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Group Size: Max 16

Trip code: AJTO

Duration: 11 days

Guided group tour of Japan
Experience traditional & modern Japan
Visit 5 buzzing cities

See spiritual wonders and cultural hotspots at a price that won’t break the bank! This super-affordable Japanese tour introduces you to the rich cultural history of Japan, while taking in its breathtaking natural spectacles and vibrant modern cities. As part of a small tour group, you will enjoy energetic nightlife in the capital, explore magical bamboo forests and serene temples in Kyoto, and taste delicious local street food in Osaka. This trip is an ideal combination of organised activities and free time, giving you the chance to enjoy unique experiences while exploring this fantastic country at your own pace. Discover Japan on a budget with this fantastic tour!

Trip highlights

  • Party till morning in the bright lights of Tokyo!
  • Relax in the naturally warm waters of Hakone springs
  • Wander through thousands of torii gates in the colourful Kyoto forests
  • Get spiritual in Arashiyama’s beautiful bamboo jungle
  • From yakitori to octopus! Taste delicious Japanese cuisine on a street food crawl in Osaka
What's included
  • 10 nights’ accommodation 
  • Orientation walk around Asakusa
  • Visit to Sensoji Temple
  • Hot onsen springs experience
  • Hiroshima visit
  • Miyajima Island day trip
  • Takayama orientation walk
  • All transport between activities
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: Tokyo. Arrive and settle into your accommodation.

Day 2: Tokyo. Orientation walk and free time in the city.

Day 3: Tokyo/Takayama. Travel to tree-lined Takayama and enjoy an orientation walk around this beautiful city. Explore in the afternoon and opt to relax in a traditional Japanese onsen.

Day 4: Takayama/Kyoto. Hop on a bullet train to colourful Kyoto. Spend the day exploring the city and enjoy a few drinks at the riverside bars this evening.

Day 5-6: Kyoto. Two free days to make the most of this incredible place. Why not visit local temples and meet geishas in Gion?

Day 7: Kyoto/Hiroshima. Train over to Hiroshima and learn about the tragic past of this city.

Day 8: Hiroshima. Visit the gorgeous Miyajima island, see the stunning floating Torii Gate, hike to the summit of Mt Misen and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife!

Day 9: Hiroshima/Osaka. Get your taste buds tingling in Osaka, one of Japan’s culinary capitals.

Day 10: Osaka. A full free day to make the most of this delicious city.

Day 11: Osaka. Depart at any time.

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Arrival information

Arrive in Japan’s Narita Airport on day 1 of the tour.

Airport transfers are not included. Japan has a very efficient transport system that is easy to navigate. Take a train to Tokyo city centre for a cost of around £10.

Your tour ends in Osaka on day 11. Return airport transfers are not included. We can help you organise your onward travel and advise on transfer options.

Accommodation & meals

10 nights of multi-share accommodation are included on this programme. 

You will need to purchase your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and try some of the country’s rich and varied cuisine. You will be visiting areas famous for their food so there will be plenty of chance to sample unforgettable exotic dishes!


Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.

British nationals will be granted a 90-day visitor visa on arrival in Japan, which can be extended for a further 90 days while in Japan if needed.

Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.

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