Japan Highlights Flight Inclusive
Day 1: Tokyo, Japan
Sushi trains, karaoke, gadgets, temples and the cat cafes. Get excited, get very excited. You’re in Tokyo. Meet the group, and bond over a welcome dinner. Work that chopstick magic and feast on authentic goodies!
Day 2: Tokyo
Ninja-roll out of bed and start with a visit to Tokyo’s old girl with a full day city tour. Spot the Sensoji temple, dance under its giant red lantern and wander along nearby 500 year old Nakamise street selling mochi (sticky rice cakes) and geta (wooden shoes). Also, Shinjuku and Harajuku = amazing! Take the option to visit the Robot Restaurant – it’s legit.
Day 3: Tokyo
Free day to hit the ground running for your last day in Tokyo drift. Head over to Odaiba, the man-made island in Tokyo Bay or check out Akihabara, where stores scream for the attention of anime fans and gamers. Alternatively, visit the happiest place on earth: Tokyo Disneyland (optional).
Day 4: Tokyo to Takayama
This morning we pack our bags and travel at 320 km/h on the bullet train before heading up to the Japanese Alps. Tonight stay in a ryokan – a traditional Japanese inn. All the authentic feels. Tonight, take it one step further and experience an optional Hide Beef dinner. Yum!
Day 5: Takayama
Visit the Takayama Jinya – the last remaining government building from Samurai and Shogun times – and try a tipple of sake on a brewery tour, before an afternoon visit to the open air Hida No Sato folk village. It’s all included.
Day 6: Takayam to Hiroshima via Miyajima
Jump on a ferry to Miyajima with its wild deer and shrines galore (aww!). End your island jaunt watching the sunset behind the floating torii gate.
Day 7: Hiroshima to Koyasan
First up to Hiroshima: the Peace Museum to pay respects to the victims of the atomic bombing. Make your way to Mount Koya, one of the world’s most sacred mountains (with 117 temples atop it) and the headquarters of the Koyasan sect of Japanese Buddhism. Stay in a local guesthouse and participate in a traditional Buddhist meal.
Day 8: Koyasan to Kyoto
Start with a Buddhist prayer service, then explore the cobblestone walkway lined with Shinto torii gates to the Okunoin mausoleum and it’s 10,000 lantern Torodo Hall. Later, drop anchor in Kyoto for three days. Japan’s traditional capital, Kyoto is home to over 2,000 temples and shrines. It’s also the prime manufacturing hub for kimonos – a good place to pick up some new threads. In the afternoon, flex your freedom and visit the Gion district where it’s perfectly normal to spot Geisha.
Day 9: Kyoto
Find your zen place at the Kinkakuji Golden Pavillion and Ryoan-ji Garden temples all before lunch. Have you had your udon noodle fix yet? Note to self: essential. This afternoon you’re off to Nijo Castle to channel your inner samurai and Heian Shrine – built to honour the anniversary of the capital’s foundation in Kyoto.
Day 10: Kyoto
A free day to frolic. Get out of town and visit the lush Arashiyama bamboo forest, or go on a day trip to Nara, where you’ll no doubt bump into one of the many deer who wander the streets. Do the optional and dress up like a Geisha, or catch up on your Japanese beer education in an izakaya.
Day 11: Kyoto to Osaka
Land in Osaka via train. Prepare yourself for our included farewell dinner in the super cool Dotonbori area. See it for youself!
Day 12: Osaka
After breakfast it’s sayonara to the Land of the Rising Sun. Swap numbers and plan that next adventure together – it’s never too soon.
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