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Tatami Trails - Overland Trip

2 weeks: Tokyo to Tokyo (IMT-APTT)

Intro

In Japan, the forces of nature are inseparable from everyday life.  On this tour we concentrate on the natural beauties of Japan and gain an appreciation of the harmony that once existed across the nation.  A mix of scenic spots and activities will keep you enthralled with this fascinating country.

Maximum Group Size

12

Fully Escorted

By Imaginative Traveller tour leader

Transport

Train network, Shinkansen (Bullet Train), ferry, public bus, taxi, tram

Japan Rail Pass

a 14-day Japan Rail Pass (woirth approx. US$400) is included in the cost of this tour

Activities

Hiking and extensive walking at sites, optional cycling

Accommodation

11 nights simple hotels, 1 night mountain hut

Japan Rail Pass Extension

A 14-day Japan Rail Pass (worth approx. US$400) is included in the cost of

this tour. If you wish to travel independently after this tour, the railpass will be valid

until the end of the day 15 equivalent. We can arrange for a 21-day pass instead.

Itineraries

Day 1,TOKYO

Arrival day.

Day 2,TOKYO

A free day with an opportunity for an early morning visit to the fish markets.

Day 3,MIYAJIMA

In the morning we board the famous bullet train for the first time and travel to Hiroshima. In the afternoon we transfer to the tranquil island of Miyajima for sunset views of the 'floating' Tori Gate and a great, traditional ryokan experience.

Day 4,KURASHIKI

Returning from the island we travel up the coast to Kurashiki. Literally translated as 'Storehouse town', Kurashiki's historic district is a picturesque willow-lined canal with traditional rice storage warehouses converted into museums, souvenir stores, boutiques and cafés.

Day 5,KURASHIKI

A full day in Kurashiki. An optional 18km bike ride through the countryside takes us past fields and temples.

Day 6,ISHIZUCHI SAN

We travel to Matsuyama from where we take the cable car to the start of our climb up this incredibly beautiful mountain along the pilgrim's route. We stay in a mountain hut for the night.

Day 7,MATSUYAMA

We take the bus back to Matsuyama where we stay overnight. A chance to relax in the famous onsen (hot spring bath).

Day 8,KYOTO

From Matsuyama we travel by train to Kyoto.

Day 9,KYOTO

A full free day to discover the Zen Gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto.

Day 10,NAKASENDO WAY - MATSUMOTO

We leave Kyoto early for Nagiso and then hike one of the most beautiful sections (approx 13km) of the Shogun's trail; one of two major routes for Japanese lords on their way to the capital to pay homage. That night we arrive and stay in Matsumoto.

Day 11,MATSUMOTO

A day around this town in the Japanese Alps. Amazing views, a great castle, and a fun city.

Day 12,SNOW MONKEYS - TOKYO

We  leave Matsumoto and head to Kanbayashi to see the famous snow monkeys taking their bath in an onsen. We return to Tokyo.

Day 13,TOKYO

Tour ends.

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