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Delve Deep: Intro to Japan

Up to 20% off selected departures on this trip

Trip Overview

TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader. Remember when you spent that INCREDible week soaking up all the sushi, sake, soba and shrines Japan could throw at you? Huh, that wasn’t you. Then what are you waiting for?! This intro to Japan is all about the weird-and-wonderful in Tokyo, the ancient wonders of Kyoto, and the foodie delights of Osaka. Swipe right for a week’s worth of mind-blowing Japanese culture. You won’t regret it.

Worth noting…

Booking from April 2024 onwards? Day 6 = you’ll be stuffing your face on a street food tour instead of exploring Osaka Castle and Umeda. Bring on the drool! 


Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

  1. Tokyo (Japan)


    Seven days. Three legendary cities. And all the ancient temples, glittering skyscrapers, quirky neighbourhoods and local eats you can handle. Ready to experience this jaw-dropping country properly? You’re in exactly the right place. First: say konnichiwa to your fellow explorers. Then: prepare for your first taste of Japan – we’ve got a group dinner in the traditional Asakusa district lined up. Yep, you’re really here.

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. Tokyo

  3. Tokyo

  4. Tokyo – Kyoto

  5. Kyoto

  6. Kyoto – Osaka

  7. Osaka


What's included

Included experiences

  • - Visit the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
  • - Walking tour of Tokyo’s Harajuku and Shibuya districts with Trip Leader
  • - Group karaoke experience in Tokyo
  • - Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
  • - Walking tour of Kyoto with Trip Leader (including Kinkaku-ji Temple)
  • - Visit the Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • - Visit the Umeda Sky Building
  • - Visit Osaka Castle



-6 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double)


- High-speed trains and public transport

Optional activities


FYI: these are optional activities available locally. Things might change – prices are here to give you a rough idea.

- Anime & manga tour of Tokyo: from 13,200 JPY

- Full day tour of Mt Fuji and Hakone: prices available locally

- Dress as a geisha or samurai: from 10,533 JPY


Luggage transport 

On Day 3 of your trip, you’re riding the Shinkansen (aka bullet train!). Carriage space is limited, so we’ll transport your luggage from Tokyo to Kyoto - just bring a small bag to cover you for this night. 

Optional activities 

All optional activities are subject to availability, but there’s *always* something lit to do in Japan! 

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

Average rating based on 9 reviews
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  • Anonymous November 2023
  • Anonymous November 2023

    Japan is an amazing country with so much to experience.
    However, the tour experience from Topdeck was not what I imagined it to be.

    The tour guide did their role in guiding us from location to location, however, they did not really provide us with any historical insight or learnings into the locations or areas we explored. I don't really feel like I learned a lot about Japan's history - which was something I wanted to get out of this tour.

    There was a lot of "free time" on the tour, so, when asked of what "must do recommendations" should we do with the time we had, we didn't really get a straight up answer, or any excitement over what was recommended. For example, an area/experience we heard about in Kyoto was something we really wanted to do, but when asked about it, we were told that it's not recommended as there was a hike. We decided to do it anyway, the hike was only 10 minutes, and it was an amazing experience as we got to see the whole city from a vantage point, but also got to see monkeys!
    The free day in Tokyo meant that we could have done many things, but there were no suggested recommendations of what we "could do". It was up to us to decide what we wanted to do and to really just do our own research, which I found very disappointing as I've been on other tours where they give you a tonne of options/must do's and we at least had an idea of what we could have done to maximise the time.

    To summarise, the small group I had was amazing, however, I felt like I could have just booked accomodation and travel in the cities we explored and maybe had a better experience.

  • Stephanie Lo June 2023

    Amazing tour guide and top spots. Only advice would be to spend a bit more time with Kyoto and Osaka.

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