City guided tours : Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa...
During 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, Takayama, Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa. You will thus be able to admire the different kinds of Japanese art: temples and shrines in Kyoto, modern buildings designed by renowned architects in Tokyo, historical houses in Takayama, Kanazawa’s wonderful landscape garden, Shirakawa-go’s Gassho-zukuri , the traditional old houses of Tsumago and Magome, as well as the impressive feudal castle of Matsumoto!
Guided tour of the towns of Sapporo, Abashiri and Kushiro
Visit many of the iconic places and some of the most beautiful monuments of the towns of Hokkaido. This will give you the opportunity to discover the unique culture that developed on the island, including its Ainu history. Indeed, Hokkaido was only colonised by the Japanese in the 19th century when the Ainu people – indigenous to this cold region – were forced to assimilate against their will. In Sapporo, you will also have the opportunity to admire Western-style monuments dating back to the Meiji period. In Abashiri, you will sample delicious fish and seafood from Okhotsk sea and admire the town’s beautiful natural surroundings with fields of wild flowers in summer and a sea of ice in winter.
Visit the sets of the Toei company’s period films and TV series. In this theme park, you can walk around replica sets of feudal Japan and meet Geishas, Shoguns and Samurai ! Many attractions, activities and shows are on offer so you can fully immerse yourself in Japanese feudal culture. A trip back in time!
Designed by the architect I.M Pei, who also built the famous Louvre Pyramid, the Miho museum is 80% underground, in the mountain, which already makes the visit an impressive one. Miho museum displays collections from all over the world: Japanese, Chinese, Western and Middle-Eastern works, which will be decrypted for you by an English-speaking guide.
Watch a Kabuki performance, a theatrical art typical to Japan. In beautiful sets representing traditional Japanese landscapes, the actors – all men – wear extremely elaborate costumes and make-up and act, sing, dance and play musical instruments to the delight of the crowd. This show is rich in colour and full of poetry – let it transport you to another world!
Enter into the wonderful world of the greatest manga artist in Japan: Hayao Miyazaki, father of the adorable Totoro and mischievous Chihiro. Take a look behind the scenes of a manga production and walk into the master’s office where you can view beautiful original drawings. In a giant Cat Bus, the children will enjoy viewing an original, unaired twenty-minute animated film. A must-see! This activity is also offered with an English-speaking guide on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:40 p.m. to 6 p.m. – 62 Euros (about 53 GBP)
Spend three magical nights in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse, where you will find all the charm and tranquillity of Japanese architecture: from sliding doors to rice-paper windows! You will sleep on a very comfortable futon on traditional tatami mats! You can also wear yukata— indoor kimonos – to relax or to go to the hot baths! Finally, you will enjoy delicious homemade traditional Japanese cuisine prepared by your hosts using fresh, seasonal ingredients! A real treat!
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Nikko is a must-see. This small mountain town houses incredible baroque temples. Visit the renowned Toshogu temple that shines brightly in the heart of a forest of giant Japanese cedars. After lunch, you will go to the shores of Lake Chuzenji, in the shade of Mount Nantai. You will admire Kegon Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Japan!
Visit the ultramodern Osaka Bay, where quite a few artificial islands have been built. During this excursion with an English-speaking guide, you will visit Osaka’s huge Kaiyukan Aquarium. You will then take a cruise around Osaka Bay to admire the amazing view of the city. You will end the trip with a visit to the Imax Theatre and the Tempozan market
The first cinema theme park to open outside of the US, Universal Studios in Osaka offers many attractions, rides and shows that will make you relive some of cinema’s greatest box-office hits, from Jurassic Park and E.T. to Spiderman and Shrek! A great day out for the whole family!
Discover the third largest city in Japan – Osaka! Fall in love with this lively, pleasant city, which is a wonderful place to wander around. You will start by visiting Osaka Castle, a beautiful white building with lovely gardens. You will then enjoy the incredible panoramic view from the floating observatory on the top floor of the Umeda Sky Building, the most futuristic building in the city. You will end the visit with a small cruise on the river that flows through the city!
