Take a short and sweet tour through fascinating Japan.

Home to sumo wrestling, sake, geishas, karaoke and traditional onsens, Japan is an extraordinary land. Here you can expect a frenetic pace one day and a tranquil experience the next. Take in the neon nightlife of Tokyo, relax in the manicured gardens of Nikko and discover thousands of years of culture and history in Kyoto. From world-class sushi to legendary samurai, this enigmatic nation is a traveller’s delight. Get back to basics and see the best of Japan without busting your budget.

Start
Tokyo, Japan
Finish
Kyoto, Japan
Countries
Japan
Themes
Explorer
Code
CJRB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
183kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Shed your clothes (and inhibitions) in a traditional Japanese onsen
  • Experience ancient traditions in Kyoto
  • Travel by train through pristine countryside
  • Shop up a storm in Tokyo
  • See the shrines and temples of Nikko

Itinerary

Explore Japan’s pulsating capital - a bright, bold and busy collection of frenetic downtown streets and serene suburban temples. In free time, visit the world's biggest fish market, hit the shops in Shibuya or discover traditional Tokyo in Asakusa. Get the most out of this thriving Asian city by perusing the many galleries of Ueno Park, passing an afternoon among the quiet gardens of Sensoji Temple or learning about an ancient pastime at the sumo stables. For those feeling hungry, take a soba noodle cooking class or go in search of the city’s finest sushi bars.
Travel on a scenic train ride from Tokyo to Nikko and get the chance to soak up the spectacular countryside that makes Japan such a unique holiday destination. Stroll through forests of towering cedars that conceal splendid shrines and temples, remnants of the wealth and power of a warlord whose family ruled Japan for almost three centuries. A visit to Toshogu Shrine in particular is highly recommended while in Nikko.
Enjoy a ride on the bullet train to Kyoto. Featuring over 2,000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto has a picture-postcard vista around every corner. Travel out to Gion, the famous geisha district, to observe the traditional teahouses and to catch a glimpse of its elusive kimono-clad residents. Perhaps end the adventure with a quintessential Japanese experience - a night out at a karaoke bar!
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Bus, Metro, Train, Train (bullet)
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights), Ryokan (6 nights)

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Important notes

1. Please note no Single Supplement is available for this trip.
2. This itinerary is far from a hand-holding, all inclusive trip, so enjoy the freedom and indulge in some raw fish!

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Japan Express trips score an average of 4.53 out of 5 based on 30 reviews in the last year.

Japan Express , July 2015

Japan Express , July 2015