One destination that always seems worth exploring for us was Japan. Gane and Marshall have got our mouths and our eyes watering with a few of their tours.
The Japanese Alps
“Discover the samurai culture of Matsumoto, the rural folk traditions of Takayama, and the Edo-era heritage of Tsumago on this ten day journey into the Japanese Alps.”
One thing that always gets us, is the past. Allot can be said for Japan’s technological era and its city centres but going off the beaten path has always been the plan for us. We have highlighted key points for us about the tour of the Alps that we love.
Day 1 and 2 – Acclimatising in Tokyo
The relaxed beginning with an airport representative greeting you and sending you on your way into the heart of Tokyo. The first day is yours to lose yourself in Japanese culture. The rest is guided through the different parts of the Japanese Alps.
The second day is guided tour with a stroll through the old “private hunting ground of the Shogun” – called Hama-Rikyu Teien. A immaculately-maintained public garden situated near the mouth of the Sumida River. Featuring as its centrepiece a beautiful tidal pond complete with moon-viewing pavilions and traditional tea villa.
Day 3 sees you visiting a lively castle city called Matsumoto. Matsumoto is nestled into a beautiful valley in the Northern Japanese Alps. Embraced by the Utsukushi-ga-hara and Yariga Mountains to views and the scenery are breathtaking.
Kyoto Cycle Tour
Day 9 sees you in Kyoto with a local guide. He/she will take you via bike to explore the various temples and gardens which have made Kyoto famous.
And that’s not all
We picked our favourites but have a look for yourself and see if a Tour of Japan is your cup of “ryokucha” (tea).
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Pictures provided by Mike Gane, GaneandMarshall.com