Unknown Japan with Matthieu

A very subjective journey, developed with a guide eager to share his unique experience with fellow travelers, Matthieu Zellweger: Japan. The Japan that is dear to me. The itinerary that I propose here opens a door to «my» Japan. Its places, its culture, its landscapes. Its sometimes surprising aspects, as well. Through this open door you will glimpse a fascinating country, surprisingly varied and populated by people of extraordinary kindness. At times very traditional (nights in a traditional Japanese inn (a ryokan) with on-site dining and futon on the floor, traditional baths, old wooden houses) or contemporary (huge cities, automation of the daily tasks, futuristic railway stations), at times familiar (manga, sushi, ubiquitous electronics) or surprising (sake, kaiseki meals, lifestyle), «my» Japan never ceases to amaze me, even after 19 trips there.



From CHF 5,980.–

Length of holiday:

14 days (13 nights)

Departure dates:

Throughout the year but best periods are spring and autumn

Features of the holiday

Destination: Asia, Japan
Season: Autumn, Spring, Winter
Responsible travel: Accommodation, Environmentally-friendly transportation, Food, Local food, Micro-economy, Public transportation, Small organization
Travel type: Active holidays
Traveller type: Couple, Family, More mature, Small group, Solo
Activities: Tour
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Hotel
Natural environment: Island, Mountain, Seaside
Culture: Architecture, Art, Artisans, Buddhism, Castle, Cathedral, Customs, History, Legends, Philosophy, Temple, Vernacular architecture
Climate: Continental, Humid subtropical, Temperate
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Itinerary of the holiday

  • Day 1 : Tokyo. Shinjuku and Shibuya areas.
  • Day 2 : Tokyo. Shimo-Kitazawa area. Asakusa Temple.
  • Day 3 : Tokyo. Tsukiji fish market. Ueno, park and museum. Ebisu neighborhood.
  • Day 4 : Tokyo–Nagasaki. Mount Inasa-yama.
  • Day 5 : Nagasaki. Urakami Cathedral. Dejima Dutch trading post. Shianbashi area.
  • Day 6 : Nagasaki–Hagi.
  • Day 7 : Hagi. Jôkamachi area (samurai area).
  • Day 8 : Hagi. Tôkô-ji temple. Pottery workshop.
  • Day 9 : Matsue. Castle and Lafcadio Hearn’s house.
  • Day 10 : Matsue. Izumo Shrine.
  • Day 11 : Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera temple.
  • Day 12 : Kyoto. Nanzen-ji temple. Fushimi Inari Shrine. Arashiyama bamboo forest. Gion, Geisha area.
  • Day 13 : Kyoto or Nara or Osaka on your own.
  • Day 14 : Transfer to Osaka. Return flight to Switzerland.


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Length of the holiday

14 days (13 nights)

Departure dates

Throughout the year but best periods are spring and autumn


CHF 11,870.–/pers. (2 pers.)
CHF 7,910.–/pers. (4 pers.)
CHF 6,640.–/pers. (6 pers.)
CHF 5,980.–/pers. (8 pers.)

For 1, 3, 5 and 7 people, please ask us a special calculation.

Single room supplement: CHF 920.–

Included with the holiday

  • accommodation in a hotel or a ryokan from day 1 (as soon as you arrive) to day 14,
  • Japan Rail Pass for 2 weeks,
  • all breakfasts, 9 diners,
  • English-speaking guide during the whole trip

Not included with the holiday

  • international return flights,
  • travel insurance (highly recommended),
  • excursions and activities not mentioned in the program,
  • meals not mentioned in the detailed description,
  • alcoholic beverages, mineral water, etc.,
  • tips,
  • personal expenses

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