Japan Group Tour

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Tour Details

Route: Tokyo Kamakura Hakone Kyoto Arashiyama Kyoto Hiroshima Osaka

Group size: 4 – 18

Age range: 18 – 60

Transport: Public transport, including overnight trains

Dates: Range of departures throughout the year

Summary: Our 13-day group tour will give you an insight into the many faces of Japan. With an action-packed itinerary, you’ll see a different side to this fascinating country each day. The contrasts make travelling here completely unique, but our style of travel means you can still see all this on a budget. Explore some of Japan’s major regions, top destinations, epic sites and off the beat adventures.

Not only will you see the main sights in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, but you’ll also be able to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Try out a karate lesson, a calligraphy class, a visit to the sumo district, an anime masterclass, trips to local bathhouses and – of course – karaoke. The 13 days also give you the opportunity to escape the city, with opportunities to explore Japan’s shrines, temples and endless hiking trails.

You’ll travel around Japan using its excellent public transport system, with some local transfers thrown in too – giving you a real flavour of authentic Japanese life. Stay in the best backpacking hostels and travel with an awesome group of likeminded people – you’ll also be guided by local people who will help you make the most of your time in this incredible country.

 

What's Included?

  • Accommodation in dorm rooms (excluding capsule hotel)
  • Transport within Japan including your (7 day) JR Rail pass
  • An Adventure Leader who will travel with the group throughout Japan
  • Loads of amazing activities• Panoramic city views from the Metropolitan Government building (Tokyo) • Tsukiji Outer Market (Tokyo) • Asakusa district and Sensoji Temple (Tokyo) • Sushi-making class (Tokyo) • Explore Akihabara (Tokyo) • Tokyo Imperial Palace Nijubashi Bridge (Tokyo) • Imperial Palace East Gardens (Tokyo) • Head to Meiji Shrine (Tokyo) • Visit the famous Shibuya Cross and Hachiko statue (Tokyo) • Edo-Tokyo Museum (Tokyo) • Sumo Museum (Tokyo) • Visit the Daibutsu Buddha located in the Kotoku-in (Kamakura) • Hike to Zeniairai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine (Kamakura) • Hike along the Old Tokaido (Hakone) • Take the Hakone sightseeing cruise from Moto-Hakone to Togendai (Hakone) • Ride the ropeway to Owakudani (Hakone) • Sake tasting session, only for travellers aged 20+ (Hakone) • Kiyomizu Dera (Kyoto) • Take a cruise down the Hozugawa River (Kyoto) • Visit the Iwatayama Monkey Park (Kyoto) • Tenryuji Temple (Kyoto) • Walk through Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (Kyoto) • Cycling city tour (Kyoto) • Daisen-in Temple: Meditation class (Kyoto) • Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji (Kyoto) • Visit the Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima) • Day trip to Miyajima island (Hiroshima) • The Great Torii (Hiroshima) • Osaka Castle (Osaka)

Not included:

  • Visas
  • Flights to tour start and end points
  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional activities• Shopping, have snacks on Hoppy Street or go for Happy Hour Beers (Tokyo) • Japanese Bathhouse – approx ¥5oo per person (Tokyo) • Night out in Roppongi – approx ¥1000 if you go to a club with an all you can drink fixed fee from 7-11pm (Tokyo) • Chanko-Nabe lunch – approx ¥1500-¥2000 per person (Tokyo) • Cat Cafe MoCHA – Basic: ¥200/1o min + plus tax, Unlimited drinks: ¥350 + tax, Cat treats: ¥500 + plus tax (Tokyo) • Maid Cafe – Entry fee: ¥500/60min excluding tax, food and drink aprox. ¥1500-¥2500 per person (Tokyo) • Street Kart – $99 and must be booked before trip (Tokyo) • Night out in Golden Gai (Tokyo) • Tokyo Sumo District experience $80 (Tokyo) • Robot Show – must be booked before trip (Tokyo) • Japanese Onsen & have dinner nearby (Hakone) • Amazake – approx. ¥500 per person (Hakone) • Walk along Pontocho Alley – all restaurants here are very expensive and need to be booked ahead, so we suggest having dinner nearby (Kyoto) • Calligraphy lesson $30 (Kyoto) • Ramen dinner at Kairikiya – approx. ¥1000-¥1500 per person (Kyoto)• Karaoke – approx. ¥1000-¥1500 per person (Kyoto) • O Okonomiyaki at Okonomiyaki village – approx ¥1500-¥2000 per person (Hiroshima) • Ekiben – lunch (Osaka) • Shopping in Shinsaibashi and Namba areas near Capsule Hotel (Osaka) • Visit Tsutenkaku, an iconic tower famous for its neon lights (Osaka) • Night out in Osaka (Osaka) • Takoyaki Dinner (Osaka) • Arcade challenge (Osaka) • Karaoke bar (Osaka) • Nightclub (Osaka)

