Kyoto – eternal bastion of tradition
For the inhabitants of Japan’s former capital city, respect for the cultural and handcraft heritage of the country is imperative and belongs to everyday life. Stroll through the streets of this venerable city, visit the workshops of master craftsmen and sample the delicate delights of Kyoto’s cuisine.
Handcraft gems along the coast of the Sea of Japan
For almost 300 years the Maeda clan ruled over the Kaga Province. Thanks to the constant support of this patron of the arts, today’s Hokuriku region is still one of the most important handcraft centres of Japan. Following a trip along the enormous Lake Biwa, you will travel to Echizen, a region renowned for its traditional paper (washi), ceramics, spectacular cliffs and fine cuisine. You will then travel to Kanazawa, the former capital of Kaga, where you continue your exploration of handcraft trades and savour delicious products of the Sea of Japan.
Cultivated and snowy landscapes
Leave the coast and discover the beauty of the historical villages of Shirakawa-gô and Gokayama in the heart of the mountains. Spend the night in a traditional thatched house before continuing your journey to Takayama. This city is nicknamed “Little Kyoto” because of its many historical monuments. The following day you will explore Gujo, a small city famous for the quality of its water and its “sampuru“, extremely realistic food replicas that are displayed in the windows of restaurants. Finally, you return to Kyoto for a final stroll through the heart of Japan’s “capital of traditions”.
- I offer typically tours during the spring (15.03 to 31.05) and autumn (30.09 to 30.11). I do not travel to Japan during the summer because it’s too hot and rainy. I have also decided not to offer tours during the winter – traditional Japanese houses do not have central heating and I don’t want my customers to freeze.
- The difficulty level is calculated for active travellers who are physically fit and enjoy walking/hiking.
- For more detailed information about the Japanese accommodation system as well as further peculiarities unique to the “Land of the Rising Sun”, please refer to our brochure Tips for Travellers to Japan.