10 Days Japan Highlights

10 Days Japan Highlights

Slip in through an incongruity that is Japan and look for consistencies that are often found in irregular patterns – neon signs and Shinto shrines, busy streets and tranquil bamboo groves, high tech offerings of modernism juxtaposed against meditative gardens – these are the recurrent motifs that appear and compel you to understand the country like never before, on this our ten day tour of Japan.

  • Start Location : Tokyo, Japan
  • Finish Location : Hiroshima, Japan
  • Trip Style : Long Haul, Signature, Solo Travel,
  • Country : Japan
  • Group Size : 2 to 16

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Inclusions


Accommodations

9 Night twin share hotel

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Activities

Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa Shrine, Meiji-jingu Shrine, Taiko Lesson, Asama Shrine, Mt. Fuji viewpoint, Lake Kawaguchi, Omicho Market, Higashi Chaya District, Myoryuji Temple, Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen Garden, Oyama Shrine, Nagamachi Samurai District, Nomura Samurai Family Residence, Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Night Walking Tour followed by Dinner with Geisha/Maiko, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Mt. Misen Hike.

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Airport transfers

Please note Arrival and Departure transfer are not included in this trip

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Local Tipping

Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport

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Meals

9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

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Transportation

High Speed Train, Local Trains

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Itinerary

Day 1
Tokyo
Day 2
Tokyo
Day 3
Kawaguchi
Day 4
Kanazawa
Day 5
Kanazawa
Day 6
Kyoto
Day 7
Kyoto
Day 8
Hiroshima
Day 9
Hiroshima
Day 10
Hiroshima

Day 01 Welcome to Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo! Walk right into the easy smile of our representative who’ll be at the airport to greet you, as well as assist with your transport to the hotel. Step out to feel the beat of one of the world’s most modern cities or if you wish to save the experience for later, you’re welcome to kick back at your accommodation. Anyhow, make sure you meet your tour leader at 6 pm to get an inside view of the tour and log in a few pre-tour formalities. 

Day 02 Taiko Drums

Braid together a sense of wonder and reverence as you start the morning at Asakusa District. Mingle with the hopefuls who cup the smoke rising from an Incense Vat and toss coins as a symbolic gesture of non-attachment at the Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s most famous shrine dating back to the 7th century. Negotiate the warren of lanes whose tourist accoutrements seem strangely at odds with the nature of the place but become significantly more understandable after learning its history. Stop at the Asakusa Shrine, a perfect example of the Edo Era style shrine and then make your way through a forested area specked with blue irises that usher you into the folds of the most famous shrines of them all, the Meiji-jingu. Get a sense of history, etiquette and much more as you visit these sites and cap it all off in the evening by giving your arms and body a workout as you try your hand at learning how to play the intensely satisfying Taiko Drums.

Day 03 Asama Shrine

Begin the day by drifting through the dreamy glades and tall cedars that stand sentinel to the Asama Shrine. Wander around the shrine’s complex-flitting between myths, legends, history and an occasional gaze at Japan’s most famous mountain as it slips in and out of visual range as if in a childish game of hide and seek. Indulge in the game yourself, as you seek the best spots to view the mountain and then descend to Lake Kawaguchi for some additional sight seeing. Once you’ve covered the ground for today, find out – even if it is a fraction – of what it means to be Japanese as you sink into a traditional style inn, complete with an onsen and traditional food

Day 04 Higashi Chaya District

Spend a relaxed morning as you await your departure to Kanazawa on board that quintessential Japanese experience – the Shinkansen or bullet train. As soon as you get to your destination, head for the covered Omicho market where shops and stalls stand cheek-to-jowl and display an array of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and clothing among other things. Existing since the Edo period, the most decidedly popular item on sale here is the fresh seafood so make sure you exercise your taste buds either at a stall or one of the more popular/busy restaurants here. Head for the Higashi Chaya District next and walk right into a world that screams “OLD” from the onset. Indeed the narrow pedestrian way lined by two storied wooden buildings with lattice on the bottom remains, for the most part, just as it was 200 years ago. Explore this quaint section of an ageless Japan; get an insight into the life of a Geisha – contemporary and ancient – and perhaps even watch a performance if you’re fortunate enough. 

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Day 05 Kanazawa Castle

Pull the covers off of a Kanazawa dawn and travel to the fairy tale setting of Shirakawa-go, a tiny hamlet snuggled in the folds of the Japanese Alps. Climb on board the Observation Deck and get a birds eye view of the wooded expanse, rice fields and the slanted thatched roofs that are a feature of the village before walking along the paths, observing the slow pace of life, learning the fascinating architecture and its history that makes it such a travellers favourite. Return to Kanazawa and unravel other attractions of the area including the Myoryuji Ninja Temple, the 16th century Kanazawa Castle and the exquisite Kenrokuen Garden that truly is a work of art. Pay your respects at the Oyama Shrine dedicated to the first lord of the Maeda clan, and then take your final strides through the Nagamachi Samurai District which still retains narrow canals, cobble-stoned pathways and a glimpse into the old world, especially at the Nomura Samurai Family residence.

