|Tokyo, Japan||Osaka, Japan|
Japan, a country steeped in mythical traditions and modern wonders. This journey uncovers the highlights of this fascinating country. Like the history, the country is varied and diverse: from the ancient cities like Kyoto to one of the holiest mountains in Japan, Koya-San; from the historically relevant city of Hiroshima and on to the beautifully preserved village of Tsumago; countryside backdropped by mountains, lakes and waterfalls to the bustling futuristic city of Tokyo. This tour gradually reveals the rich variety of the country as we visit temples, castles, shrines and holy mountains while still mixing with locals and experiencing the real Japan as we spend nights in family run ryokans and a mountain-top shukubo temple lodging. Come on this magical journey and experience all that Japan has to offer.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Accommodation: Asakusa Sunroute Hotel or similar , Tokyo
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Accommodation: Nikko Station Classic Hotel or similar, Nikko
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Accommodation: Rengejo Inn or similar, Koya San
Meals included: 3 breakfasts
Accommodation: New Miyako Hotel or similar , Kyoto
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Accommodation: Unizo Yodoyabashi Hotel or similar, Osaka
Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip. A lot of time is spent on foot exploring the cities/towns, you will also find yourself jumping on and off public transport when making your way in-between sites within a city. This is the most time efficient way to travel within a city in Japan. Should you have any concerns on the fitness level required on this trip please contact your travel agent.Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Stays of up to six months are permitted for citizens of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Switzerland and the UK. Citizens of these countries will almost always be given a 90-day temporary visitor visa upon arrival, which can usually be extended for another 90 days at immigration bureaux inside Japan.
Citizens of the USA, Australia and New Zealand are granted 90-day temporary visitor visas, while stays of up to three months are permitted for citizens of Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and a number of other countries.Insurance
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
• The Roads to Sata: A 2000-mile Walk Through Japan by Alan Booth • Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan by Alan Booth • Hitch-hiker's Guide to Japan by Will Ferguson • Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology by Steven D. Carter • One Man's Justice by Akira Yoshimura • The Making of Modern Japan by Marius B. Jansen • Fruits by Shoichi Aoki • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden • Out by Natsuo Kirino • The temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima • Tokyo Rising – the City since the Great Earthquake by Edward Seidensticker • Unbeaten tracks in Japan by Isabella Bird • Lost Japan by Alex Kerr • Dogs and Demons by Alex Kerr • The Chrysanthemum and the Sword by Ruth Benedict
Accommodation & Transport
The accommodation for this tour is Intrepid Original style. Hotels are generally 2 - 3 star, but you may find yourself in a fortress or as the guest of a local family. At some stages during your journey you will find yourself experiencing local transportation.
Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's local ground representative Venture can be reached on +81 (80) 3012 9269
Due to the style of accommodation on our tours it might not always be possible to book you in a single room throughout the trip. If you book a single supplement it will not apply to nights on the overnight trains, homestays, Longhouses, village huts, mountain huts, rainforest lodges ,on hill tribe treks, on boats, Camp 5 in Sarawak, Iban Longhouse, ryokan’s and on the Kokoda Track. If you are unsure of where a single supplement will apply please check with your travel agent before booking.
Fitness and transport within Japan
Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip. A lot of time is spent on walking tours around a city or town so it is very important to have comfortable walking shoes (please see what to pack list). Given the reliable public transport in Japan your leader will take you on a bus/train to get between sites during the day. Please contact your travel agent should you have any concerns with regards to your fitness level on this trip.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
15 May 2014