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10 Day Japan Taster

See, Experience and Taste the Best of Japan

Hitting the best spots in 10 days, One Life Adventures - Japan will take you on an epic journey across the "land of the rising sun" visiting Tokyo, Hakone (Mt. Fuji), Takayama, Kyoto, and Osaka. 

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. The unique culture and friendliness of the people will  stay with you forever. 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.   

We have an optional (extra cost) return transfer to Tokyo via bullet train for those wishing to get back to Tokyo at the end of the tour 

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 18+

Fitness Requirement: Active

What's included

  • All accommodation in great locations
  • Legendary One Life group leader
  • All transport from Tokyo to Osaka including the famous bullet trains!
  • Big welcome dinner on your first night
  • Culture and language class with Tokyo local
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Experience the crazy Robot Restaurant show
  • Visit to the Meiji Shrine
  • Explore Harajuku
  • Bar-hop in Shinjuku
  • Walk through the
  • Night skyline viewpoint of Tokyo from the Tokyo Govt Building
  • Cross the famous Shibuya scramble
  • Walk through the birthplace of sushi; Tsukiji Market
  • Take a sushi making masterclass
  • Cable car in Hakone over the mountains
  • Pirate ship cruise to see Mt Fuji on a clear day
  • Rooftop dinner overlooking incredible mountains
  • Scenic train to Takayama
  • Sake tasting in the Old Town
  • Sleep on tatami mats in a traditional temple stay
  • Morning market tour
  • Guided night walk in the Geisha district of old Kyoto
  • Visit to the Golden Pavilion
  • View lesser-known Zen gardens
  • Watch sunrise from Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Walk through the red gates of Fushimi-Inari in the very early morning
  • Learn Kendo (sword fighting) with a samurai descendant
  • Take a guided meditation session in the dojo
  • Climb Monkey Mountain
  • Walk through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Bask in the amazing views of Arashiyama by gondola
  • Experience a wild karaoke night in Osaka
  • Go street-food tasting along Dotonbori and Urinamba
  • Good times!

What To Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes (we will walk a lot!)

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Itinerary

Day 1 : 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 traditional Tokyo designed hostel to be greeted by your tour guide. Tonight we’ll take you out to feast on Japanese cuisines and meet the rest of your group. Meals - Dinner Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom Included Activity - Welcome dinner Optional Activity - Tokyo Skytree
Meals :Dinner

Day 2 : 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. We’ll then grab traditional bento boxes and head into Yoyogi park for cosplay spotting. After that, we’ll head to Akihabara - Tokyo’s electric town - and be blinded by the all the neon lights and crazy shops in store. We’ll challenge you all in the Sega Centre and provide you with a map and “Best things to do” so you can explore the area. Once we’ve finished exploring, we’ll head to Asakusa to visit Senso-Ji, which is one of the most important temples in Tokyo. This illustrious red temple is a feast for the senses. Meals - Breakfast Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom Included Activities - Language and culture class, Survival booklet, Harajuku tour, Meiji Shrine, Akihabara tour, Senso-Ji and Asakusa tour Optional Activities - Maid Cafe, batting cages
Meals :Breakfast

Day 3 : 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 is the epicentre of where the best fish in the world is found. Once we have toured the facility, we will head over to our sushi making class where our guides here will teach you how to roll the perfect sushi, fry the best tempura and eat sashimi properly. After your sushi lunch, we’ll head back to the hostel for a quick freshen up before heading to the incredible Shinjuku area for a meal of Yakitori and beer. After dinner will treat you to an incredible show like no other, where robots dance to the theme of thriller whilst lasers and lights bounce off the walls of the world famous Robot Restaurant. Wrapping up the day viewing the world famous Shibuya Pedestrian Crossing Meals - Breakfast & lunch Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom Included Activities - Fish market tour, sushi making class, Tokyo Government building look out, Robot Restaurant, Shibuya Crossing Optional Activity - VR Centre
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 : DAY 4 - TRAVEL TO HAKONE & 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 situated in the mountains, we will spend the day exploring the surrounding areas on a variety of different transport including Cable Cars, Rope Ways and even a Pirate Ship. Why is Hakone so special? Well, not only is the food incredible but the views of Mt Fuji are pretty spectacular also. After a day of exploring and taking photos of Japan’s most famous mountain, we’ll arrange a typical Japanese Nabe dinner on the roof deck and watch the sunset over the spectacular little town. Meals - Breakfast & dinner Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom in Guesthouse Included Activities - Mt Fuji Viewing, Ropeway, cable car, pirate ship, rooftop dinner Optional Activities - Onsen (Japanese bath house)
Meals :Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : DAY 5 - TAKAYAMA TEMPLE STAY
Today we board the bullet train, a soaring feat of engineering that throws you across the countryside. We’ll then take the stunning mountains that pass by 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 evening we’ll head out for some traditional Sake Tasting and you can even treat yourself to some infamously tasty Hida beef. After all of that, you get a real chance for you to focus on your mindful experience as you sleep soundly in the temple. Accommodation: Multi-share in a traditional temple. Most rooms with a private garden view Included Activities - Sake Tasting, Temple stay, a tour of Takayama Old Town
Meals :None

