Anime Tour

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If you are an anime lover, you cannot miss out on this
12 Days / 10 Nights
Max People : 10
Min Age : 12+
Tokyo, Akihabara, Osaka, Kyoto, Fushimi Inari, Gion (Geisha District), Hakone, View of Fuji (Weather Permitting)
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Self-Guided Tour

Our Self-Guided Tours are vacations packages that are purchased for you as an individual or group of friends/family. No human guide is provided, you will travel across Japan with the aid of our resources to help you navigate and stay on track with the itinerary.

The Anime Tour follows the historic Tokaido road from Tokyo to Kyoto. On this journey you will find yourself visiting many of the locations* where you can find in some of your favorite anime and pop culture icons. 

Don’t JUST do anime stuff, YOU ARE IN JAPAN!

Stay in a traditional Ryokan on the mountainside of Hakone, ride the extensive ropeway across the mountains for a great view of Mt. Fuji (weather permitting), and walk the ancient streets of Kyoto and try to spot a Geisha!

Recommended times to travel: Spring** and Fall

* COVID has affected many stores and attractions. Some stores/attractions may be closed or have different hours.

** Cherry blossoms only bloom for a limited time and there is no guarantee that you will see them even if you plan carefully.

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Highlights

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  • Ride a Bullet Train
  • Stay the Night in a Japanese Guest House
  • Relax in a Onsen (Hot Spring)
  • View the Majestic Mt. Fuji(Weather permitting)
  • See ancient Kyoto as if you were in the Edo PeriodFushimi Inari, Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka, Gion, and more!
  • Visit Universal Studios Osaka and Super Nintendo World
  • Be Like Luffy: Sail a Pirate Ship Across Lake Ashi
  • Visit Akihabara, the Ultimate Anime Paradise!Stores, arcades, maid cafes, and more!
  • Visit with a local family and enjoy a meal in their home(Based on availability)
  • Visit Ikebukuro, a city featured in many different Anime!
  • Shop at many awesome Anime stores!Including the Pokemon Center!

Tour Includes & Excludes

  • Meet and Greet ServiceSomeone will meet you at the airport to help obtain your JRPass and wifi. They will also help you navigate which train to leave on!
  • 9 Nights of Hotel Accommodation
  • 1 Night at a Japanese Inn (Ryokan)(Shared Facilities)
  • Japan Rail Pass
  • Hakone Free Pass
  • $20 Pasmo CardFor additional bus/train travel
  • Local GuideSome parts of the tour may use a local guide for a specific activity.
  • Kaiseki Dinner and Breakfast in Hakone
  • Nagomi Visit (Depending on Availability)Visit with a local family and enjoy a meal in their home
  • Wifi or SIM CardStay connected while in the country, no matter where you are!
  • Universal Studios + Nintendo Land Ticket
Travel Style

Niche

Focuses on a specific aspect of Japan with some general sightseeing highlights.

Service Level

Standard

Comfortable 3-star accommodations or better and usage of a world class public transportation network

Physical Rating

4 - Above Average

Japan is the land of quads and calves, expect 4 – 8 miles of walking each day.

Trip Type

Self-Guided Tour

This is a vacation package for just you! We will provide you with everything you need to navigate Japan successfully without a guide!

Itinerary
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Day 1Fly to Tokyo

All packed up and ready to go? This is your travel day! Please make sure to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your schedule flight in order to avoid any potential issues.

A direct flight to Tokyo is 11 to 13 hours depending on where you are flying from (in the USA). You will arrive on the next day due to the international date line. Example: If you fly on a Tue at 2pm, you will arrive at 5pm on Wed in Tokyo.

Have a great flight!!!

Day 2Arrive in Tokyo - Introductions

Shinjuku
Walk the Streets of Tokyo

Get Some Rest!

Finally! You have arrived in Japan! Check into your hotel and get settled, then follow the provided Self-guided Introduction to Japan. This will allow you to get your first taste of adventure by walking the streets of Tokyo. You can use this time to help familiarize you with the customs, the transportation system, and maybe teach you a few useful phrases!

