Japan - A Land of Contrasts

16 days

From £10,095

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Discover imperial cities by bullet train

On the far side of the world, the closed society of pre-19th century Japan was the last major civilisation to engage with the rest of the world. Nevertheless, Japanese culture and history have had an extraordinary influence on the progress of the modern world. The archaeological sites of Japan are still difficult to visit, especially as an independent traveller. We are lucky to have an expert in Japanese archaeology leading this tour, giving us access to remarkable monuments from the fiery ceramics of the Jomon Neolithic to temples and Shoguns’ castles. We traverse the astonishingly diverse landscapes in search of the unique archaeology, history and culture of Japan.

Tour highlights:

  • A comprehensive itinerary taking you way beyond the ‘T-shirt tour’ to discover a deeper understanding of Japan’s enthralling history and unique culture
  • Pay a visit to the sobering Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki
  • Remarkable monuments - Jomon Neolithic to temples and castles
  • See the world-famous Itsukushima Shrine and its iconic “floating” gate on Miyajima Island

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Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £975

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Dr Ilona Bausch

Guide Lecturer

A Lecturer in East Asian archaeology at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, Ilona specialises in the archaeology of the Japanese Jomon period, particularly with regard to early trade, social interaction, rituals and worldview among prehistoric foraging peoples.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
  • Five journeys by bullet train, 3 journeys by express train & luggage transfers
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
6 November 2021 AJAP211106 6 November 2021 (Saturday) 21 November 2021 (Sunday) Dr Ilona Bausch £10,095
(inc. flights)
£500 £975 Book Now
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