After an overnight flight to Tokyo, your A&K representative transfers you to your hotel. Enjoy an informative orientation session and a half-day guided city tour to complete your immersion into Japan. You have three days to see the highlights of Tokyo before moving on. There’s plenty of time for you to relax and revisit your favourite sights and districts with your guide, as well as a range of scheduled events. Enjoy an evening food tour which takes you from the pinnacle of fine dining to the best hidden street-food stalls. See the futuristic side of the city at the electronics quarter of Akihabara, get€quainted with world-class art galleries and visit one of Japan’s previous capitals, Kamakura, or the Toshogu Shrine complex and the Tamozawa Imperial Villa in the mountainous region of Nikko. On day five, catch the train to Kanazawa. Once the wealthiest area of Japan and a thriving centre for the arts, the city is full of impressive marvels. Here, you can learn all about the legacy of the samurais of old. See Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa Castle and the famous Omicho Market, known for its fresh seafood and fine sushi. Next stop is Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the traditional gassho-zukuri houses showcase the novelty of antique Japan. These buildings are "constructed like hands in prayer" with steep thatched roofs in order to withstand the heavy winter snow. After a night in Shirakawago, move on to Takayama in the Hida Alpine region. The town is teeming with the traces of its history, not to mention some culinary treats. Visit the sake breweries here and fill up on the famous Hida beef sushi. Your home for the next two nights is a traditional Japanese ryokan. Your guide will bring this historic destination to life for you as you stroll through the streets picking out the best tofu shops and sampling the rakugan (traditional candies) you can find here. Take a scenic cycle to Hida Furukawa, a quaint village in the midst of this thrilling landscape. With day nine comes the journey to Kyoto, where 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2,000 shrines and temples are waiting to be discovered. Take part in an authentic tea ceremony in a restored wooden machiya townhouse, don a kimono and learn the traditions around which the tea ceremony is structured with the help of the tea master. While you’re here, you can enjoy a cycling tour of Gion, a visit to maikos and discover the splendour of Imperial Palace Park. Other experiences in Kyoto include a cable-car ride up to the mountains, a visit to Japan’s largest cemetery and a Buddhist dining experience at a shukubo 'temple lodge’. Travel along the Nakasendo Way which cuts through Kiso Valley to reach Tsumago, a town that carries the vestige of the Edo period. After a little more time to enjoy the history of this intriguing destination, head back to 21st-century life in Tokyo. On the last leg of your excursion through the history of Japan you have a little more leisure time to ad back to your favourite experiences and make your own memories as you discover the many fascinating features to the world-renowned city. Details and departure dates of this trip can be tailor-made to meet your specific requirements.
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