- duration 11 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 12-55 yrs
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- 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
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.
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!”
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
- Wagyu cooking class
- Go-kart tour in Tokyo
- Private room for 10 nights
- Visa application fees
- Pickup and drop-off service
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry and shopping
- All meals
- Travel insurance
- Earn US$ 68+ in travel credits.
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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.Payment
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.Travel Insurance
We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.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.