Epic Japan

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Tokyo to Osaka

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Always wanted to experience Japan but felt it was pricey? No longer! This super-affordable 11-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun is the solution. Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous geisha district of Kyoto, and the iconic floating torii gate of Miyajima. Experience the country's traditions and cutting-edge modernity with lots of free time. Discover Japan with a group of like-minded adventurers and you'll never want to come home.

What’s included

  • Carte Blanche: Kyoto
  • Orientation walks in Tokyo and Takayama
  • Overnight stay in a traditional inn (Takayama)
  • Miyajima Island visit
  • Free time in each destination
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore both the ultramodern and traditional sides of japan
  • Experience tokyo's vibrant nightlife
  • Visit kyoto's iconic temples and geishas
  • See the floating torii gate of miyajima
  • Stay in a traditional inn in takayama to experience historic japan

Itinerary

Day 1 Tokyo We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this metropolis. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Tokyo Get your bearings with an orientation walk before enjoying free time to explore buzzing Tokyo. Opt to check out Yoyogi Park, Asakusa shrine, quirky Harajuku, Shibuya Crossing, or explore the city's myriad shops and cafés. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
Day 3 Tokyo/Takayama Travel to picturesque Takayama and take in the quaint streets of the old town – lined with sake breweries and craft shops – on a CEO-led orientation walk. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area. In the evening, kick back and relax in a traditional inn – complete with tatami floors and Japanese futons. Included Activities: Takayama Orientation Walk Transport: Bullet train (4.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Takayama/Kyoto Board a train to Japan's imperial capital. Arrive in Kyoto and spend the rest of the day discovering this historic city. In the evening, opt to pick up a local brew and chill out riverside or check out one of Kyoto's many bars. Transport: Bullet train (3.50-4.00 hours)
Day 5 Kyoto Explore this culturally-rich city with a free day. Opt to visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, or take a calligraphy class. Enjoy a final night out in Kyoto with the group.
Day 6 Kyoto Explore this culturally-rich city with a free day. Opt to visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, or take a calligraphy class.
Day 7 Kyoto/Hiroshima Travel to Hiroshima and opt to visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city. Transport: Bullet train (2.75 hour(s))
Day 8 Hiroshima Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate and meet the friendly local deer. Opt to go for an easy hike around Mt Misen, and be sure to sample some oysters – a regional specialty. Included Activities: Miyajima Island Visit Transport: Ferry Ferry
Day 9 Hiroshima/Osaka Osaka has heaps to offer including Osaka Castle Park, Shinsaibashi shopping street, and the Dotombori Bridge. Osaka is a unique culinary destination – be sure to try "takoyaki" the city's famous squid snack or opt for a group meal of "kushikatsu." Transport: Bullet train (3.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Osaka Get out and explore the city. Opt to tour a ramen museum, visit the Osaka castle, or browse Umeda's many shops. Be sure to experience Osaka's buzzing nightlife on a final night out with the group.
Day 11 Osaka Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.
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