Medieval Japan gay tour takes you back in time to the most ancient and genuine Japan, a living past that makes this island unparalleled in the world. This route will help you to understand the origins of a unique society that remain up to the present day. It will also pervade you with its spirit, a cultural and emotional immersion that will become part of you long after you go back home.
Enjoy an unforgettable journey that runs between farmhouses with thatched roofs, wooden water mills, thousand-year-old waterfalls and indescribable landscapes. Would you dare to discover it wearing a real Japanese kimono?
Day 1 - Sunday
All travelers are picked up at Haneda or Narita International Airports and taken to Tokyo by high speed train service. You will check in at Keikyu Exx In Shinagawa Hotel or similar. Then you will enjoy free time to take a first glimpse of Tokyo and explore the surroundings. It is also possible to exchange foreign currency at this hotel.
Day 2 - Monday
We will move to Nikko to visit the Tosho-gu shrine, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Five structures at Tosho-gu are categorized as National Treasures of Japan. Then we will visit Nikko Edomura (Edo Wonderland), a little town built in Edo architectural style. Populated by natives who wear Edo traditional costume, the site is often filmed in Japanese productions.
Depending on the time left after visiting both places, we will visit additional points of interest, such as the Taiyuinbyo mausoleum, the beautiful Tamozawa Imperial Villa, the Nikko Botanical Garden, the Senjogahara Marshland, the Lake Chuzenji...
Day 3 - Tuesday
Visiting this lovely village and its neighborhood not only will make you feel that you are immersed in ancient Japan, but it will also blow your mind with a direct view of Mount Fuji. Surrounded by lakes and nature, you will spend the day in absolute relax with your fellow travelers.
Day 4 - Wednesday
Upon arrival to this wonderful city, we will check in at
Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa Hotel or similar and discover what this city has to offer.
Before the crowd takes hold of the place, you will be taken to the traditional streets of Higashichaya. You may feel the atmosphere of Edo period as you walk around the teahouses that flank these streets of the old town.
The Kenrokuen garden, considered the best of Japan, will follow. Take your time to enjoy this beautiful spot before heading to Oyama shrine, where you will find a unique mixture of Japanese, Chinese and Dutch architecture. After this visit you will have free time to pick visits of you interest: the Crafts Museum, the History or Arts museums, the Ninja Temple and others. A second night visit to Higashichaya is more than recommendable!
Day 5 - Thursday
It is time to leave modern civilization behind and your arrival to the historical mountain village of Shirakawago will help. You will spend the day discovering every hidden corner of the amazing medieval farmhouses and its nearby Gokayama village. When the night falls, you will experience how it feels to sleep over in a gassho-style house. If you wear a real kimono in Shirakawago, you will forge amazing memories really hard to forget!
Day 6 - Friday
After breakfast we will visit Gujo Hachiman, a charming riverside town anchored in the past. Besides its wonderful streets, we will also be able to check its castle, the Jiozenji zen temple and even a limestone cave called Otaki.
A bus will take the group to Takayama. After checking in at Takayama Ouan hotel or similar, we will visit its famous old town where you can purchase all sorts of traditional crafts, specially those made of wood. If the time allows, we will take a look at Hida Fold Village or the Higashiyama walk (specially recommended in autumn).
Day 7 - Saturday
After checking in at Hotel Montagne Matsumoto or similar, we will visit the impressive Matsumoto Castle. If you are lucky enough, the sakura cherry blossom trees will bloom around you as the castle opens its gate to you and your fellow travelers.
Nearby, we will walk around the ancient Nakamachi street, filled with plenty of traditional shops and old buildings. Here you may find items unlikely to be found anywhere else!
Day 8 - Sunday
This is a very special day. You will be able to walk in three ancient gems of Japan in a row. The outstanding towns of Narai, Magome and Tsumago were part of the medieval Nakasendo trail between Kyoto and Tokyo. Once you complete this journey you will have a better idea of the life in Japan centuries ago: shogun noticeboards, wooden water mills, straw handcrafts, sunken hearths, entire streets made of wood...
You will stay overnight in Nagoya at Meitetsu Grand Hotel or similar.
Day 9 - Monday
If you felt impress by the singularity of the Edo period on day 6, then get ready to be overwhelmed by the Japanese version of the 9th century. After checking in at Shingu UI Hotel or similar, we will visit the outstanding Nachi Taisha and its surroundings before heading to the world famous Kumano Hongu Taisha.
Day 10 - Tuesday
Day 10 will be spent exploring the ancient Mount Koya with an unforgettable overnight stay at a Buddhist temple. Enjoy one of the most sacred places in Japan, enter a temple with a very interesting past, and contemplate the largest rock garden of Japan.
When the night falls, get yourself immersed in a natural hot spring that lies at the backyard of the temple where we will sleep over.
Day 11 - Wednesday
Before the sunrise we will observe the morning routines of the monks at the temple. Then, at dawn, we will make our way to Osaka.
This is a free day that you can spend visiting the countless spots of the city. Your flight back home may depart at any time this afternoon or night. We will arrange for you extra night in hotel if your flight back is tomorrow. This is not a farewell at all! We hope to see you very soon on the next trip!