Walking: Light // Included Meals: None

Day 3Riding Trains and Relaxing in Onsen

Odakyu Romance Train
Odakyu Romance Train

Onsen
Soak in an Onsen Bath

Shinjuku Station is the busiest train station in the world, servicing 3.5 million passengers a day! Use your time in the morning to explore the maze of shops that stretch through the station (we’ll probably even find some good breakfast!).

Ride the fabled Odakyu Romancar, enjoy a scenic ride into the Hakone mountains. Enjoy lunch on the mountainside before continuing on to the delightful Ryokan where we will be staying.

Stay in a guest house with an Onsen, hot spring baths where you can soak and relax from the long travels that started off this trip.

Finish off the day with a traditional Kaiseki meal in your room!

Walking: Medium // Included Meals: Dinner

Day 4Visit Hakone Lake and See Mt. FujI!

Ride the Ropeway and See Fuji

Sale on the Pirate Ships

Cedar Trees
Walk an Ancient Cedar Path

Visit the Hakone Shrine

Enjoy a delicious breakfast served at the Ryokan and check your bags at the front desk for the “Hakone Carry Service”; they will take your bags to the train station for you so you can explore Hakone bag free!

Travel along the ropeway across the mountain peaks and catch a magnificent view of Fuji (weather permitting). Stop to try the black eggs cooked in the naturally boiling hotsprings. Walk the ancient Tokaido trade route through a path lined with giant cedar trees.

Be like Luffy and the gang and sail on a pirate ship across Hakone Lake!

Discover the beautiful Hakone Shrine and enjoy lunch before heading back to the train station by bus!

Then ride the famous shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto/Osaka!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5The Ancient Streets of Kyoto & Geisha

Kiyomizudera Stage
Explore Kiyomizudera Temple

Ninenzaka
Ninenzaka Preserved Streets

Nishiki Market

Gion Kyoto
Spot a Geisha in Gion

Start your day with a walk through the streets of Kyoto to the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple. Walk the temple grounds, see the great stage that towers above the trees, and make a wish at the Otowa Waterfall.

Continue down the hill through the incredibly well-preserved streets of Higashiyama, Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka. These streets are known for the shops, cafes, restaurants, and preserved homes! You can just feel the history oozing from every wall and stone around you.

Finish the walking tour at Maruyama Park and/or Nishiki Market!

As the sun begins to set, explore the nearby streets of Gion! Full of ancient history and traditions, Gion is at the center of the modern day Geisha. Maybe you’ll even spot one!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 6Kyoto Shrines and Manga Museum

Fushimi Inari Taisha
Fushimi Inari Taisha

Sake Breweries

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Osaka Castle

Back in Kyoto again, find yourself at the infamous Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. Reflect as you walk through the seemingly endless torii gates that carve a path through the forest. Enjoy the street food that is regularly available near the entrance of the shrine, tasting the rich culture of Japan.

If available for your tour, enjoy a tour of the Fushimi sake breweries and taste various local sakes from the area!

Continue your day by choosing your path:

  • Visit the International Manga Museum and see how manga has changed over time!
  • Visit Osaka Castle and eat delicious food at Dotonbori, a foodie paradise!
  • Visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Gardens!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 7Universal Studios + Super Nintendo World

Super Nintendo World
Universal Studios Super Nintendo World

Dotonbori: Foodie’s Paradise

Spend the day at Universal Studios Japan! Explore Super Nintendo World! Race on Mario Cart: Koopa’s Challenge! Explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! 

Have a blast and finish your evening at Dotonbori. Don’t worry if you’ve been there before, there is so much to try!

Walking: Medium // Included Meals: None

Day 9Travel to Tokyo!

Bullet Train

Ramen Museum

Senso-ji Temple

Akihabara

Say goodbye to Osaka and Kyoto, your morning train to Tokyo awaits!  During this ride you may catch another view of Fuji! Stop along the way to get lunch at the Ramen Museum!

