15 days from £1,799
Discover the many faces of Japan on this enchanting 15 day journey, starting and ending in Tokyo. Taking in all the finest destinations and jam-packed with unique inclusions, this trip is the ultimate introduction to all thing Japanese. From high-tech electric streets to mesmerising bamboo forests, you’ll get up close and personal with the history, culture and beauty of this spectacular country. With a group of fellow explorers and an expert guide, you’ll soon fall in love with the magic of Japan.
What you get
Day 1: Arrive in Japan
Fly into Tokyo and make your own way to your accommodation in the city centre. Start soaking up the atmosphere of this lively city and get your first taste of Japanese cuisine this evening.
Day 2: Tokyo
Venture out into the heart of the city with your group. Gaze out over Tokyo's skyline from the top of a skyscraper and discover Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa. Hit the local batting cages this evening.
Day 3: Tokyo
Visit a local fish market and learn how to prepare local cuisine at a sushi-making class. Check out the colourful Akihabara district and have coffee in a 'Made in Tokyo' café.
Day 4: Tokyo
Visit the Imperial Palace gardens and plunge into the colourful Harajuku district. Later, discover a beautiful Shinto shrine and experience the rush of bustling Shibuya crossing.
Day 5: Tokyo
This morning, delve into Tokyo's history at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, before wandering around Ryōgoku - sumo district. This afternoon, witness a sword demonstration at the Samurai Museum.
Day 6: Kamakura
Leave the city behind and journey to the medieval surroundings of Kamakura. Hike to the Kotoku-in temple and see the 45ft-tall Great Buddha.
Day 7: Hakone
Board the Hakone Ropeway and enjoy spectacular views over Lake Ashi. Sample black eggs cooked in the local sulphuric waters and then board a three-tiered pirate ship and cruise across the lake.
Day 8: Kyoto
Board a bullet train and whizz across to Kyoto. Wander the lamplit streets and keep your eyes peeled for elusive geishas flitting past.
Day 9: Arashiyama
Stroll through the enchanting bamboo forest of Arashiyama, basking in the dappled greens and yellows. Then ride the rapids of the Hozugawa River in a traditional wooden raft.
Day 10: Kyoto
Have a day to explore this beautiful city. Opt to travel to the Fushimi Inari Shrine and see its iconic torii gates and try your hand at calligraphy.
Day 11: Kyoto
Explore the local area by bicycle, stopping off at a tranquil temple where you'll learn to meditate with a Buddhist monk. Check out the Imperial Palace and then board the train to Hiroshima.
Day 12: Hiroshima
Discover Hiroshima's devastating history at the Peace Memorial Museum. Then, cross over to Miyajima Island, home of a giant offshore torii gate.
Day 13: Osaka
Take a bullet train to Osaka and enjoy lunch in Shinsaibashi. Ride the subway to Osaka Castle and stroll around its nine-level donjon. Tonight, you'll sleep in a unique capsule hotel.
Day 14: Osaka
Enjoy brunch in Osaka and then take the bullet train back to Tokyo. Spend your final few hours exploring and soaking up the atmosphere of the city.
Day 15: Tour ends
Your trip ends today. Time to head back to the airport to fly home or onto your next adventure. Alternatively, stick around for some more independent exploration.
Accommodation & Meals
- 14 nights of accommodation are included on this trip.
- You will mainly stay in shared hostel dorms (4-10 people per dorm).
- 1 night will be spent in a capsule hotel
- Meals, snacks and drinks are at your own cost.
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You should fly into Tokyo on day 1 of your itinerary. You will need to make your own way from the airport to your starting accommodation. Getting a train from the airport to the centre is easy and should cost around £10. The trip ends back in Tokyo on day 15.