Geisha in Arashiyama Bamboo Forest | Japan
FROM: €3,945 pp
Japan Uncovered - 11 days map

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: Explore Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka on this 11-day Japan group tour. Take in the highlights of Tokyo, join a sushi-making class and watch a sumo training session. Ride the cable car for magnificent views of Mount Fuji, enjoy a steamy onsen bath at a traditional ryokan and explore Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Find your inner Zen in a meditation class led by a Buddhist Monk, enjoy guided sightseeing in Kyoto and marvel at the red torii gate of Miyajima Island.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Tokyo - Explore Tokyo, join a sushi making class, watch a sumo training session and see the busy Shibuya crossing
Kyoto - See iconic landmarks including the Golden Pavilion and Imperial Palace, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and watch a Geisha performance
Hiroshima - Pay your respects at the Peace Memorial Museum and opt to try the local delicacy of okonomiyaki pancakes
Ryokan - Spend a night at a traditional Japanese bath and sleeping house, with the opportunity to relax in an onsen
Mount Fuji - Ride the cable car to enjoy magnificent views of Fuji
Miyajima - Ferry to the iconic red torii gate which appears to float on water and ride the cable car to the top of Mount Misen for panoramic views
Osaka - Enjoy a canal boat ride through the Dotonbori district before a final farewell group dinner and bar crawl
Arashiyama - Visit the stunning Bamboo Forest with a delightful village atmosphere and explore the delightful Tenryu-ji Temple gardens

Included

1 breakfast & 3 dinners
All transportation via public transport (including 7-day JR rail pass) and private transfers
Guided sightseeing in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Miyajima, Hiroshima and Osaka as per itinerary
Sumo wrestling experience
Cruises - Sumida River cruise, Lake Ashi boat cruise & Osaka canal boat ride
Geisha show in Kyoto
Entry to Sake Museum in Kyoto
10 nights 3-4 star hotels including 1 night ryokan experience
Local English speaking licensed tour guides for scheduled sightseeing
Sushi making class
Onsen experience in Hakone
Meditation class at a Zen temple
Miyajima Island day trip including torii gate
Craft beer crawl in Osaka

Not Included

Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Optional activities
International flights and visas
Airport transfers

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Tokyo!

Welcome to Japan! On arrival in Tokyo, make your own way to the start hotel. At 16:00, you will meet the rest of the group and your adventure leader at a welcome meeting in the lounge of the hotel.

We then head for an included kaiseki dinner - a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. Afterwards, enjoy panoramic views over the city from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Overnight: Tokyo  |  Dinner

Day 2

Tsukiji Fish Market & Sushi Making

The morning begins with a sunrise exploration of Tsukiji Fish Market, a bustling hub of shops and restaurants renowned for its fresh seafood.

We'll continue on to the Sumida River in Asakusa. A boat ride awaits, offering captivating views of Tokyo's skyline. Returning to solid ground, we'll visit the iconic Sensoji Temple. The temple's surroundings host a vibrant market with local treats and traditional souvenirs.

The afternoon offers you the chance to join a sushi-making class. Led by a seasoned professional instructor, you'll have the unique opportunity to craft this Japanese delicacy.

Come nightfall, consider exploring the energetic Roppongi district. This trendy area is known for its vibrant nightlife!
Overnight: Tokyo

Day 3

Sumo & Shibuya

Today starts with a visit to a Sumo stable, offering a glimpse into the world of Sumo wrestling. Witness real-life Sumo wrestlers in the midst of their rigorous training, providing an authentic experience of this ancient Japanese tradition. Following this, explore the historic areas of Sumo town. For lunch, consider indulging in a chanko nabe meal, a dish favoured by Sumo wrestlers.

In the early afternoon, we'll head for Meiji Jingu Shrine, completed in 1920 to honor Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Then, enjoy free time in the vibrant Harajuku district, known for its unique fashion and eclectic atmosphere.

The adventure continues to the bustling Shibuya district, where you can experience the world's busiest pedestrian crossing. Take a moment to find the Hachiko statue, an iconic symbol of loyalty and devotion.

