Discover or rediscover the two main cultural sites of Chugoku, listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: Hiroshima and Miyajima. From the city with the tragic history that really should be commemorated by a visit to the Peace Memorial to the sacred island – with its bright red sacred Torii that stands in the waters of the inland sea for all eternity and is one of the most famous images of Japan – , you will travel through a region steeped in history which offers some incredible vestiges of the past.
In the morning, we will leave for a half-day excursion to visit the town of Kanazawa in a private coach, still with our English-speaking guide. We will explore the lovely Kenrokuen garden, which is said to be one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. It contains hundreds of different kinds of vegetation crisscrossed with small rivers and their wooden and stone bridges – truly beautiful! We will then visit the former samurai district and its extremely well- preserved traditional wooden houses. We will specifically visit the residence of the samurai Nagamachi, which has a lovely indoor garden and an exhibition of samurai armour and beautiful period sabres!
Discover some of Kyoto’s most beautiful temples with an English-speaking guide ! You will start by visiting Heian jingu shrine and its beautiful Japanese landscape garden. You will then walk around the traditional neighbourhood of Higashiyama. After that, you will visit Sanjusangendo temple, which is 125 metres long and famous for its hundreds of statues of the goddess Kannon. Finally, you will go to one of the most popular and most impressive temples of Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera.
This famous landmark is one of the symbols of Osaka. Climb to the 40th floor of the Umeda Sky Building and walk on the roof of the skyscraper, in the Floating Garden Observatory. This open-air gallery towers 173 metres above ground and provides an incredible view of the city. A wonderful way to discover the third largest city in Japan!
Guided tour of the towns of Takamatsu, Itano, Iya, Kotohira and Matsuyama.
On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many iconic places as well as the most beautiful monuments of the towns of Shikoku. This will introduce you to the original culture that developed on the island. Shikoku Island also has a strong religious background since it is the birthplace of Kukai, the monk who founded Mount Koya, as well as the 88 temples on the pilgrimage path. You will also have the opportunity to admire the natural beauties of the inland sea and Iya Valley and enjoy hot baths in the most famous spa resort in Japan: Dôgô Onsen.
Takayama is famous for its festival, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Japan and is held in April every year. During this celebration, the town comes alive as floats decorated by local artists parade through the streets. We will start our visit with the hall where these colourful floats are displayed. After this, we will visit old, traditional wooden houses, Kami Sannomachi, preserved by the town. We will also have the opportunity to enter Takayama jinya, the historical government house during the shogunate. It is the only building of this kind that still exists in Japan today. Finally, we will visit the Kusakabe Folk Museum, the former house of what were probably the town’s richest merchants.
Discover one of the most beautiful historical towns of Japan with an English speaking guide! The former capital is full of treasures and your guide will share with you many stories about Kyoto and its wonders! Visit some of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto : Kinkakuji, more commonly known as the Golden Pavilion, as well as Ryoanji that houses one of the most famous Zen gardens in Japan . After lunch, you will walk around the Imperial Palace Park.
We will visit the sadly famous city of Hiroshima and follow the peace itinerary. This will take us to the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is one of the only buildings in the town centre to have remained upright after the explosion, even though the bomb exploded right above the building. After this, we will visit the Memorial as well as the Atomic Bomb Museum.
Discover one of the most famous towns in Japan, renowned for its rich heritage! Kamakura was the Shogun’s capital in the 12th century and still has some amazing remnants of its past. You will visit some of the town’s temples and shrines: Hachiman-gu and Hase-dera and their beautiful gardens. After lunch, you will go and admire the second largest Buddha in Japan, after the one in Nara, who has been meditating under the sky for hundreds of years. A rickshaw version of this tour is also possible: visit the town in a human-powered tricycle.
