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Japan Explorer - 13 Days

Futuristic cities, traditional heritage, and a splendidly whimsical culture. Come discover a side to Japan that is authentic, unique, and memorable.
Explore a country that will surprise, amaze, delight and completely captivate you in turn. Japan is the  electrifying rush of a crowded street in Tokyo at night. It is  the delicate taste of freshly made sushi. It’s the view of indomitable Mt. Fuji surrounded by quiet lakes. And it’s the exquisite elegance of the everyday – Shinto temples, kimono sashes, and a gracefully poured cup of tea.
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There’s simply no place like Japan

Futuristic cities, quiet bamboo forests, kimonos, sushi, Mt. Fuji and more will guarantee you an unforgettable time. Take a look at this video by Media Hog Productions for a glimpse of what’s in store.

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Our experiences and activities are expertly curated with inputs from trusted locals.


Best in class hotels that are conveniently located in city centres.


Our trips are organized with your safety in mind. We collaborate with local tourism authorities extensively.


Our trips always have a knowledgeable, friendly and expert guide to show you around.


Our tranport and transfers are always exclusive, private and in small buses.

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 Toyko - Senjoji Temple district

Welcome to Tokyo! Arrive into either Narita or Haneda International Airport in Tokyo and independently travel by public transport into the city centre where you will be met by your tour leader and the rest of the group at the Tokyo House Inn Hostel. 

This morning we take a trip up to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building to take in the incredible views of the city. We then make our way Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. At Sensou-ji temple we'll witness worshippers make offerings to Kannon, the goddess of compassion and meander through the contemplative garden. The rest of the day is at leisure to continue exploring Tokyo, sit back and watch the world go by on Hoppy Street or relax like the locals do with a visit to a nearby bath house, boasting a huge variety of baths and saunas. 

Akihabara district

This morning we enjoy a lesson in the art of sushi making from a local chef, before tasting the fruits of our labour. 

This afternoon is spent wandering through Akihabara, Japan’s “electric town” and the hub for anime and manga. Take some time to geek out and visit some of the many electric shops on offer, from the branches on the main roads to the independent traders’ shops down the side streets, selling all sorts of electrical or manga goods. The rest of the evening is free to continue shopping, or for those looking for a spot of adrenaline, perhaps explore one of the infamous "maid-cafes" or join the optional Mariokart excursion through the streets of Tokyo. 

Tokyo - Imperial Palace, Harajuku & Shibuya

This morning finds us wandering through the gardens of the Imperial Palace, once the largest fortress in the world. Built on the ruins of the original Edo Castle site which was destroyed over the years by war, all that remains of the ancient architecture are the original moats, watch towers and entrance gates. Witness the incredible Nijubashi Bridge – two bridges that form the entrance to the Palace’s grounds. 

It’s another afternoon of traditional-modern contrast in the Harajuku area of the city. First stop is the Shinto shrine to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Wander through acres of forest until you reach the shrine to the Emperor that began Japan’s transformation from feudal to modern society in the early 20th century. Later, we head to the Harajuku fashion district and witness the many diverse fashion styles from French maids, to punks, goths and lolitas, grab some hair dye and get involved! Our day finishes walking across the world’s most famous intersection, Shibuya, grab a drink and sit in one of the many bars and watch the world go by or for the best view head to the second floor of the station. This evening there is an optional excursion to a cat café, where you can enjoy a cup of tea and kitty cuddles. 

Tokyo - Edo Tokyo Musuem & Samurai Museum

This morning we head to the Edo-Tokyo Museum for an insight into the Tokyo’s evolution from the Edo period (1869 to present), giving us the chance to learn about the capital's history. 

We then have the opportuniuty to join the optional Sumo Experience. Ryōgoku is known as Tokyo’s Sumo District; you will have a chance to learn about the accient history of the sport, get photos with the Sumos and even try to wrestle one, should you so choose. 

