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Real Japan

14 days from £2,299

Samurai, sushi, cherry blossom, cat cafes, and more!

Spectacular cities, iconic sights and cultural riches - Japan has it all. Explore it's unique blend of tradition and modernity on this incredible group tour from Tokyo to Hiroshima. Reach into the future in Osaka’s neon-lit arcades, channel the past with tea ceremonies and geisha sightings on Kyoto’s cobbled streets, find your spiritual side with visits to ancient temples and leafy shrines, and master some Japanese skills with a sushi masterclass and a kendo session with a bona fide samurai. We’ve hand-picked some seriously special stays on this trip too, from cool, contemporary hostels with pod-style rooms to working Buddhist temples with monk-cooked meals and tatami-style beds. You’ll never want to go home.  

Highlights include

Mount Fuji
Buddhist temple stay
Fushimi-Inari torii gates
Kyoto geisha tour
Snow Monkey Park
Harajuku & Akihabara
Shibuya crossing
Bullet train travel
Kyoto's Golden Pavilion
Arashiyama bamboo forest


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Accommodation & Meals

We’ve hand-picked some seriously special stays on this trip. From cool, contemporary hostels with pod-style rooms to traditional Japanese style accommodation with tatami mats, and working Buddhist temples with Zen gardens, you’ll get a real taste of modern and ancient Japan.

  • Tokyo (3 nights): Cosy hotel in the historic Yanesan District with a 24 hour cafe and restaurant (twin rooms with bunk beds, air con, Wi-Fi, and shared bathroom).
  • Hakone (1 night): Traditional Japanese-style accommodation in the tranquil Gora neighbourhood, boasting a huge terrace with sweeping mountain views, communal lounge, and rooms with traditional tatami mats and futons (twin or triple rooms with air con, Wi-Fi and shared bathroom).
  • Takayama (1 night): Authentic Buddhist temple with Japanese Zen garden, traditional rooms with tatami flooring, paper-covered shoji screens, and wooden furnishings (multi-share rooms with shared bathroom).
  • Kyoto (3 nights): Charming hostel in the historic Gion district with a latticework front, shared lounge and terrace (individual pods with air con, Wi-Fi, light and plug socket for each bed, and shared bathroom).
  • Osaka (2 nights): Centrally located hotel five minutes from the lively Dotonburi district (triple rooms with air con, Wi-Fi, reading light and plug socket for each bed, and shared bathroom)
  • Koyasan (1 night): Beautiful, working Buddhist temple in the heart of the mountains, with formal Japanese gardens, and rooms with tatami mats and futons  (twin rooms with air con and shared bathroom)
  • Hiroshima (2 nights): Well located hostel close to the Peace Memorial Park with communal kitchen and lounge (twin rooms with bunk beds, reading light and plug socket for each bed, Wi-Fi, air con and en suite bathroom).

Lots of our travellers are solo travellers, so when you book with us, we’ll pair you up with a like-minded roommate of the same sex. Our trips are great for couples or friends as well - just let us know you’re together, so we can be sure to put you in the same room.



7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have the freedom to eat wherever and whenever you like the rest of the time. Let us know in advance if you’ve got any dietary requirements.

Dates & Prices


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Cheapest flights between London and Tokyo for the next 6 months.

Cheapest: £423 October, 2023
Most expensive: £938 December, 2023

Extra information

Arrive at either Tokyo Haneda Airport or Tokyo Narita Airport on day 1 of your tour or earlier. Airport transfers aren’t included on this tour, but you’ll get detailed information on how to get to the starting hostel in your welcome pack. You can check in any time after 2pm. There are no activities planned until a welcome meal this evening so arrive at a time that suits you

Your amazing trip ends in Hiroshima on day 14. Most people choose to fly home from Osaka which is around 1.5 hours train ride away. Alternatively, if you’d like to return to Tokyo after the tour finishes you’ll need to take the train which is around 4 hours away.

  • The group size is maximum 22
  • This trip is open to anyone over the age of 18, but tends to attract those aged 20-35.
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