Backroads of Japan

Resort: Backroads of Japan
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Japan
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Over View

Tokyo and Kyotothe modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectivelyrepresent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, youll thoroughly explore both and everything in between, from traditional villages and miles of rice fields to ancient temples and the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps. Snow monkeys, geishas, the teeming pedestrian scrambles of Tokyos Shibuya district, and the impossibly friendly staff of your traditional ryokan are just a few of the locals youll meet and never forget.


Day 1

Arrive at any time.

Day 2

Take a CEO-led walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through Yoyogi Park and Harajuku.

Day 3

Enjoy a free day to experience the city or venture out to Mt Fuji.

Day 4

Journey to the Japanese Alps and Nagano, host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Visit the historic Zenkoji Temple.

Day 5

Discover the world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park and watch Japanese snow monkeys bathing in the natural hot springs. Continue to Matsumoto.

Day 6

Explore Matsumoto’s breathtaking ‘Black Crow’ Castle and continue to the traditional alpine market town of Takayama, known as ‘Little Kyoto’.

Day 7

Visit the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, sake breweries and craft shops. With free time walk through the forest, go for a bike ride or relax at an onsen spa.

Day 8

Travel to picturesque Kurashiki, retaining its old world charm with black and white buildings.

Day 9

Enjoy a bike tour through the Kibi Plains, surrounded by rice fields and ancient burial grounds. On this scenic ride, glide past shrines and temples and get a glimpse of rural Japanese life.

Day 10

Travel to Kyoto for two nights in the traditional heart of Japan. Arrive in the afternoon and hike up Fushimi Inari through 10,000 stunning torii gates.

Day 11

Visit the impressive Kiyomizu-dera, and take in the breathtaking Chion-in temple. This afternoon, enjoy free time in this lovely city. Experience some of the many great walks through zen gardens, teahouses, shrines and shops and maybe even spot a real-life geisha.

Day 12

Depart at any time.

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