Experience the magic of Japan over 10 days on this adventure tour. Perfect for the first time visitor to Japan. Hitting the best spots in 10 days in Japan will take you on an epic journey across the "land of the rising sun" visiting Tokyo, Hakone (Mt. Fuji), Takayama, Kyoto, and Osaka.
All about the 13 Day Japan Adventure Tour
From the neon lights of buzzing Tokyo to ancient temples on snowy mountain tops, Japan is a feast for the senses and Intro is the most amazing way to experience it!
You’ll walk the streets of one of the world’s busiest and most futuristic cities, watch monkeys bathe in hot springs, roll your own sushi, visit ancient shrines and castles, get taught to wield a sword by a Samurai master, stay overnight with monks in a 1000 year old Buddhist temple and much more! With an awesome group leader from the moment you arrive at the hotel, an instant group of friends and help with all your onward travel. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
So many highlights on your 13 days Adventure Tour of Japan. Experience the famous Tsukiji Fish Market before learning the art of rolling your own sushi from a master of the art. Visit ancient temples, colorful shrines, and majestic castles and learn about the importance of the Shinto religion to the Japanese people and how their country was shaped by brutal warfare. Get up close and personal with the famous red faced ‘snow monkeys’ of Jigokudani.
Take in stunning mountain views from trains, pirate ships and cable cars as you explore the beauty of Nagano and Hakone. Learn how to wield a Katana (Japanese Samurai sword) and cut through tatami mats with the guidance of a descendant from the noble Samurai. Spend the night in a 1000-year-old Buddhist temple with monks in the stunning mountains of Koyasan, learn to meditate and watch the monks perform their morning prayers and a fascinating fire ceremony.
If you know anything about anything, then you know that Japan is the place to be! Balancing serene traditions with modern mayhem, we're talking robot cafes in Tokyo, spying Geisha in the backstreets of Kyoto's Gion district, strutting through the neon lights of Osaka, hunting down the perfect Ramen, wandering ancient shrines and some of the world's hottest ski destinations.
From tipsy karaoke to Buddhist monasteries, come to say Konichiwa to Japan with us!
13 Day Japan Adventure Tour
Tour itinerary - 13 Days
Arrive and meet the Group
Welcome to Tokyo! Once you arrive and check in at the hotel, you'll then have plenty of time to recover from your flight and relax before you meet everyone in your group.
Tokyo City Tour and Nightlife
Tokyo is an incredible contrast of ultra-modern and ultra-traditional that will blow you away! First up is a visit to the Senso-ji Temple; Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple surrounded by traditional Japanese markets, before heading
over to the stunning Meiji Shrine. Next up we discover colourful Harajuku as well as the iconic Shibuya Crossing (the world’s busiest intersection!) Later we'll experience some of Japan’s quirky restaurants and hilariously tiny bars in Shinjuku. (B)
Fish market, Sushi Class and Arcades
Today we'll discover the organised mayhem of the Tsukiji Fish Market, once the largest operating markets in the world! Afterwards, a sushi master will teach you the art of rolling your own fresh sushi. This evening we'll head for
the bright lights of Akihabara. From classic arcade games to the insanity of Japanese photo booths, you'll soon learn why they call this 'Electric City'. Game on! (B, L)
Travel to Nagano, Sake Tasting and Brewery Visit
Today we have the need for speed as we board our first ‘Shinkansen’, the famous Bullet train, and rocket through the Japanese countryside at over 200mph! Once in Nagano we'll get a chance to taste locally brewed Sake. Our home tonight is a 'Ryokan', a traditional Japanese Inn where we'll sleep on bamboo mats (it's comfy, trust us!). (B)
Snow Monkeys and Shiga Kogen National Park
Today we head into the mountains to see the famous Snow Monkeys. These Japanese Macaques play among the trees in summer, whilst in winter you'll catch these guys bathing in natural hot springs to escape the cold. We'll then explore the lakes and forests of the Shiga Kogen National Park, a beautiful site year round. (B)
Travel from Nagano to Hakone
Leaving Nagano behind we'll shoot off again by bullet train to the stunning Hakone, a spot famous in Japan for its jaw dropping views of Mount Fuji. (B)
Hakone to Osaka
We'll spend the morning exploring Hakone by a pirate ship and a cable car, where on a clear day you'll have unrivaled views of Mt. Fuji. Next up is Osaka, where we'll head out to the vibrant Dotonbori canal region for dinner and then a party in the crazy neon nightlife. (B, D)
Spend the morning relaxing or exploring Osaka's awesome shopping. Later we'll visit the incredible Osaka Castle, first built over 400 years ago. Here we'll learn the importance of Japanese history and Japan's ancient warriors, the Samurai. (B)
Koyasan Temple Stay
We head back to the mountains today for a once in a lifetime experience – staying overnight in a traditional 1000-year-old Buddhist Temple in the fascinating town of Koyasan. Here we'll be taught meditation by the monks, served their traditional cuisine and have a guided night-time stroll through Japan’s largest cemetery, a truly otherworldly experience! We’ll spend another night sleeping in traditional Japanese style surrounded by the beauty of
the temple grounds. (B, D)
Koyasan to Kyoto
Today we wake up early for an unforgettable experience – watching the Buddhist monks perform their morning prayers and fire ceremony. We’ll be served breakfast by the monks before traveling to our last destination, Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. When we arrive, there'll be time to chill in our awesome accommodation before heading out for dinner and drinks. (B)