The afternoon also sees another aspect of Japanese culture: samurai. Learn the ancient art of samurai and have the chance to see a live sword demonstration in Tokyo’s Samurai Museum. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring these amazing districts or opt to be astonished, amazed and confused? Join an optional trip to the Tokyo robot show! This dazzling performance is bizarre to say the least but it’s an experience not to be missed! 

Please note: The optional activities should be booked at least 3 weeks in advance due to limited availability.

Tokyo to Kamakura

Tokyo – Kamakura. This morning we make our way to the popular seaside location of Kamakura by train, Japan’s medieval capital and home to the first shoguns is ours to explore today. On arrival we take some time to check out some of the many ancient shrines before heading to the Kotoku-in temple and marvel at the iconic bronze Great Buddha, standing 45ft tall. Next, we hike to the incredible Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine, where we have the opportunity to wash our money in the spring (it is said any money washed in the shrine will double). 

The rest of the afternoon is yours to further independently explore – watch the sunset from one of the many beach bars or grab a surfboard and ride the waves while the sun goes down. 

Journey Time: Tokyo - Kamakura (approx 1.5 hours) 

Kamakura to Hakone

Kamakura – Hakone. After breakfast, we take the Hakone Ropeway, an epic cable car journey that drops you at Oowakudani, a volcanic valley awash with active sulfur vents and hot springs. On a clear day you can gaze at Mount Fuji in all its glory and sample black eggs, a local delicacy coloured by the sulphuric water they’re boiled in.

Next up, is stunning Lake Ashi where you’ll board a pirate ship! From the deck of this triple-decker man-of-war you’ll cross the lake’s clear-blue waters and enjoy the spectacular views. In the afternoon, experience an onsen, hot springs baths amidst the forest, making it an ideal spot to unwind before spending the evening at leisure in our traditional style ryokan guest house.

Journey time: Kamakura - Hakone (approx 1.5 hours) 

Note: As of June 2019 the Hakone Ropeway has been temporarily suspended – please see the Trip Notes for further details.

Hakone to Kyoto

Hakone – Kyoto. We leave the mountains behind and travel by bullet train this morning and make our way to Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan. Spend the afternoon meandering through the quaint hillside streets until you reach the Kiyomzu Temple, one of the most celebrated temples in the country. Marvel at the wooden stage, built without the use of nails, which houses the eleven faced, thousand-armed Kannon statue. This evening attend a live geisha performance in the famous Gion district, with other performances including puppet shows, tea ceremonies and more. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure to walk down the dimly lit Pontocho Alley, and sip on some sake in one of the bars overlooking the river and simply watch the world go by. 

Journey time: Hakone - Kyoto (approx 3.5 hours) 

Arashiyama Hills & Monkey Park

Today we focus on the spectacular scenery of Kyoto. We begin with a boat trip in traditional wooden rafts along the Hozugawa River, which was originally used to transport many of the supplies that built many of Osaka and Kyoto’s famous temples and castles. Experience the rush of the rapids and cruise along the ravine and the Arashiyama Hills. We then hike through a maze of bamboo paths in Arashiyama bamboo forest, until we reach the monkey park where we have the opportunity to feed these amazing creatures from the safety of our own cage while they roam free in their natural environment. 

In the afternoon, we visit the Tenryu-ji Temple, the most important of the city’s five zen temples. The buildings themselves were damaged in fires and wars over centuries, whereas the gardens survived and have remained in pristine condition in their original form. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring Kyoto, there is also an optional karaoke night.


Today offers free time to relax or independently explore. We recommend visiting the temples of the Philosopher’s path, or check out the famous Manga Museum. Perhaps catch the train to Fushimi Inari Taisha, famous for the thousands of red torii gates dedicated to the Shinto god of rice. Pay your respects to the deity by making a small offering before following the hiking trails to the torii gate in the wooded forest of Mount Inari.

