Backyard Travel Unveils the Beauty of Japan's Kamakura

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Bangkok-based Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative tour and travel operator, today announced Japan tours that uncover the cultural treasures of Kamakura.

Kamakura's Daibutsu Buddha Statue

Kamakura is a brilliant travel destination for many reasons: it's easily accessible from Tokyo as a day-trip, it offers hiking trails and outdoor activities for active travelers, and the quiet ambience provides respite from the pace of Tokyo.

Recently earmarked by the New York Times as a serene getaway destination, the seaside city of Kamakura is a trove of historic delights, only an hour's journey from Tokyo. Nestled in a picturesque natural fortress between the mountains and the sea, this former seat of the Shogunate harbors myriad natural and cultural attractions for travelers to discover.

Addressing a surge in demand for tours of Kamakura, Backyard Travel offers luxury Japan trips that allow travelers to explore the city's ancient shrines and temples. The 5-day/4-night Planet Tokyo tour showcases the best of the capital, bringing travelers to the Tsukiji Fish Market, the Meiji Shrine and shopping streets of Harajuku, and the historic geisha district of Akasuka. Travelers have the option to spend an entire day exploring Kamakura, wandering through the cherry blossom trees of Genjiyama Park and visiting the city's ancient Buddhist temples.

For couples looking for romance in Japan, the 14-day Japan Honeymoon tour spans the country from Tokyo to Kyoto to tropical Okinawa. After exploring the delights of the capital, travelers are transported by private vehicle to Kamakura, to see the city's most famous historic landmark, Daibutsu, a 1,200-year-old Buddha statue. From Kamakura, couples visit Fuji Hakone National Park and spend the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan guesthouse, complete with private onsen bath and special kaiseki dinner. In Kyoto, they can get ‘married’ in a Shinto ceremony before heading to the idyllic beaches of Ishigaki Island, with free time to spend lazing by the ocean.

The Quintessential Japan tour is just as comprehensive, with 14 days spent exploring Tokyo, Kyoto, Fuji, Hiroshima, Kanazawa and the scenic hill town of Takayama. Highlights include a stay in a ryokan with private onsen, a cruise on a crater lake with views of Mt Fuji, a visit to Hida No Sato Folk Village, and of course, a side-trip to Kamakura's shrines, parks and beaches.

Maeve Nolan, Backyard Travel Product & Operations Director, says: "Kamakura is a brilliant travel destination for many reasons: it's easily accessible from Tokyo as a day-trip, it offers hiking trails and outdoor activities for active travelers, and the quiet ambience provides respite from the pace of Tokyo. If travelers have limited time in the capital, Kamakura gives them the chance to see an important cultural and historical site without having to travel too far. Because of Kamakura's popularity with domestic travelers, we recommended our clients visit mid-week for the most relaxing experience."

For the full range of Backyard Travel's Japan Tours, visit the Backyard Travel Japan page.

ABOUT BACKYARD TRAVEL:

Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit http://www.backyardtravel.com. See their Facebook page facebook.com/BackyardTravel.

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