Bamboo Forest, Golden Pavilion and Geishas
Make sure your phones charged today! First up is the Instagram famous Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama, perfect for shots surrounded by the towering bamboo. We then head to the beautiful Golden Pavilion, a temple covered entirely in gold, before visiting Gion, the famous home of Japan’s beautiful and mysterious Geishas. (B)
Fushimi-Inari and Samurai Experience
Today the endless bright orange Torii gates of Fushimi-Inari await us! One of Japan’s most iconic shrines will blow you away as we explore the winding trails of the ancient mountain. In the afternoon, we will be taught how to wield a traditional sword by a sensei descended from the Samurai. Experience the finesse of these weapons as you channel your inner warrior and slice through rolled bamboo. (B, D)
Check out and Onward Travel
Your amazing 13-day adventure comes to an end. You can either check out and make your way back home, stay on longer in Kyoto or continue your travels in Japan. (B)
Arrive in Tokyo
Sept 11 22
Oct 2, 13, 23
Nov 3, 10, 20
Dec 1, 8
Jan 5,12, 22, 29
Feb 2, 9, 16,23
Mar 1, 8, 18, 25
Apr 5, 12, 23, 30
May 3, 10, 17, 21, 28
Jun 4, 7, 11, 14, 21, 25, 28
Jul 2, 9, 16, 19, 30
Aug 6, 11, 16, 23, 30
Sept 3, 6, 10, 17, 20, 27
Oct 4, 11, 15, 22, 29
Nov 1, 8, 15, 19, 26
Dec 1, 6
(Due to the Olympics in Japan in 2020 there will be a surcharge attached to some of our July/ August departure dates. 30 July and 6 August $450 surcharge. 2, 9, 16 and 19 July and 11, 16, 23 and 30 August $200 surcharge.)
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Not Included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Visas, some meals.
Solo travel: Lots of people on our trips are travelling solo. But by doing our trip you’ll instantly be part of a group, so it’s a great way to meet others and make friends!
The Japanese call Japan ‘a country of four seasons’ which basically means it’s got four distinct seasons, all beautiful and amazing for different reasons. The winter months (Dec-Mar) are cold but bring stunning snowcapped mountains and a magical winter wonderland feel, not to mention being the best time to see the famous ‘Snow Monkeys’. Spring (Apr-Jun) is popular for its colourful beauty and famous cherry blossoms. Summer (Jun - Aug) is hot, humid and great for outdoor activities and is the peak festival season. Autumn (Sep – Nov) again brings stunning colourful scenery such as the ‘koyo’ or Japanese autumn foliage. So you’re sure to have an amazing time any month of the year!
Japan is generally one of the more expensive countries in Asia. However all your activities, accommodation, transport and some meals are included, so you’ll just need money for any extra meals, drinks, shopping and any onward travel. We recommend you bring at least £600 / $1000 spending money. It’s best to take a Visa or Master Card debit, credit or travel money card. There are ATM’s available throughout Japan so it’s easy to get access to cash.
All the accommodation we stay at have free Wi-Fi available. Japans network quality is generally very good.
We always recommend travelling with a backpack and packing light! 10-20kgs of stuff should be plenty. We will be using mainly trains for transport so dragging around a huge suitcase is not much fun. Depending on your onward travel plans there is luggage storage at the airports or at some accommodations if needed.
Japan generally uses a 2 pin flat socket the same as North America. It’s always best to grab yourself an appropriate adaptor if needed before you go.
Our 13 day Japan Adventure starts in Tokyo. We will give you detailed information in your pre-arrival pack that explains how to get from the airport to your Tokyo accommodation. Your Group Leader will meet you at the accommodation for your arrival. It’s best to arrive on the actual start date. There are no activities on the first day, so you can arrive at any time. If you do arrive early, we can help arrange additional nights at our accommodation. Extra nights will be approx. TBC per night for a twin room and can be pre-paid with your agent or paid on arrival.
Japan Adventure finishes in Kyoto. The closest airport from Kyoto is Osaka (Kansai) Airport, which takes approx. 1.5-2 hours by train to get to from Kyoto and costs approx. $50AUD / £25. If you plan to leave straight after the trip we’d recommend flying out of Osaka (so fly into Tokyo and out of Osaka if possible, for this tour).
If you’re flying out of Tokyo and need to return to Tokyo straight after the trip it will take approx. 4 hours by bullet train. Your Group Leader can organise this for you in Japan and you can pay locally for it. Or you can prepay for this return journey on booking.
You can also fly from Osaka (Kansai) to Tokyo for around the same price as the train or possibly cheaper. You will need to book any return flights yourself or with your travel agent.
When booking your flights to Japan we recommend comparing your flight cost options versus the extra time it will take to return to Tokyo and decide what’s best for your circumstances. If you need any further help or advice just contact us. Your Group Leader can help with any other onward travel options within Japan
Most nationalities including the UK, Europe, Australia, NZ, Canada, USA, Scandinavia and Brazil will generally receive a 90-day visa on arrival for free.
Travel Insurance for Japan is compulsory to join our trip. Get a quote here.
Due to the Olympics in Japan in 2020 there will be a surcharge attached to some of our July/ August departure dates. 30 July and 6 August $450 surcharge. 2, 9, 16 and 19 July and 11, 16, 23 and 30 August $200 surcharge.
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