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Japan in a Week

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The one that takes you from ancient shrines to robot shows, providing the perfect snapshot of Japan’s rich heritage and contemporary curiosities

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    3 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts

  • Transport Style

    Bullet Train + Local Train

  • Group Size

    Maximum 20 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

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About this trip

Kon'nichiwa Japan! We may only have a week, but what a week it is. Starting in the orchestra of light, sound and history that is Tokyo, we'll get locally guided tours of temples and palaces, visit a Robot cabaret and soak in a traditional Onsen before whizzing to Kyoto via a bullet train. Here, we'll walk through zen gardens, explore mystical temples and spot Geishas before taking the short trip to Osaka, where we'll have plenty of time to nip to Universal Studios or simply eat our way around the local street food stalls. Filled with a dazzling fusion of modern spectacle and ancient charm, this trip is the best way to see Japan in a week.

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Nights spent per location

  1. 3 3 nights

    Tokyo

  2. 3 3 nights

    Kyoto

  3. 1 1 night

    Osaka

DAY 1 - Arrive Tokyo

Tokyo

Kon'nichiwa Tokyo! Welcome to this dazzling orchestra of light, sound and intersecting subway lines. This is the city where the future fuses with the past in the most fascinating way possible, and we'll have a free evening to bond, explore and soak it all in.

Stay

Daiichi Hotel Ryogoku (or similar)

DAY 2 - Tokyo

Tokyo

Today we'll get ready to uncover Tokyo, starting with the ancient Buddhist temple of Asakusa Senso-ji, the lake-woven grounds of the Imperial Palace & the famous Meiji Jingu shrine. You'll have the chance to discover the wild fashion of Harajuku & the shopping district of Nakamise Street, or take to the streets of Shibuya for an attempt to cross the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. Then tonight, you'll have the opportunity for a much needed soak in an Onsen - a traditional Japanese hot spring bath, the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring the sights & sounds of the city.

Stay

Daiichi Hotel Ryogoku (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the grand Imperial Palace and the buzzy neighbourhood of Shibuya

  • Visit the Meiji Jinju Shinto shrine dedicated to Meiji the Great

  • See the fashion forward streets of Harajuku

  • Witness the ordered chaos of Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, rumoured the busiest intersection in the world

  • See the famous giant red lanterns of Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the shopping delights of Nakamise Street

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Unwind like the locals with a soak in the Odaiba Onsen hot spring in Tokyo

    2580 JPY

DAY 3 - Tokyo

Tokyo

Today is yours to do Tokyo your way. Anime fan? Check out Akihabara, the ultimate anime & gaming district. Looking for something uniquely Japanese? Go on a date with a giant plush toy at the Moomin cafe, eat a kawaii lunch (like a curry shaped like a pink teddy bear), or check out Ueno Park for the museums, monuments and 1000 cherry blossom trees. It's our last evening in Tokyo, so it's also the perfect time to check out some of the traditional bars at the Izakaya Alleys for a sip of sake, a sour cocktail or a Japanese whisky.

Stay

Daiichi Hotel Ryogoku (or similar)

DAY 4 - Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo

Today it's time to take that famous example of Japanese efficiency, the aptly named bullet train.

Kyoto

Our train will whizz us past the iconic Mount Fuji, of which we'll hopefully grab a glimpse, before heading for the zen gardens and teahouses of Kyoto. We'll waste no time with a sightseeing tour, exploring this glorious showcase of ancient Japan.

Stay

New Hankyu Kyoto (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Kinkaku-ji aka The Golden Pavilion

  • See the intricate wooden stylings of Nijo Castle

  • Visit the Gion Area where the Geisha are

DAY 5 - Kyoto

Kyoto

Today is yours to walk the sublime gardens, explore mystical temples and marvel at the architecture of this unforgettable city. We recommend taking the opportunity for a half day trip to Nara, where you'll find the towering 8th century Great Buddha, as well as numerous examples of beautiful shrines and temples, alongside the roaming, slightly cheeky deer.

Stay

New Hankyu Kyoto (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a half day trip to Japan's 8th century capital of Nara and see the giant bronze Buddha

    JPY 4200

DAY 6 - Kyoto

Kyoto

There is still so much to see in Kyoto today. Don a kimono and check out the bamboo forest, take some photos at the iconic Yasaka Pagoda or spot Geishas in the Gion district.

Stay

New Hankyu Kyoto (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the thousand red tori gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Bike through the magical Bamboo Forrest and Kyoto's western outskirts

  • Experience the tranquillity of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony

DAY 7 - Kyoto to Osaka

Kyoto

It's just a short trip to Osaka this morning...

Osaka

and we have the whole day to explore. There's plenty of time to fit in Universal Studios, Osaka castle or simply wander down Dontonburi tasting all of the delicious street food. Opt for the Izakaya dinner tonight for one last family meal before our sad goodbyes tomorrow.

Stay

Osaka Daiichi Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Complete your last night as a group together with a delicious Izayaka feast

    JPY 3800

  • Live out your cult movie fantasy and film your very own fighting scene in this Samurai Experience

    JPY 8500

DAY 8 - End Osaka

Osaka

Our trip ends after breakfast in Osaka today. We'll say farewell to Japan and our new friends, but the memories we made here will stick with us forever.

Where You'll Stay

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    7 nights in Hotel

    Cool and comfy 3-star hotels are the name of the game throughout our week in Japan.

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