- Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
- Watch the famous snow monkeys bathing in hot springs
- Take the incredible high speed 'bullet train'
Ancient wooden temples, raked-pebble Zen gardens and chanting Buddhist monks juxtapose with space-age towers, neon and bullet trains; Japan's fascinating blend of old and new is legendary. As we explore the southern and western stretches of Honshu, Japan's largest island, we discover the country's unique culture amongst the serene shrines and gardens of Nara and Kyoto and the rarely visited mountainous heartland of castles and spas. Our last stop is the vast and futuristic capital city of Tokyo: sprawling, inimitably busy, welcoming and extraordinary.
What makes this trip responsible?
On this trip, we spend 4 nights in small, locally-owned ryokan, allowing us to contribute directly to the local economy, and by using trains rather than minibuses for the majority of the trip we reduce our environmental impact.
Snow Monkey, Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka