Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
A two week, guided small group tour of Japanís greatest and wonderfully eclectic highlights. An inspired itinerary.
Tokyo Senso-ji Buddhist temple Obuse Yudanaka Onsen Snow monkeys Nakasendo Trail Narai Tsumago Magome Takayama Kyoto Nara Mount Koya
US $4930 excluding flights
There is a single room supplement, which will guarantee you a single room at the western-style hotels on the tour.
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4 Reviews of Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019 by Philip WhiteSo many memorable things but I think just getting out of the city and seeing and being part of rural Japan was incredible. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 May 2019 by Margaret WattsTraveling on local trains and buses and the opportunity to do lots of walking in beautiful places were the most memorable parts of our vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Apr 2017 by Janet BarwellExperiencing such a different culture and all things Japanese was the best. Excellent. Fumiko was a very helpful, informative and patient guide. We saw amazing temples, landscape etc. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Nov 2016 by Anne CooperThe whole thing was tremendous - felt we got a real insight into Japan today and in the past....One of the best vacations we have been on - very well planned to give a varied taste of the Japanese culture. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Planet and peopleThis tour is part of a new trend in rural tourism in Japan, supporting small, family-run inns and guesthouses, in small towns and villages that often have few work opportunities. Going against the traditional form of tourism in Japan, large concrete resort hotels catering to large groups, our tours go to destinations off the main tourist trail for foreigners in Japan, encouraging local people to conserve older, traditionally-constructed buildings and take pride in their traditions. We use public transport throughout this trip to lessen the environmental impact.
The town of Obuse is a good example of an enlightened policy towards conservation and responsible tourism, where walking between the various restored buildings is encouraged and the local sake brewery is the first in Japan to reintroduce the traditional method of barrel-brewed sake.
The presence of a Japanese-speaking foreign tour leader makes a big difference in cultural interaction, and lessens the possibility of minor cultural gaffes by foreigners that might otherwise create some nervousness on the part of the locals about hosting foreign guests.
We also make a donation for each customer to the Nature Conservation Society of Japan and the Japan National Trust, organisations which help protect the nature and also architectural heritage of Japan.