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Cultural Tour of Japan

Cultural Tour of Japan

Cultural Tour of Japan Overview

Castles, temples, mountains and tea ceremonies - all the must-see sights and cultural experiences in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Highlights of Definitive Cultural Tour of Japan

  • Explore the cultural city of Kyoto, and the historic castles of Matsumoto and Himeji
  • Take part in a tea ceremony in Kyoto and stay in traditional ryokan and minshuku
  • See the snow monkeys of Yudanaka Onsen
  • Spend a night with the monks in a temple on Mount Koya
  • Enjoy remarkable views of iconic Mount Fuji – weather permitting
  • Visit Narai, one of the best-preserved post towns on the Nakasendo Trail
  • Experience modern Japan; high-rise Tokyo, Hiroshima Peace Park, bullet trains and the neon lights of Osaka


    This dream tour ticks off all the must-see sights and cultural experiences, and is the perfect trip for the first time visitor to Japan. Highlights include: Matsumoto and Himeji Castles, the famous snow monkeys of Yudanka, the cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima, views of Mount Fuji and the Nakasendo Trail. Along with bullet trains, tea ceremonies, sumo wrestlers, hot spring baths, ryokans and temples – this truly is an immersive journey packed full of natural, cultural and scenic interest.


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