Take a short and sweet tour through fascinating Japan.
Home to sumo wrestling, sake, geishas, karaoke and 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.
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Japan is full of the contrasts of ultra modern (robot restaurant anyone?) and ancient tradition (just step into any of Kyoto’s stunning temples). While brief, this trip will introduce you to all facets of this fascinating country.
With a leader to show you around, a new group of friends to explore with and plenty of free time to do exactly what interests you most about the country, you will definitely be able to make the most of each day on this trip.
The little town of Nikko is one of our favourite destinations, packed with World Heritage listed temples, picture perfect hiking trails, and one of the best places to experience an onsen – hot springs bath.
Eat your way from Tokyo to Kyoto with chances to try all kinds of sumptuous street food, sake, snacks and surprises, including the best sushi of course!
Even getting from A to B is fun in Japan! Ride the shinkasen bullet train and make use of day passes for local public transport to get to and from the activities you choose in each destination.
As this is a Basix style trip, expect simple accommodation, included public transport and plenty of free time to pack in the optional activities.
Your leader will take you on orientation walks in each destination, giving you tips on things like supermarkets, places to eat and ATMs and recommendations of fun things to see and do. For more in depth exploration you can head off on your own or with other members of your group, or for the days we are in Kyoto and Tokyo, book one of our excellent Urban Adventures day tours. If you are interested in an itinerary with more inclusions, please see our “Land of the Rising Sun” (CJST) trip.
In some destinations you may be staying in a ryokan, which is a Japanese-style inn. It’s a great taste of tradition, however not everyone finds futon matresses on the tatami mat floor, tiny bathrooms and proximity to other guests as comfortable as more western-style hotels and beds.
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1. This trip does not include a Japan Rail Pass. You will need to buy your own train tickets for any independent rail travel you wish to do in Japan pre or post tour.
2. Due to the rapid increase in tourism in Japan and in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics it has been necessary to go outside our traditional tour leader sources. As a result our passionate, professional and trained tour leaders may be local Japanese or long term foreign residents in Japan.
Our Japan Express trips score an average of 4.68 out of 5 based on 63 reviews in the last year.
Japan Express is good for solo travelers who want to travel with others. It wasn't the right choice for us as a couple, since my spouse doesn't like to socialize as much, although I enjoyed the rest of the group. However, this tour also makes it fairly easy to do your own thing. My biggest problem was the amount of time spent traveling between cities - it essentially killed two days of the trip. That's something Intrepid could fix, so I don't know if it's true for all tours (our guide was asked to book slower trains - might be cheaper but took a lot longer). I would go again if I were solo.
Review submitted 20 Nov 2017
Amazing tour, Toshika goes above and beyond what is expected from a guide. Transport for each area is provided each day (bus/metro/train pass). Take comfortable shoes, you'll walk a lot. Amazing trip. Definitely worth doing.
Review submitted 16 Nov 2017