Japan, land of contrasts


A seemingly natural co-existence of extreme modernism and well-preserved tradition is a unique feature of Japan—and one that never fails to fascinate those who have been bold enough to set foot here. In certain places, you’ll feel like you have been transported back to the Edo era, while in other areas, it’s almost as if you have stepped right into the future. Needless to say, the contrast is the most striking in the city of Tokyo. This is a city where you can stroll through the vibrant modern neighbourhood of Shinjuku just before visiting the Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa, where cultural heritage has been impeccably preserved. Tokyo is also renowned for its fine cuisine, culture and fashion, not to mention its massive electronics stores! And, when the time comes to relax and recharge, you can soak in an Onsen at the foot of Mount Fuji, the most sacred mountain of the Shinto religion.

In Hiroshima, the resilience of the town’s inhabitants will become remarkably vivid when you visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which pays tribute to the victims of the first nuclear attack in history in 1945. Miyajima, a tiny island paradise located a mere 30-minute train ride from Hiroshima, is a must-see for anyone visiting Japan. Its Heian architecture and Itsukushima Shrine, built right over the water, will take your breath away.

Kyoto, for its part, is the ideal spot for discovering anything and everything about Japanese culture. The city has been named the cultural capital of Japan, most notably because of its 2,000 temples and shrines! You can also wander through the iconic bamboo forest and check out the Iwatayama Monkey Park for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Anyone visiting Japan can expect endless adventure and discoveries—but comfort and safety as well. Because it’s so easy to get around here, so impeccably clean and so welcoming and friendly, Japan is clearly a destination absolutely everyone can enjoy.


 

GROUP TRAVEL :

 

Mar 2018

Japan's must-see

Tokyo | Takayama | Himeji | Hiroshima | Miyajima island | Kyoto
March 28, 2018 to April 10, 2018

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Apr 2018

Japan's must-see

Tokyo | Mt. Fuji | Takayama | Shirakawago | Himeji | Hiroshima | Miyajima Island | Kyoto
April 12, 2018 to April 25, 2018

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$ 6 395 5 295 / pers.
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Japan’s must see

Tokyo | Hiroshima | Kyoto

Starting at $ 2,165 / pers. in double occ.
11-day tour
Daily departures

Authentic Japan

Tokyo | Takayama | Kanazawa | Hiroshima | Kyoto | Osaka | Koyasan

Starting at $ 3,035 / pers. in double occ.
20-day tours
Daily departures

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Self-guided tour – Modern and traditional Japan

Tokyo | Takayama| Kyoto | Mt. Koya

Starting at $ 2,645 / pers. in double occ.
12-day tour
Daily departures

Ski trip to Niseko

Ski trip to Hakuba Valley

 

 Tokyo EXCURSIONS

 

World famous Tsukiji Fish Market, 築地市場

Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop (4 hours) | $ 230 / pers.

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The largest marketplace in Japan, Tsukiji is busy and bustling even before the sun comes up. The items lining the outer market are all for restaurant business as they prepare ingredients for the day’s menu. This area has many specialty shops selling seafood and fish eggs as well as kombu (seaweed), dried bonito, groceries, delicacies and more. Try your hand at sushi-making using seasonal seafood ingredients. This fun workshop is led by a sushi chef who teaches participants how to make sushi. There is no drop-off service to hotels after the tour ends. Please head to your next destination on your own.

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Gastronomic Tokyo

Evening Gastronomic Tour (3 hours) | $ 145 / pers.

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Dive at the hearth of Tokyo’s culinary life, one of the reasons so many people visit the Japanese capital, during this fantastic evening excursion. Join the local Japanese population and savor some of the most symbolic flavors of Tokyo. Do like Tokyoïtes and explore places which you would never find by yourself.

Throughout this culinary excursion, your local guide will tell you the story of the food and places visited, sharing his personal experiences as well as the habits and customs linked to food. Start your evening in the street of Yakitori near Yarakucho, the cradle of the yakitori, a favourite Japanese hors d’oeuvre. Join the crowd of businessmen and women descending on these bars at 5 pm for a glass of sake or a local beer before eating some yakito in a nearby restaurant.

