All about the 10 Day Japan Tour

Japan is a magical place where old and new collide. A country full of incredible natural beauty, futuristic cities of neon, world-renowned food, and a culture steeped in tradition. This tour immerses you in the Japanese culture for 10 days of fun and adventure.

Japan has a way of enveloping you from the moment you step off the plane. The unique culture and friendliness of the people will stay with you forever. From partying in the famous Shinjuku area of Tokyo to walking down the stone paths of the Gion district in Kyoto, we will show you the best of the country in 10 days. Starting in Tokyo and finishing in Osaka we explore the iconic areas of Japan plus some places off the tourist trail. By the end of the 10 days you would have lived and breathed the Land of the Rising Sun.

Our Japan tour is a small group adventure with likeminded travelers who will explore and share the culture of Japan with you. We have a welcome dinner on night one of the tour so you can get to know the entire group and start bonding from the outset.  We have so many inclusions on tour starting with a language class with a Toyko local so you can start to speak Japanese as you travel around the country. Not only a fun tour but also a learning experience! If we had to pick two highlights over the 10-day trip it is our pirate ship cruise, where on a clear day you can see Mt Fuji and sleep on tatami mats at the traditional temple stay. But every day has a bucket list item ticked off, so it's a hard choice.

Come with us to journey in Japan.

