away from you...
Best time to visit
Japan has a fascinating and multifaceted culture; on the one hand it is steeped in the deepest of traditions dating back thousands of years, long before the Shinto and Samurai traditions while on the other it is a society in a state of rapid flux, with fast changing fashions and unstoppable technological development. All of these combined make it an alluring destination for the modern traveler.
Japan is famed for its ethnic and social homogeneity while today Japanese society is an epitome of diversity. It includes minority groups such as the Ainu of Hokkaido and the Ryukyuans of Okinawa, but also other nationalities such as the Koreans, Chinese, and Brazilians. The country’s culture has changed greatly over the millennia from the country's prehistoric period to its contemporary modern culture which absorbs influences from Asia, Europe, and North America. Japanese cuisine is renowned around the world - popular dishes such as Ramen, Udon, Sushi, and Tempura need no introduction. Apart from the mainstream dishes there are also local specialties arising from the smaller towns and cities be it a type of sweet, fish, noodle, seaweed or tofu. Tokyo and Kobe consistently give birth to some of the best eateries in the world. You will never be far from a great meal. It is also a country of drinkers. Whilst “sake” (rice wine) is the national drink, lager-beer is the most popular. And let’s not forget that Japanese single malts have that captivated the palates of the scotch drinking world by storm. It is not just the alcoholic drinks that are popular though. Sado, for instance, is a Japanese green tea ceremony and an ancient tradition with roots traced back to Zen Buddhism. The ceremony involves the preparation and drinking of tea, including the widely celebrated powdered tea, Matcha.
Japan is an archipelago consisting of 6852 islands out of which only 430 are inhabited!
Go forest-bathing, or shinrin-yoku, a traditional practice that has proven to have immense health benefits! And let’s forget the spectacular scenery that greets one everywhere you go.
Day 1: Arrival in Kyoto
Day 2: Explore Kyoto through a private guided tour and attend a traditional tea ceremony in the evening
Day 3: Go on a day trip to Nara and explore the Todaiji Temple, ending the day watching a fireworks ceremony
Day 4: Take a day train trip to Hiroshima and explore the main sites of the historic “nuclear” city
Day 5: Take a train to Tokyo and go on a guided food and drink tour of the city. end the day visting the glitzy bars, malls and cafes in the Ginza district
Day 6: Go on a scenic train ride to Hakone to take in the best views of Mount Fuji
Day 7: Departure
Day 1: Arrive in Havana and discover the vintage city through the eyes of an award-winning photographer! Walk through the streets as you discover majestic architecture and experience local gastronomy. You will also get a chance to cruise in classic convertible cars!
Day 2: Continue imbibing the charming Cuban capital as you stroll around neighbourhoods, bike along the Malecon, and be regaled by a private music concert.
Day 3: Embark on a catamaran fishing excursion, enjoy an authentic rum and cigar tasting event, capped by a Latin salsa dance session.
Day 4: Community service at a Spanish nunnery housing destitute and aged Cubans – a humanitarian excursion.
Day 5: Departure
You could also add an additional 2 days to include an outdoors hiking excursion into the mountain region of Vinales.
A US regulation compliant itinerary and documentation of your trip is essential. Interacting with locals, support of individuals and small independent business is a must do component. .