Day 06 Gion Night Walking Tour followed by Dinner with Geisha/Maiko 

Travel approximately 2.5 hours on the southward bound express train to Kyoto this morning. On arrival, take things at a fairly relaxed paced as you stroll about the neighbourhood. Let the day lengthen as you drop by the grounds of Otowa Waterfall whose water filters down to the 8th Century Kiyomizu Temple, which itself lies couched in cherry blossom and maple trees. Take in the Shinto shrines as you walk around the premises as well as the main hall that reveals a view of downtown Kyoto. Later, as the evening settles down on the city, hitch your togs up and prepare to walk along the Gion Area renowned for its maikos (geisha in training) and geishas. Keep the Kama Gawa River for company as you stop en route at some of the famous sites that include the Yakasa Shrine and Minami-za Kabuki Theatre until you finally end up for dinner with a Geisha or Maiko. Get an insight into the lives of these women, their place in history, how they’ve evolved to suit the contemporary world and what the future lies for them.

Day 07 Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Start the day by walking along the gardens of the Kinkaku-ji Temple, which sits on the edge of a shimmering pond and seems protected by the warm embrace of Japanese maples and pine trees. Originally built in the 14th century, its gilded exterior is its immediate attraction but the technical finesse of its structure and its storied past gives it more substance than is evidenced. Discover these elements of the temple and then move onto another visual treat as you cross over to the iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Step off and glide into an easy pace as you make your way from the Tenryu-ji Temple and walk through a mystic world of emerald green bamboos that stand silently and invariably invite from you an involuntary grab at your camera. Take the afternoon off and discover more of Kyoto on your own. Take pointers from your tour leader as to what’s available and what can be done. Your tour leader will be happy to assist!

Day 08 Fushimi Inari Shrine

Dive into a blur of vermillion coloured Torii gates this morning as you visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and then walk along the cobbled pathway past the many figurines and statues of foxes that are considered to be the messengers of the God of rice and harvest. Make a wish at a pair of stone lanterns; linger awhile on your way back in this strange but visually satisfying ambience before boarding the Shinkansen to Hiroshima. On arrival at the city, make a beeline for the Hiroshima Castle that acts as a museum and makes for a great starting point to understand the history of the city. Later in the day, pay a visit to the Peace Memorial Park to pay homage to the victims of the infamous event that unfolded in 6th August 1945. Learn about the brutal effects of the bombing, its aftermath and the story of Sadako Sasaki (along with thousands of other children) and her association with the Tower of a Thousand Cranes.

Day 09 Torii Gate

Watch the famous vermillion coloured Torii Gate emerge out of the Seto Inland Sea and take shape as you approach the sacred island of Miyajima this morning. Disembark and soft foot it through the walkways and bridges that link the sections of Itsukushima Shinto Shrine that seemingly floats on water, especially during the high tide. Explore the several halls of the shrine and the gardens keeping an eye out for the occasional wild deer. If you’re lucky enough you might encounter a stage performance of traditional dance and music. Get your heart ticking up a notch during the latter half of the day as you negotiate a hike up to Mt. Misen. Get rewarded with beautiful views once you get to the top and perhaps even listen to the stories of Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, who frequented the place during his years of pilgrimage. Close the day out by taking the short ferry ride back to Hiroshima and then lighting up the night over a last dinner.

Day 10 Sayonara

After 10 days of enriching your life with experiences that are sure to last a lifetime, it is now time to say sayonara to Japan. We hope you had as much fun in this beautiful land as we did. As you travel back home, we wish you good luck and hope to see you again soon.

Our Hotels


Hotel Keihan Asakusa

Hotel Keihan Asakusa is a vibrant and lively hotel located in the heart of Tokyo's Asakusa neighborhood. The hotel's rooms are spacious and elegantly designed, with a mix of traditional Japanese and modern decor. Guests can indulge in a variety of delicious Japanese dishes at the hotel's restaurant or enjoy a cup of tea in the cozy lounge. The hotel's rooftop terrace provides a stunning view of the city skyline and the famous Tokyo Skytree. For those seeking relaxation, the hotel's spa offers a range of treatments, including massages and facials. The hotel's location is perfect for exploring the local area, with the famous Senso-ji temple and the Nakamise shopping street just a short walk away.

Hotel Mifujien

Located in the picturesque town of Hakone, Hotel Mifujien offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The hotel's charming architecture and traditional Japanese decor will transport you to a bygone era of elegance and refinement. Each room boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, while also offering modern amenities. After a long day of exploring the town's many hot springs and historical sites, guests can unwind in the hotel's onsen, a traditional Japanese hot spring bath. The hotel's restaurant serves delicious local cuisine made with the freshest ingredients, including seasonal seafood and vegetables.

