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Japan on The Go

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*This experience runs on selected Sundays  – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Rooms are en-suite and twin where possible. If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex  

7 days in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Visiting 1 country: Japan

 

Japan is a monumental country; think millennia old culture, history, and traditions embodied by stone-built temples and the hauntingly stunning Geishas, juxtaposed with vibrant, ultra-modern lifestyles of towering glass buildings and business people rushing around under a flood of neon lights… Yep, that’s Japan in a nutshell.

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Day 1: Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo grabs you by the hand and whirls you through an eclectic series of experiences, from sushi trains, to gadget emporiums, temples, cat cafes, and karaoke bars.

Tokyo city tour

Rendezvous with your group and head off to start your Tokyo city tour, a diverse and overwhelming trip! Admire the ornate architecture of the Sensoji Temple. Before weaving your way through 500 years of history down Nakamise Street, you can sample the rather delicious Mochi (sticky rice cakes) and parade around in Geta (wooden shoes/clogs). End your day by venturing into the illuminating districts of Shinjuku and Harajuku.

Tonight we dine and get to know each other better over authentic Japanese cuisine.

Day 2 Tokyo to Mount Fuji, Hakone

Ohayougozaiasu (good morning)! Tokyo’s bright lights are being abandoned by us, albeit temporarily, as we swap the mania of the vast city, for the serene and utterly astonishing nature of Hakone. Marching out of Tokyo we dart off to first visit Lake Ashinoko where glimmering waters are a gorgeous prelude to the insatiable backdrop of Mount Fuji.

Mount Fuji

This natural icon is a sacred place for the Japanese and has been revered and provided a source of inspiration for countless creatives since the 13th century. Who knows, maybe Mount Fuji will compel you to write a haiku.

Hakone

To wrap up the day we visit Hakone, a mountainous town famed for its hot springs, the sparkling Lake Ashi, guarded by the Shinto shrine of the red torii (gate). Hakone’s remarkable scenery paired with the phenomenal Mount Fuji distantly overlooking the town will stir your emotions and leave you speechless.

Day 3: Tokyo

Wake up bright and breezy san, as today you’re in charge. Yes, today is a free day, so use it to go wherever your soul pleases. Take a stroll into the various dynamic districts of Tokyo, and surround yourself with brilliant neon lights and weird yet engaging images of a dystopian future – it’s strangely pleasing!

Anime central

Indulge your inner geek and fire over to Akihabara, where brightly-decorated shop fronts crave your attention and cater to all things anime and gaming. Maybe all of that is a little too much and you’d rather engage with traditional culture, for which you can check out the Imperial Palace, a magical establishment surrounded by blooming, luscious gardens.

Tsukji market

Whatever you choose, you’ve got to delve into Japanese cuisine and get your gums round the best Ramen and sushi on the planet, which can be found at the Tsukji market. Oh, all the delicious goodness sounds ideal! You could ratchet things up a notch or two and visit the Robot Restaurant… Yeah, the future’s here, and it’s serving your dinner!

Day 4: Tokyo to Kyoto

This morning we’re literally shooting off as we hop on the bullet train and are fired towards Kyoto at a rapid 320 km/hour. Departing the surreal, futuristic station, Kyoto changes its appearance drastically; as the cultural capital of Japan you’ll feel like you stepped back in time by being engulfed by more than 2000 temples and shrines, harking back to the highly romanticized days of ancient Japan.

Kimono capital

If sampling the culture via the means of fashion is your thing, Kyoto is famed for the manufacturing of kimonos, so pick yourself one up and strut your stuff just like a local. Later on in the evening you can play dress up again, as you’ll have an opportunity to done the white face makeup and flowing, colourful robes of a maiko. Safe to say we’re sure you’ll look utterly ravishing all dolled up!

Day 5: Kyoto

Diving into the heart of Kyoto we kick off today with a guided tour of the historical capital and uncover the multiple cultural facets this endearing place has to offer. Ancient architecture is abundant in Kyoto so get your cameras ready, and also keep your eyes peeled when we enter the Gion district, as you’ll more than likely spot a number of stunning geisha’s.

Kyoto Highlights

Lunch rolls around and after you’ve satisfied your hunger you’re free to roam Kyoto – there’s plenty to see and do. Why not venture into the massive bamboo forest at Arashiyama? Or how about a trip to see some of the most poignant architecture in Kyoto at the shining Golden Pavilion and the peaceful Ryoan-ji Temple where you can reach new levels of cool in its zen garden. And if all your extra-curricular activities have you yearning for nourishment, swoop in on an old-fashioned tea room and down some matcha, or if you’re peckish, sample the delicious Kaiseki food. Whatever you choose to do, we’re certain Kyoto will fill your souls with delight.

Day 6: Kyoto to Osaka

Exploring the vibrant port city of Osaka is at the top of our agenda today. A guided tour will familiarize you with the best of Osaka; from the stony walls of Osaka castle to the gleaming behemoth of the Umeda Sky Building, this city is rich in diversity and will fascinate you senses.

As this is our proper last day together, we’ll celebrate a week of adventure with a farewell dinner. Kanpai!

Day 7: Osaka

We bid sayonara to the unbelievable Japan, after a week of varied and extensive memories and experiences, and to the group as we part company. The Land of the Rising Sun will strike you with awe, and we’re certain it won’t be long before you’re back indulging in this eccentric, glorious land.

Additional information

Country

Japan

Duration

1 Week +

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL

Highlights

  • Visit Harajuku
  • Hakone day pass
  • Welcome & farewell dinner
  • Kyoto city tour
  • Visit the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa
  • Visit Shibuya Crossing
  • Visit Akihabara

Accommodation

6 nights in hostel accommodation.

We stay at good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, while striving to keep the cost affordable. However, standards and ratings may differ to what you are used to in your own country. It’s also worth noting that standards may also vary throughout the different regions of the country you are visiting.

If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex. If you are travelling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people travelling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have booked pre or post trip accommodation, please note that most hotels in North America require you to present a credit card at check in even if your accommodation has been pre-paid for. The hotel will either place a temporary hold on a set amount (called a pre-authorisation) or will make a manual swipe of the card. This is done to cover incidentals, for example if you consume something from the mini-bar, or if you damage the hotel room. Your card will NOT actually be charged unless you use the mini-bar, etc. Please ask the hotel front desk clerk for a further explanation when checking in if you are unsure about why they need the card. Again, this is standard procedure at most hotels and is typically not something you need to be concerned about.

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 dinners.

We aim to make sure that breakfasts are included every morning in the accommodation (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia. Though, on some occasions, there may be some hot food available as well. Please bear in mind that food varies across each country we visit in Asia.

Included evening meals are in local restaurants or in the included accommodation. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

Inclusions

What’s included

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 6 nights in hostel accommodation
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Local Trip Leader
  • Japan Rail Pass

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Extra meals & drinks

Additional Info

Group Size

Maximum 20

Transport

Small modern air conditioned vehicle and a bullet train.

Start/Finish Times

Start time:
Meet at 8am in Tokyo

Finish time:
Approximately 9am in Osaka

Age Restriction
Please note that this experience has a maximum age limit of 40

Optional Activities

On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money. None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by us, nor do they form part of your contract with us for your trip. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.

Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.

Please note that optional activities and prices are subject to change.

Japan – Tokyo Robot restaurant € 60 Tokyo Disneyland € 65 Japan – Kyoto Dress as a Geisha € 80 Dress as a Samurai € 65

Passenger Safety

One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:

When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow travellers if you become separated.

In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.

It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

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