Physical rating - Light
Next trip 14/11/2019
Breakfast included the whole trip
Tokyo - Kyoto - Nara - Osaka - Hiroshima
Max 14 people
It's highly recommended to bring a backpack.
For such a small country, Japan packs in so much culture, history, and natural wonders it’s hard to know where to begin. We make it easy for you in this 12 day tour that lets you experience first-hand some of Japan’s most iconic customs, see architectural and cultural high points, and lose yourself in busy glowing city streets and bustling market lanes. Get more details about adventure tours Japan. Contact with professionals and explore more about Japan adventure tours and Japan adventure activities.
- Explore the bustling streets of Tokyo Metropolis.
- Get musical with a lesson in traditional Taiko drumming.
- View the beautifully symmetric cone of Mount Fuji from a boat on Lake Ashi.
- Experience Japan’s famous geisha custom first hand.
- Imagine a pre-modern Japan as you stroll the atmospheric lanes of Ninen-zaka and Sannnen-zaka.
- Visit the temples and cultural treasures in Nara, the former capital city.
- Relax and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.
- Learn about Japan’s national sport, sumo wrestling.
- See the gold leaf of the Kinkakuji Zen temple reflecting on the water.
- Taste the incredible fresh food and world-famous cuisines of Osaka.
- Pay your respects at the Hiroshima Peace and Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome.
Welcome to Tokyo! You’ll arrive today with a direct transfer to your hotel, with check in from 15.00. Take some time to settle in and relax after your journey, and if you’re in the mood you have the afternoon and evening to take a stroll around the vibrant streets of Japan’s capital city.
After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from your hotel by our driver and we’ll start our full day tour of Tokyo. We'll begin with a trip to the iconic Asakusa Kannon Temple. Legend says that in 682 AD two local fishermen caught a statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kannon, in their fishing net and so the head of the village built a temple to worship the goddess. After we’ll stroll along Nakamise Street, a shopping street at the center of Tokyo's shitamachi (“low city”) where tradition and modern life converge. We’ll have a photo stop at the Tokyo Skytree, Japan’s tallest tower, see the political Diet Building where the Japanese Diet sessions (a political structure, nothing to do with food!) take place, and pass by the Emperor’s beautiful Imperial Palace. We’ll finish off the day with a lesson in traditional Taiko drumming, then transfer back to the hotel to enjoy the evening.
Today we’ll visit Mount Fuji! The symmetrical cone of this volcano is one of the best known images of Japan. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 meters and is located on Honshu Island. You’ll have the chance for some hiking if the weather permits. If the weather is bad we’ll visit the Fuji Visitor Center instead and learn more about this active volcano.
Next we’ll visit Hakone, a beautiful town surrounded by the mountains. We’ll be able to enjoy the scenery from a boat as we cruise Lake Ashi. Afterwards we’ll visit the beautiful Peace Park, a collaborative effort from several South East Asian Buddhist countries to help promote unity and global peace. After you’ve had the time to enjoy the location we’ll transfer back to the hotel.
The driver will pick you up after breakfast and unleash you at Tokyo Disneyland! It’s the world’s third most attended theme park and has some amazing rides, parades and other attractions. Grab a map at the start to help you explore the huge park and plan your time. The night time Dreamlights Parade, Minnie! Oh Minnie! Latin music and dance show, the Western River Railroad ride, and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin all come highly recommended. You’re free to explore this park as you wish, and a one day passport is included in the price of the tour.
Today you’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast and the driver will transfer you to Tokyo Station. A ride on the bullet train (with an average speed of 250kmph) will take us to Kyoto where a driver will be waiting to pick us up and introduce us to this beautiful city. Highlights will include the Kinkakuji Zen temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion for the gold leaf that completely covers the top two floors, and time exploring the Arashiyama district, perhaps best known for its bamboo grove where stalks of this giant grass tower high above pedestrians. At the end of this you’ll be ready to check in to you comfortable hotel and relax for the evening.
