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Japan with Maureen Keegan

6-14 October 2024

Paris with Maueen Keegan

Embark on an unforgettable eight-day journey through Japan, exploring the cultural wonders of Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. Our adventure begins in Kyoto, known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning temples. We will explore such highlights as Fushimi Inari Shrine, known for its thousands of vermilion Torii gates; the Arashiyama bamboo grove, a picturesque forest of towering bamboo stalks; the charming streets of Gion, the heart of Kyoto’s traditional geisha district; and Kinkakuji, Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. One day, we’ll make the short journey to Osaka to visit its legendary castle, lively districts. From Kyoto, we will hop on a bullet train to bustling Tokyo, where we can experience the city’s vibrant streets and iconic landmarks. There is a lot to take in and savour and we’ll do it all with the guidance of local experts.

 

Consider this an active tour - we’ll be exploring on foot and by using public transportation as required. Although there are group tours planned for all but our last day together, we have also factored in a little time each day for you to spend at your own leisure, to take a pause or cover ground that isn’t included in the itinerary. Our last day in Tokyo is left open for you to design your own adventure.

 

Highlights:​

  • Kyoto: Fushimi Inari, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Gion, Kinkakuji Temple

  • Osaka: Osaka Castle, Osaka Dotonbori

  • Tokyo: Shinjuki Gyoen, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Tsukiji Fish Market, Asakusa

  • Ramen and Gyoza cooking class in Tokyo

  • Journey on the Shinkansen “bullet” train

 

Itinerary:

Sunday 6 October: Welcome to Japan!
Monday 7 October: Beautiful Kyoto

Tuesday 8 October: Vibrant Osaka

Wednesday 9 October: Kyoto’s treasures

Thursday 10 October: To Tokyo by bullet train

Friday 11 October: Getting to know Tokyo

Saturday 12 October: Food, glorious food (Tsujiki market and cooking class)

Sunday 13 October: Choose your own adventure

Monday 14 October: Departure

 

The trip includes: 

  • Shared (twin) accommodation in four star hotels in central Kyoto and Tokyo

  • All breakfasts

  • All excursions and activities including lunch in a Buddhist temple and a cooking class

  • All local transportation (with the exception of airport transfers)

 

The trip does not include: 

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • meals with the exception of breakfast and indicated meals

  • medical insurance and trip cancellation insurance

  • incidentals

 

Considerations:

  • This trip starts in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo, so you will want to book flights accordingly

  • You will want to pack light as we will travel from Kyoto to Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train)

  • We will mostly get around by foot and will also use public transportation when required

  • You will not need to contribute to any gratuities on this trip

 

Trip cost:

$5100 Canadian dollars (about $3730 USD) 

Join this trip:

This trip is sold out. If you would like to join the waitlist, please fill out this registration form and we will let you know if a spot opens up. If you have any questions, please contact natasha@thevoyagiste.com.

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Maureen Keegan

Maureen Keegan runs FitBar at Home, an online fitness studio that spun off from her previous brick and mortar boutique, The Fitness Bar. An educator at heart - she was a kindergarten teacher in a past life - she loves to lead people in a direction to know themselves better and live the best life they can. In addition to teaching online fitness classes, Maureen also teaches Kitchen Classes to help people feel comfortable cooking for themselves. Also, she loves to travel and believes that seeing the world is the best way to understand yourself and others. "Travel creates empathy for other humans and is the BEST real life education money can buy. Join me in seeing the world and yourself differently!" 

Japan with Maureen Keegan
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