Classic Japan Tour Extended

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This tour is the best way to experience Japan as a first time visitor!
16 Days / 14 Nights
Max People : 10
Min Age : 12+
Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Fushimi Inari, Gion (Geisha District), Hakone, View of Fuji (Weather Permitting), Nara
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From$3,400$2,890
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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 Classic Japan Tour Extended follows the historic Tokaido road from Tokyo to Kyoto. Have some additional time? Upgrade from our Classic Japan Tour to this 2 week adventure in Japan!

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!

Depending on when you take this self guided tour you may see the beautiful blooming cherry blossoms (typically the first week of April**) or the luscious and bright colors of fall (October through December).

** 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.

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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)
  • 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!
  • Nara ParkSee the wild deer and traditional mochi pounding!

Tour Includes & Excludes

  • Meet and GreetSomeone will meet you at the airport to help obtain your JRPass and wifi. They will also help you navigate which train to leave on!
  • 13 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!
  • AirfareAirfare is not included in our self-guided tours, but if you contact us, we can help you arrange it!
  • Meals except for Kaiseki DinnerAllow $700 - $900 USD for meals per person not included.
  • Travel InsuranceTravel Insurance is required, but you do not have to purchase it through us
  • Any travel costs outside of the included Rail Passes and $20 PasmoExpect another $100 in train travel throughout the trip
  • Entrance Fees & Most Activities Unfortunately most activities cannot be purchased in advance, so instead, we offer you a lower price!
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 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

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 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

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!).

Then, riding 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. 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 4Visit Hakone Lake and See Mt. FujI!

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 famous shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5The 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 6Kyoto Shrines and Temples

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!

Finish your day with your choice of experience!

Tofukuji Temple is gorgeous in the fall, a large temple with beautiful scenery and a sense of serenity. 

Philosopher’s Path is blooming in the spring an a great place to just walk and relax!

Or travel to Daigoji Temple, while a little further away, this world heritage site is absolutely stunning!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 7Day 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 8Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and More!

Start the day early at Arashiyama to beat the crowds. Enjoy the dense bamboo forests and small shrines and temples around the area.

Then, take the Sagano Scenic Railway through the ravine and get a birds eye view of the beautiful river that cuts through the mountains.

Liked what you saw? Get a closer look! Sail down the river back to where you started. This beautiful ride gives you a chance to see the amazing valley up close and experience the exciting ride back to Arashiyama!

Walking: Moderate // Included Meals: None

Day 9Nara Park and Osaka!

Take a day trip to Nara Park! This vast and beautiful grassland is full of interesting opportunities (including seeing a ton of wild deer)! Walk through the town and visit some of the shops! Check out the Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most significant temples! And yeah, feed the deer!

If you are lucky, you may even get to see the mochi guys performing mochitsuki, a traditional method of mochi pounding!

After Nara, don’t head back to Kyoto just yet, stop in at Osaka! Explore the Osaka Castle, and have dinner at Dotonbori, a food paradise!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 10Travel to Tokyo!

Say goodbye to Osaka and Kyoto, your morning train to Tokyo awaits!  During this ride you may catch another view of Fuji! Take this time to get settled in Tokyo and do some exploring of your own! Visit Senso-ji templ when it isn’t crowded and eat with the locals in a traditional izakaya on Hoppy Street!

For those into anime, we recommend venturing to Akihabara (Electric Town). This part of Tokyo is every anime fan’s dream. Stores and arcades on every corner!

Walking: Light // Included Meals: None

Day 11Japan'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 12Yoyogi 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: Moderate // Included Meals: None

Day 13Kamakura and the Ramen Museum

Kamakura is a coastal town less than an hour south of Tokyo. Take the morning to explore the Great Buddha, a large bronze statue standing over 11 meters tall!

After enjoying the temple, head a little further down by streetcar to the beach! A classic area commonly photo where the road comes to the streetcar crossing with the beach in the background can be found here!

Maybe dip your toes in the water or just walk along the beach!

Head back to the main Kamakura station and enjoy the local shopping street before heading out!

On your way back, stop at the Ramen Museum. This “museum” does have a small museum attached to it, but it is primarily a pre WWII themed area with many ramen shops from around the country! Many even serve half bowls so you can try several of them!

After your filling lunch head back to Tokyo and enjoy an evening to yourself!

Walking: Moderate// Included Meals: None

Day 14Asakusa 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 15Theme Parks or Museums?

Are you interested in Tokyo Disney? This is your opportunity! Take a day to explore Disneyland or Tokyo Sea!

Not a Disney fan? That’s OK! This is a great time to checkout the Edo Tokyo Museum and the Open Air Edo Museum! Come see what life in Tokyo was like so many years ago! Lots of great information, dioramas and more!

Not into museums? Nothing wrong with that! We’ve got a host of walking paths you can take to explore the seemingly infinite streets of Tokyo. Have fun getting lost in the largest city in the world! 

Day 16Final 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.

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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