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12 nights accommodation
10 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay
3-star hotels are the name of the game, plus you'll get the chance to shack-up in a traditional Ryokan, as well as a Shukubo up on Mount Koya. We like to keep it intrepid, but there's no compromise on comfort.
14 included Meals
12 Breakfast, 2 Dinner
Re-fuel with a hearty breakfast included every day, plus a few delicious dinners. We'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best eats in the East. We'll get 14 of your meals, you get the rest. Taste it all - fresh sashimi, spicy ramen and delicious gourmet gyozas.
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Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
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All transport included during the trip
Getting around Asia is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.
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Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world. Small group sizes ensure you'll never miss out on the action, and laughter and friendships are always guaranteed.
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14 included, 10 optional that you can add
We'll get all your transport, accommodation and most meals sorted, plus a plethora of activities. We'll take you on a locally guided tour of Tokyo, ferry you over to Miyajima Island and show you the Peace Memorial Museum. Trust us, we know how to have fun in Japan.
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Konnichiwa! And welcome to our ultimate trip to Japan. Experience traditional Japanese hot springs in Takayama, explore Kyoto the cultural hub of Japan by visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine & travel around Tokyo taking in all the bright lights and quirks as well as eating as much sushi as possible. This is the only way to be guided around Japan, one of the most unique countries in the world.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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DAY 1 - Arrive Tokyo
Tokyo

Here amongst the bright lights and quirks of Tokyo we'll get acquainted with our new squad for what might just be the best 13 days of our lives. After checking-in to our hotel and maybe doing some DIY exploring, we will join up and get the excitement pumping - who's ready to start unraveling the incredibly unique country of Japan?

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Grand Palace Hotel (or similar)
DAY 2 - Tokyo
Tokyo

Today we'll bounce out of bed ready and raring to uncover Tokyo. The ancient Buddhist temple of Asakusa Senso-ji, the lake woven grounds of the Imperial Palace & the  Meiji Jingu shrine are just some of the doors we will open to this city. If history and religion don't get you going, the wild fashion of Harajuku & the shopping district of Nakamise Street might see you more wide-eyed. Or perhaps your idea of fun is to take to the streets of Shibuya, attempting to cross the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world.

 

Tonight, we've got a Free Time Add-On we reckon you'll find hard to resist - a much needed soak in traditional Japanese hot spring baths, locally known as an Onsen. Be warned though, these hot springs are not for the shy (meaning total nakedness), but are the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring the sights & sounds of the city.

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See the Imperial Palace, Asakusa Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Street.
See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Street.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Onsen experience
JPY 2580
Stay
Grand Palace Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - Tokyo
Tokyo

Today is yours to take on Tokyo your way. This is your chance to dress up as your favourite superhero and experience Tokyo on a Maricar go-cart, zooming through some of Tokyo's most famous areas like Akihabara, Tokyo Station, Ueno, Asakusa & the Tokyo Sky Tree. Or perhaps you're more about doing a sushi crawl, eating until your waist is the shape of Futomaki (that's the large roll). Love records? Head to the narrow city buildings to discover some eclectic finds. 

 

Want to make this night in Tokyo your weirdest, wackiest and most space age yet? We have two words for you my friends: Robot Restaurant. A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 

 

Tonight, we top it off with a quintessential Japanese quirk: the Robot Restaurant Experience.  A bonkers multi-million dollar production that's set to blow your mind.

 
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MariCAR (International Driver's Licence needed) Location depending on availability
JPY 7500
Robot Restaurant Experience
JPY 6500
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Grand Palace Hotel (or similar)
DAY 4 - Tokyo to Hakone
Tokyo

Before we leg it out of Japan's capital we have some very serious business to tend to - a guided tour of famous Tsukiji - the world's largest and busiest fish market. Here, why not opt to learn the art of sushi making, or just kick back in one of the markets sushi bars and soak in the atmosphere.

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Tsukiji fish market
Take in the incredible views from the Hakone Ropeway
Hot Spring Experience
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Sushi making
JPY 6800
Hakone

Our first overland journey takes us south to Hakone, completely removing us from Tokyo's fast city pace. We will take in Japanese mountain vistas from the Hakone Ropeway & spend the night in a traditional guesthouse where we'll be treated to some local Japanese hospitality. 

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Yunohana Hotel OR Ryokan Special Stay
DAY 5 - Hakone to Takayama
Hakone

Waving our supremely hospitable hosts goodbye we hit the road in search of a long valley amidst the Japanese mountains. 