Take this time to get settled in Tokyo and do some exploring of your own! Visit Senso-ji temple and Nakamise in Asakusa, get some shopping in! This part of Asakusa was extremely popular in the Taisho period. The same period that Demon Slayer takes place in. The entertainment district would have been very similar to Asakusa

Then on to Akihabara!

Shop

Spend your day shopping at Animate! Radio Kaikan, AmiAmi, Yodobashi Camera, Gamers or one of the many gachapon shops or areas in Akihabara!

Play

Hangout at Gigo Arcade (formerly SEGA). Play rhythm games or try to win a prize at the UFOs!

Relax

Take a load off at the At Home Maid Cafe! Or maybe listen to anime theme music at the Anime Song DJ Bar Alchemist? Checkout the Square Enix cafe and others too!

This is a day full of shopping and fun, come prepared, knowing what you want, and be prepared to haul your goods home!

Walking: Moderate // Included Meals: None

Day 9Nakano Anime Shopping, Harajuku, and Shibuya

Mandarake Nakano Broadway

Shibuya Crossing

One Piece Shibuya Store

Shop for your favorite anime goods in Nakano!

Enjoy the latest crazy fashion by exploring Harajuku, crazy outfits, socks, and good food can be found there. Sometimes you’ll even see locals dressed in these marvelous fashions!

Finish the day with Shibuya, the Time Square of Tokyo. Light up brightly and never asleep, Shibuya boasts of many shops and eateries worth your time! Cross the scramble crosswalk and take a photo with Hachiko, or shop at one of the many stores (Tokyu Hands, Mega Donki, Disney Store, Marui and more!)

Don’t forget to check out the One Piece Store while you are there!

Walking: Medium // Included Meals: None

Day 10Ikebukuro and Nostalgic Tokyo

Sega Arcade

Pokemon Center

Yanaka Ginza

Yanaka Cemetery

Start your day with a walk through a large, picturesque cemetery with traditional headstones and beautiful cherry blossom lining the roads in spring or great orange and reds in the fall. This large cemetery houses famous artists, actors, and politicians from many eras! 

From there, venture into Yanaka Ginza, a traditional 1950s shopping street with original architecture and stores! There we can shop, snack and explore until lunchtime!

Now, head to Ikebukuro, the site of many different anime such as Durarara!!, Tokyo ESP, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Digimon, Lucky Star, and more! Visit Pokemon Center, Sega Arcade, Otome Road, and the Animate store!

Need a break? Stop in a Maid Cafe, the Animate! Cafe, or Pickachu Sweets!

Walking: Moderate // Included Meals: None

Day 11Odaiba and Anime in Real Life

Your Name Staircase

Small Worlds Tokyo

Gundam Base Tokyo

Your Name Staircase

Start your day in Odaiba! A man-made island full of interesting things!

Small Worlds

Featuring dioramas of Tokyo and other places around the world! Don’t miss out on the Sailor Moon and Evangelion exhibits here as well!

Gundam Base Tokyo 

Are you a fan of Gundam and Gunpla? Then this is the place for you! Shop, Build, Learn and be amazed! Visit the Gundam Cafe to keep you fueled!

DiverCity 

This mall right behind Gundam you can find hexaRide! This immersive 360 degree VR experience will have you living part of the Attack on Titan story!

Joypolis

This theme park and arcade has a ton of awesome stuff to play with a coaster, rides, VR, and themed attractions such form Transformers, Ace Attorney and Attack on Titan!

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Don’t have a full day of interest in Odaiba? This is a chance for you to see various locations featured in or relating to anime!

  • The “Your Name” staircase in Yotsuya
  • Kichijoji  from Tokyo Ghoul
  • And more!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 12Final Day!

This is your final day and it is yours! This is an open day so you can visit any remaining sites, shrines, stores, or just walk aimlessly through the streets of Tokyo.

But let’s be honest, you are going back to Akihabara aren’t you?

If you are leaving Japan on this day, ensure that you arrive early at the airport so that you don’t miss your flight!

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