Japan on a Shoestring
Always wanted to do Japan but felt it was pricy? No longer! This super-affordable nine-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun is the solution. Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous Geisha district of Kyoto, and the gorgeous mountainous region of Hakone. Experience the country's quirky side as well, with activities no other tour company will get you to (and loads of free time). Discover Japan with a group of like-minded adventurers and you'll never want to come home.
Train, bus, ferry, walking.
Hostels (9 nts, multi-share), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).
Explore both the ultramodern and traditional sides of Japan, experience Tokyo's vibrant nightlife, visit Kyoto's iconic temples and geishas, see the floating torii gate of Miyajima, stay in a traditional inn in Takayama to experience historic Japan
Carte Blanche: Kyoto. Orientation walks in Tokyo and Takayama. Overnight stay in a traditional inn (Takayama). Miyajima Island visit. Free time in each destination. Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Tokyo
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Tokyo
Hit the streets of Tokyo on an orientation walk around Asakusa, including a visit to Sensoji Temple. Enjoy free time to explore Yoyogi Park, Shibuya Crossing or go shopping in the afternoon.
Day 3 Tokyo
Hop on a train to Kamakura and visit the Big Buddha before relaxing on the beach. Return to Tokyo for a final night in the city.
Day 4 Tokyo/Hakone
Travel to beautiful Hakone in the mountains and visit the sites with an included Hakone Pass, which allows unlimited access to the cable car, ropeway, tourist boats and other transport in the area.
Day 5 Hakone/Kyoto
Walk under thousands of iconic torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, then enjoy free time to explore more of one of Japan's most beautiful cities.
Day 6 Kyoto
Stroll through the other-worldly sprawling bamboo grove of Arashiyama, then opt to visit local temples, participate in a tea ceremony or take a calligraphy class.
Day 7 Kyoto/Osaka
Enjoy an orientation walk around Osaka, then dig in with a street food crawl with the group and CEO.
Day 8 Osaka
Get out and explore during free time. Opt to tour a ramen factory, visit the Osaka castle or take a day trip to Hiroshima. Get out and explore the nightlife on a final night out with the group.
Day 9 Osaka
Depart at any time.
Day 6 Kyoto
Explore this culturally-rich city with a free day. Opt to visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, or take a calligraphy class.