Takayama
After a full day of exploring and ogling and Japanese countryside, it would be perfectly acceptable to crash out on arrival in Takayama. Particularly acceptable given we have all day tomorrow here to explore. 
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Takayama Green Hotel (or similar)
DAY 6 - Takayama
Takayama

Dark wooden buildings, Kanji signs & surrounding hillsides will see us totally taken by Takayama. Grab a bike and take a cycle, then unwind from it all with a Japanese footbath in our hotel's very own hot springs overlooking the mountains. There's not many places where relaxation feels quite like this. Tonight is yours to explore as you wish, but we have an inkling you won't want to miss the mouthwatering hida beef for dinner. 

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
See Kamisan no machi (Kamisan Town), Takayama morning markets & Jinya house.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Hida Beef Dinner
JPY 6700
Sake Tasting
JPY 3000
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Takayama Green Hotel (or similar)
DAY 7 - Takayama to Hiroshima
Takayama

In usual circumstances we'd be quite sad to be leaving the soul-stirring town of Takayama, but with the bullet train experience whipping us to Hiroshima it's hard not to get excited. 

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Travel by Shinkansen - (Bullet Train)
Hiroshima

We did it! We travelled on land at a casual 320 kilometers per hour on the Shinkansen - the world's fastest train. That's a big old tick off the Japan bucket list. Hiroshima is yours this afternoon to explore your way.

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New Hiroden Hotel (or similar)
DAY 8 - Hiroshima
Hiroshima

A city mourned over as the world's first atomic bomb target during World War ll, the mood will turn reflective as we enter Hiroshima. Thankfully, today this historical great has been declared a City of Peace, symbolised by coloured paper cranes denoting people’s prayers. Our day here will be one of learning as we take in the tragic recounts of World War II at the Peace Memorial Museum.  

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Ferry to Miyajima Island and see Itsukushima Shrine
Visit the Peace Memorial Museum
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Dinner Cruise
JPY 9000.00
Okonomiyaki Lunch
JPY 3000
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New Hiroden Hotel (or similar)
DAY 9 - Hiroshima to Kyoto
Hiroshima

With 3 more destinations left to uncover on the Japanese map, we hit the road this morning and leave the historical metropolis of Hiroshima behind. 

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See Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area (where the Geisha are).
Kyoto

Welcome to the culture hub of Japan. Geisha girls, artfully manicured gardens, shrines & temples aplenty - looks like we're in Kyoto! We won't  waste a minute peeling back this city's layers, taking you to Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area with our guide. You'll also have plenty of free time to check the place out any old way you please, and go on the lookout for glamorous geishas. If that means wearing a kimono and platforms, we're right here to applaud you.  

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New Miyako Hotel (or similar)
DAY 10 - Kyoto
Kyoto
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
See Fushimi Inari Shrine
Kyoto

So what's up next? How about checking out the Fushimi Inari Shrine? Approx 233 metres above sea level, the journey to the shrine begins at the base of the mountain. This afternoon is free for you to explore the sights of Kyoto.

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New Miyako Hotel (or similar)
DAY 11 - Kyoto to Mount Koya
Kyoto
Enjoy a slow and leisurely morning in Kyoto to get in the zen frame of mind for what lies ahead. On the train we make tracks for Mt Koya.
 
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Stay at a Buddhist guesthouse
Enjoy a traditional Buddhist meal
Mount Koya
You would think that by this stage of the trip all the phenomenal moments might be behind us. Oh how wrong you would be. Tonight we stay in a Buddhist guesthouse, eating traditional food and savouring the mindfulness & beauty of this incredible experience. For those looking for a digital detox amongst nature, it doesn't get better than this. 
 
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Shukubo Special Stay
DAY 12 - Mount Koya to Osaka
Mount Koya
It's our last full day of the trip - make the most of it by rising early this morning and partaking in the tradition of an early morning Buddhist service. A Local Guide will then walk us through the beauty of the Koyasan area and centuries old cemetery before we move on to our last destination.
 
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Participate in an early morning Buddhist Service and guided walking tour
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Izakaya Dinner
JPY 3800
MariCAR (International Driver's Licence needed) Location depending on availability
JPY 7000
Osaka
For those who have stepped out of their quiet zone from the morning of serenity, it will be time to relish in Osaka and take on the traditional Japanese pastime of Karaoke. A couple of Asahis or Sakes - you know, for tradition - should stimulate your bravery. 
 
