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Visit the spiritual heart of Japanese Buddhism
Spend the night at a temple atop the towering Mt Koya
Relish a hearty helping of Shojin Ryori, a typical Japanese meal (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine)
Attend the morning prayers of the monks
Get on a train and visit the historically significant Hiroshima
Visit the holy island of Miyajima and its iconic floating Torii Gate by taking the boat across
Embark on a journey to Kyoto
Check out Nijo Castle and its surrounding grounds - included on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Walk under the brilliant torii gates of the stunning Fushimi Inari Taisha temple
Row a boat across Lake Ashino-ko, and maybe you'll get a view of Mt. Fuji
Indulge in a traditional Japanese kaiseki lunch
Relax in the hot springs
What to Expect
Starting in Osaka, this abridged journey shows you the different sides of Japan, from the Buddhist monks of Kyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo.
Explore Mt. Fuji and indulge in the region's culinary delights while taking in the breathtaking scenery.
You will spend the night in a mountain shrine and spend your days relaxing in an onsen hot spring, taking in the sights and sounds of the local culture.
This journey offers a beautiful introduction to the rich culture of Japan, including both the traditional and the modern.
Starting at sunrise, go to Japan's Buddhist heartland and spend the night at a temple atop Mt. Koya's 800-meter peaks. Indulge in a delicious meal of authentic Shojin Ryori. Behold the dawn chanting of the monks.
Trip to Mount Koya, where the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi established a holy site in 816. Perhaps the best rail excursion in Japan is the one that takes you up the mountain. You may take a bus most of the way to the monastery before transferring to a funicular for the last steep climb. Relax in a yukata or kimono in the evening while dining on Shojin-Ryori, traditional vegetarian fare.
Travel to the Peace Park and Memorial Museum, built to honor the victims of the events of 1945. The monks' morning prayers are a fascinating sight if you get up early enough. Take in the mountain air as you have a vegetarian breakfast before catching a bus, train, or funicular back down the mountain. Later, go aboard a train to Hiroshima, a city forever defined by the 1945 atomic bombing that changed the course of human history.
Stop By Kyoto
Embark on a journey to Kyoto and begin your explorations. You should check out the beautiful Nijo Castle and its surrounding grounds, which are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Row a boat across Lake Ashino-ko, and maybe you'll get a view of Mt. Fuji. Indulge in a traditional Japanese kaiseki lunch and relax in the hot springs. Visit Hakone, a mountain community renowned for its onsens. After a satisfying evening dinner of authentic Japanese cuisine, a visit to the onsen is highly suggested.
You can choose to explore the museums and parks of Ueno, the cutting-edge electronics of Akihabara, the eccentric styles of Harajuku, the pinnacle of Japanese luxury at Ginza, the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden, or simply the streets in search of the traditional culture that exists beneath the city's modern veneer.
Frequently Asked Questions
To travel independently you must be at least 18 years of age.
This tour requires that you have medical travel insurance. On Day 1 your tour leader / G Adventures representative will ask you for proof of coverage. Cancellation insurance is recommended but not mandatory.
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