Japan Unrivalled(Twin Share Room,Start Tokyo, End Osaka)
From 25/03/2023 to 09/11/2023
3-star hotels are the name of the game, plus you'll get the chance to shack-up in a traditional Ryokan, as well as a Shukubo up on Mount Koya.
We like to keep it intrepid, but there's no compromise on comfort.
Re-fuel with a hearty breakfast included every day, plus a few delicious dinners.
We'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best eats in the East.
We'll get 14 of your meals, you get the rest.
Taste it all - fresh sashimi, spicy ramen and delicious gourmet gyozas.
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life, along with Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past.
This is your team.
Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - Arrive Tokyo Kon'nichiwa Tokyo! Welcome to this dazzling orchestra of light, sound and intersecting subway lines. This is the city where the future fuses with the past in the most fascinating way possible, and we'll have a free evening to bond, explore and soak it all in.
Day 2 - Tokyo Today we'll bounce out of bed ready and raring to uncover Tokyo. The ancient Buddhist temple of Asakusa Senso-ji, the lake woven grounds of the Imperial Palace & the Meiji Jingu shrine are just some of the doors we will open to this city. If history and religion don't get you going, the wild fashion of Harajuku & the shopping district of Nakamise Street might see you more wide-eyed. Or perhaps your idea of fun is to take to the streets of Shibuya, attempting to cross the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. Tonight, we've got a Free Time Add-On we reckon you'll find hard to resist - a much needed soak in traditional Japanese hot spring baths, locally known as an Onsen. Be warned though, these hot springs are not for the shy (meaning total nakedness), but are the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring the sights & sounds of the city.
Day 3 - Tokyo Today is yours to take on Tokyo your way. Check out the anime and electronics packed buildings of Akihabara or perhaps find a cat caf? and do some petting while you sip your tea, or check out the beautiful Ueno Park.
Day 4 - Tokyo to Hakone Before we leg it out of Japan's capital we have some very serious business to tend to - a guided tour of famous Tsukiji - the world's largest and busiest fish market. Here, why not opt to learn the art of sushi making, or just kick back in one of the markets sushi bars and soak in the atmosphere.Our first overland journey takes us south to Hakone, completely removing us from Tokyo's fast city pace. We will take in Japanese mountain vistas from the Hakone Ropeway & spend the night in a traditional guesthouse where we'll be treated to some local Japanese hospitality.
Day 5 - Hakone to Takayama via Matsumoto Waving our supremely hospitable hosts goodbye we hit the road in search of a long valley amidst the Japanese mountains.After a full day of exploring and ogling and Japanese countryside, it would be perfectly acceptable to crash out on arrival in Takayama. Particularly acceptable given we have all day tomorrow here to explore.
Day 6 - Takayama Dark wooden buildings, Kanji signs & surrounding hillsides will see us totally taken by Takayama. Grab a bike and take a cycle, then unwind from it all with a Japanese footbath. There's not many places where relaxation feels quite like this. Tonight is yours to explore as you wish, but we have an inkling you won't want to miss the mouthwatering hida beef for dinner.
Day 7 - Takayama to Hiroshima In usual circumstances we'd be quite sad to be leaving the soul-stirring town of Takayama, but with the bullet train experience whipping us to Hiroshima it's hard not to get excited.We did it! We travelled on land at a casual 320 kilometers per hour on the Shinkansen - the world's fastest train. That's a big old tick off the Japan bucket list. Hiroshima is yours this afternoon to explore your way.
Day 8 - Hiroshima A city mourned over as the world's first atomic bomb target during World War ll, the mood will turn reflective as we enter Hiroshima. Thankfully, today this historical great has been declared a City of Peace, symbolised by coloured paper cranes denoting people's prayers. Our day here will be one of learning as we take in the tragic recounts of World War II at the Peace Memorial Museum.
Day 9 - Hiroshima to Kyoto With 3 more destinations left to uncover on the Japanese map, we hit the road this morning and leave the historical metropolis of Hiroshima behind.Welcome to the culture hub of Japan. Geisha girls, artfully manicured gardens, shrines & temples aplenty - looks like we're in Kyoto! We won't waste a minute peeling back this city's layers, taking you to Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area with our guide. You'll also have plenty of free time to check the place out any old way you please, and go on the lookout for glamorous geishas. If that means wearing a kimono and platforms, we're right here to applaud you.
Day 10 - Kyoto So what's up next? How about checking out the Fushimi Inari Shrine? Approx 233 metres above sea level, the journey to the shrine begins at the base of the mountain. This afternoon is free for you to explore the sights of Kyoto.
Day 11 - Kyoto to Mount Koya Enjoy a slow and leisurely morning in Kyoto to get in the zen frame of mind for what lies ahead. On the train we make tracks for Mt Koya. You would think that by this stage of the trip all the phenomenal moments might be behind us. Oh how wrong you would be. Tonight we stay in a Buddhist guesthouse, eating traditional food and savouring the mindfulness & beauty of this incredible experience. For those looking for a digital detox amongst nature, it doesn't get better than this.
Day 12 - Mount Koya to Osaka It's our last full day of the trip - make the most of it by rising early this morning and partaking in the tradition of an early morning Buddhist service. A Local Guide will then walk us through the beauty of the Koyasan area and centuries old cemetery before we move on to our last destination. For those who have stepped out of their quiet zone from the morning of serenity, it will be time to relish in Osaka and take on the traditional Japanese pastime of Karaoke. A couple of Asahis or Sakes - you know, for tradition - should stimulate your bravery.
Day 13 - Depart Osaka Today our Japanese fairytale comes to an end. Whilst we'll be crying silent (or not so silent) tears, our life-lasting memories, army of new friends and deep appreciation for Japan will be enough to keep the smiles on our faces. Say?nara, globe trotters! Tokyo See Tokyo's Imperial Palace, home of the Emperor of Japan Visit the Meiji Jinju Shinto shrine dedicated to Meiji the Great See the famous giant red lanterns of Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the shopping delights of Nakamise Street See the fashion forward streets of Harajuku Witness the ordered chaos of Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, rumoured the busiest intersection in the world Tokyo to Hakone Grab some sushi at the world-famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Take in the incredible views from the Hakone Ropeway Takayama See Kamisan no machi (Kamisan Town), Takayama morning markets & Jinya house. Hiroshima Visit the Itsukushima Shrine & spot miniature deer on Miyajima Island Visit Peace Park & the memorial museum in Hiroshima Kyoto to Mount Koya See the zen rock gardens of Kongobuji Temple Mount Koya to Osaka Experience the Morning Buddhist Service at our spiritual Buddhist guest house in the shadow of Mount Koya
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