Day 6 : DAY 6 - ARRIVE IN KYOTO & GION WALKING TOUR
In the morning your guide will walk you around the beautiful old town and village of Takayama, we’ll be sure to stop for lunch before boarding the train back to Nagoya and taking 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, famous for Geisha’s (Japan’s traditional art form of entertainment), if you are lucky enough, you might even spot one. Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom Included Activities - Gion District Walking tour Optional Activities - Kimono Hire, Geisha performance
Meals :None

Day 7 : DAY 7 - GOLDEN PAVILION, ZEN GARDENS AND KENDO CLASS
This morning we’ll head to the effervescent Golden Pavilion, a beautiful gold laden building, surrounded by lakes which showcase a stunning reflection of the building. After we’ll head to Daitoku-Ji, a cacophony of buildings and 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 reflection to finish off this incredible day. Meals - Breakfast Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom Included Activities - Golden Pavilion, Zen Gardens, Kendo Class & Guided meditation in Dojo
Meals :Breakfast

Day 8 : DAY 8 - KYOTO TEMPLE & SHRINE TOUR + BAMBOO FOREST
We’ll rise early in the morning and take the subway to Kiyomizu-Dera temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples. A stunning bamboo and wooden complex that sits high on the mountainside. After we will head to the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. We arrive early to escape the bustling throng of tourists and work our way through the mountain exploring corridors of never-ending red gates. After feasting on lunch in Gion, we will take the train the Arashiyama district. 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 valleys the traditional Japanese way. Meals - Breakfast Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom Included Activities - Kiyomezu- Dera temple, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Arashiyama bamboo forest, Monkey mountain, 30-minute boat tour Optional Activity - Nishiki Market visit, bike rental
Meals :Breakfast

Day 9 : DAY 9 - ARRIVE IN OSAKA, FOOD TOUR AND KARAOKE
Today, you’ll have one final chance to finish buying all your final souvenirs from Kyoto before we jump on the train and head to Osaka. After checking in we will head out into the Dotonbori area to take you on a food tour. 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 Accommodation: Triple Share with shared bathroom Included Activities - Dotonbori Food Tour (4 dishes), All you can drink Karaoke Optional Activities - Canal boat tour, extended karaoke
Meals :Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 : DAY 10 - DEPART
After nursing your head from last nights 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 or The Philippines, or if you’re returning home, we hope we have at least inspired you to #exploremore Meals - Breakfast *If you have purchased our Return transfer to Tokyo ticket then you will be taking the bullet train back in the morning of this day
Meals :Breakfast

Pickups

The tour starts at Khaosan Origami hostel in Asakusa. Airport pickup is not included in this package. 

Available Extras

Airport transfers are not included.

Meals not included unless otherwise indicated

If you are arriving in Narita Airport please look at your transport options on this website: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2027.html

If you are arriving in Haneda Airport please look at your transport options on this website: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2430.html

Optional Return transfer to Tokyo ticket available at extra cost 

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Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Tourradar June 30, 2019

    Fantastic tour, our guide Adam made everything so easy that we didn't have to think about anything and could just enjoy the beautiful sights and great meals. I'm staying in Japan a few days longer but Adam made me feel prepared to navigate the country and understand the environment. I would recommend this tour to anyone seeking to experience a unique culture. If you're really lucky you'll even get to see Mt. Fuji.

    On Tourradar June 30, 2019

    Booking this tour was a great decision. Really enjoyed myself, met great people, and saw amazing things. Our guide, Adam, the absolute legend, steered us through Japan perfectly, and had a great sense of humour. Our activities were well-planned, and we didn't have to worry about a thing. Kyoto was probably my favourite city, especially Arashiyama (don't forget to take gloves)! Everyone in our group got on well, which made the whole experience that much better. I was tempted to try and fumble my way through Japan alone, but I am so glad I didn't. The itinerary packs a good amount in, but leaves you enough time to explore each city on your own. Whether you enjoy nature, history, kendo, karaoke, or shopping, you will have a great time!

    On Tourradar June 30, 2019

    The itinerary was perfect for the time span and I felt like I got well balanced experience in both the city and rural areas of Japan. Traveling through Japan was made extremely easy with the help of our guide and the accommodations were all unique, clean, and in central parts of each city we visited. I was extremely happy with the tour and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for an inside perspective on Japan in a shorter time span!

    On Tourradar June 28, 2019

    This was an awesome, activity-packed tour that shows you all the best parts of Japan in a super organized and efficient way. There is some free time worked in so you can do some shopping and exploring on your own if that’s your thing. Mike (our guide/breakfast chef) is always helpful and enthusiastic. He always sticks with the group until the very end each night—you never have to worry about him disappearing. Ask for more bacon, and Mike shall deliver.

    On Tourradar June 27, 2019

    Amazing time spent in Japan! The tour is well organised, with plenty of included activities (such as sushi making class & kendo class) as well as some free time to explore on your own. However, the first and last days are just a welcome dinner and breakfast, so it's not really a 10 day tour. We used public transport which was very efficient. The accommodation was excellent and very central. The guide, Mike, was chill and cool and gave us plenty of restaurant recommendations as well as frequent toilet breaks. If you're thinking about booking this tour, just go for it!!