Spend two magical nights in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse that provides all the charm and tranquillity of the Japanese architectural style, from sliding doors to rice paper windows! You will sleep on a very comfortable futon on traditional tatami mats! You can also wear yukata— indoor kimonos – to relax or to go to the hot baths! Finally, you will have the opportunity to taste exquisite homemade Japanese cuisine prepared by the owner with fresh, seasonal ingredients. A real treat!
Guided tour of the towns of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Unzen, Kumamoto and Beppu.
On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many iconic places and some of the most beautiful monuments of the towns of the north of Kyûshu. This will give you the opportunity to discover the unique culture that developed on the island, including its long Christian past since it was in Nagasaki that the Christian missionaries arrived in the 16th century. You will also admire the island’s many volcanoes and enjoy onsen, outdoor hot springs heated by the volcano, that can be found in the towns of Beppu and Unzen.
Dine in Gion and watch a traditional Japanese show
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the narrow streets of Gion – Kyoto’s historical district. Dine in a Japanese restaurant where you will have the opportunity to taste tempura. Visit Gion Corner, the Geisha school, where you will attend a show presenting different traditional Japanese arts : a dance performed by Maiko dancers (apprentice Geisha), a piece of music played on the Koto (Japanese harp), Kado (a style of flower arrangement), Kyogen (traditional theatre) and Bunkaru (puppet theatre). There will also be a tea ceremony where you will learn to prepare matcha, Japanese green tea. A shorter version of this activity is also offered from 5:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March to December – 115 Euros (about 100 GBP).
Japan is the country with the largest number of planetariums in the world. Make the most of your time in Tokyo to observe the movement of the planets and the stars at Ikebukuro Planetarium! A fun, educational visit that will fascinate children!
Visit the small historical towns of the north of Chugoku : Matsue, Izumo, Tsuwano and Hagi
Visit the little-known historical towns of Chugoku where you will discover the wonders of the past! From the beautiful feudal castle of Matsue, a former samurai stronghold, to the lovely historical houses of Hagi and Izumo and Tsuwano shrines, this itinerary will take you to the heart of a region filled with history that is well worth exploring! Fall in love with the leisurely charm of the amazing landscapes of the Sea of Japan where gardens are rice-fields.
Walk around Nara Park, where thousands of deer wander around freely. With an English-speaking guide, you will visit Todaiji temple, which houses the largest Bronze Buddha in Japan. The other main site of the town is the great Kasuga shrine, which was built in 768. Its bright red buildings offer a striking contrast with the greenery surrounding it. Surrounded by light, the shrine shines brightly thanks to the 1,800 stone lanterns laid out around the enclosure and the thousands of metal lanterns hung on the corridors’ eaves.
Maiko are apprentice Geishas in the Gion district. They wear beautiful coloured kimonos and have elaborate hairstyles with Kanzashi – lovely ornaments usually shaped like flowers – in the image of traditional Japanese dolls with porcelain complexions. You will have the opportunity to share a meal with one of these generally inaccessible artists. An English-speaking guide will come to pick you up at the hotel around noon and will take you to see the Gion district. You will be served a traditional Japanese meal in a charming restaurant overlooking the Shirakawa river. At the end of the meal, a young Maiko will come and join you. You will have the opportunity to take pictures with her and then she will dance for you.
Discover one side of feudal Japan in Edo Wonderland Mura theme park where you can watch samurai and ninja shows and observe the daily life of the Edo period – a fun, exciting way for children to understand Medieval times in Japan and meet Japanese warriors!
Visit the towns of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima
Visit the historical towns of Kyûshu and discover treasures of the past! From the churches of Hirado, past refuge of clandestine Christians, to the amazing castle of Kumamoto and the moving memorial sites of Nagasaki, this itinerary takes you to the heart of a region steeped in history and introduces you to its alluring folk tales and legends!
Spend a day visiting the region of Mount Fuji and Hakone. The symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji is 3776 metres high and is the highest mountain in the country. A perfect cone volcano, it is religiously worshipped as the refuge of the kami, mountain spirits. You will take the bus to the fifth station to admire the view. After lunch, you will go to Hakone, the famous spa resort, where you will take a cruise on Lake Ashi. Finally, you will walk on the side of Mount Komagatake, where you will see steam rising from the fumaroles!
