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Japan blends a mix of traditional & ultra-modern in Tokyo, temples & geishas in Kyoto, & culinary capital Osaka. Robot bars, a Kyoto day trip, too-big-for-the-bowl udon, a Buddhist prayer service, a folk village visit & the Hiroshima Peace Museum (with cat cafes for good measure) will introduce you to the land known for its down-to-the-second precision.

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Starting fromR42 250
Package ValiditySet departure dates in JUL 2016 - JAN 2017
Duration12 days
Starts inTokyo
Ends inOsaka
Age GroupThis is a group tour for ages 18 - 38 years

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- 8 nights hotel accommodation
- 2 nights accommodation in a ryokan
- 1 night guesthouse accommodation
- 11 breakfasts & 2 dinners
- Touring by air-conditioned coach
- Assistance of a tour guide & driver
- Touring & sightseeing of all sites as per itinerary


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Tokyo, Japan

Get an early start in the sprawling metropolis. Tokyo mixes traditional with ultra-modern - neon skyscrapers in Shibuya & anime shops to temples. Everything is 10x more epic (& executed with painstaking precision) in Japan than its western counterparts. Sushi trains, karaoke, temples, architecture & cafes here will be like nothing you've ever experienced. Get excited, get very excited. Need more proof: Tokyo is home to 39 cat cafes. We'll just leave that there.

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Ninja-roll out of bed & start with a visit to Tokyo's old girl - the Sensoji temple, dance under its giant red lantern & wander along nearby 500 year old Nakamise street selling mochi (sticky rice cakes) & geta (wooden shoes). Slot yourself into the Shibuya scramble, where four hordes of people cross the intersection in a miraculous feat of choreography & avoid running into each other. Tick off a sumo wrestling match at National Sumo Hall Ryogoku Kokugikan, try the high-speed sushi at Uobei in Shibuya or forget Paris & try a Japanese crepe. Selfie with a Harajuku girl (or boy) in the afternoon & find the knitted park benches for an extra layer of cute.

Meals: Breakfast

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Hit the ground running for your last day in Tokyo drift. Head over to Odaiba, the man-made island in Tokyo Bay or check out Akihabara, where stores scream for the attention of anime fans & gamers. Visit the Tsukiji fish market & discover the meaning of fresh sushi. For a history fix, visit the Tokyo Edo Museum. Branch out for dinner & try sashimi or oko-nom-nom-nom-iyaki. As the Japanese say, dumplings rather than flowers, i.e. something useful rather than something pretty.

Meals: Breakfast.

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Tokyo to Takayama

This morning get a bullet train (they travel at 320km/h) to Nagoya. Then board a much slower train for the breathtaking Japanese Alps (it's not only the European ones that exist). Tonight stay in a ryokan - a traditional Japanese inn.

Meals: Breakfast.

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Day plan: start with the morning riverside markets before a visit to the Takayama Jinya - the last remaining government building from Samurai & Shogun times. Try a perfectly packaged bento box for lunch for maximum Instagrammable cuteness, wash it down with a sake brewery tour before an afternoon visit to the open air Hida No Sato folk village.

Included today: Takayama Jinya tour, Sake brewery tour & Hida No Sato folk village

Meals: Breakfast.

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Takayama to Kyoto

Drop anchor in Kyoto for three days. First up, corridors of torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. Japan's proud nerd, Kyoto is the centre of IT & electronics (housing the Nintendo office), as well as the prime kimono manufacturing hub - a good place to pick up some new threads. In the afternoon Gion district is where it's at to spot & snap photos of geishas, usually on their way to work, then catch the optional show at Gion Corner.

Meals: Breakfast.

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Find your zen place at the Kinkakuji & Ryoan-ji temples all before lunch. Get your udon fill at the place that makes their noodles so thick, only one fits in the bowl. This afternoon you’re off to Nijo Castle for your samurai fix & Heian Shrine, a scaled down reproduction of the Imperial Palace. Japanese quote of the day: Fall seven times an& d stand up eight. You’re welcome.

Meals: Breakfast.

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A free day to frolic. Get out of town & visit the lush Arashiyama bamboo forest, or go on a day trip to Nara for invisible udon (crazier than the lone noodle saga of Kyoto). Do the optional & dress up like a Geisha, or catch up on your Japanese beer education in an izakaya.

Meals: Breakfast.

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Kyoto to Hiroshima

First up in Hiroshima: the Peace Museum to pay respects to the victims of WWII. Free time for lunch (i.e. you pick the place) before ferrying it to Miyajima, a unicorn of an island with wild deer, cherry blossoms & shrines galore. End your island jaunt watching the sunset behind the floating Torii Gate.

Included today: Hiroshima Peace Museum

Meals: Breakfast.

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Hiroshima to Koyasan

Make your way to Mount Koya, one of the world's most sacred mountains (with 117 temples atop it) & the headquarters of the Koyasan sect of Japanese Buddhism. Stay in a local guesthouse & participate in a traditional Buddhist meal.

Included today: Guesthouse stay

Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

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Koyasan to Osaka

Start with a Buddhist prayer service, then explore the cobblestone walkway lined with Shinto torii gates to the Okunoin mausoleum & it's 10,000 lantern Torodo Hall. Bet all your days don't start like this. Head to food capital Osaka in the afternoon - think sleek & efficient skylines resembling video games, oshizushi (pressed sushi) & the finest sake. Dinner is in the vibrant Dotonbori district. If the word Kuidaore - "to ruin oneself by extravagance in food" is associated with Dotonbori, you know you're in for a good night.

Included today: Buddhist prayer service

Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

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After breakfast it's sayonara Osaka, say kampai to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Meals: Breakfast.


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