Shoguns and Samurai

A small-group guided cultural tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.

Shoguns and Samurai

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Shoguns and Samurai
x1 traveller
Single room additional charge
USD 605

Solo supplements guarantee solo rooms at the hotels on your tour. At inns, you will share with another member of your departure of the same gender.


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  • Duration: 14 days
  • Trip level:
  • Availability: March to November
  • Type:Guided tour with an expert bilingual guide
  • Price: USD 4,930(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)

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  • Explore Tōkyō and the old imperial capitals of Kyōto and Nara
  • Stay at an onsen ryokan and bathe in natural thermal waters
  • See the snow monkeys of Yudanaka Onsen
  • Visit the exquisitely preserved villages of Tsumago and Magome
  • Visit a sake brewery in Obuse and search for handicrafts in the lovely city of Takayama
  • Stay in monastery lodgings in the temple town of Mount Kōya

Central Japan is a region of tall mountain ranges and fast-flowing rivers. It wasn’t until recently that roads reached the more remote villages, and today many remain remarkably well-preserved and evocative of centuries past. Our journey takes us through Japanese history from modern Tōkyō, known as Edo during Japan’s period of rule by the shōgun, to end near Kyōto, Japan’s capital for 1,000 years and the repository of much of the country's cultural heritage. From Tōkyō, we head first to Yudanaka Onsen, where the famous 'snow monkeys' come to enjoy the natural hot spring baths just like humans.

In feudal times, people travelling from Kyōto to Tōkyō would use the Nakasendō way – the road through the central mountains – one of a network of ancient highways. We will visit one of the best-preserved sections in the Kiso Valley, where the lovely villages of Tsumago and Magome have been immaculately restored.

Please note it may also be possible to end our Shōguns and Samurai tour early on Day 13 in Ōsaka. Please enquire for further details.

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What is included
Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide
13 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns
Daily breakfast and 8 dinners
All transportation between tour locations
Entrance to museums, temples, and other sights on the group's itinerary
Forwarding of 1 item of luggage on 3 occasions
Sake brewery visit in Obuse
What is not included
Airport transfers
Drinks and meals not included in itinerary
Entrance fees to museums, temples, etc. not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement for solo travellers at hotels

Tour itineraries are subject to change. We will inform you of any amendments as soon as we become aware of them.