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Japan Unrivalled

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106 reviews
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The one that takes in bustling cities, relaxing hot springs and majestic mountains for the ultimate Japan experience

Duration
13 Days
Places
7 places

Visiting Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Osaka

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 24 people

Transport Style

Mini-Coach + Train

Highlights

  • See Tokyo's Imperial Palace, home of the Emperor of Japan
  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.
  • Onsen experience
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

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 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.

Team

Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life, along with Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

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.

Experiences

14 included, 9 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Experience the weirdest, wackiest and most Japanese of all spectacles at The Robot Restaurant, Tokyo*
- Learn from an expert to master the art of sushi making, Tokyo*
- Be whipped along to Hiroshima at a casual 320km/h on the one-and-only Shinkansen Bullet Train, Takayama
- Dress up as your favourite superhero and zoom through the streets of Tokyo by MariCar go-kart, Tokyo*
- Pay your respects at the Peace Memorial with its rainbow of coloured paper cranes, Hiroshima
- Walk the grounds of the Imperial Palace, visit Meiji-Jingu Shrine & get wide-eyed at kawaii fashion in Harajuku, Tokyo

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Konnichiwa! And welcome to our ultimate trip to Japan. Experience traditional Japanese hot springs in Tokyo, 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.

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.

Tokyo

Visit the Itsukushima Shrine & spot miniature deer on Miyajima Island

Hiroshima

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

Kyoto

Make your childhood Mario Kart dreams a reality as you zoom through Tokyo in a MariCAR

JPY 7500

Tokyo

Master the art of sushi-making at a lunchtime class in Tokyo

JPY 6800

Tokyo

Drink in tradition with some Sake tasting in Takayama

JPY 3000

Takayama

Japan Unrivalled

14 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Tokyo's Imperial Palace, home of the Emperor of Japan
  • See the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya Crossing.
  • Grab some sushi at the world-famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
  • Take in the incredible views from the Hakone Ropeway
  • Unwind like the locals with a rejuvinating Onsen hot spring experience in Hakone
  • See Kamisan no machi (Kamisan Town), Takayama morning markets & Jinya house.
  • Zip between Japan's hotspots like the locals do, on the Shinkansen (Bullet train)
  • Visit the Itsukushima Shrine & spot miniature deer on Miyajima Island
  • Visit Peace Park & the memorial museum in Hiroshima
  • See Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area (where the Geisha are).
  • See Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Stay at a relaxing and spiritual Buddhist guest house in the shadow of Mount Koya
  • Enjoy a traditional Buddhist meal
  • Participate in an early morning Buddhist Service and guided walking tour

9 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Onsen experience JPY 2480
  • Make your childhood Mario Kart dreams a reality as you zoom through Tokyo in a MariCAR JPY 7500
  • Check out the world famous Robot Restaurant Show, Tokyo for a display of robotics, dancing and pyrotechnics JPY 6500
  • Master the art of sushi-making at a lunchtime class in Tokyo JPY 6800
  • Feast on a melt-in-your mouth Hida Beef dinner in Takayama JPY 6700
  • Drink in tradition with some Sake tasting in Takayama JPY 3000
  • Taste the delicious flavours of Okonomiyaki savoury pancakes for lunch in Hiroshima JPY 3000
  • Izakaya Dinner JPY 3800
  • MariCAR (International Driver's Licence needed) Location depending on availability JPY 7500

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
3
3 nights
Tokyo
1
1 night
Hakone
2
2 nights
Takayama
2
2 nights
Hiroshima
2
2 nights
Kyoto
1
1 night
Mount Koya
1
1 night
Osaka
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I really want to experience an Onsen, but I have tattoos?

Contiki offers an Onsen experience as one of our Free Time Add Ons. This Onsen is tattoo-free and travellers with visible tattoos won’t be let in. Don’t stress though! Our expert Trip Managers know the ins and outs of Japan, and will try to find you a tattoo-friendly Onsen in no time.

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