The Royal Park Hotel

The Royal Park Hotel Hiroshima Riverside is a luxurious accommodation option located in the vibrant city of Hiroshima, Japan. The hotel boasts spacious and elegantly designed rooms with breathtaking views of the city and the nearby river. Guests can indulge in delicious Japanese cuisine at the hotel's restaurant, which uses locally sourced ingredients to create authentic and flavorful dishes. After a long day of exploring the city, guests can unwind in the hotel's hot springs or enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa. The hotel's prime location provides easy access to the city's main attractions, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the iconic Itsukushima Shrine

Dates


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Sunday
11 Aug 2024
Tuesday
20 Aug 2024
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Sunday
22 Sep 2024
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01 Oct 2024
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Sunday
29 Sep 2024
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08 Oct 2024
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27 Oct 2024
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05 Nov 2024
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24 Nov 2024
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Reviews

Gabriel Andrade

My first tour to Japan was absolutely fantastic. The group size was perfect and our tour guide was excellent. We visited numerous breathtaking sites and I returned home with a newfound appreciation for the country. I can't wait to return at a later date and explore even more of Japan's beauty

Helena Mäkinen

Sakura was an amazing guide and we were fortunate to have a wonderful group. We explored beautiful places, savored delicious traditional food, and had an unforgettable experience in Japan. Sakura's guidance was instrumental in making this trip so memorable, allowing us to discover and visit far more than we could have on our own.

Liam Nowak

I recently completed a tour of Japan with One World Adventures and it was truly unforgettable. Japan proved to be an incredible destination, with its stunning landscapes, delectable cuisine, efficient transportation system, and, most importantly, the warm and genuine hospitality of its people. We were incredibly fortunate to have Sakura as our tour guide, who went above and beyond to ensure an exceptional experience for all of us. His knowledge and passion for Japan made the trip even more enriching. I am filled with wonderful memories and highly recommend this tour to anyone seeking an extraordinary adventure in Japan

David Varga

Our Japan tour was an absolute blast. The entire trip was meticulously organized by our incredibly helpful guide, ensuring smooth transportation and excellent accommodation throughout. The variety of activities was well-planned, taking us to breathtaking mountain areas, including a lucky glimpse of majestic Mt. Fuji, vibrant cities, historical castles, and stunning gardens. It was an unforgettable journey that captured the essence of Japan's beauty and culture. I can't recommend this tour highly enough. If you're looking for an amazing adventure in Japan, this is the one to choose.

Lauren Cooper

I've taken two tours with One World Adventures and I'm looking forward to the third one. The Japan tour was a unique and enjoyable experience, and we had a blast with our group of 16. It was great to see that we were supporting local businesses during the tour. Our guide Sakura made the trip even more special with her knowledge and enthusiasm. The group dynamic was excellent, and we all became good friends. I highly recommend this tour for a different and fun way to explore Japan.

Lucas Wright

This Japan tour by One World Adventures is more than just a taste of the country, it's a comprehensive and insightful experience. Our tour guide was excellent and made the trip even more enjoyable. It's a must-do tour for anyone visiting Japan, as it covers all the important highlights without making you feel rushed. The tour was well-planned, and we had a great time exploring the country with comfortable transfers and exciting activities. One World Adventures truly did a wonderful job with this tour.

Jennifer Williams

I was ecstatic over my venture to Japan, providing an absolute feast of cultural celebrations, historical monuments, picturesque scenes, and something else: food. This thrill-seeking experience unveiled a special mix that really ramped up the Japanese vibes -something I won't soon forget either! From Samurai swordsmanship to Sumo wrestling and drumming there are loads of exciting activities for you to take part in -all under the watchful eye of our resident superman Leader Haruka! Patience is not his strong suit but he'll surely help make your dreams come true.

Emma Müller

We had an incredible trip! The itinerary took us to great places, and each organization was top-notch. Accommodation was luxurious, the activities were so much fun - all planned out perfectly - and the food was absolutely memorable. Even more special for us was our wonderful leader who could teach a whole class about Japan's rich history, culture and traditions. It's fantastic that One World Adventures responsibly supports local communities in this way!

James Wilson

Wow, this trip was definitely legit, From big places to tiny, unknown towns, our eyes were popping out of our heads at everything we saw - especially all the friendly faces we encountered and all that yummy Japanese grub. Ren made it a hundred times better with their bubbly personality and guiding us through all the culture-filled activities

Sarah Davis

What an incredible journey! We were so fortunate to get a great introduction to Japan - it’s such a special place. Our Akira (tour leader) was outstanding and made It all run so smoothly. We experienced the perfect blend of guided tours and the chance to explore on our own. The food was absolutely delicious, we enjoyed learning about the unique culture, and everyone we met was so courteous and friendly.

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