Japan Encompassed

Overview:

A comprehensive journey through one of the most enigmatic destinations on earth, this stunning adventure takes us from the volcanic islands and spectacular lakes of Hokkaido in northern Japan, and on through a landscape blanketed in brilliant colours as we travel down to the very edge of Kyushu Island at its southernmost tip.

A captivating mix of the old and the new, our journey is liberally sprinkled with some of the most iconic and spectacular highlights that Japan has to offer. We will visit the national parks of Shikotsu-Toya and Onuma Quasi, explore the cultural attractions of Tokyo and Kyoto, and walk along part of the ancient Nakasendo Way between Magome and Tsumago.

Utilising a mix of transport, from the famous bullet train to rowing boats and ferries, we’ll travel accross the length of this remarkable country, staying in traditional ryokans and enjoying relaxing baths in volcanic hot springs. A rich contrast of sights and experiences, this extraordinary odyssey includes a chance to visit the world-famous art installations on Naoshima Island and pay our respects at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima. Timeless and fascinating in equal measure, this is Japan at its most bewitching.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy Japan’s glorious scenery, as you uncover some of its most stunning, lesser-known landscapes in the north and south of the country
  • Navigate your way through Japan’s world-famous railway network, including the exhilarating Shinkansen, or bullet train.
  • Be amazed by the bright lights and colourful fashion of the country’s capital - Tokyo
  • Walk part of the historic Nakasendo Way, and discover the World Heritage treasures of Kyoto
  • Stay in a local ryokan (guesthouse) and experience the old traditions of the region
  • Visit Hiroshima and learn about its tragic history and impressive evolution
  • Take a ferry over to Miyajima, the “Island of Gods”, best known for its “floating” torii gate
  • Relax in one of Japan’s many onsens, or hot springs
  • Sample the gastronomical delights of Japanese cuisine, which offers a variety of regional dishes throughout the country

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 10 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • On this tour we will mostly use coaster buses, public trains and ferries
  • 19 nights' accommodation (17 in hotels, and 2 in local guesthouses (ryokans)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 8

Tours that fall into this category will often involve remote, unpredictable and long journeys in emerging destinations. They can be incredibly rewarding but are definitely best suited to experienced travellers.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 8

You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 5

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 7

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a good balance between exploring cultural sights (such as museums and historical buildings) on some days and experiencing the wonders of the great outdoors on other days.

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