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Ancient Capitals Nara & Asuka Luxury Walk 4D3N, Private Guided

Ancient Capitals Nara & Asuka Luxury Walk 4D3N, Private Guided

Ancient Capitals Nara & Asuka Luxury Walk 4D3N, Private Guided

$2,998.00

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Explore the ancient monuments, tombs and temples of Nara and Asuka on a luxury walking tour. The Kansai region, situated at the centre of Japan's main island of Honshu, is home to three historic capitals: Kyoto, Nara and Asuka. Discover fascinating histories along hiking trails connecting Nara and Asuka on an unforgettable journey back in time.

This four-day, three-night tour begins with an exploration of Asuka. From here, the first Japanese emperors established their capitals and many of the country's oldest shrines, temples, tombs and archaeological excavations can be found here. Walk or cycle the scenic hiking trails surrounding Asuka, admire the terraced rice paddies and hike the historical Yamanobe-no-michi Trail - the oldest recorded road in Japan. Nara is located 20 km north of Asuka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, the city remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples. Spend two nights in Nara exploring Wagyu, Yagyu, and Nara Park, home of the Todaiji temple.

Enjoy a night in Asuka at an exclusive ryokan where you will experience total privacy in a restored Edo period house featuring traditional rooms and décor yet including all modern conveniences. All the rooms overlook the elegant, traditional gardens. Nights two and three are spent at Nara Hotel, an elegant guesthouse with views over the famous sights of Nara.

This luxury tour includes three nights handpicked accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners as well as an English-speaking guide and private monuments walk in Asuka. Transport is provided from Kyoto on the first day and to Nara at the conclusion of the tour.

Travel back in time to the origins of an ancient culture, steeped in tradition and history. Experience tranquil hiking trails and paddy fields dotted with temples and monuments and explore vibrant cities built around civilisations past.

Departure Dates:
Departs daily year round on request.

Dates or itineraries don't fit?
We specialise in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates, availability or a "tailor-made" itinerary. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    Nara was established in the first permanent capital in 710. It is famous for monuments of Ancient Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city model of Nara was after the Tang Dynasty in China. According to Chinese cosmology, the ruler's place was fixed like the pole star. By dominating the capital, the ruler brought heaven to earth.


    The Asuka area contains the first temples, shrines, tombs, and stone monuments of Japan. Now is a rural area of quaint villages, rice fields, temples, temple ruins, mysterious stones, burial tumuli.

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  • Accommodation

    You will stay in two luxury accommodations on this tour

    Kotorian (Private House)
    An exclusive ryokan that takes just one booking per day, so you get the whole restored Edo period house to yourself. All the rooms including the bath house with its cypress tub overlook the elegant, traditional gardens.


    Nara Hotel
    Nara Hotel was founded in 1909 to serve as the premier guest house in the Kansai region for visiting dignitaries. Located on Nara Park’s beautiful hills, overlooking the ancient capital’s historic sites, it provides an excellent view of historical sights in Nara such as the Great Buddha Hall of Todai-ji Temple, and the Five-Storied Pagoda of Kofuku-ji Temple.

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  • Food

    You will enjoy country style home cooked meals including forest game and natural in season ingredients.

    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: Japanese country style with fresh local produce.


    Lunches: Local restaurant or Cafe

    Dinners
    Enjoy the traditional multi course Japanese cuisine, fresh ingredients source from local and surrounding areas. On the final night, you will enjoy a delightful French dinner at Mikasa restaurant



    Dietary Requirements
    Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for some dietary requirements. Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater for such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure.

    Please note that vegetarian options are available, but limited. Strict vegetarian diets, vegan diets, or gluten free diets will be difficult to accommodate due to the pervasiveness of the fish-based stock dashi and the use of soy sauce and miso in Japanese cuisine. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide your own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut‐free or allergen‐free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life‐threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‐administering these medications.
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  • What’s Included

    - 3 nights handpicked luxury accommodation
    - Meal: 3x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 3 dinners
    - Private English tour guide
    - Guided monuments walk in Asuka
    - Guided cycling or walk in Asuka rice field & Yamanobe-no-Michi Trail walk
    - Guided Yagyu Kaido walk
    - Pickup from Kyoto hotel & drop off at Nara station
    - All train tickets & park entrance
    - Luggage transfer between Kyoto to Nara (based on one piece of luggage per person). Extra luggage can be transferred at an additional cost.

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:

    We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. The following are some of the sample activities that we can offer. Please contact us for more information or a tailor-made itinerary.

    Kyoto
    - Kyoto Higashiyama Walking Tour
    - Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour
    - Kyoto Arashiyama Tour
    - Kyoto Philosopher’s Path Walking Tour
    - Kyoto Fushimi and Sake Museum Tour
    - Spiritual Kyoto Tour
    - Kyoto Afternoon Tea With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Private Geisha Teahouse Experience
    - Kyoto Private Dinner With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Mt. Hiei Spiritual Tour
    - Traditional Cormorant Fishing Private Cruise
    - Evening Kyoto by Night Tour
    - Uji Tea Experience Tour
    - Private Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Exclusive Temple Experience
    - Kyoto Samurai Sword Dance Experience
    - Geisha Makeover Experience
    - Kyoto Traditional Crafts Tour
    - Kyoto Taiko Drums Experience
    - Kyoto Cooking Lesson with Professional Chef
    - Kyoto Market Visit, Sake Tasting and Cooking Lesson
    - Soba Cooking Lesson
    - Nara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Nara and Fushimi Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ohara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ine Fisherman Village Excursion from Kyoto
    - Himeji Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iga Ninja Excursion from Kyoto
    - Sumo Experience Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iaido Sword Experience Excursion from Kyoto
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  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • What's included

    - 3 nights handpicked luxury accommodation
    - Meal: 3x breakfasts, 1x lunches, 3 dinners
    - Private English tour guide
    - Guided monuments walk in Asuka
    - Guided cycling or walk in Asuka rice field & Yamanobe-no-Michi Trail walk
    - Guided walk in Yagyu Kaido
    - Pickup from Kyoto hotel & drop off at Nara station
    - All train tickets & park entrance
    - Luggage transfer between Kyoto to Nara (based on one piece of luggage per person). Extra luggage can be transferred at an additional cost.
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Pick up from accommodation, guided monuments walk in Asuka
    Day 2: Guided cycling or walk in Asuka rice field & Yamanobe-no-Michi Trail walk
    Day 3: Guided walk in Yagyu Kaido
    Day 4: Depart from Nara station
  • WALKING GRADING

  • Getting There

    - The departure point Kyoto
    - The finishing point Nara station
  • Weather and Climate

    Japan's weather and climate features four distinct seasons.

    Spring is from March to May. It's perhaps one of the very best times to visit Japan as temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 26°C. The country is ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossom and plenty festivals to enjoy.

    Summer is from June to August and the country experiences a three to four-week rainy season. It is hot and humid during this time and temperatures are often in the high 30’s. If you plan on visiting Japan during the summer weather, northern areas such as Hokkaido or the mountains of Tohoku or Chubu are the most comfortable places to escape the heat.

    Autumn is from September to November and is characterised by light breezes and cooler temperatures of around 8-10°C. It is also a wonderful time to visit Japan. The country turns into a haven of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies and almost as impressive as the stunning cherry blossoms.

    Winter is from December to February. It is a magical time to visit as the landscape is turned white with snow. It's the perfect time to go skiing or check out the hot springs, especially venture to the ski slopes of Hokkaido or Nagano. It's Okinawa is a great place to visit during the winter as it is not quite as cold as the rest of Japan’s weather.
  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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