Epic Japan
11 days from Tokyo to Osaka
From $ 2499
Duration11 days

Always wanted to experience Japan but felt it was pricey? 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 and 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.

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  • Duration: 11 days
    Service level: Basic
  • Starts in: Tokyo
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: Osaka
    Ages: 18+
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Tokyo
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this metropolis.
Arrive at any time.
Day 2: Tokyo
Experience the true art of sushi making and pre-book the Tokyo Sushi Insider Experience on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
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.
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 inn – complete with tatami floors and Japanese futons.
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.
Day 5: Kyoto
Want to feel like a real Samurai? Pre-book the Samurai Spirit Full Kembu Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
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.
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.
Day 7: Kyoto/Hiroshima

Start place: Kyoto

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

End place: Hiroshima

Day 8: Hiroshima-shi

Start place: Hiroshima

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. Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020.

End place: Hiroshima

Day 9: Hiroshima-shi/Osaka

Start place: Hiroshima

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."
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.

End place: Osaka

Day 10: Osaka

Start place: Osaka

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

End place: Osaka

Day 11: Osaka

Start place: Osaka

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

End place: Osaka

Inclusions

Included

  • Your Discover Moment: Kyoto
  • Orientation walks in Tokyo and Takayama
  • Overnight stay in a traditional inn (Takayama)
  • Miyajima Island visit
  • Free time in each destination
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Train, Bus, Ferry, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hostels (9 nts, multi-share), Traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities)

Dates & availability: Epic Japan

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