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Young & Fun Japan

1,995

Young & Fun is the trip of a lifetime for the young sushi-loving manga maniac in your life!
Cruise around Tokyo in a real life Mario Kart and post it on your Instagram story while sipping coffee in a Cat cafe.
Climb to the top of Mt. Fuji and eat the world’s best street food in Osaka.
We will also take you to the Nakasendo trail to fit in a taste of Japan’s feudal past.

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Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Route: Tokyo -> Mt. Fuji -> Osaka -> Kyoto -> Tsumago -> Magome -> Tokyo

Prices and Inclusions

DateService
Accommodation 7 Nights Western (3-star & 4-star), 2 Nights in traditional style minshuku with hot springs & Kaiseki dinner (total 9 nights)
English Speaking tour leaderWhen 6 or more are on the group you will be escorted by our English speaking tour leader. If your group is less than 6 people, you will be doing the tour on a semi-escorted basis (Met in each area by our local assistants and guides).
TransfersAll transfers required for your tour as well as arrival & departure airport transfers to & from Tokyo hotel
Private Tour GuidesLocal English speaking tour guides in Tokyo & Kyoto
Entrance Fees
Included into all sights listed in itinerary
Cultural ExperiencesTokyo City Sightseeing, Karaoke Bar, Izakaya Dining Out, Tea Ceremony in traditional tea house featuring Kyoto geisha, World Heritage Temples and Shrines in Kyoto, bullet train journeys.
Meals Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 evening meals
Other Inclusions:
  • Comprehensive Travel Pack
  • Local Emergency Contact
  • All Taxes & Accommodation Surcharges
  • Fixed Price Policy
  • Minimum 6 / maximum 16 people
  • No hidden Costs!!
This package does not include:
  • International Flights [Arrange own flights into and out of Tokyo’s Haneda or Narita Airports – Always check the arrival date on your flight e.g. if flying from Europe/US, you will arrive into Tokyo the following day (depending on airline you use)]
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary. Generally, you can expect to pay 1,000yen for lunches and anything from 2,500yen for your evening meals.
  • Beverages consumed at any meal (Water served freely)
  • Baggage Handling (You are requested to carry your own bags so be careful when packing! Your tour leader will help you arrange luggage forwarding on some journeys by the reliable ‘Takkyubin Service’)
  • Tour Leader, Guide or Driver Gratuity – can be arranged among your group (Optional)

Details

“A vibrant whirlwind of old & new, classic & cutting edge, city streets & country villages with flexibility & freedom allowed for the 20/30 around us”


Dates: 2019: June 30, July 27, August 20, December 15
2020: January 16, February 19, March 19, June 30, July 11, October 24, December 27
Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starts: Tokyo
Ends: Tokyo
Route: Tokyo -> Mt. Fuji -> Osaka -> Kyoto -> Tsumago -> Magome -> Tokyo
Tour Type: Adventure
Prices from:
€1,995 / £1,800 / US$2,325 / AU$3,280 (Per Person sharing twin, double or triple room)
€2,550 / £2,300 / US$2,950 / AU$4,180 (Single room throughout)
If you are willing to share a room with a fellow traveller of same gender, let us know. We will do our best to match you with a suitable room-mate.
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Tour Highlights

Tokyo

One quarter of all Japanese live in Tokyo or the near vicinity and with a population of over 12 million inhabitants, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. With its huge skyscrapers, underpasses, overpasses and crowds of pedestrians, Tokyo may not seem the most attractive city on the surface, but the city has a vibrant charm all of its own. The street level detail is what makes Tokyo such an incredibly interesting place to explore and at every turn you will be met with an array of sights, sounds and smells to enliven the senses. The city has many major sights to visit such as Senso-ji Temple in the old downtown area of Asakusa or the fashion hub of Shibuya from where all new trends are said to emanate. All in all a stay in Tokyo is to experience one of the world’s most vibrant and interesting cities; a capital hurtling headlong into the future whilst maintaining its links with the traditions of ancient Japan.

Hakone

The resort town of Hakone is a popular place to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of life in the world’s most populous city. Renounced for its luxurious accommodation, stunning scenery, and well-renowned thermals waters, you will be rubbing shoulders with Tokyo’s elite as they enjoy their retreat from the capital city!

Osaka

Osaka is Japan’s second largest city and an extremely vibrant and lively place to stay. More so than the ‘tourist attractions’, it is the life on the streets that makes Osaka such a fascinating city to visit. Osaka people work hard and play hard and it really shows with the vast number of restaurants, bars and all round entertainment available. The city aquarium is world class and you cannot stay in Osaka without taking a ride on one of the city’s several giant big wheels, perhaps the most dramatic of which is perched on top of the Hep 5 department store in the Umeda district of the city – just don’t look down if you are afraid of heights! Osaka Castle is well worth a visit despite being a reconstruction as the original was burnt down during the firebombing at the end of World War Two. You will also find a variety of very interesting museums scattered throughout the city. After dark Osaka really comes alive, and a walk through the bright lights of the Namba district is a great way to soak up the atmosphere, and with literally thousands of restaurants, bars and entertainment spots to choose from, the city is perfect for a big night out, some hearty local food and the chance to let your hair down. Osaka really is one of Japan’s truly all action cities and a stay here is a chance to experience what life in modern day urban Japan is really like.

