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Medieval Japan Gay Tour

Medieval Japan Gay Tour

Tokyo, Nikko, Oshino Hakkai, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Gujo Hachiman, Takayama, Matsumoto, Narai, Magome, Tsumago, Nachi Taisha, Hongu Taisha, Koyasan, Osaka, and more!

11 Days from Tokyo to Osaka, Japan

October 21 – 31, 2018
November 4 – 14, 2018

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Enjoy an unforgettable journey that runs between farmhouses with thatched roofs, wooden water mills, thousand-year-old waterfalls and indescribable landscapes. Would you dare to discover it wearing a real Japanese kimono?

 

Japan gay tour - Nachi

 

Medieval Japan Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday
Welcome to Tokyo, Japan!
All travelers are picked up at Haneda or Narita International Airports and taken to Tokyo by high speed train service. You will check in at Keikyu Exx In Shinagawa Hotel or similar. Then you will enjoy free time to take a first glimpse of Tokyo and explore the surroundings. It is also possible to exchange foreign currency at this hotel.

 

Japan gay tour - Nikko

 

Day 2 - Monday
Nikko
We will move to Nikko to visit the Tosho-gu shrine, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Five structures at Tosho-gu are categorized as National Treasures of Japan. Then we will visit Nikko Edomura (Edo Wonderland), a little town built in Edo architectural style. Populated by natives who wear Edo traditional costume, the site is often filmed in Japanese productions.

Depending on the time left after visiting both places, we will visit additional points of interest, such as the Taiyuinbyo mausoleum, the beautiful Tamozawa Imperial Villa, the Nikko Botanical Garden, the Senjogahara Marshland, the Lake Chuzenji...

 

Japan gay tour - Oshino Hakkai

 

Day 3 - Tuesday
Oshino Hakkai
Visiting this lovely village and its neighborhood not only will make you feel that you are immersed in ancient Japan, but it will also blow your mind with a direct view of Mount Fuji. Surrounded by lakes and nature, you will spend the day in absolute relax with your fellow travelers.

 

Kanazawa Japan gay tour - Kenrokuen garden

 

Day 4 - Wednesday
Kanazawa
Upon arrival to this wonderful city, we will check in at Crowne Plaza ANA Kanazawa Hotel or similar and discover what this city has to offer.

Before the crowd takes hold of the place, you will be taken to the traditional streets of Higashichaya. You may feel the atmosphere of Edo period as you walk around the teahouses that flank these streets of the old town.

The Kenrokuen garden, considered the best of Japan, will follow. Take your time to enjoy this beautiful spot before heading to Oyama shrine, where you will find a unique mixture of Japanese, Chinese and Dutch architecture. After this visit you will have free time to pick visits of you interest: the Crafts Museum, the History or Arts museums, the Ninja Temple and others. A second night visit to Higashichaya is more than recommendable!

 

Medieval Japan gay tour - Shirakawago

 

Day 5 - Thursday
Shirakawago
It is time to leave modern civilization behind and your arrival to the historical mountain village of Shirakawago will help. You will spend the day discovering every hidden corner of the amazing medieval farmhouses and its nearby Gokayama village. When the night falls, you will experience how it feels to sleep over in a gassho-style house. If you wear a real kimono in Shirakawago, you will forge amazing memories really hard to forget!

 

Medieval Japan gay tour - Takayama

 

Day 6 - Friday
Gujo Hachiman and Takayama
After breakfast we will visit Gujo Hachiman, a charming riverside town anchored in the past. Besides its wonderful streets, we will also be able to check its castle, the Jiozenji zen temple and even a limestone cave called Otaki.

A bus will take the group to Takayama. After checking in at Takayama Ouan hotel or similar, we will visit its famous old town where you can purchase all sorts of traditional crafts, specially those made of wood. If the time allows, we will take a look at Hida Fold Village or the Higashiyama walk (specially recommended in autumn).

 

Japan gay tour - Matsumoto Castle

 

Day 7 - Saturday
Matsumoto
After checking in at Hotel Montagne Matsumoto or similar, we will visit the impressive Matsumoto Castle. If you are lucky enough, the sakura cherry blossom trees will bloom around you as the castle opens its gate to you and your fellow travelers.

