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Duration

12 days 11 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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16 people

Languages

English

About this tour

🚀 Embark on a 12-day adventure through Japan, a land of contrasts and wonders. 🌸 From the bustling streets of Osaka 🏙️ to the vibrant lights of Tokyo, and the serene beauty of Miyajima Island’s floating Torii Gate 🌊 in Hiroshima Bay, this journey offers a blend of modernity and tradition.

👘 Discover Kyoto’s geishas, taste sake in Takayama, and witness sumo wrestlers in training. Experience the charm of a traditional ryokan with an onsen 🏯 and hike through bamboo forests and Fushimi Inari’s majestic gates.

Uncover Hiroshima’s history at the Peace Park and Museum, admire Mount Fuji’s splendor from Lake Ashi, and find your rhythm at a Taiko drumming class. Join fellow travelers for karaoke fun and create cherished memories on this captivating tour. 🌆
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Places You’ll See: Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima

Package expires at on 31st, December 2024

Highlights

  • 🏯 Day 1: Welcome to Osaka - Meet your new friends in Osaka, have a chat about culture, and enjoy a tasty dinner at a local restaurant.
  • 🌆 Day 2: Osaka Adventure - Explore Osaka Castle's history, see the cool Umeda Sky Building, and dive into the lively Shinsekai area. Try local food and visit Kuromon Market.
  • 🍳 Day 3: Yummy Hiroshima - Take a fast train to Hiroshima and try a delicious okonomiyaki pancake for dinner.
  • 🕊️ Day 4: Peace and Island Magic - Visit Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum. Travel to Miyajima Island, hike Mount Misen, and see the famous Torii Gate.
  • 🎋 Day 5: Beautiful Bamboo - Go to Kyoto, see the calming Arashiyama bamboo forest, and hike to a mountain temple.
  • ⛩️ Day 6: Sunrise and Geisha - Watch the sunrise through Fushimi Inari's gates. Explore Nijo Castle, taste yummy treats at Nishiki market. You can also find out about Geisha.
  • ⛰️ Day 7: Mountains and Sake - Journey to Takayama in the mountains. Explore Hida Folk Village and taste sake at a local brewery.
  • 🛁 Day 8: Hot Springs in Hakone - Check out Takayama's markets, then head to Hakone. Enjoy a traditional ryokan and a nice hot spring bath.
  • 🚢 Day 9: Lake Views and Volcanoes - Sail on Lake Ashi, see Mount Fuji's views. Ride the Ropeway to volcanic geysers in Owakudani.
  • 🍣 Day 10: Tokyo Wonders - Watch sumo wrestlers, make sushi, and explore Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, and Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.
  • 🥁 Day 11: Drumming and Karaoke - Visit Sensō-ji temple, join a taiko drumming class, and sing your heart out at karaoke night.
  • 👋 Day 12: Goodbye Tokyo - Say farewell to Japan with unforgettable memories.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation: One night spa hotel accommodation; One night Japanese Ryokan accommodation; Nine nights standard hotel accommodation / Hotel Gracery Osaka Namba: Tranquil rooms at Hotel Gracery provide respite from the busy Namba district in Osaka. Tuck into a western buffet breakfast each morning. The bars and restaurants of Dotonbori are a five-minute walk away. / Nest Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae: A chic spot to rest your head in Hiroshima. Rooms are sleek and light-filled, while downstairs the cafe lounge is decked in earthy tones and minimalist furnishings. You’re perfectly placed for exploring the city on foot. / Sakura Terrace The Gallery: A design-led gem plonked next to Kyoto’s main train station, the rooms here are all blonde wood panelling, clean lines and large windows that offer vistas across the city. Common areas are clad with modern art, plus there’s a spa with gendered saunas./ Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama: A spa and open-air hot spring baths are a highlight at Spa Hotel Alpina, overlooking the Takayama mountains. Rooms are decked out in neutral tones with plenty of wood for a restful night’s sleep. / Ryokan Hakone Ashinoko Toranoyu : With traditional-style tatami rooms (complete with futons), you’ll lap up Japanese culture at this authentic ryokan. Situated at the base of Mount Hakone, you can marvel at the leafy surroundings from the steaming outdoor onsen. / Hotel Resol Ueno: You couldn’t be closer to the Tokyo National Museum and Ueno Park at this central Tokyo hotel. Enjoy fresh bagels for breakfast and on-demand drip coffee by front desk, available all day.
  • Guide: Local Insider
  • COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures: An average size of our groups is 10 which means you have the security of the group, but can avoid large crowds. All our Local Insiders will be Health & Safety trained and ensure your safety and wellbeing is the number one priority. Our private vehicles will feature daily assigned seating and undergo daily deep cleaning of all surfaces. Where possible, we use small / boutique accommodation which means fewer guests and less contact with other travellers. We require all hotels to provide protocols around the extra health & hygiene measures taken. Most included activities will be exclusive to our group where possible to minimize contact with other travellers and locals.
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners. This tour offers Vegetarian food option on request. Simply let Culture Trip know the food option that you prefer.
  • Osaka tour: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island tour, Bamboo forest and temple visit, Fushimi Inari sunrise tour, Kyoto walking tour that includes the Nijo Castle and Nishiki Markets, Hida Folk Village visit, Sake tasting, Lake Ashi cruise, Ropeway to Hell cable car, Geyser visit, Geisha district walking tour, Sumo wrestler training visit, Tsukiji Outer Market tour, Sushi-making class, Tokyo tour, Taiko drumming class, Karaoke night
  • Transport: Private and local transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Other activities and services are not included

