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Real Japan

14 days from £2,319

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

Spectacular cities, iconic sights and cultural riches - Japan has it all. Explore its 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

Itinerary

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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 share 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 share 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 share 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.

 

Meals

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.


Reviews

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Amy G
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Elisha was quick to deal with our query and responded adequately. Booking was swift and easy.

Hannah
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Chelsie P
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Great service. Never disappointed and they are always there to help with any questions!

Whitney B
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Very easy to navigate.

Stephanie B
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Amazing! The staff are incredible and so helpful. Couldn’t recommend enough. Becca has been fantastic in helping me plan my trip too! X

Anonymous
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TESS WAS GREAT, SHE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP ME WITH MY TRIP. CANT THANK HER ENOUGH FOR HER HELP.

Jacob
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Incredibly helpful throughout the whole process, not just with the actual assistance the company provides but through the communication and transparency they've shown thus far.

CHARLOTTE S
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Becca was really good with all the questions I had about the trip and answered them fully without pushing me into booking anything. I decided on the Thai Experience and looking forward to it!...

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Anonymous
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Booked this as a surprise for my grandson. Very accomodating and helpful staff

Anonymous
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Great- they made everything very easy and were very efficient!

Alexander M
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The advisor, Jane, was very helpful and tolerated our many requests!

Anonymous
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The booking process is super easy and email responses are super quick!

Lucy C
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Great communication but not pushy, lots of options to choose from and really helpful team to help decide!

Leah
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Amazing customer service!

Megan P
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So many amazing trips & deals available! All the information is clearly available and all the reps are friendly & helpful with fast responses- I can't wait for my trip!

Anonymous
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Exciting trips and helpful agents... Tqvm..

Anonymous
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Good information and easy website to navigate!!!

Sophie B
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Emma was a fantastic travel advisor, helping me every step of the way. This is a great company to book with and I highly recommend if you’re looking to travel!

Anonymous
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Very good

Alisha
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I recently went on the 25 day Thai Experience, which had the most amazing itinerary. JJ was the BEST tour guide and made the trip so memorable. He was there 24/7 for all of us and made travelling...

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Sophie O
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Very helpful xx

Anonymous
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very helpful with lots of info

Anonymous
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Emma was extremely helpful

Kallum S
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Really helped me get established in NZ for my working holiday.

Emma W
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Really helpful with questions and extremely easy to book with, I’m looking forward to the trips


Dates & Prices


Flights

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

*Prices updated every 72 hours

Cheapest: £382 September, 2024
Most expensive: £1,066 August, 2024

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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