Japan is a magical place where old and new collide. A country full of incredible natural beauty, futuristic cities of neon, world-renowned food, and a culture steeped in tradition. Japan has a way of enveloping you from the moment you step off the plane. From partying in the famous Shinjuku area of Tokyo to walking down the stone paths of the Gion district in Kyoto, One Life Adventures - Japan will show you the best of the country in 10 days. Starting in Tokyo and finishing in Osaka we explore the iconic areas of Japan plus some places off the tourist trail. By the end of the 10 days you would have lived and breathed the Land of the Rising Sun.
Day 1: Welcome to Japan!
Touch down Japan! Welcome to the land of culture, a country with majestic mountains, crazy neon lights, world-class food & ancient and fascinating history. A land where the sake is hot or cold, where the sun glistens off the snow-covered peaks, where incense floats around temples and shrines & where the technological advances take the world by storm. Japan is a dream, a desired destination where all those leave with a newfound sense of wonder. Arrive into your traditionally designed Tokyo hostel to be greeted by your tour guide. Once you’ve settled in, we’ll take you out to feast on Japanese cuisine and meet the rest of your group. After dinner, we’ll head to Asakusa to visit Senso-ji once the crowds have gone. This is one of the most important temples in Tokyo, an illustrious red temple that is a feast for the senses!
Day 2: Explore Tokyo!
We’ll start the morning off with a language and culture class. You’ll learn simple Japanese customs and phrases to help you dictate your way across the country. Once we have learned all we need, we’ll head out to the birthplace of Japanese teen pop culture - Harajuku! We’ll then head into Yoyogi Park to relax in the beautiful surroundings of the Meiji Shrine for the afternoon. In the evening, we head to Akihabara - known as Tokyo’s electric town, you’ll be blinded by all the neon lights and crazy shops! You can challenge each other in the arcades or head off to explore the rest of the area on your own.
Day 3: Sushi Making Class & Robot Restaurant
Today we’ll head to the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Tokyo is famed for its seafood delights and this market is the birthplace of Japan’s most famous food; sushi! After you’ve explored the countless different fish stalls, we will head over to our sushi making class where sushi masters will teach you how to roll the perfect sushi and fry teriyaki! After your sushi lunch we’ll head back to the hostel for a quick freshen up before heading to the Tokyo Government Building Lookout for an unparalleled view of the city’s skyline. Next up we head to the famous Omoide Yokocho alley where you can find yourself a delicious meal of Yakitori before our next stop - the Robot Restaurant! We’ll watch an incredible show like no other, where performers will ride huge robots and dance to the theme of thriller whilst lasers and lights bounce off the walls of this famous destination. Wrapping up the day, we’ll visit the world-famous Shibuya Crossing together.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Travel to Hakone and Mt. Fuji Viewing
Today we leave Tokyo by the aptly named “Romance Car” to the stunning mountainous town of Hakone. After checking into our guesthouse accommodation nestled in the mountains, we will spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding areas on a variety of different transport, including a pirate ship! Why is Hakone so special? Well, not only is the food incredible but the views you can get of Mt. Fuji on a clear day will be pretty spectacular too! After we finish exploring, we’ll enjoy a typical Japanese Nabe dinner together and then head to the roof deck to watch the sunset over the spectacular little town.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Takayama Temple Stay
Today we board the bullet train, a soaring feat of engineering that throws you across the countryside. We’ll take the train to Nagoya, and then a scenic train journey will take us past the stunning mountains all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Takayama. Our accommodation tonight is in a stunning Japanese temple. Never before would you have stayed in more beautiful surroundings, your bed will be on simple tatami mats. In the afternoon, we’ll head out to taste some traditional Sake tasting and you can even treat yourself to some of the area’s infamously tasty Hida beef! After all of that you get a real chance you to focus on your mindful experience as you sleep soundly in the temple with most rooms offering views of a traditional Japanese garden.
Day 6: Arrive in Kyoto & Gion Walking Tour
In the morning your guide will take you down to the morning market on the banks of the Miyagawa River so you can find yourself some traditional Japanese breakfast. We’ll then board the train back to Nagoya and take our final bullet train to Kyoto. Famous for its shrines, temples and Geisha’s - Kyoto is a sure fire way to find your inner peace and get lost exploring its small alleyways. In the evening we’ll walk around Kyoto’s Gion district, known for Geisha’s (Japan’s traditional art form of entertainment) - if you’re lucky enough, you might even spot one!
Day 7: Golden Pavilion, Zen Gardens and Kendo Class
This morning we’ll head to the astonishing Golden Pavilion, a beautiful gold-laden building, surrounded by lakes that showcase a stunning reflection of the building. After we’ll head to Daitoku-Ji, a quiet, leafy complex of old temples, away from the main tourist districts. In the afternoon we head to a traditional Kendo (Samurai sword fighting) class housed in the dojo where it all began. Your authentic Bushido instructor, a descendant of a Japanese Samurai, will teach you the way of this respectful martial art, before finishing with a 10 minute guided meditation to finish off this incredible day.
Day 8: Kyoto Temple & Shrine Tour
We’ll rise early in the morning and take the subway to the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. We arrive early to escape the bustling throng of tourists and work our way through the mountain exploring the corridors of never-ending red gates. Afterwards, we head to Kiyomizu-dera, one of Japan’s most famous temples. A stunning bamboo and wooden complex that sits high in the mountainside. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore, check out Nishiki Market or head back to the Gion District to wind your way through the quaint streets before we leave Kyoto for Osaka!
Day 9: Arrive in Osaka, Food Tour, and Karaoke
This morning we take the train to Arashiyama. This stunning town is flanked by mountainous valleys with a river working its way through the middle. We’ll start off by wandering through the Instagram worthy bamboo forest, before climbing the steps up to Monkey Mountain. Once we make our way down, we’ll board a private rowboat and explore the valley in the traditional Japanese way. We’ll then jump on the train and head to Osaka. After checking in we will head out into the Dotonbori area, a wild ride of an inner-city complex, the ‘kitchen of Japan’ will take you in with its lights, colors, food, and people and after our food tour, you won’t want to leave. There is no better way to view this incredible, living, breathing city than tasting your way through it. In the evening we’ll wrap up our tour with one final Japanese tradition – Karaoke!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Depart!
After nursing your head from last night's antics, it’s time to say goodbye to your group and the new friends you have made from your tour. We hope we have shown you the best that Japan has to offer. If you’re continuing your travels with us, we can’t wait to see you in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia or India or if you’re returning home, we hope we have at least inspired you to #exploremore. *If you have purchased a return transfer to Tokyo ticket, you will be taking the bullet train early in the morning on this day.