Classic Star Wars Celebration Self-Guided 2025

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Experience Japan and Star Wars Celebration together on this amazing trip!
14 Days / 13 Nights
Min Age : 12+
Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Fushimi Inari, Gion (Geisha District), Hakone, View of Fuji (Weather Permitting), Star Wars Celebration
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Self-Guided Tour

StarWars Celebration Passes not included!

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.

Enjoy Star Wars Celebration 2025 in Japan! This Classic Tour follows the historic Tokaido road from Osaka to Kyoto and Tokyo. It is a great opportunity for first time travelers to experience some of the iconic features that the country has to offer. 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!

You’ll end your journey through Japan next to the Makuhari Messe convention center in Tokyo where Star Wars Celebration will be held.

Since Star Wars Celebration is in mid April, you may even get a chance to see cherry blossoms** during your trip!

Unfortunately we are unable to provide you with StatWars Celebration Passes as a part of this package at this time, so be diligent to get tickets as soon as they are available! (We will inform you if this changes).

** The cherry blossom trees do not always bloom as predicted. It is possible that due to an exceptionally warm or cold season that the cherry blossoms will not be in bloom during your visit in Spring.

(Header photo by Michel Curi)

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Highlights

11Sannenzaka Kyoto
11Ramen
11Bamboo Forest
  • Star Wars Celebration
  • 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)
  • Sail a Pirate Ship Across Lake Ashi
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine visit
  • Visit with a local family and enjoy a meal in their home(Based on availability)
  • Peace Park Atomic Bomb Site in Hiroshima
  • Great Torii visit on the Sacred Island of Miyajima
  • Gion, Kyoto Geisha District visit
  • Old Preserved Shopping Districts
  • Shibuya visitThe Time Square of Tokyo
  • SkyTree visitSee all of Tokyo laid out before you!

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
  • 3 Nights at a Hotel next to the Convention Center
  • 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!
Travel Style

Classic

All of the highlights and moments you’d expect with a deep emphasis on culture and meaningful experiences.

Service Level

Standard

Comfortable 3-star accommodations (upgradeable to 4-star) 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 1Arrive in Kyoto/Osaka - Introductions

Finally! You have arrived in Japan! Check into your hotel and get settled, then follow the provided Self-guided Introduction Tour of Japan. This will allow you to get your first taste of adventure by walking the streets of  Kyoto. 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 2The Ancient Streets of Kyoto & Geisha

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 3Kyoto Shrines and Temples

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, Tofukuji temple or Arashiyama bamboo forest! Both are beautiful and worth visiting. Tofukuji is a large temple with beautiful scenery and a sense of serenity. 

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 4Day Trip to Hiroshima & the Sacred Island of Miyajima

Take an early morning bullet train to the sacred island of Miyajima. Explore the shrine and walk out to the Great Torii if the tide is out. The island also has many deer who are eager to meet you! Walk the forest trails and visit the 5 story pagoda towering above the town.

From there, head into the heart of Hiroshima and enjoy a lunch of the city’s famous (and award-winning) okonomiyaki! Visit Peace Park, see the dome still standing after the atomic blast, ring the Peace Bell, and even leave an origami paper crane. This is a time to reflect on a sobering history and appreciate our newfound friendship with Japan.

Walking: Medium // Included Meals: None

Day 5Bamboo Forest

Today you will spend half a day in the Arashiyama bamboo forest! The bamboo forest is amazing to walk through and the local town usually has street food available during the cherry blossom season. See the people enjoying their time during the sakura festivals!

Afterwards you will have free time! You can stay and explore the wider Arashiyama area, full of shrines and temples, or return back to the hotel with the guide and pick a different path!

Day 6Riding Trains and Relaxing in Onsen

It’s time for the bullet train! Ride from Kyoto to Odawara and prepare to head into the Fuji area!

Then, ride the Hakone Tozan train into the Hakone mountains. Enjoy lunch on the mountainside and explore the shops before continuing on to the delightful Ryokan where we will be staying. This guest house has 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 7Visit Hakone Lake, See Mt. Fuji, and travel to Tokyo!

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. Sail across Lake Hakone in a pirate ship and walk the ancient Tokaido trade route through a path lined with giant cedar trees.

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

Then ride the infamous Romance Car into Shinjuku!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8Yoyogi Park and Tokyo Night Life

Take the day to explore Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine! This large park and shrine are a central part of Tokyo life for locals.

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!)

Walking: Medium // Included Meals: None

Day 9Japan's Ancient History

Ueno Park is a beautiful park (full of cherry blossoms in the spring) and is a popular spot for locals to visit!

It can be a bit crowded at Ueno park because it is so popular, so start early! The park is surrounded by a zoo, and several museums so pick what you like! We’ll probably grab a snack or early lunch before heading out!

From the park we will 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 the cemetery we’ll venture into Yanaka Ginza, a traditional 1950s shopping street with original architecture and stores! There we can shop, snack and explore until dinner!

Walking: Moderate // Included Meals: None

Day 10Asakusa and Sky Tree

Time to really explore Asakusa. Start at Sensoji temple before the shops open and immerse yourself in Japanese religion and culture. Once it hits 10 am, hit up Nakamise and let the shopping begin! This is a great time to find souvenirs for those at home or a great hat or fan for yourself!

After lunch, check out a lesser known area great for cherry blossoms in the spring too!. A thin strip of a park, nestled between residential areas with areas for kids to play. Walk and enjoy the quiet atmosphere of everyday life in Japan!

Before it gets too dark, climb to the top of Sky Tree, one of the tallest towers in the world! See Tokyo stretch endlessly before you, the cars looking like toys because you are so high up!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 11To Star Wars Celebration!

This is your final day  of the tour 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.

However, you are also leaving to check into your hotel so you will be ready for Star Wars Celebration in the morning! So plan your time well!

Day 12Star Wars Celebration Day 1

It is time! Head into Star Wars Celebration and have a blast!

Day 13Star Wars Celebration Day 2

This will be the peak day for Star Wars Celebration 2025. Expect some crowds, but also the best content! Whether you are on the light side or the dark side, you’ll really enjoy what today has the offer!

Day 14Star Wars Celebration Day 3 / Time to Head Home

It’s time to wrap up Star Wars Celebration 2025!  I hope you had a good time. If you flight leaves later, you should be able to enjoy your day at the convention and then head to the airport. 

If you need an extra night, please let us know, we can add that on for you!

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