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Japan


Journey Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Tokyo
    • Sumida River cruise
    • Sensoji Temple
    • Ginza District
  • Full-day tour of Hakone/Mt. Fuji
    • Lake Ashi
    • Komagatake Ropeway
  • Visit of Osaka
    • Umeda Sky Building
    • Osaka Castle
    • River cruise
    • Hattori-Ryokuchi kôen Botanical Garden
    • Banpaku Park
    • Shi-Tennoji temple
    • Mint Museum
Sakura - Japan Blossoms

Sakura - Japan Blossoms

Cherry (Japanese sakura) is a deciduous tree of the family Rosaceae. The color of the flowers varies according to the species, ranging from white to dark red through all the nuances of the pale pink. Even if it is not official, the cherry tree is with chrysanthemum the emblematic flower of Japan. There are more than 600 varieties of cherry trees in the Archipelago, including the original species and different crosses. Introduced in Japan in the middle of the Edo era before spreading throughout the country from the Meiji era, the Somei Yoshino, with five-colored flowers in pale pink, is today the most popular variety. popular. Through the tradition of the Heian era, the word flower has become synonymous with cherry tree and, among all the species that hatch in the spring, cherry blossoms have a very special meaning.

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Journey Highlights

  • Full day tour of Tokyo
    • Shinjuku Gyoen garden and Ueno Park
    • Sensoji Temple
    • Discover the Meiji Shrine
    • Visit Asakusa Temple
    • Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
  • Tour of Mt. Fuji and Hakone
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle
  • Tour Takoname’s “pottery trail”
  • Tour of Kyoto
    • Walk “philosophy path” in blossom
    • View the 1001 statues of Kannon
    • Visit the Golden Pavilion & Nijo Castle
    • Attend Miyako Odori geisha dance
  • Excursion to Lake Biwa
  • Excursion to Nara
Hanami - Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Hanami - Cherry Blossoms in Japan

The hanami season lasts a very long time, from the end of December to May, but it can only be seen a few days at each place in Japan. In the southern islands of the country, where it is very hot, the first sakura flowers are visible from the beginning of winter, towards the end of December. But in the north, in Hokkaido, you have to wait until May to see the cherry blossoms. In the center of the country (Kyoto, Tokyo ...) hanami is celebrated from mid-March to mid-April. Each year, the first flowers appear on a different date and there are two-week differences from one year to the next. In Tokyo, the average date of onset of flowering is March 28th, for maximum flowering on April 5th.

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Journey Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Tokyo
    • Sumida River cruise
    • Sensoji Temple
    • Ginza District
  • Full-day tour of Hakone/Mt. Fuji
    • Lake Ashi
    • Komagatake Ropeway
  • Full-day tour of Kyoto
    • Nijo Castle
    • Gold Pavilion
    • Imperial Palace
    • Heian Jingu Shrine
    • Sanjusangendo Temple
    • Kiyomizudera Temple
  • Excursion to Nara
    • Todai-ji Temple
    • Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Bōken-sha - Japan Explorer

Bōken-sha - Japan Explorer

Japan is one of the most fascinating archipelagos on the planet. Made up of many paradise islands, this East Asian country is a destination of choice to get away from the monotony of everyday life. It is also famous around the world for its many interesting sites such as the Hiroshima Museum, the Peace Memorial Park, the sacred Koya Mountain and the Tosho-Gu Shrine in Nikko. To begin an unprecedented getaway in this part of the Asian continent, travelers are invited to discover the city of Kyoto and its thousand and one wonders. Formerly imperial capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, this place is home to more than 1,600 temples that surely seduce holidaymakers. They will discover, among others, the Zen monastery "Ryōan-ji" which was erected by Hosokawa Katsumoto in 1450. Located at the foot of the Kinugasa yama massif, this building owes its fame to its stone garden dating from the mid-fifteenth century. century.