You’ll then go to Tsukishima, to visit Monja street where Monjayaki was born. Often compared to Oasaka’s Okonomiyaki, Monjayaki is a Japanese dough cooked on a heating plate and stocked with various ingredients. Ingredients are finely chopped and mixed in the dough before being roasted. You’ll have the opportunity to see the food prepared before your yeyes, discuss with the cook and sample the Monjayaki straight from the heating plate.On the way back towards yarakucho, taste a taiyaki, a cake filled with sweet dough and kidney beans. The tour ends in a local pub where you can extend the evening or you can go and explore nearby bars and karaoke bars or you can go back to your starting point with your guide.

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City Tour – (4 hours) | $ 85 / pers.

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Spend a great afternoon with this bus visit of Tokyo. Feel the serenity of Hama-Rikyu Garden, a Japanese feudal garden of the Edo era. The tour continues with a cruise on Sumida river, famous for its fireworks festival.

Navigate the river from Hinode pier to Asakusa and admire the harmonious mixture of ancient and modern tokoïte. Asakusa is the oldest geisha district of Tokyo. Discover the legendary buddist temple of Asakusa Kannon and soak in its colors, history and spirituality. This impressive structure dates from 645! Then, dive at the heart of the shopping street of Nakamise. Taste the abundance of culinary specialties and buy a few souvenirs. The visit ends at the Kappabashi/Ueno and Akihabara districts, to complete your discovery of this surprising city.

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City Tour – Lunch included (9 hours) | $ 135 / pers.

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Start with the visit of the Tokyo Tower for a panoramic view of the city. Then, the Meiji Temple will offer one of the most beautiful example of typical architecture of Japanese temple. We will continue with the pension Akasakaa palace of European baroque style. We’ll then cross to the Japanese Capitol dominated by a massive tower and visit the garden of the Imperial Palace. A stroll in the garden will outline its historic interest and great beauty. Continuing in Ginza’s shopping district where you’ll enjoy a Japanese meal (included when the option is chosen at purchase). We will visit the Hamarikyu garden, a Daimyo with a pond typical of the Edo period. A 30-minute cruise on the Sumida river followed by a Ninja and Samurai demonstration on the pier awaits you. At the end of the tour, you will visit Kannon Temple and walk along Nakamise’s commercial street, Kappabashi, Ueno and Akhibara districts.

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Tour of Kamakura – Lunch included (10 hours) | $ 225 / pers.

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Your guide will join you in the hotel’s lobby for a transfer to Hamamatsucho bus terminal to Hase-dera (tours from January 6 to March 9) or to the Great Buddah at the Kotoku-in temple (tours starting March 12). After lunch, you’ll visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu temple, take a stroll on Komahi-dori street and you’ll transfer to Hokoku-ji temple where you’ll walk to Jomyo-ji temple for a cup of 400 years old green tea. You’ll then cross the bridge to Yokohama bay and back to Ginza and Shinjuku.

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Day 12: Nikko

Tour of Nikko Lunch included (11 hours) | $ 245 / pers.

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The tour begins with Nikko’s scenic view. The first visit, the temple of Toshogu, is Shogun Tokugawa’s mausoleum, a series of colored structures showcasing the talent of 17th century Japanese craftsmen. It presents the Five Floors Pagoda, Niomon Door, the three Monkeys, Yomeimon Door and the Main Sacred Hall.After lunch, you’ll visit lake Chuzenji and Kegon falls. The falls mark the division between the inferior (25 meters high) and superior levels (26 meters high) for a total height of 75 meters. Then, we go back to Tokyo and the tour ends on arrival to Ginza or Shinzuku.

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JAPON

Mt. Fuji & Hakone -Lunch included (11 hours) | $ 195 / pers.

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Be blessed by the gods and discover the majestic snowy summit of Mt. Fuji, discover the picturesque Japanese countryside, take a gondola ride, visit the ”boiling” valley and take a cruise on the lake of a volcanic crater during this fascinating days tour.

Leave Tokyo in the morning by bus for Mt. Fuji and Hakone. You’ll feast on a western-style dinner and then, take advantage of a guided tour by bus around Hakone, famous in all of Japan for being the Shintoist holy place of Hakone Gongen, followed by a gondola ride to a fantastic view over the quiet waters of lake Ashi, Mt. Fuji and the volcanic clouds of Owakudani’s boiling valley.