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New Hankyu Hotel (or similar)
DAY 13 - Depart Osaka
Osaka

Today our Japanese fairytale comes to an end. Whilst we'll be crying silent (or not so silent) tears, our life-lasting memories, army of new friends and deep appreciation for Japan will be enough to keep the smiles on our faces. Sayōnara, globe trotters! 

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The one thing Contiki provides you with is time. Money can't buy you the time Contiki saves you to go around and see more of the things you want to see in a short period of time.
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Anonymous
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Japan was a wonderful experience. Contiki gave me an overview of the places we visited and I had the free time to explore further and get immersed.
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Stacey Harding
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I expected the pricing for Japan would be a it costly, especially because we were staying in 4 star hotels.
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Jake Ingram
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Reasonable price for a trip worth every cent
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Wesley Jordan
Traveled Oct 2018
Expensive but understandably so. Good value for money still.
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Anonymous
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Expected a few more inclusions for the price paid. Eg robot restaurant, kimono hire
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Ian Carmen
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A great trip away to japan.
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
Amazing country, amazing Contiki experience. So much seen in so little time. This is my 2nd Contiki and looking forward to another!
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Alexis Breeze
Traveled Oct 2018
Japan Unrivaled far exceeded my expectations for the trip. All of the included activities were amazing and gave me so much insight into the history and culture of Japan and the free time add-on activities (I did all of them with the #NOREGRETS option) were so much fun. I was also extremely lucky with my group in that everyone was so nice and we all got along really well. They became family in the 2 short weeks we were together. What truly made the trip, though, was our OUTSTANDING trip mananger, Shan. Shan truly went above and beyond for us, taking our desires for the trip into consideration and adding on optional activities she thought we would enjoy (such as walking around Kyoto in Kimonos and attending a baseball game in Hiroshima). I could go on and on about how much I loved my experience with Contiki in Japan, but I’ll stop here. I’ve already booked my next trip with Contiki for 2 months from now, and I can’t wait for my next adventure.
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Anonymous
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Japan has always been my top dream place to visit! To have actually found a company who would go to Japan was amazing! A bonus was that the groups age was was around the same age as me and that really made the experience even better!
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Sara Biron
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A little expensive but worth every penny!
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William Miller
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Best way to see Japan all the best parts no down side
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Anonymous
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Great value for money definitely worth it
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Adam Ousalkas
Traveled Aug 2018
Really nice hotels included! Traveling costs included!
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
Japan is a marvelous country, rich in culture. The experience was amazing but it is one of the most costly Contiki trip. I went back and forth multiple times before committing to this trip due to the cost.
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Thomas Jenkins
Traveled Aug 2018
Loved the trip, loved the trip manager Toni was amazing. Contact details for the trip manager when in location NEED to be provided sooner, we had an issue with our inbound flight landing and not having enough time to get to the meeting time/place. we were unable to contact the trip manager and subsequently arrived at an empty hotel with no idea where the group had gone. also I would not advertise it as a 13 day trip as day 1 and 13 had no activities and it is falsely representing the level of activities on these days.
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Jennifer Lee
Traveled Aug 2018
Fabulous trip! You can visit a place or you can truly experience it. Our tour manager did a great job of tailoring visits and making recommendations on where to go depending on your interests. I am glad I booked a contiki and didn't try to do this on my own. I would have had far less fun and memories. Be sure to bring an overnight bag for Mt. Koya and Hiroshima. Also bring cash for optional activities. our tour manager was great and setup a few extra optional for stuff we were interested in. Japan in general is an expensive country especially with regards to lodging so after penciling it out this was a great value. Plan for some extra days in Osaka or Tokyo after the trip. Also I think all trips are what you make it. Yes 7/11 has food but its a choice you make to eat at 7/11 during free time rather than exploring the smaller unique restaurants Japan has to offer. I ate at a 7/11 once and only because I was curious. Also there is lots, I repeat lots of walking so bring comfy shoes! Overall my best Contiki so far and already looking forward to my next trip.
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
Great intro to a foreign land, would highly recommend to any first time travelers to the far east.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2018
Japan is expensive in general. Our tour manager did a great job of finding free things for us to do for free time or inexpensive places to eat.
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Kenneth Homan
Traveled Jul 2018
Worth every penny. Japan was beautiful and I know I would not have experienced as much as I did without this trip.
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