Excursions

Excursions are 2-3 day trips outside of a major urban center, for example Tо̄kyо̄.

These can be inclusive as you like, ie: I can handle budget itineraries, five-star itineraries, and everything in between.

Nikkо̄

Most people think of this as the final resting place of the first Tokugawa Shо̄gun, but it’s so much more. You really need at least two days here – at least!

Fan Favorite #1 – Excursion from Tо̄kyо̄

SUMMARY
3 days, 2 night

We’ll take our cameras and overnight bags to Kura no Machi to visit a town foreign tourist rarely go to so we can experience Japan’s amazing kura architecture. Because today is a travel and photography day, we’ll check into our ryokan traditional Japanese-style inn and enjoy kaiseki ryо̄ri and onsen a natural, hot spring. After a good night’s sleep, we’ll explore Nikkо̄’s famous shrines and temples — I’m an expert in this style of funerary architecture, so you’re in good hands. Then, we’re going to step back in time, by dressing up as members of the various classes in Edo Wonderland, a theme park that celebrates Japan’s colorful Edo Period culture. Next, we’ll enjoy dinner at a family-run restaurant that specializes in local cuisine. After several soaks in the hot springs and a good night’s sleep, we’re gonna hike up a sacred mountain to uncover all of Nikkо̄’s secrets that foreigners rarely see. After that, I’ll return you safely to your next hotel in Tо̄kyо̄ or bring you whatever train takes you to your next destination.

  • Destinations
  • Edo Wonderland
    We’ll don Edo Period costumes, enjoy ninja shows, and learn about daily life in feudal Japan.
  • Hiking
    There’s a rarely traveled, ancient pilgrimage that walks around up and around the main religious complex.
  • Kura no Machi
    Rarely visited by foreigners, this town is famous for traditional storehouses and its preserved historic district.
  • Onsen
    Soak in a classic Japanese hot spring
  • Shrines & Temples of Nikkо̄
    So many sites to see, but we’ll focus on Futara-san, Taiyū-in, and Tо̄shо̄-gū, the grave of the first shо̄gun, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Popular Add-ons

  • Try yuba or yuba-age, a delicacy of the town
  • Try local craft beer!

Tо̄kyо̄ World War II Sites

Kawagoe

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SUMMARY
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  • Destinations
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Popular Add-ons

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Hike the Nakasendо̄ Highway
in the Japan Alps

Located in the picturesque Japan Alps, we’ll explore four Edo Period post-towns and one of Japan’s most pleasant castle towns. This is more than hiking, it’s stepping back in time to Japan’s Second Golden Age.

hiking tourism, travel photography, photo tourism, japanese castle, japanese post town, prehistoric tourism

SUMMARY
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  • Destinations
  • Matsumoto
  • Shiojiri-juku
  • Niekawa-juku
  • Fukushima-juku
  • Tsumago-juku
  • Magome-juku

Popular Add-ons

  • Karaoke after dinner in Matsumoto

Toukyou World War II