PLAY IN JAPAN

Buckle in and get ready to discover Japan and its incredible diversity on this once in a lifetime tour. From the bright lights and speed of Tokyo, to ancient temples, bustling seafood markets and the Japanese countryside you'll leave no stone unturned. Explore Osaka, ride the bullet train, head to the mountains to find famous Snow Monkeys and visit a city famous for its Geisha's.
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Day 1 Arrive in Tokyo
Kon’nichiwa and welcome to Tokyo! Today you’ll arrive into one of the world’s buzziest, most forward-thinking cities. Checking in to your hostel, you’ll then meet up with your travel crew and get excited for the adventures to come.
Day 2 Temples, Culture & Tiny Bars
Today is all about discovering all that Tokyo has in store. First up, we’ll pay a visit to one of the country’s oldest temples, Senso-ji Temple, before checking out the Meiji Shrine. Colourful, eclectic and fashion-forward Harajuku is up next before we brave the iconic Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest intersection. After dinner this evening, we’ll then squeeze into one of the hilariously tiny bars in the district of Shinjuku. (Breakfast)
Day 3 Sushi Class & The Electric City
The organised chaos of the vast and impressive Tsukiji Fish Market is first on the agenda. We’ll then meet up with a sushi master to try our hand at the art of sushi rolling, before venturing over to the futuristic sights and sounds of Akihabara. Known locally as the ‘Electric City’, it’s famous for its arcades, maid cafes, Japanese photo booths, and all things modern. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4 Bullet Train & Sake Tasting
Now’s your chance to experience Japan’s famous bullet train for real. Shooting out of Tokyo at over 200mph, we’ll reach Nagano just in time for a sake tasting, Japan’s national drink. Feeling decidedly buzzed after our visit to the local brewery, we’ll then settle into our Ryokan style hostel, where you’ll be sleeping on traditional tatami mats and Japanese style futon bedding. (Breakfast)
Day 5 Snow Monkeys
We’ll be venturing out into the mountains today to spot the region’s famous snow monkeys or Japanese Macaques. These red-faced trouble makers play amongst the trees in the summer months & warm by bathing in the natural hot springs once winter hits. Enjoying the fresh mountain air, we’ll then take our time exploring the gorgeous lakes and forests of the Shiga Kogen National Park. (Breakfast)
Day 6 Nagano to Hakone
It’s back on board the bullet train this morning, this time bound for Hakone. Famed for hot springs, natural beauty, and (of course) Mount Fuji, we’ll check in to our trendy hotel that comes complete with its very own onsen. (Breakfast)
Day 7 Exploring Hakone
You might not be walking the plank, but you will be exploring Hakone by pirate ship (and cable car) this morning, keeping eyes peeled for views of snow-capped Mount Fuji. We’ll then journey on to Osaka, and head straight out to explore the vibrant canal region of Dotonbori. Dinner will be on us, where we’ll fuel up for a night out, Osaka style.(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 Osaka Castle
This morning you’ll have time to yourself to chill and maybe squeeze in a spot of shopping before we head out as a group to visit the 400-year-old Osaka Castle. Looking like something straight out of a fairytale you’ll struggle not to get house envy as we explore the grounds and hear stories of Japanese history and legends, including the country’s most famous warriors, the Samurai. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Buddhist Temple Stay
Ready for something extra special? Today we have just the thing - an overnight stay in a 1000-year-old Buddhist temple. Leaving Osaka behind we’ll travel to the mountains for the town of Koyasan, where we’ll be welcomed into the temple by the monks who live there. They’ll teach us meditation, serve us their traditional foods, and lead us through a nighttime stroll of Japan’s largest cemetery. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10 Koyasan & Kyoto
It’s an early start today, but well worth it to watch the Buddhist monks perform their morning prayer ritual and fire ceremony. We’ll then be served breakfast before travelling on to our final destination, Kyoto. After checking in to our boutique hostel, you’ll have time to yourself to explore Japan’s ancient capital. (Breakfast)
Day 11 Bamboo Forest & The Golden Pavilion
Green, lush and vibrant, the Insta famous Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama is our first stop today. Photos snapped, we’ll then head to the luxurious Golden Pavilion, so named for being covered entirely in gold, before finishing our day in the district of Gion, best known for being the home of Japan’s beautiful and mysterious Geishas. (Breakfast)
Day 12 Fushimi-Inari & Samurai Experience
Ending our trip on a high, today we’ll visit the famous Torii gates of Fushimi-Inari. One of Japan’s most iconic and photographed shrines, the orange gates stretch all the way up the mountainside. This afternoon, and maybe saving the best till last, you’ll then learn how to wield a traditional samurai sword under the watchful eye of a sensei, a descendant of the Samurai. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 Depart Kyoto
Your unforgettable 13-day adventure comes to an end today. Those flying home will make their way to the airport, or keep living the dream and extend your stay in Kyoto or Japan with our help and the new friends you’ve made. (Breakfast)
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  • Starts on 07 Dec 2021
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