Itinerary

From neon-lit skyscrapers to bamboo forests dotted with ancient temples, there’s nowhere quite like Japan. This 12-day trip will take you from the foodie capital of Osaka, to the city lights of Tokyo and even down to the floating Torii Gate of Miyajima Island, which sits in Hiroshima Bay. Along the way, you’ll get to see geishas in Kyoto, sample sake in Takayama and watch sumo wrestlers train in the capital. You’ll even get the chance to stay in a traditional ryokan-style hotel and sing your heart out at karaoke alongside your fellow travellers. Highlights: Uncover Hiroshima’s past at the Peace Park and Museum. See the floating Torii Gate and deer on Miyajima Island. Hike through bamboo forests and the endless gates of Fushimi Inari. Stay in a traditional ryokan with an on-site onsen. Admire views of Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi. Explore the backstreets of Kyoto and see geishas. Witness sumo wrestling training and learn how to make sushi. Find your rhythm at a Taiko drumming class

Osaka is a heady mix of cultural sights, foodie heaven and lively nightlife, making it the perfect introductory city to Japan. After landing at Kansai International Airport, make your way to the hotel where our Local Insider – who will accompany the group throughout the trip – will help you check in. Meet your fellow travellers at 5pm before receiving an introductory talk about the cultural dos and don’ts of the country. You’ll then head for dinner at a local restaurant to get your first taste of Japan. Make sure you get a good night’s rest – tomorrow is jam-packed with exciting explorations. Accommodation: Hotel Gracery Osaka Namba. Activities included: Welcome dinner

Today is all about exploring the best bits of the city on foot and by metro, led by our Local Insider. Marvel at the 400-year-old Osaka Castle as well as the uber-modern Umeda Sky Building. Explore the eclectic Shinsekai neighborhood; built in 1912 and largely unchanged, it's home to souvenir shops as well as traditional eateries. Lunch is served at a local restaurant, after which you can explore the Kuromon Market and the famed Dotonbori strip (home to the first sushi train in the world). Rest your weary feet back at the hotel before dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Gracery Osaka Namba. Activities included: Full-day guided Osaka tour

After breakfast, it’s time to climb aboard the bullet train to Hiroshima. On arrival, you’ll have the afternoon to explore at leisure – we recommend taking a stroll around the Shukkei-en garden, dotted with maple and ginkgo trees. Come dinner, try okonomiyaki, a popular savoury pancake, topped with meat or seafood. You’ll spend the next two nights in Hiroshima. Accommodation: Nest Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae. Activities included: Okonomiyaki Dinner

A fully guided day awaits, starting with a visit to Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the city's past. Afterwards, take the ferry to Miyajima Island, where you’ll hike Mount Misen; the peak, at 500m (1,640ft) above sea level, offers spectacular views over Hiroshima city. Descend to the floating Torii Gate, an ancient Shinto shrine, and snap pictures of a thousand tame deer that mingle with locals here. After sunset, you’ll hop on the ferry back to your Hiroshima hotel. Accommodation: Nest Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae. Activities included: Hiroshima and Miyajima Island tour / Guided Mount Misen hike

