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11D10N NatGeo Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times (AJTNF) ⚠ Minimum 2 adult(s) per departure

11D10N NatGeo Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times (AJTNF)
⚠ Minimum 2 adult(s) per departure

Per Pax
From: $6085 From: €5794 From: £4974 From: RM26455 From: CAD7884 From: SGD8439 From: AUD8783 From: HKD47936
Tokyo

Cities to Visit: Tokyo - Nagano - Kyoto - Nara
Language: English

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Travel Period: from March 12, 2022 till December 20, 2023
Tour Highlight
~ Take part in a traditional taiko drumming class
~ Learn about the health benefits of the Okinawan cuisine
~ Meet and train with a former sumo wrestler
~ Watch wild snow monkeys bathe in hot springs
~ Learn all about how wasabi is grown
~ Delve into delicious Japanese cuisine while creating your own ramen
~ Encounter fearless deer in the gardens of Nara Park
~ Learn about the legendary swordsmanship of the samurai
What To Expect
Japan is a feast for the senses, from its electrifying neon-lit neighbourhoods to tranquil hilltop temples. Experience an intriguing mix of modernity and tradition as we explore dazzling Tokyo, imperial Kyoto, and the mountain city of Nagano. Wander Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, practice sumo wrestling and samurai swordplay, and sample wasabi-infused culinary concoctions. In this fascinating land of anime, snow monkeys, and high-speed trains, there is something to delight every member of the family.
  • Day 1: TOKYO

    Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.

  • Day 2: TOKYO

    Today, we’ll see Tokyo from a local’s perspective, traveling by public transit. Experience the traditional side of the city with a visit to the serene Meiji Jingu shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. Then hit the streets of the buzzing Harajuku district, where kitschy-cute street fashion and candy-colored wigs are the order of the day. Later, make your way to the old part of town for a taiko drumming class. Hear how these traditional wooden drums are made and learn three different playing techniques. Put your newly acquired skills to the test during a group performance, then be wowed by a heart-pounding professional routine.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 3: TOKYO

    Learn Japanese secrets to longevity in a cooking class on Okinawa cuisine, originating from the Japanese island reputed to have the highest life expectancy in the world. Prepare a selection of dishes using typical ingredients and learn about the beneficial qualities of each. Sweet potatoes form a large part of the Okinawan diet, as do seaweed, fish, rice, and an array of herbs and spices. Savor your nutritious lunch and spend the rest of the day discovering Tokyo at leisure.

    : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 4: TOKYO/NAGANO (AREA)

    This morning, take a crash course in Japan’s national sport: sumo wrestling! Get initiated into this explosive martial art, which originated as a religious ritual more than a thousand years ago. Learn about the wrestlers’ rigorous routine and mindboggling calorie intake, and come away with a handwritten print of your name in Kanji script. Later, journey to Nagano, the beautiful mountain city that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. Settle into our historic ryokan — or traditional Japanese inn — located just outside the city, in the hot springs town of Shibu Onsen.

    Ryokan are traditional Inns found across Japan. Featuring tatami floors (soft mats of woven straw), futon beds, Japanese-style baths, cotton kimono (casual robe worn to lounge around), and kaiseki meals (often served in the comfort of your own room); a ryokan is the perfect place to experience traditional customs and local immersion. The Ryokan is a simple, traditional Inn with few amenities and shared facilities, have fun and enjoy this relaxing opportunity to learn more about Japan’s unique customs.

    : Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5: NAGANO

    Nagano is home to the Japanese macaque, or snow monkey — one of the only primate species that can survive below freezing temperatures. Venture to Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Snow Monkey Park) to watch these furry simians scampering about the rocks or taking a soak in one of the thermal pools, fed by natural hot springs. Then head into Nagano city to explore the 7th-century Buddhist temple of Zenkoji, home to the very first Buddha statue brought to Japan.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 6: NAGANO

    Travel to Matsumoto for a visit to one of Japan’s most treasured castles. Known as the “crow castle” for its imposing black exterior, the Matsumoto fortress dates to the 16th century and was once a stronghold of the samurai, Japan’s elite military class. Later, we make our way to a wasabi farm to learn all about this fiery Japanese condiment and its laborious cultivation. Opt to taste a variety of wasabi products, including wasabi-flavored pickles, crackers, noodles, juice — even wasabi ice cream and chocolate. If you’re brave enough, take a nibble of wasabi in its purest form: fresh!

