In the Shadow of Mount Fuji
In the exciting city of Tokyo, we contrast 21st century technology with the ancient palaces and temples that lie side by side. The charming town of Hakone is our base from where we take a ride by funicular and cable car for views of magnificent Mount Fuji. Descending to serene Lake Ashi, a boat ride takes us to the Tokaido Trail, an ancient route following in the footsteps of the Shogun warriors. In Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, our time is spent marvelling at some of the 2000 temples in this wonderful city. One day is left free to travel further; perhaps to ancient Nara, Osaka or Himeji Castle.
Hiroshima & Nagasaki
The 'Shinkansen' or Bullet train takes us to one of the most inspirational places in Japan, Hiroshima. Completely devastated when it became the target for the first atomic bomb, it has literally risen from the ashes to become once more a vibrant city with a moving memorial park and incredible museum. Continuing by train we head for Nagasaki, a trading port which for over 200 years remained Japan's only contact with the outside world. Much of the Dutch and Portuguese influence can still be seen today in the Meiji Period Residences that overlook what is perhaps the most scenic harbour in Japan.
'Ninety Nine Islands'
Leaving Nagasaki we travel by boat to the charming harbour at Hirado. We spend time discovering an unspoilt natural environment with towering cliffs and basalt columns and cruising through the fabled 'Ninety Nine Islands'. There is a museum dedicated to the traditional whaling community and local lifestyle, whilst in the evening we have an opportunity to take part in one of the great Japanese traditions, the hot spring bath!
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