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J-Pop & Go! is a tour that combines the vibrant pop culture of Japan with its rich traditional heritage. HYPERJAPAN, the UK's largest event celebrating Japanese pop culture and food, has partnered with InsideJapan Tours to offer this ultimate J-culture adventure. The tour covers five destinations in ten nights, showcasing both iconic pop culture spots and historical sites that offer insight into the blend of modern and traditional in Japanese society. In Tokyo, guests will visit the Studio Ghibli Museum, enjoy panoramic views from Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, and explore the quirky Akihabara district. As the tour moves west towards Kyoto, a night in Hakone offers a chance to experience hot spring baths and stunning views of Mount Fuji. In Kyoto, guests can partake in zazen meditation, observe geisha in the Gion district, and admire the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights


Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
Breakfast every day, one lunch and three evening meals
All transport between destinations; Transport passes in Hakone, Kyoto and Miyajima, and an IC transport card with 4,500 yen credit for city transport
Entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo
Evening walking tour of Kyoto's Gion geisha district
Visit to Hiroshima's Peace Park Museum
Tickets to the Studio Ghibli Museum
Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Kyoto and from Hiroshima to Tokyo
10 nights' accommodation
Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
Tickets to Tokyo's Anime Japan event (March departure only)
Cable car and boat ride across Lake Ashi in Hakone
Zazen meditation session at Ryosoku-in Temple
Tate-do swordplay experience in Osaka
Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip
Arrival and departure transfers by shared shuttle bus

Not Included

International flights
Any entrance fees (including temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
Any local transport unless covered by the included transport passes
Baggage handling and luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified - you will be expected to carry your own luggage


Days 1-3


Explore Tokyo's iconic pop culture sites on a guided tour, starting with the famous Akihabara "electric town" and ending with the quirky street fashions of Harajuku. Upon arrival in Tokyo, you will be greeted by a driver and taken to your hotel in Ikebukuro. Your tour leader will meet you there to kick off the trip with a welcome meeting and dinner.

Day 2 will be packed with a walking tour of Tokyo, including stops at Harajuku for a glimpse of the unique street styles, Shibuya for lunch in the retro yokocho alleys, and Meiji Shrine for a peaceful stroll in the woods. You'll also witness the bustling scramble crossing in Shibuya among other highlights.

On day 3, you will explore different areas of Tokyo, starting with a visit to Tsukiji Fish Market for fresh sushi before crossing the bay to Odaiba on the monorail. Along the way, you'll see the impressive Ghibli clock at Shiodome. Your tour leader will then take you to Akihabara, known as the geek culture hub of Tokyo. For a change of pace, you can opt to visit the Skytree for panoramic views or the innovative National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan).

Day 4

Hakone & Mount Fuji

Experience stunning natural scenery, breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, and unwind with a night at a traditional ryokan inn in Hakone National Park.

On day four, leave the city's skyscraper forest behind and journey to Hakone, a picturesque national park where Mount Fuji stands tall. Fans of anime will recognize Hakone as the setting for Tokyo-3 in the popular series Neon Genesis Evangelion, and you'll have the opportunity to visit the Evangelion gift shop during your visit.

While in Hakone, embark on a boat ride across Lake Ashi and catch sight of Mount Fuji from the Komagatake Ropeway or cable car, which will take you up the mountainside for exploration.

For the night, experience a stay at a charming traditional ryokan inn featuring tatami mat floors, futon mattresses, and indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. Hot spring bathing is a cherished part of Japanese culture, so be sure to take advantage of this relaxing experience.

Days 5-6


Experience zazen meditation and explore the Gion geisha district in Kyoto, Japan's historic cultural capital. With over 2,000 temples and shrines, Kyoto is a treasure trove of Japanese tradition and history. On day 5, you will travel to Kyoto at high speeds, guided by your tour leader through the city's backstreets to the enchanting Gion district, where you may catch a glimpse of a geisha. Day 6 offers the opportunity to participate in zazen meditation at Ryosoku-in Temple, followed by a personalized tour of Kyoto's hidden gems curated by your tour leader. Alternatively, you can choose to engage in activities like yuzen dyeing, attend a kimono show, or visit the Toei Movie Park. For manga enthusiasts, there is also a museum dedicated to Japan's renowned comic book culture.

Day 7


Travel west to Hiroshima, a bustling modern city with a tragic past. Take a bullet train to Hiroshima and then a short ferry ride to Miyajima, a small island known for its stunning natural beauty, friendly deer population, and the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Later in the day, enjoy the local specialty, okonomiyaki, a savory pancake made with noodles and vegetables cooked on a hotplate at your table.

Day 8


Discover Osaka, known for its vibrant residents and delicious street food. On the eighth day, you will explore Hiroshima's Peace Park and Museum, offering a poignant reflection on the events of World War Two and promoting a message of peace for the future. Additionally, you can take part in a tatedo stage-fighting workshop to master the art of wielding a samurai sword before heading to Osaka for the night.

Days 9-11


Experience the ultimate pop culture journey through Japan by visiting the Studio Ghibli Museum, showcasing the works of renowned anime director Hayao Miyazaki.

Start your day in Osaka, a dynamic city known for its vibrant atmosphere. Explore Dotonbori, a paradise for trying takoyaki (octopus balls), and browse the cooking tools street of Doguyasuji. You also have the option to visit Universal Studios Japan or Osaka Castle before taking the bullet train back to Tokyo. Don't miss out on sampling Osaka's famous street food!

For certain departures in March, tickets to Tokyo's AnimeJapan event are included. This convention is one of the largest in the world, showcasing top names in anime and manga. Take an early train from Osaka to Tokyo to attend AnimeJapan.

On day 10, enjoy a full day in Tokyo. Visit the enchanting Studio Ghibli Museum to immerse yourself in Miyazaki's imaginative world. Explore Tokyo from the Skytree, shop at Shinjuku, or visit Nakano Broadway, a popular spot for Tokyo's otaku community. Your tour leader will offer suggestions for activities.

Say farewell to Japan with a group dinner before catching a shared shuttle bus to Narita or Haneda Airport for your flight home. Have a safe journey back!

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

At a Glance

Trip Type
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Tour Guide
None Provided
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Dep. Transfer
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