Pack your bags – it’s time to head to Kyoto. Whizz east by train to the outskirts, ready for your afternoon tour in Arashiyama. You know those towering green bamboo forests? Get ready to stroll through them, camera at the ready. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable walking shoes as you’ll then hike up to a sacred temple in the mountains. Hop on the train back to Kyoto, where you will bed down in your next hotel. Accommodation: Sakura Terrace The Gallery. Activities included: Bamboo forest visit / Temple hike

It’s an early wake-up this morning, for good reason: to hike through the thousands of bright orange torii gates at Fushimi Inari while attempting to avoid the crowds. After a hearty breakfast back at the hotel, you’ll take a walking tour through the maze of backstreets in Kyoto to Nijo Castle and snack on delights at the Nishiki food market. As the sun sets, you can join the optional geisha district tour of Gion to see geishas walking the streets before their shows. Accommodation: Sakura Terrace The Gallery Activities included: Fushimi Inari sunrise tour Kyoto walking tour that includes the Nijo Castle and Nishiki Markets Geisha district walking tour

Bid sayonara to Kyoto this morning, and hop on a train to Takayama. In the mountainous Gifu prefecture, this area is known as the Japanese Alps. Today you’ll visit the Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum with 30 old farmhouses that showcase the traditional architecture of the area. After a good wander, spend your afternoon sampling sake – alcohol made from fermented rice – at a local brewery. Accommodation: Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama Activities included: Hida Folk Village visit Sake tasting

Spend the morning browsing the Miyagawa market in Takayama – it is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs. After the market tour, you’ll head to the fellow alpine town of Hakone, which sits just outside Tokyo. Check in to the hotel for a traditional Japanese ryokan experience with dinner included. The town is known for onsens (natural hot springs) – luckily, the hotel has a steaming tub for you to soak in. Accommodation: Ryokan Hakone Ashinoko Toranoyu Activities included: Miyagawa market tour Traditional ryokan experience and onsen soak

Prepare yourself for a morning cruise on Lake Ashi. Beyond the water and forested hillsides, you’ll be rewarded with expansive views of Mount Fuji. Disembark onto dry land before ascending the Ropeway to Hell. Don’t worry, it’s just a cable car that will scoot you over the Hell Valley mountain peaks to Owakudani, the Great Boiling Valley. The jagged landscape is filled with bubbling geysers and volcanic pools. Afterwards, it’s time to make tracks to Tokyo. For those with energy left, join the optional evening walking tour around Taito City. Accommodation: Hotel Resol Ueno Activities included: Lake Ashi cruise Ropeway to Hell cable car Geyser visit Optional activities: Guided Taito City walk

You’ll spend the last few days of your trip exploring Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Your first morning will be spent watching sumo wrestlers at a local training session, followed by a visit to the fish market, Tsukiji Outer Market. Lunch revolves around a sushi-making class, where you’ll eat your own creations. Spend the afternoon visiting Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, and Shibuya Crossing, the busiest crosswalk in the world. Kick back at your hotel in the evening. Accommodation: Hotel Resol Ueno Activities included: Sumo wrestler training visit (season permitting) Tsukiji Outer Market tour Sushi-making class Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park tour

Your final full day in Japan will see a visit to the Asakusa district and the glorious Sensō-ji temple. After lunch, take part in a taiko drumming class where the expert instructor will have you thumping in time to the rhythm. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at leisure. Come nightfall, it’s time for our celebratory farewell evening. Enjoy a tour around the buzzing, neon-lit Shinjuku district, where you’ll be afforded panoramic city vistas from the TMG Building, before moving onto the nightlife area of Kabukicho for dinner. End the trip on a high note (quite literally) by singing karaoke in the Golden Gai district until the early hours. Accommodation: Hotel Resol Ueno Activities included: Asakusa tour Sensō-ji temple visit Taiko drumming class Shinjuku tour Farewell dinner and karaoke night

It’s time to wave goodbye to Japan. Don’t worry if you’ve got a slightly sore head this morning, as you can enjoy a lie-in before breakfast. Checkout is by midday. Say your final farewells before starting the journey home – or extend your stay in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Durations

12 Days 11 Nights

Languages

English

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