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Japan Family - Essence of the Orient Overview
- 2012-10-01 - 2013-12-31
Explore family-friendly Japan, a modern land with ancient traditions
See the many contrasting sides of Japan, from its ancient cities and beautiful temples to the modern whirlwind of downtown Tokyo. Walk through mountain villages, cycle along forest trails and speed across the country on the famous bullet train. Learn about the simplicity of a monk’s life with an overnight stay in a temple and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of natural thermal springs. Whether lucky enough to glimpse Japan’s famous cherry blossom while away or not, the colourful Oriental culture of this fascinating land will dazzle the senses of adults and children alike.
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The dynamic capital of an ancient land, Tokyo blends neon-drenched modernity with traditional temples, shrines and gardens.
The picturesque lakeside region of Hakone is a wonderland of stunning mountain panoramas and relaxing outdoor onsen (hot spring baths).
Enjoy a breath of fresh air on a series of forest walks through the beautiful mountain scenery, passing picture-perfect traditional villages along the way. Swap the laid-back atmosphere for a high speed bullet train through the countryside to Hiroshima, a city reborn after being devastated by the first atomic bomb. Visit the Peace Memorial Park, explore its museum and see one of the few buildings still standing - the A-Bomb Dome - to understand the impact that the blast had on the community.
Visit the centre of Shingon Buddhism and experience a traditional morning prayer ceremony. Spend a night in a temple and enjoy a typical vegetarian dinner for an incredible insight into the mysterious life of a monk. Take in the beauty of the surrounding hills as well as the myriad of local temples on foot before moving on to Kyoto.
Magnificent temples, stunning gardens and gorgeous geishas abound in Kyoto, the ancient heart of Japan's unique culture.
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