Visit the boiling valley itself, site of a crater where you can smell sulphurous vapors. You’ll even have the opportunity to try an Onsen Tamago! Then, let your inner child out with a pirate cruise on lake Ashi and discover its serene and natural beauty, overshadowed by Mt. Fuji. The ships are made like medieval ones and the surrounding being preserved, you’ll think you went back in time..

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Kyoto EXCURSIONS

 

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Cultural Tour (4 hours) | $ 85 / pers.

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This tour will first bring you to Kiyomizu temple. Its unique architecture has a main hall on a steep slope with a wooden platform supported by pillars, from which a panoramic view of Kyoto can be enjoyed. Then, you will visit Kodaiji temple, a temple that commemorates Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a great general in 16th century. It was founded by his widow. You will also visit Yasaka shrine, located in Gion district, well known as the central site for the Gion-Matsuri Festival held in summer. Gion district is one of the famous entertainment and geisha quarters, with traditional restaurants and tea-houses. In the Edo Period, ochaya (geisha houses) were built in this area. It still retains its tranquil, old-fashioned charm.

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Tour of Nara (5.5 hours) | $ 95 / pers.

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Visit Todai-ji temple, the biggest wooden structure in the world, home to a colossal Buddah image. Then visit Peaceful Deer Park where tamed deers roam free. Then you’ll get to Kasuga temple and its thousands lanterns before going back to Kyoto with a stopover in Nara Nagomikan (souvenir shop).

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Cycling Tour (3.5 hours) | $ 115 / pers.

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Discover the real Kyoto while roaming the streets of the cultural capital of Japan with this half-day tour. The streets of this 1,200 year old city have a lot to tell and nothing’s better than discovering it as the locals do.

Start your day by cycling along Kami river with a superb view of downtown and traditional waterfront restaurants. you’ll be able to admire the Heian-Jingu sanctuary built in 1894 for the millenium anniversary of the city.

Then you’ll continue along the channels to reach the impressive Nanzenji temple and its surprising feature; a panoramic aqueduct with the mountains as a backdrop. It is Japan’s most important Zen temple so soak it up and continue to the Path of Philosophy.

Among the most popular walking path of Kyoto, the Path of Philosophy weaves it way through hundreds of cherry trees, blossoming in April. Do as Nishida Kitaro-renowned Japanese philosopher- did when he passed through it every day on his way to university and contemplate the beauty and serenity of the place.

Then we go back to Kyoto along the channel and its traditional tea houses and bath houses among the cherry trees and narrow streets.

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City Tour (4 hours) | $ 105 / pers.

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This tour starts with a visit of Nijo castle, once the familial palace of Shogun Tokugawa. Then you’ll visit the sacred site of Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion temple. Then wego to the Imperial Palace of Kyoto, home of the imperial family until the Meiji restauration of 1869. The tour ends at hotel New Miyako.

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City Tour (9 hours) | $ 215 / pers.

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The tour starts with a visit of Nijo castle, once the familial palace of Shogun Tokugawa. Then, you’ll visit Kinkakuji temple, a sacred site. After that we head to Kyoto’s Imperial Palace, former residence of the imperial family. After lunch we’ll visit Heian Jingu sanctuary, a beautiful structure higly influenced by Chinese architecture. Then we go to Sanjusangendo temple and its 1001 images of Buddah. The tour ends with a visit of Kiyomizu temple, famous for its wooden verandahs.

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Tea Ceremony (45 minutes) | $ 35 / pers.

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You’ll appreciate an authentic tea ceremony and Japanese culture in a tea house of Gion. At the end of the demonstration, you will make your own tea and drink it with japanese sweets.

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 Osaka EXCURSION

 

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Private Tour of Osaka castle and Dotonbori Neighbourhood (4 hours) | $ 115 / pers.

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Join this afternoon tour and discover Osaka’s typical snacks, Okonomiyaki or Takoyaki and Osaka’s castle, a 17-century structure. Your private guide will show you the sites!

This leasurely walk will give you the opportunity to to ask every questions you can think of.

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Don’t hesitate to contact our Japan specialist !

 

Alexandra Maheu-Drouin Alexandra Maheu-Drouin
Travel consultant
amdrouin@voyagesgendron.com
(450) 373-8747 • (514) 866-8747 • 1-800-561-8747
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