    : Breakfast
  • Day 7: NAGANO/KYOTO

    Hop on the bullet train to Kyoto, which served as Japan’s imperial capital for more than a millennium. Delve into the aromatic alleys of Nishiki Market, one of the most popular food markets in the city. Opt to sample local specialties like barbecued quail, soy milk donuts, sesame ice cream, and more, taking your taste buds on a culinary roller coaster. This evening, venture to Gion, Kyoto’s renowned geisha district. As you wander its lantern-lit streets, you might catch a glimpse of a geisha — traditional female entertainers recognizable by their distinctive makeup.

    As the Imperial capital, Kyoto is an essential part of any visit to Japan. Kyoto has some of the most magnificent temples in Japan which date back centuries. There are said to be 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, museums and traditional gardens in Kyoto. Wander past huge wooden structures and multi-storied pagodas, all linked with famous walkways.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 8: KYOTO

    This morning, pay a visit to the Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Dedicated to the Shinto god of rice, this beautiful temple is known for its Senbon Torii — a stunning walkaway of vermilion-colored gates. Later, dive into another fun-filled cooking class, rolling up your sleeves to make a steaming bowl of ramen noodles.

    : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 9: NARA

    Spend the day discovering ancient Nara, where Japan’s first capital was established in the early 8th century. Immerse yourself in the ornate halls of the Todaiji temple, and gaze upon the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world, standing nearly 50 feet tall. At Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine, stroll romantic walkways lined with hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns, and wander amid the gardens of Nara Park, where herds of semi-domesticated deer roam free. Check out the shops and galleries of the Naramachi district before returning to Kyoto.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 10: KYOTO

    Unleash your inner warrior this morning with a lesson on samurai swordplay. Learn how to wield a Japanese sword and witness an unforgettable performance by masters of kembu, or sword dance. In the afternoon, explore the picturesque Kiyomizudera temple, perched on a hilltop near a sacred waterfall. There is much to keep you busy here: ring giant prayer bowls, sip holy water — said to have wish-fulfilling qualities — or muster the courage to walk through the Tainai Meguri, a lightless underground tunnel that symbolizes the visitor’s journey to enlightenment. This evening, celebrate your Japan adventure at a farewell dinner.

    : Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11: KYOTO

    Depart any time.

    There are no planned activities today and you are free to depart at any time.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 9 nights' in Hotel & 1 night in Traditional Inn
~ 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
~ Transportation by bullet train, express train, local train, ferry, metro, taxi, public bus, walking
~ Okinawa Cooking Class, Tokyo
~ Kembu Masters, Kyoto
~ Traditional Taiko Drumming Class, Tokyo
~ Tour of Tokyo including Meiji Jingu Shrine, Asakusa and Harajuku districts
~ Traditional taiko Japanese drumming class
~ Sumo class led by a former wrestler
~ Sleep in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) and enjoy a kaiseki dinner
~ See wild snow monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park
~ Visit the Buddhist temple of Zenkō-ji
~ Visit Matsumoto castle
~ Visit a local wasabi farm
~ Walk through the Nishiki Market and Gion Geisha District with your CEOs
~ Visit the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
~ Take part in a ramen making class
~ Tour Nara including visits to the Tōdaiji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine and the Naramachi district
~ Visit the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple
~ Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
~ All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Whats Excluded
~ International flight
~ Tipping
~ Travel insurance
~ Covid-19 Test
~ Others not mentioned

Where to Visits

DATEPRICE
Mar 2023: 11 & 18 RM26455
Apr 2023: 8RM28415
Jun 2023: 21 & 28RM26455
Jul 2023: 1st, 8, 15 & 22RM26455
Aug 2023: 5 & 19RM28415
Dec 2023: 16 & 20RM28415

