Japan Active Adventure

Japan Active Adventure information and booking

from
$2990
  • Duration
    9 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-12
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Introductory
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 9 day trip
  • 3 half day cycle
  • 1 day sea kayak
  • 2 nights hotel
  • 4 nights traditional inn
  • 2 nights cabin
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include comfortable walking shoes and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Staying in traditional ryokans
  • Cycling in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Sumo stable and Tsukiji Fish Market
  • Famous Geisha district of Gion in Kyoto
  • Exploring the Izu Peninsula coastline by bike and sea kayak
  • Hiking in Kamikochi - the Japanese Alps

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Japan is a land of contrasts, from the futuristic and glittering neon lights of the large cities to its ancient cultures and traditions. This superb itinerary allows you to experience the real Japan in addition to exploring its natural wonders. Our adventure commences in Tokyo exploring the downtown areas and cultural sights at handlebar level, understanding the intricacies of Japan's famous sport - sumo wrestling, and indulging in the freshest sushi at the renowned Tsukiji fish market. It's then onto the Izu Peninsula to explore the coastline by cycle and sea kayak, followed by a relaxing and well-deserved soak in the local hot springs and onsen. We board a bullet train to the picturesque mountains surrounding Kamikochi, where we will go on a scenic nature hike and experience camping Japanese-style. Finally we explore the traditional geisha district, beautiful gardens, shrines and temples of Kyoto.

What's included

  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Expert bilingual group leader
  • Comfortable accommodation on twin share basis in hotels and traditional 'ryokan' inns
  • Transportation as listed in itinerary
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Medical kit

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
On arrival you will need to make your own way to the group hotel. We will have an important tour briefing at approximately 6.00pm, so please check with reception for the exact time and location. The meeting will be followed by a visit to a delicious local restaurant for our first true Japanese meal. First impressions of the industrial outer suburbs of Tokyo - a seemingly endless display of concrete and elevated highways - give little clue about the natural pleasures of coming days. Tokyo is a hive of activity, with a mind-boggling range of shops, restaurants and businesses that make it one of the world’s most energetic cities. The train is quite an experience, particularly during peak hours where the standard practice is to squeeze as many people possible into each carriage! And Japan does not need to be expensive. The following is a small suggestion for places that you can enjoy for free - the Imperial Palace East Garden; Ryogoku Fireworks Museum; Sumo Museum and the Beer Museum Ebisu. Overnight hotel.
Day 2 Visit Sumo stable and bike ride
A dynamic, modern hub, as well as the thriving capital of an ancient land, Tokyo’s hi-tech gadgetry and neon lights are a dazzling contrast to a country that is steeped in tradition. Ueno Park’s many galleries and museums are a great place to start the day, perhaps followed by a serene afternoon at the Sensoji Temple. We will have an early start of 6am today in order to observe the famous sumo wrestlers training (their schedules permitting). It’s a great opportunity to see one of Japan’s most iconic traditions up close. Afterwards we will take a bike ride in downtown Tokyo, observing and mingling with local people as they go about their work. We will take in many famous sights as well as the real Tokyo. Overnight hotel.
Day 3 Tsukiji fish market, cycling in Izu
Another early start in order to visit the famous fish market - one of Japan’s biggest and busiest and the source of the freshest fish in the city. Afterwards we will take the local express line to the Izu peninsula and go for a fantastic half day cycle along the coastline of Izu. A popular resort region for tourists from the Kanto region, the Izu peninsula is primarily known for its onsen hot spring resorts in Atami, Shuzenji and Ito. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National park. Overnight traditional inn with shared bathroom facilities.
Day 4 Sea kayaking in Izu
This peninsula has everything to keep the adrenaline pumping. Today we will explore the coast by sea kayaking in the emerald water. We will then finish our day by going to the onsen (hot spring) for a well deserved and relaxing soak. This evening we will have a BBQ dinner. Overnight traditional inn with shared bathroom facilities.
Day 5 Transfer to Kamikochi
Transfer to Kamikochi by taking the local trains and then our first bullet train, followed by the bus (total 6.5hrs on trains, 1.5hrs on bus), arriving in the late afternoon. Kamikochi is a popular resort in the Japanese Alps of Nagano Prefecture, offering some of Japan’s most spectacular mountain scenery. It is a roughly 15 kilometre long plateau in the Azusa River Valley, about 1500 metres above sea level. We will stay the night in cabin style accommodation (with shared bathroom facilities) surrounded by the beautiful nature of Kamikochi and settle in with a camp fire tonight.
Day 6 Hike along Azusa River
We will enjoy a scenic hike along the Azusa river for approximately 15 kms. Kamikochi is the entrance to North Japan’s Alps mountain range and makes for a stunning vista. Private cars are banned from Kamikochi and access is only possible by bus or taxi. Overnight cabin with shared bathroom facilities.
Day 7 Transfer to Kyoto, night walk in Gion district
Transfer to Kyoto by bus to Matsumoto, and then by two trains including the famous bullet train to Kyoto (2.5hrs train ride). After we check into our ryokan, we will go for a walk through the renowned Gion district where traditional Geisha houses can still be seen (and we might see one or two geishas!). Overnight traditional inn with shared bathroom facilities.
Day 8 Cycling in Kyoto
Today we cycle around Kyoto visiting the many seasonal gardens and temples. The Heian Shrine was built to commemorate the founding of Kyoto, and the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is also very beautiful. Overnight traditional inn with shared bathroom facilities.
Day 9 In Kyoto, trip concludes
Trip concludes after breakfast.