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Journey Highlights

  • Tokyo day tour
    • Tsukiji Fish Market Walk and Sushi making
    • Japanese Cooking in Machiya Townhouse
  • Hakone Open Air Museum
  • Kyoto Tour
    • Kinkakuji Temple
    • Kyoto Nijo Castle
    • Nijo Castle
    • Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple
    • Nara and Fushimi day tour
  • Todaiji Temple
    • Kasuga Taisha Shrine
    • Fushimi Inari Shrine
Tôkaidô - The Golden Route

Tôkaidô - The Golden Route

In fact, the road of Tôkaidô, linking Tokyo and Kyoto, has been borrowed for hundreds of years! So how far are they from each other, and most importantly, what are the most convenient ways to connect them? Between the 5th and the 9th century the first unified state of Japan was created. The Tôkaidô was one of the constituent regions of the region, and today it represents the Kanto and Kansai regions. During the intensification of the exchanges at the time of Kamakura (1185-1333), this name will also refer to the coastal road taken by the merchants, the daimyo and other characters to connect the cities of Edo, the city of the chief supreme military (today Tokyo) and Kyoto, the city of the emperor.

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Journey Highlights

  • Full day tour of Tokyo
    • Sensoji Temple
    • Hamarikyu garden
    • Walking tour of old town
  • Tour of Nagano
    • Zenkoji Temple
  • Tour of Yudanaka
    • Traditional kaiseki meal
    • Obuse Masuichi Sake tasting
    • Jigokudani Yaen Koen snow monkeys
  • Kyoto Spiritual Tour
  • Kyoto Philosopher’s Path
  • Scenic journey to Mt. Koya
  • Visit Kongobuji temple
Supirichuaru- Zen Japan

Supirichuaru- Zen Japan

Around the thirteenth century, Japanese Buddhism, which had become prosperous, was renewed in depth by several exceptional reformers. One of them, Master Dogen (1200-1253), implanted in the country the Soto branch (in Chinese, Caodong) of Zen Buddhism (Chan). The path he had received from his master Nyojô (in Chinese, Rujing) was centered on the shikantaza, simply sitting, the zazen practiced under the direction of a master and understood, not as a process of gradual enfranchisement of illusions, but as immediate and universal access to the awakening of the Buddha and the patriarchs. Master Dogen is considered one of the deepest and most original thinkers Japan has ever known. His major work, Shobogenzo (The Treasure of the Eye of the True Law), brings together 95 booklets written at various periods of his life and for various audiences. His awakening is also expressed in the rules he wrote for his monastic community (Eihei Shingi, the Pure Rule of the Temple of Eternal Peace).

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Journey Highlights

  • Japan Rail Pass valid 7 days in ordinary class, to use from days 2 to 8
  • Hakone Free Pass valid 2 days, to use on days 9 and 10
  • Private full day tour of Tokyo including entrance fees
  • Coach ticket Matsumoto – Takayama
  • Cooking lesson (food cooked during the lesson) – reach the cooking class venue on own
  • Private full day tour of Kyoto including entrance fees
  • Romance car train ticket Hakone Yumoto – Shinjuku, reserved seat
Arupusu - The Alps of Japan

Arupusu - The Alps of Japan

The Japanese Alps offer a beautiful natural setting that changes with the seasons. A popular tourist destination for city dwellers in search of fresh air and cool climate, they also attract foreign visitors looking for breathtaking scenery and historical heritage. Professional mountaineer, the English missionary Walter Weston introduces this extreme sport to the Japanese and made known to the Western world at the end of the nineteenth century, the existence of these mountains with alpine accents. Recognizing, the country celebrates its memory every spring at the opening of the season of mountaineering in Japan.

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Journey Highlights

  • Tokyo
  • Karuizawa
    • Asama Volcano
    • Ginza
    • Shiraito no Taki Waterfalls
    • Kumano Kotai Shrine
  • Nagano
    • Jinkoji Temple
  • Yadanaka
    • Kaede-no Yo public baths
    • Jigokudani Monkey Park
    • Obuse Town
    • Masuichi Sake Tasting
  • Kanazawa
    • Kenro Kuen Garden
    • Yuzen silk painting
  • Shirakawago
    • Gassho-zukuri farmhouses
Hātorando - Japanese Heartland

Hātorando - Japanese Heartland

An archipelago with mesmerizing landscapes, sometimes as saturated with modernity. An archipelago with traditions that have remained alive in the heart of everyday life, a legacy of a long cultural and spiritual history. An archipelago that continues to fascinate us and make us dream. At the root of this fascination, there are the Japanese themselves: a people with a mysterious soul, here revealed in all their intimacy, according to the seasons, from Tokyo the international capital to Takayama a traditional place guardian of the centuries, enjoy a unique and endearing journey to the heart of Japan

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