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Travel Period: from March 12, 2022 till December 20, 2023
Tour Highlight
~ Take part in a traditional taiko drumming class
~ Learn about the health benefits of the Okinawan cuisine
~ Meet and train with a former sumo wrestler
~ Watch wild snow monkeys bathe in hot springs
~ Learn all about how wasabi is grown
~ Delve into delicious Japanese cuisine while creating your own ramen
~ Encounter fearless deer in the gardens of Nara Park
~ Learn about the legendary swordsmanship of the samurai
What To Expect
Japan is a feast for the senses, from its electrifying neon-lit neighbourhoods to tranquil hilltop temples. Experience an intriguing mix of modernity and tradition as we explore dazzling Tokyo, imperial Kyoto, and the mountain city of Nagano. Wander Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, practice sumo wrestling and samurai swordplay, and sample wasabi-infused culinary concoctions. In this fascinating land of anime, snow monkeys, and high-speed trains, there is something to delight every member of the family.
  • Day 1: TOKYO

    Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.

  • Day 2: TOKYO

    Today, we’ll see Tokyo from a local’s perspective, traveling by public transit. Experience the traditional side of the city with a visit to the serene Meiji Jingu shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. Then hit the streets of the buzzing Harajuku district, where kitschy-cute street fashion and candy-colored wigs are the order of the day. Later, make your way to the old part of town for a taiko drumming class. Hear how these traditional wooden drums are made and learn three different playing techniques. Put your newly acquired skills to the test during a group performance, then be wowed by a heart-pounding professional routine.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 3: TOKYO

    Learn Japanese secrets to longevity in a cooking class on Okinawa cuisine, originating from the Japanese island reputed to have the highest life expectancy in the world. Prepare a selection of dishes using typical ingredients and learn about the beneficial qualities of each. Sweet potatoes form a large part of the Okinawan diet, as do seaweed, fish, rice, and an array of herbs and spices. Savor your nutritious lunch and spend the rest of the day discovering Tokyo at leisure.

    : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 4: TOKYO/NAGANO (AREA)

    This morning, take a crash course in Japan’s national sport: sumo wrestling! Get initiated into this explosive martial art, which originated as a religious ritual more than a thousand years ago. Learn about the wrestlers’ rigorous routine and mindboggling calorie intake, and come away with a handwritten print of your name in Kanji script. Later, journey to Nagano, the beautiful mountain city that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. Settle into our historic ryokan — or traditional Japanese inn — located just outside the city, in the hot springs town of Shibu Onsen.

    Ryokan are traditional Inns found across Japan. Featuring tatami floors (soft mats of woven straw), futon beds, Japanese-style baths, cotton kimono (casual robe worn to lounge around), and kaiseki meals (often served in the comfort of your own room); a ryokan is the perfect place to experience traditional customs and local immersion. The Ryokan is a simple, traditional Inn with few amenities and shared facilities, have fun and enjoy this relaxing opportunity to learn more about Japan’s unique customs.

    : Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5: NAGANO

    Nagano is home to the Japanese macaque, or snow monkey — one of the only primate species that can survive below freezing temperatures. Venture to Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Snow Monkey Park) to watch these furry simians scampering about the rocks or taking a soak in one of the thermal pools, fed by natural hot springs. Then head into Nagano city to explore the 7th-century Buddhist temple of Zenkoji, home to the very first Buddha statue brought to Japan.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 6: NAGANO

    Travel to Matsumoto for a visit to one of Japan’s most treasured castles. Known as the “crow castle” for its imposing black exterior, the Matsumoto fortress dates to the 16th century and was once a stronghold of the samurai, Japan’s elite military class. Later, we make our way to a wasabi farm to learn all about this fiery Japanese condiment and its laborious cultivation. Opt to taste a variety of wasabi products, including wasabi-flavored pickles, crackers, noodles, juice — even wasabi ice cream and chocolate. If you’re brave enough, take a nibble of wasabi in its purest form: fresh!

    : Breakfast
  • Day 7: NAGANO/KYOTO

    Hop on the bullet train to Kyoto, which served as Japan’s imperial capital for more than a millennium. Delve into the aromatic alleys of Nishiki Market, one of the most popular food markets in the city. Opt to sample local specialties like barbecued quail, soy milk donuts, sesame ice cream, and more, taking your taste buds on a culinary roller coaster. This evening, venture to Gion, Kyoto’s renowned geisha district. As you wander its lantern-lit streets, you might catch a glimpse of a geisha — traditional female entertainers recognizable by their distinctive makeup.