In the morning, visit the most beautiful temples of Kyoto with an English-speaking guide: the Golden Pavilion or Kinkakuji. You will then walk around the Imperial Palace Park. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will leave for the small town of Nara, the first capital of Japan, which also houses many treasures. You will walk around Nara Park and discover the impressive Todai-ji temple and the bright-red Kasuga shrine, famous for its thousands of lanterns.
La journée commence par la visite du temple Todai-ji, une des plus anciennes structures en bois du monde qui abrite le plus grand bouddha assis du Japon. Puis, au cœur du parc de Nara, découvrez l’étonnant sanctuaire Kasuga, magnifique structure vermeille qui comporte des milliers de belles lanternes. Enfin, vous prendrez le temps de flâner dans le parc aux daims de Nara au sein duquel ces animaux vivent paisiblement en toute liberté. Vous pourrez les approcher et les nourrir sans crainte, car loin d’être farouches, ils sont plutôt corrompus par les petits biscuits que leur donnent les visiteurs.
Take your first steps in the cultural capital of Japan with an English-speaking guide! You will discover the town’s most famous temple : Kinkakuji or the Golden Pavilion. You will then visit Nijo Castle. You will amble around the park of the former Imperial Palace before visiting the Kyoto Handicraft Centre, which displays many local traditional handicrafts.
The Shinjuku district, on the East side, is home to many boutiques and shopping centres. If you want to catch a glimpse of crazy, lively Tokyo, visit Shibuya district, which is incredibly bustling until early evening.
Walk around the electric town where you will see many stores selling electronics and manga! You will have the opportunity to visit a maid’s café, where you will be served by a charming waitress dressed up as a maid!
You will start by discovering one of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto with an English-speaking guide. One of the most famous temples in Japan, the amazing Kinkaku-ji temple is more commonly known as the Golden Pavilion because this elegant structure is entirely covered with gold leaf. You will then visit Nijo Castle. After that, you will go to one of the most imposing temples in Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera, an incredible wooden structure on the side of the mountain that is supported by an impressive system of stilts. You will then go back to the centre of Kyoto to visit Heian shrine, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in Kyoto. This day of sightseeing ends with a visit to the Kyoto Handicraft Centre, which offers a wide choice of local handicrafts
Guided tour of Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Nara, Osaka and Mount Koya in English
On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many iconic places as well as the most beautiful monuments of the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Nara and Osaka as well as Mount Koya. Discover the different forms of Japanese art: temples, shrines and secret gardens in Kyoto, modern buildings designed by the most renowned architects in Tokyo, the giant bronze Buddha in Kamakura, and age-old temples in Nara and on Mount Koya.
Visit the towns of Takamatsu, Itano, Iya, Kotohira and Matsuyama
On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many iconic places as well as the most beautiful monuments of the towns of Shikoku. This will offer you a glimpse of the original culture that developed on the island. Shikoku Island also has a strong religious background since it is the birthplace of Kukai, the monk who founded Mount Koya, as well as the 88 temples on the pilgrimage path. You will also have the opportunity to admire the natural beauties of the inland sea and Iya Valley and enjoy hot baths in the most famous spa resort in Japan: Dôgô Onsen.
Built in 1608, Himeji Castle is one of Japan’s few feudal castles to have survived until present day for your viewing pleasure. Who can fail to be impressed by such grace and charm? This structure made of white wood will take you back to the time of shoguns and samurai. Among other features, admire its eight-storey main tower and collection of ancient samurai armour. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that you simply must see!
Discover the city for the first time from the top of Tokyo Tower, which provides a panoramic view of the Japanese metropolis stretching out further than the eye can see! Then walk around the Imperial Palace Park before visiting the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji, the most popular temple in Tokyo, easily recognisable by its imposing gate on which hangs an enormous red lantern. Then you will be taken to a completely different neighbourhood for a trip down Tokyo’s Champs-Elysées – Omotesando Avenue – where you will find the biggest fashion brands. Finally, allow yourself to be swept away into one of the wildest neighbourhoods of Tokyo – Harajuku – where you will meet young Japanese people in colourful costumes!