There’s a karate lesson, a calligraphy class, a visit to the sumo district, an anime masterclass, trips to local bath houses and - of course - karaoke. The 13 days also includes plenty of opportunities to explore Japan’s beautiful countryside, with its shrines, temples and endless hiking trails.
Take in the cityscape from the top of a skyscraper, then head back down to earth to experience one of Tokyo’s buzziest districts, Shinjuku. Cap off your first day with a relaxing tea in a cat café before exploring the endless eating and drinking options on offer in Tokyo by night.
The morning begins with a karate lesson from a local sensei. Then test your creative mettle at an anime masterclass. In the afternoon, take in the serenity of Sensou-ji temple before sampling the delights of a Tokyo bath house.
Prepare your own sashimi breakfast under the watchful eye of a local sashimi master at Tokyo’s iconic Tsukiji fish market. Head into the hills to see Emperor Meiji’s shrine, and then for a total contrast check out the quirky centre of J-Pop culture in Harajuku. Wash it all down with a beer at the Sapporo brewery.
Head to Tokyo’s sumo district to see where the wrestlers live and train, and then try your hand at the country’s other obsession - baseball - in one of the city’s numerous batting cages. Get your first taste of Japan’s beautiful outdoors with a hike up the sacred Takaosan Mountain on the city’s outskirts.
Leave the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and take a train to Kamakura, Japan’s medieval capital. Explore the town’s shrines and finish off at the Great Buddha statue at Kotoku-in temple. Sip on sake and sing your heart out in a karaoke box in Fujisawa.
Enjoy your first stunning view of Mount Fuji on the Hakone cable car. At Oowakudani you can gaze at the mountain to your heart’s content while sampling eggs cooked Fuji-style - in the sulphuric water beneath you. Cap off the day crossing Lake Ashi on a pirate ship, with Mount Fuji providing the perfect backdrop.
After a quick look around Odawara Castle, take the bullet train to Kyoto. Experience the timeless traditions of ancient Japan in Kyoto’s Geisha district before settling in for a meal surrounded by wood panels and lanterns in Pontocho alley.
Temples, temples, temples. Witness Kyoto’s devotion to zen by exploring the Philosopher’s Path and the many temples that adorn the hills surrounding the city. Relax in hot springs to the north of the city and then spend the evening in the Gion district spotting Geishas or being transformed into one for the evening.
Hike through the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Arashiyama Monkey Park where your exertions will be rewarded with great views of Kyoto. Visit the Tenryu-ji temple and relax in the pristine gardens ahead of a rafting trip down the Hozugawa River.
Shutterbugs will adore the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji temple. Then it’s back into the hills for a wander around the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine complex, and a slice of mindfulness to finish the day with a meditation session in a local temple.
Learn about the Hiroshima’s tragic past and its subsequent recovery and pacifist mission at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Take a ferry to the Itsukushima shrine, built on stilts above lapping water. Then it’s time for steady hands in an evening calligraphy class.
Another Japanese megacity with endless eating, drinking and entertainment options. There’s also an impressive castle. Be sure to visit Shinsaibashi and the Dotonbori riverfront in the evening. Hit the arcades and sprawling shopping malls before settling in for your final night out at the Kamikaze bar.
A farewell tea ceremony and brunch in Osaka and then it’s time to catch the bullet train back to Tokyo, to carry on your travels or head home.
Tour finishes at Tokyo Rail Station around 15:30pm
Tokyo House Inn
Guest House IZA Kamakura
Onsen Guesthouse Hakone Tent
K`s House Kyoto
Backpackers Hostel K`s House Hiroshima
B&S Eco-Cube Shinsaibashi
Please note that the upgrade to a Single or Double room applies to 11 out of 12 nights on the trip. In Osaka, all customers, upgraded or not, will stay in a capsule at a capsule hotel!
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Trip Name: Tokyo to Tokyo
Duration: 13 Days
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Trip Code: 167942
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