Tanuki 11-Day Budget Tour of Japan

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  • City sightseeing
  • Local culture
  • Countryside and village visits
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
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  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 12-55 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
  • Have your mind blown at Tokyo's interactive digital art gallery
  • Enjoy a bicycle tour in Japan's traditional capital
  • Learn the secrets of Japanese confectionary during a cooking lesson
  • Take in the beauty of the iconic Mount Fuji from its base
This 11-day, guided, group experience of Japan is packed with locations unlike your average tour, and activities to help you get the most out of your time (and wallet)! From the bustling streets and city lights of Tokyo, where much is modern and futuristic, to the samurai homes and ninja temples of Kanazawa, this trip is an encounter with both ancient and modern Japan.

Start your journey from Tokyo and discover the different facades of the city, ranging from the bustling Akihabara to the serene imperial gardens. Delve into manga and anime, some of Japan's most famous exports, and roll up your sleeves to participate in a traditional woodblock printing class.

Board the bullet train to Nagoya, where you will get the chance to see karakuri robots. Did you know automatons are not a modern invention? Edo-era inhabitants of this city designed a robot specifically for the purpose of serving tea! Learn all about this practice and also get the chance to interact with some more modern androids and appreciate the depths of human innovation in this country.

Yet another ride on the iconic bullet train and you reach Kanazawa, known for its ninja temples and samurai houses. Walk through its samurai district, which will transport you back in time to the Edo period when this city rivaled even Tokyo and Kyoto in its cultural achievements. A visit to one of the city's historic samurai homes will give you some insights into what life was like during this period in history when the warrior-class ruled the country.

You are off to the countryside next. Head for Gokayama, a tiny hamlet in the mountains with traditional houses more than a hundred years old. Next on the itinerary is Kyoto, the city where Japanese high arts once flourished. Explore the city during a sightseeing tour and visit the nearby city of Nara, known for its deer-filled temples.

This trip comes to an end after you deboard the bullet train in Tokyo.

With activities like Japanese calligraphy, woodblock art, bicycle rides and even making your own musical instrument, this trip is a recipe for making fantastic memories if ever there was one! Please scroll down to the itinerary below for more details.
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Diana Irimia
  • From England
  • On Aug 07 2019
5 - Excellent
An unforgettable experience
“Kichi Japan made travelling through Japan easier, less stressful and undoubtedly more enjoyable. As Japan is definitely different in terms of culture and food from everything my sister and I have seen before, we were quite nervous at the start of our trip. Seeing the detailed itinerary (with maps and links for locations and hotels) put our nerves at ease.
They are extremely knowledgeable about Japanese culture and language and has created a bespoke itinerary to match our interests. At the same time, they were always ready if anything went different from the already planned schedule.
This tour definitely exceeded our expectations. Everything from planning to inside tips on where to eat was on point.
Definitely recommend booking a guided tour in each city you visit, it makes a big difference and would've learned a lot more about Kyoto if we had one as was the case with the other places we visited.
Thank you again for this unforgettable experience!”
  • Dan Marlow
  • From England
  • On Nov 04 2018
5 - Excellent
Best tour ever!!!
“Kichi Japan made our trip to Japan an experience of a lifetime - we had such a blast. Our tour guide was extremely passionate about what he does and this is evident with his endless energy and enthusiasm. He continually goes above and beyond with what is expected and as well as having masses of fun he taught us so much about the culture and history of this fascinating country. 5 stars isn't a high enough rating, hands down he is the best tour we have ever had.”
  • Jacob Wilson
  • From USA
  • On Mar 22 2018
5 - Excellent
Phenomenal tour
“Our tour leader was absolutely phenomenal. His knowledge of the culture as well as his practical skills as a guide undoubtedly enhanced my experience in Japan in a way that can only be expressed verbally as exponentially positive. He always had a ton of energy, was always excited and engaged with what we were doing, and just genuinely made the trip so much fun. I love all things athletic and outdoor activities like hiking and climbing and our tour leader was giving me a true run for my money on all of our outdoor activities. The fact that our tour leader was also one of the best hikers and runners made the trip that much more enjoyable. Overall, amazing. No negative feedback, I had the best time of my life.”
  • Day 1: Welcome to Japan
  • Day 2: From a cooking lesson to the imperial palace
  • Day 3: An art experience to blow your mind
  • Day 4: At the base of Mount Fuji
  • Day 5: Ancient robots in Nagoya
  • Day 6: The Soul of Japan - Ise Jingu Grand Shrine
  • Day 7: Ninja temples and samurai houses in Kanazawa
  • Day 8: Off to the countryside
  • Day 9: Kyoto from the seat of your saddle
  • Day 10: The deer-filled temples of Nara
  • Day 11: Exploring Arashiyama before saying goodbye
  • Hostel accommodation for 10 nights
  • Activities as per the Itinerary
  • Public transport for 11 days
  • A tour guide for the entire trip
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Wagyu cooking class
  • Go-kart tour in Tokyo
  • Private room for 10 nights
  • Flights
  • Visa application fees
  • Pickup and drop-off service
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry and shopping
  • All meals
  • Travel insurance
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50% tour deposit. Free cancellation up to 120 days prior departure, but the 50% tour deposit is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 120 days of departure.


A deposit of 50% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 130 days prior departure. For any bookings within 130 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationAt Kichi Japan we pride ourselves on providing experiences with way more included activities than your standard group trip. As this trip makes us of public transportation and walking tours, a fair level of physical ability is required. Please keep in mind that, in order to include so many amazing activities, we will use shared hostel accommodation in each city.
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