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Travel in Japan: Tokyo, Kanazawa and Kyoto

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This trip may be (pleasantly) confusing: past and future harmoniously meet in a country where futuristic towers and relentless neon signs coexist together with Edo sanctuaries and well-kept Zen gardens. Keep reading

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Discover the stops of the journey

1

Tokyo

Multifaceted and splendidly inconsistent, between the past and the future

3 Nights

Tokyo Tower
The Royal Palace in Tokyo
The Kanda Shrine
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo from above
Senso-ji temple
Senso-ji temple
Sumida River

Past and future meet in Tokyo, the multifaceted capital of Japan and a metropolis that is difficult to fully define: when it seems that technological advancement and neon signs have entirely come to prevail, Senso-ji (the temple of the goddess of mercy) and the typical karaoke bars and sushi restaurants blossom before your eyes like cherry trees in spring.
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Recommended activities

  • Tokyo Night Food Tour in Shinjuku
  • Tokyo ramen hopping tour
  • Tokyo Hidden Nostalgic Tram Tour
2

Kanazawa

Charming Japanese paradise of gardens and tea houses

1 Night

Kanazawa's castle
Kanazawa's castle
Kanazawa's gardens
Kanazawa's streets
The Kenrokuen garden

Scenic flower gardens, enchanting streams winding between bamboo forests and the scent of tea sprinkling the magical atmosphere: Kanazawa, on the Sea of Japan, is an authentic Japanese paradise (not surprisingly, Kanazawa literally means "golden swamp").
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Recommended activities

  • Kanazawa Historic District Walking Tour
3

Kaga

Among thermal springs and luxuriant nature

1 Night

Korogi Bridge
Kakusenkei Gorge
Kaga Onsen

Located in the prefecture of Ishikawa, Kaga is a quiet Japanese town surrounded by nature, famous for being the site of traditional onsen, thermal springs that were discovered in the area by a monk on a pilgrimage to the nearby Mount Hakusan.
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Kyoto

Zen gardens and geishas in a timeless city

3 Nights

Daigoji temple
Byodo-In temple
Two geishas dancing
Fushimi Inari Taisha temple
The Yasaka shrine

Located on the island of Honshu, Kyoto is a Zen experience exceeding every expectation.
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Recommended activities

  • Food walking tour for breakfast at Nishiki Market
  • Zen meditation and Garden Temple tour in Kyoto
  • Kyoto tea ceremony and Kiyomizu-dera Temple walking tour
5

Mount Koya

Between Buddhist communities and rock gardens

1 Night

Temples' architecture in Mount Kōya
Mount Kōya temples
Kongobuji Temple
Mount Kōya in autumn

Inhabited by a small Buddhist community, Mount Koya is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the culture and history of the most authentic Japan.
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Osaka

Among ancient golden castles and bizarre glass skyscrapers

1 Night

Yodo river and the illuminated bridges
Osaka skyline
The Shitennoji temple
The port of Osaka
Osaka Castle
View on Osaka Castle

Osaka is the third-largest city in Japan, and like its older sisters, it offers many attractions to guarantee you'll fully enjoy your trip to the Rising Sun.
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Recommended activities

  • Half day walking tour of Himeji Castle
  • Half day walking tour of Nara
  • Kuromon Market Walking Food Tour in Osaka
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