Nearby, we will walk around the ancient Nakamachi street, filled with plenty of traditional shops and old buildings. Here you may find items unlikely to be found anywhere else!

 

Medieval Japan gay tour - Tsumago

 

Day 8 - Sunday
Narai, Magome and Tsumago
This is a very special day. You will be able to walk in three ancient gems of Japan in a row. The outstanding towns of Narai, Magome and Tsumago were part of the medieval Nakasendo trail between Kyoto and Tokyo. Once you complete this journey you will have a better idea of the life in Japan centuries ago: shogun noticeboards, wooden water mills, straw handcrafts, sunken hearths, entire streets made of wood...

You will stay overnight in Nagoya at Meitetsu Grand Hotel or similar.

 

Japan gay tour - Kumano Hongu Taisha

 

Day 9 - Monday
Kumano Wonders
If you felt impress by the singularity of the Edo period on day 6, then get ready to be overwhelmed by the Japanese version of the 9th century. After checking in at Shingu UI Hotel or similar, we will visit the outstanding Nachi Taisha and its surroundings before heading to the world famous Kumano Hongu Taisha.

 

Japan gay tour - Koyasan

 

Day 10 - Tuesday
Koyasan
Day 10 will be spent exploring the ancient Mount Koya with an unforgettable overnight stay at a Buddhist temple. Enjoy one of the most sacred places in Japan, enter a temple with a very interesting past, and contemplate the largest rock garden of Japan.

When the night falls, get yourself immersed in a natural hot spring that lies at the backyard of the temple where we will sleep over.

 

Japan gay tour - monk

 

Day 11 - Wednesday
Osaka
Before the sunrise we will observe the morning routines of the monks at the temple. Then, at dawn, we will make our way to Osaka.

This is a free day that you can spend visiting the countless spots of the city. Your flight back home may depart at any time this afternoon or night. We will arrange for you extra night in hotel if your flight back is tomorrow. This is not a farewell at all! We hope to see you very soon on the next trip!

 

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What's Included:

• 10 Nights accommodation in Hotels (minimum 3 stars) and High Standard Ryokan or Minshuku
• Guide and assistant
• Admission / Entrance Fees for sightseeing spots and listed activities
• All means of transportation during the trip

 

Not Included:

• Return flights
• Visa expenses, if required
• Expenses of personal nature
• Meals throughout the entire tour other than mentioned
• Any other item not mentioned above
• Insurance, tips and everything not listed as Included

All Meals Included Additional Package
For your comfort, breakfast, lunch and dinner during the whole itinerary will be paid by the tour guide.
890 EUR per person.

 

Shirakawago Japan gay tour

 

Trip Notes

Pick your own flight
Pick the flight that best suits your needs. Just make sure that you will land in Japan the same day as the rest of the group and we will be punctually at the airport waiting for you!

Your hotel is handpicked
We personally check and filter the best hotels to ensure the best location and comfort. You will even have the choice to sleep at Japanese-style rooms with tatami floor and traditional futons.

Guided all the way
From your arrival to your departure, you will always be accompanied by your travel guide throughout the whole itinerary. You also have the choice to request a private tour on your free days during the trip.

Gastronomy a la carte
Enjoy the Japanese gastronomy in local restaurants and izakaya food pubs. Every night you will be given several choices of restaurants to dine in on your own if the guide's choice is not to your liking.

Photography service
Pictures are the best way to share your experience with your friends, so we have prepared an optional photography service to immortalize your best moments during your trip to Japan.

Enjoy a different trip!
Our trips are designed to delight you with the most traditional essence of Japan, carefully mixed with the local gay scene and culture. Your tour guide and travel mates are all gay, so just be yourself!

 

Medieval Japan Gay tour - Magome

 

Before Departing

Visa
Depending on your nationality and country of residence you might need to obtain a visa before arriving to Japan. Citizens of the European Union may visit Japan without visa for a period up to 90 days. Please contact the nearest consulate of Japan for more info.

Health Insurance Japan does not provide free healthcare. We suggest to contract a health insurance to cover eventual needs during your trip.