Today your tour of Kyoto continues. We’ll visit Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple and one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto - and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This temple has views over the entire city and has on its grounds a grotto containing a stone able to grant any wish. We’ll explore the atmospheric Ninen-zaka & Sannnen-zaka, beautifully-preserved and -restored streets that allow a glimpse into a Kyoto before the modern world took over. You’ll have the chance to participate in a tea ceremony and then stroll around the Gion area. This area is Kyoto’s famous geisha district - and later in the day we’ll have a Geisha Experience where you’ll be able to learn about this iconic custom. No trip to Japan would be complete without this cultural experience!
Your cultural discoveries continue today as we explore Nara, which as the site of Japan’s former capital boasts many historical treasures. We’ll visit one of Japan’s most historically significant (and famous) temples, Todaiji “Great Eastern Temple,” wander around in the Nara deer park where deer roam freely, stop by the Shinto shrine of Kasuga Taisha, and have a chance to look in the impressive Nara Nagomikan gift store with over 3,000 items in local and Japanese styles.
Finally, another iconic custom and Japan’s national sport - sumo wrestling! We’ll enjoy a Sumo Experience and learn about the training, rules, and general culture surrounding this tradition.
The driver will pick you up this morning to drive to Osaka and commence our full day tour of this harbour town on the Inland Sea. Situated on busy sea and river trade routes, it’s naturally developed into a bustling economic city and has a reputation for having Japan’s most outgoing people. It’s also a city with a real love for food and drink, so in the three days you’re here make sure to take full advantage! Japanese cuisine isn’t famous for nothing.
There’ll be a photo stop at Osaka Castle, another famous Japanese landmark that rises five stories from the outside and eight from the inside. Then we’ll head on to the incredible Kuromon Ichiba Market where you’ll have a veritable buffet of fresh food in a variety of Japanese styles. We’ll head on to the Umeda Sky Building Observatory to take in a 360 view of the city, enjoy some more opportunities for shopping in Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori areas (with yet more chances to try some of that world-famous Japanese cuisine), and finally finish the day at your lovely hotel in Osaka.
Enjoy a relaxing day at your own pace and see as much - or as little! - of the city as you wish. There is plenty of shopping and food to enjoy, as well as a range of tourist attractions. Museums and galleries include the National Museum of Art, the Science Museum, and Universal Studios Japan. For nature lovers the Tennōji Park and Zoo is worth a trip, and the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one of the world’s largest aquariums with a range of local and international species. Or, if you feel like a bit of a thrill, there’s always the Tempozan Ferris Wheel...
Today we’ll meet up again to continue exploring Osaka - but this time we’ll put a unique spin on it (hopefully not too literally…) and set off on a Go Kart tour. The exertion’s bound to make you hungry - luckily it’s a Sushi-making Experience next. Sometimes food is more satisfying when you’ve made it yourself, and you’ll be proud to take those new skills back home with you. At the end of the day you’ll transfer back to your hotel.
Today we’ll see a more sobering side of Japan as we head towards Hiroshima, site of the atomic bombing on 6 August 1945 towards the end of the Second World War. This was a significant event historically on a global political level as well as locally.
Our first stop, though, is one of the two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Hiroshima - the Itsukushima Shrine. Considered to have one of the three best views in Japan, it’s the world’s only shrine with a torii-gate and building in the middle of the sea and looks out across the water and beautiful blue hillsides.
Next we’ll visit the Hiroshima Peace and Memorial Park and Museum, offering a chance to learn more about the war and events of 1945. The focus is on gaining a deeper understanding of the suffering of war and nuclear weapons, and especially on the importance of peace. We will also visit the Atomic Bomb Dome (the second UNESCO site). The Dome is a building that, despite being almost directly underneath the center of the explosion, managed to remain partially intact. It stands today as a memorial and reminder.
After breakfast you’ll check out of your hotel then we head to the train station and take the bullet train back to Tokyo and we’ll transfer you to the airport where we’ll say goodbye.