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Tokyo, Okinawa and Kyoto

18th - 28th March 2018

Songlines Music Travel, in association with Master Travel, invites music lovers and travellers alike to the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. You will be fascinated by its mix of modernity and tradition. Immerse yourself in the variety of sounds and performances of Japanese music as we travel through Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Okinawa and Kyoto. Accompanied by Paul Fisher, your UK tour leader, you will gain unique access to the artists and musicians of the region and listen to the best traditional music.

In addition, a superb cultural programme will complement the trip. You will visit temples and markets in Tokyo, a castle in Okinawa and cruise on Lake Ashi. You will also have the chance to attend a Geisha show and a Sumo performance.

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Highlights include:

  • Private meetings and performances with artists in Tokyo, Okinawa and Kyoto
  • Enjoy a performance at Kabuki Theatre in Tokyo
  • Listen to a koto player and a Chindon performance
  • Enjoy live music in local bars
  • Enjoy a sumo tournament in Osaka and Geisha show in Kyoto
  • Visit Mt Fuji and cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Visit temples, shrines, castles around the country

Your Tour Leader

Paul Fisher went to Japan for one month and ended up staying for 12 years. He started Far Side Music 25 years ago, selling Asian CDs and DVDs, producing albums for independent and major record companies and arranging concerts and tours around the world for primarily Japanese artists. He has compiled numerous albums including the Rough Guides to Japan and Okinawa. He has also presented a continuous weekly radio show on Asian music for 20 years (FM Cocolo in Osaka and Resonance FM in London), and has made on location radio documentaries for the BBC, CBC and other radio stations and filmed cultural events worldwide for Japanese and American media companies. Paul Fisher also presented a TV show in Tokyo of studio performances of the artists featured on the Rough Guide compilations and written for many publications, including as a music columnist for the Japan Times.

Tokyo, Okinawa, Kyoto - Itinerary

Please note that this is a provisional itinerary only. The final itinerary will be confirmed in your pre-departure pack which will be sent to you 2 weeks before departure.

Sunday 18th March: London - Tokyo

PM: After your flight, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel
Eve: Welcome dinner

Monday 19th March: Tokyo

AM: Visit Engei Hall + Asakusa Kannon Temple
PM: Kabuki Theatre and performance
Eve: Enjoy a performance by Chieko Mori, a Koto player

Tuesday 20th March: Tokyo

AM: Visit the Imperial East Garden and Tsukiji Outer Market
PM: Visit Tokyo Tower and the Shinjyuku region
Eve: Visit local bars such as Mandala Venues of Star Pines Café or The Minami- Aoyama

Wednesday 21st March: Tokyo - Hakone - Tokyo

AM/PM: Transfer to Hakone and visit the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a Lake Ashi boat excursion, and visit Hakone Ropeway, and Owakudani Valley
Eve: Transfer to the hotel in Hakone

Thursday 22nd March: Tokyo - Okinawa

AM: Visit Ameya Yokocho, an open air market, explore Ueno Park, and visit Akihabara Centre
PM: Fly to Okinawa and wander around the popular Naha Kokusai street
Eve: Live music in local bars

Friday 23rd March: Okinawa

AM: At leisure
PM: Visit the Shuri Castle
Eve: Sanshin performance and workshop by Mutsumu Aragaki

Saturday 24th March: Okinawa - Osaka - Kyoto

AM: Visit Umikaji Terrace and then transfer to Naha Airport for Osaka
PM: Sumo tournament and enjoy a Chindon street performance
Eve: Transfer to Kyoto

Sunday 25th March: Kyoto

AM: Visit Kiyomizu Temple and Heianjingu Shrine
PM: Visit Fushimiinari Shrine
Eve: Enjoy a Geisha show

Monday 26th March: Kyoto

AM: Visit the Tenryuji Temple
PM: Visit the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Market, and Gion Corner
Eve: Enjoy a performance by Tsutomu Tanaka

Tuesday 27th March: Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

AM: Drive to Nara and visit Nara Park Todaiji Temple
PM: Return to Kyoto and visit Kasuga Shrine

Wednesday 28th March: Kyoto

AM: After breakfast, transfer to Kansai International Airport for your flight home

Pricing Details

Tour price excluding flights to/from Tokyo/Kyoto: £3,500 per person.
Early Bird booking: £3,295 per person valid only until 18th January 2018.

For more information on this trip please email or call +44 (0)20 7501 6741