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JAPAN’S HEARTLAND

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4 Star
DOUBLE AED 12650
TRIPLE AED 10550
Arrive in Nara. Feed the freeroaming deer in Nara Park. Meet your tour guide and other group members at the tour hotel. There will be a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning, we travel by train to Asuka, Japan’s first permanent capital. We rent bicycles and explore the village with its picturesque scenery and surrounding countryside. After lunch, we continue our leisurely exploration - watch out for the Tortoise Stone and the Monkey Stones! We divide into smaller groups for our overnight stay in charming, small Minshuku (family-run inns) in Asuka. Our Minshuku are traditional Japanese homes with tatami-mat rooms and we stay for two nights. Dinner and breakfast are delicious home-made cuisine using local ingredients.
We join a young farming family in Asuka and help them harvest seasonal organic vegetables. Harvesting is great fun and a fascinating experience. After this good exercise, our hosts set up an outdoor kitchen in a rice field and show us how to cook lunch using the freshest ingredients. After lunch we have a fun Taiko drumming lesson with the local professional team. The team has given more than 1500 live performances in 38 countries around the world.
Today we travel by train and bus to Sasayama, an ancient castle town which flourished as a transportation hub linking western Japan with Kyoto. We stop at an Tambayaki pottery village famous for some of the oldest kilns in Japan. The Noborigama ascending kilns are unique to the location. We visit a small private pottery studio and try our hand at pottery making. In the afternoon, a short bus ride takes us to Sasayama town. Our accommodation tonight is a delightful traditional local guesthouse.
There is so much to see in Sasayama! There is the site of Sasayama Castle, originally built in 1609 as part of an offensive against rebels based in Osaka. We begin our own exploration of the town in the area where the Samurai warriors used to live. We’ll also see inside one of the fascinating old merchant houses and explore the town’s atmospheric streets on foot. There’ll be some free time for you to wander by yourselves, too - the town is full of interesting shops and cafes.
This morning we travel to Kameoka and then enjoy a scenic two-hour boat ride along the Hozu River down to Arashiyama in Kyoto. Arashiyama is a lovely area of western Kyoto famous for its bamboo groves. We visit the monkey park on Mount Arashiyama, with its Japanese macaques and stunning views over Kyoto city. We walk through the atmospheric bamboo forest and stroll through the village.
This morning we visit Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine and walk through thousands of beautiful vermilion gates which line the paths on Mount Inari. We continue to a traditional Japanese paper lantern studio and try our hand at making a small paper lantern to carry home as a souvenir. There will be free time in the afternoon and a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in the evening
Our tour ends after breakfast at the tour hotel in Kyoto. Your guide will offer advice on your journey to the airport for your homeward flight, or on onward travel in Japan if you are extending your stay

INCLUSION

Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide; 7 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns (Minshuku); Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 6 dinners; All transportation between tour locations; Entrance to museums, temples and other sights on the group’s itinerary; Forwarding of one item of luggage on two occasions.

HIGH LIGHTS

Visit some of the best rural regions and old capitals of Japan; Meet free-roaming animals - Japanese deer and macaques; Cycling through peaceful countryside; Outdoor kitchen experience in the peaceful terraced rice fields with local farmers; Pottery making experience at one of the ancient kilns in the rural community; Scenic boat ride along the Hozu River down to Arashiyama in Kyoto; Make your own paper lantern at the oldest studio in Kyoto; A thrilling Taiko drumming lesson with a famous professional team

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