Japan: Past & Present

Geisha walking in the district of Kyoto, Gion. Japan, Past & Present, Collette Travel

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Discover Japan: Past & Present, a cultural journey from Tokyo to Osaka with Collette Travel

From neon-lit streets filled with people to quiet shines filled only with silence, come face-to-face with a culture thousands of years in the making. Take part in preparing your cup of green tea using a traditional method. Explore Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka cities, travelling between them on the famous Shinkansen bullet train. Meet the incredible ama pearl divers and dine with them while hearing tales of their lives and traditions. Meet the bowing deer of Nara Park. Explore the historic geisha district of Kyoto, Gion. See the beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Golden Pavilion. Dive deep into the culture of Japan with the Women’s Association of Kyoto. Stay among Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya and wander the moss-covered paths of Okunoin Cemetery. Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum of Hiroshima and hear first-hand accounts of the atomic bomb’s devastation. Explore the neon-soaked streets of Osaka’s Dotonbori district. Discover the thousand facets of culture, art, and life that make up the incredible spirit of Japan, past and present.

Guided Tours to Must-See Places

  • See the gleaming beauty of the Golden Pavilion.
  • Wander among the swaying trees of the Arashiyama bamboo forest.
  • Stay among Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya.
  • Meet Japan’s ama pearl divers and learn more about their elite profession.
  • Visit Hiroshima’s Peace Park and Memorial Museum and hear accounts of the atomic bomb’s devastation.
  • See the famous O-torii Gate of Miyajima Island

Culinary Inclusions

  • Dive deep into Japan’s culture and social norms over dinner with the Women’s Association of Kyoto.
  • Make delicious okonomiyaki and savoury pancakes that are Japanese favourites.
Activities & Highlights: Bullet train, Ama pearl divers, culture, art, Women’s Association of Kyoto

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