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Delve Deep: Japan

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Trip Overview

(Previously called: Japan Highlights) 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).

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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 to Takayama

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  5. Takayama to Hiroshima

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  6. Hiroshima

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  7. Hiroshima to Osaka

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  8. Osaka

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  9. Osaka to 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
  • - 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

- 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.

- Sushi-making experience: from 8,824 JPY

- Visit Tokyo Disneyland: from 8,600 JPY

- Day Trip to Mt Fuji: from 16,471 JPY

- East Tokyo neighborhood cycling tour: prices available locally

- Hida beef dinner: from 4,500 JPY

- Traditional onsen experience: prices available locally

- Full day tour of Universal Studios: prices available locally

- Osaka nightlife tour: prices available locally

- Ramen making class: from 3,500 JPY

- Dress as a geisha or samurai: from 9,600 JPY

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