaka
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Day 24 Osaka
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