Kyoto to Hiroshima

Kyoto – Hiroshima. Our final morning in Kyoto is spent seeing one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the Golden Pavillion at Kinkaku-ji Temple, whose top two floors are covered in gold leaf. Take time to walk around the lake and marvel at the shimmering golden reflection of the pavilion in the waters and unwind in this calm atmosphere before taking a journey of tranquility with meditation session led by a Buddhist monk in a city temple. 

The afternoon finds us cycling through Kyoto’s Imperial Park in the heart of the city before reaching the iconic Imperial Palace, the former residence of Japan’s Imperial Family, before the capital and emperor were moved to Tokyo. Stroll through the grounds and admire the beautiful buildings. Later, we continue our journey west and catch the bullet train to Hiroshima. 

Journey time: Kyoto - Hiroshima (approx 2.5 hours) 

Hiroshima Peace Memorial & Miyajima Island

Hiroshima, the first place to be hit by one of the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of World War II. We begin our day with a stop at the Peace Memorial Museum where we uncover the devastation left behind by the world’s first atomic bomb, and how the city has become the standard bearer for a peaceful and nuclear free world. We’ll see the iconic A-Bomb Dome, one of the very few buildings left standing after the blast and the Children’s Peace Monument, a memorial of the children killed, where schools from around the world donate origami cranes signifying hope and peace. 

This afternoon take a short ferry trip to the small Miyajima Island, famous for the giant torii gate which appears to float on water, when the tide is low the gate can be reached on foot. On arrival to the island we make our way to the centuries old Itsukushima Shrine, like the torii gate the main buildings are built over water and connected by pillars above the sea to witness the ocean beneath your feet. Follow one of the many walking trails on the island that cut through the forest, to numerous lookout points, accompanied by the resident deer. We return to Hiroshima for an evening at leisure. 

Note: From June 2019 the floating Torii Gate is undergoing renovations – please see the Trip Notes for further details. 

Hiroshima to Osaka

Hiroshima – Osaka. This morning we board the bullet train to our final destination, Osaka. On arrival we have some free time to explore the Namba or Shinsaibashi area to enjoy our fill of ramen, sushi, or yakitori. We then take a short train journey to Osaka Castle, whose original foundations were destroyed over centuries by war and natural disasters. We take some time to wander through the secondary citadels, gates, stone walls and moats before getting lost in the lush green Osaka Castle Park, which houses a shrine dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. 

This afternoon, after checking into our capsule hotel, we have some free time to walk around Shinsaibashi and the Dotonbori riverfront. Dive into the covered shopping arcade before walking through the neon-lit Dotonbori riverfront which offers amazing nightlife options. 

Journey time: Hiroshima - Osaka (approx 2.5 hours)


Our adventure comes to an end this morning. Take the train to Osaka airport or take the bullet train to Tokyo, using your JR pass, to carry on your travels home. Airport transfers and additional nights accommodation can be arranged for an additional fee if you're not quite ready to go home. 

Journey time: Osaka - Tokyo (approx 4 hours)


 10 nights hostel dorm accommodation, 1 night traditional ryokan style, 1 night capsule hotel

 Local English speaking licensed Japanese tour guides for scheduled sightseeing in each city. Unescorted travel between cities

 Sushi Making class in Tokyo

 Samurai demonstration and performance

 Fuji Hakone National Park ropeway

 Bullet train from Hakone – Kyoto & Hiroshima – Osaka

 Rafting on Hozugawa River in traditional wooden rafts

 Train and ferry to Miyajima island and rope way to Mt Misen

 All transportation on public transport including JR Pass

 Entrance fees to all included sites

 Meditation Lesson in Daisen-In Temple in Kyoto

 Train from Tokyo – Kamakura and Kamakura – Hakone

 Cruise on Lake Ashi

 Live geisha performance

 Bike hire in Kyoto

Not Included

 International flights and visas

 Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature and any meals not included in the itinerary

 Airport transfers

 Optional activities

 Additional 5% GST

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