Room Upgrades

  • On this Japan tour, accommodation is in hostel dorm rooms as standard. The price of a single room upgrade for the trip is £490 and a double room upgrade is £270 per person. Please note this is for 11 out of the 12 nights. Osaka is “private” but in a capsule hotel.
Itinerary

Day 1-4Tokyo

Day 1 -4

Arrive in Tokyo and meet your Adventure Leader in the lobby of the hostel – then you can get to exploring! Start by taking in the views of the capital from the top of a skyscraper before exploring Shinjuku, Akihabara and Harajuku on the ground. You can time some time out in a traditional bathhouse, visit Tsukiji market, the Imperial Palace Gardens and even visit the ancient Sumo district and learn the art of the samurai.

Day 5Kamakura

After brunch in Tokyo, it’s time to say goodbye to the modern capital and hop on a train to Kamakura – Japan’s medieval capital and home to the first shoguns. Check out some of the town’s many ancient shrines, and then hike over to Kotoku-in temple to marvel at the Great Buddha statue, which stands at nearly 45ft tall and is made of solid bronze. The hostel is moments from the beach and you can relax on the sand or try your hand at surfing. There are lots of beachside bars where you can watch the sun go down.

Day 6Hakone

Start your time off right in Hakone, by hopping aboard a pirate ship as you cross Lake Ashi -on a clear day, you can gaze at Mount Fuji in all its glory. There, you can also sample Fuji-style black eggs – a local delicacy coloured by the sulphuric water they’re boiled in!

Day 7-10Kyoto

Next stop is the station to board your first bullet train – to Kyoto. You’ll zoom across the country, covering around 440km in little more than two hours, leaving plenty of time to experience Kyoto later in the day and at night. In the afternoon, wander the hillside streets to the stunning Kiyomizu temple. The city is famous for its history, temples, shrines and – of course – stunning geishas. It also has a large student population and thriving music scene… Kawaramuchi is a good place to start. There are bars, jazz clubs and plenty of Izakaya pubs. Attend a live geisha performance, which also features a tea ceremony, puppet show, traditional music, flower arranging and more. You’ll also take a day trip to Arashiyama, where you’ll hike through the bamboo forest, visit a monkey park and take a trip to the delightful Nara.

Day 11 Hiroshima

At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, you will find out how this city came to suffer the consequences of the world’s first atomic bomb, but you will also learn that Hiroshima is now the standard bearer for a peaceful and nuclear-free world. After a short ferry trip to Miyajima Island, you’ll reach the Itsukushima shrine. To avoid angering the gods on the island, the main temple buildings were built on stilts on the shores of the island. Pass through the corridors and look down at the ocean beneath your feet. Just offshore, you will see an enormous torii gate standing in the sea. At low tide, you can walk across the sand to take a closer look.

Get incredible views of the water and city in the background. It is also a lovely walk amidst the forested route atop this visually stunning island.

Day 12-13Osaka

Day 12 – 13

Another bullet train will take you to Osaka, your final destination before heading back to Tokyo. You’ll arrive in time for lunch in the Nanba or Shinsaibashi area. This is the food capital of Japan, so make sure you fill your boots with of yakitori, ramen, sushi or whatever takes your fancy. The eating, drinking, gaming and clubbing options around Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi are endless – fill your boots! Why not kick-start your night with a beer at the city’s famous Kamikaze bar?

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