Ancient & Modern Japan

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Ancient & Modern Japan - Exodus Travels
Ancient & Modern Japan - Exodus Travels
34 reviews
+12 Destinations
Central Japan


  • Enjoy the atmospheric Kyoto
  • Feed deers in Nara Koen Park
  • visit Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima
  • Explore Takayama's morning market
Age range
16 to 99 year olds
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Train & Rail
Travel style
Train & Rail, Local Living, In-depth Cultural, Historical
Start in Kyoto and end in Tokyo! With the train & rail tour Ancient & Modern Japan, you have a 14 day tour package taking you from Kyoto to Tokyo and through Kyoto, Japan and 10 other destinations in Japan. Ancient & Modern Japan is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • ND
    Written on December 9, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    The itinerary was packed full but this allowed us to see so much around Japan in a short period of time. Lots of walking and use of public transport but that was apart of the fun. Our tour leader Yōko was sweet, organised and helpful in any situation. Even... Read more

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  • LJ
    Written on June 5, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My tour of Modern and Ancient Japan was amazing. Great communications, coordination, accommodations, and tour guide that was exceptional!

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  • LJ
    Written on June 5, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My tour of Japan for 16 days was all and more than I expected. Communications was excellent, coordination and actual program was wonderful. Our tour guide was not only personable, but professional, competent, and very supportive.

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  • Ancient & Modern Japan reviewer 4
    Written on January 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip was a great mix of guided time and time (with planning assistance) to do our own thing. We got to see an enormous range of places and the use of public transport meant we got comfortable and confident with getting ourselves around very quickly,... Read more

  • Ancient & Modern Japan reviewer 5
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Ancient and Modern Japan trip exceeded our expectations. The balance between urban and more rural life was excellent as was the travel on local transit and the free time to explore on our own. Both guides (Catherine and Alexi) were outstanding.What was... Read more

  • Ancient & Modern Japan reviewer 6
    Written on September 2, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really fantastic trip covering many varied aspects of Japan, with so many opportunities to learn about the country and culture as every day was fascinating. I left with so many amazing memories.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There are... Read more

  • Ancient & Modern Japan reviewer 7
    Written on May 15, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    I really enjoyed visiting this fascinating country. There were many new impressions and images. Japan is quite different to the other countries in Asia that I have visited so far. What I missed on the trip was a view from the inside. Although our tour guide... Read more

  • Ancient & Modern Japan reviewer 8
    Written on April 22, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    We enjoyed every minute of it. It combined a wealth of opportunites to get closer to an understanding of the Japanese view of life with many of the 'must see' sites. Add to that the exposure to a fantastic cuisine and a great bunch of fellow travelers, and... Read more

  • Ancient & Modern Japan reviewer 9
    Written on April 19, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    My friend & I chose this trip to celebrate our joint 60th birthdays as we wanted to do something really special and this exceeded our wishes and desires  in many ways - with the walking, sights and especially the food.  We jokingly called it our walking and... Read more

  • Ancient & Modern Japan reviewer 10
    Written on April 16, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A country which is was a genuine surprise, the amazing friendliness and helpfulness of people everywhere, the beauty of the pine forests in the mountains, the buzz of Tokyo, gardens, temples, castles. Fantastic      What was the most inspirational moment of... Read more


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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Start Kyoto
  2. Day 2: Morning visit to Ninjo castle and Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion); afternoon guided walk through beautiful shrines and temples
  3. Day 3: Day trip to Nara, ancient capital of Japan. Visit impressive UNESCO temples including Toda-ji, housing the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha
  4. Day 4: Free day in Kyoto; relax in one of the many zen gardens, walk the popular Philospher Path or experience a traditional tea ceremony
  5. Day 5: Day trip to Hiroshima; visit Peace Memorial Park and the pretty island of Miyajima
  6. Day 6: Travel from Kyoto to Takayama, a traditional old town set amid the 'Japanese Alps'; visit the Hida Folk Village; overnight in ryokan
  7. Day 7: Orientation tour in Takayama and free day to explore its peaceful shrines and temples; second night in ryokan
  8. Day 8: On to the mediaeval village of Tsumago; short leisurely walk on the Nakasendo trail; train to Matsumoto
  9. Day 9: Visit the famous Matsumoto Castle and travel by train to spa town of Yudanaka; soak in a hot spring
  10. Day 10: See the famous Snow Monkeys before travelling by train to Tokyo; evening orientation tour
  11. Day 11: Optional trip to Hakone and Mount Fuji or to the lovely seaside town of Kamakura
  12. Day 12: A full day city tour of Tokyo including the Senso-ji Temple
  13. Day 13: Free day for further exploration; optional karaoke farewell night
  14. Day 14: End Tokyo

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  • Accommodation

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Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • When and where does the tour end?

      The tour will end in the morning on the last day of the tour at Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro in Tokyo. Those on the group flights to London (additional cost) will be transferred to Tokyo Narita Airport in the evening, however, if you are not travelling on the group flight, you can take advantage of a free airport transfer by limousine bus to Narita or Haneda airport (only if staying at Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro). Please be aware the hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • When and where does the tour start?

      The first day of the tour generally starts from Noku Roxy Hotel (subject to change) in Kyoto and as the first day is just an arrivals day, you can arrive at any time. At approximately 5pm there is a Welcome Meeting which you can attend if you wish and you will meet your guide and fellow travellers.

    • What are the optional excursions?

      The optional excursions for this tour are:

      Obuse museum. Price: approx. GBP 5
      Gion Corner ‐ theatre show (Kyoto). Price: approx. GBP 23
      Zen gardens ‐ (Kyoto). Price: approx. GBP 2‐5 each
      Tea ceremony ‐ (Kyoto). Price: approx. GBP 35‐40
      Kabuki show. Price: GBP 7‐15

      Please note that this list is a guideline only and all prices are subject to change.

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    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Japan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Japan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for Japan. Ideally 1 month before travel.


    Kyoto is the starting point and Tokyo is the endpoint.
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    Covering a total distance of approx 1,713 km.
    • Kyoto (Japan)
    • 36 km
    • Nara (Japan)
    • 36 km
    • Kyoto (Japan)
    • 311 km
    • Hiroshima (Japan)
    • 20 km
    • Miyajima Island (Japan)
    • 329 km
    • Kyoto (Japan)
    • 184 km
    • Takayama (Japan)
    • 70 km
    • Tsumago (Japan)
    • 81 km
    • Matsumoto (Japan)
    • 50 km
    • Nagano (Japan)
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