Authentic Japan Gap Year Tour
Day 0: Leave London Heathrow Airport
Day 1: Arrive at Kansai International Airport. Activate your JR Pass and travel to Kyoto using the express train. Free evening in Japan’s cultural capital. Stay 3 nights in Kyoto (breakfast included).
Day 2: Enjoy an enthralling tour around some of Kyoto’s most exciting attractions on a 1-day guided tour. An English-speaking guide will give you valuable, local insight into Kyoto’s amazing history.
Day 3: Free day in Kyoto. Explore the city further or use your JR Pass to go on a day trip to Nara, Osaka or Kobe.
Day 4: Use your JR Pass to use the bullet train to go to Hida-Takayama, a historical village frozen in time. Stay 2 nights at a traditional Japanese Inn (breakfast included).
Day 5: Choice of experiences! Go on a sightseeing bus tour around the old village of Hida and Shirakawa-go or participate in a traditional Japanese cooking class, using local ingredients.
Day 6: Use your JR Pass to travel from Hida-Takayama to Tokyo. Ride on the bullet train. Enjoy leisure time in Japan’s capital and largest city. Stay 4 nights in Tokyo (breakfast included).
Day 7: Enjoy a free day at leisure in Tokyo. Take advantage of your last day’s usage of the JR Pass by going to Yokohama, Nikko or Kamakura. Or explore the urban sprawl of Tokyo.
Day 8: Mt Fuji forest and cave experience. An English-speaking guide and bus will transport you to Mt Fuji’s 5th station to enjoy spectacular views. Afterwards, enjoy a walk through the mystical Aokigahara forest and explore caves formed during an ancient volcanic eruption. Warm clothes and sensible footwear required. Return to Tokyo in the evening.
Day 9: Last full day in Japan! Enjoy leisure time in Tokyo .
Day 10: Make your way from your hotel to Narita airport. Return to the UK from Narita.
Included In Tour:
- Return International flight tickets / Economy class (Airlines: Finnair, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Airfrance, KLM)
- 7 day Japan Rail Pass
- 3 nights Kyoto Hotel (Standard twin room)
- 2 nights Ryokan in Takayama (Traditional Japanese room/with breakfast/dinner on first night)
- 4 nights in Tokyo Hotel (Standard twin room)
- Kyoto 1-Day Tour
- Gokayama Ainokura & Shirakawa Go Sightseeing bus OR Hida Cooking Class
- Breakfast daily, 2 lunch, 1 dinner
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