• Three ladies in a kimono walking under Torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine

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 – including riding the Shinkansen (aka bullet train)! Because carriage space is limited on Japanese trains, we’ll transport your luggage on a few days. You’ll just need to bring a small overnight bag to cover you for these nights. Pssst: optional activities are subject to availability, but there’s *always* something fun to do in Japan – trust us.

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 at a local restaurant. 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

- 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 13,200 JPY (booking in advance recommended)

- Hida beef dinner: from 6,000 JPY

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

- Full day tour of Universal Studios: from 13,200 JPY (booking in advance recommended)

- Osaka nightlife tour: from 10,267 JPY

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

OTHER INFORMATION

Luggage transport 

On this trip you’ll be travelling like a local – including riding the Shinkansen (aka bullet train)! Because carriage space is limited on Japanese trains, we’ll transport your luggage on a few days. You’ll just need to bring a small overnight bag to cover you for these nights. 

Optional activities 

Pssst: optional activities are subject to availability, but there’s *always* something fun to do in Japan – trust us. 

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

Average rating based on 14 reviews
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  • Brennan Ma February 2024

    Overall a very positive experience, I had a lot of fun with all of the different experiences and got along well with the tour group. Our tour guide definitely played a major roll in the overall enjoyment of the trip, being very friendly and knowledgeable. One big issue with the trip was with the takayama experience. Whilst I believe the traditional type stay is necessary, the place was very run down with no water as the pipes froze and in some rooms no heating.

  • samuel bu February 2024

    Overall the experience was great. All hotels bar one was good. I felt like I got to visit many of the bucket list locations

  • Anonymous December 2023

    Could have chosen better hotels and timed the traveling between cities more efficiently.

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