This region is famous for its hot springs and Lake Ashi, which is dominated by the imposing Mount Fuji. Take the ropeway to the volcanic valley of Owakudani. In a lunar-like landscape, you will walk by fumaroles escaping from the depths of the earth – what a strange feeling it is to walk on the side of volcano! You will sample the local specialty: black eggs, hard-boiled in hot springs. It is said that eating one will add seven years to your life.
The Marimo algae are one of the symbols of the region of Lake Akan, one of the few places in the world where they are found. Declared a National Treasure, these strange algae grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance. Do not miss the opportunity to see them during your two nights in the Akan region. This night cruise takes you out onto the dark waters of the lake where you will listen to the sounds of nature far from the maddening crowd. A unique experience!
Ueno Zoo is one of the oldest and biggest zoological gardens in Japan. It is famous for the 464 different species that live in the park and houses species unique to Japan like the Hokkaido brown bear and the Japanese crane. An artificial lake provides a home for rare birds to live as they would in the wild. Finally, the zoo also has a vivarium and a small aquarium! A lovely day out inside the city of Tokyo.
In your private car with chauffeur, discover the most beautiful natural sites in Hokkaido, which are usually very difficult to access! You will have the opportunity to spend two days admiring the wonderful waterfalls of the Shiretoko Peninsula, the beauty of Lake Akan, as well as the Sounkyo hot springs. Indeed, Hokkaido is truly a natural paradise. You will fall in love with every inch of scenery : the mountains, valleys, rivers or lakes, sky-blue seas and skies provide a habitat for a variety of unique flora and fauna. Many trips and short hikes are included in the programme to allow you to take the time to admire, observe and experience this exceptional natural environment.
Visit Naoshima Island and spend the night in the Benesse House
Discover the island of Naoshima, an experiment in showing modern art indoors and outdoors. As you wander around the island, discover the different places exhibiting art works, whether it be paintings, sculptures or conceptual architecture. Finally, you will stay the night in the Benesse House, an environmentally friendly hotel-museum designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
Guided tour of the Akan, Kushiro Shitsugen and Daisetsuzan National Parks
Thanks to your own private car, you will be able to reach the most unspoiled, inaccessible place on the island with your English-speaking guide. Hokkaido is truly a natural paradise. You will fall in love with every inch of scenery : the mountains, valleys, rivers or lakes, sky-blue seas and skies provide a habitat for a variety of unique flora and fauna. Many trips and short hikes are included in the programme to allow you to take the time to admire, observe and experience this exceptional natural environment
Thanks to your own private car with chauffeur , discover the most beautiful natural sites of Tohoku, which are usually very difficult to access! You will have the opportunity to walk on the sacred Mount Ozore-zan and admire the seascapes of Shimokita Peninsula, the Towada-ko Lakes and Bandai. Finally, you will be impressed by Matsushima Bay and the numerous islands scattered around the blue ocean
Thanks to your private car with chauffeur, you will discover the most beautiful sites in Kyûshu, which are usually quite difficult to access! This way, you will have the opportunity to walk around the largest volcanic caldera in the world – Mount Aso – , admire the Sakura-jima volcano in Kagoshima and wander around the Unzen, Yufuin and Beppu Hells. Discover the age-old forests and exceptional fauna of the UNESCO World Heritage island of Yakushima and the amazing Takachiho Gorge.
All those who enjoy nature walks will love discovering the district of Arashiyama with an English-speaking guide. You will visit its famous bamboo grove – Sagano forest – as well as Tenryû-ji temple, one of the five main Zen temples of Kyoto. Its garden represents a dry waterfall of rocks throwing themselves into a pool and forming the Chinese character “heart”. You will also visit Jojakkoji temple, which is less known but well worth discovering. Finally, you will walk on the famous Togetsukyo bridge that connects both banks of the river and offers a beautiful view of this part of Kyoto.
You will leave for the sacred island of Miyajima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire the incredible Itsukushima shrine, built on the water, and the Torii that floats on the sea. You will sleep in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, where you will experience sleeping on a futon.
Visit the towns of Aomori, Sendai, Aizu Wakamatsu, Hiraizumi, Kakunodate and Nikko
Visit the historical towns of Tohoku and discover the wonders of the past ! From the temples of Hiraizumi, once the great cultural centre of the region, to the feudal castles of Aizu Wakamatsu and Sendai and the samurai houses of Kakunodate, this itinerary will take you to the heart of an unspoiled region where you will discover its fascinating age-old history!