10 Day Japan Tour Itinerary - 10 days

  • Day 1 Arrive in Japan
    Touch down Japan! Welcome to the land of culture, a country with majestic mountains, crazy neon lights, world-class food & ancient and fascinating history. A land where the sake is hot or cold, where the sun glistens off the snow-covered peaks, where incense floats around temples and shrines & where the technological advances take the world by storm. Japan is a dream, the desired destination where all those leave with a newfound sense of wonder. Arrive into your traditionally designed Tokyo hostel in the beautiful Asakusa area to be greeted by your tour guide. Tonight we’ll take you out to feast on Japanese cuisines and meet the rest of your group.
    Meals - Dinner 
    Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom
    Included Activity - Welcome dinner 
    Optional Activity - Tokyo Skytree
    Physical rating: Low
  • Day 2 Tokyo Day Tour
    We’ll start the morning off with a language and culture class with a Tokyo local. You’ll learn simple Japanese customs and phrases to help you dictate your way across the country. Once we have learned all we need, we’ll head out to the birthplace of Japanese teen pop culture Harajuku. We’ll then grab traditional bento boxes and head into Yoyogi Park, host of the beautiful Mei-ji Shrine. After that, we’ll make our way to Akihabara - Tokyo’s electric town -and be blinded by the all the neon lights and crazy shops in store. We’ll challenge you all in the Sega Centre and provide you with a map and “Best things to do” so you can explore the area. Once we’ve finished exploring, we’ll move back to Asakusa to visit Senso-ji when the crowds have gone. This is one of the most important temples in Tokyo. This illustrious red temple is a feast for the senses.
    Meals - Breakfast  
    Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom
    Included Activities – Japanese language & cultural class, survival booklet, Harajuku tour, Mei-ji Shrine, Akihabara tour & Senso-ji Temple
    Optional Activities - Maid Cafe, batting cages
    Physical rating: Moderate/high
  • Day 3 Sushi Making Class and Robot Restaurant
    Today we’ll head to the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Tokyo is famed for its seafood delights and this market is the birthplace of Japan’s most famous food; sushi! Once we have toured the area, we will head over to our sushi making class where sushi masters will teach you how to roll the perfect sushi, fry the best tempura and eat sashimi properly. After your sushi lunch, we’ll head back to the hostel for a quick freshen up before heading to the incredible Shinjuku area for the best night view of the Tokyo skyline before a meal of Yakitori and beer down the famous Omoide Yokocho alley. After dinner, we will treat you to an incredible show like no other, where robots dance to the theme of thriller whilst lasers and lights bounce of the walls at the world famous Robot Restaurant. Wrapping up the day viewing the world-famous Shibuya Pedestrian Crossing.
    Meals - Breakfast & lunch
    Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom
    Included Activities - Fish market tour, sushi making class, Tokyo Government building look out, Robot Restaurant, Shibuya Crossing
    Optional Activity - VR Centre
    Physical rating: Moderate
  • Day 4 Travel to Hakone and Mt Fuji Viewing
    Today we leave Tokyo by the aptly named “Romance Car” to the stunning mountainous town of Hakone. After checking into our guesthouse accommodation situated in the mountains, we will spend the day exploring the surrounding areas on a variety of different transport including Cable Cars, Rope Ways and even a Pirate Ship. Why is Hakone so special? Well, not only is the food incredible but the views of Mt Fuji are pretty spectacular also. After a day of exploring and taking photos of Japan’s most famous mountain, we’ll arrange a typical Japanese Nabe dinner on the roof deck and watch the sunset over the spectacular little town.
    Meals - Breakfast & dinner 
    Accommodation: Twin Share on tatami mats with shared bathroom in Guesthouse
    Included Activities - Mt Fuji Viewing, Ropeway, cable car, pirate ship, rooftop dinner
    Optional Activities – Onsen
    Physical rating: Low
  • Day 5 Temple Stay
    Today we board the bullet train, a soaring feat of engineering that throws you across the countryside. We’ll then take the stunning mountains that pass by all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Takayama. Our accommodation tonight is in a stunning Japanese temple. Never before would you have stayed in more beautiful surroundings, your bed will be on simple tatami mats. In the afternoon we’ll head out for some traditional Sake tasting and you can even treat yourself to some infamously tasty Hida beef. After all of that you get a real chance for you to focus on your mindful experience as you sleep soundly in the temple with most rooms offering views of a traditional Japanese garden
    Meals - None  
    Accommodation: Multi-share in a temple
    Included Activities - Sake Tasting, Temple stay, tour of Takayama Old Town
    Physical rating: Low
  • Day 6 Arrive in Kyoto and Gion Walking Tour
    In the morning your guide will walk you round the beautiful old town and village of Takayama as well as a morning market tour on the banks of the Miyagawa River. After stopping for lunch we’ll board the train back to Nagoya and take our final bullet train to Kyoto. Famous for its shrines, temples and Geisha’s, Kyoto is a sure fire way to find your inner peace and get lost exploring its small alleyways. Our accommodation is only 5 minutes walk from the famous Gion district and the Nishiki market. In the evening, we’ll walk around Kyoto’s Gion district, known for Geisha’s (Japan’s traditional art form of entertainment), if you are lucky enough, you might even spot one.
    Meals - None
    Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom
    Included Activities - Gion District Walking tour 
    Optional Activities - Kimono Hire, Geisha performance 
    Physical rating: Moderate
  • Day 7 Golden Pavilion, Zen Gardens and Kendo Class
    This morning we’ll head to the astonishing Golden Pavilion, a beautiful gold laden building, surrounded by lakes which showcase a stunning reflection of the building. After we’ll head to Daitoku-ji, a quiet, leafy complex of old temples, away from the main tourist districts. In the afternoon we head to a traditional Kendo class housed in the dojo where it all began. Your authentic Bushido instructor, a descendant of a Japanese Samurai, will teach you the way of this respectful martial art, before finishing with a 10-minute guided meditation reflection to finish off this incredible day.