As the evening sets in, the city is yours to explore at your leisure. Consider venturing into the vibrant nightlife of Shibuya or discovering the tech and anime culture of Akihabara.
Overnight: Tokyo

Day 4

Views of Mount Fuji

Tokyo - Hakone. After breakfast this morning, we depart Tokyo and head for the mountains, and one mountain in particular...

We'll arrive in Moto-Hakone just before lunch. Once here, prepare to test your sea legs aboard a pirate ship cruise over the scenic Lake Ashi. This unconventional vessel offers panoramic views of towering mountains, clear waters, and, on a clear day, the majestic silhouette of Mount Fuji. We'll then ascent into the mountain peaks via a cable car. This journey promises the chance to admire the natural beauty of the Hakone region.

We will be staying in Hakone at a hotel offering a traditional ryokan experience. A ryokan is a Japanese bath and sleeping house. You will have the chance to relax in a steamy onsen bath and will enjoy a mouth-watering multi-course Kaiseki dinner.
Overnight: Hakone (ryokan experience)  |  Dinner

Day 5

Kyoto & Geisha Show

Hakone - Kyoto. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Hakone. After breakfast, you have time to enjoy another onsen bath before we bid farewell to Hakone and make our way to the rail station for the journey to Kyoto.

Upon reaching Kyoto and completing the check-in process, the exploration resumes with a stroll to the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu Dera Temple. The ancient temple is perched on the hillsides and offers panoramic views of Kyoto.

Returning to the city center, enjoy a guided tour of Kyoto's renowned geisha districts, particularly the enchanting Gion. In the evening, attend a traditional geisha show.

Afterwards, the city is yours to explore. Consider revisiting the Gion area, where many delicious traditional Japanese restaurants await.
Overnight: Kyoto  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Fushimi Inari Shrine

This morning, we visit the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine, which is even more impressive in person than it is in the photos! We'll stroll through the red torii gates before heading to Nishiki Market. Known as 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' enjoy free time to grab lunch from one of its hundreds of shops and restaurants.

In the early afternoon, we gather for a visit to the Sake Museum. This unique establishment is dedicated to the history, creation, and cultural significance of Japanese rice wine. Following the visit to the Sake Museum, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Kyoto

Day 7

Meditation Class & Golden Pavillion

Today, find your inner peace at the Daisen-in Temple. Engage in a special meditation class led by a Buddhist monk, allowing you to discover the art of mindfulness and relaxation. After the meditation session, admire the temple's traditional Zen garden, renowned as one of the most beautiful in Japan.

We will then some of Kyoto's iconic sites. Firstly, the UNESCO-listed Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji). This Zen temple, adorned with layers of gold leaf, casts shimmering reflections across the serene pond it gracefully stands over. Then, visit the Imperial Palace, which served as the residence for Japan's Imperial family until 1868.

As the day of sightseeing concludes, the evening is yours to spend at leisure. Consider venturing into the downtown area to experience Kyoto's vibrant nightlife.
Overnight: Kyoto

Day 8

Kyoto to Hiroshima

Kyoto - Hiroshima. We check-out this morning and drop off our luggage for safe keeping. Opt to embark on an adventurous sightseeing tour of the Arashiyama district aboard a rickshaw (booked & paid locally).

Spending the afternoon in the Arashiyama area, we'll break for lunch before we head to the iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Wander through this natural wonderland and continue your exploration at the Tenryu-ji Temple gardens. Home to ponds, landscaped zones, and traditional structures, the temple gardens showcase the artistry of Japanese garden design.

Then it's back to the station as we board a bullet train to Hiroshima. Check-in on arrival before your first evening in the city is at leisure.
Overnight: Hiroshima

Day 9

Miyajima Island

Today we make the short ferry trip to Miyajima Island, famous for the iconic red torii gate which appears to float on the water. Enjoy panoramic views of the island as we ride the Miyajima Ropeway cable car to the top of Mount Misen. Returning to sea level, the afternoon is dedicated to further exploration of Miyajima Island's captivating landscapes.

Returning to Hiroshima, there's the option to join your group for a traditional okonomiyaki dinner this evening. These savoury pancakes are topped with cabbage, meat, and seafood and are a specialty in the area.
Overnight: Hiroshima

Day 10

Hiroshima Memorials & Osaka

Hiroshima - Osaka. This morning, we take a sobering but important visit to the Peace Memorial Museum to learn more about the tragic events of 1945 when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated by atomic weapons. With the aid of an audio guide, you'll navigate through the exhibits before enjoying some free time for lunch.

