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Delve Deep: Japan

Trip Overview

TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader. Don't just want to see Japan, but EXPERIENCE it? In all its ancient, futuristic, kooky, incredible glory? You're in luck. In under two weeks, this Delve Deep trip gives you the highlights and the hidden gems. The culture and the crazy. The ultra-modern and the historic. The scenery and the cities. And all the ramen, okonomiyaki, udon, katsu, yakitori and sake your fat pants can handle (you packed those, right?). This is your insider guide. Japan is waiting.

Worth noting…
On this trip you'll be travelling like a local. Meaning? Pack light! You’ll need to make sure your luggage is no bigger than 160 cm in total (height x width x length) for travel on the Shinkansen (aka bullet train).

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

  1. Tokyo (Japan)

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    You ready for 12 UNbelievable days of delving deep into Japanese culture? Discovering the ultra-modern, the ancient traditions and alllll the local eats – plus the weird, whacky and totally wonderful in between? We thought so. First: say konnichiwa to your fellow explorers. Then: we’ll kick things off with a group dinner in the traditional Asakusa district, where craft shops and steaming food stalls line the buzzing streets. Nihon e yokoso – welcome to Japan!

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. Tokyo

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  3. Tokyo

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  4. Tokyo – Takayama

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  5. Takayama – Hiroshima

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  6. Hiroshima

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  7. Hiroshima – Osaka

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  8. Osaka

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  9. Osaka – Kyoto

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  10. Kyoto

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  11. Kyoto

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  12. Kyoto

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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 Hida folk village
  • - Visit the morning riverside markets in Takayama
  • - Half-day tour of Takayama
  • - Visit a sake brewery in Takayama
  • - Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum
  • - Visit the Itsukushima Shrine on the island of Miyajima
  • - Half-day tour of Osaka with Trip Leader
  • - Experience Buddhist morning rituals in Osaka
  • - Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
  • - Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto
  • - Visit the Arashiyama bamboo forest
  • - Visit the Nishiki food market in Kyoto
  • - Walking tour of Kyoto’s Gion district with Trip Leader

Accommodation

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-8 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double), 1 night in traditional ryokan, 2 nights in a temple lodge

Transport

- 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.

- Taiyaki (fish-shaped cakes) making experience: from 5,600 JPY

- Visit Tokyo Disneyland: from 11,600 JPY

- Hida beef dinner: from 4,000 JPY

- Traditional onsen experience (tattoos not allowed): prices available locally

- Full day tour of Universal Studios: from 11,600 JPY

- Visit Osaka Castle: prices available locally

- Osaka nightlife tour: from 9,600 JPY

- Dress as a geisha or samurai: from 8,400 JPY

- Bento Box cooking class: from 10,700 JPY

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

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  • Anonymous October 2022

    It is extremely overpriced and badly planned. If it weren't for our guide adjusting the itinerary where possible, the tour would have been horrible. There was no warning before the trip started that there would be not just one overnight with a backpack, but the stay in Osaka would be two nights with only a backpack. We could have taken our suitcases but were advised not to. I would have prepared for this before leaving home if I'd known.

  • Bailey L February 2019

    Excellent

  • Anonymous November 2018

    This trip will change your life for the best!

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