Gay Japan: This beautiful country has a wide, varied history and is a hub for those who seek authentic culture in a world where that is hard to find. Travel from big cities to mountain villages to islands and everything in-between as you take in the rich, cultural heritage this amazing country has to offer on this gay group trip.
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- 1st November 2020 Sunday
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Tokyo
You’ll arrive in Tokyo where you will make your own way to the hotel (the best way to get there will be advised to you before departure or alternatively we can organise transfers for you). Once at the hotel you will be met by a tour representative who will greet you and make some suggestions of things you can do with the rest of your day. Your arrival day is at leisure to allow you to choose whether to relax after a long flight or go out and explore.
Days 2 And 3: Tokyo
By day two you will have already found how much of an interesting, fast-paced and wonderous place Tokyo is. Over the course of the next couple of days you will take in all of the most interesting and famous sites in the city from museums to shrines to monuments and landmarks. You’ll also enjoy your welcome dinner during this time at a traditional Japanese restaurant where you will have the opportunity to try some of the more exotic foods you may not have tried before.
Days 4 To 5: Mountain Home of the Snow Monkeys
Today we’ll take a bullet train to Kanbayashi in the Japanese Alps. We’ll be staying in a lodge close to the hot springs where you can watch snow monkeys frolicking. Naturally, the snow monkeys are very cute.
We’ll spend a night in a ryokan, a classic Japanese inn. The one we’re staying in has western beds. You can relax in the hot springs by the hotel. In the evening, get into your yukata robe for a traditional Japanese dinner.
We’ll take an early morning bullet train to Japan’s historic capital, Kyoto, where we’ll be spending the next four nights.
Days 6 To 9: Kyoto
After enjoying your breakfast you’ll embark on a day of sightseeing. Kyoto is a fascinating place where the big city lives hand in hand with its traditional past.
NOTE: The itinerary listed for Kyoto covers our planned stops. However, we may switch other stops based on weather, congestion and other factors.
Firstly you’ll visit Kinkakuji temple which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan. This temple is covered in gold and has previously burned down multiple times, repeatedly being restored to its former glory every time. The surroundings add to the natural beauty of this structure – overlooking the lake this is definitely a place to get a few pictures!
From here you’ll make your way to the Ryoanji temple where you’ll find the famous Zen rock garden. The exact date the garden was created, as well as its purpose, is unknown and has puzzled people for generations. However, it is interesting to note that, when looking at the stone structures, at least one rock is always hidden no matter where you stand. You’ll also take in the UNESCO world heritage site of the Tenryuji temple which is said to have the oldest gardens in the whole of Kyoto, dating as far back as the 14th century.
Today is the day you must say goodbye to your fellow travellers and make your way to the airport for your flight home. Optionally, you can join the Himeji-Benesse-Hiroshima Extension. Enquire for more details.
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