After our visit, we take the train to Osaka. Enjoy a short boat ride down the canal in the lively Dotonbori district before enjoying our final group meal of the tour. Sample traditional Takoyaki before we enjoy a few drinks on a craft beer crawl.
Overnight: Osaka  |  Dinner

Day 11

Return to Tokyo

Osaka - Tokyo. You adventure leader will see you safely onto a train back to Tokyo this morning, and our tour arrangements end on arrival back in the city. If you would like us to arrange post-tour accommodation, then we can do this on request for you.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
€4,425
€5,615
€4,425
€5,615
€4,425
€5,615
€4,425
€5,615
€4,425
€5,615
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135
€3,945
€5,135

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Shinjuku Washington Hotel , Tokyo

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Shinjuku Washington Hotel is a colossal property located in the heart of one of Tokyo's most popular areas. The rooms are simple and practical, offering guests a comfortable, no-frills stay. While there are plenty of eateries within walking distance of the property, guests aren't likely to want to go anywhere once they see what's on offer within the hotel complex. Visitors can choose from a Chinese or Japanese buffet breakfast followed by dinner in the steak house or American-style restaurant. The hotel is just a 15 minute walk from the Shinjuku railway station.

Hakone Pax Yoshino, Hakone

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Japanese Ryokan

A hotel fusing the modern with the traditional, Hakone Pax Yoshino offers a ryokan experience, complete with indoor and outdoor onsen baths and traditional multi-course Kaiseki meals. Accommodation is in traditional ryokan style, and guests will sleep in futon beds on a tatami (straw) floor. Rooms are air-conditioned and come complete with Japanese yukata robes and green tea-making facilities. The majority of rooms are also equipped with a balcony or verandah. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in communal areas of the hotel.

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae, Kyoto

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This modern and stylish hotel is located in the heart of Kyoto, just a few steps away from Kyoto Station. Well-appointed rooms are designed to provide guests with a comfortable and relaxing stay. Each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, an electric kettle, and an ensuite bathroom with bathtub and shower. The hotel's restaurant is Vietnamese-themed and the breakfast menu consists of Japanese, Western and Vietnamese options.

Rihga Royal Hiroshima, Hiroshima

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Rihga Royal Hotel is a convenient and well-equipped accommodation with 6 dining options and a 24-hour front desk. Located just 10 minutes by car from JR Hiroshima Train Station, the hotel offers comfortable rooms with flat-screen satellite TVs and private bathrooms. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms. Its prime location places it within a short walk to major attractions such as the Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Guests can indulge in a variety of cuisines, including French, Japanese, Chinese, teppanyaki, sushi, and more. The hotel also features a pool and fitness center for guests to enjoy.

Cross Hotel, Osaka

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Cross Hotel is a smart hotel located on Dotombori, one of the most famous and lively streets in all of Japan, never mind Osaka. The hotel has been recently refurbished in a sleek, modern design, giving it something of a boutique feel. Rooms are well designed and generously sized. The hotel is well located near a plethora of restaurants and bars in the surrounding streets and the onsite Lime Restaurant serves a buffet lunch and breakfast.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Tokyo
Ends
Tokyo
Departs
Mondays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Escorted by a local guide (on some departures you may have different guides in each city)
Meals
Breakfast: 1, Dinner: 3
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
Rainbow Bridge, stretching across the water in Tokyo, lit up at night
Rainbow Bridge, stretching across the water in Tokyo, lit up at night
Rainbow Bridge, stretching across the water in Tokyo, lit up at night
Mount Fuji dominating the landscape behind Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji dominating the landscape behind Lake Kawaguchi
Beautiful lake with a temple in the background in springtime in Kyoto
Beautiful lake with a temple in the background in springtime in Kyoto
Beautiful lake with a temple in the background in springtime in Kyoto
Hiroshima memorial, dedicated to those lost in the tragedy
Hiroshima memorial, dedicated to those lost in the tragedy
Rainbow Bridge, stretching across the water in Tokyo, lit up at night
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