    Meals - Breakfast
    Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom
    Included Activities - Golden Pavilion, Zen Gardens, Kendo Class & Guided meditation in Dojo
    Physical rating: Moderate
  • Day 8 Kyoto Temple and Shrine Tour with Bamboo Forrest
    We’ll rise before dawn and take the subway to Kiyomizu dera temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples. A stunning bamboo and wooden complex that sits high in the mountainside. After we will head to the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. We arrive early to escape the bustling throng of tourists and work our way through the mountain exploring corridors of never-ending red gates. After feasting on lunch in Gion, we take the train to Arashiyama. This stunning town is flanked by mountainous valleys with a river working its way through the middle. We’ll start of by wondering through the Instagram worthy bamboo forest, before climbing the steps up to Monkey Mountain. Once we make our way down, we’ll board a private rowboat and explore the valleys the traditional Japanese way.
    Meals - Breakfast
    Accommodation: Twin Share with shared bathroom
    Included Activities - Kiyomezu-dera temple, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Arashiyama bamboo forest, Monkey mountain, 30-minute boat tour
    Optional Activity - Nishiki Market Tour
    Physical rating: Moderate/high
  • Day 9 Arrive in Osaka, Food Tour and Karaoke
    Today, you’ll have one final chance to finish buying all your final souvenirs from Kyoto before we jump on the train and head to Osaka. After checking in we will head out into the Dotonbori area, a wild ride of an inner city complex, the ‘kitchen of Japan’ will take you in with its lights, colours, food and people and after our food tour you won’t want to leave. There is no better way to view this incredible, living, breathing city than tasting your way through it. In the evening we’ll wrap up our tour with one final Japanese tradition - Karaoke!
    Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
    Accommodation: Triple Share with shared bathroom
    Included Activities - Dotonbori Food Tour (4 dishes), All you can drink Karaoke
    Optional Activities - Canal boat tour, extended karaoke 
    Physical rating: Low
  • Day 10 Depart
    After nursing your head from last nights antics, it’s time to say goodbye to your group and the new friends you have made from your tour. We hope we have shown you the best that Japan has to offer. If you’re continuing your travels with us, we can’t wait to see you in Sri Lanka or The Philippines, or if you’re returning home, we hope we have at least inspired you to #exploremore
    Meals – Breakfast
    Physical rating: N/A
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Real Aussie Says:
This tour requires a reasonable level of fitness due to the amount of walking involved. There will be some days where guests will be walking more than approximately 8-10km on the biggest days. Guests must also ensure they have appropriate footwear for these distances. All rooms are sold on a twin-share basis aside from the temple stay (multi-share tatami rooms) or the triple room on the final night in Osaka. All other nights are twin (bunks). If couples are travelling together they may put in the request at time of booking for a double bed where possible, though this cannot be guaranteed. If booking the upgrade for the final night, guests will be in twins instead of the triple room. For those wishing to return to Tokyo after the tour finishes in Osaka there is the option to include the train cost in the ticket price. This is bookable by your agent at the time of booking. Those guests who wish to book their return train journey whilst on the tour will need to arrange this while in Osaka and is dependent on availability. We offer an optional upgrade to a private room on the final night, though not at the temple stay in Takayama. Sleeping on the floor of the temple in a large room is part of the unique experience. On this tour in Japan we have a maximum capacity of 16 people + 1 foreign tour guide. We have accepted people from 18 – 78 in the past, but the general age range of our groups is 23-35. In fact a lot of our customers are single travellers, so it’s a great way to meet new people. Most of our guests are solo travellers. Japanese food is sometimes described as some of the best food in the world. It is a diverse range of rice, noodles, soups, sushi, BBQ, sweets and more. Be aware that Japan does not cater very well for vegetarians or vegans so if you do associate with these then you may want to bring some extra snacks to be prepared. We are staying in a temple for 1 night in a stunning, old mountainous town. These places are breathtaking, making it a truly once in a lifetime experience. We sleep on traditional tatami mats in multi-share accommodation (up to 9 people in 1 room) with a view of a Japanese garden and provide a mattress, sheet and pillow for all guests. The temple has excellent shared facilities and is centrally located. Japan is incredibly safe, possibly one of the safest countries in the world. It is not uncommon to see unlocked bikes on the street and laptops left unattended in public cafes! However, like with all travelling we still recommend being careful with your belongings at all times!

Specials

10% off special departures
10 Day Japan Tour Price information AUD per person

Price

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Tour code: JAPAN
$2495
Adult
$2755
Adult with the return to Tokyo
$2245
10% off these departures - Aug 25, Sep 8, 22 and Oct 6 20

Departure information

Starts

Tokyo, Japan

2018

22 September

Oct 6, 20

Nov 3, 17

2019
Mar 5, 9, 17, 22, 29
Apr 2, 10, 13, 19, 24
May 4, 11, 18, 25
Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Jul 6, 13, 20, 27
Aug 5, 10, 17, 24, 31
Sept 7, 14, 21, 28
Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Ends
Osaka


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

The tour starts at Khaosan Origami hostel in Asakusa. Airport pickup is not included in this package. 

Airport transfers are not included.

Meals not included unless otherwise indicated

If you are arriving in Narita Airport please look at your transport options on this website: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2027.html

If you are arriving in Haneda Airport please look at your transport options on this website: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2430.html

Bring super comfy walking shoes, we do a lot of walking on this tour.

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