Japan is a fluid, fascinating study of extremes. Ancient history sits beside neon modernity and Zen serenity mingles with urban energy. This tour takes you to the heart of both historic and modern Japan while exploring Japanese approaches to midwifery. Visit a midwifery birth centre and clinic, learn of the history of midwifery in Japan and midwifery education and visit Kameda Maternity and Ladies Clinic.
Gain real insight into midwifery in Japan, while experiencing many other facets of this country at a beautiful time of year, with the flowering of the cherry blossoms. For every face of Japan, there is another waiting to be seen, so that each visitor comes away with their own vision of this genuinely extraordinary land.
Partners are very welcome.
Dame Cathy Warwick was Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives for 9 years and now works independently. Cathy is also Honorary Professor of Midwifery and an Honorary Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London. In 2006 she was awarded a CBE for services to Midwifery and Healthcare and in 2017 was made a Dame. Cathy lectures, writes and advises on midwifery issues with a particular interest in the organisation of care and the promotion of choice for women. Cathy has travelled widely both on her own and with her family, visiting midwifery units in America, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Professor Warwick has previously led successful midwifery study tours to China, India, South Africa, Nepal, Brazil, Cuba, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
Day 1: 16 April (Sun) Tokyo Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: 17 April (Mon) Tokyo Visit the historic Asakusa neighbourhood and Senso-ji Temple. Visit St Lukes Hospital and learn of the history of midwifery in Japan and midwifery education. Transfer to Ginza to explore this upmarket district. Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: 18 April (Tues) Tokyo Visit to fashionable Harajuku and then visit the Garden of the Nezu Museum.Visit a Midwifery Birth Centre.
Day 4: 19 April (Wed) Tokyo / Kanazawa Bullet train across Japan to Kanazawa from Tokyo Station. Arrive and check into the hotel. Visit the Samurai Quarter including the old pharmacy, the samurai house and garden, and the Kubani Kutaraki pottery.
Day 5: 20 April (Thurs) Kanazawa Visit the Kenrokuen Garden and the ruined castle. Visit the Kaga Yusen Silk Center. Visit the geisha quarter (Higashichaya Old Town), Kaikaro Geisha House, a gold leaf house and museum.
Day 6: 21 April (Fri) Kanazawa / Okayama Bullet train to Okayama and transfer to the Granvia Hotel.Visit to the Korakuen Gardens and see Okayama Castle.
Day 7: 22 April (Sat) Okayama Travel to Kurashiki and Explore the attractive riverside old merchant quarter. Train to Kurashiki. Visit the KANEKO Midwifery Clinic and the Private Medical Hospital maternity unit. Return to Okayama Station.
Day 8: 23 April (Sun) Okayama / Hiroshima / Okayama
Train to Hiroshima. Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Tram from Peace Memorial Park to Hiroshima Port. Cruise on the Inland Sea and visit Miyajima Island and see the Itsukushima Shrine. Train to Okayama. *For those who do not wish to visit Hiroshima, we recommend a visit to Naoshima ‘Art Island’ on the Inland Sea near Okayama.
Day 9: 24 April (Mon) Okayama / Kyoto Train to Kyoto and transfer to the hotel. Visit to Fushimi Inari and take part in part of the Tofukuji walk. Walk back to the hotel or take JR train for one stop.
Day 10: 25 April (Tues) Kyoto / Kobe Visit Kinkakuji Temple, the Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Visit Nijo Castle. Walk through the Nishiki Market and Teramachi-dori (food and craft markets. Travel to Kobe and check into the Oriental Hotel.
Day 11: 26 April (Wed) Kobe Visit Kameda Maternity and Ladies Clinic in Kobe. Visit the MOURI Independent Midwifery Clinic. Visit a Sake Factory for a visit with tastings.
Day 12: 27 April (Thurs) Kobe / Osaka / Kobe Train to Osaka. Explore downtown Osaka on a culinary tour of Dontonbori and Shinsai. Train to Kobe and at leisure. Farewell Dinner.
Day 13: 28 April (Fri) Kyoto Depart for airport or take extension in Sapporo.
The cost of the tour per person sharing is US $5,593. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is US $6,545. Costs exclude international flights and transfers.