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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

    Mini-Coach + Train

  • Group Size

    Max 20 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka

Top Experiences

8 included & 5 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.

    Included

    Tokyo

  • Visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple & Nakamise Street

    Included

    Tokyo

  • See Fushimi Inari Shrine

    Included

    Kyoto

Japan in a Week

8 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Spend half a day uncovering Tokyo on a sightseeing tour with a Local Guide
  • See the grand Imperial Palace and the buzzy neighbourhood of Shibuya
  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.
  • Visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple & Nakamise Street
  • Included Shinkansen train to Kyoto
  • Visit Kankakuji, Nijo Castle and Gion
  • Kyoto Sightseeing with a Local Guide
  • See Fushimi Inari Shrine

5 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Unwind like the locals with a soak in the Odaiba Onsen hot spring in Tokyo
  • Check out the world famous Robot Restaurant Show, Tokyo for a display of robotics, dancing and pyrotechnics JPY 7000
  • Take a half day trip to Japan's 8th century capital of Nara and see the giant bronze Buddha JPY 4200
  • Izakaya Dinner JPY 3800
  • Samurai Experience JPY 8500

Where I'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.

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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Map & Itinerary

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  • River route
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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

It's time to get our teeth stuck into Tokyo today, with a local guide taking us on a fascinating sightseeing tour, from Asakusa Sensoji Temple, to the Imperial Palace and the the Meji Jingu shrine, we'll soon discover that this city isn't just about neon lights - it respects its heritage, too.

Stay

Daiichi Hotel Ryogoku (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Spend half a day uncovering Tokyo on a sightseeing tour with a Local Guide

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

  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.

  • Visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple & Nakamise Street

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

DAY 3 - Tokyo

Tokyo

Now you're well acquainted with this unique city, the day's all yours to get exploring. Check out some traditional bars at the Izakaya Alleys, head to a cat cafe and do some petting while you sip your tea, or check out the beautiful Ueno Park that's teeming with museums, zoos and historical monuments. This evening, join us at the world famous Robot Restaurant Show, an insane display of robotics, dancing and pyrotechnics that brings cabaret into the 21st century.

Stay

Daiichi Hotel Ryogoku (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Check out the world famous Robot Restaurant Show, Tokyo for a display of robotics, dancing and pyrotechnics

    JPY 7000

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

  • Included Shinkansen train to Kyoto

  • Visit Kankakuji, Nijo Castle and Gion

  • Kyoto Sightseeing with a Local Guide

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 Fushimi Inari Shrine

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

  • Izakaya Dinner

    JPY 3800

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Asian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your trip. In Asia, some visas – but not all – can be purchased at the border with US$ or local currency. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to
miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Be aware that some visas can be purchased & arranged on arrival.
4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. In these cases passport photos and US$ will be required and your Trip Manager will explain the process.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Asia trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) – 15kg in India – plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Asia – from a trip to an offshore island, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Remember, there’s a big budgetary difference between a country like Japan & a country like Thailand, so do your research.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki Asia is mostly hotel accommodation with great amenities like WiFi. We have also included accommodation that reflects Asian culture, too. Like a family-run Guest house in the Mekong, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay & an authentic local guesthouse in Laos. At these Special Stays, take the time for a digital detox and soak in all of that natural beauty.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From the Dhonk centre in India to the COPE visitor centre in Laos, our projects in Asia are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I pay for my Free Time Add Ons?

Free Time Add Ons in Asia are paid for in cash with local currency and USD only. Payments with other currencies (eg. AUD) or credit card cannot be accepted.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).