Rediscover Japan with incredible tours and unique experiences
From remote lakes to the home of ninja, from timeless culture to snow monkeys in the wild – take a fresh look at one of the world’s most fascinating destinations
Rediscover… world heritage
Rediscover… temples and shrines
Tours and experiences
Snow Monkey Tour
Setting off from Nagano station, this interpreter-guided tour is a one-day adventure to Jigokundani Monkey Park where you can see Japanese macaques at rest and play, in hot baths exclusively reserved for wild monkeys. Regular tourists don’t have access to the reserve so this is a very special chance to see snow monkeys up close. Like many Rediscover Japan sightseeing tours, the trip includes public transport, local cuisine for lunch and a visit to a nearby landmark of significant interest (in this instance, the world famous ancient Zenko-ji Temple), offering a 360-degree experience, while the chance to explore this stunning landscape and its wildlife create memories that last a lifetime.
One-day Snow Monkey Tour, round-trip from Nagano, Nov 25 to Mar 31
Kyoto Samurai Experience
Watch a traditional performance, try a real samurai experience for yourself and end your evening at a Japanese izakaya. If you are familiar with the film ‘The Last Samurai’ you will recall the dazzling scene in which samurai perform a traditional dance the day before going into battle. Watch a Kembu (sword dancing) show then get a chance to dress in a samurai outfit, hear a translated introduction to samurai culture and the art of Kembu masters, then learn samurai etiquette before taking up a sword and being instructed on how to handle it for yourself. The tour ends with a two-hour meal at Ryoma Shamo Nojo, sampling Izakaya dinner and talking over the whole experience.
Kyoto Samurai Experience ‘Samurai Kembu Theater’ & Izakaya Dinner, Oct 10 to Mar 31
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