Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

One of our top Japan vacations and an excellent value honeymoon, using infamous bullet trains to take you from hot spring valleys to the foot hills of Mount Fuji, staying at family-owned Minshukus where you’ll experience home-cooked delights. 38 words
Tokyo Hakone National Park Bullet train journeys Nakasendo Walking Trail Kiso Valley Tsumago Kyoto Mount Koya Osaka
Price
US $2238excluding flights
Duration
13 Days
Type
Tailor made
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The price is per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
Black-out dates (prices not valid): 29-Dec to 4-Jan 29-Aprl to 5-May 9-Aug to 17-Aug
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Description of Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

Price information

US $2238excluding flights
The price is per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
Black-out dates (prices not valid): 29-Dec to 4-Jan 29-Aprl to 5-May 9-Aug to 17-Aug
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Vacation information

Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

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Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019 by

We loved Nijo Castle in Tokyo, also staying at the ryokan in Hakone, the food was fantastic and the area was beautiful! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2019 by

Hiking the section of the Nakasendo Samurai Trail from Magome to Tsumago was amazing! We loved walking through really beautiful countryside, listening to the birds and frogs and fortunately not encountering any bears! Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by

Amazing vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 04 May 2017 by

Walking the old samurai trials was incredible, as well as exploring the many temples and shrines in Kyoto. Amazing, we loved every moment. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2016 by

Excellent, stunning, huge variety of tastes, sights and experiences. We went budget but it was definitely first class! Read full review

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Planet

Tsumago, the jewel of the Kiso Valley, was once a post town on the old Nakasendo highway linking the ancient capital of Kyoto with Matsumoto. Today the village is notable for the residents’ efforts to preserve the town’s Edo Period ambiance. Power lines are hidden away and cars banned from the main roads during the daytime so that the beautiful, traditional buildings and flag-stone streets can be seen in their true glory – and that’s why we recommend this destination to our clients.

Small guest houses are family run and are run in tune with their environmental surroundings (along the lines of simplicity and tradition). On this itinerary you’ll stay in a tiny family-run minshuku in the center of Tsumago run by the ever hospitable Mrs Daikichi. The best way to reach the accommodation is from neighbouring Magome village – from here it’s a three hour walk along the old Nakasendo samurai trail through unspoiled farmland and tea fields. Slowing down to appreciate the Kiso Valley on foot offers an unrivalled insight into everyday life in the Japanese countryside. Full details of the walking trail will be in your complimentary Info-Pack.

Travel is by train and on foot where possible, minimising carbon emissions as much as possible.

People

Buddhism (and Shintoism) is the backbone of Japanese society and we’re keen to offer our clients the chance to stay in Buddhist temple lodgings on Mount Koya. A great opportunity to put tourist money back into this very special community.

At first glance, the lodgings are very similar to any ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). You'll stay in a private room with sliding fusuma doors and sleep on futon mattresses on tatami-matted floors. Some rooms may have en suite bathrooms, although at most shukubo, communal baths (separated into male and female facilities) are common. Heaters are provided in winter which are essential for mountaintop temple stays.

It's at mealtimes that things get a little different. The included breakfast and dinner are shojin ryori - that's strict vegetarian Buddhist cuisine. Ingredients are fresh and simply dressed, making the most of the subtle, natural flavours of the tofu and vegetables. In the early morning guests are invited to join the monks in a morning meditation service, which typically lasts around 30 minutes. You may also view the temple's cultural treasures, halls and gardens.

Many locally-run businesses, accommodation and restaurants are visited along the way - such as an authentic tea house which not ensures money goes into local pockets but also helps visitors to immerse themselves in and gain an understanding of Japanese culture.

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