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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Always wanted to experience Japan but felt it was pricy? No longer! This super-affordable 11-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun is the solution. Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous geisha district of Kyoto, and the iconic floating torii gate of Miyajima. Experience the country's traditions or cutting edge modernity with lots of free time. Discover Japan with a group of like-minded adventurers and you'll never want to come home.

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: AJTO.B/201409
  • Starts: Tokyo, Japan
  • Finishes: Osaka, Japan
You will Visit
  • Tokyo
  • Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Hiroshima-shi
  • Osaka

Itinerary

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Day 1: Tokyo

Arrive at any time.
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this metropolis.

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Day 2: Tokyo

Get your bearings with an orientation walk before enjoying free time to explore buzzing Tokyo. Opt to check out Yoyogi Park, Asakusa shrine, quirky Harajuku, Shibuya Crossing, or explore the city's myriad shops and cafés.

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Day 3: Tokyo/Takayama

Travel to picturesque Takayama and take in the quaint streets of the old town – lined with sake breweries and craft shops – on a CEO-led orientation walk. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area. In the evening, kick back and relax in a traditional ryokan – complete with tatami floors and an onsen bath.

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Day 4: Takayama/Kyoto

Board a train to Japan's imperial capital. Arrive in Kyoto and spend the rest of the day discovering this historic city. In the evening, opt to pick up a local brew and chill out riverside or check out one of Kyoto's many bars.

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Day 5: Kyoto

Explore this culturally-rich city with a free day. Opt to visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, or take a calligraphy class. Enjoy a final night out with the group.

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Day 6: Kyoto

Explore this culturally-rich city with a free day. Opt to visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, or take a calligraphy class.

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Day 7: Kyoto/Hiroshima-shi

Travel to Hiroshima and opt to visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.

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Day 8: Hiroshima-shi

Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate and meet the friendly local deer. Opt to go for an easy hike around Mt Misen, and be sure to sample some oysters – a regional specialty.

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Day 9: Hiroshima-shi/Osaka

Board a train to Osaka, one of Japan's culinary capitals. Enjoy free time in this diverse city. Don't miss the chance to try takoyaki, one of the city's best-loved street foods.
Osaka has heaps to offer including Osaka Castle Park, Shinsaibashi shopping street, and the Dotombori Bridge. Osaka is a unique culinary destination – be sure to try "takoyaki" the city's famous squid snack or opt for a group meal of "kushikatsu."

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Day 10: Osaka

Get out and explore the city. Opt to tour a ramen museum, visit the Osaka castle, relax in one of Nakazakicho's artsy cafés, or browse Umeda's many shops. Be sure to experience Osaka's buzzing nightlife on a final night out with the group.

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Day 11: Osaka

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Orientation walks in Tokyo and Takayama
    • Traditional ryokan stay (Takayama)
    • Miyajima Island visit
    • Free time in each destination
    • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (9 nts, multi-share), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities)
    • No meals included
    Transport
    • Train, bus, ferry, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore both the ultramodern and traditional sides of Japan
  • Time to explore cities like Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Stay in a traditional inn in Takayama to experience historic Japan