Two weeks of adventure in Japan!
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Group Size: Max 18
Trip code: JAAV
Duration: 15 days
Combine vibrant city living with serene mountain exploration on this unforgettable 15-day tour! Get to know the beautiful and bizarre streets of Tokyo, wander the colourful forests and bamboo groves of Kyoto, brush past Geishas in the lantern-lit alleys of Gion, and discover the spiritual sites and Zen hotspots of ancient Buddhism. This trip is packed with authentic experiences, and is the perfect way to meet new people while travelling across one of Asia’s finest countries!
- Feel the buzz at Shibuya crossing, Tokyo's busiest interchange
- See the quirky side of Tokyo with an optional 'Mario Kart' experience
- Glimpse Mount Fuji from the Hakone Ropeway
- Wander through gorgeous bamboo forests and serene temple gardens in Kyoto
- Learn to whip up tasty Japanese cuisine with a sashimi making lesson!
Day 1: Tokyo. Arrive into Tokyo at any time and make your own way to your accommodation. No activities are planned so there is time for you to settle in and explore some of the city.
Day 2: Tokyo. Welcome meeting with your guide. See the vast urban skyline from the top of a skyscraper. Then explore vibrant Shinjuku!
Day 3: Tokyo. Prepare authentic sashimi for breakfast under the direction of cooking instructors. Visit Akihabara, the home of Manga and Anime. ‘Made in Tokyo’ experience (extra cost).
Day 4: Tokyo. Visit the Imperial Palace, home of the Japanese Emperor. Explore a Shinto shrine, before visiting the funky fashion district in Harajuku. Get swallowed by crowds of commuters at Shibuya.
Day 5: Tokyo. Explore the city’s sumo training districts. Visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
Day 6: Kamakura. Travel to Kamakura to see the iconic Great Buddha, a gigantic bronze statue of a seated Buddha. Spend the evening drinking by the beach.
Day 7: Hakone. Begin the day by taking a cable car on the Hakone Ropeway, and watch the mountainside roll beneath you as you approach Oowakudani. Cross Lake Ashi on board a three-tiered pirate ship! In the evening, try sake with your group!
Day 8: Kyoto. Travel to the beautiful city of Kyoto. We'll explore the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, one the most iconic sites in Japan, and walk through the chain of thousands of red torii gates. Spend your first evening in this incredible city by enjoying jazz and beer in Kawaramuchi or wandering down the lamp-lit Pontocho alley.
Day 9: Kyoto. Take a boat ride down the Hozagawa River in a traditional raft. Wander through the magical bamboo forest of Arashiyama before hiking up to Monkey Park. Then explore the city’s most important zen temple, Tenryu-ji. Spend the evening singing karaoke.
Day 10: Arashiyama / Kyoto. Have a free day to explore Kyoto. Why not visit some of the cities stunning temples, or check out the manga museum?
Day 11: Kyoto. See the iconic Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji temple. Walk down to Ryoanji and unwind in a relaxing Buddhist rock garden. Take a tour of a city temple with a Buddhist monk. Bike ride around the Imperial Palace.
Day 12: Hiroshima. Visit the site of the world’s first nuclear attack. Check out the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Take a ferry to Miyajima Island to see Mt Misen.
Day 13: Osaka. Enjoy lunch in Osaka and then hop on a train to Osaka Castle. Head to Shinsaibashi, Osaka’s entertainment district, and enjoy the delights of this city’s fantastic nightlife.
Day 14: Osaka / Tokyo. Take a train back to the capital for a final night in the city.
Day 15. Tokyo. Tour ends. Depart at any time.
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Arrive into Tokyo on Day 1 of the tour. Airport transfers are not included. Japan has a very efficient transport system that is easy to navigate. Take a train to Tokyo city centre for a cost of around £10.
Your tour ends in Tokyo on day 15. Return airport transfers are not included. Let us know your onward travel plans and we can advise you about the best transfer options.
14 nights’ accommodation in shared hostel dorm rooms is included as part of this tour. Most accommodation is single sex dorms of between 4-10 people. If you wish to have a private room please contact us for prices.
You will need to buy meals yourself. This offers a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself into Japanese culture, chat to street vendors and sample local delicacies. Make sure to try delicious wagashi sweets, sizzling kushikatsu meat skewers, and of course, authentic local sushi. Please be aware that vegetarian and vegan options are limited in Japan and therefore we would encourage vegetarians and vegans to bring additional snacks to Japan.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18.
British nationals will be granted a 90-day visitor visa on arrival in Japan, which can be extended for a further 90 days while in Japan if needed. It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.