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Group Size: Max 18

Trip code: JAAV

Duration: 15 days

Incredible group guided tour of Japan
Loads of activities inlcuded
Private room upgrades available

From ancient shrines and painted geisha to bullet trains, high-tech karaoke and cat cafés, Japan is an endlessly fascinating whirlwind of traditional and modern. This group trip hits all the highlights of this blockbuster destination over two incredible weeks. Enjoy five days of sushi, cat cafés, temples, sumo and samurai in Tokyo, hit the beach in Kamakura, take in unforgettable views of Mt. Fuji and soak in hot springs in Hakone, meet the geisha and wander through bamboo forests in historic Kyoto, get a dose of history in Hiroshima and explore the neon-lit streets of vibrant Osaka. It’s the adventure of a lifetime.

Trip highlights

  • Take a pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi for stunning views of Mt. Fuji
  • Learn your maki from your nigiri with a professionalsushi-making lesson
  • Find enlightenment with a monk-ledmeditation in one of Kyoto’s zen temples
  • Take a soak in a traditional onsen, before changing into a kimono for a sake tasting session in Hakone
  • See geisha go about their mysterious business on the lamp lit streets of Kyoto
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What's included
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in hostels
  • Tour guide
  • All transport between included activities
  • Senso-ji temple visit
  • Tsukiji Outer Market visit
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government building 
  • Sushi making class
  • Shinto shrine visit
  • Free time in Akihabara Anime district
  • Night out in Golden Gai
  • Sake tasting (travellers aged 20+)
  • Explore Harajuku
  • Visit Meji Shrine
  • Shibuya Crossing 
  • Edo-Tokyo Museum
  • Visit to Sumo district
  • Imperial Palace visit 
  • Hike to Kotoku-in temple
  • Big Buddha statue visit
  • Enoshima Island visit
  • Fushimi and Nara day trip
  • Hakone Ropeway ride
  • Pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi
  • Day trip to Arashiyama bamboo forest and monkey park
  • Ramen dinner
  • Onsen bath visit
  • Meditation in Buddhist temple
  • Day trip to Hiroshima
  • Visit Golden Pavillion (Kinkauji)
  • Visit Itsukushima shrine at Miyajima Island
  • Cycle in Kyoto
  • Osaka Castle visit
  • 24/7 emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo. Touch down in Tokyo! Make your way to our starting accommodation and either enjoy some rest and relaxation, or head out into the city. With an array of wildly different neighbourhoods to choose from, where will you begin?

Day 2: Tokyo temples & markets. Get your zen on at Sensō-Ji Temple in the Asakusa district before tucking into the best sashimi in the world in Tsukiji’s iconic outer market. After lunch, take in the city skyline from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, before an evening on Hoppy Street.

Day 3: Tokyo Akihabara District. Start the day with a lesson from a professional sushi chef, before heading to Akihabara, Tokyo’s electric district. For a truly Tokyo moment, visit a ‘maid café’ or race through the city streetson a MariCar experience. This evening, hit the tumbledown bars of Golden Gai, Shinjuku.  

Day 4: Tokyo palaces, Harajuku & Shibuya. Visit the impressive Tokyo Imperial Palace before hitting Harajuku, centre of teen culture and fashion. Next up, it’s Shibuya, where we’ll escape the city rush at Mejii Shrine, before visitingthe famous Shibuya Crossing. Refuel with some furry friends with an optional stop at a cat café.

Day 5: Tokyo sumo & samurais. Learn about the city’s history and favourite sport at Edo-Tokyo and the Sumo Museum.After lunch, learn the ways of the ancient samurai, with a live sword demoin Tokyo’s Samurai Museum. After dark,how does an optional robot show sound for some totally Tokyo action?

Day 6: Kamakura. Hop on the train to the coastal city of Kamakura. Hit the beach before visiting some of the city’sshrines and Kotoku-in Temple. This afternoon we’re off to Enoshima Island for temples, cavesand some of the best sunsets in the area.

Day 7: Hakone. We’ve got loads of fun lined up in Hakone, including a hike along the Old Tokaido road, a pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi with stellar views of Mt Fuji and a visit to Owakudani’s hot springs. Tonight, kick back in a traditional onsen, then pop on your kimono for a sake tasting session.

Day 8: Kyoto. Board the bullet train to Kyoto where we’ll visit the Arashiyama Monkey Park before heading to Tenryu-Ji Temple. Then get a dose of nature with a wander through Arashiyama’s atmospheric Bamboo Forest. This evening, opt to watch some of Kyoto’s geisha perform a tea ceremony.

Day 9: Kyoto Fushimi Inari & Nara. Walk through thousands of bright right torii gates at Fushimi Inari shrine before heading to Nara, where we’ll visit Nara Park, Kofuku Temple, Himuro Shrine, and Todai Ji. This afternoon, opt to learn calligraphy from a master, before an optional Prurikura (Japanese photo booth) or karaoke session.

Day 10: Kyoto free day. Today’s yours to enjoy Kyoto however you like. We’d recommend checking out the incredible temples that line the Philosopher’s Path, or if Manga and Anime are your thing, the International Manga Museum is not to be missed.

Day 11: Kyoto bike tour & Hiroshima. Spend today exploring Kyoto on two wheels, starting with a visit to a Zen temple, where one of the monks will lead us in meditation. Our next stop is the iconic Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-Ji, before we hop on to a bullet train, bound for Hiroshima.

Day 12: Hiroshima. This morning, pay a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to learn about Hiroshima’s tragic history. Then take the train and ferry to romantic Miyajima Island. Enjoy fabulous views of the famous torii gate in the sea from Itsukushima shrine.

Day 13: Osaka. Our final destination is neon-lit Osaka where we’ll pay a visit to Osaka Castle before leaving you to explore at your own pace. Pick up some souvenirs in Shinsaibashi and try some of Osaka’s world class cuisine (the city is known as the ‘nation’s kitchen’). After dark, the Dotonburi District is the only place to be.

Day 14: Return to Tokyo. We’re headed back to the capital today. There are no activities scheduled, so it’s over to you! It’s your last night in Japan so make it count!

Day 15: Trip end. It’s time to pack your bags and say your goodbyes. If you’re headed home – safe travels. If you’re continuing your adventures in Japan – enjoy!

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Arrival information

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.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

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.

Meals

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.

Minimum age & eligibility

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.

Covid safety

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.

Healthcare
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.