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Oriental Caravan’s founder and lifelong Orientalist Phil Colley travelled to
Japan in the mid-1990s to pioneer effectively the first ever small group
tour of this complex, mysterious land. Since then many hundreds of
travellers from all over the world have benefitted from Phil’s in-depth
knowledge of all things Japanese. And also from The Oriental Caravan’s long
experience in the art of making small group tours really work. In short, if
you travel with us you won’t just have a holiday but also a unique
experience guided by one of the UK’s top tour leaders.
Please choose from one of the three itineraries
|This classic introductory
tour of Japan is highly popular and a holiday perfect for those who want to
tour Japan’s most famous sights in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo
whilst also getting
off-the-beaten-track to explore the many wonders
of Kyushu. Aside from the gardens, our favourite parts are the magical
nights we spend exploring the island of Miyajima and joining in for some old
time Japanese rock ‘n’ roll in the spa town of Beppu!
14 days. Tour start dates: 25/03/11; 21/10/11. Price £1995.
fascinating tour around Japan’s
mysterious north follows the route taken
by the haiku poet Matsuo Basho
and is named after his famous Japan tour
of 1689. We stay in a variety of
characterful local accommodation
including Japanese ryokan and
monastic, mountaintop shukubo. We
witness horseback samurai archery at
Nikko’s Toshogu festival and learn the
secrets of the self-mummified monks of
Tsuruoka. We cruise among
Matsushima’s pine-clad islets and at
Osore San we tour surely one of the
eeriest travel destinations of any
Japan - if not the world!
15 days. Start date: 05/10/11. Price £2165.
This charming tour is
loosely themed on the life of Japan’s
greatest monk, the remarkable Kobo
Daishi and is about as
off-the-beaten-track as you can get
within Japan. We concentrate on
exploring the sleepy island of Shikoku,
one of the few places in the world that
mass tourism has yet to find. We visit
the mountain-top monasteries of Koya,
bathe in the ancient hot springs of Dogo
and explore the isolated valleys of Iya,
Japan’s ‘Little Tibet’. Our old Japan
hands love this holiday. Join us to find
japan tour details...
15 days. Start date: 08/05/10. Price £2125.