Discover Tokyo in a different way by taking a cruise on the river Sumida that flows through Tokyo! For 40 minutes, you will enjoy a unique panorama of the city and will be able to observe all the buildings that make Tokyo an incredible city! The river Sumida is 27 kilometres long and is crossed by 26 bridges, which are all built in a different architectural style. Keep your camera close at hand for stunning pictures of the city and its bay.
Experience spiritual Japan by attending a session of Zazen meditation in the UNESCO World Heritage Buddhist temple of Enryakuji, on Mount Hiei. After meditating, you will partake of the same vegetarian meal as the temple’s monks. You will then visit the truly beautiful Hiei Garden.
In an untamed wilderness in the south of Shikoku flows the only river in Japan where the banks are not paved. In this lush natural setting, you will enjoy a leisurely river cruise offering a wonderful view of the region’s unspoiled scenery. During this pleasant cruise, you will sample local delicacies for lunch.
The Osaka Aquarium built in Osaka Bay invites you to discover the seabed with its many floors of exhibits displaying thousands of different kinds of fish, plants, birds and marine mammals. You can admire beautiful dolphins but the star of the aquarium is undoubtedly the fascinating hammerhead shark.
Spend a magical night in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse with all the charm and tranquillity of Japanese architecture, from sliding doors to rice-paper windows ! You will sleep on a very comfortable futon on traditional tatami mats! You can also wear yukata— indoor kimonos – to relax or to go to the hotel’s indoor hot baths! Finally, you will taste delicious homemade traditional Japanese dishes prepared by your hosts with fresh, seasonal ingredients! A real treat !
In Gifû, do not miss the riveting and unusual scenes of cormorant fishing! Board one of the traditional boats for an exciting fishing trip following local customs. This 13-century old technique uses the cormorants’ skills at finding the fish, diving in and bringing them back in their breaks. Each boat traditionally has 12 cormorants that must bring back as much fish as possible!
Visit the environmentally friendly farm of Chiiori
The Chiiori farm is located in the heart of the Iya Valley. Dating back to the 17th century, this beautiful traditional building was restored in order to preserve the region’s specific architectural style. A testimonial of the past and ancestral way of living in rural Japan, Chiiori opens its doors to you to introduce you to daily life in rural Japan, in the heart of the Iya Valley. You will share your meals with the locals who will show you certain local crafts. This visit will take you back in time as part of a project aiming to preserve this rich, atypical heritage.
What experience could be more exceptional and unforgettable than spending the night in a UNESCO World Heritage Site? When you visit Mount Koya, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, you will have the opportunity to spend the night in a Buddhist monastery, a shukubo, where you will experience the daily life of a monastery first hand. You will eat the same vegetarian food as the monks and will sleep on tatami mats and futons in a typical Japanese setting. Finally, at dawn, you will attend the monks’ morning prayers, as they rise with the sun.
What experience could be more exceptional and unforgettable than spending the night in a UNESCO World Heritage Site? On this trip, you will stop off in the small village of Shirakawa-go in the Japanese Alps where you will have the opportunity to spend the night in a typical local building: a Gassho-zukuri . These buildings do not exist anywhere else in the world and there are only 150 of them today. They are now protected and their current occupiers would like to invite you to spend one night in these historical buildings where you will experience Japanese life in a remote region unaffected by the passing of time.
What experience could be more charming and authentic than spending two nights with the locals in a historical house built in the traditional Japanese style? You will have the opportunity to spend two evenings with a local family in the small town of Tsumago. You will sleep on futons in a room with tatami mats, sliding doors and windows made of rice-paper. Finally, you will sample your hosts’ excellent homemade cooking. A real treat for your taste buds!
Board a boat in the small village of Katsurahama for a spot of whale watching. These beautiful, rare mammals come close to the shores of Shikoku between April and October. A wonderful sea excursion that allows you to breathe in the sea air while taking in the amazing view! Do not forget to bring your cameras!
