- Visit Japan's three cosmopolitan and iconic cities; Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto
- Take an exclusive tour of The University of Tokyo and receive a private talk on robotics
- Get involved in a research project on the coral-fringed island of Okinawa
- Explore The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
Experience cutting edge Japan on a 11 day journey taking in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Okinawa. Travel from snow-capped mountains to buzzing cities and from hot springs to subtropical coral reefs.
Home to Erica the robot, a burgeoning centre for technology and countless areas of spectacular natural beauty, Japan is a must-see destination for science and nature lovers. Join us on a special journey across Japan in wintertime to see exceptional landscapes, visit top universities and get involved in a research project on the coral-fringed island of Okinawa.
Tokyo is a futuristic city, both functionally and aesthetically. One of the Steppes' team recently returned from the city and commented on how he felt he was wandering around the film set of Blade Runner. A guided tour of Miraikan, Tokyo’s Science and Innovation Centre will do nothing to disavow this notion. At the cutting edge of technology, Miraikan provides a fascinating insight into neutrino observation, space and frontier exploration, natural disasters, iPS cell research and next-generation medicines. In short, a museum designed to satisfy the curiosity of the human mind.
This tour is not just about visiting museums as there is time set aside for experiencing the extraordinary natural phenomena of Japan. Visit the volcanic region of Owakudani and walk the trails around the steam vents and bubbling natural springs. Travel by boat across Lake Ashi, an enormous volcanic crater born out of an eruption, 3,000 years ago. The cultural side of Japan is also a feature of this trip as we have included a journey on the iconic bullet train to Kyoto for a taste of quintessential Japanese lifestyle, history and culture.
The tour concludes with five days spent in Okinawa, located in the island’s capital, Naha. From this base, visit Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology campus to meet with local researchers and academics to learn about coral restoration, trap insects and input data into a research project and visit the ‘sustainable homes’ development project – a blueprint for sustainable living.
This is a one-off itinerary exclusive to New Scientist readers and Steppes Travel clients, with special access to research facilities and institutions. As group size is limited, we advise early booking.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN JAPAN IN NOVEMBER?
Autumn is a pleasant time to visit Japan, as the leaves begin to change colours in Tokyo and in the central regions of the country. The days will be getting cooler in northern and central regions, whilst in Okinawa it will be slightly warmer and dryer.
WHAT IS FOOD LIKE IN JAPAN?
Based around fresh, seasonal produce, Japanese cuisine is renowned for being nutritious and tasty. Rice is a staple ingredient and is generally offered with miso soup as an accompaniment. Sushi is Japan's most famous delicacy and can be found throughout the country.
Breakfast is included as part of this tour and will mainly comprise of international food. Dinners are also included and will vary throughout the different regions.
WHAT IS ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN JAPAN?
Japan offers a large range of both Japanese and western style accommodation, including some unconventional forms such as capsule hotels and temple lodgings.
As part of this tour you will be staying in mainly western style 3-4* hotels.
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, also known as Miraikan, opened in 2001. Its name translates as "Future Museum". It was created by Japan's Science and Technology Agency. It is situated in a new purpose-built building in the Odaiba District of Tokyo, which, can be reached by the Yurikamome driverless fully automated transit system from downtown Tokyo in about 15 minutes.
Some of the museums highlights include real-time displays of data from a huge array of seismometers across Japan which show how the country is permanently, gently vibrating. The occasional earthquakes for which Japan is noted show up as larger movements. Visitors can search the online database of recent earthquake activity.
WHAT IS THE OKINAWA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE?
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, alternatively known as OIST, is a graduate school located in Okinawa, Japan. Over half of the faculty and students are recruited from outside Japan, and all education and research is conducted entirely in English.
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