Currency exchange
Your trip starts in Nagasaki and we advise to exchange your money in this city. Otherwise you might want to exchange in your country of origin. Passengers arriving without Japanese yen will need to exchange at the airport at least to cover expenses of the first two days of the tour.

Phone calls and data
It is highly recommended to enable the roaming service of your mobile phone provider before departing to Japan. Unlike other countries, obtaining a local SIM card in Japan is very difficult and you may need to call your tour guide in case of emergency during your trip.

 

Japan Shirakawago gay tour

 

What to bring in your luggage

Medicines
Bring a small bag packed full of essential medicines with you like cold and flu tablets, hay fever/allergy medicine, ibuprofen and paracetamol. Japanese medicines are much weaker than Western ones and the timetable of the pharmacies is very limited.

Wearing shoes that are easy to slip on and off is highly advisable. Japan is a country where you have to remove your shoes in plenty of places: temples, shrines, homes, certain restaurants and shops, etc.

Power adapter
Most hotels provide it, but they do not have enough for all guests.

Mobile phone with roaming service enabled.

Tissues and hand sanitizer. Public toilets run out of toilet paper and hand soap very often.

Your printed copy of the Japanese food guide provided by Go!GayJAPAN. Very likely to be used everyday.

Travel light
Bringing heavy suitcases might turn a wonderful trip into a headache. The lighter you travel the easier is to move around.

 

Japan gay tour - Kanazawa kimono

 

Culture awareness

• Customers with tattoos are not allowed onto hot springs, saunas and public swimming pools. This is set to prevent yakuza members to join these facilities.

Smoking on the street is prohibited. There are designated areas to do so in restaurants and public spaces.

Being loud and body contact are big no-nos in Japan. Modesty in the way you communicate with others is highly appreciated by locals.

• Japanese kids are the cutest ever, but approaching them or taking pictures is seriously frowned upon by adults.

• It is unlikely to see Japanese couples kissing or holding hands in the streets and many people will advise to do the same. However, young generations are eager to break that rule and watching foreigners showing affection in public may help. Just keep a certain degree of discretion when showing up your love on the streets.

• It is a requirement to keep quiet when using the public transportation. That includes to switch your phone to silent mode.

• Your tour guide will inform you about a full range of aspects you should consider during your trip to Japan. Most of them are based on common sense, so if you are naturally a polite person you will have no problems at all.

 

Japan gay tour guide - Oscar

 

Meet Your Guide

Founder of Go!GayJAPAN, tour guide, former cabin crew and news editor. Adventurer, animal lover and all around good dude.

Oscar's Story
The first time I went to Japan I was only 18 years old. That was not a surprise to my family, I had always dream of living in Asia since I was a little kid. The initial idea was to make a quick trip to browse around Japan, but suddenly I felt prey of a strong magnetism in the air. The sounds, the lights, the tone of the voices, the peaceful feeling that soaks everything, the tiny objects, the shrines and temples, the language, the smiles, the underground culture of anime and manga, the history...

So I decided to stay and to start a new and unexpected life in that fascinating island. Soon I started a new job as Spanish teacher and in parallel I joined an editorial team of a newspaper in Tokyo.

After my over four years in Japan I decided to open a coffee shop in Philippines. Later on I sold it out and moved to London, where I joined British Airways as cabin crew member for two more years.

But Japan was still there, deep inside my heart. Always considered my second homeland. Always present in my personality and thoughts. So the best idea ever came to my mind: why not to enjoy Japan with gay people from all over the world? And then Go!GayJAPAN was born.

 

Oscar - Gay Japan tour guide

 

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Medieval Japan Gay Tour Prices

Tour Date Description
Per person
€ (EUR)
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Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.

€ 3,970

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

€ 5,990

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.

€ 3,970

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.

€ 5,990

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Prices are per person in EUR.

Small Group Surcharge may be applied if less than 6 travelers in group.

50% deposit is required at time of booking,
Balance payment not later than 90 days before the trip.

Price does not include payment card charges.

All Meals Included Additional Package
For your comfort, breakfast, lunch and dinner during the whole itinerary will be paid by the tour guide, except on the two free days of the route.
890 EUR per person.

 

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