    As the Imperial capital, Kyoto is an essential part of any visit to Japan. Kyoto has some of the most magnificent temples in Japan which date back centuries. There are said to be 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, museums and traditional gardens in Kyoto. Wander past huge wooden structures and multi-storied pagodas, all linked with famous walkways.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 8: KYOTO

    This morning, pay a visit to the Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Dedicated to the Shinto god of rice, this beautiful temple is known for its Senbon Torii — a stunning walkaway of vermilion-colored gates. Later, dive into another fun-filled cooking class, rolling up your sleeves to make a steaming bowl of ramen noodles.

    : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 9: NARA

    Spend the day discovering ancient Nara, where Japan’s first capital was established in the early 8th century. Immerse yourself in the ornate halls of the Todaiji temple, and gaze upon the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world, standing nearly 50 feet tall. At Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine, stroll romantic walkways lined with hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns, and wander amid the gardens of Nara Park, where herds of semi-domesticated deer roam free. Check out the shops and galleries of the Naramachi district before returning to Kyoto.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 10: KYOTO

    Unleash your inner warrior this morning with a lesson on samurai swordplay. Learn how to wield a Japanese sword and witness an unforgettable performance by masters of kembu, or sword dance. In the afternoon, explore the picturesque Kiyomizudera temple, perched on a hilltop near a sacred waterfall. There is much to keep you busy here: ring giant prayer bowls, sip holy water — said to have wish-fulfilling qualities — or muster the courage to walk through the Tainai Meguri, a lightless underground tunnel that symbolizes the visitor’s journey to enlightenment. This evening, celebrate your Japan adventure at a farewell dinner.

    : Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11: KYOTO

    Depart any time.

    There are no planned activities today and you are free to depart at any time.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 9 nights' in Hotel & 1 night in Traditional Inn
~ 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
~ Transportation by bullet train, express train, local train, ferry, metro, taxi, public bus, walking
~ Okinawa Cooking Class, Tokyo
~ Kembu Masters, Kyoto
~ Traditional Taiko Drumming Class, Tokyo
~ Tour of Tokyo including Meiji Jingu Shrine, Asakusa and Harajuku districts
~ Traditional taiko Japanese drumming class
~ Sumo class led by a former wrestler
~ Sleep in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) and enjoy a kaiseki dinner
~ See wild snow monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park
~ Visit the Buddhist temple of Zenkō-ji
~ Visit Matsumoto castle
~ Visit a local wasabi farm
~ Walk through the Nishiki Market and Gion Geisha District with your CEOs
~ Visit the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
~ Take part in a ramen making class
~ Tour Nara including visits to the Tōdaiji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine and the Naramachi district
~ Visit the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple
~ Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
~ All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Whats Excluded
~ International flight
~ Tipping
~ Travel insurance
~ Covid-19 Test
~ Others not mentioned
DATEPRICE
Mar 2023: 11 & 18 RM26455
Apr 2023: 8RM28415
Jun 2023: 21 & 28RM26455
Jul 2023: 1st, 8, 15 & 22RM26455
Aug 2023: 5 & 19RM28415
Dec 2023: 16 & 20RM28415
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Nestled in the heart of Shinjuku, Hotel Gracery Shinjuku is an ideal spot from which to discover Tokyo. Only 18 km away, this 4-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

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2951-1 Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai District, Nagano 381-0401, Japan

The hotel has three sources and creates its own mixed hot spring. Hot water is a safe and secure “body-friendly hot spring”. Without adding water to a source of about 60 to 90 degrees, it is heated to a suitable temperature using a heat exchanger. The high temperature of this source is used for heating and hot water supply in the hall, and energy such as kerosene is not used as much as possible, so it is an environment-friendly inn with low CO2 emissions.

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Each of the 5 buildings has its own particular styles, features and functionalities. We encourage our guests to tour around the buildings to enjoy them. Kyoto has a thousand-year history and even today its culture lives through the city. You can discover various aspects of Kyoto, even while strolling around.

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