The first and only museum in the world to be dedicated to the character of the Little Prince, the Hakone museum was inaugurated in 1999 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The museum has rebuilt the key places of the aviator’s life on over 10,000 square metres. You will be impressed by the level of realism of the exhibits and fascinated by the museum’s breakdown of the exciting life of an exceptional man who created one of the most emblematic heroes of French literature.
The Okhotsk Sea is the object of studies and fascination, especially concerning the formation of the famous icebergs that float in it in winter. The water at the bottom is salt water but the water is less salty at the surface because of the fresh water from the Russian river Amur, which allows these glaciers to form from mid-January to mid-April. The lake is also home to a wide range of sea creatures, the most impressive of which you will get a chance to see on this excursion: whales as well as sea eagles, and at certain times sea lions too.
Learn how to make Japanese desserts and enjoy a Kaiseki lunch
Enjoy a delicious traditional Japanese meal in the Kaiseki style. This refined cuisine is famous for the way it is beautifully presented. The ingredients are always fresh and seasonal. Then, with an English-speaking guide, you will take a Japanese cooking course to learn how to make Japanese desserts, traditionally served with green tea.
Okonomiyaki cooking class and guided walk in Dotonbori
Okonomiyaki is a traditional Japanese dish from the Osaka region that could be described as somewhere between a pancake, an omelette and a pizza. It can be made with many different ingredients (meat, vegetables or seafood) and is cooked on a griddle. Learn how to make this delicious Japanese dish with an English-speaking guide! After the lesson, you will walk around the liveliest district of Osaka: Dotonbori!
Cruise Tokyo Bay in the evening aboard a Yakatabune, a Japanese-style boat dating back centuries, and admire the lights of the Odaiba district, on an artificial island, as well as those of the Rainbow Bridge, which light up the bay and its little islands. You will be served a traditional Japanese tempura dinner: vegetables, seafood or meat fried in a delicate batter that literally melt in your mouth. A delight for the taste buds!
Enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner in the Hatoya Zuihoukaku restaurant, near Kyoto station. You will have the opportunity to sample various traditional Japanese dishes. After that, you will watch Maiko, apprentice Geisha, perform traditional dances for the crowd’s delight. At the end of the show, you will be able to meet the Maiko and talk with her.
Tofu is a soft, white block produced by coagulating soy milk by adding lemon juice, salt and vinegar. It is a common ingredient in Asian dishes and is renowned for its health benefits. During this class, you will learn how to cook tofu with an English-speaking guide. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to eat the food you have prepared
Experience an authentic three-hour tea ceremony performed by tea master Soryu Maruyama. Discover all the steps of the ceremony, from preparing the tea to drinking it, Kaiseki-style. An incredible experience that will bring you closer to one of the most traditional Japanese arts following a meticulously codified ritual that enhances the beauty of each movement.
Sake is a typical Japanese rice-based alcoholic beverage. Come and discover the secrets of sake production in the small town of Fushimi in the south of Kyoto, with an English-speaking guide. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the region’s best sake and, who knows, maybe bring some back for your own parties.
Yatsuhashi cooking class and tea ceremony in Kyoto
Yatsuhashi is a Japanese dessert and is a local specialty of Kyoto. It is made with glutinous rice flour, cinnamon powder and sugar. It can be steamed or baked. It can also contain red bean paste (inside), chocolate, jam or cream. With an English-speaking guide, you will attend a cooking class to learn how to make this delicious dessert as well as tea ceremony where you will discover the extremely codified art of preparing and drinking matcha or green tea.
Learn how to make sushi and visit the Tsukiji fish market
Walk around the incredible Tsukiji market, the largest fish market in the world, where thousands of different kinds of fish and seafood are sold. Then take a cooking class and learn how to make the most popular Japanese food in the world: sushi. To top it all off, enjoy the results of your cooking class for lunch!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Discover the charming town of Kyoto and its secret passageways by bicycle! A quiet, wide town built in a valley, Kyoto is the perfect place for a nice bike ride! You will have the bicycle for the day and can choose where you want to go.
Mount Aso is the largest volcano in Japan – but also one of the most active! Located in the centre of Kyûshu, Mount Aso is 1,592 metres above sea level. Its amazing caldera is the largest in the world. It is 25 km (15 miles) long and 18 km (11 miles) wide and actually contains more than 15 volcanic cones! The lunar-like scenery that you will encounter on this magical excursion will delight you! You will love the impressive palate of the earth’s moods that are brought to life by geysers, bubbling hot springs, acid blue lakes and many fumaroles!