Kyoto

Flowing with tradition, Kyoto is the ultimate destination for anybody who wants to soak up time-honoured Japanese culture. Home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, this ancient city showcases the heart and soul of traditional Japan. Kyoto boasts an array of world-class gardens, majestic festivals and delicate cuisine, all of which make much of the rhythms of nature and the changing of the seasons. On first glance however, visitors will see that like any large Japanese city, grid-like Kyoto has its fair share of neon and concrete. But the discerning eye will soon pick out Kyoto’s treasures: sacred shrines tucked in among shopping arcades, timeless teahouses nestling among modern businesses and mysterious geisha rustling down backstreets among the tourists and souvenirs. Kyoto’s charm lies in these details and whether you’re here for three days or three years, the closer you look, the more you’ll discover.

Samurai Towns of Tsumago & Magome

We will take the train north to Nagano prefecture, disembarking in Tsumago, a beautifully preserved samurai postal town on the nakasendo road, once used as the main access route between Edo (now Tokyo) and Kyoto. The region has a rich history and provides an untarnished view of a more traditional Japan. On our second day here some (or all) of us will walk the mountain trail from Tsumago to Magome, which is approximately eight kilometres long. For those who prefer an easier route, a bus service connects Tsumago to Magome giving you more time to explore both villages.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo on your scheduled flight.

You will be met on arrival by our transfer staff and taken to your Tokyo hotel.

We will begin our trip with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink experience at a local Izakaya. This followed by karaoke will surely help you settle in for the night in Tokyo! (Tonight is optional, please pay locally)

Day 2: Tokyo Guided Tour

Breakfast at your hotel

Meet our local Tokyo guide who will take you on a full-day guided tour
Highlights include:

  • Tsukiji outer market
  • Lunch (Please pay locally)
  • Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade
  • Akihabara Electric District
  • Meiji Shrine & Yoyogi Park
  • Shibuya Scramble Crossing

 

Evening at leisure in Tokyo

Day 3: Mt Fuji

Breakfast at your hotel

Today, we move to the countryside where we hope to see the breathtaking Fuji-san! (If joining our summer tour you will have the option to climb to the summit!)

What to expect:

  • Stunning cable car views of Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji
  • Ancient Hakone Shrine
  • Centuries-old Cedars on the Old Tokaido Road
  • Lake Ashi Boat Ride
  • Traditional Tea Houses and Local Shops

Highlight:
Open-air onsen (hot spring bath) at your ryokan (Japanese style hotel)

Day 4: Osaka

Breakfast at your hotel

Spend the morning exploring Hakone at your leisure.

Highlight:
Travel to Osaka by shinkansen (high-speed bullet train!)

Day 5: Kyoto

After breakfast, we will travel to Kyoto by shinkansen (high-speed bullet train)

Meet our local Kyoto guide who will take you on full-day guided tour
What to expect:

  • Nijo Castle
  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion)
  • Yasaka Shrine (on foot)
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Highlight:
Meet and greet with a Kyoto Geisha for tea!

Day 6: Kyoto

Breakfast at your hotel

Spend today exploring Kyoto at your leisure (suggested itinerary will be included in your travel pack)

Day 7: Nakasendo Postal Road

After breakfast, we will make our journey to the Nakasendo trail

Follow in the footsteps of the Ancient Edo Period, exploring the road between the stations of Tsumago and Magome on the Nakasendo Postal Road.

Day 8: Tokyo!

After breakfast, we head back to Tokyo today by shinkansen

Join your group of newfound friends for one last night of fun, food and karaoke (this is optional but highly recommended, please pay locally)

Day 9: Tokyo

After breakfast at your hotel, you are free to spend today at your leisure. Perhaps some last-minute shopping and sightseeing will be in order!

Day 10: Tour Ends

Breakfast at your hotel

We will transfer you to Tokyo Haneda or Narita airport for your scheduled flight

Not enough time in Japan?? Speak to one of the team for post-tour extensions

How to Book

Step 1: Pay booking deposit 250 Euro (or equivalent)

By paying your deposit today, we secure your place on this chosen small group tour. You will be sent a receipt of payment on the following business day (Mon-Fri). All online deposits are refundable up to 7 days after payment has been made through this website.

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Step 2: Book Your Flight

Once you have secured your place on our tour, you should book your flight to Japan from your home country. To find the best available routes and flights, check out skyscanner.com.

 

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Step 3: Manage your Booking

Once deposit is paid, log into your secure Unique Japan Tours Travel Portal. Check your documents and fill out as much information as possible, to ensure we give you the best service possible (dietary requirements, passport info, flight details, and so on). This travel portal can also be used to make payments towards your tour (installments are permitted).

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Step 4: Receive your Essential Travel Pack

All of our clients receive an Essential Travel Pack which is sent to your home address (worldwide) 2-3 weeks before your departure date. If your starting date is less than 2 weeks, you will receive it on arrival in Japan. All documents will be sent via email in advance also.

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Step 4: See you on Day 1 in Japan!

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Total price of this tour

1,995 per person

Pay a deposit of 250 per item
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