This deep blue lake is famous for its breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, the mythical perfect cone volcano, which is the symbol of the nation. A red Torii that seems to be floating on the lake emphasises the sacred elements of the site. This wonderful cruise on a pirate boat replica will offer you the opportunity to enjoy the exceptional landscape. This is one trip you must take!
Experience an enriching, incredible moment as you meet sumo champions! They are highly respected and even worshipped in Japan! You will watch them train and then share a traditional meal with them: Chanko Nabe. A genuine, unique experience!
Located on the artificial island of Odaiba, Tokyo Joypolis is the largest video arcade in Japan. It was opened by SEGA in 1994. In this ultimate video game arcade, you will find all sorts of fun, creative attractions that will most certainly delight your children. You will be surprised at the plethora of choices available in the country of innovation! For instance, you can pilot real luxury cars on a virtual racetrack! Fun and laughter guaranteed!
Discover the town of Matsuyama thanks to an original and very Asian form of transport ! Comfortably seated in your rickshaw, let your driver take you through the maze of streets, relax and enjoy the amazing scenery around you!
What country could be more attractive to children than the birthplace of their childhood heroes from Hello Kitty to Pikachu and video games like Sonic and Super Mario ? Not only is Japan the safest country in the world, it is also full of fascinating activities and services for your children! This tour was designed to be entertaining both for children and adults and combines days of visiting temples and shrines with fun days out for children! In Tokyo, your children will love spending a day at Disneyland, as well as browsing in the Akibahara manga stores or playing in video game arcades like Joypolis in Odaiba! In Nikko, you will discover Japanese culture in an entertaining way at Edo Wonderland theme park where you will enjoy ninja and samurai shows. In Hakone, you will cross Lake Ashi on a pirate ship and in Nara your children will marvel at the tame deer that roam through town and enjoy petting and feeding them.
Spend an unforgettable day at Tokyo Disneyland: come and discover all the magic of the Disney universe in Tokyo ! Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park to be built outside of the United States. It houses two parks, including one entirely dedicated to the sea: DisneySea. Full of completely new attractions, the DisneySea theme park allows you to discover the world’s seven seas. A fun-packed day that will delight parents and children alike!
Kyoto is full of charming, secret passageways that are fun to discover by bicycle. With an English-speaking guide, you will bike around the Gion district and its teahouses where Geisha perform. You will then ride along the river Shirakawa before discovering the vast park of the former Imperial Palace, a peaceful retreat in the city centre.
Did you know that, sumo wrestling aside, the most popular sport in Japan is baseball? This typical American sport has taken over the island chain that passionately supports the different teams! In fact, the Japanese became the baseball world champions this year for the second time in a row, beating the American and Korean teams ! Outside of the US, the most famous baseball team in the world is the Tokyo Giants whose home stadium Tokyo dome is nicknamed “the Big Egg”. Attend a match and watch the crowd go wild!
Experience a unique holiday by watching a sumo match, a traditional Japanese sport which is extremely popular in the island chain. These fights were born almost 1,500 years ago as part of a Shinto ceremony. They were dedicated to the Gods along with songs and dances to ensure a good harvest. This sport is particularly impressive as it still contains religious rituals that are performed before and after the game, and the matches themselves are incredible! It is possible to follow this activity with a Japanese dinner: discover the meal of sumo wrestlers, Chanko Nabe – 42 Euros (about 38 GBP).
Visit Meiji shrine in the heart of Yoyogi Park, walk in the Imperial Palace Park, wander around the colourful Asakusa district and admire its beautiful temple. Then, take a lunch cruise on the Sumida all the way to Tokyo Bay. Finally, visit the artificial island of Odaiba.
Visit Tokyo by Night and have dinner in a Japanese restaurant
Have dinner in a typical Japanese restaurant where you can choose from a selection of Japanese delicacies from Tempura to Sashimi and Sukiyaki. Then discover Tokyo by night and visit the artificial island of Odaiba and the Ginza district, famous for its multi-coloured neon lights, and admire the view from the observatory in Roppongi Hills.